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Chris McDonald wins Ford Ironman Louisville

Australian Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald has won the 2011 Ford Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:27:36 from Americans Patrick Evoe and Justin Daerr. This was the fifth running of the event and the second time it has been won by McDonald. Last years winner Australian Paul Ambrose did not finish the event, pulling out after feeling ill

Richie Cunningham & Kate Major Second at Rev3 Portland

Australian Richie Cunningham has grabbed second place in Oregon at the Revolution3 Portland race, behind Kiwi Graham O’Grady in a very exciting finish with just 11 seconds separating the top three. The fast finishing Cunningham was closing rapidly on those in front of him, but just needed the run to go on a little longer to catch O’Grady. “Big Sexy” Chris McDonald finished in 5th place. Kate Major made it a silver day for Australia when she also took out second place in the womens race in 4:23:09 behind Meredith Kessler.

Challenge Roth, Rev 3 Portland, Ironman Switzerland and more – it’s a Big Weekend of Triathlon.

As if the excitement of le Tour was not enough, Australian Triathlon fans are likely to experience some late nights this weekend as they follow a big weekend of Triathlon around the globe. The biggest of these would have to be Challenge’s blue ribbon event, Challenge Roth being held on Sunday. Trying to stop the ‘unbeatable’ Chrissie Wellington getting a hat trick at this event will be Rebekah Keat, fresh off her win at Challenge Cairns, and the ‘unstoppable’ Belinda Granger. Trying to keep the Aussies off the podium will be Scotland’s Catriona Morrison and Heather Gollnick from the US.

Paul Ambrose and Mirinda Carfrae headline Australian challenge on Rhoto Ironman 70.3

Paul Ambrose and Mirinda Carfrae will put Australia in with a very good chance at getting line honours in a talented field at Rhoto Ironman 70.3, Oceanside California on Saturday. They are not the only Australian hopes with Kate Major, Christie Sym and Chris McDonald also hoping to be on the podium this weekend. Mirinda is not only the current Ironman world champion but is also the two-time defending champion at Rhoto.

Tim Reed reports in on Challenge Copenhagen

Tim Reed was one of Australia’s hopefuls for the Challenge Copenhagen race, along with a very talented young crew from Grant Giles’ Aeromax coaching. However he ended up as a spectator for most of the day, thanks to some atrocious conditions and bad luck. Luckily for us this did allow him to report on the race for Trizone and to watch his training partner take all of the glory. Tim takes up the storey: “The guys from Challenge took up the enormous task of putting on an international iron distance race in the heart of a major city…