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Bevan Docherty Wins Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series

Bevan Docherty Wins Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series

2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series - Sydney -8905It was a great start to the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series for Kiwi veteran Bevan Docherty, who was victorious in Sydney, winning with a breakaway on the final lap of the run. Docherty won with a time of 1:51:27. It’s the second year in a row that Docherty has kicked off the world championship season with a win.

“It was a real tough course today,” Docherty said. “It was much harder than I expected, but I felt good heading into the final lap and was able to make a break. Winning in front of the Sydney Opera House is amazing.”

Behind Docherty was a pair of surprise podium finishers. Russia’s Alexander Brukhankov finished six seconds back of the Kiwi, barely holding off France’s David Hauss, who finished third, one second behind the Russian.2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series - Sydney -8868

Fifty-seven men took to the water’s of Farm Cove in beautiful Sydney Harbour to officially kick off the 2010 World Championship Season. Russia’s Alexander Brukhankov and Frenchman Frederic Belaubre immediately moved to the front, but were unable to make a break on the first 750-metre lap. The pack started to string out on the second loop, with the Russian men charging to the front. Russia’s Dmitry Polyansky led out of the swim, with a big group of almost 50 athletes exiting just behind.

Onto the first of eight laps on the bike, Aussie youngster James Seear, who finished third at the Mooloolaba World Cup two weeks ago, took over the leading role at the start of the hilly ride, with Docherty right on his wheel. Aussie Greg Bennett assumed the role of leading the chasers and kept the peloton within 10 seconds of the leaders throughout the first two laps.

At the halfway point of the ride, Belgium’s Peter Croes took charge of the race, with Russia’s Anton Chuchko and Spanish super-biker Ivan Rana on his wheel. Frenchman Laurent Vidal lead the group of big hitters, only eight seconds behind. Riding with Vidal were 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany, Hunter Kemper of the United States and Docherty.

2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series - Sydney -8759Heading into the bell lap, Kemper and Chuchko worked together to make a break on the pack and started the final climb up Macquarie Street with a 35-second advantage on the pack. After a quick transition, Kemper headed out onto the four-lap run course in the lead, with Chuchko only seven seconds behind. Next into transition were France’s Tony Moulai and American Matt Chrabot, both 20 seconds back of Kemper. The big group made their way into T2 almost a minute behind Kemper, led by Docherty and countryman Kris Gemmell.

The pair of Americans began to pull away on the second lap of the run, building a 30-second lead but they weren’t able to hold off the hard charge from Docherty, who led a group of five chasers.2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series - Sydney -8903 The Kiwi made up half of that deficit on the third lap of the run, closing to within just 15 seconds. Running alongside Docherty were Brukhankov, Polyansky, Hauss and 2000 Sydney Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield of Canada.

Docherty, Brukhankov and Hauss caught the pair of leaders as they headed up the final hill on the bell lap, and there was little doubt that Docherty was running the strongest of the group. Docherty stretched his lead throughout the final kilometre, holding off the charge from Brukhankov and Hauss behind. Docherty broke the tape in 1:51:27, pumping his first as he sprinted down the finishing chute.

“I always enjoy the sprint finishes, but it was nice to have a little room to be able to celebrate the win a bit,” Docherty said at the finish.

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Integrated Triathlon Race Calendar Ushers In New Era

Integrated Triathlon Race Calendar Ushers In New Era

del_80651Triathlon Australia today announced a 2010 Challenge Series schedule that incorporates a revived elite domestic series and complements the recently launched ITU world championship race in Sydney.

The 2010 series takes in five cities – Geelong, Canberra, Hobart, Sydney and Adelaide – and has been tailored to provide greater continuity within the sport while offering multiple pathways for athletes of all ages and ability. A standard stable of races are offered at each location including Olympic Distance and Sprint Distance triathlons, an Enticer Triathlon for novice competitors and the TRYstars Kids’ Triathlon.

While seven venues were used for last year’s inaugural series due to widespread interest in qualifying races for a home world championships, the 2010 series reverts to a five-venue format that dovetails into the Australian-based international races in Mooloolaba and Sydney.

Triathlon Australia chief executive Andrew Hamilton said the 2010 Challenge Series was devised with a whole-of-sport strategy in mind, providing a consistent, high quality series of races for a broad range of the population.emma-snowsill-triathlon-photo

“We’ve worked with race directors, councils, tourism bodies and our high performance team and state associations to develop a series that considers the sport as a whole,” he said. “We had to delay the announcement of the Challenge Series over the last month as a date for Sydney’s world championship race was finalised, but triathlon needs an integrated, sustainable approach and that has been our aim in taking the entire race calendar into account.

“Unfortunately, Perth and Brisbane have missed out for next year. City of Perth is a great supporter of triathlon, enabling us to host the Australian Olympic Distance Championships there for the past two years, however, they’ve experienced significant budget cuts and that affected our ability to stage a major event in Perth in 2010. The Queensland leg was in Redcliffe last year where we did experience some logistical challenges with the course. We plan to revisit the Queensland market, but there is some comfort in knowing the vibrant triathlon community there is already well serviced by a number of established and popular events.”

Mr Hamilton said the Challenge Series race schedule had something for everyone.

del_24851“The Challenge Series incorporates opportunities for kids, novice athletes, our army of age group racers and a timely, relevant component for our elites – all within a schedule that complements the other big races on the calendar,” he said. “It’s also important to note that next year’s elite series is the platform for a more comprehensive structure that will hopefully attract broadcast and corporate components to help project the sport to the next level.”

A new three-race elite series incorporates two Challenge Series races – Hobart on February 14 and Sydney on March 7 – along with the Gold Coast’s established Luke Harrop Memorial on February 28.

National High Performance Director Michael Flynn and AIS Head Coach Shaun Stephens worked closely with Triathlon Australia in devising a new format that ticked a number of boxes.

“We’ve established a cumulative-points series over three races that gives our athletes short, intense hit-outs early in the year in preparation for the European-based international season, so we can be assured of exciting, spectator-friendly racing,” Mr Flynn said.

“We’ve moved away from the traditional Australian championships across the Olympic and Sprint distances to more suitable formats such as Enduro and Triple Sprint, which is a big change for the sport, but our focus has to be on readying our elite athletes to shine on the international stage.”

Elite competitors will commence serious competition with the domestic series in readiness for the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup (March 27-28) and the opening race of the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series in Sydney on April 11 that sees a spectacular course based at the Sydney Opera House, similar to the 2000 Olympic Games.

For age group racing enthusiasts, Adelaide is the new host of the Australian Olympic Distance and Sprint Championships, following tenures in Perth and Hobart respectively. Adelaide will also host the Australian Duathlon Championships.

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Triathlon: Moffatt and Snowsill Quinella in Washington

Triathlon: Moffatt and Snowsill Quinella in Washington

del_1060Emma Moffatt upstaged her more celebrated training partner, Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, as the Australian pair blitzed the field in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship race in Washington DC.

Moffatt executed a near-perfect race, emerging from the water in second place after the 1500-metre swim, settling well in the lead pack during the 40km ride and striding to the lead early in the 10km to assert her authority. Two US athletes, Sarah Haskins and Mary Beth Ellis, had ridden aggressively at the end of the bike leg to open up a 25-second lead, but Moffatt reeled them in over the first few kilometers of the run and powered on to win convincingly.

“It’s a nice little change,” Moffat said of reversing the tables on Snowsill to claim her third major ITU race victory. “It’s nice to come away with a win because it’s a bit of a surprise. The conditions were good – not too hot, a little windy, but it was a good day for racing.”

“I felt comfortable on the bike and I had a smooth transition from the bike to the run. I like to go out reasonably hard at the start of the run and fortunately that paid off today.”delly-carr-triathlonorg-21

It was a different story for Snowsill, who was battered in the swim and emerged in no man’s land in ninth place out of the water. She was initially forced to ride by herself before linking with a chase pack that included some quality riders. Together they worked well to haul in the seven pacesetters, which included Moffatt. It took Snowsill some time to find her rhythm on the run but the classy Queenslander steadily worked her way through the field to take silver, comfortably ahead of Daniella Ryf of Switzerland.

“My first couple of hundred metres were okay in the swim, but I got pretty beaten up after that and copped a couple of kicks, so I didn’t feel great out of the water,” Snowsill said.

“Riding alone for a while didn’t help because I burnt some energy, but I managed to get in a group and we worked together to make up some time. When I’m coming off a big block of training it takes me a while to work into the run and that was certainly the case today. Moffy flew out of the blocks and was gone that quickly no-one was going to catch her.

del_10731“It was a tough day, but that’s racing. You learn to deal with whatever’s thrown at you and you do your best to come back from it. ”

Annabel Luxford’s day was marred by misfortune, suffering a puncture when she was firmly entrenched in the lead bike pack over the closing stages. Erin Densham withdrew on the eve of the race due to sickness.

RESULTS:  DEXTRO ENERGY TRIATHLON – ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Race 3 in Washington, DC, USA

1 .  Emma Moffatt ,  Australia

2.  Emma Snowsill , Australia

3. Daniella Ryf , Switzerland

4. Sarah Haskins,  USA

5.  Helen Jenkins,  GBR

6.  Andrea Hewitt , NZ

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Triathlon: Atkinson Snares Podium Finish Amid Brownlee Blitz

Triathlon: Atkinson Snares Podium Finish Amid Brownlee Blitz

Atkinson vs. Gomez at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship.

Atkinson vs. Gomez at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship.

Australian veteran Courtney Atkinson held off reigning world champion Javier Gomez to win silver in the second race of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Madrid, but the day belonged to Great Britain youngster Alistair Brownlee.

A blistering opening to his 10km run set up a maiden World Cup victory for Brownlee, following a top five finish in the swim and a number of attacking raids on the bike. His stunning performance left Atkinson with the task of outsprinting Gomez in front of his home crowd and the Queenslander pulled away over the final 500 metres to take second place.

“I’m ecstatic with that – it was an awesome race,” said Atkinson. “When I’m fresh, I know I’ve got a good kick, so I thought I would just try and sit on Javier and see how I could go at the finish. I didn’t want to get into a dual with him over a long period because he’s such a solid runner and been one of the best in the world for such a long time. I’m not sure where he’s at in terms of his fitness at the moment, but I’m pretty happy with a silver medal.”

Atkinson exited the water aggressively to ensure he was among the leaders as they began the climb at the start of the 40km bike ride. The challenging course and solid pace meant some contenders dropped off over the opening laps, leaving 11 athletes, including Atkinson and up-and-coming Queenslander James Seear, together with four Russians, Gomez and Brownlee with a break on the field.

Cycling takes place at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship

Cycling takes place at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship

A large chase pack which included fellow Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt and Olympic gold medallist Jan Frodeno failed to make any significant inroads, consigning that group to a deficit of a minute and a half as they began the run.

The medal ceremony at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship.

The medal ceremony at the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship.

Kahlefeldt, who claimed silver in a photo finish in the series opener in Tongyeong, South Korea, was just unable to tag onto the back of the lead pack at the start of the bike leg, in what proved a crucial blow to his chances. He made up significant ground over the final stages to finish ninth, while Seear was passed by Frodeno with 50 metres to go to finish just outside the top 10.

Triple world champion Peter Robertson had a poor swim, emerging a minute behind the leaders and pulled out of the race towards the halfway stage of the bike leg. Victoria’s Gareth Halverson finished 22nd.
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Country Energy Ironman Australia Triathlon: Vernay and Wellington take out Ironman Australia 2009

Country Energy Ironman Australia Triathlon: Vernay and Wellington take out Ironman Australia 2009

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Today in Port Macquarie, Patrick Vernay (New Caledonia) and Chrissie Wellington (UK) took the honours once again at the Country Energy Ironman Australia Triathlon. For Vernay, this marks a hat-trick of wins in Port Macquarie, while Wellington was able to successfully defend her inaugral 2008 title- and she keeps her perfect Ironman record six wins from six races intact.

After a week plagued with the worst imaginable weather conditions, athletes arrived this morning to a transition area which can only be described as a mud bath. However in true Ironman spirit, there was a terrific atmosphere in the race village as athletes made their final preparations for race start.

Just before the professional field set off on their 3.8km swim, it was announced that the highly anticipated showdown between Michellie Jones and Chrissie Wellington would not come to fruition, as Jones had been struck with a virus which had forced her to make the last minute decision to withdraw.

A disappointed Jones said, “This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. I discussed it with my coach, but it was ultimately my decision.” Jones said that she is still determined to complete an Ironman in Australia before she retires from the sport.

In spite of the severe weather and torrential rain which had been experienced in race week, conditions for the two-lap Hastings River swim were surprisingly good.

In a first for Ironman Australia, the professional field were given a 35 minute ‘head start’ over the 1,400-strong age group contingent. This initiative proved to be a huge success, providing the professionals with clear water and road for the majority of the day.

As expected, Pete Jacobs immediately set to work, establishing an early lead on the 3.8km swim. By the mid-point turnaround, he had a clear 10 metre lead over a group which included Cam Watt, Mathias Hecht, Tim DeBoom, Rene Goehler and Simon Thompson. They were closely followed by another group which included the three lead women – Chrissie Wellington, Rebekah Keat and Sarah Pollett.

Jacobs exited the water in the super-fast time of 47:51. About 20 seconds behind came Goehler, Hecht, Thompson, Watt and DeBoom, and it was then a further couple of minutes to the main chase group which included defending champion Patrick Vernay, Tim Berkel, Josh Rix and Jimmy Johnsen. Mitch Anderson and Jason Shortis both emerged several minutes behind the leaders, setting themselves a massive challenge on the bike course.

Wellington just led the women out of the swim, however she had Pollett and Keat hot on her heels. Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen was just under two minutes further back.del_9787

Once on the bike course, the men’s race really started to take shape. The original lead group from the swim maintained their lead in the early stages, however by the 50km mark they had been joined by the chase group which included Vernay, Berkel, Johnson and DeBoom. Anderson loomed some seven minutes back.

About a quarter of the way in to the ride, Cameron Watt (winner of the 2008 Scody Port Macquarie Half Ironman) set his intentions by riding away from the group. He was able to extend his lead to as much as two minutes by the 90km mark, however in the final stages of the ride he was joined by local Port Macquarie athlete Adam Holborow. Watt responded by making a final surge as he approached the Ironman Village for the final time on the bike, and he was able to lead the charge in to the ride-run transition.

A tiring Holborow closely followed Watt into the run, however right behind him was a group of some ten athletes, including pre-race favourites Vernay, Berkel, DeBoom, Jacobs and Hecht.

Incredibly, Wellington had been able to ride right up with some of the leading men, and by the time she completed the 180km bike course, she had established a lead of over ten minutes on her closest rival, Rebekah Keat.

By the time the athletes headed back past the race village (approximately 7km into the run), the race had really started heating up. Vernay was running side-by-side with Berkel, setting the Port Macquarie “Team Berkel” support squad wild with excitement.

Approaching the half way mark, Vernay finally surged and was able to shake off Berkel. However he was still not to have the race all his own way, as meanwhile Jacobs had been steaming his way through the race leaders. He took the lead at the 35km mark, and for a while it appeared that an Aussie would finally reclaim the Ironman Australia title.

del_9981Ultimately, however, Vernay’s experience paid off and he was able to surge back past Jacobs in the closing lap of the run to take his third consecutive win here in Port Macquarie. Jacobs held on for second place, with Berkel rounding out the podium in a personal best time on the Port Macquarie course.

For Vernay, today’s victory was particularly special given that he was able to fend off challenge after challenge from the likes of Berkel and Jacobs. “It was a strange race today”, he said. “Finally, I got out of the swim with some strong bikers. We were able to catch the main group, but then we rode quite slowly. I was able to keep fresh on the bike, so I knew I would have a good marathon. But I did not think that Tim Berkel would run so fast.”

Vernay commented on how mentally challenging it was to run alongside Berkel, as the home-town athlete was receiving so much support from the crowds lining the run course.

When asked how he felt about being first Australian and second overall finisher today, a typically understated Jacobs simply said “pretty good”. His goal today was to secure his spot for Hawaii, so mission was well and truly accomplished.

For Berkel, third place continues his progression at this race each year, and it seems only a matter of time before the 24 year old is able to capture his firsts home-town win; a sentiment echoed later by both Vernay and Jacobs.del_1164

While the men’s race was punctuated with many lead changes throughout the day, the women’s race was all about Chrissie Wellington. In spite of Keat being able to stay with her until the end of the swim, as soon as they hit the bike it was a one-woman show. Unbelievably, Wellington was the 11th professional to finish, completing the course in under nine hours – a first for any woman over the Port Macquarie Ironman course.

“I am so immensely proud of my race today. It is such a vindication of all the hard work and my desire and passion I have for this sport.” When asked if she had been concerned about the extreme weather leading in to the race, Wellington simply said “You deal with it. We’re Ironman athletes. You deal with what you’re given.” She then credited race organisers and volunteers on delivering such a successful event in such difficult circumstances.

TOP THREE PROFESSIONAL RESULTS

Position Overall Swim Bike Run
1. Patrick Vernay (New Caledonia) 8:24:53 50:51 4:46:27 2:47:35
2. Pete Jacobs (NSW) 8:29:03 47:51 4:49:23 2:51:49
3. Tim Berkel (NSW) 8:31:43 50:50 4:47:16 2:54:37

1. Chrissie Wellington (UK) 8:57:10 50:48 5:05:02 3:01:20
2. Rebekah Keat (Qld) 9:21:33 50:55 5:16:03 3:14:35
3. Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) 9:38:44 52:28 5:14:32 3:31:43

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Triathlon: Atkinson and Luxford Prove Class To Take National Titles In City Of Perth Challenge

Triathlon: Atkinson and Luxford Prove Class To Take National Titles In City Of Perth Challenge

Atkinson wins the Australian Distance Championship

Atkinson wins the Australian Distance Championship

Queenslander Courtney Atkinson confirmed his status as a master tactician by successfully defending his Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon title in today’s City of Perth Challenge.

Following what was, by his lofty standards, a poor swim, the Beijing Olympian lead a pack of 16 off the bike before running away from Victorian-based ACT athlete Gareth Halverson at the halfway stage of the 10km run to win in a time of 1hr 46min 17secs. Halverson finished almost a full minute adrift, while up-and-coming Queenslander James Seear snaring bronze and in doing so earned himself automatic selection in the Under 23 field for the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September.

Atkinson rides to victory in  Australian Distance Championship

Atkinson rides to victory in Australian Distance Championship

“I had a really poor swim because the young blokes were all hyped up and sprinted out for the first 200 metres and I really battled to get through the field from there,” Atkinson said.

“Gareth went with me on the run and although we’re actually rooming together over here this weekend I really don’t know that much about his racing style and you’re never too sure how things will go because someone always jumps up and has a good day. But at the 5km mark it started to warm up and I suppose I was able to hold my pace and he dropped off a bit. That was the goal – to run out reasonably hard and then stick to a pace that I could hold evenly.”

Halverson, 24, was happy with his return to form: “I had a few injuries and then it was probably more of a mental challenge to turn things around, but that was a good race for me and gives me a solid platform going into what will hopefully be a strong season”.

Annabel Luxford leads the field in the Australian Distance Championship

Annabel Luxford leads the field in the Australian Distance Championship

In the women’s race, Queensland’s Annabel Luxford continued her triumphant return from injury, dominating today’s field to add the Olympic Distance title to the national sprint crown she secured in Hobart last month.

Luxford was in complete control after stepping off the bike among a leading bunch of four riders, but set the tone immediately in the run leg to move away and win easily in a time of 1hr 59min 38secs. Japan’s Sakimoto Tomoko showed plenty of grit to claim second, while local hope Felicity Sheedy-Ryan thrilled the Perth crowd to pull back two places in the run home to snare the bronze medal.

Luxford, a former world number one, only gave herself a pass mark. “I need to sharpen up a bit – my transitions were pretty rusty and I need to show a bit more explosiveness in those initial stages on each leg,” said the 26-year-old. “But that was my first Olympic Distance race for more than a year and I felt far more comfortable on the run today than what I did in Hobart, so all the signs are good.

Luxford racing in the Australian Distance Championship

Luxford racing in the Australian Distance Championship

Emma Jackson, from Queensland, faded on the run to finish sixth in the open field but was crowned the nation Under 23 champion at just 17 years of age. She had already secured a place in the junior field at the World Championships after recently being named Australian Junior Triathlete of the Year.

Both Atkinson and Luxford will now head to Mooloolaba in Queensland in a fortnight for the first of the international circuit World Cup meetings.

About 1100 athletes competed in various events over the weekend as part of the City of Perth Challenge. About 900 age group competitors took part in the Olympic Distance Triathlon which acted as a double-points qualifier for selection in the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. Podium finishers in each age group gained automatic selection.

Rachael Paxton from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast recorded the fastest time among female age group competitors, finishing in 2hrs 4min 22secs. The fastest male was Ryan Bailie,from Bunbury in WA, completing the course in 1hr 52min 33secs.

Australian Triathlon Championships – Olympic Distance Results:
Perth – March 15 2009

Australian Triathlon Championships – Olympic Distance

Perth – March 15 2009

Men’s Results

1. Courtney Atkinson (QLD)- 1h46.17s
2. Gareth Halverson(WA)- 1h47.16s
3. James Seear (QLD)- 1h48.01s

Women’s Results

1. Annabel Luxford (QLD) – 1h59.38s
2. Sakimoto Tomoko (Japan)- 2h01.00
3. Felicity Sheedy Ryan (WA)- 2h03.38

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Triathlon: Australian Triathlon Championships Heats Up With Battle Of The Sexes

Triathlon: Australian Triathlon Championships Heats Up With Battle Of The Sexes

Annabel Luxford competing in Hobart

Annabel Luxford competing in Hobart

Australia’s leading triathletes head to Perth this weekend for the 2009 Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships and while the national crown will be their major concern, bragging rights are on the line with a “Battle of the Sexes” showdown.

The Olympic distance race is the feature event of the City of Perth Challenge festival. The course starts with a 1500-metre swim in the Swan River, followed by a 40km bike leg (four laps of a 10km course along the foreshore) and a 10km run (three laps of an M-shaped course along Riverside Drive).

The festival also includes the Age Group Championships, attracting nearly 800 competitors, with a podium place in each age group securing a spot in the Australian team for the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. An Enticer Triathlon (375m swim, 10km ride and 2.5km run) is also on the program.

Former ITU world No.1 Annabel Luxford, 27, headlines the elite women’s field. She will be vying for her first Australian Olympic distance crown and an improved ranking when she contests the second race in her comeback.

Luxford’s ranking has dropped to 45 since missing most of last year because of stress fractures, but she had a confidence–boosting victory in her first race back four weeks ago, claiming the Australian sprint title in Hobart.

She is looking forward to the extra challenge presented by the “Battle of the Sexes” format that will give the women a 12-minute handicap start on the men’s field, which will be led by 2008 Olympian Courtney Atkinson.

“While I do like being chased by boys, there’s a lot more of them in the Perth race than there are of us, so I think it’s going to be tough to beat them home,” Luxford joked.

She said she was pleased with how well she pulled up after the race in Hobart, her first in over a year, but was being cautious with her racing schedule and training program to avoid re-injury.

“I am being really conservative with my running,” Luxford said. “There won’t be any massive gains from improvements in my running. I am working on the consistency model and getting improvements from uninterrupted training.”

Luxford hasn’t raced in Perth since the Olympic trials in 2004, while Perth triathlete Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, who finished sixth last year, is hoping local knowledge and an improved swim leg will give her an edge.

SUNDAY TRIATHLON

7.00am Before the serious sporting competition kicks off, budding triathletes are given the chance to sample the sport with the Enticer Triathlon featuring a 375m swim, 10km ride and 2.5km run.

7.30am Podium finishers among the field of more than 800 age group competitors in the Olympic Distance Triathlon secure a spot in the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September. Olympic Distance relay teams are also part of the field.

11.50am The day climaxes with the Australian Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships, which will feature some of the sport’s big names and a wealth of rising talent.

The Olympic Distance course sees athletes line-up for a 1500m swim in the Swan River, followed by four laps of a 10km bike course (40km) along the foreshore, and finishing with three laps of an M-shaped run course (10km) along Riverside Drive.

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To enter visit www.challengeseries.org.au

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Langley Park – Sunday, March 15

Start Time Event

7.00am Enticer Triathlon (individuals)

7.05am Enticer Triathlon (teams)

7.30am Age Group Olympic Distance (individual)

8.30am Age Group Olympic Distance (teams)

11.50am Australian Triathlon Championships – Female and Male “Battle of the Sexes”

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Triathlon: Surf’s Up For 1000 Athletes in Sydney Water Challenge

Triathlon: Surf’s Up For 1000 Athletes in Sydney Water Challenge

cejc0273Rough surf and blustery winds put some of Australia’s leading age-group triathletes to the sword at the Sydney Water Challenge in Cronulla today.

Swells of up to two metres and messy surf saw the 1500-metre swim leg off Wanda Beach slightly shortened and relocated 800 metres up the beach to ensure a safe aquatic environment. Given the testing conditions presented by an exposed beach and recent shark activity in Sydney, Triathlon Australia engaged the expertise and resources of Surf Life Saving Australia to oversee the swim component. Five IRBs (rubber duckies), two jet skis, an offshore rescue boat and 30 volunteer surf life savers were on hand to sweep the course and guide swimmers.

cemf0026The field of more than 700 in the Olympic Distance Triathlon was also buffeted by blustery cross winds on the 40km bike course over two loops, before tackling a challenging 10km run that included a number of hills in Lucas Reserve.

The fastest male home was Charlie Boyle in a time of 1hr, 50min 58sec. The 24-year-old Gold Coast athlete is in training for long course events but is also attempting a late charge to qualify for the Olympic Distance Triathlon at the World Championships in his home state on the Gold Coast in September.

“I’m actually in training for the longer distances, but with the World Championships in my own back yard this year I thought I’d better have a crack at them as well,” he said. “I wasn’t sure where I was positioned during the race but that was a good hit-out today. I’ll go to Perth next week (for the Australian Olympic Distance Championships) and hopefully try and qualify for the Gold Coast, then back up five weeks later for the Long Distance World Championships.”

Melissa Vandewater produced a dominant performance to record the fastest female time of the day. The 30-year-old from Balgowlah on Sydney’s northern beaches found the tough conditions to her liking.

Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships winner Sally Parker

Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships winner Sally Parker

“To be honest a shorter swim probably suited me because I could keep the leaders within reach and was then able to step things up on the bike and reel them in,” she said. “It was pretty windy out there but I didn’t mind the couple of hills and I felt good coming home on the run, so the race panned out fairly well for me.”

cejd0476More than 200 Enticer athletes, many competing in their first triathlon over the shorter distance (375m swim, 10km ride, 2.5km run), encountered a tough initiation, producing plenty of broad smiles as the Sydney Water Challenge finish arch came into view. Juniors aged seven to 15 competing in the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader TRYstars Kids’ Triathlon waded whitewater in a revised swim leg.

More than 1000 athletes took part in the multisport festival over the weekend, which included yesterday’s Sydney Water Australian Aquathlon Championships, comprising an 800-metre swim and 6km run. Wollongong’s Ben Allen was crowned men’s champion, while the ACT’s Sally Parker was the female winner.

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Triathlon: Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships: Australians & New Zealander’s Rule The Race

Triathlon: Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships: Australians & New Zealander’s Rule The Race

Jos Hoetjes blitzing the race

Jos Hoetjes blitzing the race

Australian Courtney Dutton and New Zealand’s Jos Hoetjes put in
commanding performances to take out the ITU Junior Oceania
Championships today on the Gold Coast.

The win handed Dutton the final spot on the Australian female junior team to
contest the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September along with
team mates Holly Aitken and Emma Jackson.

New Zealand junior champion, Hoetjes continued his outstanding season
following his bronze at the recent Australian Youth Olympics and victories in
local races in New Zealand to also add the Oceania title to his resume.

New Zealand’s Teresa Adam lead out of the water by 30 seconds from the
next group containing Aitken, Jackson and Dutton. After the first lap of the
bike they were all together on the flat and fast 20km cycle which was also
technical in some sections.

The heat was a telling factor today and it took its toll on the field.

Dutton has been a consistent performer this season, featuring in the silver
medal winning team at the Australian Youth Olympics. Dutton handled the
pressure and conditions like a seasoned professional despite having to run
down the Australian Youth Olympics gold medallist Aitken over the 5km to
secure victory. Another emerging talent Victorian Jaimi Chisholm recorded
one of her best results finishing third.

“I’m overwhelmed with that result, after missing the world’s team last year it
really motivated me to get back

“My plan was to come out in with the leaders in the swim, ride as hard as I
could and hang on in the run for as long as I could.

“I’m so happy with this result, especially when Holly made a break in the run,
I didn’t panic just worked my way back through,” said Dutton.

Although off the pace today Emma Jackson’s eighth place was enough to
secure her the Australian Junior Triathlon Series after four races, relegating
Aitken to second and Dutton third.

The swim did little to separate the men, a group of 41 athletes formed on the
bike, at times riding six abreast proving challenging on the technical end of
the course.

“I just sat back on the bike and relaxed a bit, trying to save something for
the run, it was pretty hot out there,” said Hoetjes after the race.

Hoetjes emerged from the large pack on the bike and positioned himself
nicely among the front runners that included Australian Youth Olympics silver
medallist Sam Appleton and his training partner Aron Royle.

“I kept telling myself to keep my stride short and relax,” said Hoetjes.

The mantra worked perfectly, Hoetjes pulling away in the end to win
comfortably from Royle and Appleton, this pair have been waging their own
battle this season. Royle turned the tables on Appleton today and ironically
this secured him equal second on the final Australian Junior Triathlon Series
point score, Victoria’s Jamie Huggett won the series by one point.

Today’s Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial also included 2500
athletes competing over the Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run)
trying to secure a spot on the Australian team to compete at the 2009 Gold
Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships. Nerang’s Risa Saito made the
most of the perfect early conditions to record the fastest time of the day,
coming home in 1hr, 3min, 53secs. The fastest male home was Paul
Wiedersehn in 58min,24secs.

Others chose to tackle the Enticer (300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run) while
hundreds of kids took up the challenge in the Superkidz Tri.

Gold Coast Junior ITU Oceania Championships Results

ITU Junior Elites
Male
1. Jos Hoetjes Christchurch 58:21
2. Aaron Royle Newcastle 58:53
3. Sam Appleton Warrimoo 58:59
4. Jamie Huggett Ballarat 59:11
5. Ryan Bailie Bunbury 59:18

Female
1 Courtney Dutton Bridgeman Downs 1:04:09
2. Holly Aitken East Kew 1:04:38
3. Jaimi Chisholm Mt Martha 1:05:23
4. Ashleigh Gentle Robina 1:05:45
5. Rebecca Kingsford Tirau 1:05:59

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Triathlon: 2009 Gold Coast ITU Oceania Championships- Kahlefeldt’s Triumphant Return

Triathlon: 2009 Gold Coast ITU Oceania Championships- Kahlefeldt’s Triumphant Return

Brad Kahlefeldt crosses the finish line

Brad Kahlefeldt crosses the finish line

Beijing Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt led home an Australian clean sweep in his first race in five months at the 2009 Gold Coast Triathlon Oceania Championships.

Kahlefeldt edged out Beijing team mate Courtney Atkinson, who recently won the Australian Sprint title and rising star Dan Wilson with Japan’s Kiyomi Niwata taking the women’s crown ahead of Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf and Chilean Barbara Riveros. Kahlefeldt said he was delighted with the fast and furious course raced today which will be the same use for the 2009 Gold Coast ITU World Triathlon Championships in September.

Kahlefeldt is unbeaten on this course, with four wins and must give him a huge confidence boost ahead of the World Championships.

Early race leader Clayton Fettell lead off the front of the bike for the entire 40km and headed into the run with a 45 second lead from the chase group of 45. But after the first lap of the run the heat had decimated the field and it was the Australian trio Kahlefeldt, Atkinson, Wilson and the UK’s Stuart Hayes that broke away. Hayes was first to lose touch. Kahlefeldt turned up the intensity in the final lap which no one could match to take an easy victory in the end.

In the ITU Australian Junior Oceania Championships Courtney Dutton and New Zealand’s Jos Hoetjes put in commanding performances.

The win handed Dutton the final spot on the Australian female junior team to contest the World Championships on the Gold Coast in September along with team mates Holly Aitken and Emma Jackson.

New Zealand junior champion, Hoetjes continued his outstanding season following his bronze at the recent Australian Youth Olympics and victories in local races in New Zealand to also add the Oceania title to his resume.

Dutton has been a consistent performer this season, featuring in the silver medal winning team at the Australian Youth Olympics. Dutton handled the pressure and conditions like a seasoned professional despite having to run down the Australian Youth Olympics gold medallist Aitken over the 5km to secure victory. Another emerging talent Victorian Jaimi Chisholm recorded one of her best results finishing third.

The Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial was first on the racing agenda. Approximately 2500 athletes competed in one of the three distances on offer; Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run); Enticer (300m swim, 10km cycle, 2km run); and The Courier Mail Superkidz Triathlon.

Age Group competiotors were racing to secure a spot on the Australian team to compete at the 2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships. Nerang’s Risa Saito made the most of the perfect early conditions, coming home in 1hr, 3min, 53secs. The fastest male home was Paul Wiedersehn in 58min,24secs.

2009 Gold Coast ITU Triathlon Championships Results

ITU Elite
Male

1 Brad Kahlefeldt Aust 1:50:13
2 Courtney Atkinson Aust 1:50:25
3 Dan Wilson Aust 1:50:51
4 Clark Ellice NZ 1:51:35
5 Ryan Sissons NZ 1:51:41
6 Stuart Hayes UK 1:51:41

Female

1 Kiyomi Niwata Japan 2:00:45
2 Daniela Ryf SUI 2:01:13
3 Barbara Riveros Chile 2:01:15
4 Sarah Crowley Aust 2:02:04
5 Misato Takagi Japan 2:02:23

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Annabel Luxford Launches Comeback Campaign With Victory In Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships In Hobart

Annabel Luxford Launches Comeback Campaign With Victory In Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships In Hobart

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Brisbane’s Annabel Luxford launched her triathlon career comeback campaign
in style today, winning the Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships at
Hobart’s dockside today.

The former ITU world number one, led the race from start to finish, to take
the sprint crown in 1h3m41s. Trailing her by a fair margin was Barbara
Riveros-Diaz from Chile who crossed the line in 1h4m35s and third was
Brisbane’s Sarah Cowley (1hr 5m40s).

It was a rewarding win for Luxford whose career has been hampered by injury
and has seen her spend the last year sidelined with a stress fracture to her
foot. Back training under Shaun Stephens, the 26 year old looked
particularly strong today in the swim and bike, and was thrilled with the
victory.

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Annabelle Luxford, Female winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Luxford’s glory year was 2005 when she was world number one and took a
silver in the world championships, but 2006 to 2008 have been lean years
with a 5th at the Commonwealth Games and the disappointment of injury
damming her Beijing ambitions. The law student is hoping today’s victory
kicks off her journey to the 2012 Olympics.

“I had no idea how I would go before the race. I am glad to be back and to
win an Australian title, is always extra special,” said Luxford.

“I was a little nervous, all these young kids are here, and I thought a
little intimidated,” said Luxford whose domination of the race where she won
by nearly a minute, showed she had no need for concern.

The next major races on the Australian triathlon race calendar are the
Oceania / Luke Harrop Memorial Championship on the Gold Coast on March 1 (to
be run on the course to be used for the world championships in September ) ,
followed by Australian Triathlon Championships for the longer Olympic
distance in Perth on March 15.

RESULTS:

Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships WOMENS Hobart – Sunday February 15 2009:

1. Annabel Luxford (Brisbane – QLD)
1h 3m41s

2. Barbara Riveros-Diaz (Chile)
1h4m35s

3. Sarah Crowely (Brisbane – QLD)
1h5m40s

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Atkinson Takes Out Australian Sprint Triathlon Championships In Hobart

Atkinson Takes Out Australian Sprint Triathlon Championships In Hobart

Courtney Atkinson, Male winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Courtney Atkinson, Male winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

Defending champion, the Gold Coast’s Courtney Atkinson, has once again won
the Australian Triathlon Sprint Championships beating home rival Brisbane’s
Dan Wilson in a stunning sprint to the line in Hobart this afternoon.

In amazing finish, it was an exact repeat of the 2008 championship final,
right down to the time margin split of a mere second. As they pushed each
other to victory, Atkinson broke the tape in 55m30s with the 23 year old
Wilson a hair’s breadth behind in 55m31s. Teenager, 19 year old Josh
Amberger from Brisbane, who led the national field of 19 men out of the
opening 750m swim leg, finished 3rd.

The 20km bike leg saw a pack of nine tick off with precision the eight lap
course, from Hobart’s dockside to Battery Point, before entering transition,
when the real race began.

The experienced Atkinson darted from transition but Wilson was determined
not to let him go, and shot out behind him. The two ran neck at neck at 3
minute run pace over the 5km city street leg, racing for the last kilometre
as if they were in a final sprint. Despite surges from the two to try and
breakaway, the race came down the final 50 metres, when Atkinson in a final
lunge secured victory.

It was Atkinson’s fourth national sprint title and for the Beijing Olympian,
the win kicked off his 2009 campaign in style. But it was a race for
Atkinson to even get to the start line. His flight from the Gold Coast was
cancelled last night, and the Gold Coaster took a Sunday morning plane that
saw him land in Hobart just two hours before the race and at the race
precint, 10 minutes before the start gun.

Courtney Atkinson, Male winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championship

Courtney Atkinson, Male winner, 2009 Australian Elite Sprint Distance Triathlon Championship

“I loved that today,” said an elated Atkinson after the win. “I loved the
pace of the race and the battle with Dan. It was worth coming here for
that, and in fact it was very worthwhile for me to have to race at such pace
and with such intensity.

“It is very very early in the season for me and I have only been training
for about a month. It was a lot of hard work, the pace was on and it was
probably a bit above what I am doing, but it was a good start.

“You know, there’s always a little doubt in your mind, and with a hundred
metres today, there was a big doubt!!

“But the years of experience, the hard racing, got me home. I like being in
those situations, but Dan should be proud of himself, he’s improved a lot .”

For Wilson, it was a disappointment to come in 2nd again, but rewarding to
know he was keeping pace with the world class Atkinson.

“It was close again, another really exciting finish, but he (Atkinson)
didn’t flinch,” said Wilson.

“I was so close, but so far. You know I think it would have been easier to
lose by 30 seconds, but that is racing.”

RESULTS:
Australian Triathlon Sprint Championship – MENS Hobart – Sunday February 15 2009:

1. Courtney Atkinson (Gold Coast – QLD)
55m 30 s
2. Daniel Wilson (Brisbane – QLD)
55m 31s
3. Josh Amberger (Brisbane – QLD)
56m 09s

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