Tri-Corner 22/08/2014

Tri-Corner

Martin Reynolds

Singapore International Triathlon 2014
About 2,000 participants braved a busy bike course part in the annual triathlon at East Coast Park last weekend
First across the line for the Asian Cup Elite Men category was Australian Courtney Atkinson, (1hr 49). In the women’s event, Japanese Kuramoto Aoi came in first (2:04) .
ANZA cycling were well represented and cheered on – with a rack of great podium finishes from ANZA members, friends and families (Age group positions and times)

Mini
Nicole Rondy – 1st (41:33)
Sprint
Guillaume Rondy – 1st (1:03)
Kids
Jackson Campbell – 2nd (20:29)
Standard
Charlie Epperson – 1st (2:05)
Liam Winston – 2nd (2:13)
Andy Fleming – 3rd (2:18)
Vanessa Colless – 2nd (2:19)
Stephen Duerden – 1st (2:23)
Vanessa Lodge – 1st (2:35)
Ruth Stubbs – 1st (2:35)
Wendy Wilcox – 1st (2:44)

2XU Desaru 113k Triathlon – Race Report

After a year absence, this renowned half ironman distance race took place in Malaysia last Saturday.

I headed up to Desaru from Singapore on the morning of the race, but a dead car battery meant that I arrived with about 20 minutes before flag off which led to a record breaking transition setup and a sprint to the start line. Having missed the race briefing and with a revamped course I had no idea of how many laps to swim/bike/run, so it was a case of keep on going until my Garmin says I was done.

A busy, choppy and very long swim for 1.9k. It then starting heating up on the 92k bike which turned out to be a 3 lap ride with a nice little hill at the start and end to help knock your rhythm out. The infamous Desaru winds started to get into full swing on the last 2 laps bringing the averages down.

The 22k run was surprisingly hilly and pretty hot as expected. Two novel improvements this year for this traditionally ‘rustic’ race included the provision of timing chips for athletes and sufficient water on the course! Gels all round!

Ironman legend Cameron Brown took the honours. Full results still to be posted at time of press.

Overall, it was great to have this race back and strongly recommended for those who like a half distance only 2 hours drive from Singapore (subject to car battery working).

 

Metaman
Good luck to those heading off to Bintan this weekend for the Metaman – an extremely tough race attracting plenty of pros and featuring Full and Half Ironman distances – plus a shorter course ‘Blitz’ distance. Fingers crossed for favourable weather

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