Rebecca Hoschke comes from behind to win Huskisson Long Course Triathlon
After a third place at Geelong last weekend in the long course race behind Belinda Granger and Suzzanne Blackwell which included the fastest bike split of the day, Rebecca backed up a week later to go two better and take out the Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival long course female title.
Rebecca didn’t have it all her own way. Great Britain’s Jacqui Slack lead the field out of the water with a very strong swim. Slack is an Xterra racer who doesn’t normally do standard triathlons. Once out on to the bike Hoschke had to work hard to chase and catch the girls which she did on the first lap.
In the swim there was two groups with Laura Siddall mostly on her own in the middle. “The swim is not my strongest leg so I had half expected to be dropped early on. I was surprised to find myself holding my own and felt I was getting stronger as the swim went on” Siddall was in the second group out on to the bike.
“Once I caught the lead girls I then set about getting myself in to a rhythm for laps 2 & 3 on the bike as my focus for Huskisson was to run well off the bike.” Siddall moved ahead on laps 2 & 3. “I let Laura go as I had my own goals for the race.” Hoschke
Siddall was just over 30seconds ahead of Hoschke out of the water and was the stronger rider of the two. Siddall went about putting in a bike time almost one minute quicker than Hoschke knowing that with the previous day’s race still in her legs and that she would have a faster runner chasing a decent gap was needed. “I had no idea how today would pan out. This was my first long course triathlon since 2009 and I had raced the sprint triathlon yesterday which was my focus for the weekend. I had faith in my coach Spot Anderson though and was sure there was a method to his madness”.
Ahead of both Siddall and Hoschke out of the water was Rachael Paxton. Paxton didn’t have a lightening fast bike and came home with a solid but not fast run. Paxton is in the middle of Ironman training and will be racing in Ironman New Zealand on March 3.
Siddall was the first female out on to the run course with a lead of 1:30 over Hoschke. Jacqui Slack was next on to the run followed by Rachael Paxton and Monica Dalidowicz. Renata Bucher was next out with Sophie Bos-Stapley not far behind.
On the run course Siddall was aware of a very determined and faster Hoschke hunting her down.
Eventually Rebecca Hoschke triumphed over a tired Laura Siddall.”I Caught Laura before the first 5km turn around. Once I had passed her it was a matter of focusing on what I wanted to achieve for the run. I was really happy with my run split.”
Both women raced hard and presented the large crowds with a great race on what was a spectacular day once again at Huskisson.
Slack was DQ’d for not reporting in to the penalty box so the 3rd place went to Rachael Paxton.