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Tim Reed and Melissa Rollison win 2XU Falls Creek Australian Long Course Championship

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Tim Reed winning 2XU Falls Creek Triathlon & Australian Long Course Championship

Tim Reed and Melissa Rollison have taken out the Australian Long Course Titles at the 2XU Falls Creek Triathlon. Tim Had to come from behind in the swim and chase down a pack of around 7 leaders who were around 30 seconds ahead of Reed out of the water.

(Full results by age group below including all the new National Long Course Title Holders)

World Ironman 70.3 champion Melissa Rollison (read Mel’s race report) came out of the water a couple of meters behind Madeleine Oldfield then put 1min in to her on the first of three bike laps. Oldfield came back and took 10 seconds out of Rollison on the 2nd lap but lost another minute to Rollison on the last bike lap. Oldfield headed out on to the run about a minute and a half down. Rollison did her usual run and tore up the field. She ran almost 9 minutes faster than Oldfield and ran faster than a lot of the elite men. She finished with a 1:18:10 run and a final time of 4:14 for a course record by around 20 minutes. Oldfield beat her winning time last year by almost 10 minutes.

Melissa Rollison winning 2XU Falls Creek Triathlon and the Australian Long Course Championship

In the men’s race there were a couple of guys who came out of the water way down on their usual times. Mitch Anderson had a bit of a problem in the swim and had to settle himself down before getting back in to it. Bill Scanlan was setting up in transition when he realised his wetsuit had disappeared. Unknown to him another of the pros had accidentally picked up his wetsuit, took it to 2XU to exchange it for a new one because it had to many nicks in it. Without realising they had Scanlan’s wetsuit, 2XU loaned Scanlan a suit but the one they had was slightly too small and Scanlan struggled in the swim. Scanlan went on to have one of the faster runs of the day. (Read Bill’s race report)

Out on the bike and Tim Reed caught up to the front bunch fairly quickly with a fast T1 and a bit of power early on in the bike. By the end of the first bike lap Luke Bell was leading by over 30 seconds with Joe Gambles and Tim Reed behind. The three leaders had put a gap on the field which they held until the end of the race. Bell headed out of T2 1:13 ahead of Gambles with Reed a further minute back.

Luke Bell apparently rolled his ankle and slowed down to preserve it for IM Melbourne no doubt. This turned the race in to a running race between Joe Gambles and Tim Reed. Reed caught Gambles at 10kms and stayed with him for 2kms then pushed on to see if Gambles would stay with him. Once he realised he had a enough of a gap it hen became a matter of keeping the distance at a safe level.

Joe Gambles used this race as a test to see how he is placed 5 weeks out from Ironman Melbourne. After only picked up his bike in the last three weeks and hasn’t been running over four minute kms in training yet. After the race he now knows what to work on in the next few weeks. A weeks rest then a block before IM Melbourne.

Tim Reed is looking at racing Ironman New Zealand. At this stage it is a 95% race. Following that a break while Tim and his wife to be have a baby. During this time he will race some local Olympic distance races.

Mitch Anderson had one of the races of the day. After the hiccup in the swim he went on to ride through the field and then ran one of the quickest runs of the day at 1:17:28 to take third place overall. The third place obviously meant something by the looks of his smile as he crossed the line.

Casey Munroe had one of the rides of the day but didn’t post a finishing time. Not sure what happened yet. Hopefully his run legs were not left out on the bike course.

Other results of note were a 4th place for Sydney 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jan Rehula. Rehula was visibly overjoyed with his race and result. Rehula now has a role with Triathlon Australia in the talent area.

Other solid performances were seen from many of the younger elite guys. Monty Frankish (who has started going to Ollie Whistler’s hairdresser) had a good race. Michael Fox went well albeit slightly off pace on the bike. Lindsey Wall went well. Ben Allen was slightly slower than expected and David Dellow, who is often either hot or cold, showed the impact 6 weeks of solid training can have on you.

Performances of note came from Sam Rix who has become a very capable triathlete over the last six months and won the 25-29 Australian long course title at Falls Creek. The brother of Josh Rix and boyfriend of Madeleine Oldfield showed a new piece of race kit that hopefully won’t take off. Richmond footy socks are not that stylish on a triathlon course. It made for some good natured comments.

Another outstanding performance came from youngster Ryan Waddington in the 18-24 age group. Waddington ran 1:16 for the 20kms to finish almost 40mins ahead of the next competitor in his age group. This was only a minute and a half off Tim Reed’s run. Ryan’s overall time was 4:09. He has to be one of the more focused and determined young triathlete we have seen for a long time.

In the men’s 30-34 age group Peter Loveridge finished with a time of 4:07:26 and a run time of 1:17:59.

 

Pos Name Category Time Swim Ride Run
1 Timothy Reed M Elite 3:54:15 27:47:00 2:09:49 1:15:00
2 Joe Gambles M Elite 3:55:17 27:23:00 2:09:10 1:17:03
3 Mitch Anderson M Elite 4:00:29 31:26:00 2:09:30 1:17:28
4 Jan Rehula M Elite 4:02:15 27:19:00 2:12:58 1:20:08
5 Luke Bell M Elite 4:03:24 27:24:00 2:07:50 1:26:23
6 Monty Frankish M Elite 4:06:14 28:08:00 2:12:59 1:22:47
7 Michael Fox M Elite 4:07:20 27:08:00 2:17:10 1:20:47
11 Bill Scanlan M Elite 4:09:28 31:58:00 2:15:34 1:19:09
14 Lindsey Wall M Elite 4:11:13 27:13:00 2:19:35 1:22:47
17 Ben Allen M Elite 4:15:25 27:20:00 2:23:31 1:22:39
23 Julian Langer M Elite 4:22:10 36:25:00 2:18:16 1:24:49
44 David Dellow M Elite 4:38:53 27:27:00 2:17:10 1:52:00
16 Melissa Rollison F Elite 4:14:39 31:42:00 2:22:28 1:18:10
27 Madeleine Oldfield F Elite 4:24:41 31:40:00 2:24:21 1:27:04
198 Kirke Munch F 18-24 5:47:04 44:19:00 2:56:54 1:59:33
205 Larissa Hansen F 18-24 5:51:18 36:54:00 2:58:46 2:06:17
59 Sarah Grove F 25-29 4:48:57 37:26:00 2:36:53 1:32:16
70 Mandy Habener F 25-29 4:55:52 38:25:00 2:38:58 1:35:36
88 Jen Davis F 25-29 5:01:42 35:46:00 2:34:27 1:47:52
118 Elizabeth Gordon F 25-29 5:12:22 34:49:00 2:46:46 1:46:10
215 Sarah Greenwood F 25-29 5:56:54 39:25:00 3:13:55 1:57:50
223 Melissa Urie F 25-29 6:00:24 39:27:00 3:01:32 2:14:35
236 Bridget Tellefson F 25-29 6:09:17 44:56:00 3:08:37 2:08:52
239 Amy Pankhurst F 25-29 6:13:40 44:00:00 3:22:07 2:03:40
57 Wendy Mcalpine F 30-34 4:47:49 33:42:00 2:33:03 1:37:39
64 Emma Miller F 30-34 4:52:53 35:44:00 2:36:50 1:37:02
81 Elizabeth Dornom F 30-34 4:58:10 38:05:00 2:42:47 1:34:13
106 Catherine Benger F 30-34 5:08:42 41:06:00 2:37:54 1:46:00
113 Bernadette Dornom F 30-34 5:10:01 36:40:00 2:46:10 1:43:46
122 Nicole Hart F 30-34 5:13:59 44:14:00 2:50:46 1:34:49
141 Heidi Littleford F 30-34 5:24:05 33:50:00 2:53:01 1:52:43
162 Lyndsey Travis F 30-34 5:32:37 48:41:00 2:56:11 1:42:14
206 Angela Harris F 30-34 5:51:38 46:36:00 3:08:02 1:50:27
209 Emily Clark F 30-34 5:53:53 46:26:00 3:17:06 1:42:53
210 Virginia Brooks F 30-34 5:54:11 44:41:00 3:02:32 2:00:55
220 Jennifer Ring F 30-34 5:59:42 51:24:00 3:04:54 1:58:00
229 Jaselyn O’sullivan F 30-34 6:02:57 43:23:00 3:12:17 1:58:00
247 Amanda Wallis F 30-34 6:23:54 36:49:00 3:22:13 2:20:21
111 Julie Uebel F 35-39 5:09:52 35:54:00 2:39:05 1:49:30
252 Donna Gibson F 35-39 6:30:57 48:12:00 3:21:42 2:10:29
77 Sarah Richardson F 40-44 4:57:37 32:44:00 2:40:46 1:41:10
217 Rebecca Sturrock F 40-44 5:57:03 42:07:00 3:05:45 2:01:43
228 Kaylene Chaproniere F 40-44 6:02:15 42:54:00 2:57:04 2:16:00
233 Heidi Bramberger F 40-44 6:05:30 40:58:00 2:59:26 2:21:24
241 Anne-Louise Mclean F 40-44 6:15:39 44:14:00 3:12:42 2:12:42
249 Sandi James F 40-44 6:27:32 40:46:00 3:16:24 2:24:08
186 Jodie Morris F 45-49 5:42:58 41:53:00 3:01:48 1:53:38
234 Andrea Jackson F 45-49 6:07:09 42:06:00 3:20:15 1:57:26
244 Liz Georgeson F 45-49 6:18:49 54:40:00 2:54:38 2:13:47
245 Helen Wilson F 45-49 6:23:31 44:02:00 3:19:20 2:15:12
259 Denise Wilson F 45-49 7:00:37 1:03:06 3:46:48 2:04:35
195 Julienne Drysdale F 50-54 5:46:11 38:59:00 3:04:12 1:54:17
207 Sally Murray F 50-54 5:52:33 41:46:00 3:14:11 1:51:42
227 Pam Kiss F 50-54 6:02:15 38:21:00 3:06:53 2:11:15
248 Rosie Spicer F 50-54 6:27:19 45:18:00 3:07:58 2:25:55
261 Stephanie Mcpharlin F 55-59 7:03:36 59:43:00 3:32:47 2:20:30
266 Karla Mckinlay F 65+ 7:25:53 53:48:00 3:34:46 2:45:59
12 Ryan Waddington M 18-24 4:09:42 30:11:00 2:19:12 1:16:33
61 Samuel Burston M 18-24 4:50:42 33:07:00 2:31:22 1:41:42
72 Rowan Beggs-French M 18-24 4:56:31 35:03:00 2:32:55 1:45:34
129 Nicholas Guz M 18-24 5:17:22 40:20:00 2:49:14 1:44:19
151 Jackson Heil M 18-24 5:27:49 33:55:00 2:45:44 2:04:42
237 Rhys Plose M 18-24 6:09:19 31:45:00 3:14:56 2:17:38
250 Jarryd Bloink M 18-24 6:30:34 50:40:00 3:35:39 1:59:00
10 Sam Rix M 25-29 4:08:36 29:27:00 2:11:04 1:24:22
19 Cadeyrn Douglas M 25-29 4:20:36 30:17:00 2:18:30 1:29:38
24 Chris Hocking M 25-29 4:22:53 33:06:00 2:17:15 1:29:55
29 Chris Stanton M 25-29 4:26:18 29:22:00 2:24:09 1:29:42
33 Adrian Vincent M 25-29 4:29:08 37:05:00 2:24:10 1:25:08
39 Luke Kay M 25-29 4:36:37 32:37:00 2:32:00 1:28:36
41 Tim Boote M 25-29 4:37:08 35:47:00 2:22:08 1:34:15
62 Shaun Street M 25-29 4:51:52 37:09:00 2:30:43 1:39:53
69 Geoff White M 25-29 4:54:42 38:05:00 2:32:49 1:40:01
71 Chris Moscher M 25-29 4:56:00 38:48:00 2:36:07 1:35:07
91 Bergin Kennedy M 25-29 5:02:20 40:37:00 2:45:10 1:30:12
99 Henry Baker M 25-29 5:06:39 37:48:00 2:39:22 1:45:54
105 Giles Barrington M 25-29 5:08:28 36:54:00 2:37:41 1:50:41
108 Blair Hurst M 25-29 5:09:30 42:36:00 2:44:59 1:36:39
114 Ken Enright M 25-29 5:10:44 35:46:00 2:38:08 1:48:36
145 Sam Buckley M 25-29 5:25:01 43:57:00 2:48:17 1:45:29
148 Andrew Browne M 25-29 5:26:51 39:37:00 2:47:19 1:54:09
150 Luke Eipper M 25-29 5:27:46 40:14:00 2:48:55 1:51:46
158 Paul-Micah Sullivan M 25-29 5:29:58 44:02:00 2:57:13 1:42:10
163 Simon King M 25-29 5:32:45 40:32:00 3:00:30 1:44:37
164 Martin Phillips M 25-29 5:32:59 44:35:00 2:54:37 1:45:37
172 Lee Walsh M 25-29 5:37:12 38:09:00 2:48:22 2:00:32
174 James Toth M 25-29 5:37:49 38:43:00 2:55:42 1:57:24
179 Chris Miller M 25-29 5:39:50 40:25:00 3:04:34 1:45:38
180 Martin Markus M 25-29 5:40:12 47:06:00 2:50:48 1:58:01
194 Matthew Penfold M 25-29 5:45:29 45:48:00 2:49:48 2:02:39
196 Jeremy Barber M 25-29 5:46:22 42:40:00 2:58:18 1:58:25
199 Peter Collier M 25-29 5:47:08 39:21:00 3:00:49 1:59:29
202 Mathew Dorling M 25-29 5:49:58 42:33:00 2:56:32 2:02:26
218 Arpit Srivastava M 25-29 5:59:16 46:57:00 2:59:52 2:06:22
238 Steve Jacobs M 25-29 6:12:55 41:21:00 3:06:10 2:14:32
256 Robert Dashwood M 25-29 6:49:32 49:30:00 3:20:23 2:33:48
8 Peter Loveridge M 30-34 4:07:26 29:23:00 2:17:07 1:17:59
15 Sean Smee M 30-34 4:14:26 34:15:00 2:18:27 1:19:29
22 Ryan Cross M 30-34 4:21:49 31:02:00 2:20:33 1:27:54
25 Ben Webeck M 30-34 4:23:02 32:17:00 2:22:29 1:24:28
26 Justin Whitley M 30-34 4:23:26 30:45:00 2:19:39 1:29:57
32 Clement Scott M 30-34 4:28:17 36:00:00 2:17:42 1:30:44
35 Luke Preston M 30-34 4:30:39 34:40:00 2:23:07 1:29:36
48 Scott Waters M 30-34 4:40:43 34:49:00 2:34:48 1:26:51
50 Sean Barnes M 30-34 4:43:08 35:33:00 2:32:04 1:32:17
52 Ben Pattie M 30-34 4:45:12 40:39:00 2:27:57 1:32:34
53 Stephen Glowrey M 30-34 4:45:46 34:39:00 2:39:28 1:27:49
60 Rodney Smith M 30-34 4:49:40 35:12:00 2:30:30 1:40:10
68 Brett Stone M 30-34 4:54:15 39:53:00 2:34:29 1:36:27
74 David Wilson M 30-34 4:57:02 30:54:00 2:43:52 1:37:27
82 Chris Smith M 30-34 4:59:13 38:15:00 2:36:37 1:36:19
83 Luke Mclean M 30-34 4:59:36 40:39:00 2:37:49 1:36:43
85 Alberto Myhrer M 30-34 4:59:53 40:19:00 2:39:03 1:35:39
86 Ross Kinsella M 30-34 5:00:34 45:50:00 2:40:56 1:27:44
94 Stephen Rafferty M 30-34 5:04:54 41:38:00 2:41:08 1:37:27
95 Kurt Rowe M 30-34 5:05:01 34:37:00 2:43:15 1:41:41
121 Cameron Malone M 30-34 5:13:58 29:19:00 2:50:00 1:45:24
125 Matt Tunne M 30-34 5:14:45 37:35:00 2:36:08 1:57:13
130 Matthew Kent M 30-34 5:17:40 39:42:00 2:47:10 1:43:46
131 Bob van Zuiden M 30-34 5:17:57 41:27:00 2:43:46 1:48:15
132 Simon Proctor M 30-34 5:18:33 39:52:00 2:42:56 1:49:45
140 Daniel Buchner M 30-34 5:23:39 36:37:00 2:45:11 1:55:53
142 Tim Furlong M 30-34 5:24:14 37:00:00 2:41:17 1:58:29
149 Paul Gallagher M 30-34 5:26:55 40:48:00 2:56:05 1:43:41
155 Sam Watkins M 30-34 5:28:51 41:16:00 2:46:35 1:52:15
160 Jason Sweeney M 30-34 5:31:31 40:33:00 2:48:36 1:53:22
166 Eddie O’connor M 30-34 5:34:37 43:29:00 2:54:48 1:50:16
171 Trevor Barnes M 30-34 5:36:41 35:57:00 2:55:39 2:00:02
177 Ross Mcnamara M 30-34 5:39:40 51:02:00 3:01:20 1:40:17
178 Matt Power M 30-34 5:39:42 47:03:00 2:53:17 1:54:24
182 Randall Evans M 30-34 5:41:26 38:25:00 2:45:27 2:11:42
183 Tim Chambers M 30-34 5:41:27 36:30:00 2:48:40 2:12:37
187 Jason Hekkema M 30-34 5:43:12 40:46:00 2:52:31 2:02:11
203 Daniel Prior M 30-34 5:50:02 39:25:00 2:55:00 2:08:38
211 Paul Rahill M 30-34 5:54:12 45:53:00 3:05:09 1:57:02
213 Justin Mills M 30-34 5:56:23 40:03:00 3:04:37 2:04:25
214 David Stokie M 30-34 5:56:44 43:14:00 2:53:11 2:16:47
224 Andrew Catchpole M 30-34 6:01:33 51:50:00 2:53:18 2:10:40
230 Duncan Orr M 30-34 6:03:08 44:44:00 2:54:39 2:14:43
231 Adam Stewart M 30-34 6:03:57 44:38:00 3:04:15 2:06:27
235 Michael Karpavicius M 30-34 6:07:59 42:43:00 3:05:11 2:11:09
242 Matt Howard M 30-34 6:16:23 42:33:00 3:10:29 2:17:10
9 Sam Hume M 35-39 4:07:32 27:25:00 2:19:45 1:18:13
13 Chris Bradford M 35-39 4:10:37 32:01:00 2:14:49 1:21:33
18 Damien Angus M 35-39 4:18:31 31:41:00 2:19:08 1:22:45
20 Deiter Mcdonald M 35-39 4:20:51 31:48:00 2:17:50 1:29:19
43 Ollie Allan M 35-39 4:37:50 33:22:00 2:27:29 1:32:59
47 Ian Franzke M 35-39 4:40:08 41:33:00 2:23:58 1:30:54
51 Jarrod Hudson M 35-39 4:43:18 34:14:00 2:31:35 1:32:34
54 Duncan Brown M 35-39 4:46:13 37:52:00 2:35:47 1:26:49
66 David Frame M 35-39 4:53:20 30:49:00 2:38:03 1:41:00
75 Brett Worley M 35-39 4:57:06 31:58:00 2:41:32 1:39:10
79 Clinton Fraser M 35-39 4:57:46 30:09:00 2:39:54 1:42:45
89 Ben Mcdermid M 35-39 5:01:55 34:28:00 2:43:14 1:37:06
90 Scott Mcgraw M 35-39 5:02:06 38:30:00 2:33:56 1:40:59
96 Peter Gardner M 35-39 5:05:06 32:51:00 2:42:19 1:44:04
100 Phillip Walsh M 35-39 5:07:03 36:32:00 2:37:50 1:47:04
101 Dario Sorbello M 35-39 5:07:13 41:11:00 2:36:57 1:44:21
102 Jeremy Cowan M 35-39 5:07:25 40:18:00 2:29:18 1:50:43
103 Shane Thurston M 35-39 5:07:47 43:50:00 2:38:35 1:39:43
107 Tim Tingiri M 35-39 5:09:20 40:35:00 2:46:39 1:37:37
110 Nigel Peacock M 35-39 5:09:51 44:51:00 2:44:17 1:34:25
115 Adam Rieusset M 35-39 5:11:23 36:13:00 2:40:48 1:45:30
120 Christopher Ineson M 35-39 5:12:53 41:41:00 2:41:48 1:44:12
123 Greg Fahy M 35-39 5:14:30 44:19:00 2:44:06 1:40:02
127 Darren Ross M 35-39 5:15:28 32:24:00 2:47:53 1:49:39
133 Matthew Gisborne M 35-39 5:19:05 39:14:00 2:48:45 1:45:29
134 Lee Prosser M 35-39 5:19:54 43:17:00 2:46:59 1:44:24
139 Travis Callander M 35-39 5:23:06 35:32:00 2:45:13 1:56:08
144 Alastair Lang M 35-39 5:24:48 41:44:00 2:46:38 1:50:58
147 Stephen Shuttleworth M 35-39 5:26:11 38:26:00 2:53:43 1:48:09
159 David Breslin M 35-39 5:30:07 40:27:00 2:46:33 1:58:52
161 Jason Kilner M 35-39 5:32:17 45:28:00 2:51:35 1:49:11
189 Mark Burton M 35-39 5:43:47 42:02:00 3:06:27 1:45:24
191 Scott Smalley M 35-39 5:44:29 40:00:00 2:49:42 2:08:09
193 Alasdair Mclean M 35-39 5:44:52 42:03:00 3:00:35 1:56:31
197 Damien Herbert M 35-39 5:46:49 55:45:00 2:54:55 1:44:41
263 Alex Basilewsky M 35-39 7:06:36 43:34:00 3:29:56 2:42:57
265 Marc Niemes M 35-39 7:21:09 58:29:00 3:46:19 2:24:38
21 Matthew Wolstencroft M 40-44 4:20:51 30:29:00 2:18:56 1:29:11
28 Matt Lewis M 40-44 4:25:17 37:48:00 2:19:01 1:25:37
34 Richard Hobson M 40-44 4:29:08 31:29:00 2:21:39 1:31:32
36 Austin Parker M 40-44 4:31:20 34:38:00 2:27:10 1:26:44
40 Niall Mai M 40-44 4:36:50 32:37:00 2:26:15 1:34:53
46 Ray Bradbury M 40-44 4:39:51 35:36:00 2:32:59 1:26:40
58 Graham Hammell M 40-44 4:48:45 37:54:00 2:26:49 1:39:59
63 Christopher Watt M 40-44 4:52:24 41:20:00 2:30:54 1:34:06
65 Bryan Hopkins M 40-44 4:52:57 39:08:00 2:38:45 1:30:17
67 Travis Wayth M 40-44 4:53:47 35:48:00 2:38:44 1:33:43
76 Darren Pocock M 40-44 4:57:30 41:22:00 2:35:13 1:36:51
78 Philip O’toole M 40-44 4:57:38 37:59:00 2:33:24 1:38:32
80 Steven Backhouse M 40-44 4:58:09 36:28:00 2:38:05 1:38:22
84 Paul Hackett M 40-44 4:59:41 35:55:00 2:36:52 1:42:36
97 Frank Strini M 40-44 5:05:42 32:40:00 2:41:19 1:47:03
128 Justin Wilson M 40-44 5:15:57 46:51:00 2:44:57 1:36:24
136 Christopher Thomas M 40-44 5:20:39 37:39:00 2:49:09 1:49:27
170 Greg Robinson M 40-44 5:36:21 38:21:00 2:52:36 1:59:17
175 Leon Moriceau M 40-44 5:38:08 42:22:00 2:47:49 1:58:41
188 Peter Hudec M 40-44 5:43:46 50:39:00 2:50:56 1:54:49
192 Scott Harvey M 40-44 5:44:37 43:37:00 3:04:41 1:49:38
204 John Gough M 40-44 5:50:17 44:06:00 2:56:11 2:04:39
208 Paul Everett M 40-44 5:53:00 50:54:00 3:06:28 1:48:47
212 Matt Wall M 40-44 5:56:21 37:00:00 3:04:40 2:10:00
216 Richard Matison M 40-44 5:57:00 48:31:00 3:03:45 1:59:31
222 David von Hirschberg M 40-44 6:00:16 48:17:00 3:02:33 2:03:22
226 Scott Montgomery M 40-44 6:01:49 43:58:00 2:55:33 2:14:44
232 Lang Nicholls M 40-44 6:04:13 37:22:00 3:06:02 2:11:34
240 Mark Pellas M 40-44 6:15:11 50:29:00 2:54:39 2:22:26
253 Steven Brydon M 40-44 6:35:44 53:38:00 3:20:34 2:13:10
31 Chris Southwell M 45-49 4:28:02 28:47:00 2:23:06 1:32:51
37 Rob Hill M 45-49 4:35:41 35:07:00 2:30:36 1:26:57
38 Daryn James M 45-49 4:35:49 35:04:00 2:29:18 1:27:27
42 Trevor Buchanan M 45-49 4:37:32 36:35:00 2:23:33 1:34:28
109 Stephen Harper M 45-49 5:09:42 36:56:00 2:44:37 1:43:58
137 Clint Bain M 45-49 5:21:22 36:00:00 2:42:59 1:58:26
138 Alan Melville M 45-49 5:22:42 41:21:00 2:51:40 1:38:44
143 Joe Spano M 45-49 5:24:32 50:10:00 2:36:50 1:50:29
184 Darren Fox M 45-49 5:42:05 42:13:00 2:56:20 1:58:23
254 John Williamson M 45-49 6:37:31 46:53:00 3:19:29 2:22:13
255 David Le Page M 45-49 6:39:59 59:14:00 3:14:57 2:20:11
257 Rohan Merry M 45-49 6:54:16 56:25:00 4:07:44 1:40:15
258 Paul Sargeant M 45-49 6:54:30 55:06:00 3:20:17 2:30:28
260 John Heckenberg M 45-49 7:02:49 59:39:00 3:20:33 2:29:06
55 Paul Mcglynn M 50-54 4:46:52 34:52:00 2:25:16 1:42:06
73 Tony Kolb M 50-54 4:56:52 36:12:00 2:37:47 1:38:20
87 Rick Jackel M 50-54 5:01:06 35:17:00 2:39:53 1:41:58
92 Roy Preece M 50-54 5:03:58 34:28:00 2:33:03 1:52:06
93 Adrian Mc Knight M 50-54 5:04:05 36:34:00 2:43:25 1:36:46
98 John Auriac M 50-54 5:06:17 38:14:00 2:36:21 1:47:05
112 Paul Legg M 50-54 5:09:57 35:59:00 2:38:42 1:50:10
116 Stephen Oliver M 50-54 5:11:48 37:28:00 2:37:26 1:51:35
119 Dean Jackson M 50-54 5:12:25 42:17:00 2:43:55 1:40:32
124 Bruce Baddeley M 50-54 5:14:41 32:22:00 2:47:00 1:50:08
126 Howard Yen M 50-54 5:15:04 39:15:00 2:44:53 1:46:10
153 Rene Rutze M 50-54 5:28:33 43:12:00 2:52:07 1:43:23
154 Martyn Hughes M 50-54 5:28:44 46:21:00 2:50:29 1:47:19
181 Ross Cochrane M 50-54 5:40:21 38:54:00 2:52:58 2:01:26
185 David Burston M 50-54 5:42:40 42:37:00 2:54:29 2:01:10
221 Brendan Hill M 50-54 6:00:13 48:59:00 3:04:06 1:58:29
246 John Hazell M 50-54 6:23:42 49:56:00 2:59:13 2:28:25
251 Brett Fitzsimmons M 50-54 6:30:37 49:42:00 3:19:03 2:10:15
262 Lars Kogge M 50-54 7:04:07 1:15:45 3:54:34 1:43:06
264 Michael Walker M 50-54 7:07:40 49:37:00 3:29:36 2:43:09
45 Niels Madsen M 55-59 4:39:02 35:17:00 2:27:17 1:33:49
152 Dean Copland M 55-59 5:27:56 41:16:00 2:57:20 1:46:33
169 Daryl Raggatt M 55-59 5:36:00 36:30:00 2:57:08 1:56:50
200 Peter Nitschke M 55-59 5:47:22 45:56:00 2:49:07 2:05:43
201 David Leversha M 55-59 5:49:09 40:08:00 3:12:42 1:48:45
267 Michael Kennedy M 55-59 7:26:17 57:37:00 3:42:03 2:30:24
176 Terry Moore M 60-64 5:39:12 38:02:00 3:00:13 1:52:59
190 Paul Emery M 60-64 5:44:17 38:04:00 2:46:16 2:16:13
1 Timothy Reed M Elite 3:54:15 27:47:00 2:09:49 1:15:00
2 Joe Gambles M Elite 3:55:17 27:23:00 2:09:10 1:17:03
3 Mitch Anderson M Elite 4:00:29 31:26:00 2:09:30 1:17:28
4 Jan Rehula M Elite 4:02:15 27:19:00 2:12:58 1:20:08
5 Luke Bell M Elite 4:03:24 27:24:00 2:07:50 1:26:23
6 Monty Frankish M Elite 4:06:14 28:08:00 2:12:59 1:22:47
7 Michael Fox M Elite 4:07:20 27:08:00 2:17:10 1:20:47
11 Bill Scanlan M Elite 4:09:28 31:58:00 2:15:34 1:19:09
14 Lindsey Wall M Elite 4:11:13 27:13:00 2:19:35 1:22:47
17 Ben Allen M Elite 4:15:25 27:20:00 2:23:31 1:22:39
23 Julian Langer M Elite 4:22:10 36:25:00 2:18:16 1:24:49
44 David Dellow M Elite 4:38:53 27:27:00 2:17:10 1:52:00
30 Team Smoo Team 4:26:57 33:04:00 2:22:05 1:30:36
49 Team Sam The Dog Team 4:40:43 45:13:00 2:38:26 1:15:40
56 Team Over The Hill And Far Away Team 4:47:41 30:02:00 2:49:38 1:26:16
104 Team Seemed Like A Good Idea Team 5:08:09 36:23:00 2:52:10 1:38:04
117 Team Hannmaid Team 5:12:19 46:02:00 2:38:41 1:45:15
135 Team Team Toro Team 5:20:34 34:01:00 2:52:20 1:52:24
146 Team Team Tarulli Team 5:25:32 58:51:00 2:43:29 1:41:29
156 Team High Rollers Team 5:29:30 42:42:00 2:57:38 1:47:13
157 Team Plod Team 5:29:54 42:51:00 3:13:50 1:31:18
165 Team Keltron Team 5:33:26 38:39:00 3:01:52 1:47:48
167 Team Ghd Geos Team 5:34:52 43:00:00 2:56:54 1:52:56
168 Team 3xw Team 5:35:14 41:44:00 3:12:30 1:39:32
173 Team The Ratties Team 5:37:22 39:01:00 3:11:11 1:45:20
219 Team Older Girls Go Better Team 5:59:28 44:58:00 2:56:09 2:16:01
225 Team Frenchy Kiwy Team 6:01:46 43:39:00 3:14:46 2:00:57
243 Team Freeburgh Campers Team 6:18:17 39:20:00 3:02:59 2:31:00

 

 

 

 

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.

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Ironman Announces First Full Distance Event In Ireland

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Ironman announced today the addition of its first full distance event in Ireland, Ironman Ireland, Cork. The inaugural race will take place on June 23, 2019.

“Ironman is an incredibly prestigious sporting competition held in locations throughout the world. Now, for the first time in Ireland, Cork will host a full-distance Ironman competition starting in 2019. Youghal will be centre stage for the next three years as we showcase our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a world-wide audience. I am delighted to welcome Ironman to Cork,” said Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork.

The race will be held in Youghal, Co. Cork which is located approximately 45 minutes west of Cork city and Cork International Airport. Youghal is a coastal fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland and a fortified seaport since the fifth century. It is also Ireland’s second oldest town. Cork International Airport offers direct transatlantic services in addition to its extensive European access routes, along with modern motorway access from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin (2-hour drive). Youghal is perfectly situated to stage an iconic triathlon.

The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy, Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, that gently shelves into the Celtic Sea. This is within walking distance of Youghal Town.

A two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course is next. Starting off through the centre of Youghal town, a climb of the famous Windmill Hill awaits the cyclists as a first challenge, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot. The cyclists will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. This breathtaking course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a max elevation of 190m above Midleton before a technical drop back into Youghal.

The 42km (26.2-mile) run course will be the highlight of this event. This will be a flat four-lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the Ironman finishing arch in Market Square.

Speaking about the event, Tim Lucey, Chief Executive Cork County Council said: “Cork County Council is especially proud to join forces with Ironman which will bring an economic boost estimated to be over seven million Euro to the local economy. But the impact is much more than that; we have the opportunity to promote East Cork but go even further into all that Cork has to offer. We will showcase sport but most importantly of all, we will showcase community spirit. This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience.”

“It has always been our goal to establish a full-distance event in Ireland. Now, building on the success of Ironman 70.3 Dún Laoghaire we are excited to add Ironman Ireland, Cork,” said Oliver Schieck, Regional Director Ironman UK & Ireland. “This race is a remarkable combination of a stunning race course with a beautiful landscape as a backdrop. We are looking forward to welcoming Irish and international athletes to the inaugural edition in June 2019.”

Ironman Ireland, Cork will be a qualifier for the 2019 Ironman World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.

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Elite Field Of Professional Triathletes Set To Compete In 2018 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

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The pro field for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon set to take place on Sunday, June 3. The line-up includes 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Kanute, Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (USA), Olympian Ryan Fisher (AUS), Olympian Paula Findlay (CAN), 2018 Surf City Escape Triathlon winner Jason West and more.

The new official coach of the Escape Triathlon Series Andy Potts will also be competing. Potts represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics, is a seven-time IRONMAN champion, 28-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion, and a six-time Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon champion.

“I am super excited about my new role as the Escape Triathlon Series coach and look forward to competing this year and supporting all levels of participants as they work to accomplish their goals,” said Potts.

The pros will join 2,000 amateur triathletes for the 38th year of this annual event. Athletes have qualified to race through the newly-formed Escape Triathlon Series. 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Champions Ben Kanute and Lauren Goss will attempt to defend their titles. The full list of professional triathletes set to compete in the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes:

Men

  • Kevin Collington (USA)
  • Brian Duffy Jr. (USA)
  • Robbie Deckard (USA)
  • Cameron Dye (USA)
  • Ryan Fisher (AUS)
  • Ben Kanute (USA)
  • Eric Lagerstrom (USA)
  • Garrick Loewen (CAN)
  • Andy Potts (USA)
  • Jarrod Shoemaker (USA)
  • Jason West (USA)
  • Timothy Winslow (USA)
  • Matthew Wisthoff (USA)

Women

  • Liz Baugher (USA)
  • Paula Findlay (CAN)
  • Lauren Goss (USA)
  • Sarah Haskins (USA)
  • Alicia Kaye (CAN)
  • Caroline Shannon (USA)
  • Erin Storie (USA)
  • Lindsey Jerdonek (USA)

Top triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on a course showcasing the beauty of the city. Triathletes will hit the water at 7:30 a.m. to embark on a challenging 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile twisting bike ride through the Presidio, and an 8-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. To finish the race, triathletes will follow a path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field, and finish on the grass at Marina Green. Fans can experience the excitement at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are easily visible.

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Middaugh, Paterson win XTERRA Oak Mountain

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Josiah Middaugh and Lesley Paterson captured the 13th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful day at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.

It’s the third straight year Middaugh has won this race and his fifth win in six years on this course.  For Paterson, it’s her fourth victory here since 2012, and for both, their first big XTERRA win of 2018.

In the men’s race Ian King was first man out of the water in 21:11, followed closely by Karsten Madsen, Branden Rakita, Rom Akerson, and Victor Arenas.  Middaugh came of the 1.5-kilometer swim in 23:56, nearly three-minutes behind the leaders, and quickly went to work on the bike.

“I had quite a deficit out of the swim and had to remind myself to just keep pushing all the time,” said the reigning XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ, who posted the fastest 30km bike split of the day in 1:20:56.  “For me to get to the front, it’s max effort every chance I get.”

Middaugh was able to pass six of the eight guys ahead of him by the end of the bike, all but race leader Rom Akerson (pictured below) and Karsten Madsen.

“Toward the end of the bike, I was hearing I was within one-minute but I still couldn’t see anybody, and then I heard I was 35 seconds behind but still couldn’t see anybody, and then finally I saw Karsten at the very end there,” said Middaugh.  “I thought Rom must have been another minute up the trail, but when I came out of the bike-to-run transition we were all in there together, 1,2, 3.”

When Middaugh speaks of Max effort, the final quarter-mile of the bike was a perfect example, as he reeled-in 10-15 seconds by hammering the final stretch.

“You have take time whenever you can,” he said.  “Coming in on the road, I saw Karsten starting to take his shoes off and I thought, I’m going hard for another 10 seconds.”

At the start of the two-lap 10km trail run around Double Oak Lake it was an exciting three-man chase and then another all-out effort by Middaugh propelled him into the lead about half-mile into it.

“Right away on the run we were all pushing hard but I was able to take the lead just before the start of the single track. Karsten and I were pretty much sprinting to that spot,” he said.  “I was thinking if I can get in first then I can hit all those little rollers and start working the hills and just hope to wear him down. So, it worked. I wanted to put a gap on him early because when you’re feeling good, you don’t know how long it’s going to last. You can go from feeling real good to real bad, real quick.”

Middaugh crushed the run in 39:04.  The only other sub 40-minute run came from XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series leader Kieran McPherson, who had the best split of the day in 38:50 and ultimately finished 5th.

His winning time was 2:23:56, more than one-minute ahead of Madsen who finished in second for the second straight year behind Middaugh.

“That was by far the worst I’ve felt all through a race, but I persevered,” said Madsen, who won XTERRA Uruguay two weeks ago and was second to Kieran McPerson at XTERRA Brazil last week.  “Three races in three weeks is just about one of the hardest things I’ve done. All this week I could barely train because my legs were so sore and tired, but this course gives me confidence and I used the ability I have in single track riding to keep in contention. I was trying to best Josiah today but he’s such a veteran racer and he found that extra gear.”

Madsen, who sits in second on the Pan Am Pro Series after six events, added that the bump-n-grind style of racing at the park today was a thrill … “That’s XTERRA,” he said. “When it’s close and competitive like that, it’s absolutely phenomenal.”

The battle for third was equally amazing. Rom Akerson, who beat Josiah and Karsten to win XTERRA Costa Rica in March, was in position to finish third but went the wrong way for a few strides just before the finish chute and ended up in a sprint finish with Brian Smith.

“Rom and I were pretty close together all the way around until we got a quarter of a mile into the single track on the second lap,” said Smith. “He went by me and I said, “Great job, go ahead,” and I thought it was all over at that point. Then we got to the dam and he stopped to get water and I was close again, but he was still 10 seconds ahead. The finish wasn’t even going to be close, but he went left and had to run back towards me to get back on course and we ended up together down the finish chute. I gave it everything I could and got it by a lean at the line.”

Akerson, who was the first man into the bike-to-run transition, felt like he let one slip away today.

“I came off the bike and into transition first and then went out on the run and Josiah and Karsten caught me and they were running hard, but nothing I can’t normally keep up with. It was a fast pace, but nothing too hard, and then a couple hundred meters before the end of the first lap I got this pain in my chest, like a cramp or something.  I had to stop and sit down and put water on my head. I couldn’t even breath,” Akerson explained.  “I started running again and then Brian caught me and we ran together and ultimately he beat me over the line at the end there. It was a race I should have won today. I had it in my pocket.”

McPherson, who won at XTERRA Brazil last week, finished just 21-seconds behind in fifth.

Elite Men

Place  Name Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:23:56 100
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:25:16 90
3 Brian Smith, USA 2:27:25 82
4 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:27:26 75
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:27:46 69
6 Sam Long, USA 2:30:41 63
7 Branden Rakita, USA 2:33:05 58
8 Will Kelsay, USA 2:34:36 53
9 Brent Mattison, USA 2:34:58 49
10 Will Ross, USA 2:37:44 45
11 Ian King, USA 2:38:35 41
12 Alex Roberts, NZL 2:38:49 37
13 Victor Arenas, COL 2:42:25 34
14 Humberto Rivera, USA 2:44:41 31
15 Ryan DeCook, USA 2:45:14 28
16 Jimmy Archer 3:08:44 NP

 

In the women’s race Erin Storie, who was competing in her first-ever XTERRA, posted the fastest women’s swim of the day in 21:26, better than all but five elite men. Fabiola Corona, Jessie Koltz, and Julie Baker were next, a little over two minutes back, then Paterson in fifth.

It didn’t take long for the two-time XTERRA World Champ to get into the mix upfront.

“I got out there and felt really good and I had a lot of fight in me today,” said Paterson, who was second to Jacqui Allen at XTERRA Tahiti last week.  “I caught up to Julie Baker who had the lead at the top of the climb and then we went back and forth on a bunch of the trail until we got to the road and I put in an attack down Johnson Mountain trail and kind of managed to get 30 seconds coming into transition.”

Paterson added to her lead by posting the fastest run split of the day and finished in 2:47:50, more than three minutes ahead of Baker.

“I tried to give Lesley a little race,” smiled Baker (pictured above).  “We traded a bit on the bike but she was really strong, and had a super run. I just do the best I can.  But ya know, it’s fun.  It’s like a vacation coming here, I just felt great as soon as I got here.”

Paterson was quick to agree, adding that “It’s so beautiful, the terrain is amazing, the people are amazing. It’s just an incredible place.”

Corona, a four-time XTERRA Mexico Champ, went back-and-forth with Kara LaPoint on the run and was able to pull away to take third by about 30 seconds. She was ecstatic with the result.

“It was amazing, I love this course, the bike is awesome,” she exclaimed.  “Kara passed me on the first lap of the run and I was like, OK, I’m in 4th place, but then I thought, no, all my family is here and they spent too much for the hotel and the flights for me to finish fourth. Fourth place is like a chocolate medal for me, not bronze. So, I caught a second wind and caught Kara then threw down a big sprint. For me, third place here is like first place, like gold.”

With the win Corona moves into third place in the Pan Am Pro Series behind Carito Nieva and Kelli Montgomery with six races to go.

LaPoint had a great race and gave it everything she had to finish in fourth, while Jessie Koltz finished in fifth.

Elite Women

Place Name Time Points
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 2:47:50 100
2 Julie Baker, USA 2:51:25 90
3 Fabiola Corona, MEX 2:56:31 82
4 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:57:03 75
5 Jessica Koltz, USA 2:59:26 69
6 Katie Button, CAN 3:01:15 63
7 Erin Storie, USA 3:02:04 58
8 Anne Usher, USA 3:08:12 53
9 Kelli Montgomery, USA 3:10:54 49
10 Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA 3:14:08 45
11 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:44:25 41

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XTERRA Oak Mountain lures all-star field to Shelby County, Alabama

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The XTERRA Pan America Pro Series takes shape this weekend at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama as America’s best elites host all-stars from Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand and Scotland.

The 13th annual XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road tri is race number six of 12 in the international racing series, and the first championship event in the U.S. this season.

In the men’s chase all eyes are on reigning and two-time XTERRA Pan America Tour Champion Josiah Middaugh. The 2015 XTERRA World Champion from Colorado is in his 18th season of XTERRA racing and turns 40 this July, but is showing no signs of slowing down.  

I have a long history with Oak Mountain State Park and have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows here,” said Middaugh, who has won four of the last five and finished in the top three nine times here in Alabama.  “Since fracturing my patella in 2006 and the resulting surgery, I have made amends with the course and had a handful of good performances.”

One of those modestly-stated ‘good performances’ came last year when Middaugh came out of the water more than two minutes back of the leaders but posted the fastest bike split and then chased down Mexico’s Paco Serrano and Canadian Karsten Madsen on the run to take the win.

“I know I will need to bring my A-game to the race because there is little room for error on that course as time gaps are usually tight,” he said.

Madsen, who finished as the runner-up just 41-seconds behind Middaugh last year, is one of several men in the field looking to take down the reigning champ.

“Alabama is a very special place for me, and last year this race truly was my best performance of the season,” said Madsen, who so far this year has finished 3rd at XTERRA Costa Rica, won XTERRA Uruguay, and placed 2nd at XTERRA Brazil last weekend.  “This course suits my skill set because I ride technical single track at a premier level and this course rewards that. I’m in the best shape of my life and doing things in training that are giving strong indications that some massive things will come if I stay the course. My history on this course is long, but this year will be the first time I go into the race with massive travel and races behind me. Still, I have to win on this course before I’m done with XTERRA! There will be some very tough completion, but the man to be beat is Josiah. It’s a big task.”

Just a few days ago Kieran McPherson from New Zealand, the current XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series points leader, outran Madsen to take the tape at XTERRA Brazil. It was his second win of the season following his victory at XTERRA Argentina in March.

“I was ecstatic to get my first Gold level XTERRA win and excited to come to Oak Mountain and see if I can grab another one,” said McPherson, who placed sixth last year on this course.

Another big threat for Middaugh comes from 12-year XTERRA veteran Rom Akerson, who beat him to win XTERRA Costa Rica in March.

“I’m feeling super strong and looking forward to this event,” said Akerson, who last raced here 10 years ago and finished 7th in a crowded elite field. “My goal is to do my best, but I always aim to win. I know it’s a super technical course and I’m stoked to race with these guys, especially Josiah, I look up to him a lot.”

One of the other chief competitors for Middaugh is a man he coaches, Brian Smith, who posted the fastest run split last year to finish fourth.

“Love the Oak Mountain course,” said Smith. “I love the woods and the roots, it’s not like the riding we have here in Gunnison, Colorado. It reminds me of where I grew up in upstate New York.  I am hoping to nail the race like I did last year and step it up to a top three finish.  Josiah is coaching me again and has me in good form.”

Another perennial top five guy and back for more is Branden Rakita.

“It’s one of my top two favorite courses on the circuit,” said Rakita, who finished runner-up in the Pan Am Pro Series last year. “Oak Mountain will be the first race where we will really learn where everyone stands. Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have all had a good number of strong guys, but Alabama is the first race with everyone there and it will only ratchet up the race intensity that much more. You know you had a really good race if you land on the podium in this one.”

The dark horse for Saturday may be a youngster named Sam Long. He has a couple top three showings at altitude in Colorado, but this race will be a whole new experience for the 22-year-old.

“I don’t know the course at ‘Bama at all,” said Long. “I have heard it is technical and hot, and to prepare for it I am doing a training camp in Moab. I look forward to the challenge of the course and the season; but more importantly to the fun that awaits and the camaraderie with my fellow racers.  I’m hoping for a big year on the XTERRA scene. I believe I am in a better place physically and mentally than I have ever been before and am curious to see how I will do. My goal for the season is to be on the top step at one of these races. I think it is feasible and will try to do it at every race, but with the level of competition I will be very happy if I can do it just once.”

ELITE MEN’S START LIST

2018 Rank/2017 Rank – Name, Nationality

1/3 – Kieran McPherson, NZL
2/14 – Karsten Madsen, CAN
4/2 – Branden Rakita, USA
6/NR – Alex Roberts, NZL
10/NR – Rom Akerson, CRC
13/1 – Josiah Middaugh, USA
20/NR – Humberto Rivera, USA
28/20 – Ian King, USA
NR/4 – Brian Smith, USA
NR/9 – Sam Long, USA
NR/NR – Jimmy Archer
NR/NR – Victor Arenas
NR/NR – Will Kelsay
NR/NR – Brent Mattison
NR/NR – Humberto Rivera, USA
NR/NR – Will Ross

In the women’s race two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson is looking to shake-off some early season rust and show the XTERRA world what she’s capable of. The “Scottish Rocket” has won this race three times, including in 2012 when XTERRA hosted the ITU Cross Tri World Champs at Oak Mountain.

“I just love this place, and have such wonderful memories here,” said Paterson, who finished second to Jacqui Allen at XTERRA Tahiti last weekend. “It’s an amazing picturesque course, and I’ve got the best homestay ever with my buddy Don. We’ve become very close friends across the years and I use this race as an excuse to come see him. Plus, this will be my hubby’s first time here so I’m excited to show him around and sign him up for the trail run!”

Paterson placed second to Suzie Snyder last year, and Julie Baker was third. Baker is back, and with a best-in-class swim will have the chance to lead Saturday’s race from wire-to-wire.

Canada’s best hope comes from Katie Button, the 2016 XTERRA Victoria Champ.

“I always enjoy riding at Oak Mountain. It’s different than what I have at home so offers some novel challenges, like the twisty flat trails that require a lot of focus to keep your momentum going,” said Button. “As my first race of the season, I’m looking to set a benchmark for myself and hopefully keep moving forward from here for the rest of the year.”

Kara LaPoint, last year’s Pan Am Pro Series runner-up, and Kelli Montgomery, who won XTERRA Costa Rica in March, are both coming off back-to-back weekends of racing at XTERRA Uruguay and XTERRA Brazil, and are hoping the legs and lungs can handle the travel.

“I’m hoping my body comes around after a pretty rough last few days with racing sick in Brazil, and a lot of hard travel as I continue to recover from that bout of illness,” said LaPoint, who is currently 5th in the Pan Am Pro Series standings. “I’ve definitely put myself through the ringer this week, but I’ve still got some time to get totally healthy and freshen up before Saturday. This has always been one of my favorite stops on the tour. It’s fun, fast, intense, and challenging racing, and without a doubt one of the best bike courses out there. I’ll be gunning for a podium finish and hope to keep moving up in the tour standings.”

As for Montgomery, who is sitting in second place in the Pan Am standings, she doesn’t think survival will be a problem, saying “I survived XTERRA Brazil, and that was the hardest XTERRA course I’ve ever done.”

Former Olympian Fabiola Corona from Mexico, who finished as the runner-up at XTERRA Chile then won XTERRA Argentina a week later in March, said she’s ready for the challenge, “I put a big focus on the XTERRA Pan America Tour this year and am really excited to come out and race at Oak Mountain.

The dark horse for the women could be Erin Storie, who will be competing in her first-ever XTERRA race because she wanted to try a different style of racing.  Plus, my husband is graduating from Army Officer school in Fort Benning, so I can see his graduation and race in the same weekend,” she added.

Storie has an impressive road triathlon racing resume that includes winning the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championship and finishing third in the 2014 ITU Under-23 World Championships.  She is also a two-time U23 national champion and two-time USA Triathlon U23 Athlete of the Year.  It will certainly be interesting to see how that speed on tarmac translates to the tricky trails at Oak Mountain State Park.

ELITE WOMEN’S START LIST

2018 Rank/2017 Rank – Name, Nationality

2/22 – Kelli Montgomery, USA
4/19 – Fabiola Corona
5/2 – Kara LaPoint
12/11 – Jessica Koltz, USA
13/NR – Rebecca Blatt, USA
NR/5 – Lesley Paterson, GBR
NR/6 – Julie Baker, USA
NR/10 – Katie Button, CAN
NR/13 – Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA
NR/18 – Anne Usher, USA
NR/NR – Erin Storie, USA

Find elite race updates on twitter @xterraoffroad this Saturday, May 19, starting at 9am CDT, and login to Facebook for photos, videos and more all week long.

All-time XTERRA Oak Mountain Elite Champions

Year – Men’s Winner/Women’s Winner

2006 – Brent McMahan/Melanie McQuaid
2007 – Conrad Stoltz/Jamie Whitmore
2008 – Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2009 – Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid
2010 – Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2011 – Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid
2012 – Conrad Stoltz/Lesley Paterson
2013 – Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
2014 – Josiah Middaugh/Flora Duffy
2015 – Braden Currie/Lesley Paterson
2016 – Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
2017 – Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder

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Dylan Mcneice And Yvonne Van Vlerken Take The Lead In Challenge Family World Bonus

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Per Bittner and Yvonne van Vlerken both take the titles at Challenge Aruba. Image by: Eric Wynn

After the first five of our CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus races, Dylan McNeice from New Zealand has taken the lead with 500 points after his strong win at CHALLENGETAIWAN. The female standings are currently dominated by the Dutch Yvonne van Vlerken. She not only took the victory at CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA and CHALLENGERICCIONE but also earned an additional 75 points at CHALLENGEROMA. Yvonne is currently leading the table with a total 575 points!

As you are probably already aware, the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus is the pro athlete bonus scheme we use for our races worldwide. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of the $165k end-of-season bonus in addition to the prize purses of the individual races. Athletes are only able to count their best six CHALLENGEFAMILYraces during the season, of which no more than two can be full distance races.

McNeice is currently leading the male standings but Pablo Gonzales from Spain is close behind in second place. Right now, and thanks to his amazing results in CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA and CHALLENGEROMA, he has a total of 475 points. Fredrik Croneborg from Sweden came second at CHALLENGETAIWAN, which earned him 400 points and a swift move to third place in the male ranking.

The female Dutch athlete and current leader of the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus, Yvonne van Vlerken, is being chased by Julia Grant from New Zealand. Julia won CHALLENGETAIWAN and promptly earned 500 points for her victory. She’s now 75 points behind Van Vlerken. Alyssa Godesky from the USA earned an instant 400 points after her second place at CHALLENGETAIWAN and is currently holding third position in the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus.

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The next opportunity to earn points is CHALLENGELISBOA. This race takes place in Portugal on the 19th May 2018. The $165k end-of-season bonus will pay five deep across both male and female with the top-ranked Pro taking home $30k. Second place will carry a bonus of $20k, third, fourth and fifth positions will pay $15k, $12k and $5k accordingly. Ranking will be decided through a fair points system based on placings earned. This system is explained fully here:

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Jake Birtwhistle finds the tiger in his tank for stunning WTS Yokohama silver

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Tasmania’s Commonwealth Games hero Jake Birtwhistle has continued his outstanding form to charge home for a stirring silver medal in today’s World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama.

The 24-year-old who won Australia’s first medal of the Games – silver in a frantic finish on day one on the Gold Coast before spearheading the Mixed Relay to gold – again dug deep to run from third to second inside the last kilometre.

But not even Birtwhistle could catch today’s winner, two-time ITU world champion, Spain’s Mario Mola who stole the race from the outset of the run.

Mola was never headed in one of the most impressive 10km run legs of recent times, to sprint away with the gold, well ahead of the fast finishing Birtwhistle, who had claimed another Spaniard in Fernando Alarza in a dramatic fight for silver.

Birtwhistle came out of the pack four kilometres into the run and looked comfortable enough running on Alarza’s shoulder.

In the warm afternoon sun, the durable Spaniard found his second wind and opened up what looked like a commanding lead and with Mola well ahead – a Spanish 1-2 finish beckoned.

But Birtwhistle wasn’t going away and had other ideas, producing the kind of tactic he has often used in his spectacular climb up the ITU rankings, pouncing like his “Tassie Tiger” nickname suggests racing away for a remarkable silver medal.

It was Birtwhistle who ran his way into the hearts of Aussie sports fans on the Gold Coast last month with his satisfying silver behind South African Henri Schoeman, who failed to finish today’s race, before anchoring Australia to a spectacular gold medal in the Mixed Relay with Ashleigh Gentle, Gillian Backhouse and Matthew Hauser.

After today’s race Birtwhistle claimed he was “probably credentialed to talk about sprint finishes” which were quickly becoming his specialty – and a handy one at that.

“I’m becoming a bit of a sprint specialist now I guess,” said Birtwhistle, who revealed he had been “training solo” in Launceston since the Games.

“I thought I was spent in what was my first Olympic Distance race since last November.

“But I just dig deep and found something over those closing stages and I’m very happy to come away with the silver.

“With such a big group on the bike and the weather so warm it was pretty sketchy at times – and the most important thing was to stay safe and stay hydrated.”

Birtwhistle says his major goal for the season was the Commonwealth Games and with that box ticked it was now time to continue with a successful WTS season which will culminate in the Grand Final on the Gold Coast in September.

Birtwhistle is now sitting second in the WTS pointscore behind Mola with Alarza third.

In a great day for the Australians in the opening race of Olympic qualification period, Rio top 10 finisher Ryan Bailie was seventh and young gun Luke Willian – who like Birtwhistle made his Games debut last month, finished ninth, with another Rio Olympian Aaron Royle 19th and another youngster in Hauser (fourth on the Gold Coast) 22nd after coming out of the swim up front.

Earlier in the day Commonwealth Games Relay gold medallist Gentle produced a sizzling run to just miss the podium, finishing fourth, with Games team mates Charlotte McShane and fellow Mixed Relay golden girl Backhouse ninth and 11th respectively; Natalie Van Coevorden 14th and Emma Jeffcoat 17th.

The race saw defending WTS and Commonwealth Champion Flora Duffy (Bermuda) dominate the run to continue her incredible season ahead of Katie Zaferes (USA) with former World Champion Non Stanford (Great Britain) holding onto third ahead of Gentle.

The never-say-die Australian powered home on the run after she came out of the water in 34th position – leaving her well off the leaders and in a chase pack left to do a power of work and 1:15 behind the leading group of nine.

Undeterred, last year’s WTS silver medallist, got the bit between her teeth and ran past six runners – including three fellow Australians – Backhouse, Abu Dhabi WTS bronze medallist and training partner Van Coevorden and last week’s Chengdu World Cup winner Jeffcoat.

The third member of Australia’s Games team, McShane also produced a stirring 10km run to also come from the chase pack to finish 9th.

Gentle clocked the second fastest 10km split of the day with her 33.54 to finish 1.37 behind winner Flora Duffy (33.26) and got to within 21sec of bronze medallist Non Stanford (GBR) in third.

Meanwhile Albury’s Justin Godfrey continued his PTS3 category dominance with a season opening victory in the first round of the World Paratriathlon Series.

It was Godfrey’s 11th major international career victory and a 15th podium finish – his third win of 2018.

The 34-year-old triple world champion led the Australian contingent to a three medal haul in perfect conditions.

Other medals went to:

Newcastle’s Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lauren Parker who finished with a hard fought silver – after leading for the first 3.5km of the 5km run leg and despite missing the finish shoot and having to push an extra 500 metres – which made no difference to the places.

And WA’s two-time ITU world champion Sally Pilbeam who was third in the PTS4 category.

In other results were: Nic Beveridge (6th PTWC); Sara Tait (6th PTWC); Brant Garvey (6th PTS2);Josh Kasulke (7th PTS5) and Jonathan Goerlach (7th PTVI).

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