The GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club team is about inspiring and progressing together so that we gain the ability to both complete and compete in triathlons and duathlons of every distance throughout Arizona.
Triathlon is one sport, containing three events – swim, bike, run – that will test your mind, body and heart to a completely unique level. Students seek this sport because at its core, it challenges you to become your best. You can go all in and decide to chase the podium, but it’s equally admirable to set your goal of learning the sport and completing your first-ever sprint triathlon. Crossing that finish line knowing you’ve laid down your best effort creates experience and momentum – regardless of where you are in your journey. Those lessons can be translated to every other area of life – with determination, positivity, and a purpose to make each moment count.
GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club is about racing fast, living the values of servant leadership, empowering teammates, and working together to become our best. Lopes Up!
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Mesa Sprint Triathlon
Bartlett Lake Triathlon
Tri-Family Racing Lake Pleasant Olympic & Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon
Anthem Holiday Classic
San Diego, CA
Havasu Sprint Triathlon (Collegiate Conference Regional Championship)
Lake Havasu City
USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships
Cactus Man Triathlon
Jacob Windauer is a Grand Canyon University student, and not only races for the GCU Triathlon Club team, but is also the student head coach, and helped build the program from the ground up.
Windauer has raced successfully as a triathlete for the past six years in the Northwest, and currently races for an Olympic Development triathlon team based in Rocklin, California. He wants the GCU Triathlon team to have an atmosphere that provides an opportunity for triathletes to reach their goals in the sport. These goals can range from completing a race for the first time to reaching the podium at national competitions. Windauer wants to build a platform for competitive triathlon racing and make GCU competitive in male and female college divisions. His primary goal is to grow GCU athletes as individuals through a sport rooted in integrity and mental and physical toughness.
Windauer is studying Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, and will graduate with honors in the spring of 2020. His twin brother, Nicholas, also races for the Olympic Development team and helps coach the GCU Triathlon team. Originally from Montana, Windauer grew up playing soccer before transitioning to triathlon in 2013. His hometown’s small population of dedicated triathletes created a competitive atmosphere that developed his ability in the sport quickly. Since then, Windauer has reached the podium at multiple Junior Elite and collegiate-level races, as well as several races in Arizona. Both Jacob and Nicholas specialize in adapting workout plans, and look forward to developing a program to help new athletes reach their fitness goals.
Like his twin brother, Nicholas Windauer is also a proud GCU student and proud co-founder of the GCU Triathlon Club. Nicholas’s triathlon career actually started a few months earlier than his brother when their father, Mike, a professional cyclist himself, challenged Nick to join in his first race back in their home state of Montana. Before long, both brothers were joining Mike for triathlons, and learning to love the sport. Nicholas’s dedication to the sport eventually led him to train with the Olympic Development team in northern California, and to a 10th-place finish at the 2017 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.
Today, Nicholas has joined his brother in instilling the love of triathlon in others at GCU by training them for success at whatever level of skill they’re at. He and Jacob continue to set the pace for their Lopes’ Triathlon Club teammates at the 8-10 races the team enters each year, and not only inspire their ‘mates by example, but exhort their charges to improve at their individual pace by becoming mentally and physically sound and staying true to themselves and their spirit.
Nicholas Windauer is also a junior at GCU majoring in biology with an emphasis in pre-med, and is on track to graduate from GCU with honors in December 2019.