2XU Falls Creek Triathlon & Mizuno Trail Running Festival 2011
70.3 specialist Leon Griffin was back in winning form taking out the inaugural 2XU Falls Creek Triathlon, ahead of Olympic Triathlon bronze medalist (2000) Jan Rehula, and the Snowy Mountains’ Lindsay Wall.
After talking himself down last week on Trizone Leon came through with a great win. Griffin’s dark horse pic was David Meade who finished 4th overall. Griffin was Jason Shortis’s pic for the race. Jason’s dark horse pic was Monty Frankish who finished 5th one place behind David Meade. Meade somehow manages to train enough to race these times while running a business along with having two young boys. He has to be one of the fastest age groupers going around even though he raced open this weekend.
Leon Griffin’s win is even more significant due to his new working life. “I only train 60-70% of what I used to do when a fulltime athlete. The win feels fantastic. It has been a while between drinks and is so great for the motivation and confidence going forward. I am hoping to back it up with a good performance at the National Long Course Champs next month.”
Griffin managed to catch Jan at about 8km in to the run. “I just kept things ticking along. If there was one thing I learnt from training at altitude all those years its that patience is the key!”
A prize pool of $10,000 was up for grabs as participants battled their way through Australia’s highest triathlon, over the 2km swim, 80km cycle, and 20km trail run.
Falls Creek turned on perfect racing conditions, with the sun streaming down at the break of dawn, treating participants to a breathtaking scenic backdrop as they took on what has proven to be a tough, yet exhilarating course!
Rehula led out the talented field in both the swim and cycle, before being hunted down by Griffin on the arduous trail run.
Storming through the course in the Elite female division was Madeleine Oldfield, who has stepped up to long course this season after her recent unbeaten form in the Gatorade Triathlon Series.
â€œThe course would have to be my favourite triathlon, but was the hardest thing I have done.â€ Oldfield exclaimed as she was presented her 1st place award.
Oldfield held off Liz Blatchford to take a 2 and a half minute lead, followed closely by Michelle Wu in 3rd place.
How times change! After swearing to never do a long distance triathlon again at the end of the Shepparton half ironman in November Madeleine has obviously had a change of heart. Blatchford and Wu may have wished she kept her word.
Madeleine Oldfield had spent some time training over the course a month ago and had a fairly good idea of what to expect. “The course is brutal, starting off with a 2km swim in 15 degree water, followed by a super hilly 80km on the bike, and finishing off with a 20km trail/cross country run. The course alone is tough enough, however we had the added bonus of altitude to contend with. This was not your average race, and I knew that the strongest athlete would come home with the goods at the end of the day. I love tough racing, so couldn’t wait to get started.”
Many have said that not only was this a challenging course, but an amazing event not to missed next year. The feeling of elation was felt amongst competitors as they crossed the finish line.
Oldfield had to come from behind and managed to catch Blatchford on the bike and then was joined by Wu. “I managed to get out on the run course first and just focused on holding a constant pace and getting my nutrition right. As the kilometers ticked over I started to feel stronger and stronger and knew that if I let my lead slip now then I had missed a great opportunity, so I put all I had into getting to that finish line in the top position. I was super excited when it finally came around and I crossed the line in First Place Elite Female and Victorian Long Course Champion.”
Oldfield’s coach, pro triathlete Josh Rix, sounded more excited than Madeleine “For Madeleine to win on that course and to beat a quality women’s field like that so convincingly in only her second time over that distance shows what an amazing athlete she is and the potential that is being realised… lookout!”
Supporting the inaugural triathlon was the Mizuno Trail Running Festival, which saw competitors head out along the scenic aqueduct trail navigating around the Falls Creek Village.
Gordon Meredith and Colleen Middleton took out the Mizuno Falls Creek Half Marathon; Aaron Knight and Melanie Spano won the 10km, and Harrie Weatherall and Chanelle Fraser stepped over the line in first place for the 5km.
2000 people made the journey to Falls Creek, with 850 participating in the events. Falls Creek CEO David Herman was thrilled with the turnout, which he hopes will showcase how spectacular summer in Falls Creek can be.
|3:56:41.00||Leon Griffin||M Elite||0:28:48||2:09:57||1:16:09|
|3:57:25.00||Jan Rehula||M Elite||0:27:49||2:10:01||1:18:08|
|3:58:40.80||Lindsey Wall||M Elite||0:28:45||2:10:03||1:18:06|
|4:02:23.20||David Meade||M Elite||0:30:25||2:08:22||1:21:55|
|4:02:34.10||Monty Frankish||M Elite||0:28:50||2:09:54||1:22:16|
|4:03:03.00||Luke Whitmore||M Elite||0:30:23||2:14:18||1:16:45|
|4:04:58.60||Chris Bradford||M Elite||0:30:27||2:08:10||1:24:42|
|4:07:18.80||Ben Allen||M Elite||0:26:32||2:16:57||1:22:27|
|4:10:27.80||Jason Shortis||M Elite||0:32:44||2:13:41||1:21:57|
|4:13:43.00||Tom Jepson||M Elite||0:30:29||2:15:39||1:25:25|
|4:14:54.40||Choi Jae Hun||M Elite||0:27:41||2:19:27||1:24:51|
|4:16:48.20||Reece Stephens||M Elite||0:33:58||2:12:05||1:28:12|
|4:27:43.60||Sam Mclean||M Elite||0:30:29||2:25:02||1:30:17|
|4:56:58.00||Heath Porter||M Elite||0:32:55||2:41:13||1:39:53|
|4:30:05.50||Madeleine Oldfield||F Elite||0:31:12||2:28:16||1:29:01|
|4:32:45.70||Liz Blatchford||F Elite||0:29:14||2:29:19||1:31:41|
|4:35:35.70||Michelle Wu||F Elite||0:31:27||2:27:25||1:34:23|
|4:37:02.20||Nicole Ward||F Elite||0:31:26||2:32:39||1:30:31|
|4:39:03.30||Suzanne Alway||F Elite||0:34:33||2:25:32||1:35:18|
|4:51:20.50||Elly Franks||F Elite||0:31:25||2:32:24||1:45:15|
|5:23:28.20||Sam De Riter||F 18-24||0:39:48||2:39:30||1:57:37|
|6:53:07.70||Emma Weir||F 18-24||0:42:47||2:56:55||3:07:43|
|4:58:40.60||Wendy Mcalpine||F 25-29||0:33:32||2:41:03||1:39:50|
|5:02:19.20||Rhiannon Snipe||F 25-29||0:36:10||2:48:22||1:34:09|
|5:05:59.60||Fiona Forsterling||F 25-29||0:34:25||2:48:21||1:38:43|
|5:10:44.60||Sarah Forsterling||F 25-29||0:37:12||2:50:06||1:39:30|
|5:21:46.40||Deanne Orton||F 25-29||0:35:20||2:46:40||1:56:41|
|5:25:17.30||Elizabeth Moore||F 25-29||0:39:32||2:48:56||1:51:24|
|5:30:44.80||Mandy Habener||F 25-29||0:41:06||2:50:41||1:52:41|
|5:32:52.50||Kristen Barling||F 25-29||0:51:04||3:12:02||1:19:28|
|5:39:23.80||Jen Davis||F 25-29||0:39:04||2:47:35||2:09:01|
|5:39:25.60||Kate Lister||F 25-29||0:39:27||2:59:46||1:55:18|
|5:53:27.50||Lorraine Horgan||F 25-29||0:41:18||3:03:12||2:02:39|
|5:56:43.40||Leonie Abbott||F 25-29||0:39:13||3:04:05||2:08:13|
|6:03:19.40||Sarah Sorenson||F 25-29||0:36:46||3:01:10||2:21:12|
|6:18:41.80||Fiona Collier||F 25-29||0:40:29||3:16:56||2:13:45|
|6:19:31.70||Melanie Parker||F 25-29||0:53:19||3:07:43||2:11:05|
|6:25:28.10||Katie Dick||F 25-29||0:42:44||3:24:49||2:09:02|
|6:29:14.20||Sarah Greenwood||F 25-29||0:41:43||3:35:57||2:05:52|
|6:33:18.60||Anna Greaves||F 25-29||0:45:25||3:36:00||2:00:30|
|6:33:18.60||Zoe Clark||F 25-29||0:46:39||3:35:47||2:00:32|
|6:45:30.90||Helen Arblaster||F 25-29||0:40:21||3:24:31||2:33:29|
|4:54:20.10||Emma Miller||F 30-34||0:36:29||2:34:43||1:38:56|
|5:00:41.90||Tarryn Whitmore||F 30-34||0:32:54||2:40:01||1:45:04|
|5:07:07.00||Bernadette Dornom||F 30-34||0:37:09||2:47:26||1:38:32|
|5:08:02.60||Elizabeth Dornom||F 30-34||0:39:20||2:46:16||1:39:06|
|5:18:35.60||Rachel Ward||F 30-34||0:40:00||2:43:16||1:51:15|
|5:36:28.60||Sarah Finlay||F 30-34||0:43:10||2:57:55||1:50:14|
|5:49:01.80||Jo Hanley||F 30-34||0:44:49||3:04:25||1:54:16|
|5:59:01.10||Jennifer Collier||F 30-34||0:35:16||3:20:51||1:57:41|
|6:01:37.80||Tamara Spargo||F 30-34||0:44:45||3:11:15||1:53:48|
|6:04:41.90||Alison Mann||F 30-34||0:36:36||3:06:14||2:16:56|
|6:09:49.50||Adri-Anne Scholtes||F 30-34||0:53:47||3:04:58||2:05:00|
|6:13:21.70||Emily Clark||F 30-34||0:48:52||3:20:26||1:54:34|
|6:14:46.00||Jennifer Ring||F 30-34||0:57:39||3:09:14||2:03:55|
|6:16:34.80||Angela Harris||F 30-34||0:45:46||3:18:46||2:00:14|
|6:23:54.10||Karyn Winterton||F 30-34||0:48:07||3:15:12||2:13:18|
|6:24:20.80||Kendall Macdowell||F 30-34||0:46:17||3:24:23||2:06:23|
|6:31:53.30||Amy Park||F 30-34||0:50:48||2:55:32||2:34:14|
|6:44:35.20||Fiona Costello||F 30-34||0:40:46||3:39:20||2:19:13|
|6:52:05.00||Natalie Stendt||F 30-34||0:49:06||3:27:37||2:29:58|
|5:27:36.80||Lydia Bellew||F 35-39||0:39:49||3:02:14||1:40:18|
|5:49:51.40||Melissa Carmody||F 35-39||0:38:42||3:08:19||1:54:30|
|6:02:30.70||Nerissaclaire Stafford||F 35-39||0:41:42||3:10:01||2:04:29|
|6:31:28.80||Fiona Mathews||F 35-39||0:41:21||3:17:59||2:26:56|
|6:47:50.50||Ruth Bloom||F 35-39||0:43:13||3:33:19||2:24:32|
|4:42:41.90||Bev Thomas||F 40-44||0:35:38||2:35:02||1:29:43|
|5:05:07.00||Melissa Mckinlay||F 40-44||0:40:23||2:40:01||1:41:16|
|5:23:14.60||Rochelle Kursidim||F 40-44||0:37:52||2:52:24||1:49:34|
|5:33:37.30||Tori Hadley||F 40-44||0:38:49||2:58:58||1:50:45|
|5:44:35.60||Jodie Johns||F 40-44||0:44:25||2:59:22||1:53:37|
|6:15:52.80||Heidi Bramberger||F 40-44||0:41:05||3:07:29||2:22:27|
|6:21:11.00||Annabel Brennan||F 40-44||0:38:45||3:29:45||2:03:37|
|6:48:36.50||Jacquie Earl||F 40-44||0:38:18||3:24:37||2:30:33|
|6:52:11.30||Anna Carruthers||F 40-44||0:43:59||3:32:55||2:16:06|
|6:48:17.60||Andrea Jackson||F 45-49||0:44:29||3:28:37||2:19:40|
|5:41:33.00||Gina Mcvicar||F 50-54||0:35:51||2:54:14||2:06:32|
|6:10:31.20||Rosie Spicer||F 50-54||0:47:33||3:04:44||2:12:51|
|6:29:48.00||Annette Brunton||F 50-54||0:49:48||3:17:20||2:14:43|
|7:00:51.50||Susan Scott*||F 50-54||0:48:21||3:26:35||2:37:45|
|7:16:38.00||Stephanie Mcpharlin||F 55-59||1:00:17||3:35:00||2:29:01|
|4:23:07.80||Cadeyrn Douglas||M 18-24||0:31:27||2:21:29||1:27:02|
ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight 5km Run this Friday
Get your blue on and run along the Mooloolaba Esplanade at twilight
Friday 15 March will see the Mooloolaba Esplanade painted in a sea of blue, as the ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight 5km Run kicks off the 3-day Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, in support of Make-A-Wish.
The ASICS Twilight 5km Run is widely regarded as one of Australia’s premier 5km road distance events and continually attracts an outstanding field.
The event welcomes an array ofÂ participants,Â from elites in the ASICS Twilight Sprint to families jogging and walking the 5km distance together.
New to 2013 is the ASICSÂ Mooloolaba Twilight Sprint. Â This is aÂ fast paced, 4 loop course designed for the speed racers!
The ASICS Twilight Sprint stems from the famous ASICS Noosa Bolt, and will provide elite runners and ambitious age group runners to put their speed to the test.
Make-A-WishÂ is proudÂ to partner with the ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight 5km Run with $2 from every entry donated to Make-A-Wish.
Participants are encouraged to show their support for Make-A-Wish Foundation by wearing as much blue race gear as possible – shoes, shorts, shirts and hats!
Chief Executive Officer of USM EVENTS | IRONMAN Asia Pacific, Geoff Meyer, said that supporting events of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, such as the ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight Run, encourages the community to get involved, make a difference while promoting a healthy active lifestyle.
â€œIt’s not only a great chance to enjoy the healthy lifestyle and landscape the Sunshine Coast is known for, but also a great way to supporting foundations such as Make-A-Wish,â€ Mr Meyer said.
In the women’s field, ASICS Moloolaba Twilight 5km run regular Clare Geraghty, from Brisbane, will once again be keen to snare a podium finish.
The open men’s field will see a big contingent of local talent on the start line with Brenden Loag from Little Mountain, Robert Collins from Mudjimba and Adam Hulme from Caloundra all eager to make a claim on the prize money up for grabs and seize the twilight title.
Over 700 keen runners and walkers are expected to join the open athletes and take to the floodlight course.
The ASICS Mooloolaba Twilight Sprint kicks off at 6.00pm followed by the ASCIS Mooloolaba 5km run/walk commences at 6.30pm at the corner of Brisbane Road and Mooloolaba Esplanade on Friday 16th March 2013.
The 2013 Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival will be held from 15 â€“ 17 March 2013.
Online entries close at 5.00pm onÂ Wednesday 13th March, 2013.
Previous Winners (open)
For entries and further event information visit www.mooloolabatri.com.au
David Mainwaring and Andrea Oracki win RMB Lawyers Wollongong Olympic Distance Triathlon
The RMB Lawyers trithegong put on by Elite Energy continues to grow in leaps and bounds. With almost 2000 athletes racing over the weekend this event is growing in to one of the better races in Australia. Sunday’s events saw the Olympic and Sprint Distance triathlons raced in almost perfect weather, with record numbers of triathletes.
The main race of the day was the NSW round of the Australian qualifying series for the Olympic distance world champs London team. David Mainwaring and Andrea Oracki took out the men’s and women’s open wins.
Mainwaring was chasing on the bike from the start and watched as Lindsey Wall pulled away. “During the swim Baldacchino (Patrick) and Wall got away from me and had about 35sec lead coming out of the water. Wall went quite hard on the bike and put some time into me especially on the first lap.”
Mainwaring caught and passed Baldacchino on the first lap. Baldacchino is on the comeback trail after many years out of the sport focusing on his career. This was his 3rd race back and while his bike is not quite there yet it is coming on strongly. Even though Mainwaring lost some time to Wall during the bike he didn’t feel like things weren’t under his control. “The bike was fast but I felt in control and pretty confident coming into transition about 1min 20 down on Lindsey.”
“I got off the bike and my legs felt quite good so I worked on catching Lindsey which I eventually did at around the 5km mark. My run felt really strong as I have been training for 70.3s and was quite surprised with my run time as it felt quite comfortable the whole way.”
Lindsey Wall was second overall with Patrick Baldacchino taking the final podium spot.
Right behind these three open males were a host of very fast age groupers. If Wollongong’s Scott Ashcroft could find another couple of minutes in the swim he will be very dangerous. After missing the Huskisson Long Course due to an infection he was pumped to race in his home town. He rode and ran extremely well for fourth overall.
Former Croatian Olympic slalom canoer Emir Mujcinovic had a great battle with Ashcroft for the 30-34 title. After getting the jump on Ashcroft in the swim Mujcinovic then lost some ground on the bike before getting back to within twenty seconds at the end of the race with a very quick 36:10 run.
AP10’s Alex Price was 6th overall off the back of a very big block of Ironman training. The NSWIS triathlon physio heads to Melbourne next week to once again take on an Ironman. Expect to see him laying down at the finishline in a comatose state at about 4pm on Sunday week. Price never leaves any shred of his race out on the course.
Special mention to Dean Degan. The 40-44 age group winner ran the second fastest 10kms of the day. A 34:38 thank you very much. Also young Cameron Roberts showed his talents with a 1:58 Olympic distance time. Brad Kahlefledt’s brother Jared took the journey once again from Wagga Wagga to the coast to show that the genes were just handed out to his brother. Jared has been on the podium a lot this season.
In the women’s race Andrea Oracki lead from start to finish. Last year only Michelle Wu raced open. This year there were three open females. Young Tarni Cunningham from Berry stepped up to the Olympic distance. Coached by former TA high performance manager Rob Pickard, Cunningham has been stepping up her triathlon racing this season. She raced the Oceania Sprint Distance Triathlon Championship in Devonport recently. Oracki was never pushed and crusied to victory.
Andrea Oracki recently finished 4th female overall at the Huskisson Long Course with a time of 4:11. She ran a 1:21 for the 20kms at Husky with the bike being where she lost most of her time to eventual winner Liz Blatchford. She has a solid future ahead in triathlon.
However between Oracki and Cunningham in the overall results were some very fast age group women. Balmoral Triathlon Club’s Hanna Donaldson has been slowly building herself up through the club and showed her potential by finishing second overall in Wollongong.
Another two minutes behind Donaldson was Patricia McKibbin who finished third overall and second in her age group. It is pretty tough when you are third overall in a race with an open category and get second in your age group. Fourth overall was Carrie Barrett with wife of aforementioned Dean Degan, Julia Degan coming in fifth overall.
Visit www.eliteenergy.com.au for full results and details.
Brad Beven inducted in to Triathlon Australia’s Hall of Fame
North Queensland schoolboy sports star Brad Beven would run four kilometres to and from his beloved Miriwinni State School every day carrying a brick in each hand.
The kids on the school bus would hang out the window and give him a hard time, laughing at the boy running along the road as they enjoyed their daily ride to class.
But this 10-year-old farm boy who would one day conquer the world, took the Miriwinni school motto of â€œSuccess Follows Effortâ€ literally.
At the suggestion of his dad Ray, Brad added the two bricks â€“ one in each hand – to build himself up when he set out every morning to run to school.
â€œI was a little on the puny side as a kid and dad suggested I run with bricks to help build myself up,â€ recalled Beven this week when he looked back over a stellar career in the sport of triathlon.
â€œThe kids would give me a hard time, yelling at me out of the bus windows but later they’d say to me we never realised just how good you would be.â€
Now there is a sign that welcomes travelers to Miriwinni (a little sub-tropical haven some 65 kilometres south of Cairns) â€œThe Home of World Triathlon Champion Brad Beven.â€
The puny kid went on to become a legend in the sport â€“ winning four consecutive World Cup Series titles between 1992 and 1995 and three silver medals in the ITU World Championships in the 90s â€“ amongst a host of amazing achievements at home and abroad.
The 1990 ITU World Championships in Orlando Florida was very much Australia’s day with Greg Welch taking the gold medal from Beven and Stephen Foster taking the bronze in only the second ever World Championship.
Beven was in the mix again in 1994, finishing with the silver behind the aggressive Brit Spencer Smith before taking silver again to another Brit, Simon Lessing in 1995.
But it was satisfaction of his consistency through the World Cup circuits that would bring great satisfaction to Beven.
â€œWe would race 30 times a year and the World Cup winner would be the most consistent for the year and that was satisfiying for me,â€ said Beven.
The Miriwinni school boasts, â€œNearby you will find lovely shady beaches, superb rainforests and crystal clear freshwater creeks, not to forget the excellent fishing spotsâ€ and Beven explored it all, training by himself without a coach and taking his talents to the world.
â€œLooking back I wouldn’t change a thing,â€ said Beven, â€œI would always run up and down chasing Dad’s tractor through the cane fields every dayâ€¦I was always on the run and took up triathlon when I started cross training for my running and swimming training so I wouldn’t lose fitness in between seasons.
â€œIt was all trial and error and I learnt so much despite the weather; it was either raining or stinking hot up home.
â€œAnd when Cairns hosted the first ever triathlon in 1982 I started riding with a group of guys. I was about 14 at the time and I have never looked back since.â€
Nicknamed â€œCrocâ€ because he would train through crocodile infested swamps around his parents cane farm in Miriwinni, Beven along with the likes of Welch and Miles Stewart, would go on to transform the sport of triathlon, putting it on the Australian sporting map â€“ athletes ahead of their time.
And on Sunday night March 17, at the Triathlon Australia Celebration of Champions Annual Awards Dinner at Novotel Twins Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, the â€œCrocâ€ will join his two contemporaries as only the third male to be inducted into the Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame.
Beven will join Welch, Stewart, Michellie Jones and last year’s inductees Jackie Gallagher, Loretta Harrop and Emma Carney as the seventh inductee in Triathlon Australia’s select club.
â€œI suppose it’s recognition for devoting 30 years of your life to doing triathlons and to join Greg and Miles it’s nice to receive this induction,â€ said Beven.
â€œWe came through an era when television came on board and it grew quite fast and it all helped build the sport and the popularity.
â€œPeople from Miriwinni could turn on the TV and see me in action and it was a huge thrill.â€
But of all of his international wins and notoriety it was his victory in his home town Cairns Triathlon in the late 80s that stands out in an extraordinary career that saw him race consistently 30 times a year for four years to win those World Cup Series for four straight years (1992-1995).
â€œThat meant so much to me, to win in Cairns in front of my Mum and Dad and family and friends was very special indeed,â€ said Beven.
â€œIt was a race I always wanted to win in front of my home town crowd.
â€œBecause Dad was always cutting the cane around the summer months when I was racing he never got the chance to see me race and he was also in New Zealand when I ran second in the 1990 Commonwealth Games (to Rick Wells) demonstration sport and that was also a thrill.
â€œTo win as an individual was great, but to wear the green and gold at the Commonwealth Games was very special.â€
First Off The Bike said of Beven when rating Australia’s best triathletes: â€œDomestically he was an absolute rock star and became a household name in Australia. He was super quick and competitive and also traveled well having multiple top 10 finishes in both ITU and World titles races. His dominance in Australia was the key point here. Brad made many athletes look very average when he was in his heyday.â€
Many believe that Brad Beven was the world’s greatest triathlete â€œnever to win a world championship.â€
BRAD BEVEN’S RECORD
Tickets to Triathlon Australia’s Celebration of Champions Dinner can be bought online from the event website http://regonline.activeglobal.com/builder/site/?eventid=1184961
Australian Gran Prix Run – 10km and 5km on the Formula One Track
This year Melbournians will have the chance to battle it out for line honours well before the Formula One drivers when
Complete with course barriers, grandstands, overpasses and marquees, it is expected over 2,000 participants of all ages
Participating in the run will be CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Andrew Westacott and the 2013 Formula 1Â® Rolex
Title:Â Australian Grand Prix Run
Date:Â Sunday 10 March, 2013
Time:Â 8.00am for the 5km race | 9.00am for the 10km race
Location: Albert Park race track, Aughtie Drive
Who: Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott
Over 2,000 participants in their favourite Formula One team colours
For more information on the Australian Grand Prix Run, please visit www.supersprint.com.au
2013 Champion Melissa Hauschildt Abu Dhabi International Triathlon Race Report
There is only one thing more exciting that watching Mel Hauschildt race live and that is reading her race reports. Her blow by blow account gives you a really good insight in to how her races unfold and what is going through her mind at various stages in the race.
This race was an important one for Hauschildt last year but things came undone after she twisted her ankle while training at Falls Creek in the lead up to the race. She raced but could not run at her usual pace due to the injury. This year things were different. Hauschildt had even more resolve to win and did so with style. As arguably the fastest bike/runner in the sport the extra long bike works well for Hauschildt.
This year her run of 1:16:42 was faster than most of the men. After limiting her swim deficit to around 3min this was always going to be Hauschildt’s race. Although there was a small matter of Caroline Steffen ahead and there was no way Steffen was going to give this race away easily.
1stÂ Â Â Â Â 7:20:29
SwimÂ Â Â Â Â 41:17Â Â Â 5th
In Melissa’s words…
As I sprint down to the water and dive in I find myself with the leaders. I’m swimming right next to Tenille Hoogland. She edges ahead a little and I jump on her feet. This pace feels ok so I put my head down and just concentrate on following the bubbles. I veer a little to the right and accidentally end up on someone else’s feet. I keep following what is now a big pack. But as I look up to sight I see Tenille and another competitor far left. Damn! I drifted off her feet and onto a following pack. She gets away. I follow this pack for a while before I decide to pass them and catch up to the next. I soon get onto the next group of girls but the leaders are long gone. As I enter the beach and run around for my second lap I find myself diving in first from my pack. Sighting is hard. There is only two buoys, one on each corner of the triangle. Soon a couple girls pass me so I can now follow. As we turn the last buoy and head for shore I pick up the pace but again I find myself out in front and I cant see a thing. I have two other athletes swimming next to me and we are all trying madly to sight. At one point I think the three of us were all doing polo frantically searching for landmarks.
I emerge from the water and run to the change tent. I’m in 5th. Tenille, Michelle and Caroline are 3 minutes ahead. I need to work hard on the bike and catch Caroline. So off I went, powering down the road. It might have slipped my mind I was riding 200km today and not 90km. The road headed out 40km into the desert to the YAS F1 circuit where we then ride 3 laps, each around 6km. I passed Tenille on lap 2 and this gave me a lot of confidence. I expected Tenille to be first out of the water (she was, just seconds ahead of Caroline). Riding around the Formula 1 circuit was awesome. The only problem was finding your way out. Lap 1 I looked for an exit (so I’d know where to go later on) but couldn’t find one. Lap two I carefully scanned the perimeter for a way to get out and again failed to find it. Lap three I was gettig worried that I wouldn’t be able to get out. When I thought I’d nearly completed my last lap I was yelling out to every photographer and official “where do I get out?”. The ONLY point on all three laps that I thought could possibly lead out was a road off to the side saying ‘pitstop’. I took it and luckily it was right. I had no-one in front of me to follow. I weaved my way back out and was soon up to 60km. Now the race begins.
We start heading back in the direction of the finish and have a massive tail wind. This was nice after a head wind the entire way out. I thought I could make up some serious time here. Maybe my competitors won’t know it’s such a strong tail wind and won’t keep pushing hard. I put the pedal down and cranked it up to 48km/hr and sat there. I kept watching my speed to make sure it didn’t drop. When I was approaching the turn around – 75km in, I was shocked to see Caroline just up ahead. From here we have three laps of out, back. Each lap being 32km. I u-turn and head straight back into the headwind where the speed drops down to 34-35km/hr. I can see Caroline and I madly try to chase her down. I catch her just as we approach a slightly twisty point in the course before we u-turn again to head back. When I finally catch her at around 85km I roll right up to her through the twists and turns and go passed her to take the lead. I stay in front for the next 32km loop.
As we head back with the tail wind again to complete two laps, Caroline takes over. Not very often (only at Abu Dhabi last year) am I in a position to sit in (legal distance apart is 10m) so I’m still not confident of how far back to sit. Again, I play it safe and sit at least 15m back. We have the draft busters as well as camera crew with us almost the entire time. I’m still working hard and several times I get dropped but I manage to keep grinding my way back to within 15m of Caroline. We u-turn again and head out for our last lap into what is now a super strong head wind (the wind usually picks up throughout the morning/day). Caroline is too strong and drops me at an aid station. I frantically pedal to try and get back on. We still have 50km to go. I can’t afford to get dropped. There is still so much further to go. I work my butt off but Caroline is pulling further and further away. I lose sight of her and now all the camera men leave me as well. I must be way behind now “they don’t even wanna stay with me” I think. When I approach the final u-turn I see Caroline way ahead. Crap! What have I done.
The next 20km or so is now a tail wind so I use it. Caroline saw she had dropped me “hopefully she thinks I’m cooked”. I crank up my speed again and hit 48km/hr. Our last lap with Caroline leading was around 44km/hr so I’m hoping she is only sitting on that pace again. Its not long before she is back in sight. We then climb up this small bridge. Caroline jumps out of her saddle and I stay seated on my bars and power up it. She is now so close. I keep working hard. The next small climb we do the same and this time I get right up on her. Finally I’m back on. I sit in for a whole 5 or so km before I get dropped again. Damn it Mel. Get back on. Sometimes I think I ride better chasing than I do ‘trying’ to sit in – maybe I panic that I’ll accidentally enter the draft zone. Fat chance of that when I’m too afraid to even sit 10m behind.
I see Caroline pulling further and further away AGAIN. It’s now 20km to go. Lots of time can still be lost so I work my hardest to get back on. At 185km I’m back again and Caroline seems to be tiring. Thank god! Cos I’m wrecked. THEN… Out of nowhere I get almost paralyzed in my right quad with cramping. I never cramp (only time I’ve ever cramped was at Vegas last year when I went into the race sick and obviously dehydrated). I jump out of my saddle to relieve the cramp but we are now heading back into a head wind so it seriously slows down my speed. I quickly sit back down but the cramp comes back. This time in my left quad as well. I jump up! Sit down! Jump up! I watch helplessly as Caroline pulls away from me. I sit back down, get back on my bars and start pushing hard determined to not let her get too far away. I feel the cramping coming but I decide to stay seated and try and push through it. It doesn’t go away. Both quads are now seriously cramping as well as my right hip flexor so I jump back up. The last 15km was a nightmare. How much time will I lose? Will I even be able to run when I get off my bike? I pushed these thoughts out of my head and just kept focusing on that dismount line. 2km to go… This was the longest 2km of my life. Can’t it just be short a couple of kms, c’mon I HAVE to get off this bike. Nope, dead accurate! 200km.
Finally, I jump off Shivy and land on my paralyzed stumps/aka legs. I awkwardly run my bike into transition. I hear the commentator say that I am 1:20 behind Caroline. As I start running I notice I’m not cramping at all but I hardly feel like I’m running. I can’t feel my legs. They’re completely seized up. But they’re not cramping! I see Jared at 3km and he yells out 31seconds down. What! Either someone has a time wrong here, Caroline is hurting more than me, or I am actually running a decent pace. I had no idea what pace I was running, I couldn’t judge it AT ALL cos I couldn’t even feel my legs. I forgot to turn my Garmin watch on when finishing the bike so the satellites took a few k’s to load up.
I could now see Caroline just up ahead so I backed off a little, hoping I’d feel my legs soon. We passed through 6km and Caroline was only seconds ahead. At 7km I was right on her heels sitting in for a bit. I don’t think she knew I was there. I was tucked right in and I land really quiet on my feet. Jared was just up ahead and I wondered if he’d yell anything out. He didn’t. I tried to hide a little longer but then… BEEP BEEP! My Garmin tells me a 1km split. Caroline looks back to see me sneaking up on her shoulder. Thanks Garmin… I have to pass now. As I take over, Caroline nicely says “good job”. I felt guilty passing her so instead of putting on a small surge I kept it steady and gave her the chance to tack on to me. But I can hear her slowly dropping off. As we get to turn around with 10km to go I start to feel a little better. Maybe because I’m in the lead and my dream of winning such a prestigious race is now looking even better. Anything can still happen though… 10km on tired legs… Who knows…
As I approach 13km Jared is there again… I yell out “how far do I have?”. I could see at turn around I had some distance on Caroline but I wanted to know in time. That way I can judge what pace I need to run the remaining 7km. Jared knew exactly what I meant and yelled back “I can’t see her”. A little later “I still can’t see her”. A little later “1 minute, 1second”. That’s how precise he is. I quickly did the calculations and based off what I was running Caroline would have to be running at least 10sec/km faster than me to catch me.
5km to go and I was getting excited. I’d really extended my lead now and started to feel alright. I hadn’t experienced any cramping on the run. To win here in Abu Dhabi would mean so much to me. This is one of my major goal races this year. I wanted to win it so bad that I turned myself inside out to do it. 2km to go and I think I had a smile on my face. I was hurting but I was happy. I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh, I couldn’t believe I was going to do it. It was such a long day and here I was… Now 1km from the finish. As much as I was hurting I actually didn’t mind that last km dragging on and on and on. In a weird, twisted way I wanted it to last… As I hit the red carpet I didn’t know what I was gonna do when I crossed the line. Hopefully stay on my feet. I started waving to the crowd and then I grabbed the banner and thrust it up over my head. I held it there for a bit then threw it down and put my head between my knees. My legs were shaking. I made my way to the ground where I sat to do the majority of my interviews. My bum was sore, my quads were dead. But I was over the moon!
SCODY Australian Junior Triathlon Series updated Pointscore
With the SCODY Australian Junior Triathlon Series ready to wind up this weekend in Wellington we have a quick look at the point score table (see below) and see how the triathlon guns of the future are performing in the series.
At the top of the junior women’s table is WA’s Jaz Hedgeland. We interviewed Jaz recently on Trizone and she has sent through her race report from the recent round in Devonport. You can read it below.
In the men’s side Tasmania’s Jacob Birtwhistle is leading the series and he looks like a star of the future. This weekend in Wellington will be another solid test for him.
Hopefully Wellington turns on the weather for the triathletes. Two years ago current Wolrd U23 champ Aaron Royle pushed Kiwi Kris Gemmell all the way in this race to miss the win by six seconds.
Jaz Hedgeland’s race report from the Australian Junior Sprint Championship 2012/13 Devonport round…
Out of all my races for this season, this is the one I really wanted to take the title for. Not only would I be the Australian Junior Champion for the 2012/13 season, but it was a selection race for the Junior World Championships in London later this year, something I really want to be apart of.
It came to race day, and my preparation in the morning went smoothly. I rode down to the race site and I could feel the strong winds developing. Disc wheels werenÊ¼t allowed in the age group races in the morning, and we had to rack our bikes by the handle bars, to give you a bit of an idea of the winds. I could also see the rough water with a reasonably large swell. I havenÊ¼t raced a great amount in rough swim conditions like this, however I was still determined to take out this race.
All the athletes were lined up near transition, we were introduced, and we made our way to the start line. A few minutes later, the horn went off and we all started running furiously into the waves ahead of us. I could see a large group of swimmers off to my right, as I swam the 350 meters to the first swim buoy. Then I suddenly felt my timing chip come off my leg, this was a rough swim! Later as we made our way back to shore, I had no idea what placing I was. Every now and then between the waves I could see someone a bit further in front of me, but I couldnÊ¼t tell where I was in the field.
I got my wetsuit off quickly and made my way out of transition. Three of us formed a group however I was still unaware of where I was amongst the field. This bike course has a few twists and turns and you canÊ¼t see too far up the road. Coming up to the first turn on the bike I realised I was in the second pack, and it wasnÊ¼t where I wanted to be. I went round the corner and rode out hard, focussed on catching the first pack. This surge caused our group of three to become just two, myself and 2011 World Champion Mikala Nielson from New Zealand. ThatÊ¼s when I knew it was going to come down to a running race. The two of us worked well together and caught the first group on the third lap, with one lap to go.
I dismounted the bike first, and was able to run through transition in the lead of our group, whilst trying to stop the wind from blowing my bike over. I went out onto the run with Mikala, but Holly had a minute lead on us after breaking away on the bike before Mikala and I got to the first pack.
I stuck with Mikala as we ran the first lap of the two lap run course. Coming back towards the turn around to start the second lap, we came up to the penalty box. I looked at the numbers on the board, and kept running past, but then noticed Mikala stopped as she had a 10 second time penalty. That is when I turned the corner, started my second lap and went for it. This was my chance to get a break on Mikala.
As I came up to the turnaround before I started heading back to the finish, I could see Holly just up the road. I picked up the pace and passed her just after the turn. I was running back to the finish line, and I could hear people cheering. After having a terrible swim, riding in a pair to catch the first group on the bike, and making up a minute to catch the leader on the run, I was about to win the race.
I couldnÊ¼t have been happier! I crossed the finish line and it felt great to know I had just achieved one of my most important goals for the season. The London World Championships are looking pretty close now!
Updated Points Table