Archive for August, 2011
Velosophy Four Musketeers at Centennial Park this morning on their 360km TT. Great to see Lisa Marangon there as well. Lisa planned to ride with them for 5 hours.
In his first major championship since the Commonwealth Games last year Australian 10,000m record holder and Sydneysider Ben St Lawrence will be contesting the 5000m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea. The heats are on September 1st and will be shown on SBS2.
Seven-time Ironman New Zealand champion Joanna Lawn has secured the last qualifying spot for October’s Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. She will join fellow kiwis Cameron Brown and Samantha Warriner for the 35th Ironman World Championships on 8 October at Kona-Kailua. Lawn was only one spot off the initial top 25 females who secured their places at the first deadline on 31 July, and so had to wait a further month for the cut for the final five places.
Four Sydney guys, all bound for Kona, have decided to make the long hard slog of training more interesting by teaming up, adding in some big challenges on the way and also to support a charity. Velosophy’s Four Musketeers will attempt to complete a 360km team time trial in Sydney’s Centennial Park in under 10 hours. Starting at 6.00am, the ride will aim to raise awareness for Redkite’s annual Sea 2 Summit Challenge which is to be held on 19 November 2011.
After exiting the swim over three minutes behind the leaders Jordan Rapp showed is class on the bike riding over six minutes quicker than the field and then running over 5 minutes faster than the second placed Torsten Able and third placed Bert Jammer. Mary Ellis won in style over 30 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Meredith Kessler stayed in contact somewhat on the bike but once hitting the run Ellis slowly powered away from Kessler. Kim Loeffler over came a slow swim and bike to come good on the run and pass Kessler and take second spot.
2011 saw triathlon aerodymic accessory company Profile Design release it’s range of Carbon race wheels onto the international market. With triathletes quick to pick up on the race benefits of the real world tested designs that were first developed utilising Computational Fluid Dynamic technology the focus has now turned to allow road racers to enjoy the benefits too.
Australian Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald has won the 2011 Ford Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:27:36 from Americans Patrick Evoe and Justin Daerr. This was the fifth running of the event and the second time it has been won by McDonald. Last years winner Australian Paul Ambrose did not finish the event, pulling out after feeling ill
As predicted by the organisers there was huge interest in the 2012 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne with a message going up on the site saying “…all General Entry places had been accepted…” by 1.05pm AEST, just 5 minutes after registration for the 1,500 places opened. The inaugural Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship will take place in Melbourne, Australia, on March 25, 2012.
2009 Subaru Ironman Canada champion Jordan Rapp, whose injury kept him out of last year’s race, looks to reclaim his title on Sunday, August 28th in the 29th Annual Subaru Ironman Canada triathlon. It will not be an easy task, as last year’s champion, Viktor Zyemtsev, would prefer an ending more in his favour. To add a further twist to the plot, Rapp and Zyemtsev have to contend with 2008 Champion Bryan Rhodes and 2006 Champion Jasper Blake. Also racing is Australia’s Jason Shortis and Paul Attard.
Australian’s Paul Ambrose and Chris McDonald are the racing Ironman Louisville this weekend. Ambrose is back to defend the title he won last year. Ambrose has had a good year so far with a win at Racine 70.3 in July, a second the week before at Rhode Island 70.3 and fourth at Boise 70.3 in June. McDonald had a fifth at Rev3 Portland in July and a 4th at the recent Lake Stevens 70.3. Also back racing after breaking two ribs earlier this year is Amanda McKenzie.