Sunshine Coast 70.3 - 10 September 2017
The training ground for some of the best triathletes in the world, the Sunshine Coast is ideal for racing. Home to the 2016 70.3 Ironman World Championships the race boasts a stellar bike course and a challenging run that tests every athlete.
7 of our athletes travelled to the Sunshine Coast to compete at this glorious location. Greeted with a flat ocean, sunny skies and barely a breath of wind the team knew they were in for a great day of racing.
Megan Moa - 5:40:47
After a busy 1st half of the year between triathlon and adventure racing, Megan used this race as a simulation for Ironman Western Australia (IM WA) in December- testing out a new nutrition plan and practicing her pacing on the run. With a speedy 35minute swim (and setting a new PB) she was able to have a great race and finish 11th in her age group. Always the student, Megan has now set herself some new goals after reflecting on her performance. We wish her the best of luck with her journey towards IM WA. Congrats Megan.
Rebecca Baird - 5:32:30
In her first race since Ironman Cairns, Bec was keen to see what she could deliver on the day after some well-earned rest and a solid training block. Riding her way to a top 10 bike split for her age group she was able to bring it home in the run and finish with a PB over the 70.3 distance.
Peter Benson – 6:01:30
This was Peter’s first crack at the 70.3 distance after many years of participating in multisport events. Peter has been doing regular casual sessions with us over the last few months with his wife Leanne. After a cracking swim of 28minutes, Peter unfortunately got a flat tyre on the ride and spent 25minutes trying to fix it. He was able to finish with a strong run and come in around the 6hr mark. Congratulations Peter on your first 70.3, what an achievement.
Rylea Giles – 6:45:33
Special mention to Rylea who completed her 3rd 70.3 in under 12months at just 18years old. Rylea has been focussed on Busselton 70.3 as her A race this year and her commitment to her training was evident, with a new PB on the half marathon. Super effort Rylea, we can’t wait to follow your journey towards Busso in December.
Nikki Giles - 5:17:44
With her current training focused on Wildside Adventure Race early October Nikki utilised this race as a training day and also a great opportunity to race with her daughter Rylea. After exiting the water Nikki could turn her attention to her favourite leg, the bike. She rode her way to a bike time of 2:39:00 over 90km and the 3rd fastest bike split for her age category. No slouch on the run either, she finished strong and placed 11th in the 40-44 age category. Well done super coach.
Team Desbois – 5:41:09
Natalie Desbois joined forces with husband Tim to ignite her come back to triathlon – why not do it at this amazing event. Nat took care of the swim and the run, with Tim very much at home in the bike leg. With a 10 week lead in Nat trained hard to achieve her goal of feeling the race buzz! Congratulations Nat and Tim on your achievement.
We would also like to congratulate Nikki and Megan on their Age Group Rankings for the Ironman 70.3 Australia region. Nikki is currently ranked #1 in the 40-44 and Megan #2 for 50-54.