Archive for April, 2011
It was a tale of those who wanted to do Ironman Australia but were unable to for various reasons. Two time World Champion Craig Alexander explained that he was missing a race for the first time in ten years, last time it was due to chicken pox and this time it is due to a virus. Tim Berkel is also missing the race for the first time at Port, and appeared none to happy at the prospect.
Making his 70.3 debut as a professional this weekend at Port Macquarie is Luke Gillmer. Luke has been meticulously planning this since coming back in to triathlons in 2006. After starting triathlons in Dubbo at the age of 14 and continuing until 18 Luke fell in love with the sport. At 18yrs university came around and no more triathlons happened until 2006 when he was challenged to do the Port Macquarie half ironman. This race took Luke just over 6 ½ hours.
This Sunday the Southport Broadwater Parkland will play host to 2,200 triathletes at the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial which also doubles as the grand final of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series. Junior world champion Ashleigh Gentle will end her domestic racing season at this weekend’s event after a very successful campaign starting with a second place at Noosa Triathlon back in October. Gentle then claimed a dominant win at the ITU Mooloolaba Oceania Cup last month.
Melissa Rollison could be the one to watch this weekend. Whether she can win or not will remain to be seen but she is definitely one of the more exciting women to watch race. With Michelle Wu suffering from a foot niggle and Anna Cleaver not racing Rollison has to be one of the hot favourites along with Belinda Granger, Jo Lawn and Rebekah Keat. Madeleine Oldfield is also one that could potentially win after her race at the 2XU Falls Creek long course earlier this year.
Tim Reed takes a look at the Port Macquarie 70.3 mens field and places his usual witty slant on things. With the benefit of some inside information and being a professional triathlete he can get away with a slightly more casual look at this weekend’s race.
This year sees one of the strongest fields you will see in a 70.3 race in Australia. Tim Berkel won Challenge Copenhagen 2010, Joe Gambles was 4th at the 70.3 world champs amongst many wins and podiums in 2010, Christian Kemp won the 2010 Gold coast half, Tim Reed, Josh Rix, Matty White all had podiums at major 70.3 races in the USA. Leon Griffin has a great history and ten time winner of Ironman New Zealand Cameron Brown needs no introduction. Last years 2nd placed Tim Reed is also back racing strongly.
Excitement is building as a stacked mens field gets ready for action in Port Macquarie. Can Patrick go 5 in a row, will Crowie take his first Australian title, has Jacobs got enough miles under his belt to reproduce his Kona form, will the 12 meter rule help Ogden get away on the bike, or will the Scot, Scott go one better than last year? It promises to be an interesting day.
After the Dextro Energy Sydney ITU Triathlon many age group athletes joined the stars of the sport, both short course and long, at the inaugural Triathlon Australia Celebration of Champions Dinner. Present were reigning world and Olympic champions, past World champions and some special guests from both political and sporting backgrounds to help celebrate what has been a remarkable 12 months for the sport of Triathlon in Australia.
The 2012 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, already awarded to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain is now confirmed for July 29, 2012. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of basque country and hosted the Spanish national long distance titles in 2009. The 2013 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will be held in Belfort, France on June 1-2, 2013.
Lisa Marangon has confirmed that she will be racing in Hervey Bay where she will be going up against Rachael Paxton and 2004 Athens Olympian and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Rina Hill in the relaunched 2XU Hervey Bay Olympic distance triathlon. With over $25,000 in cash and prizes on offer it is a wonder more of our top triathletes who are not racing at Port Macquarie on the same day are not racing.