Tim Reed and Lisa Marangon have today taken out the Canberra 70.3 Ironman. Reed did well to back…
Newly crowned World 70.3 Champion Melissa Rollison was too good for the field at Nepean yesterday and also for the boys as she won both the women's race and the handicap prize by finishing ahead of the first male. Tim Reed went in to Nepean with a very set race plan and executed it perfectly. Mitch Robins and Joey Lampe were second & third males with Michelle Wu and Matilda Raynolds second & third females.
Lisa Norden has continued her recent good form with a solid win at the Los Angeles Triathlon finishing almost four minutes ahead of second placed Jodie Stimpson. Norden recently won the rich Hy-Vee triathlon banking USD$151,500 for the victory. Australian Annabel Luxford finished in fourth place. Cameron Dye took out the men's race with a very fast bike split that gave him the gap he needed to hold out a faster finishing Greg Bennett. Tim Reed raced solidly for sixth overall and Matthew Pellow finished 12th amongst the male pros.
After struggling to win for so long it seems Christie Sym has now found the winning habit with a dominant performance at Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Although there was only a small woman's professional field Sym was backing up from the 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas last weekend which was raced in very hot and tough conditions, and can be very pleased with her performance. In the men's race Tim Reed placed third overall even after imploding on the run due to the heat after two very cold weeks in Boulder.
Tim Reed has continued his good form with a third at the New York City 5150 triathlon over the weekend. The 5150 series is a new format run by WTC who own the Ironman brand. The 5150 refers to the distance which is Oympic distance. Also racing in NYC was Joshua Amberger, Jason Shortis and Greg Bennett. Bennett was second overall, Amberger was seventh and Shortis showed that he has some speed left in him for 15th overall.
The 5150 series is new triathlon series that has been launched by WTC, owners of the Ironman brand. This is an Olympic distance format and is offering a more structured series with good prize money. Last weekend Australians Tim Reed, Paul Matthews, Stephen Hacket and Michael Fox all raced the Washington DC round of the 5150 series. Paul Mathews won, Tim Reed was second with Hacket and Fox putting in solid results. By Tim Reed
Tim Reed has been lucky enough to race many races in Australia and around the world and he is officially going on the record to say that Busselton 70.3 is the most professionally run and competitor focused triathlon currently in Australia. Triathlon Western Australia and the race directors recognise the value that can be gained from ensuring a strong professional field not only for the race but as a general presence in the days leading into the race.
Just one week after the completion of Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie the show is back on the road again, but over the otherside of the country when the town of Busselton in Western Australia hosts the Sunsmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton on saturday. As with Port Macquarie there are 25 World Championship places up for grabs, and as with Port Maquarie many of the same pro's will be facing up to race.
Tim Reed takes a look at the Port Macquarie 70.3 mens field and places his usual witty slant on things. With the benefit of some inside information and being a professional triathlete he can get away with a slightly more casual look at this weekend's race.
Tim Reed – 2nd at Port Macquarie – talks about why this Half Ironman Triathlon is important and how the race went
There are some races that you simply want to win. Tim Reed was pondering why Port Macquarie Half Ironman is so important to him. Like nearly every race in Australia, the prize money is small but there was a much deeper motivation driving him that had him being unusually focused in his preperation for this event. After training with Tim Berkel, Matty White and other experienced professionals in Boulder he saw what sacrifices they would make to ensure that they got to a peak for big events. Read Tim's race report and ponderings.
Mitch Robins has taken out the 2010 SiS Port Macquarie Half Ironman from Tim Reed and local hero Tim Berkel for his first pro win in a time of 3:59:09. Mitch's run was just too fast on on the day and Tim Reed lost just over a minute to Mitch after keeping pace with him in the swim and bike.