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Belinda Granger Makes it Three in a Row at Ironman Malaysia

Marino Vanhoenacker and Belinda Granger dominated on the bike and hung on through the run in the sweltering conditions here in Malaysia today, adding another Ironman win to their already impressive resumes.



Kevin Mackinnon reports on the dominating performances in Langkawi

Published Saturday, February 27, 2010




Marino Vanhoenacker and Belinda Granger dominated on the bike and hung on through the run in the sweltering conditions here in Malaysia today, adding another Ironman win to their already impressive resumes.

Belinda Granger Ironman Malaysia 2010Granger’s win was especially rewarding, not only because it was her third win in a row, but also because it is sure sign that she’s overcome the challenges she faced over the 12 months since her win here a year ago.

After her win here in 200, Granger went in for surgery to repair an artery that feeds blood to her leg – an operation that forced her to stop training for almost three months. Because she missed the Hawaii registration here in Langkawi last year and lost her qualifying spot for the Ford Ironman World Championship, Granger found herself needing to qualify for Kona at Subaru Ironman Canada. Then, in Kona, she had to drop out of the race because she was so sick.

“It was definitely my intention to come back here and get three in a row,” she said after the race. “Now I can tick that off my list. The number one goal was to get to the finish line after being sick in Hawaii.”

After trailing only super-swimmer Hillary Biscay out of the water, Granger quickly stamped her claim on the race with an incredible 4:53 bike split. While that bike time was about five minutes slower than a year ago, Granger was hardly disappointed.

“It was different on the bike,” she said, “I found myself out there alone for a lot of the day. I’m still lacking a bit of strength on the bike compared to last year, but I think with a few more months of training I’ll get that back. I really shut down the last lap of the run, so to run faster than I did last year was a huge bonus.”

The only woman with any hope of catching Granger starting the run was Edith Niederfriniger, who found herself about 17 minutes back after the bike ride. Once she saw that Granger wasn’t going to fold out on the run course, Niederfriniger decided not to push too hard and make sure she got to the finish line, which she did in 9:35:02, which was 11:02 behind Granger’s winning time of 8:22:31.

Third went to Hillary Biscay, who was sidelined for a while during the bike with saddle problems, but managed to hang on to a slim lead over Brazil’s Ariana Monticeli to the finish – the Brazilian adds another fourth to her record along with a fourth at Ironman Wisconsin last year.

Passing the test
For Vanhoenacker, today’s race also served as a bit of redemption. After arrivingMarino Vanhoenacker Ironman Malaysia 2010 in Kona in what he felt was fantastic shape, Vanhoenacker was forced to pull out of the race because he couldn’t keep anything down. After some testing through the winter in Belgium, Vanhoenacker was here in Malaysia to test his new nutrition plan in the hottest and most humid race conditions in the sport. Whatever it was, it worked.

“I’m pretty happy with the food and the liquid – everything stayed inside today,” Vanhoenacker said with a smile. “In Kona everything I ate came right back out. Today I went hard on the bike and it all stayed in.

“I was a little bit scared coming into this race because we’ve had a really bad winter – we could have held the Olympics in Belgium with all the snow we’ve had,” he laughed. “I had just one training camp for three weeks – everything depended on that. I wasn’t sure if it was enough to win an Ironman, especially one this early in the year against guys who are coming out of their summer. I guess it works – a windtrainer in a room in the house.”

While his impressive win might have looked easy, Vanhoenacker was quick to point out that nothing could be further from the truth.

“It was really hard. It went totally different from what I expected. I anticipated a lot of resistance from Luke. He just pulled away in the swim. Then we caught him fairly soon on the bike. But then (Romain) Guillaume, he was hurting me on the hills because he’s so small and light. I thought, ‘I can try and stay and risk getting dropped on the hills, or I can try to drop him on the flat section.’ In the beginning it went slowly, just 30 seconds at a time, but in the end everyone else broke and I was able to open up a huge gap. Then, at the start of the run, I was able to gain some time, but then by about halfway it seemed like they gave up and I was able to cruise through the last lap, which was really good because I was suffering.

McKenzie would eventually pull out of the race because he “couldn’t hold anything down,” which immediately ended his hopes of defending his title.

Off the bike, Guillaume was about eight minutes behind (he lost another minute in T2), but the Frenchman was the only one who was close. Olympic bronze medalist Jan Rehula, who is in the midst of a bit of an Ironman racing comeback after a win at Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya last year, was third off the bike, but was over 20 minutes back. Fellow Olympian Hiroyuki Nishiuchi was over 30 minutes behind the Belgian as he started the run, as was Justin Granger.

As the pros started the marathon the temperature started to rise, but what affected the athletes much more was a huge rise in humidity, which made it feel like it was over 40 degrees C (102 F) out on the run course.
Which contributed to the carnage we saw through the rest of the men’s race. In the end Nishiuchi managed to catch Guillaume for second, while Granger hung tough for fourth.

“For a long time they said ‘he could only win in Austria,’” Vanhoenacker said after his race. “Now I’ve won in South Africa and Malaysia, and I started with a win in Florida.”

I’m not sure who would be saying such things – but based on his race today and his ability to deal with the oppressive heat and humidity here in Langkawi, I’d be quite happy to say that Marino Vanhoenacker can win anywhere.

Catch up with the entire day’s coverage by clicking on the link on the main page, or the coverage link on the Ironman Malaysia event page.

You can reach Kevin Mackinnon at [email protected]



Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.



Bike Fit Workshop in Sydney with Dr Andy Pruitt and Scott Holtz



Mark fit Macca before his ITU World Long Course title recently

Riders wanting a no compromise bike fit solution to rider care and performance, will be able to attend a Sydney Workshop with Dr Andy Pruitt and Scott Holtz in conjunction with Sydney’s most experienced Body Geometry Master Fitters Mark Newton and Kane McLaughlan at Jet Cycles.

Attendees will learn more about the benefits of Body Geometry Fit, the need for medically tested solutions and have the opportunity for Q&A with fitters who have a wealth of experience with fitting professional teams and athletes. There will also be a few lucky door prizes.

Where: Jet Cycles, 80 Clarence St, Sydney

When: Saturday 29th September

Time: 4:00pm

Who: Riders, coaches, and parents

Cost: Free

About Body geometry

Developed after years of working with Dr. Andy Pruitt Ed.D., PA of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and found only at your local Specialized dealer, BG FIT (Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology) is a comprehensive fit philosophy created to help cyclists ride faster, longer and in greater comfort, while reducing the chance for injury.

About Mark Newton and Jet Cycles

Mark Newton is a World Class Triathlon Coach, Sport Scientist and Body Geometry Master Fitter and fit Chris McCormack to his Shiv Tri bike which he used to win the 2012 ITU Long Distance Championships in Spain.

Jet Cycles is a Specialized Concept Store in the Sydney CBD, it is the largest dealer of Shiv Tri bikes in NSW and houses Sydney’s leading bike fit studio incorporating the only integrated multi discipline approach to rider care and performance through bike fit, coaching and correction.




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Peter Robertson’s Gamagori Memories inspire Australian Talent Academy Young Guns



Triathlon Australia’s National Talent Academy “Young Guns” won’t have to look too far for inspiration when they line up in Sunday’s ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Gamagori.

It was in 2005 in the picturesque Japanese coastal city of on Mikawa Bay that one of the legends of Australian triathlon, Peter Robertson created history when he won the last of his three World Championships.

After victories in Edmonton and Queenstown in 2001 and 2003 “Robbo” stuck to his two-year cycle to dig deep again and take a third and deserving world championship victory.

Now seven years on Robertson, 36, is one of several coaches on the NTA Young Guns tour in charge of an exciting new generation of Australian triathlon stars.

Melbourne-based Robertson has been appointed along with the likes of Craig Walton, Chris Lang and Keiran Barry to steer an exciting group of youngsters who have already made a big impression.

Queensland’s Sarah Deuble, who is coached by Dan Atkins, has already chalked up two wins from two starts in the Mooloolaba Oceania Cup and at last Sunday’s ITU Triathlon Asian Cup race in Amakusa and is looking for a third.

“I’m really enjoying my first experience with the Japanese races,” Deuble said. “Obviously Amakusa was great fun, winning the race there. I hope I can continue to race well again this weekend in Gamagori.”

Deuble was 20 seconds behind in the swim and then went on to dominate the bike and run.

Bree Jones at Amakusa

Sydney’s Bree Jones had a great start and lead to the first turning buoy but was forced wide and wasn’t aggressive enough to hold position so lost time to the lead three Japanese athletes. A four-women second pack lead by Jones and included Kirralee Pride with Deuble was further 20 seconds behind and out by herself.

Onto the bike the Japanese trio tried to form a lead while the group formed behind and included all three Aussie girls. They were caught at the 15km mark.

The group completed the bike together with Deuble making a very smart, very sneaky move at the end, finishing the bike about 100m off the front, the bike course finished with a moderately steep downhill with a shallow turn mid-way through.

She positioned herself on the front for the dismount line but the Asian athletes all braked for the downhill and Sarah managed to roll off the front.

Deuble then built a lead from there and raced out of sight, finishing 1min clear of Japanese pair Kirra and Sato who ran together until the last kilometre where Kirra managed to get a small break on the last small rise before the finish.

“On the last hill of the bike I managed to break away from everyone and had about a handy lead on the field going down the hill but then I didn’t realise that the dismount line was so close so when I got to the line I had to fully slam on my breaks to not go over it as I still had to get one of my feet out,” Deuble said.

“By the time I did this the main pack had all caught me so I was a little disappointed about that but I still managed to be third out of transition onto the run.

“Then on the run I started off at a nice comfortable pace and just eased into the first 1km and then at about the 2km mark which was this long gradual hill I pulled away.

“From then on I led the whole way although I started to struggle at about the 8km mark with a really bad stitch.

“Over the last 2km I just tried to push through the pain as best I could and finally at about 500m to go the pain finally subsided and I was able to finish strongly.

“Overall I was really happy with how I raced, I was just annoyed at my dismount but apart from that everything else ran smoothly.

“My transitions were nice and fast so hopefully coach Dan Atkins will be pleased with that.”

Mitch Keally wins Bronze in the Men’s race

In the men’s race it was Shane Barry and Taylor Cecil who led out of water with a five to seven second lead to a group of men including former Commonwealth Games athlete Mitch Kealy (who would go on to finish third) Marcel Walkington, Kenji Nener and Kane Simpson.

Michael Gosman was a further 10sec back with another Japanese athlete. Sam Speachley was 1.10min down on the leaders.

On the mount line Kim (Korea) ran into the back of Walkington who broke his rear derailleur resulting in a DNF.

This group formed a lead pack of 12 men on the bike that worked well together to build a 2 min plus gap on the chasers.

Onto the run a lead group of 10 formed straight away with Michael Gosman falling off the pace out of transition.

Mitch, Taylor and Shane ran at the front until the 4km mark where Svarc (CZE) and Goldsmith (NZL) formed a small break on the steep downhill.

Goldsmith built a strong lead from there and looked well in control from the 8km mark and was never headed.

Svarc built a small lead but that was cut in the last 1km as Mitch and Taylor finished strongly dropping Shane over the last rise on the course a bridge with 1km to go.

Svarc held on while Kealy and Taylor had a sprint finish for 3rd (the race finished on a tartan track for the final 300m) with Barry fifth, Shaw sixth and Nenner seventh and Simpson ninth – giving Australia six of the top ten.

As for Robertson he can’t wait to get back to the Gamagori course with so many great memories.

“After winning the world champs in 2005 in Gamagori I can’t wait to return this time to watch and support the young guns from Australia!” said the duel Olympian.

“The Japanese always put on great events and I sure Gamagori will once again be exciting racing. A little less painful for me this time around though!”



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Guy Crawford Reports in on the Hawaii 70.3 and whether to try and match Lance Armstrong on the bike



By Guy Crawford

Kate (Bevilaqua) and I love coming to the big Island to race and train, Although this time the wind made it really hard for me to enjoy the Queen K.

Guy and Kate in Kona

For the week leading into the Hawaii 70.3 Kate and I based ourselves in Kona. Our last long ride to the bottom of Hawi was crazy the cross winds made it really hard to keep your line on the road and then later in the week the wind seemed to increase. OH NO!!

Come race day the forecast was wind, wind and then a little more wind… With Lance Armstrong on the start line the media seemed a tad heavier than usual (which was cool).


Once the gun sounded and the initial white wash of the start settled down I found myself on Lance’s feet and continued to swim in the top 5. The swim was as I expected it to be (a big group) and 8 of us exited the water within 15 sec’s of each other.

Now here was where I had to make a decision ride for as long as I could with the likes of Lance, Greg, Chris and the GCM AKA Maiki or ride my race. I decided to ride my race (In hind sight maybe I should have tried to ride a bit harder in the beginning) however decisions made and I was feeling really good riding at a comfortably hard pace.

Riding up Hawi was crazy the wind felt like it was pushing my front wheel out from under me. Congratulations to all that got through that ride, it was intense.

A couple of Mermaids...

At the Turn I had lost some serious time to Lance and quite a bit to the other 3 in front. I decided to ride hard down Hawi, the wind played with my head a few times, but I rode through it for the most part and was stoked with the way I descended. You have to keep thoughts like ‘If I fall off at this speed, I’m probably going to die’ out of your head.

Onto the run and by this point the field was totally split apart, I ran out of transition and onto the golf course where the spongy grass started sapping the energy from my body… YAY… for the first 34 miles I didn’t see a soul, except for the awesome aid station volunteers. Then once out on the first real road section I spotted Maiki and Chris still 68mins up the road. I kept my pace and tried to run strong through the windy sections and fast with the tail wind.

Leading into the last 2 miles I could see the gap to Chris and Maiki was coming down quickly, 3mins , 2mins, 90sec and then 1min… I was running people down (that doesn’t usually happen) In the end I ran out of real estate and was 64 sec’s off the podium.

Happy with my day, mixing it up with some of the best in the sport. The guys in front are all legends in triathlon.

Big congratulations to everyone who battled the wind (Pele) and finished in those conditions.

Now it’s time to recover and then start our build for IM CDA in 3 weeks time.

Thanks to my sponsors and supporters…

K‐Swiss , blueseventy, Ceepo , Rolf Prima, Xu1 Sports , nuun, Vision, FSA, Ryders, Rocktape, Challenge Tyres, SaltStick, Swimsmooth and Bont

You can follow Guy Crawford on Twitter or find out more by visiting his website

You can also read Kate Bevilaqua’s race report here.

Results (full details

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall
Armstrong, Lance USA 0:23:22 2:01:46 1:22:29 3:50:55 1 1
Bennett, Greg USA 0:23:17 2:08:48 1:18:21 3:53:41 2 2
Lieto, Chris USA 0:23:31 2:04:46 1:33:41 4:05:55 3 3
Twelsiek, Maik USA 0:23:25 2:08:58 1:30:01 4:06:16 4 4
Crawford, Guy AUS 0:23:26 2:15:42 1:24:15 4:06:59 5 5
Jeuland, Jose FRA 0:25:23 2:23:55 1:19:11 4:12:24 6 6
Bowstead, James NZL 0:25:19 2:21:45 1:23:09 4:13:45 7 7
Hauth, Chris USA 0:23:36 2:24:44 1:23:33 4:16:54 1 8
Bowstead, Mark NZL 0:23:32 2:21:01 1:30:05 4:18:05 8 9
Marr, Timothy USA 0:23:16 2:21:26 1:30:45 4:18:58 9 10
Henderson, Penn USA 0:31:42 2:13:20 1:30:18 4:20:45 2 11
Lubinski, Jim USA 0:34:35 2:20:16 1:22:19 4:21:16 10 12
Smith, Jason USA 0:26:57 2:21:24 1:31:27 4:23:49 11 13
Vonach, Thomas J. AUT 0:30:16 2:23:23 1:25:22 4:23:52 3 14
Ureta, Pablo SWI 0:30:04 2:24:40 1:25:30 4:24:17 1 15
Bradford, Christopher AUS 0:30:58 2:23:30 1:25:48 4:24:24 1 16
Smith, Reilly USA 0:31:03 2:19:52 1:29:01 4:25:13 2 17
Corbin, Linsey USA 0:27:10 2:25:02 1:29:58 4:26:09 1 18
Williams, Benjamin USA 0:30:05 2:26:27 1:26:17 4:26:36 1 19
Ziesler, Sebe USA 0:30:09 2:24:09 1:27:49 4:26:52 2 20
Grabinger, J.R. USA 0:32:32 2:15:49 1:33:31 4:27:06 3 21
Grant, Julia NZL 0:27:01 2:28:37 1:30:49 4:30:17 2 22
Montgomery, Michael USA 0:31:22 2:24:53 1:29:34 4:30:49 4 23
Walsh, Beth USA 0:27:44 2:32:25 1:27:54 4:31:47 3 24
Douglas, Cadeyrn AUS 0:30:15 2:28:54 1:28:38 4:32:07 2 25
Wee, Bree USA 0:27:01 2:29:10 1:32:51 4:32:45 4 26
Geoghegan, Mark USA 0:31:39 2:30:33 1:26:36 4:32:56 1 27
Radcliffe, Rob USA 0:32:30 2:27:19 1:29:53 4:34:40 4 28
Berg, Chris USA 0:33:14 2:29:20 1:28:29 4:35:39 3 29
Oh, Young Hwan KOR 0:31:18 2:30:40 1:29:09 4:36:21 3 30





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Australian Triathlon Olympic Team Voting Results



We ran a poll on Trizone a couple of weeks ago to get some feedback from the Australian triathlon community. 474 people voted on who they wanted in the Australian Triathlon Team for the Olympics. It was interesting to watch the voting. Macca and Atkinson were the overwhelming favourites to fill the remaining two men’s spots. Brendan Sexton received  around about 12% of the men’s votes. Interestingly Macca received 1% of the vote to fill one of the female spots.

For the record Brad Kahlefledt and Emma Moffatt are already in the team.

In the women’s voting things were heavily weighted towards Erin Densham for obvious reasons. However voting for the third spot was interesting. It was all Emma Snowsill for the first few days then over a 2-3 hour period on a Thursday afternoon there was a plunge on Emma Jackson and she swept to the lead and remained there until we closed the poll.

The talk is that Snowy will get the 3rd spot and it is pretty obvious that Erin Densham is the number 2.

A lot of people are questioning why Ashleigh Gentle’s name is not being mentioned. The word is that she is still young and not quite consistent enough but is definitely being groomed for the Olympics in Rio 2016. Along with Emma Jackson and whoever else we will have an incredibly strong female Olympic team in four years time.

In the men’s team things are not quite as straight forward. Courtney Atkinson has come good recently and with his past form will get the nod for spot number two. To everyone it looks like Chris McCormack should get the nod ahead of Brendan Sexton. However the inside talk is that Sexton has met more of the selection criteria over the last year.

In Sydney during the ITU it was obvious who the triathlon public wanted to see in the London 2012 team. Everytime Macca came past the cheers were huge.

Sexton seems to be struggling to get out of the water and is then struggling to get back in to the race.

A dark horse would be Aaron Royle. If it wasn’t for a major mistake in T1 Royle could very well have placed top 10 in Madrid. Coming out of the water with the leaders Royle then proceeded to follow them through transition forgetting that he was around number 49 not 9. So he had to double back to get his bike and missed the front pack. In saying this Royle has not had the opportunity over the last year to meet selection criteria.

Let’s see what happens this weekend.

Click here to see the voting results




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Triathlon Australia’s Newest Board Member Mick Maroney wants to Connect Triathletes with the Board



The appointment of Dr Mick Maroney to the Triathlon Australia board recently has been met with a positive reaction from the general triathlon community in Australia. A professional in the sport in the late 80s and 90s Mick Maroney brings a true ‘triathlon’ representation to the sport’s governing body.

Mick Maroney on his way to yet another title in Sydney

Maroney has replaced Michelle Gallen on the TA board. “I have jumped at this great opportunity. Whilst it is an 18 month term I hope to be involved at this level for a lot longer. I would like to eventually be involved in the High Performance area in TA post London.”

Maroney is adament that he wants to be a conduit for communication between the general Australia triathlon community and the board. “I am passionate about the sport as everyone who knows me is aware of. I want to be someone that triathletes in Australia feel they can come to and talk about anything that is going on in the sport.”

Many newcomers to triathlon will not be so familiar with Mick Maroney, especially if they are from outside NSW. These days you will see Mick racing the NSW triseries, TriShave Sprint Series and world ITU age group championships. In 2009 and 2011 Mick won the ITU world sprint championship title for his age group and regularly wins NSW sprint race and always his age group. At 45 he is still showing the young guys and girls how to race. He has been heavily involved in the junior development of the sport.

In 1989 Maroney won the Noosa triathlon title and was selected the following year in the elite team. He then went on to race domestically and made the unselfish decision to travel the world and support his young sister in her swimming endeavours. You can find photos of Mick standing with Fidal Castro in Cuba when Susie Maroney famously swum from Florida to Cuba amongst many other great endeavours.

Out of school Mick followed his father’s (deputy police commissioner ) footsteps in to the police force. This lasted for only a couple of years before he realised it was not for him. He went on to do triathlons professionally for a few years.

In 2001 he stepped down from racing completely and didn’t take it up again until 2006 when the children were getting a little older.

Maroney came from a swimming background. “When we started we knew nothing about triathlon. I spent all my time reading magazines from the US trying to work out what to do. A long with a number of other pioneers of the sport we developed a bunch of guys in Cronulla like Troy Fidler, Greg Welch, a young Chris McCormack, Craig Alexander, Brad Bevan occasionally turned up along with Peter Roberston, among others.”

People like the great Scott Mollina where his idols and what got him in to the sport. Something that a lot of newcomers to the sport don’t have. The past greats of the sport were what attracted people to triathlon. These days it is more about lifestyle for most people.

After pulling back from the sport and supporting Susie in her endeavours Mick became a fireman. “While my colleagues were watching Foxtel I was studying to get a degree so that I could become a teacher. I wanted to get a career that would be ideal for family life and triathlon coaching.” He now teaches PE full time and also lectures at university in Educational Psychology. Mick received a Doctorate in Education Psychology after doing extensive studies and papers on adolescent development.

I took the opportunity to ask what everyone wants to know. Is the way that TA selects the Olympic team is working? “The process is a collaborative process and is put together by a number of parties. TA really only looks at the process to make sure that it is followed. The selection committee makes the policy in collaboration with coaches and athletes. TA oversees its implementation.”

Could TA communicate this better to the triathlon public so that there is less ‘TA bashing’ taking place?

“The board is a representation of the membership. Some information bandied about is incorrect. The board has copped a bit of flack when all it is doing is following a process. The communication process could be improved no doubt. But that is more my opinion as a triathlete.”

“The board doesn’t say this person should be in and this person shouldn’t. The board simply makes sure that process is followed.”

On the board because he thinks he could make a difference. “I hope that people in the sport will come to me and tell me what they are not happy with so I can make a difference. It is alright to complain after but what about tell me earlier if there are things you are not happy about. We need to hear from people on what is working and what isn’t.” Mick hopes this will happen.




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Inaugural Port Stephens triseries a Huge Success



The end of season and inaugural triseries race at Port Stephens last weekend was a great success with Elite Energy holding their usual three race format and putting on a great triathlon festival. A race for everyone is what seems to make these events so great. The weather was perfect and the times the main races were held was ideal for Sydneysiders and those travelling to the race on the day.

How warm was it for mid May? You did not need a wetsuit and in the Sprint race there really was no advantage. With the rip dragging everyone out to the first buoy it was really only and couple of hundred meters of swimming before we had to stand up and run another couple of hundred meters in calf deep water. That was hard!!

Kieran Roche winning the Olympic Distance - Photo Credit: Victor Lee

In the main race of the day Kieran Roche and Caroline Sweeney took the overall Olympic distance honours. In the men’s open category Roche pulled away on the bike from second placed Sam Douglas and was never headed. He ran a 36:42 to cap off a successful race.

First time to the open category was Wollongong’s Nathan Miller racing in the Mark Scott stripes. Miller headed out of T2, along with Shaun Vidler, ahead of Ben Hammond. Hammond fell off the pace in the bike leg towards the end but had enough of a run in him to get over the top of Miller and take third place.

(Victor Lee’s photos from the day can be viewed here)

Upstaging them all though was age grouper Adam Conquest who’s race time put him in second place overall. Conquest is known for his very strong bike but backed it up with a run that was faster than the open guys to have the third fastest run time overall. The three fastest runs of the day all went to age groupers. Balmoral’s Owain Matthews posted a 34:59 to continue his impressive start to the sport of triathlon. The renowned runner from Great Britain is loving the multi discipline sport. He is still playing with the balance between the bike and run. Jarred Adams posted the second fastest run with a 36:14. Adams works with Mark Newton at Jet Cycles and is part of the coaching team that looks after Douglas and Roche.

In the women’s race there was again a lack of open females racing. This is no slight on Elite Energy as there have been a distinct lack of open females racing this season everywhere. Brook Langereis was down to race open but with no other open female entrants she changed to her age group which she duly won.

Caroline Sweeney eventually took the overall title. This ‘Wonder Women’ (full time worker, mother of two pre schoolers, violinist in the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra) has made a fairly decent comeback to the sport of triathlon after taking time out to have her two children. Although Sweeney’s swim was almost three minutes behind Langereis she was able to use her strong bike / run combo to finish almost three minutes ahead of Langereis.

Julie Uebel finished third overall.

In the Sprint race we were lucky as always to watch the ability of 45 year old Mick Maroney as he claimed the overall fastest time of the day. He decided to redline all day and see how long he could keep the pace up. Until the end as we found out. He pulled out one of his fastest runs of the year in doing so.

Cameron Roberts and Luke Chalker rounded out the overall podium. In doing so Roberts won the 16-17 age group and Chalker won the 14-15 age group. Roberts ran a 16:46 for the 5kms and rode very well.

In the women’s race South African Anel Stewart had a solid hit out and was the fastest female on the day with Balmoral’s Hannah Lawrence second overall and Michelle Wiseman third. Stewart has raced at ITU level and on her day is a very fast triathlete. Lawrence is a solid age grouper with some good potential. Loves racing and is always positive and outgoing.

Elite Energy puts on triathlon festivals that we love going to. The atmosphere and vibe from the team is always great. From a couple of events (including Husky of course) three years ago to over 10 triathlon festivals next year is a significant growth curve.








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Australian Triathlon Olympic Team Makeup – Have your say!



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Triathlon on TV in May – One HD



Channel Ten’s One HD has 10 triathlon programs still to run in May. Saturday May 12 at 1pm sees Ironman Melbourne with a repeat on Sunday at 4:30pm. The San Diego round of the ITU will be shown on Wednesday, Thursday and with highlights early Friday morning next week.


  • Sat May 12: Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship, 1-2pm
  • Sun May 13: Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship, 4.30-5.30pm (repeat)
  • Wed May 16: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Womens Race, 12-2.30pm
  • Thur May 17: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Mens Race, 12-2.30pm
  • Fri May 18: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 6-7am
  • Mon May 21: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Womens Race, 6-8.30am (repeat)
  • Mon May 21: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Mens Race, 8.30-11am (repeat)
  • Wed May 23: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 2-3am (repeat)
  • Sat May 26: Ironman Australia 2011, 6-7am
  • Sat May 26: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 7-8am (repeat)



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James Hodge and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan win Ironman 70.3 Busselton 2012



20yr old James Hodge has lead from start to finish to take out the 2012 Ironman 70.3 in Busselton. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan came from behind in the run to take her win with a barnstorming run. Hodge held out a fast finishing Matty White to take the win. Sheedy-Ryan had a lot of time to make up after a bike time around 6min slower than the three women in front of her. Kate Bevilaqua was second with Lisa Marangon taking third.

James Hodge winning the ITU World Champs

Pete Jacobs has called Belinda Granger’s sprint finish to get over Michelle Wu and take fourth overall one of the best ever.

Young Hodge held out an impressive 70.3 field to take this win. He has had the race of his life.eFilicity

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan smoked the run with a 1:20:24 to be right up there with the fastest guys and six minutes faster over the 21.1kms than the next woman.







1 HODGE, James 20/Pro 0:25:04 2:07:43 1:19:26 3:55:08
2 WHITE, Matty 34/Pro 0:28:12 2:06:06 1:19:20 3:56:33
3 MILLWARD, Callum 29/Pro 0:28:14 2:08:14 1:18:46 3:58:07
4 MCKENZIE, Luke 30/Pro 0:25:47 2:08:32 1:23:36 4:00:51
5 O’GRADY, Graham 30/Pro 0:24:56 2:09:27 1:24:04 4:01:28
6 GEE, Mike 34/Pro 0:30:03 2:09:06 1:19:39 4:02:02
7 CRAWFORD, Guy 32/Pro 0:26:14 2:10:11 1:23:45 4:03:00
8 BAILEY, Matt 22/Pro 0:26:16 2:10:09 1:24:17 4:03:53
9 POLSON, John 25/Pro 0:31:04 2:11:42 1:18:54 4:04:44
10 KENT, Michael 27/Pro 0:32:34 2:10:15 1:24:02 4:09:57
11 BLACK, Jamie 32/30-34 0:31:56 2:13:48 1:22:49 4:12:05
12 BORG, Johan 23/Pro 0:33:49 2:10:22 1:24:26 4:12:26
13 ELLIOTT, Ben 21/Open 0:28:44 2:12:52 1:28:32 4:13:22
14 MENDUM, Neil 39/40-44 0:33:44 2:12:17 1:24:59 4:14:51
15 BAKOWSKI, Thomas 31/Open 0:35:24 2:13:50 4:15:04 4:15:04
16 FELBABEL, Erich 34/Pro 0:33:49 2:11:22 1:26:28 4:15:06
17 MACKAY, Paul 33/Pro 0:28:00 2:14:11 1:30:27 4:15:27
18 BEVEGE, Simon 28/Open 0:35:29 2:18:01 4:16:37 4:16:37
19 WAUER, Brad 21/18-24 0:30:48 2:18:57 1:23:57 4:17:28
20 REITHMEIER, Alex 29/25-29 0:28:47 2:18:22 1:26:46 4:17:42
21 BAUGH, Ryan 36/Open 0:30:32 2:19:32 1:24:29 4:17:59
22 ATTAMIMI, Assad 36/35-39 0:34:01 2:21:08 1:22:20 4:20:54
23 GILLMER, Luke 29/Pro 0:30:02 2:13:35 1:34:26 4:21:31
24 CAMERON, Luke 34/30-34 0:35:23 2:11:38 1:32:18 4:24:09
25 JACOBS, Julian 23/18-24 0:05:46 2:27:26 1:46:08 4:25:59
26 JOHNSON, Brett 29/25-29 2:35:59 2:23:38 1:50:39 4:26:38
27 TYACK, Andrew 23/18-24 0:31:30 2:14:29 1:37:35 4:26:44
28 PRESS, Alistair 44/40-44 0:36:59 2:18:29 1:27:13 4:26:50
29 WALL, Brad 27/25-29 0:30:08 2:20:08 4:26:53 4:26:53
30 AUSTIN, Mike 31/30-34 0:36:21 2:17:00 1:30:20 4:27:03
31 MCDONALD, Deiter 38/35-39 0:35:02 2:19:16 1:30:03 4:27:53
32 WALKER, Andrew 38/35-39 0:36:34 2:21:58 1:26:32 4:28:53
33 RHINE, Jason 27/25-29 0:30:43 2:30:18 1:25:04 4:29:32
34 BURTON, Luke 23/18-24 0:30:53 2:18:53 1:35:59 4:29:37
35 KIMPTON, Craig 45/45-49 0:34:45 2:15:59 1:34:26 4:29:50
36 ILLINGWORTH, Matt 43/Open 0:33:15 2:05:34 1:47:24 4:30:16
37 DEGAN, Dean 40/40-44 0:39:30 2:18:12 1:29:34 4:30:53
1 SHEEDY-RYAN, Felicity 27/Pro 0:30:53 2:27:03 1:20:24 4:21:27
2 BEVILAQUA, Kate 34/Pro 0:31:02 2:21:30 1:26:29 4:22:19
3 MARANGON, Lisa 31/Pro 0:29:51 2:20:07 1:31:12 4:24:46
4 GRANGER, Belinda 41/Pro 0:31:25 2:20:57 1:32:17 4:28:39
5 WU, Michelle 29/Pro 0:31:29 2:22:33 1:31:21 4:28:50
6 HOSCHKE, Rebecca 35/Pro 0:35:48 2:26:40 4:38:27 4:38:27
7 CASTLE, Ange 28/Pro 0:37:18 2:28:36 1:31:19 4:40:39
8 PAXTON, Rachael 27/Pro 0:33:38 2:31:08 1:35:45 4:43:58
9 HAZELL, Anna-Lee 28/25-29 0:30:11 2:36:18 1:33:53 4:44:13
10 GIBB, Katey 25/Open 0:32:28 2:34:46 1:36:26 4:47:30
11 CARVALLO, Valentina 26/Pro 0:33:40 2:29:47 4:47:48 4:47:48
12 GAILER, Joy 41/40-44 0:35:33 2:31:55 1:36:23 4:48:21
13 FLANAGAN, Kira 24/25-29 0:34:28 2:32:48 1:37:34 4:48:58
14 O’ BRIEN, Eimear 28/25-29 0:39:23 2:35:06 1:32:14 4:50:28
15 JONES, Lauren 28/25-29 0:33:27 2:35:15 1:38:29 4:51:48
16 KING, Helen 24/18-24 0:36:44 2:29:21 1:42:15 4:52:31
17 HUSTON, Jessica 27/25-29 0:37:18 2:25:23 1:45:38 4:52:54
18 WILLIS, Janine 37/35-39 0:33:29 2:32:16 1:43:50 4:53:39
19 DELAURENTIS, Lisa 31/30-34 0:31:35 2:26:30 1:51:15 4:53:50
20 BOYES, Michelle 42/40-44 0:37:29 2:27:15 1:46:04 4:54:30
21 BROWNLEY, Jody 38/35-39 0:38:21 2:36:36 1:35:30 4:54:47
22 GILLARD, Emma 42/40-44 0:43:26 2:32:31 1:34:58 4:55:21
23 CROWE, Sandy 27/Open 0:39:00 2:35:27 1:37:47 4:56:00
24 CRIDDLE, Pam 34/35-39 0:36:16 2:31:31 1:44:14 4:56:50
25 WARD, June 50/50-54 0:38:15 2:36:59 1:37:32 4:57:08
26 EASTWOOD, Annette 31/30-34 0:00:00 2:40:26 4:58:26 4:58:26
27 WESLEY, Loretta 48/45-49 0:38:46 2:37:09 1:38:07 4:58:52







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Eddy Merckx Cycles and Lexus Testing New Prototype Time Trial Bike



Following the news about Eddy Merckx Holding tapping new sources of funds to the tune of 7.4 million euros, we hear that the R&D department has also been busy. Apparently Eddy Merckx Cycles plans to explore new materials and improved cycle aerodynamics. Its inspiration in this effort will be Lexus automobiles.

Work has already started on a first experimental project: the development of a prototype time trial bicycle. Called the ETT, the new bike is the star of a youtube video filmed in a wind tunnel belonging to TMG, the Cologne-based motorsport division of Toyota. The video is a tantalizing hint of things to come and shows how the engineers at Eddy Merckx Cycles see how the advanced technology used by Lexus could be applied to racing bikes.

Testing in the wind tunnel

In the future Eddy Merckx hopes to distinguish itself from its rivals by investing in carbon technology and by optimizing the aerodynamics of its bikes. To do this the company is seeking inspiration from Lexus, which shares a number of important brand values with Merckx such as high performance, innovation and environmental care.

Lexus has an enviable reputation for its powerful engines and carbon technology. This reputation is embodied in its supercar, the LFA, with a chassis and body largely made from advanced Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), which provides a light, incredibly strong structure with high impact strength. The 4.8 litre engine delivers 560 hp, enough to power the car to 325 km an hour.

Much can be learned about aerodynamics from the Lexus LFA. The virtually flat underbody and the active spoiler ensure impressive downforce at high speed.

Real-life testing of the new ETT (Eddy Merckx Time Trial) will start in the spring, when professional cycling teams (Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator and Wallonie-Bruxelles/Crédit Agricole) sponsored by Merckx will take it on the roads. For those of you who just can’t wait though, check out the video below to see the new bike in the Lexus wind tunnel.

Kurt Moons, CEO at Eddy Merckx Cycles, “I’m really looking forward to working with Lexus. I’m sure that this is a huge opportunity for us to learn from their expertise in materials science and aerodynamics”.

Jozef Vandecruys, General Manager Marketing Communications & Network Development Lexus Europe, “We are all excited by the prospect of working with Eddy Merckx Cycles. It’s a famous name with a history that speaks to our imagination.”


Everything Eddy Merckx Cycles does is a tribute to the man who was the greatest cyclist of all time. What better motivation could there be for making the best and most attractive racing bikes in the world and getting as many cycling enthusiasts as possible to ride them? The firm takes the legend of man and bike and links them fluently and innovatively to the promising future of the Eddy Merckx brand.

Started by Eddy Merckx himself in 1980 and still based in Belgium, Eddy Merckx Cycles distributes high-end racing bikes in over 18 countries via 15 partner distributors. In the Benelux the brand is distributed by 80 or so official Eddy Merckx cycle dealers.

Eddy Merckx Cycles currently sponsors two professional cycle teams, Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator and Wallonie-Bruxelles/Crédit Agricole.

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Launched in 1989, Lexus is known throughout the world for its pursuit of perfection, the outstanding quality and technological superiority of its cars, and its unique approach to all-in customer service.

The unique market position of Lexus is also the result of the L-Finesse design philosophy which builds on and highlights the unequalled quality, luxurious interiors and state-of-the-art technology of Lexus products.

Lexus continues to the first and only ranking car maker that offers an extensive full hybrid range, comprising the RX 450h, GS 450h, LS 600h and the new CT 200h models. In Europe, models equipped with the Lexus Hybrid Drive already represent 60% of all Lexus sales.

Worldwide Lexus sold 404,000 cars in 2011, including 43,637 in Europe.


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