Nathan ‘Struggla’ Stewart and Kiwi Michelle Bremer were the surprise winners on Sunday in Forster at the inaugural Elite Energy Ultimate Triathlon. On a day where the cliche ‘triathlon was the winner’ we witnessed the birth of a new race distance that proved to be a solid challenge for everyone racing. Nathan upstaged pre race favourite Adam Holborow and a fast finishing Chris Dmitrieff with Michelle getting over the top of Lisa Marangon and Nicole Ward.
The standout of the day though had to be 40-44 year old age grouper Finnbar Crennan who was actually the overall winner on the day.
The challenge facing most in the Ulitmate Triathlon was how to ride the 120kms and leave enough in the tank to run a ‘normal’ 20km run leg. Many rode the 120km as they would normally would a half iron distance race and were then faced with a 20km run in to some severe head winds at stages on an unusually hot day.
Michelle Bremer and husband Clay moved to Australia in April to focus on Michelle’s professional triathlon career. This has enabled Michelle to train more consistantly and the move seems to be paying off. The Ultimate Triathlon in Forster is being used as a stepping stone for Ironman WA. “I used the race as a build up for IMWA. The longest race I have done is a half IM distance, so I thought the 120km bike would work perfectly to give me a gauge of how my training was going and how the legs would feel running after a longer race pace ride”.
Lisa Marangon dominated the swim as expected with Matilda and Nicole coming out of the water over a minute behind leaving Michelle a further minute plus back. On the bike Lisa lead for most of the ride until getting unsettled after coping a bee sting on the chest. Alergic to bees, Lisa was unsure about continuing until she could assetain whether she was okay.
Open category winner Nathan Stewart has had a couple of good results this year that we could find record of. In March he won the Newcastle triathlon with a solid 36min 10km run and a week ago he was 4th at the Maitland triathlon behind winner Tim Reed, Joey Lampe and Adam Holborow.
Open category second placed Chris Dmitrieff was particularly happy with his race after struggling with injury for much of last season. “It was the first race of the season and you never really know what you in for. I thought it was a great distance and the wind, dead roads & rolling hills really made for a challenging day my legs are still smashed! Chris had a reasonable swim, solid bike but hit a rough patch on the second lap heading back out into the wind. “Thankfully after backing off a little on the bike and getting some calories in I found my legs again. I was quiet suprised how good my legs felt when I started the run, I was instantly into my rhythm and just chased hard. Didn’t think I’d run into second when I got off the bike I was shocked actually. Great start to my season after after a dissapointing season last year plagued with illness”.
Full race report to come…
Click here for more information on the Elite Energy triathlon calendar for the summer including the triseries and the Ultimate Triathlon which is being held in Wagga Wagga next. The Wagga Wagga race is also a NSW long course WC selection race.
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