Archive for October, 2010
New Zealander Anna Cleaver has won the SiS Port Macquarie Half Ironman after out swimming and out running Katherine Baker and Rebecca Eveleigh who were second and third repectively. One of the pre race favourites, Nicole Ward, missed the podium after receiving a bike penalty and having calf problems on the run. Results and race report…
Mitch Robins has taken out the 2010 SiS Port Macquarie Half Ironman from Tim Reed and local hero Tim Berkel for his first pro win in a time of 3:59:09. Mitch’s run was just too fast on on the day and Tim Reed lost just over a minute to Mitch after keeping pace with him in the swim and bike.
Courtney Atkinson has proved he is the new King of Noosa, comprehensively beating come back kid Craig Walton at Noosa today. Walton was unable to produce his usual dominant bike/run performance, exiting the water only slightly ahead of Atkinson. The lead men quickly formed into a pack on the bike (which included Kiwi Kris Gemmell and Paul Ambrose) with no one able to establish a clear breakaway.
On Wednesday 27th October WTC launched the Ironman Access programme, what followed was a storm of protest from professional and age group athletes across facebook, twitter and forum sites such as “Transitions” in Australia. Today in an embarrassing back down WTC have withdrawn the programme and will refund the monies to anyone who had joined. It remains to be seen what long term damage has been done to the reputation of the brand.
The 2nd and 3rd Round of the NSW Protour series was held over the weekend at Gunnedah, including the NSW Time Trial Championships on Saturday, a unique event including a 1km swim time trial in the morning, followed by a 20km bike TT at lunch, and finishing with a 5km timed run on the track. These 3 times are then added together to find the overall winner for the day, and the 2nd round of the Protour. The Sunday morning we raced again over the Sprint Distance, and I’m sure everyone who backed up felt the effects of a hard day on Saturday.
If you are heading to Noosa and are having difficulties with how to get your bike there in one piece then you might want to consider Cheeky Monkey’s bike transport option from Sydney to Noosa. The service will get your bike there in one piece and back to Sydney without the worry of finding you have a damaged bike when you take it off the plane.
Athletes will shortly start arriving in Noosa for Australia’s most popular Triathlon and Multi Sport Festival. Starting from humble beginnings in 1983, the very first Noosa Triathlon attracted only 180 competitors, helmets were optional, wetsuits were banned and cyclists got lost on the course. In the following 28 years the event has developed into the world’s second largest Olympic Distance Triathlon, behind London Triathlon, and the southern hemispheres largest Multi Sport Festival.
The women’s field this weekend is not huge but there is some good talent and hopefully there will be some good racing. Katherine Baker and Anna Cleaver are the two that Nicole Ward is putting up there as the potential winners. Kirsten Molloy is a great swimmer and could also push the field. Rebecca Eveleigh may have to come from behind but with her run she could make her way through the field. Of course Nicole Ward will be there and if she is in good form she will be looking for a podium.
The men’s half of the SiS Port Macquarie half ironman could be won by at least 6 different people this weekend. Adam Holborow, Mitch Robins, Matty White, Ollie Whistler, Tim Berkel and Tim Reed all have the talent to win on Sunday. Matty White is talking himself down but Tim Berkel is having none of that. Berkel hasn’t had the best preparation since coming back from Boulder. Mitch Robins and Tim Reed are possibly the two that the punters may have their money on.
The Hervey Bay triathlon is back and entries open on November 1, 2010. This iconic Olympic distance triathlon is the perfect opportunity to plan a great holiday in Queensland. If you missed out on a place in Ironman Australia or the half ironman then this is the perfect remedy to make up for these missed opportunities.