Last weekend I had one of the best moments for me ever after winning the Noosa triathlon. Noosa is a non-drafting olympic distance race that’s been running for 29 years, every year getting bigger and better and this year was no different with more than 7000 competitors competing over the weekend. Noosa has a special atmosphere that no other race I’ve ever competed in even comes close too, only people who’ve raced Noosa will know what I’m talking about. The first time I went up to watch Noosa was when I was 10 years old and I still remember seeing the elite blokes run past and it gave me goose bumps.
Now that I’ve switched over to long course my tactic for the race was to swim towards the front, really push the bike to gap the ITU boys and then hold on for the run. The swim went to plan and after 2km of the bike I was in the lead. Frustratingly the small group of blokes that I was riding with couldn’t stay away and by the turn around there was a pack of around 12. Luckily when we turned we had the wind at our backs and this strung the group out and eventually a smaller group including Paul Matthews, Clayton Fettell, James Hodge and myself formed. We worked really well together for the second half of the bike which included going 103km/h on the downhill section and we took a lead of two minutes into T2.
I had a shocking T2 and after only a few hundred metres of the run I was already 100 metres down on the leading 3. Slowly but surely I reeled in the leading blokes and at the 5km mark I took the lead and that was it. Fortunately I had the race wrapped up early so I could really enjoy the last kilometre with the crowd and screaming family members and girlfriend on the side of the road.
It was a great day and a realisation of a dream I had when I first watched the race as a 10 year old. A big thanks to Brett, Alex and the the Team TBB sponsors and also my family, friends and Swiss.
All the best.
A post race interview