This past weekend saw the 4th running of the Hervey Bay 100. A long course 2/80/18 tritahlon held in Hervey Bay Qld.
As some who has raced this event from day one, I know it all too well and also know it is a lot harder than it looks on paper!!
From a race perspective it is one of the best organised races you will find. It’s friendly atmosphere, the great people who run it and the course. Which is a sneaky little bugger that will find you out very quickly if you haven’t prepared properly for it!
The swim this year was a fantastic improvement being point to point. It was a little bit bumpy with a 20km/hr NE wind blowing but everyone took to the conditons and had no issues! The 4 lap bike course has a few undulations but with the wind dropping as the day wore on didn’t present a massive challenge as Steve Halliday from Allez Sport proved by going sub 2 hours! Out onto the 3 lap run course which although flat always sees people falling apart as the heat really kicks in. This is where you draw on your tough sessions and your hydration and fueling plan to get you through. With just over 40 athletes running under 1hr30, it shows how hard this is!
We had 8 of the team out on the course with various levels of talent from 1st timers, Ironman distance racers, World Championship qualifiers.
And we had some amazing results!!
Sherry Ey took out the female 45-49 AG and placed 2nd AG female overall. Her race included the fastest female AG bike split, 4th fastest female AG run and a sprint finish!! The dominating performance saw her her AG by 12 mins and is a fantastic return on the work and dedication she has.
Wade Knott had a day to remember! And not just with his near 50min PB!! Wade was the lucky winner of a brand new Avanti Chrono bike!!!!
Peter Luttrell decided to race 4 weeks out and has now been named “the burgler” by his mates after a cracking 4hrs43min! The limited prep due to injury was agreat sign for the future!
Our Ironman WA athlete Rick Prosser had a great day out which saw him have a PB of nearly 60mins!!! Without going too hard this was a great result and everything looks on track for his first Iron distance race in 2 weeks.
We had 2 first time long course athletes tackle this tough little race, Grant Little, who is returning to racing after a very nasty bike crash earlier in the year that saw him spend a week or so in hospital, and Christian Tadman who decided this was a good idea as his 2nd ever triathlon after completing the Agnes Water sprint distance event in October. Both went exceptionally well in the tough conditions and finished with big grins!
Troy Austin, who has only just joined the lycra clad community after purchasing a bike only 3 weeks ago, took part in the teams event where he rode a very solid 2hrs 33min. Exceptional time for a very novice triathlete!
I also had a run around and was more than happy with a 20min PB and a time of 4hrs 21min, placing 9th in my AG.
Watching these guys execute their own plans was the key to their success. Each have strengths & weaknesses and we focused on these to get them to the line as fast as possible! It was a great reward for all the hard work they all put in! Another big congratulations go to the TeamBAT crew who we work with at a group level. The whole lot of them had fantastic days out!!
Thanks to Michelle Schulte for the photos!!