Pete Jacobs wins Urban Hotel Group Ironman 70.3 Cairns 2012

Pete Jacobs led from start to finish in the Urban Hotel Group Ironman 70.3 Cairns today. He was a step above everyone else today and it was more about proving something to himself with a super fast bike being his main goal.

“I am really happy with my win today, in the end, I wanted to dominate.”

“In the back of my mind, it was always to come here and really dominate. I have been riding a lot better than I have in the past and other than that I know my swim and run is one of the strongest in the world so now that I have lifted my bike I hoped that I was able to have that dominant performance, which I did,” added Jacobs.

The Sydneysider lead at every changeover, after the swim he had a good lead from McKenzie with all the other contenders flowing through.

Pete Jacobs wins Urban Hotel Group Ironman 70.3 Cairns

Jacobs headed out of T2 with around a 25 second lead and rode well from the start. At around 30kms he was caught by ex pro cyclist Casey Munroe who stayed with Jacobs until about 22kms to go. Jacobs was riding faster down hill and on the flat than Munroe and decided to put the pressure on when he had a chance. After a short focus on pushing the pace Jacobs looked round to find he was on his own. From that point he never looked back.

“I’ve done some training rides with Casey in Noosa so knew he would be good on the bike.When he went off the front he wasn’t pushing me that hard so I decided to try and hurt him,” said Jacobs.

“Once we turned the corner on the bike and hit the Captain Cook Highway on the coast I was blown away, really was the coolest bike course I have ever been on.”

The effort and heat took its toll on Munro in the closing stages of the bike leg and Jacobs eventually headed into the changeover with a good 2minute lead. Munro’s efforts on the bike along with the conditions took their toll, fading on the run to finish well back.

Jacobs ran a very quick 1:15:18, cycled 2:11:50 and swum 23:56.

McKenzie lost his arm ret during the bike leg today

Crossing the line in second place in the pro division was Luke McKenzie. McKenzie carried in an injury which forced him out of the Ironman race. Leaving T2 with a deficit of over 7min behind Jacobs McKenzie had his work cut out. In the early stages of the run he was struggling, falling back to 7th until he came right and got in to a rythym. He then went about picking off the guys in front until he eventually passed Josh Rix to take second.

“Everything pointed to a pretty bad race here today to tell you the truth. I gave myself a 20 percent chance of finishing this race today. My swim and bike has been fine but I haven’t been able to run since Ironman Melbourne so to get off the run today and feel really good is absolutely surprising.

“I can’t believe it, I got off the bike and felt absolutely terrible and built into it and all of a sudden I started to feel better and it all came together. I don’t know how I ended up with second place today, I am stoked,” said McKenzie

McKenzie lost one of his arm rests today which caused him a fair bit of discomfort and he lost a bit of leverage on the bike.

McKenzie ran 1:19:59, rode 2:18:31 and swum 24:36.

Rix wasn’t unhappy with third today after pushing hard on the bike.

“I got excited and chased Casey (Munro) a bit quick and was probably running a bit ahead of myself, it felt easy but I just backed off and got to about the 7km mark and knew I was in trouble.”

Josh Rix is having a solid year and is improving with each race. He went very well in Ironman Melbourne just over two months ago and today was second out of the water behind fellow Boradman sponsored athlete Pete Jacobs. Rix rode strongly and was well placed out of T2 but had his work cut out with some fast runners behind him. “I felt great at the start of the run. Too good. I was running faster than I should have been and paid for it at the end of the run with Luke getting the better of me.”

Rix ran 1:25:12, rode 2:15:04 and swum 24:44.

Luke McKenzie, Pete Jacobs, Josh Rix receiving their medals from Andrew Wearing from Toyota Australia

For Pete Jacobs this race was all about testing his speed on the bike. The bike course was tough and his time shows that he is on track. With Kona a few months away training is going well “I have been able to get more quality training done this year than previous years. I had a small niggle that we fixed after locating a problem extending all the way to my shoulder from my foot. Once adjusted my foot soreness dissappeared”. Since moving up to the Sunsine Coast with wife Jaimielle he has been doing some riding with Casey Munroe. “I was looking forward to how this would translate to the race and how I would go against Casey”.  For the record Jacob’s wife Jaimielle has just crossed the finishline at Cairns in a very respectable 5:04.

Jacobs heads off to the USA to compete in a couple of 70.3 races before racing Ironman Lake Placid to attempt to validate for Kona.

For Rix this year has proven to be a good year. He heads off to Syracuse 70.3 where he placed thrid last year and is looking forward to having a good race there again.

Coming 4th was youngster Sam Appleton. Appleton said after the race that he struggled for the first 10kms on the run before finding his legs. The pace on the bike was fast and he felt this at the start of the run. Appleton has only recently come back in to the sport and is showing a lot of promise. He will take a lot away from racing a classy field.

Possibly the big result from this race was 30-34 age grouper Peter Loveridge who actualy posted the third fastest time overall but went under the radar due to the rest of the field starting behind the pros. Congratulations!

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Men

Pos Cat Pos Name Time Cat Swim Cycle Run
1 1 Pete JACOBS 3:55:51 M-Pro 0:23:56 2:11:50 1:15:18
2 2 Luke MCKENZIE 4:08:01 M-Pro 0:24:36 2:18:31 1:19:59
3 1 Peter LOVERIDGE 4:08:49 M-30-34 0:26:36 2:18:02 1:19:11
4 3 Josh RIX 4:09:34 M-Pro 0:24:44 2:15:04 1:25:12
5 4 Sam APPLETON 4:10:12 M-Pro 0:24:39 2:18:59 1:21:53
6 1 Matt BURTON 4:10:13 M-18-24 0:27:17 2:15:16 1:22:20
7 2 Michael PRINCE 4:10:58 M-30-34 0:25:16 2:18:06 1:22:33
8 5 Matthew BAILEY 4:13:51 M-Pro 0:24:41 2:18:54 1:25:25
9 6 Adam GORDON 4:15:05 M-Pro 0:28:45 2:20:32 1:20:43
10 3 Hayden ARMSTRONG 4:15:19 M-30-34 0:27:23 2:16:32 1:25:29
11 1 Cameron HUGHES 4:16:18 M-40-44 0:32:03 2:12:19 1:23:53
12 7 Erich FELBABEL 4:17:45 M-Pro 0:29:28 2:17:18 1:25:40
13 2 Daniel MACPHERSON 4:18:37 M-18-24 0:25:59 2:16:33 1:30:20
14 4 Peter MAURO 4:20:21 M-30-34 0:27:29 2:21:02 1:26:28
15 5 Charles RODGERS 4:20:57 M-30-34 0:28:53 2:14:47 1:31:55
16 1 Simon NASH 4:21:24 M-35-39 0:23:16 2:21:08 1:32:03
17 1 Ricky SWINDALE 4:22:06 M-25-29 0:26:17 2:27:38 1:22:45
19 2 Carl FELLOWS 4:24:16 M-35-39 0:32:04 2:19:52 1:25:46
20 8 Luke GILLMER 4:25:10 M-Pro 0:28:09 2:20:50 1:30:49
21 2 Nathan MILLER 4:25:50 M-25-29 0:29:30 2:19:03 1:31:58
22 6 Lee WALLACE 4:26:28 Male 30-34 0:27:37 2:24:04 1:29:42
23 7 Peter COURT 4:26:45 Male 30-34 0:23:16 2:23:35 1:34:16
24 8 Jayson GERDE 4:27:48 Male 30-34 0:29:55 2:24:16 1:27:26
25 3 Armando GALARRAGA 4:28:18 Male 35-39 0:26:34 2:21:43 1:33:37
26 3 James GOSWELL 4:28:39 Male 18-24 0:26:29 2:27:22 1:29:20
29 4 Paul BLACKBORROW 4:30:29 Male 35-39 0:30:35 2:17:53 1:35:50
30 2 Steve GRAY 4:30:45 Male 40-44 0:29:32 2:18:14 1:36:30
31 3 Gavin WICKHAM 4:30:54 Male 40-44 0:27:42 2:23:36 1:33:16
32 9 Richard LEWIS 4:31:13 Male 30-34 0:26:35 2:17:51 1:41:21
33 9 John POLSON 4:31:28 Male Pro 0:26:13 2:17:33 1:43:02
34 4 Jon REGAN 4:31:51 Male 40-44 0:31:47 2:21:44 1:32:06
35 5 Benjamin WEBSTER 4:32:14 Male 35-39 0:27:28 2:24:22 1:34:44
36 5 Brett SANDS 4:32:24 Male 40-44 0:34:05 2:19:15 1:32:31
37 6 Peter BREADSELL 4:32:29 Male 35-39 0:32:54 2:15:35 1:36:00
38 1 Garrie PROSSER 4:33:27 Male 45-49 0:30:39 2:22:53 1:32:53
39 10 Peter DAWSON 4:33:52 Male 30-34 0:26:13 2:20:15 1:41:37
40 11 Ewen LARSEN 4:34:05 Male 30-34 0:30:53 2:21:08 1:35:45
41 7 Albie FIRLEY 4:34:33 Male 35-39 0:31:53 2:21:31 1:35:24
42 10 Jon WOODS 4:34:35 Male Pro 0:31:04 2:27:59 1:29:50
43 8 Darren BOSANKO 4:34:50 Male 35-39 0:32:14 2:21:19 1:35:01

 

 

 

 

Pos Cat Pos Name Time Cat Swim Cycle Run
1 1 Pete JACOBS 3:55:51 M-Pro 0:23:56 2:11:50 1:15:18
2 2 Luke MCKENZIE 4:08:01 M-Pro 0:24:36 2:18:31 1:19:59
3 1 Peter LOVERIDGE 4:08:49 M-30-34 0:26:36 2:18:02 1:19:11
4 3 Josh RIX 4:09:34 M-Pro 0:24:44 2:15:04 1:25:12
5 4 Sam APPLETON 4:10:12 M-Pro 0:24:39 2:18:59 1:21:53
6 1 Matt BURTON 4:10:13 M-18-24 0:27:17 2:15:16 1:22:20
7 2 Michael PRINCE 4:10:58 M-30-34 0:25:16 2:18:06 1:22:33
8 5 Matthew BAILEY 4:13:51 M-Pro 0:24:41 2:18:54 1:25:25
9 6 Adam GORDON 4:15:05 M-Pro 0:28:45 2:20:32 1:20:43
10 3 Hayden ARMSTRONG 4:15:19 M-30-34 0:27:23 2:16:32 1:25:29
11 1 Cameron HUGHES 4:16:18 M-40-44 0:32:03 2:12:19 1:23:53
12 7 Erich FELBABEL 4:17:45 M-Pro 0:29:28 2:17:18 1:25:40
13 2 Daniel MACPHERSON 4:18:37 M-18-24 0:25:59 2:16:33 1:30:20
14 4 Peter MAURO 4:20:21 M-30-34 0:27:29 2:21:02 1:26:28
15 5 Charles RODGERS 4:20:57 M-30-34 0:28:53 2:14:47 1:31:55
16 1 Simon NASH 4:21:24 M-35-39 0:23:16 2:21:08 1:32:03
17 1 Ricky SWINDALE 4:22:06 M-25-29 0:26:17 2:27:38 1:22:45
19 2 Carl FELLOWS 4:24:16 M-35-39 0:32:04 2:19:52 1:25:46
20 8 Luke GILLMER 4:25:10 M-Pro 0:28:09 2:20:50 1:30:49
21 2 Nathan MILLER 4:25:50 M-25-29 0:29:30 2:19:03 1:31:58
22 6 Lee WALLACE 4:26:28 Male 30-34 0:27:37 2:24:04 1:29:42
23 7 Peter COURT 4:26:45 Male 30-34 0:23:16 2:23:35 1:34:16
24 8 Jayson GERDE 4:27:48 Male 30-34 0:29:55 2:24:16 1:27:26
25 3 Armando GALARRAGA 4:28:18 Male 35-39 0:26:34 2:21:43 1:33:37
26 3 James GOSWELL 4:28:39 Male 18-24 0:26:29 2:27:22 1:29:20
29 4 Paul BLACKBORROW 4:30:29 Male 35-39 0:30:35 2:17:53 1:35:50
30 2 Steve GRAY 4:30:45 Male 40-44 0:29:32 2:18:14 1:36:30
31 3 Gavin WICKHAM 4:30:54 Male 40-44 0:27:42 2:23:36 1:33:16
32 9 Richard LEWIS 4:31:13 Male 30-34 0:26:35 2:17:51 1:41:21
33 9 John POLSON 4:31:28 Male Pro 0:26:13 2:17:33 1:43:02
34 4 Jon REGAN 4:31:51 Male 40-44 0:31:47 2:21:44 1:32:06
35 5 Benjamin WEBSTER 4:32:14 Male 35-39 0:27:28 2:24:22 1:34:44
36 5 Brett SANDS 4:32:24 Male 40-44 0:34:05 2:19:15 1:32:31
37 6 Peter BREADSELL 4:32:29 Male 35-39 0:32:54 2:15:35 1:36:00
38 1 Garrie PROSSER 4:33:27 Male 45-49 0:30:39 2:22:53 1:32:53
39 10 Peter DAWSON 4:33:52 Male 30-34 0:26:13 2:20:15 1:41:37
40 11 Ewen LARSEN 4:34:05 Male 30-34 0:30:53 2:21:08 1:35:45
41 7 Albie FIRLEY 4:34:33 Male 35-39 0:31:53 2:21:31 1:35:24
42 10 Jon WOODS 4:34:35 Male Pro 0:31:04 2:27:59 1:29:50
43 8 Darren BOSANKO 4:34:50 Male 35-39 0:32:14 2:21:19 1:35:01
Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

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.