The Caloundra Triathlon will play host to some of Queensland’s best senior and junior talent this Sunday for Race 5 of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series.
Unlike any other event in the series, Race 5 will host the Seven Sunshine Coast Enduro Triathlon, an elite only race that sees the best in the sport contest a short, multi-lap sprint distance triathlon – making for great spectator viewing.
The non-traditional racing format will test the versatility of elite athletes and will see them complete a 400m swim, 7km cycle and 1.8km, followed by another 200m swim, 7km cycle and 1.8km run before they cross the finish line.
With a total prize purse of $15,000 up for grabs this unique event has attracted some of Australia’s, top young elites.
In the women’s event, World Junior Champion Ashleigh Gentle and Courtney Gilfillan will be up against international stars Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and Liz Blatchford (UK) for the title and cash.
Gentle, will head into the race as slight favourite from Sweetland and Blatchford on the back of her recent good form with a win in Devonport at the ITU Sprint Triathlon last month. The 19 year old also claiming a coveted second place at the 2010 Noosa Triathlon but after finishing second at this race last year has her sights set on the big prize.
Blatchford is sure to be at the top of the field as she uses this race as preparation for the upcoming international season that gets underway at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup next month and the season opener Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Sydney event.
Sweetland won the ITU World Cup at Mooloolaba in 2009 and recently took out silver medals at the U23 World Championship at Budapest and at the Premium Pan American Cup in Kelowna. Sweetland will also use the event to fine tune her racing skills ahead of Mooloolaba ITU World Cup.
Gilfillan has emerged from the junior ranks to be one of Australia’s new generation elites and will be keen to show the crowds at Caloundra that she is a force to be reckoned with after placing second at Race 4 in the Gatorade QTS at Robina last month.
The men’s event will also be hotly contested with the Sunshine Coast’s Tim George and Ben Shaw hoping their inside knowledge of the course will play to their advantage.
George and Shaw will have to hold off a swag of other young elite competitors including 2009/10 series winner Bryce McMaster, who is proving himself to be one to watch out for after placing in the top 10 at Noosa Triathlon last year.
â€œThe past year has been a whole new learning curve for me,â€ McMaster said, who only received his professional licence in 2010.
Brisbane’s Sam Betten is also coming into some good form after a win in round 4 at Robina, his first race of the season after a heavy training block.
‘I think it’s going to be a hard and fast race, the short distances mean that you have to race hard from the front if you expect to be there on the final run,â€ said Betten.
‘It felt great to kick start my 2011 by winning the Gatorade Series race at Robina. I’ve been doing a lot more training at race intensity since then so I would say I’m a lot more prepared to race than I was 2 weeks ago.’
‘I raced last year’s event and although I didn’t get the result I was after, learnt a lot on how to attack the Enduro race format. I’m hoping this experience will give me an edge over my competitors come Sunday’
Sam is hoping for an early birthday present as he will celebrate his 23rd birthday the following day.
Brisbane’s Chris Rawling, who crossed the line second at Race 4 in the series, suffered horrific injuries two years ago during the Airlie Beach Triathlon and is charging his way back from injury to compete in the elite event up against the current 2010/2011 Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series leader, Bryce McMaster.
â€œIt’s just so good to be back racing, it’s taken a long time but I’m slowly getting back to my best,â€ said Rawling on his third place at Race 2 in Raby Bay.
USM EVENTS Managing Director Geoff Meyer says come race day there will be plenty of action and new names to keep an eye on.
â€œThe Gatorade Series has provided a great platform for unveiling new talent within our junior ranks and those on the brink of stepping up to the elite category,â€ said Mr Meyer..
â€œThe racing is sure to be extremely intense, highly competitive and very spectator friendly,â€ said Meyer.
Aside from the Seven Sunshine Coast Enduro Tri, Sunday’s event will also serve up Race 5 of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series.
The Sunshine Coast will be well represented in the open female event with Yaroomba’s Brigitte Fischer, 2010 Caloundra Triathlon Open Female Winner, up against Buderim’s Chloe Turner, 2010 Gatorade Queensland Tri Series Female Runner-Up.
Sunshine Coast’s Ben Holland, who took out the 2009/10 Gatorade Series, will be looking to impress the home crowd without the pressure of George, Shaw or McMaster who are competing in the elite event.
However, the Gatorade QTS isn’t all about the elite and open competitor’s, the series caters for all levels of entrants and offers two distances for competitors aged 13 to 80+ and one category especially for kids.
With categories like Mates Wave, Clydesdales, First Timers as part of The Courier-Mail Kool Kids, teams and the Enticer distance for newcomers there really is an event and distance to suit any it is little wonder this sport has taken off, giving everyone a chance to experience the thrill of this swim, bike and run phenomenon.
Gatorade QTS Race 5 Distances:
QTS – 400m swim | 15km cycle | 4km run
Enticer – 200m swim | 5km cycle | 2km run
The Courier-Mail Kool Kids – 100m swim | 2km cycle | 400m run
6.45am – The Courier-Mail Kool Kids
7.00am – Enticer
7.30am – Gatorade QTS
Seven Sunshine Coast Enduro Tri:
9.45am – Elite Female Race Start
10.40am â€“ Elite Male Race Start
Swim 1: – 400m
Cycle 1: – 7km
Run 1: – 1800m
Swim 2: – 200m
Cycle 2: – 7km
Run 2: – 1800m
Woorim Park, Golden Beach, Caloundra
Entries and detailed information available at www.usmevents.com.au
Ironman World Championship: Europeans Dominate and Records Fall
European dominance of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona has continued but not as the pre-race script had been written.
While Switzerland’s “Angry Bird” Daniela Ryf made it three Kona victories, it was not defending champion Jan Frodeno’s day, with the men’s championship title transferring to fellow countryman Patrick Lange.
Coming from a nine-minute deficit off the bike, Lange revelled in near perfect conditions to write himself into the IRONMAN history books to destroy the course record set in 2011 by Australian Craig Alexander, with a 2:39:59 marathon that helped deliver a total race time of 8:01:40.
In a record-breaking day, Aussie Cameron Wurf won the battle of the bikers taking control of the race at the 110km mark and leading into the bike/run transition to set a new bike course record of 4:12:54, more than five minutes faster than Normann Stadler’s 2006 record.
Wurf surrendered his lead early on in the run, as Lionel Sanders (CAN and Sebastian Kienle (GER) made their presence felt, but very quickly all eyes turned to a charging Patrick Lange who had moved into third at 21km of the marathon intent on reducing the six-minute deficit to the leading Sanders.
Lange was on a mission and keen to improve on his third place last year and with 5km to go on the run he flew past Sanders, heading for town and the adoring crowd lining the run course and the finish line on Ali’i Drive.
“It’s everything I ever dreamed of. Oh, my god, I cannot believe it,” Lange said. “I always, always, always since I was a child dreamed of having this crown. From time to time you think someone is hitting with a baseball beneath your knees and you just want to drop out. I had to fight, I had to fight so hard,” Lange said at the finish line.
A fading Sanders managed to hold off the hard-charging David McNamee (GBR) for second with Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) crossing the finish to take fourth and fifth.
Swiss miss Daniela Ryf joined an exclusive club at the IRONMAN World Championships, recording her third win in Kona with a very skilful and strategic victory that while remarkably effective, lacked her usual flair and total dominance.
Ryf didn’t have it all her way, with Lucy Charles dominating the swim and majority of the bike before Ryf decided that enough was enough. Ryf wrestled the lead off the Brit and charged home with the fastest run of the day, putting a nine-minute gap to her chasers by the end of the 42.2km run.
“It was the hardest I had to ever fight for the win. I’m so happy to turn it around today,” a more emotional than usual Ryf said at the finish line.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Smashes Course Record and Daniela Ryf Earns Third Straight Win
Patrick Lange (DEU) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) earned championship titles with momentous performances today at the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lange passed Lionel Sanders (CAN) in the final three miles, clocking in at 8:01:40 and establishing a new course record (formerly 8:03:56 by Craig Alexander, 2011). Ryf earned her third consecutive crown with a time of 8:50:47, joining an exclusive “three-peat” winners’ circle alongside the newest IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Wellington and Natascha Badmann, Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser and Mark Allen. Over 2,350 athletes from 66 countries, regions and territories on six continents started the IRONMAN World Championship race on the Island of Hawai`i in the toughest one-day endurance event in the world.
Lange, who raced in only his fourth IRONMAN to-date, had an incredible ascension after having been 17th out of the swim in today’s race. Shortly after the swim, a pack of strong cyclists including Sanders, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Cameron Wurf (AUS) broke away from the group. Wurf would sail into T2, shattering the 2006 bike course record held by Normann Stadler (4:18:23) with a 4:12:54 split. Sanders and Kienle also smashed the record with 4:14:19 and 4:14:57 split times, respectively. On the run, Sanders took a quick lead as Kienle fell into second. Meanwhile, Lange moved from 11th place to a steady third-place position by the half-marathon marker. Lange then made a decisive pass at mile 23 on the run, as he moved ahead of Sanders to take a hold of the lead, finishing strong in first place. With a 2:39:59 run split, he was only 14 seconds away from breaking the run course record he set last year (2:39:45).
Sanders hung on for second place, ultimately concluding his race with a time of 8:04:07. David McNamee (GBR), Kienle and James Cunnama (ZAF) rounded out the top five.
McNamee had the second fastest run split of the race with 2:45:30, helping him clinch a third-place podium finish by more than two minutes ahead of Kienle.
Defending champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno dug deep after back spasms slowed him first to a complete stop and then run/walk pace, mustering enough strength to finish the race.
Lucy Charles (GBR) led the professional women out of the water with a 48:48 split, missing the course record by only five seconds. After a speedy transition, Charles took the lead on the bike and had an approximately a five-and-a-half-minute lead over defending champ Daniela Ryf (CHE), Sarah Crowley (AUS) and Annabel Luxford (AUS). This pace remained consistent down the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway until Ryf attacked, making up over five minutes over the final 25 miles of the bike, which positioned her at the front of the pack. Ryf then greatly extended her lead on the run, with Charles, Crowley and Heather Jackson (USA), fighting for the remaining podium positions.
Ryf took first at 8:50:47, almost exactly four minutes off of her own 2016 course record time of 8:46:46. Calling on her epic running abilities, the Swiss star claimed her third successive IRONMAN World Championship victory.
Charles, a Kona rookie, maintained her second-place position throughout most of the run and ultimately to the finish. Crowley rounded out the top three in her second-ever appearance at the IRONMAN World Championship, finishing her race exactly two minutes behind Charles. Jackson and Kaisa Sali (FIN) rounded out the top five women.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Run Images from Kona 2017
It’s never an easy day out when racing any Ironman race let alone the World Championship. Then add in some hot and humid weather and you really have a very tough set of conditions.
Here are some of the amazing images that were captured during today’s race.
Ironman World Championship: The Best Bike Images from Kona 2017
With the backdrop of the most infamous course in the world, the Ironman World Championship bike course never misses by the providing the most amazing landscapes for the bike course. This year was nothing short of spectacular.
Ironman World Championship: Patrick Lange Beats Sanders by a Hair for the Win & New Record
The results are in. The 2015 and 2016 winner of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, Jan Frodeno, suffered an injury early in the run today. This is when the world turned its eyes to Lionel Sanders of Canada, who led most of the race. That is, until the final few kilometres, when Germany’s Patrick Lange took the lead, setting a new world record of 8:01:39.
Lange came in 3rd place in the 2016 championship, following Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle, both from Germany.
As of this writing, 2015 and 2016 women’s winner Daniela Ryf is leading the women with 14km to go with Britain’s Lucy Charles behind her. This is Charles’ first Kona championship as a professional.
Sanders came in 14th and 29th place in the 2015 and 2016 races, respectively. Today was his first time making the top 10 in Kona. Earlier this year, Sanders announced that he would not compete in Kona. Later, he had a change of heart.
2017 has been a good year for Sanders. He competed in August’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, and a few Ironman 70.3’s. He won every race except the St. George 70.3, where he came in 2nd place.
Trizone predicted that Sanders would do well this year. After losing Kona in 2016, he decided to take this year’s championship very seriously. Sanders has been the wild card of the race.
Congratulations to Lange and Ryf, and to Sanders for his unexpected near-win.
Ironman World Championship: Are We Stuck with Jan Frodeno & Daniela Ryf in Hawaii Again?
It’s time again for another Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The triathletes have already arrived on the Big Island, and sports news sites are speculating about who’s going to interrupt the winning streaks of Germany’s Jan Frodeno and Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf.
Frodeno & Ryf Are Each Going for their 3rd Consecutive Kona Win
Both Frodeno and Ryf were the winners of the 2015 and 2016 races. Frodeno pulled ahead of Germany’s Sebastian Kienle by 3:32 in 2016 and Andreas Raelert, also from Germany, by 3:03 in 2015. In the 2016 women’s race, Ryf led Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae by 23:44. She beat Britain’s Rachel Joyce by 13:02 in 2015.
Most of Ryf’s Rivals Dropped Out
Many of Ryf’s past competitors are not competing this year. Carfrae has a newborn baby. Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who opted out of this race, came in 3rd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, leaving Ryf in 4th. The winner of that race was Holly Lawrence of Britain, who is also not competing this year.
Ryf’s Competition Could Still Be Fierce
The three rivals for Ryf to look out for are Heather Jackson of the USA, Rachel Joyce of Britain, and Melissa Hauschildt of Australia. Hauschildt made 2nd place in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and Ryf finished behind her by 3:00 to land 4th Place.
In the 2013 70.3, Jackson won 2nd place, losing to Hauschildt by 5:12. Ryf came in 6th, finishing 3:27 behind Jackson.
Who Should Frodeno Be Afraid Of?
The conversation around Jan Frodeno centres around two other German guys, Sebastian Kienle and Patrick Lange. Kienle won the 2014 Hawaii championship. Frodeno settled for 3rd place and followed behind Kienle with 8:20:32 vs 8:14:18. USA’s Ben Hoffman came in 2nd place.
These are the guys Frodeno has to worry about most.
Frodeno’s Possible Wild Card Nemesis
Another contender who could give Frodeno a run for his money is Lionel Sanders of Canada. He won 11 out of 11 races in 2013 and has won a lot of them since. Sanders, who almost skipped this year in favour of the 70.3 World Championship, missed the top 10 in Kona for the past two years in a row. He said he did not take the championship seriously in 2016, and he vows to do better this year.
Sanders is known for rapid improvement and the ability to surprise people with wins in the races he truly sets his mind to winning. He’s also known for performing below expectations now and then. Rest assured, he’s serious about Kona this time. He would not have signed up otherwise.
This May Not Be Totally Boring After All
Well, this is the data. We can leave it up to the reader to decide who will win Hawaii’s Ironman.
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