Joey Lampe on the run. Photo courtesy of Eden Saul - Dead Kooks Surf Boards
We haven’t heard too much about today’s Byron Bay Triathlon. We look forward to hearing how the race unfolded. Congratulations to Joey Lampe (not the first time he has taken this title) and Ainslie Bakker for the overall wins. There were around 900 finishers.
Lampe and Shane Barrie exited the swim with a solid lead over the rest of the field. Barrie could then do nothing as Lampe’s power on the bike kicked in and he rode away.
Coming in to T2 Barrie misjudged the conditions and crashed as he rounded a 180 degree corner. “The chainring went straight in to my ankle. I struggled with a bit of pain the whole run.” It could have been a very exciting race for the number one spot. Barrie ran a 31:17 at an ITU Olympic distance in South America recently. He is one of the fastest open water swimmers around and spent last winter focused on cycling as a sport.
Shane Barrie has recently moved to AP10 and is being coached by Alex Price. Stable mate David Mainwaring had an impressive 5th overall at the Busselton 70.3 on the same day. “All things aside it was good to put my training with Pricey into practice and I am looking forward to racing at Cairns 70.3 and eliminating the errors.”
In the women’s race we reported in the headline that Ainslie Bakker won which she did overall. There was an open wave which saw Sarah Crowley as the only competitor. As an open competitor Crowley swam without a wetsuit therefore giving away an advantage to the two overall faster female athletes. Also as Crowley was the only open competitor it looks like there was a bit of conservation going on with her race at Byron Bay. Crowley was impressed by her younger age group opponents. “Ainslie and Krista had awesome races and are clearly talented athletes. They are going to be tough competitors in the future!”
Bakker’s swim / run combo was faster than Crowley’s. A 38:11min 10kms and a 27:34 swim gave her the edge over Crowley. Crowley swam a non wetsuit 28:40 and ran 40:43. She rode just under two minutes faster than Bakker.
For Ainslie Bakker this was her first full Olympic distance race. “Being so close to home made it an even bigger incentive to do my best in this race! I tried to relax and keep my body warm, despite the cold and rainy weather.”
It wasn’t until the presentation that evening that Bakker realised she had the fastest female time. “I was totally surprised. I also ran a new personal best for 10km. I would like to thank my coach Grant Giles for everything he has done to get me to where I am. I look forward to coming back next year for another great event!”