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Australia has gone from having a small handful of long course triathlon in recent times to now having more than enough to fill the seasons calendar following the announcement today by USM Events of the URBAN 2.80.20 triathlon to be held in Geelong in February 2012. The organisers also announced a prize pool of $12,000 which will attract a solid field of local pros. One thing surely to annoy Victorian triathletes is that this new event is on the same weekend as Falls Creek 2/80/20 long course triathlon.
Entries to open for Port of Tauranga Half and Craigs Investment Partners Tinman triathlon from 9am tomorrow Tuesday 24th May, 2011. The Tinman has both standard (Olympic distance to everyone outside of NZ) and sprint distance triathlons. Entries start at 9am (NZ Time – UTC/GMT +12 hours) but only for people wanting to take up the ‘combo’ offer of entry in to both races. Standalone entry for the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman starts at 10am (NZ Time – UTC/GMT +12 hours).
Graham O’Grady and Joanna Lawn have won the 2011 Port Of Tauranga Half Ironman. Graham O’Grady lead from start to finish just managing to hold off a fast finishing Callum Millward who ran the half marathon just over four and a half minutes quicker than O’Grady. Jo Lawn had to fight for hers with a come from behind win over Sydney based Kiwi Anna Cleaver. Anna told Trizone today that Lawn passed her with 2 1/2kms to go in the race. Australians Rachael Paxton, Rebekah Keat and Nicole Ward were 4th, 6th and 7th.
Matilda Raynolds is in her first year as a pro and whilst she has had a few podiums at Olympic and sprint distance this is her first podium at a major long distance race. I asked her today about whether it had sunk in. The race for Matilda came off well and she was happy to be able to back herself and negative split most of her times.
Ollie Whistler won the Crowne Plaza Canberra City Half Ironman with a dominating bike leg and maintained his momentum throughout the half marathon. Michelle Wu went head to head with Lisa Marangon, a swim specialist, on the first 4km run and the bike and then put the accelerator down as she exited T2 and that was where she won the race. Luke Whitmore was second almost 6 minutes behind Ollie with Richard Munroe a further 12 seconds back. New to pro racing, Matilda Raynolds placed 3rd with the bike being the difference between her and Marangon.
New Zealand’s Anna Cleaver who now resides in Sydney, talks about her first win in the Australian half ironman series. Here she goes through the race from pre race to post race and talks about her preparation, nutrition, equipment and how each part of the race went and what races she has coming up.
Tim Reed – 2nd at Port Macquarie – talks about why this Half Ironman Triathlon is important and how the race went
There are some races that you simply want to win. Tim Reed was pondering why Port Macquarie Half Ironman is so important to him. Like nearly every race in Australia, the prize money is small but there was a much deeper motivation driving him that had him being unusually focused in his preperation for this event. After training with Tim Berkel, Matty White and other experienced professionals in Boulder he saw what sacrifices they would make to ensure that they got to a peak for big events. Read Tim’s race report and ponderings.
Mitch Robins had his breakthrough major event win at the 2010 SiS Half Ironman in Port Macquarie. He led from start to finish with the fastest times in all three disciplines. Even with a tough head wind for half of the run he still posted a fast 1:17 for the half marathon. Mitch couldn’t stop smiling all day after the win and winning his first major in his home town added to the experience for him.
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.
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.