Archive for January, 2011
The race was significant for a number of reasons. Race Manager Nick Munting had resigned from his position prior to the event and the challenge was there for volunteers, and the Triathlon NSW team, to put the race together while another director for the series is identified. The race was won by the older guard with not one person under 30 taking out the major places overall and Chris McCormack made an appearance.
By Karl Hayes Photo Gallery It was a tough day at the office for many reasons today in Nowra. The times were all a bit slower than normal. The run in particular. It was a solid 10kms and not over.The swim was a non-wetsuit, fresh water river swim. It was warm so we would have [...]
Rising New Zealand professional triathlete Jamie Whyte fought off gusting winds and a tough challenge on the run from veteran Aussie Courtney Ogden and Kiwi Bevan McKinnon to claim the biggest victory of his career with a wire-to- wire win in 9hrs 3min at the fifth Challenge Wanaka long-course triathlon Saturday. Australians Christie Sym and Josh Rix were 3rd and 5th. Read about Christie’s story leading up to the race.
Wanaka turned on a stunning day as thousands lined the lakefront and the bars and restaurants to watch world class triathlon in the latest round of the Contact Tri Series but to their dismay it was a Frenchman who stole the day and took the money from local hope Tony Dodds. Laurent Vidal showed his undoubted world class ability in running away from Dodds and Kris Gemmell on the last of three laps around the tight sprint circuit, with his ears ringing to a ‘Doddsy, Doddsy’ chant as the home fans urged their hero on to greater heights. It was all in good spirit however as the partner to New Zealand star Andrea Hewitt admitted post race that he was ‘49% Kiwi and 51% French’ to the delight of the huge crowd.
Round four of the triseries is on this weekend in Nowra. Round four sees the Olympic distance event return. Winner of the Olympic distance race in round two at Huskisson, Michael Fox is back to defend his title. Michael raced last weekend in Melbourne after a break during the Xmas season. On the microphone this weekend calling the race is Alex Price. Alex is usually racing in the men’s pro division in major races so it will be great to have Alex with his knowledge of the athletes and the sport calling the events on Sunday.
So far those to take up Dood’s challenge include Ryan Sissons, James Elvery, Laurent Vidal, Kris Gemmell, Martin Van Barneveld, Dylan McNeice and youngsters William Prior and Cameron Goldsmid with others rumoured to be joining them in the race for the cash.
Josh Rix had his best year ever of racing in 2010. He had a second at the Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan and a very close second at the Shepparton half ironman. He also placed in the top ten in four other major 70.3 races in the USA against some very strong competition. With Challenge Wanaka coming up this weekend Josh talks to Trizone about what has motivated him to get back to the top.
At the beginning of each year TNSW holds an annual camp. The camp comprises members of the various representative squads (EDS, ITU Junior/Under 23/EAS) gathering at a nominated venue for 4 days of training, technical analysis, and workshops. This year the camp was at The State Sports Centre – Runaway Bay Queensland.
Three time Gatorade Triathlon Series Winner Kristian McCartney clocked up an impressive time of 1hr, 55mins to take out the Victorian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships 2011. Doubling as the Victorian Championships, Race 3 of the Gatorade Triathlon Series was held at Sandringham on Sunday 9th January 2011, consisting of a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride [...]
This year’s Challenge Wanaka to be held on 15 January features multiple iron distance champion Belinda Granger and two times ironman champion Courtney Odgen as well as current world age group champion Belinda Harper (NZL) and Challenge Barcelona winner Jimmy Johnsen (DEN). The field includes a number of high profile international professional athletes, including the event’s largest ever men’s pro field of 14 that includes previous Challenge Wanaka winners, Luke Dragstra (CAN) and Marc Pschebizin (GER). But don’t forget Josh Rix…