Jimmy Riccitello: Expert

August 8, 2011 on 12:37 pm | In Announcements, Athlete Profile, Random Musings | 1 Comment


More than any word, this describes Jimmy Riccitello. His relationship with triathlons is among the oldest and most experienced in our sport. One of the first athletes to use aerobars, top level results at every distance across two decades and collaboration with the greatest names in our sport provide Jimmy Riccitello with an unmatched level of expertise in triathlon.  He is an athlete, a coach and a maven of the sport, one of triathlon’s iconic characters- and experts.

Photo by John Segesta

In competition Riccitello has slain The Beast at the St. Croix triathlon by winning there twice. Confirming his versatility he is also an XTERRA World Champion. His wins in the formative Bud Light United States Triathlon Series (U.S.T.S.) are too numerous to list as are his long list of international results in the modern era. Riccitello’s race results are not only eclectic; they span the entire history of our sport.

In addition to Riccitello’s unsurpassed dossier in the sport his animated character brings a unique perspective to his view of triathlon. He comes from the “old school” but applies a “new world” attitude toward technology in our sport. He is a humorist with a penchant for fun analogies that drive home hard-learned lessons.

Riccitello’s longevity and experience in our sport combined with his infectious enthusiasm are impossible to resist. He is not only an authority, he is a two legged motivational machine.

TriSports.com is very excited to add Jimmy to our list of TriSports University contributors. Check out his first article for TSU on Heat Acclimatization Strategies!

Photo by John Segesta

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  1. “…he is a two legged motivational machine.”

    This depends on who’s on the receiving end of those ass-kicking legs. I wouldn’t say that he’s a “motivational machine” so much as he is a dream-crusher.

    While it might motivate some athletes to be left behind by Jimmy on a bike ride, most will quickly realize that they simply aren’t in his league, and will almost assuredly never be. The guy must be pushing 50 years old now and can still beat most pro cyclists into submission. Just join the “Shootout” group ride in Tucson on Saturday mornings if you’re uncertain.

    The thing is, few dudes are as respectful and humble as Riccitello, so it makes him really hard to hate. I’ve tried, and there’s just no use! I look forward to reading more of his thoughts here.


    Comment by Chuckie V — August 9, 2011 #

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