TQ03 - Spring 2023

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ISSUE 03 • SPRING 2023




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On the cover

Dan Plews has hung up his tri suit as the Kona AG course record holder and owner of the fastest Iron distance AG time ever. Now he’s devoted to making you faster



Start List

10 Warm Up


2023 WTCS Report Cards



Deep Blue Elevated Vistas Eagles Soar

GO TO INSIDER 20 22 24 26 27 28 30 32 36 38 44

Triathlon Summer Series World Triathlon Global Calendar Patrick Johnson is Tickled Ink Max Attack They said it… 3 Kiwis & a GOAT 11 Questions for Tamara Reed Dr John Hellemans: In Seine? Heather Neill: Leap of Faith Super League Season V Lachlan Haycock

GO TO GEAR+TECH 54 56 62 64

What’s in Brea’s Kit Bag? Beginner’s Gear Guide ASICS Summer Shoe Showcase Elevate Your Training


118 98


WORLD BEATER Crush your Taupo 70.3 goals with Dr. Dan Plews


12 GO TO RACING 66 70 76 88

PTO v Ironman Nice and Kona in focus 2023 WTCS Report Cards The Big Race: Auckland Duathlon



94 Zone 2 Training 98 I ate Radix for 30 days. Here’s what happened… 100 Taking nutrition offshore 102 Ainsley Thorpe: Drilled in speed

106 Huge Payne Gains 108 Tri NZ Suzuki Series 110 North Harbour Triathlon Club 116 Tri NZ Club Guide 118 Lisa Shingleton



Dive In

• SPRING 2023


NZ to the World

F KENT GRAY @triathlonnz @triathlonnz kent@triathlon.kiwi

CONTRIBUTORS DR DAN PLEWS The world’s fastest age grouper on Zone 2 training from p94 and our Taupo 70.3 cover feature (p46)

JOHN HELLEMANS Erin Baker, Kris Gemmell & Andrea Hansen are but a few of the Chch coach’s success stories (p32)

HEATHER NEILL The Napier vet has a new string to her bow. Find out how her step up to pro tri has begun (p36)

KIM ABBOTT That jug and iron in your hotel room aren’t just for tea and nicely pressed slacks (p100)


rom the Wilde (and co.) start in New Plymouth to the weird finish in Vina del Mar, the 2023 World Triathlon Cup was an emotional rollercoaster ride spanning eight months, 13 countries and 14 utterly unpredictable events. The World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) might be the global governing body’s preeminent circuit but the personal endeavour - and storylines - at the second tier were no less compelling. They were also closer to home, both geographically initially and then metaphorically for those young Kiwis striving to reach the rarified air in which Hayden Wilde currently operates. For starters, how about Gwen Jorgensen? The 2016 Rio Olympic champion started her comeback to the sport (via Oceania Cup Taupo) with 14th place in New Plymouth and ended it with four golds and a silver in her last five World Cup starts. After a seven-year hiatus from triathlon post Rio, it could be the humble World Cup rather than the glitzy WTCS that propels the American to Paris. How about the Wilde-Tayler Reid, Nicole van der Kaay-Ainsley Thorpe one-two double, double in New Plymouth? The early Kiwi medal rush was a pointer of the year to come where Wilde would become World Sprint champion in Hamburg, mostly unlucky in short course races thereafter and ultimately the winner of Melbourne 70.3. Reid scored a gritty Super League medal, van der kaay ended her year as an asterisked lock for Paris (nothing is certain in sport) and Thorpe almost so. New Plymouth also hinted at the rise and rise of Dylan McCullough who was a close 4th at home, repeated that placing in South Korea seven months hence, and then nailed a World Cup medal in Miyazaki a week later. Three top 10s in as many weeks in Asia, capped with the silver in Japan, is lovely momentum to take into the New Year. Talking of positive outlooks, how good is 2024 shaping? Napier is the new New

Plymouth, set to open the fresh World Cup season with a Mixed Relay twist in February. By the time we get to the 70.3 Worlds in Taupo come December 2024, we’ll know if Wilde can add Paris gold to Tokyo bronze and his Birmingham Commonwealth Games silver. And if anyone can live with his pedal power and foot speed once the Olympic pressure valve has been released and he’s racing for the people of his birthplace at the global 70.3 showpiece. There will be many highs and lows at home and abroad in between no doubt, perhaps even in your own racing. Here at TQ, we remain committed to assisting you every step of the way which is why we’ve enlisted the world’s fastest Iron distance age grouper ever, Dr. Dan Plews, to help you nail your own Taupo 70.3 goals over the next 13 months. Even if your objectives are over shorter distances or much less ambitious than making a world championship, we trust you’ll find ample inspiration within the pages of TQ3. Whatever you do, just don’t get lost (or was that led down the garden path?) like the leading four women eventually DQ’d in Vina del Mar. The leading quartet mistakenly ran down the blue carpet – instead of adjacent to it – on the first lap of the run in Chile, ultimately promoting Jorgensen to her least favourite gold in an increasingly impressive season. We told you it was weird ending to 2023. Here’s to a Wilde-ly (and co.) successful 2024. Happy reading.

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TAUPO 70.3 TQ will be in Taupo to report on the dress rehearsal to the 2024 Ironman 70.3 World Championships

35th TAURANGA HALF We preview the Mt. Festival of Multisport incorporating the first Tri NZ Suzuki Series event of 2024

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Warm Up

Super Blindsided Here at TQ, we’re still smarting about that Toulouse transition and the Neom short chute, or lack thereof, that cost Hayden Wilde a Super League title repeat. It seems the beneficiary on both occasions and eventual champ Léo Bergere didn’t see that coming either!

A quick spin around the swim, bike, run world

Currie Powder Is Braden Currie eyeing the US$200,000 bonus for winning the inaugural Ironman Pro Series? Five full distance starts in 2024 suggests so. Lock in the IMNZ (March 2), the North American (Texas) and European (Frankfurt) Champs either side of Cairns and IMWC in Kona. Pacy Parry Sam Parry, just 20, ran a sharp 32:25 to place 7th in the senior men’s race at the Athletics NZ Road Race Championships in hometown Palmy North in Sept. Canty Uni’s Daniel Balchin won the 10k in 30:27 Explosive Poddie Young Great Brit Max Stapley might be barely ranked inside the world’s top 100 but has made quite the impact of late, offering damning verdicts on short course triathlon’s current standing and doping in the sport. More on the revelations in TQ Insider here. Tramadol Banned! Common painkiller Tramadol is out, while the ban on blood plasma donations by athletes has been lifted. Race over to Drug Free Sport NZ for WADA’s updated ‘Prohibited List’ which comes into force on Jan. 1, 2024. Taupo Twice Over Sunshine Coast-based Kiwi Amelia Watkinson had already punched her ticket for the Taupo 2024 Ironman 70.3 World Championships but made doubly sure with a last gasp win at Ironman 70.3 Melbourne as we went to press. Not bad after a recent bout of COVID-19 Wilde Prediction Hayden Wilde will also race the 2024 70.3 Worlds in his birthplace after waltzing to a nearly 8 minute victory in Melbourne. We’re betting the 3:52:39 he clocked the last time he raced Taupo in 2019 will be comfortably eclipsed next December

GO FIGURE Triathlon in numbers





Age group + 15 extra ‘Women for Tri’ qualification slots on the line for the 2024 Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Taupo at the dress rehearsal this Dec. 9.

Melbourne-based Kiwi Vanessa Murray’s 35-39 age group title clinching time at the VinFast Ironman World Championships in Kona.

The bonus pool of the new Ironman Pro Series. Read our Ironman v PTO feature in Racing on p66.

July, 2024, the men’s triathlon at the XXXIII Paris Olympics. The women race the next day with the Mixed Relay on Aug. 5.


13 Nov. 2027, the date of the next Rugby World Cup final. Nothing to do with tri but it’s good to have goals. Congrats to all you Triboks!


“In looking beyond traditional qualifying slot allocation, we will recognise exceptional skill, ability, and dedication, while also maintaining the integrity of the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship as the ultimate stage for the fastest and most competitive athletes in the sport” –Andrew Messick, Ironman Group CEO & President



Deep Blue The scaly residents of Kailua Bay had the best seats in the house as age groupers set off on the 3.8km swim at the 2023 VinFast Ironman Women’s World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`I on October 14. Among the washing machine were 62 Kiwis, elites Hannah Berry and Rebecca Clarke among them, who enjoyed the first standalone women’s worlds at the spiritual home of Ironman. The Ironman Group has announced additional slot allocations for 2024 when the women (Sept. 22) and men

(Oct. 26) swap Kona for Nice and vice versa. They include more than 30 qualifying races worldwide, Ironman NZ in Taupo on March 2 included, and selected 70.3 events – the May 5 Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie closest to home. There will also be 10 “invitational” slots open to any top 10 finisher in Kona, great news for Melbourne-based 35-39 age group champion Vanessa Murray and fellow Kiwis Natajsa Barclay and Sue McMaster who finished 2nd and 8th in the 50-54 and 60-64 categories respectively. Donald Miralle/IRONMAN





Elevated Vistas Athletes take in the charming rooftop villages of Hinterland Nice as they begin the descent back to the city of Nice during the 2023 Vinfast Ironman Men’s World Championship on September 10. There was much hue and cry when The Ironman Group announced it was to alternate the men’s and women’s races between the sport’s spiritual home in Hawaii and France but it was hard to argue with vistas like these. In addition to elites Braden Currie (16th), Ben Phillips (23rd) and Mike Phillips (DNF), 17 Kiwi age groupers tackled the demanding elevations of Nice with Mike Trees and John Reynolds achieveing noteworthy top 10s. Tree’s was 4th in the 60-64 category in 11:17:06 and Reynolds 7th in the 70-74 race in 16:56:10. The fastest Kiwi age grouper? Jason Dobson’s whose 10:51:31 effort was good for 48th in the uber competitive 25-29 division. Donald Miralle/IRONMAN









Eagles Soar Aussie Eagle Matthew Hauser hams it up for the cameras on the eve of the Super League Triathlon decider in Neom in late October. The Saudi Arabian desert is one of the most dramatic triathlon destinations on earth and made slightly eerie by the rusting WWII era seaplane that served as a backdrop to this preview snap. It belonged to American industrialist Thomas W. Kendell who embarked on a round-the-world voyage in the PBY Catalina in 1959. He landed the behemoth in what would become its final resting place on March 22, 1960, lured by the sparkling waters below where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Rea Sea. What Kendell didn’t realise at the time was the heightened tension in the area between Israel and Egypt. Nervous Saudi tribesman, fearing invading aircraft, responded by firing 300 rounds into the seaplane upon its discovery the following morning. Kendall, family and friends returned to the U.S. unharmed. Check out our pictorial tribute to the three Kiwi SLT Scorpions from page 38. Superleaguetriathlon.com





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Hosts with the Most Elite Oceania summer revealed GO TO PAGE 20

Brand(ed) A life-changing tattoo GO TO PAGE 24

Going Pro No regrets racing GO TO PAGE 36

Super Frustrating 2023 SLT Review GO TO PAGE 38


WTCS dates confirmed for 2024, the first half of them before the XXXIII Paris Olympic Games qualification window closes. GO TO PAGE 22

“This promises to be a summer full of great elite racing as our athletes work towards the Paris Olympic Games. ”

Lucky Escape Lachlan Haycock’s season off to scary start GO TO PAGE 44





SORTED A new home and Mixed Relay upgrade for NZ’s World Triathlon Cup stop headlines a busy elite summer on both sides of the Tasman Sea


ontreal’s loss has become Napier’s huge, talent luring gain. Not only is the home of art deco, world class wine and rugby’s Ranfurly Shield now also the surprise new host of New Zealand’s premier swim, bike and run race, World Triathlon Cup Napier will also include a Mixed Team Relay (MTR).


The global governing body needed to find a new MTR date in its calendar after Quebec wildfires forced the cancellation of the relay tagged onto World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS)-Montreal in late June. Tri NZ, in collaboration with Napier City Council, were only too happy to oblige with the MTR to be staged on the second day of the February 24-25 festival. As it turns out, WTCS Abu Dhabi’s on-again, off-again MTR is back on again a fortnight after Napier, meaning there will now be two relay opportunities before the MTR qualification window for the Paris Olympic Games closes. The boon for Kiwi fans is likely to be

even deeper fields than usual for the World Triathlon Cup season opener as nations still on the cusp of qualifying via the MTR, and individual stars keen on a pre WTCS Abu Dhabi shake down, head Down Under. Oceania was already looking appealing as an early season training and race destination for European and North American hopefuls given Wollongong is also set to host a World Cup, in addition to a number of Oceania races on both sides of the (hopefully) sunsoaked Tasman Sea. Napier has replaced New Plymouth, which has hosted 10 of the 16 World Cups staged in New Zealand since 1995, in a three-year deal. Headquartered out of Ahuriri Beach, World Triathlon Cup Napier will also include the Oceania Junior (U19) Sprint and Relay Championships, plus the NZ Age Group Sprint Championships, part of the Tri NZ Suzuki Series.





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2024 Triathlon Summer Series


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1. February 4 Oceania Para Championships Stockton, NSW 2. February 16 Oceania Cup Wanaka (Sprint) 3. February 24-25 World Cup Napier (Sprint + MR) 4. March 16-17 Oceania Sprint & Relay Championships Devonport, TAS 5. April 13 Oceania Standard Distance Championships Napier 6. April 20-21 World Cup Wollongong (Standard) 7. May 3 Oceania Super Sprint Championships – Gold Coast, QLD 2 *Schedule subject to change

It shapes as an exciting new race venue for age groupers and a timely tourism boost for Napier in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle. Tri NZ CEO Pete De Wet is pleased to lock the New Zealand component of the wider Oceania schedule into the World Triathlon calendar. “We are delighted to launch our ‘Triathlon Summer Series’ which includes the exciting new World Cup Napier. This promises to be a summer full of great elite racing as our athletes work towards the Paris Olympic Games,” De Wet said. “We’re really thrilled to partner with Napier City Council to give New Zealand’s

February 16 Oceania Cup Wanaka February 24-25 World Cup Napier March 21-22 NZ Schools Championships – Tauranga April 13 Oceania Standard Distance Championships – Napier

World Cup Napier 2024 February 24


• Elite Men’s and Women’s individual races • Oceania Junior (U19) Championships - Men’s and Women’s individual races

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round of the Triathlon World Cup a new home for the next three years and our age group community an exciting new venue to race and experience. Not only does Hawke’s Bay boast a strong triathlon community, it’s also great that our sport will be contributing to a region that has had some real challenges in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.” World Cup Napier is the showpiece of Tri NZ’s newly branded ‘Triathlon Summer Series’. The four-event series begins at Oceania Cup Wanaka (Sprint Distance) on February 16, the weekend proceeding Napier. It also includes the NZ Schools

“...our sport will be contributing to a region that has had some real challenges in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle.” – Pete De Wet

• Tri NZ Suzuki NZ Age Group Sprint Championships • World Cup Napier Mixed Relay • Oceania Junior (U19) Mixed Relay Championship

Championships on March 21-22 in Tauranga and the Oceania Standard Distance Championships, back in Napier, on April 13. The Oceania Standard Distance Championships will be the final domestic stop before New Zealand’s Olympic hopefuls decamp to Europe ahead of the XXXIII Olympiad in Paris. The course for the 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run at World Triathlon Cup Napier was still being signed off as TQ went to press but will feature a beach start with the possibility of light surf on the entry/exit. Race Director Shanelle Barrett then anticipates fast and furious action. “The final course is still to be finalised, but it will be flat and fast racing with some technical elements compared to New Plymouth. Both the run and cycle will be flat and over multi laps to keep the action right in front of spectators,” Barrett said.




Paris pinch points

All roads lead to Paris – and then Malaga – in the just released World Triathlon global calendar


hree dates you won’t easily find on World Triathlon’s updated 2024 calendar loom large for those with Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games ambitions. A change of date for the sport’s showcase World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) season opener in Abu Dhabi on March 8-9, including an on-again, offagain, on-again Mixed Team Relay (MTR), was noteworthy when the global governing body went public. The switch from New Plymouth to Napier for the start of the World Triathlon Cup on February 24-25, with a Mixed Relay upgrade, had already been signalled to fans across New Zealand. Napier, it later transpired, is one of six new stops on the second-tier circuit, joining Hong Kong, France (Lievin, indoors), Australia (Wollongong), Uzbekistan (Samarkand) and China (Weihai). But with all eyes on Paris 2024, it’s the March 25 cut-off of the MTR qualification period, the May 27 deadline for individual Olympic rankings and July 1 for the Paralympic rankings that will be the laser-like focus of High-Performance teams furiously planning across the global federation network, Tri NZ included.


The convoluted Mixed Relay qualification system will be sorted first with Napier and Abu Dhabi the final chances for nations to qualify for Paris, save for a date NZL will want to avoid – May 19. That’s the day set aside for what World Triathlon are calling ‘Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event Huatulco, MEX’. In simpler language, it’s the last chance qualifier for nations who haven’t already secured a MTR spot for the Olympics – with two male and two female spots for the individual Olympic Games races as a result. Team NZL, currently 4th behind already qualified GBR, Germany and France, should be safe but won’t be taking any chances and will be glad for hometown advantage in Napier, an event sure to attract

plenty of big names and desperate racing as a result of the looming deadline. The May 27 individual rankings cut-off means the Kiwis still chasing the secondary qualification criteria – everyone other than Hayden Wilde and Nicole van der Kaay who have achieved the 2 x Top 8s at WTCS level – will get a further three chances in Abu Dhabi (March 8), Yokohama (May 11) and Cagliari (May 25). A strategic scramble for ranking points at World Cup level may also play out. There are seven World Cups before the cut-off: Napier (February 24), Hong Kong (March 23-24), Lievin (March 30), Wollongong (April 2021), Chengdu (April 29), Samarkand and Huatulco (both May 17-19). Interestingly, Chengdu and Samarkand are the first World Cups over the standard distance with their higher value ranking point offering which could see an entry influx from athletes on the cusp of Paris qualification. The World Triathlon Para calendar includes 10 events – seven of them before the July 1 Paralympics qualification cut-off. It will be interesting to see how many, if any, of the events Kiwi hopefuls Maria Williams and Kurt Peterson can secure starts in to keep their Paris ambitious alive. Whatever transpires, there is one guarantee. The start of a fascinating Olympic year begins in Napier and the racing is set to have more edge than usual from the get-go. Bring it on.



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WTCS 1 Abu Dhabi (UAE) 2 Yokohama (JPN) 3 Cagliari (ITA) 4 Hamburg (GER) 5 Montreal (CAN) 6 Malaga (ESP)

MTR 1 Napier (NZL) 2 Abu Dhabi (UAE) 3 Huatulco (MEX) 4 Hamburg (GER) 5 Montreal, (CAN)

WC 1 Napier (NZL) 2 Hong Kong (HKG) 3 Lievin (FRA) 4 Wollongong (AUS) 5 Chengdu (CHI) 6 Samarkand (UZB) 7 Huatulco (MEX) 8 Tiszaujvaros (HUN)

9 Karlovy Vary (CZE) 10 Valencia (ESP) 11 Weihai (CHN) 12 Rome (ITA) 13 Tangier (MAR) 14 Brasilia (BRA) 15 Vina del Mar (CHI) 16 Miyazaki (JPN)

Para 1 Abu Dhabi (UAE) 2 Devonport (AUS) 3 Yokohama (JPN) 4 Samarkand (UZB) 5 Besancon (FRA)



OLYMPIC RINGS Paris Olympics & Paralympic Games

6 Swansea (GBR) 7 Montreal (CAN) 8 Tata (HUN) 9 Long Beach (USA)

WT AG 1 Townsville (AUS) 2 Zofingen Switzerland 3 Malaga (ESP)

The Year of Triathlon 2024 WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES March 8-9 Abu Dhabi, UAE (Sprint distance & Mixed Relay) May 11 Yokohama, JPN (Standard distance) May 25 Cagliari, ITA (Standard distance) July 13-14 Hamburg, GER (Sprint distance & Mixed Relay) Sept 14-15 Montreal, CAN (Sprint distance & Mixed Relay) Oct 17-20 WT Championship Finals Malaga, ESP (Standard distance) MIXED RELAY Feb 25 Napier, NZL March 9 WTCS Abu Dhabi, UAE May 19 Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Huatulco, MEX July14 WTCS Hamburg, GER Sept 15 WTCS Montreal, CAN 2024 WORLD TRIATHLON CUP Feb 24 Napier, NZL (Sprint) March 23-24 Hong Kong (Sprint) March 30 Lievin, FRA (Indoor)

April 20-21 Wollongong, AUS (Sprint) Apr 29 Chengdu, CHI (Standard) May 17-19 Samarkand, UZB (Standard) May 17-19 Huatulco, MEX (Sprint) July 6-7 Tiszaujvaros, HUN (Super Sprint) Sept 7-8 Karlovy Vary, CZE (Standard) Sept 21-22 Valencia, ESP (Sprint) Sept 27 Weihai, CHN (Standard) Oct 5-6 Rome, ITA (Sprint) Oct 12-13 Tangier, MAR (Sprint) Oct 26-27 Brasilia, BRA (Standard) Nov 2-3 Vina del Mar, CHI (Sprint) Nov 9-10 Miyazaki, JPN (Sprint) 2024 PARA TRIATHLON March 8-9 Para Cup Abu Dhabi, UAE March 16-17 WTPS Devonport, AUS May 11 WTPS Yokohama, JPN May 18-19 Para Cup Samarkand, UZB

June 15-16 Para Cup Besancon, FRA June 22-23 WTPS Swansea, GBR June 29-30 WTPS Montreal, CAN July 13-14 Para Cup Tata, HUN July 20-21 Para Cup Long Beach, USA Oct 17-20 WT Para Championships Malaga, ESP OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES July 30*-31** & Aug 5*** Paris 2024 Olympic Games Sept 1-2 Paris 2024 Paralympic Games *Women **Men ***Mixed Relay 2024 WORLD TRIATHLON/AGE GROUP Aug 15-25 WT Multisport Championships Townsville, AUS Sept 8 WT Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships Zofingen, SUI Oct 17-20 WT Championship Finals Malaga, ESP

NB: The World Triathlon calendar is not final, with more events to be announced.



Tickled Ink Triathlon has turned Patrick Johnson’s life around to such a degree that he’s proudly stamped himself with the logo of the sport’s global governing body.



arely is precious human real estate offered up to a tattoo artist’s needle without a deep and meaningful back story and Patrick Johnson’s latest piece of body art is no different. The 38-year-old construction industry project manager celebrated representing New Zealand at the World Triathlon Multisport Championship in Ibiza by

having the global governing body’s logo emblazoned on his left bicep for perpetuity. A peculiar choice over, say, the Silver Fern? Not when you discover Johnson’s journey to Spain where he attained ‘legend status’ by lining up in all five of the events open to him. “I chose the World Triathlon logo because it represents so much to me, not only my first overseas racing experience representing New Zealand, but also triathlon itself which literally saved my life.” That answer begs, if you are comfortable to elaborate Patrick, the obvious question. “A few years back I was going through a real low point in my life, I was quite





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overweight, had terrible eating habits, constantly over drinking and stuck in a job I didn’t like,” Johnson reveals. “As a result I was depressed, unmotivated and not exercising at all.” Fortunately, it proved the catalyst to discovering the tri life whereupon “everything started falling in place”. “Since then, I’ve just been living and breathing the sport. It was a 180-degree change in my lifestyle, and I like to believe that triathlon saved my live, or at least extended it by a few years that’s for sure. “The world champs in Ibiza were such an amazing, life changing experience that I had to commemorate it accordingly.”

“It hurt more than my first tattoo but it’s a weirdly enjoyable pain, similar to racing. It certainly hurts but you somehow enjoy it!”


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What do your tri mates think? And we bet it takes a bit of explaining to those not consumed by the swim, bike and run life? “All my tri mates think it’s quite cool. So many people have IM tattoos but I haven’t seen anyone with the World Triathlon logo so it’s pretty special I reckon. And it’s such a cool logo too, it really incorporates all three sports so well plus you can really feel the motion… I just love it. “As for my non tri friends, I do have explain to them what it means but to keep it simple I usually tell them it’s the symbol of triathlon and they all get it straight away.” Any other ink? “My first and only other tattoo is on my right forearm and it’s a text that reads: “Nosce Te Ipsum” which means “Know yourself” in Latin. It reminds me that I can always push harder if I want to but also to know when to take a break and rest and recover to allow my body to cope with all the training.” And yes, Johnson admits for the record, that last needle work did smart a little.

“It hurt more than my first one but it’s a weirdly enjoyable pain, similar to racing. It certainly hurts but you somehow enjoy it!” Johnson represented Auckland City Tri Club in Ibiza but has since relocated to Tauranga where he’s loving the more relaxed lifestyle. He’s signed up for the Suzuki NZ Standard Distance Championships at Tinman on November 19 and beyond that will target Ironman 70.3 Taupo in December and the Tri NZ Suzuki Series Tauranga Half in January. “I’ll also do a couple of the Barfoot & Thompson People’s Tri races, great series,” he said. “To date, I’ve only participated in the Ibiza world champs as I’m fairly new to the sport but I’m super stoked to have already qualified for the 2024 World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Townsville next August. Let’s show the world what the Kiwis are made of!” With his new tattoo, he certainly won’t go unnoticed.




Max Attack Rising British star Max Stapley hasn’t held back on two of triathlon’s hot button topics


ne podcast, two damning verdicts. Or perhaps Max Stapley’s thoughts on the current standing of short course racing and doping in the sport aren’t that shocking after all? The young Brit went refreshingly filter free when asked for his hot takes on the two subjects in a recent Talking Triathlon podcast. The influx of capital into middle- and long-distance racing – think the planned expansion of the PTO and Ironman’s surprise new 2024 Pro Series with an additional US$1.7 million in prize money – had Stapley thinking out loud about the attractiveness of short course triathlon for athletes, and as a entertainment product. “I’m not going to pull any punches, at the end of the day a lot of short course triathletes won’t say what they really think because you are at the mercy of World Triathlon to go to the Olympics. “If you want to go to the Olympics, you go to World Triathlon and if you want to make money, you race Super League, PTO or French Grand Prix events.” Stapley said he’d long dreamed of racing at WTCS level but was left underwhelmed when he made start lines in Sunderland and Pontevedra this season. “When you get there, though, you sit back and just think, is this it? Is this really it? You just think, I’m killing myself 28-30 hours a week and racing on a pay-per-view broadcast, like who do we think we are, the UFC? Who is going to pay for that? “There’s shaky camera quality coverage, it’s horrific and the prize money hasn’t evolved since 2009. In 2013, the prize money for a win was $20,000, whereas now it’s $18,500.


“I’ve done the maths, $20,000 to win in 2013 is the equivalent of $26,000 today, whilst $18,500 today is the equivalent of $14,000 in 2013. You are under earning $12,000 for a win and that’s the state of economics in World Triathlon.”

“…the objective fact is that short course triathlon is in trouble.” Stapley tempered his concern by noting there “are a lot of people who work really hard within World Triathlon and the federations… but the objective fact is that short course triathlon is in trouble. “It’s in trouble from a viewership perspective, an athlete perspective and a sponsor perspective. Everyone racing is so good and everyone trains so hard, but what do you get? $700 for seventh place at the [Paris] Test Event? What are we doing?”

In light of the Collin Chartier doping scandal, Stapley didn’t hold back either. “I think it’s very, very naive to think… we are comprised of the three biggest doping sports in the world and you put them together and we’re clean? Give me a break,” Stapley said. “I think we are racing a lot more people than we think who are dirty. If you look at some people’s progression, their body types and just their demeanour, the way they race and their career progression, it just doesn’t make sense.” Stapley said it was up to the athletes to take a stand. “When someone has an incredible progression, when they look like the Incredible Hulk at the finish line, with veins popping out of their shoulders having been so skinny a few years ago, if you don’t say these things to the relevant authorities, then I think you’re failing in your duty to other athletes who are clean.”


Triathlon is fun, but it’s more fun when it’s fair THAT’S WHY anti-doping rules apply at all levels of sport, and to all roles, from players to coaches and beyond. The rules keep sport fair for everyone in sport. They protect the health of those who play and make sure we all meet on a level playing field.

They said it… “Gave it the beans and finished as 12th pro yesterday at @ ironmanoceania 70.3 Sunshine Coast, just 45 seconds off the top 10. Solid race all round and probably my most complete race yet.” – Thomas Somerville doing Canterbury proud on the other side of the ditch

“Notably, all of my nutrition went down, and none came back up.” – Somerville again “A grab everything at every aid station style run, roadside monkeys, punchy hills, and, mostly excited to see my 4.30am swim squads already paying dividends”. – Amelia Watkinson on her P2 at Ironman 70.3 Langkawi

“The way we’ve structured the series it’s likely the main male and female winners will be

athletes who probably do three, [full] Ironman races. That’s the way the points arithmetic works.” – Ironman CEO Andrew Messick on the new 2024 Ironman Pro Series

“If the schedule permits and if it’s around this time next year, before the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, I think it would actually be a really good teaser before that race.” – New course record holder Hayden Wilde tees up a likely return to the 2024 Garmin Noosa Triathlon

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“Kona where my love of IM began & where I discovered a part of myself that I never knew existed Mahalo .” – Melbourne-based


Kiwi Vanessa Murray on becoming a two-time Ironman World Champion in 09:34:27.

“I know it was within me to have my best world champs race but it wasn’t meant to be,” – Braden Currie on his littering penalty, DQ and then reinstated 16th place at the VinFast Ironman Worlds in Nice




3 Kiwis & a GOAT


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The back end of the short course season proved a challenge for Hayden Wilde, what with his Paris bike crash, that poor swim at the World Triathlon Finals in Pontevedra and Super League setbacks in Toulouse and Neom that we’re still struggling to comprehend. Class is permanent though as the Kiwi No.1 showed with his record setting 1:41:57 victory at the 40th Garmin Noosa Triathlon on November 5. And his runaway Ironman 70.3 Melbourne victory


the following weekend. What we loved most was Wilde in full aero send mode where he quickly made up a 42 second deficit out of the water and cracked the 100kmh barrier on one fully tucked decent in Noosa before averaging 46:31km/hr over the 90km’s of St Kilda. The non-draft bike legs, and his foot speed off his slick TT Canyon, is an exciting pointer to next year’s 70.3 Worlds in Taupo and, it seems likely, an inevitable step-up to the longer distances once his Olympic ambitions have been realised.

“I see why Ash [Noosa women’s champion Ashleigh Gentle] has come to long course because, I dunno… I just love ripping it and just hitting every single discipline hard and knowing I’ve done everything to deserve the win instead of hiding in the group. I think that’s what is really nice about long course is you do most of the work yourself and when you cross the line you do feel real proud because you’ve hit the swim hard, you’ve done all the biking yourself and you’ve obviously finished off with a run…”


Memorable race debuts, a World Cup breakthrough and a legend farewelled gave us all the feels in (T)Q3.

BACK TO START LIST on intuition and banked much intel for next time. “Running’s not really my strong point so I’m kind of new to knowing what to do with attacking and stuff. It was pretty comfortable for the first five k and I could see Hugo and 4th placed at the time] Tyler Mislawchuk and a few others running up pretty quickly and I was feeling good and I knew I had to attack which I did just after 5km. “I got a bit of a gap and just ran as hard as I could and, yeah, unfortunately lost it with, what, 750m to go or something but still super happy to silver today.” After his 9th in Chengdu and 4th in Tongyeong the two weeks prior to Miyazaki, McCullough had every reason to be chuffed with the sign off to a season which has been ignited by another World Cup 4th in New Plymouth.

Sayonara Silver Dylan McCullough’s gritty run to silver at World Cup Miyazaki on October 28 was more than a podium breakthrough on World Triathlon’s second tier circuit, also an invaluable lesson in race craft you only get by putting yourself in the frame for victory. The 22-year-old Aucklander did that with another trademark swim-bike combo in a stacked field in Japan to set up a solo break halfway through the 10km run. He lasted till the final 750m before being hauled in by Brit Hugo Milner and Portugal’s Richardo Batista and eventually took second as Batista had to serve a penalty. McCullough admitted he attacked

faster – highlighting a day of record-breaking speed at the Big Dance on the Big Island headlined by British winner Lucy CharlesBarclay. “The field here was really strong this year, people were saying it was probably the strongest female field they’ve had here in Kona so to come away with 11th on debut feels pretty amazing. Absolutely stoked.” Berry will round out her year at the November 18 Queenstown Marathon and the December 9 Ironman 70.3 Taupo. It will be fascinating to see how her 2024 schedule stacks up given her Kona bow, the fact the women will race in Nice next year. There’s also the Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Taupo to consider.

Berry Nice Rarely does a result outside the top 10 merit column inches but Hannah Berry’s 11th on debut at the VinFast Ironman World Championships in Kona is worthy of an official TQ exception. The Tauranga 33-year-old has endured a tough 24 months with the pandemic and then injuries delaying her bow in Kona by two editions. Berry more than made up for lost time with a strong swim, controlled bike and PB marathon split of 3:08:39 to finish the 226km test in 8:53:45 – her first sub 9 hour Ironman. Fellow Kiwi Rebecca Clarke was 20th, three places lower than her own debut effort 12 months ago but 20 minutes

GOAT worthy Goodbye It wasn’t quite the fairytale ending we’d all hoped for but the fighting qualities of one of triathlon’s GOATs, if not the Greatest of All Time, was there for all to see at the VinFast Ironman World Championships in Nice. Jan Frodeno was well off the pace after the mountainous Cote d’Azur bike leg but showed the heart of a true champion by completing his final Ironman marathon injured, hobbling off into the sunset with a time of 8:48:42 and 24th place. The 42-year-old German departed with one, final, epic quote too. “It’s been such an incredible journey, and yeah, going in with the gladiators, the last time the lion got me. But that’s alright, I died doing what I love so I’m a happy guy.” As the first triathlete to win Olympic gold (Beijing 2008) and the Ironman World Championship, Frodeno deserves his place in triathlon’s always subjective G.O.A.T debate. With a total of three Ironman titles in Kona - in 2015, 2016, and 2019—and his 2015 and 2018 70.3 World titles, TQ is even ready to call it. Happy retirement Jan, triathlon’s GOAT.





Tamara Reed Tri NZ’s Women and Girls Lead on the new role, how triathlon can be more inclusive and her dream composite triathletes


ow important is a dedicated women’s advocate for triathlon in NZ? Making a positive difference to our sport, in people’s lives and for women, in particular, is something I’m very excited about. It is all about understanding different perspectives and creating a learning environment so we can grow. Women are five times more likely to speak to someone who they know and will advocate for them. What are your short, intermediate, and long-term aspirations for the role? In the short term, it’s all about researching and developing a cadence of targeted initiatives to provide better support for female athletes and their coaches. It’s critical we research the key influencing factors that contribute to performance. The intermediate goal is to develop an all-rounded pool of female athletes capable of consistently competing and winning on the world stage. After that it’s to support a Kiwi female to a medal at the Olympic Games. How can clubs help get more women into triathlon? Family friendly events focusing on enjoyment, participation and learning about our sport. Families are often challenged with time and want to do things together that are achievable, cost effective and that don’t take the whole weekend up. Events that can break these


barriers down and bring families together will be winners. Having a “club captain” whose role is to welcome and support newcomers is critical too, helping them to find ways to participate and, most importantly, enjoy their new sport. What does triathlon need to do to make the sport more inclusive, not just for women? The national participation rate of all sports is declining. If we look specifically at young women compared to young men there is a 17 percent gap at the age of 16, and 28 percent gap at the age of 17. Why? Time pressure

“Events that can break these barriers down and bring families together will be winners.” and lack of confidence mean they gradually participate less and drop out of the structured activity. There’s some great reading on this topic on the Sport NZ website here. They’ve established #ITSMYMOVE to explore factors like judgement, lack of confidence, and the fear of failure that are barriers to our young athletes especially females. Inclusion comes from understanding. Learning about what our people need and understanding their perspective.

How did you get into triathlon and what is the addiction? When I was 15 years old, I entered New Zealand’s longest running women’s triathlon event in Blenheim. Mum and I won the mother/daughter category. From there, I loved travelling to some amazing places around the country and the world with likeminded people who enjoy sport for life. And coaching? Supporting Shane Reed, my late husband, towards the end of his career and retirement, this planted the coaching seed for me. It took me a further seven years to have the confidence to pursue it with the mentality off, if you don’t give this dream a crack, you will never know. Of course, Shane was my biggest supporter. Your favourite triathlon moment? When Shane successfully pulled off his domestique role for the NZ team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shane was one of those rare athletes who understood the bigger picture of sport and was prepared to assist the performance of others. Tell us about an athlete you’ve coached whose progression gives you particular satisfaction? Shaz Dagg, New Zealand’s first para-triathlete. I coached her when she was able-bodied and after her accident where she lost her arm. Her positively, humour and can-do attitude despite being challenged, and in constant pain, has never stopped her from striving high and opening the doors to others. If you could magically combine three athletes into one super triathlete, who would your swimmer, cyclist and runner be? My super male would start with Shane Reed in the swim. Why? Watch the coverage of the 2008 Olympics! Hayden Wilde gets the bike with his power and unpredictability and Alistair Brownlee, a two-time Olympic gold medallist runs us home. The consistency and skill of Loretta Harrop makes her my female swimmer, with Taylor Knibb’s confidence and willingness to take risk a potent force on the bike. My super female runner? Nicole


van der Kaay. She’s gutsy and best of all, we haven’t seen the best of her run yet. Who is your triathlon or sports hero? Lorraine Moller, a true pioneer for women’s sport and running. I read her book On the wings of Mercury. She’s an amazing woman

who raced in an era where she could have received a lifetime ban for competing in the world’s first openly professional road race. Lorraine continues to give back to sport through coaching and co-founded The Lydiard Foundation in memory of her coach, Arthur Lydiard.

Best piece of triathlon advice you’ve ever received? Enjoy the journey and celebrate every accomplishment big and small. Share the good, bad and the ugly with others. You will be surprised how many others will laugh and cry with you.




In Seine? DR JOHN HELLEMANS @hellemansjohn



ienvenue à Paris, the city of light, known for its cuisine, history, architecture, and romance, where the Seine River winds its way gracefully through the heart of the city. Imagine strolling along the Seine’s banks, the Eiffel Tower winking at you from afar, and the Notre Dame Cathedral chiming in as if it’s sharing the latest gossip. The Seine, with its elegant curves, flaunting its charm to all who pass by. The Seine is not just a river; it’s a liquid work of art that brings life and poetry to Paris. So, grab your beret, order a café au lait, and let the Seine sweep you away in its timeless embrace. C’est magnifique! Yeah right. While the Seine may symbolise Parisian beauty, one must acknowledge its quirks. Swimming in the Seine, you ask? That’s like attempting to eat

escargot with a spoon - possible, but not exactly recommended. You see, beneath the picturesque surface of the Seine lies a secret: the occasional infusion of sewage. The river says, “I may be elegant, but I have a mischievous side.” At inopportune times, when you least expect it, the Seine can transform into a not-so-fragrant adventure. To swim or not to swim is the question we soon found out when we arrived in Paris with the New Zealand team for the duel Olympic Test Event-World Triathlon Championship Series. The Seine, like a capricious lover, needs help to make up its mind when it comes to bacterial counts. Fear not, for the event organisers have a solution as ingenious as a freshly baked baguette hourly monitoring! It’s like having your personal immune system bodyguard.


To swim or not to swim, that is the question. Fingers crossed a duathlon won’t be the answer to the vexed issue that is next summer’s Paris Olympic Games triathlon

BACK TO START LIST Just a few weeks before the triathlon test event, the World Aquatics Open Water Championships scheduled for the Seine were cancelled because the poo count was well above the allowed threshold, leaving the triathletes contemplating a duathlon. But on the first day of the competition, the women’s swim was given the green light. Despite its unpredictable mood swings, the bacterial count played nice - even if the water temperature rose faster than a soufflé in the oven! The Seine’s temperature was measured at 18.5 degrees at 6 a.m., well below the cutoff temperature of 20 degrees to allow for a wetsuit swim. While the women were hoisting themselves into their wetsuits, there was a sudden announcement that the water temperature had miraculously risen to 20.5 degrees within a very short time and the confirmation that it would now be a non-wetsuit swim. Let’s be kind and blame French flair: C’est la vie. As the race began, it became clear that the stronger than expected current would play a major role. The swim pack shot downriver at a speed sub one minute per 100 metres, keeping the swimmers in a tight cluster. In this case, what goes downstream must come back upstream, and the return leg proved a tad slower. Drafting behind the leading swimmers who broke the current for the rest of the field became doubly effective. Our top-ranked woman, Nicole van der Kaay, got caught in the Seine’s rush hour traffic and missed the front pack on the bike. Ainsley Thorpe and Brea Roderick led the Kiwi charge, having made the front pack counting 24 athletes, finishing in a respectable 17th and 24th place with a fastfinishing van der Kaay two places back in 26th. The sequel to our aquatic adventure unfolds with all the drama of a French film noir. On day

two, it was the men’s turn, and trouble was afoot, or “afloat,” upstream. Paris’s finest sewage effluent had decided to embark on its own Seine-side vacation, causing quite the ruckus among the race organisers. This time, we could not blame French flair for the mishap; it was more likely a matter of notorious French bureaucracy, where different departments choose not to communicate with other departments as that is too much bother. Unbeknown to the race organisers, the management of a poo-holding reservoir upstream had decided that it was time to off-load the sewage into the Seine. They must have been blissfully unaware of the Olympic triathlon test event downstream. When nearby testing sites picked it up, it was too late; the damage was done. The race organisers worked through the night, trying to calculate the exact moment when this not-so-delightful effluent would join the swim course. Athletes were warned with a message at 4am to be prepared for a possible duathlon. But loo and behold, the Seine played its unpredictable tune once again. The men were given the green light for the swim, but only just, as they had to swim fast to avoid a collision with the fast-approaching sewage. And swim fast they did, creating a déjà vu moment of tight racing, much like the women’s race.

“So, here’s to a triumphant 2024 Olympic triathlon in Paris, where the Seine behaves, the athletes shine, in particular ours, and the world watches in awe. Vive la France, and Vive le triathlon!”

OPPOSITE PAGE: The women get set to go under the early morning shadow of the Eiffel Tower TOP: Nicole van der Kaay finished with a trademark strong run LEFT: What a ride from Hayden Wilde, bruised hip and all




BACK TO START LIST It turned out that the effluent, the persistent character in our story, was taking its time to pass along the swim course. But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining; in this case, every effluent has a blessing in disguise. It had become clear that some of our para-athletes might have struggled against the Seine’s unruly current on the homeward leg of the swim, potentially ending up in the Atlantic Ocean. For them (and the organisers), the duathlon format came to the rescue On day four, the stage was set for the grand finale, the pièce de résistance of our Parisian triathlon saga - the mixed team relay, a crowdpleaser that has taken the world by storm since its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2021. Against all odds, there was a glimmer of hope that the Seine’s waters would magically transform into a swimmable paradise, but the river had its own stubborn agenda. So, with a sigh and perhaps a dash of French resignation, the duathlon format was embraced for the second day in a row. It was still a thrilling spectacle, reminiscent of a Parisian high-speed chase through the city’s enchanting streets. It was not good for Team NZL. We needed that swim,

“Swimming in the Seine, you ask? That’s like attempting to eat escargot with a spoon - possible, but not exactly recommended...” TOP: Dylan McCullough battled with the after effects of food poisoning ABOVE: While the Seine may symbolise Parisian beauty, one must acknowledge its quirks


Our wonder boy Hayden Wilde, on whom we’ve come to rely to do the business repeatedly, faced a rather unusual challenge. A pre-race bike crash in the dark on the way to the race left him with a bruised hip. Despite coming out of the water nearly a full minute behind the front group, within a few laps, Hayden did the Wilde thing for which he has become known: biking up to the front group. Unfortunately, he dragged most of the field with him, resulting in a massive peloton, making life a tad tricky for his compatriots Dylan McCullough and Tayler Reed, hiding in the small lead group. Having been weakened by a good old chunder just before the race started, Reid fought gallantly to a 25th-place finish. Dylan McCullough was still dealing with the after effects of food poisoning a couple of weeks before the Paris event; he finished 49th. Wilde limped off the bike and tried to run but was forced to withdraw. Merde! Our Parisian triathlon tale continues with the third act (day three), featuring the para-triathlon.

like a baguette needs its cheese, and our dreams of glory on French soil were dashed as we crossed the finish line well back in 13th place. The prospect of a triathlon in the heart of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe as a backdrop, is a spectacle that could steal the show at the 2024 Olympic Games. That is, as long as Paris can get its sh*t sorted. Then there is the small matter of the Seine’s current to contain on the day the Para-triathlon will be held... So, here’s to a triumphant 2024 Olympic triathlon in Paris, where the Seine behaves, the athletes shine (in particular ours), and the world watches in awe. Vive la France, and Vive le triathlon. Dr John Hellemans has coached some of the biggest names in Kiwi tri, Erin Baker, Andrea Hansen, Kris Gemmell and Dylan McCullough among them. The Christchurch-based sports medicine specialist founded Tri NZ’s HP program in 1996 after immigrating from Holland in 1978.

We all want clean sporting competitions in which the best athlete wins. Working together, we can achieve it. Keeping sport clean takes a community and we all have a role to play. It’s time to discover yours.

Discover your role at drugfreesport.org.nz/myrole


Leap of faith Our ‘weekend warrior’ columnist is battling imposter syndrome and loving it

Y HEATHER NEILL @heather.neill96


ou don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start somewhere to have any chance of being great. I’m clinging to that mantra as I reflect on my professional debut at September’s Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast. It was a surprise for some because I purposely kept my decision on the down low leading into the Mooloolaba half, unsure I was ready. If I’m honest, I’m still not sure despite the overwhelming support I’ve received since. It was amazing to be able to watch New Zealand’s own Rebecca Clarke top the professional women’s field in a zippy 4:13:43. While my own result was significantly slower, and brought up the rear of the field, it is good to have a baseline to improve from. The intimidating switch from weekend warrior to part-time pro came in my first race of the season and first ever start in Australia. It was

strategic decision, factoring in the barriers and mandatory stand down period a return to age group racing will require if things don’t work out. I realise I won’t be young forever and might as well take a risk before the opportunity passes. Graduating to this next level still seems like a gigantic leap, one of those things that you’re not ready for until you’re there in the moment I suppose. Rolling with the “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” cliché, I thought I’d try to be brave and give it my best shot. While I could only get enough annual leave to make this a short ‘business trip’, the change of scenery was very refreshing. The temperature was ideal – a bit warmer than New Zealand but not too warm that heat acclimatisation was an issue. The ocean swim had more swells than any of the races I’ve completed in New Zealand and it was both better and worse than I had expected.

BACK TO START LIST Better because I wasn’t the last female out of the water and I didn’t drown. Worse because I thought I could swim faster than I did, not helped by face-planting in front of the cameras upon entering the water off the start line. Swim entry gracefulness is on my improvement list for the next race with a beach start. The bike had a delightful tail wind on lovely, smooth highways with a few rolling climbs to keep it interesting. Until it wasn’t. I was riding really well until the turnaround where the tailwind became what seemed to me to be the mother of all headwinds and it felt like I was riding a bike with square wheels made of lead. I spent most of the 90km riding alone. Likewise, the half marathon was beautiful and scenic and yet simultaneously soul-destroying. The undulating two-lap run course continued along the Mooloolaba Esplanade with postcard views out to sea and was mostly downhill for the first 6.5kms. The uphill segments seemed much steeper and slower in comparison and I felt like my pace degraded to a trudge. In all honesty, the imposter syndrome is pretty real and while I’m still swimming, cycling, running and loving what I am doing, it is different in the pro field. I haven’t quite discovered all the differences

“It was surreal to have the athletes I’d watched and admired on television talking to me on the start line in Mooloolaba.” yet but now that I have the first race under my belt, I’m more excited and motivated for the next one. I’ve accepted the fact that the next season, at least, is going to be a steep learning curve. It was surreal to have the athletes I’d watched and admired on television talking to me on the start line in Mooloolaba. Little old me. They’re way out of my league, right? It was a humbling but also heart-warming position to be in. It is easy to forget that everyone on the professional start line is a real person just living their life. At some stage, they have all had to confront their first amateur and pro debuts too. Like me, many pros have educations and alternative careers. There are so many cliches that seem cringe-worthy but are actually quite accurate. So, for the record – and my boss at Taradale Veterinary Hospital – there is no fear of me chucking in my role as a companion animal surgeon anytime soon. While the full-time hours

are exhausting, it can be so rewarding. Still, it is extremely exciting be able to add “professional triathlete” to my resume. Let’s face it, I may never be great but as long as I can be better than I once was, I’ll be happy with that. On to the next one. Heather Neill raced Ironman 70.3 Langkawi in early October, finishing 8th in 4:59:06. “Whilst it wasn’t my best performance numbers-wise... the goals of having fun and finishing the race accomplished!”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: ‘Swim: Midway through the ‘I’m struggling to take my wetsuit off’ dance”; “Run: It started so well...; “The Finish: I didn’t really have any expectations and this next chapter of my sporting life is just about experiencing and learning”; “Bike: Going out on the first lap with a tailwind and still feeling good. It was a pretty lonely experience though.”




Oh Chute!

Love the format or not, Super League Triathlon (SLT) was a rollercoaster ride for New Zealand’s three Scorpions. We recap season V with a visual symphony from West India Quay in London to the shifting sands and elusive short chutes of Neom, Saudi Arabia.


second in the teams’ championship despite struggling to recover from the crash and eventually finishing 15th overall individually. A rapid-fire wrap of the season can’t possibly do justice to all the Kiwi nuisance during each of the four rounds in 2023. Instead, we’ve opted to play visual tribute to the whole-hearted effort the trio of Kiwi Scorpions put into SLT V. Enjoy. Oh, and as Wilde said after finishing second in Neom and second overall to Léo Bérgere, “…we did all we could and we keep fighting and we come back next year harder.” STL can’t say it hasn’t been warned. And we can’t hide the fact we still love the world’s fastest triathlon series. Roll on 2024!

ABOVE: Chaos reigns in Toulouse for Hayden Wilde



t started magnificently, got ugly fast before descending into chaos, peaked again and then ended controversially. Super League season V again overdelivered on its highoctane remit although it was often a head-scratching watch through a Kiwi lens. From Tayler Reid’s maiden podium in London, to Nicole van der Kaay’s scary crash and that transition bungle in Toulouse involving Hayden Wilde, to Wilde’s masterclass retort in Malibu and ultimately to the head-scratching finale in Neom, there was never a dull moment. In the final wash-up, history will show Wilde came up just short of repeating as SLT champion, that Reid finished a career-best 8th and that NVDK also contributed to the Bahrain Victorious Scorpions finishing


SLT London (AUGUST 27) Reid - 3rd NVDK - 9th Wilde - DNS RACE NOTES: Coming off his fighting 25th at the Paris Olympic test event, Reid relished the enduro format to finish third behind GBR legends Alex Yee and Jonny Brownlee at West India Quay. There was a trademark post-race puke and then an TV interview for the ages. Combined with van der Kaay’s top-10, the season was off to a great start even though Wilde sat London out as a precaution following his slow speed bike crash/hip injury in Paris.


It was Tayler Reid’s day in West India Quay, a maiden SLT medal signed, sealed and delievered with an epic post race interview




SLT Toulouse (SEPTEMBER 3) Wilde - 4th NVDK - 11th Reid - 21st RACE NOTES: NVDK’s face plant in a crash that blew up Instagram and Reid’s sliding exit in a corner taken too hot should have been enough drama. But then Wilde, riding his way to at least a P2, rode right through the final bike to swim transition in a bell lap that wasn’t really a bell lap bungle. The Kiwi was penalised five seconds, Léo Bérgere was not and went on to win despite making the same transgression. It sadly wouldn’t be the last “frustrating” Wilde-Bergere moment.


Wilde’s confused look after the transition bungle says it all...



SLT Malibu (SEPTEMBER 30) Wilde - 1st Reid - 11th NVDK - 11th RACE NOTES: Following his DNS in London and that confounding 4th in Toulouse, Wilde needed a second counting result to get back into the series and didn’t disappoint in California. “Really since Paris I’ve been on a downward slope, just with unfortunate mishaps and mistakes on my behalf as well, so it’s just nice to actually put a race together that I know I’m capable of and stoked to do it again here in Malibu.”

Kiwis love a bit of surf and Malibu didn’t disappoint




SLT Neom (OCTOBER 21) Wilde - 2nd Reid - 7th NVDK - 14th

Van der Kaay battled on through injury and illness


RACE NOTES: Even now, we still can’t make any sense of the decision of Scorpions’ assistant manager Michael Gilliam to deny Wilde a short chute in Neom, a short cut the Kiwi No.1 had earned and thoroughly deserved with the finale essentially a winner takes all drag race between Léo Bérgere, Jonny Brownlee and Wilde. Bérgere’s bosses at the Eagles didn’t make the same mistake and the Frenchman capitalised on the short chute to be crowned Super League champion a year after winning the WTCS title. Brit Kate Waugh captured the women’s title while Reid’s fighting finish to the season was sadly overshadowed by the Wilde controversy.




WILDE Obviously coming over the finish line I was a little bit frustrated but it was actually a great day out there as I’ve been struggling with a cold. There were actually a few mistakes in transition where the shoes were still in the box and a few other things. But I asked for the short chute because I wasn’t feeling too well at the end and didn’t get it. But we did all we could and we keep fighting and we come back next year harder.”

REID After a few weeks battling with my health I didn’t have high expectations for my final race of the season. Huge surprise to have the body show up when in counted and battle it out with the highest quality field I’ve ever raced in @superleaguetriathlon. A season accurately described as a roller coaster from being on the podium to crashing and facing elimination.”

NVDK Sometimes sport gives, sometimes it takes. Not my day, not my few months. My body hasn’t been playing ball with me since the crash in Toulouse. From missed trainings to illness, it’s been a downward spiral since ‍ Nevertheless, proud of the team & grateful for the privileged opportunity to live a life chasing dreams & travelling the world. For now, I can’t wait to get home to recharge!”






verything was going swimmingly for Lachlan Haycock until it suddenly wasn’t, a year of steady progress quite literally turned on its head and violently so. Home in Tauranga after a whirlwind 13 race season, Haycock was just back into training following a well-deserved break and slowly building towards to a full circle moment at the upcoming Gen X-Marra Tinman Triathlon. The 12 months since he’d won the 2022 iteration of the Tri NZ Suzuki Series event and fronted the TQ cameras to articulate his goals for the upcoming European campaign had positively whizzed by. There was plenty of learning on the international stage, of course, but ultimately satisfaction that he had performed with 19th place on debut at September’s World Triathlon U23 Championships in Pontevedra. Career goal duly ticked off in Spain, albeit with plenty of wiggle room for

The defending Tinman Triathlon champion hopes to quickly put a scary start to the season behind him




improvement as he leaves the cradle of U23 competition and takes the “big, big step” up to elite only racing. So, back on the TT bike it was in anticipation of the November 19 Tinman, the Suzuki NZ Standard Distance Championships for age groupers and a great training hit out for the likes of Haycock and Kiwi teammate Hannah Knighton. What happened next though sadly seems to be a scary rite of passage for many triathletes and road cyclists in Aotearoa. “I was riding along and a French lady was driving towards me and decided to pull across the lane in front of me. It was her first day driving in New Zealand,” Haycock lamented. “I just had nowhere to go and T-boned the car and went over my handlebars and hit my head on the ground.” Haycock was admitted to Tauranga Hospital but had miraculously escaped with no broken bones. “A few grazes on a knee, knuckles, wrist and shoulder, but got off pretty lucky. Think it was because I’d already hit the car and lost all my speed before hitting the ground so didn’t get too many friction burns. “Yeah, I was on my TT bike and going 3637km/hr when I hit the car so very lucky it

wasn’t worse. Just gotta make sure my head is ok now.” Haycock still hoped to defend his Tinman title but in the immediate aftermath of accident was taking things cautiously as he monitored for concussion symptoms. He’ll most definitely be back for another Triathlon Tauranga favourite, the Eves Surfbreaker on December 27. Thereafter it’s all about building up to the Oceania elite season and kicking on in Europe. The 23-year-old raced four World Cups last season, highlighted by 27th place in Valenci, but never quite pieced together a complete swim, bike and run performance to escape the mid pack. “I’ve raced a lot of World Cups and highgrade races this year and that’s kind of what this year has been about, just getting in with those big boys and seeing what level I need to get to,” Haycock said. “Every year I’ve come over and done these races, I’ve just learnt so much. Now I know what I need to do, where I need to get to, where my strengths are, where my weaknesses are, what I can do in training to get to that level. “So, I’m exited to put all that into training and into action and get some results.” A real eye-opener throughout his

“Now I know what I need to do, where I need to get to, where my strengths are, where my weaknesses are, what I can do in training to get to that level.”

European campaign was how aggressive the early swim mosh pits proved. A case in point came in Valencia in early. “Feel like I’ve been swimming really well lately but just got beaten up in the water. Pace felt super chill during the swim but it was too physical to move forward,” Haycock told TQ at the time. “Went into this race with the goal to nail my swim-bike as the first five minutes of the bike has been where I’ve been struggling during the last few races.” Encouragingly, a big block of bike training paid off as Haycock, in tandem with Kiwi team-mate Saxon Morgan, dragged the chase group up to the leaders to ultimately help him nail a World Cup best result. “We had 3-4 people come up to Saxon and I after the race and saying that without us two, the chase would not have caught.” Still, Haycock knows there is ample untapped potential. “Definitely the race results, I don’t think have indicated a level that I am at,” he said. “I definitely feel there is more in there so I’ve just got to be patient and wait for that race where I can get that result I know I’m truly capable of. Until then, we just knuckle down, we keep training hard and we wait for those results to come.”



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Tips for Taupo Doctor, Doctor, give me the Plews… He’s the coach with the most extraordinary CV, complete with a stable of celebrated athletes and a personal race record beyond compare. If ever you wanted someone to help you nail your Ironman 70.3 Taupo goals over the next 13 months, it’s Endure IQ Applied Sports Scientist and age group superstar, Dr. Dan Plews. With Kent Gray


AMERICAN CHELSEA SODARO, who won the 2022 VinFast Ironman World Championship on debut and just 18 months post-partum, calls him coach. He’s proven a dab hand in Kona himself, setting the age group course record of 8:24:36 in 2018. He won the overall age group title at a wild and woolly Ironman NZ (8:50:12) last December on the back of just eight weeks training and repeated the trick at the Taupo

OPPOSITE PAGE: Note the steely focus during the 90km bike leg in California. BELOW: Plews celebrates with wife Kate and children, Bella, 6, and Jake, 4.

70.3 (4:04:18) in March. He went on to win his age group at fabled Challenge Roth (8:18:01) in June – on debut – and then left the best to last, that astonishing 7:56:56 victory at Ironman California in October. Indeed, it’s not so much what you can learn from Dr Dan Plews, fastest Iron distance age grouper ever, more so that what he doesn’t know (or isn’t committed to researching) probably isn’t worth knowing. Set out below are a series of tips to help age groupers qualify for and then nail their 2024 Ironman 70.3 World Championships goals. But before we get to Taupo, including advice for as soon as this December 9, lets delve a little deeper into Plews’ historic Ironman California performance. There’s a gem or three in there outlining the North Shorebased Brit’s performance philosophy if you listen carefully.



Cover Story WORK-LIFE/TRIATHLON BALANCE? YEAH, NAH Target your race, prep wholeheartedly and execute on the day. Easily said, not so easily achieved but that, in a nutshell, sums up Plews’ year-long return to the sport following a four-year sabbatical post his record setting race at the 2018 World Championships in Kona. “After 2018, I stopped to focus on work and family,” he told Triathlete recently. “But I turned 40 last year and had the urge to come back because I hadn’t posted a time on a fast course. I’d done Taupo [Ironman New Zealand four times] and Kona [twice] and thought I’d regret it if I didn’t try to get a fast time while I could.” He was tempted to hang up his trisuit for good after Roth, a race he wasn’t entirely happy with after being hampered by injury during the lead in. But wife Kate knew that would never do. She didn’t want her man

BELOW: Plews knocked out the marathon in California in 2:48:48.

to bow out with any regrets; cue California. “I picked California because it had all the ingredients for a fast course and was easy travel from New Zealand,” Plews said. ”I steadily accumulated training throughout the year and became fitter and fitter. I’ve always had consistent performances and don’t really have bad days.” October 22 in Sacramento was no exception as he knocked off the downstream 3.8km swim in 36:27, the 180km bike leg in 4:23:27 (with a lifetime best 277 watts average), and the 42.2km marathon in 2:48:48. Not bad for someone two days post their 41st birthday. “Obviously, it comes with an asterisk because of the swim,” Plews told Triathlete. “I knew it was going to be fast, but never expected it to be so fast. I’d see a buoy, take one arm pull and would go flying past. But while the time will get a lot of kickback

because of the swim, the run did measure 42.6km and transitions also took eight-and-a-half minutes in total because the run from the swim exit to T1 was almost 1km.” Plews’ overarching message? If you want to perform, to achieve something truly extraordinary in Taupo or races elsewhere, then that has to be your primary focus for a period of time. “People often talk about worklife balance, but I don’t believe in balance. To achieve anything to any magnitude you can’t be balanced. Instead, I go through phases where I have a goal and aim to hit it, but I don’t have the same focus year-in, year-out. It might be family, or my training platform, Endure IQ, or performances like this year. It’s not to say it’s at the expense of everything else, but other areas may have to be maintained rather than developed.” More on that in Plews’ eight, Taupo-specific tips beginning here: Not long now until the December 9 Ironman 70.3 Taupo. I’m a long way advanced with my training so what should I focus on now? The closer you get to an event, the more specific your training needs to become. Now, as we’re inside a month, you’ve got to get away from the training that’s really far away from what you’re going to be doing on race day, that might be the really high intensity intervals and the really short speed work. You need to be going into your paces and powers. For an Ironman or a 70.3 it can be a period of higher training loads just because of the nature of the event because it is a reasonably long event at reasonably high intensity. That means you’re homing in on training more at and around race pace and it means things need to become a little more specific. That might mean you’re including a few more runs off the bike or trying to get into the open water for the first time. Also, if you are new to it, you might want to do some sessions where you are specifically practicing pre-race nutrition.


BACK TO START LIST Fast forward to December 9, race day, and my target is to qualify for the 2024 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Your advice? When it comes to anything like this, it’s all about controlling the controllable. I often see age groupers getting a bit worked up about how many slots there are, who is in their age group and who is going to be in front of them. But these are things that you can’t have any control over so I always think it is best to focus on what you can control which means that you’re really dialing in on your own powers and your own paces and working with coaches and experts to have a realistic idea of what that actually looks like and have a clear race plan with that. That’s the most important thing. I always say that in a lot of sports, 98 percent of the stuff is done in training but with a sport like Ironman 70.3, race execution is such a massive part of the event itself. You can guarantee that 50 percent of the competitors will stuff up the race execution even though they’ve had great training. So you don’t want to neglect that second part where you are really clear on what you neerd to do come race day. What about Taupo specific things I should be aware of? One thing that catches people out, particularly if they are coming from overseas, is the roughness of the roads. The road can find people out, that vibration through the legs and through the body. It’s even worse over the 180k but it can still be quite hard enduring over the 90k and people can often get quite tight and sore in the shoulders and neck. Another thing with Taupo, especially in December, it actually can be quite cold so especially at the start of the bike, it’s one thing to be aware of. You might want to consider having some arm warmers or something extra for the start, some way you can keep a little bit warm at least. I remember one time I did it in December it was so cold coming out of the swim, I tried to

grip my bike bottle and I couldn’t actually grip it, just dropped the bottle on the floor. And also, the run is long, so get ready for that as well. The run is actually 22k! Whether I qualify for the 2024 Worlds or not, what should my race debrief look like? When it comes to racing, you often get more from the races you do bad than the good races. When you have bad races there is more evaluation to be had, more to be gained from that. But whether it is good or bad, you can always find things you could have done better and I think you can look at that from both a building (training) perspective and a racing perspective and making sure those mistakes don’t happen again. If you haven’t qualified, then this could be the opportunity to look at the performance gap and say okay, where does the work need to be done? You may not have qualified because of a weakness in the run or a weakness in the back half of the run or swim so then you can really start to refocus your training and be more specific to what needs to be done.

ABOVE: Having a clear game plan from the get go is vital if you want to perform to your best ability.

What if I didn’t qualify. How do I go about targetting another race? It’s two fold. Obviously certain courses suit different people’s strengths but also you can be quite smart and look at the depth of field and number of qualification spots when you’re making those decisions. It’s a fact that some areas of the world, if you are willing to travel, do seem to be weaker. You often find that South East Asia races generally have a bit of weaker field but if you do go over there, you’ve got to make sure you are well equipped to deal

When you really, really enjoy the training and you’re not too caught up on the end goal all the time, the rest tends to take care of itself.” TRIATHLON QUARTERLY


Cover Story to anything in triathlon, the thing that has the biggest bang for buck is training, it’s absolutely everything. Triathlon is such a trainable sport and the devil is in the detail when it comes to getting that bit right so I’d definitely look at getting expert help, like joining the Endure IQ squad for example, that would be a good idea, or finding a good coach that can help you. To go through a whole year’s plan here, that’s a bit difficult because it is dependent on the individual, what they’ve got in terms of work commitments, family commitments but consistency is key. You need to find training that you can do weekin, week-out without going through the big peaks and troughs. That’s the thing I’d look at first and foremost when you are planning your year.

with the heat, for example, so it’s not just as simple as finding a weak field and going for it. You still have to do the work. If you really want to qualify for Taupo 2024 and you are quite a way off, you’re really going to have to do your research and try and find a place that is giving you the opportunity. If you’re a little way off and you know you’re off because you had a not great day in Taupo, then I think you can probably target another race not too far down the line which might be…I mean Tasmania is not that far away, there’s also another one in Geelong, so you could nip over there and have a crack but of course the competition in Australia is something to be aware of. I’ve qualified and now have a year’s runway to ensure I perform well at the Worlds. What sort of racing and training would you advise in the interim? The first thing you’ve got to do if you want to do well is to get yourself a coach or, minimum, get into a program that’s going to give you the best chance of performing to your potential. When it comes


And racing. How many 70.3s should I be targeting in the countdown to Taupo ’24? It depends on the athlete. If you’re someone with very limited racing

You can guarantee that 50 percent of the competitors will stuff up the race execution even though they’ve had great training. So, you don’t want to neglect that second part where you are really clear on what you need to do come race day.”

experience, then you might want to do a few more than someone who has a lot of racing experience. People who have been racing for years and years, they won’t get that much more from races because they’ve done it so many times but I think in the early days, when you are new to the sport, you learn a lot from racing so its definitely worth doing two or three 70.3s before you get to Taupo. If you’re a New Zealander, you could do the Tauranga Half in January, then you could do the 70.3 at Ironman NZ in March, that would be a really good one to do because it is on the same course, you could do Tasmania or Geelong and even Cairns


Ironman has a 70.3 attached to that as well, so you could consider all those races around this area.

Finally, give me a few nuggets of advice that have helped you become the fastest Iron distance age grouper ever? I think having too much advice from too many people at once is a danger. I think having one source of truth when it comes to advice is really important because people often get caught up in details that they don’t really know when they don’t have one trusted resource. You have all these angles, people giving

different advice and unfortunately we live in a world where a lot of the advice isn’t true and it can be very confusing for athletes. The other thing is you have to enjoy the process. When you really, really enjoy the training and you’re not too caught up on the end goal all the time, the rest tends to take care of itself. That’s something I’ve learned, just enjoy doing the training, doing it well, with good intent, that will see you through a lot. Another thing. People always strive for balance but I tell my athletes there is really no such thing as balance if you want to do anything right. There is

ABOVE: Plews averaged a lifetime best 277 watts en route to a 180km bike split of 4:23:27.

such a thing as balance and counterbalance. If you really want to do well at something, you have to have that as your primary focus. So If you want to do well at the 70.3 World Champs, that is going to have to be your focus for a period of time, whether that be six months or whatever. If you want to do well you’ve got to focus on it with knowing that you can then swing the pendulum the other way and focus on the things you didn’t focus on before. That’s always the approach I’d encourage people to take because you try and balance everything and do everything to the best, you’ll just burn out.





Pro Gear Brea Roderick’s kit bag GO TO PAGE 54

Summer Kicks ASICS Shoe guide GO TO PAGE 62

Beginners Guide Get into tri on a budget GO TO PAGE 56

Ticker Trackers Heart rate monitors GO TO PAGE 64







It might surprise you that all the kit and kaboodle Brea Roderick has lugged around the world en route to becoming one of triathlon’s hottest young prospects is self-funded. It’s not the latest carbon this 4 and high-tech gadgetry that either. Therein lies an opportunity…

rea Roderick figured 2023 would be another year full of learning at continental and World Cup level, a virtual travelogue of Oceania, European and African racing adventures. Indeed, if you’d offered her a decent result or two on World Triathlon’s second tier World Cup circuit, she’d have snapped your hand off and declared her global short course apprenticeship another year well advanced there and then. How things actually transpired, of course, has been the stuff of dreams, the 21-yearold ending her season as one of the hottest U23 prospects on the planet.







You can read more about Roderick’s giddy progress in our ‘WTCS Report Cards’ feature in Racing. In a nutshell, know that the Cantabrian earned an unexpected start at World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) Montreal in June, finished 34th and literally swam, pedaled and ran with her good fortune – all the way to a thus far career highlight 24th place at the duel WTCS/Paris Olympic Test Event in August. As TQ went to ‘print’, Roderick was ranked 89th in the world, 48th in the cumulative WTCS standings, 8th best in Oceania and No.3 Kiwi behind Nicole van der Kaay and Ainsley Thorpe. Roderick first caught the eye by holding her own for much of a foot race to second behind noted runner van der Kaay in Wanaka in February and capitalised on her swim prowess to be a provocateur on the

bike in a number of other starts. A more fiercely competitive young triathlete you’ll struggle to find too, marking Roderick as one of New Zealand’s most promising talents. We’re proud to have TQ.kiwi emblazoned on all the Team NZL race suits but Roderick, like any number of her team-mates, is otherwise sponsor free. That makes her suit a blank canvas for brands looking to promote their wares on the coattails of an aspirational young Kiwi already performing at triathlon’s top table. Nothing in sport is guaranteed but, on the evidence of 2023 at least, ample airtime looks increasingly likely next year and during any number of Commonwealth and Olympic Games cycles beyond. TQ is happy to make introductions to any of NZ’s short course elites. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the gear Roderick uses.

BREA’S KIT LIST 1. WATCH Garmin Forerunner 745 2. GLASSES Oakley Radar EV Path 3. HEART RATE MONITOR Polar Verity Sense 4. RACESUIT We’re lucky to race the World Triathlon circuit in Z3R0D trisuits featuring the French company’s ‘Water Wear Weapon’ fabric. It’s proven a pretty lucky for me in 2023 and there’s plenty of space left for personal sponsors logos. Just saying! 5. RUNNING I travel with three pairs of ASICS shoes, my orange Meta Speed Edge shoes for racing and a pair of Gel-Nimbus 25 (black) and Glideride 3’s for training. Love ‘em! 6. NUTRITION My nutrition is fueled almost exclusively by SiS (Sport in Science) products. I use SiS Rego Rapid Recovery Powder for recovery and refueling after training and races and their Go Electrolyte Powder and SiS Go Isotonic Energy Gels during training and races. I pop SiS Hydro Electrolyte Tabs into my water bottle throughout the day even if I’m not training. 7. BIKE TRAINER Tacx Flux S Smart Trainer


8. BIKE I’ve had my Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 for three years now and love how comfortable and responsive it is to ride. It has Shimano Di2 Dura-Ace componentry. My helmet is an S-Works Evade and my bike computer a Garmin Edge 1030 Plus” 9. WETSUIT “This is the fifth Blue Seventy Helix triathlon wetsuit I’ve owned. It’s the only brand I’ve ever used.” 10. POOL BUOY The pink Funkita Pull Buoy 11. PINK PADDLES Finis Agility Paddles are always in my bag for the pool. I also get a lot of use out of my MP (Michael Phelps) Focus swim snorkel and Arena Powerfin Pro fins.


12. GOGGLES I have two pairs of Speedo Opal goggles. If the sun is low and there is glare, I wear the tinted mirror ones. If it is dark or foggy, out come the clear lens option. My swimming cap? Whatever I get at races.

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13. TOGS I use a mixture of Funkita and Jolyn swimming togs for training



14. BIKE SHOES I race in Sidi T-4 Air Carbon Composite cycling shoes and do all my training miles in a pair of Sidi Wire 2 Carbon road shoes.




Want to give this triathlon lark a lash but don’t really know where to start with all the kit? TQ has your back.


tarting your journey in triathlon is an exciting time but getting your head around all the gear needed can be overwhelming. Here’s the thing – you don’t need to go crazy to become a fully-fledged triathlete. Getting started in the sport can be as inexpensive as dusting off that old mountain bike gathering dust in the corner of the garage and adding a pair of googles and a swim cap to the togs you inevitably already own. We bet you’ve got a pair of running shoes with plenty of tread left on them in a cupboard somewhere too; just don’t use a pair of gym shoes or sneakers meant to be worn with jeans! The key for beginners is to focus on having fun and skill building as you progress. Once you’re addicted – and we bet you will be after crossing your first finish line – you can reassess and gradually invest in higher-quality gear as your experience and race goals evolve. Triathlon is a life-long obsession for many and the right gear will undeniably enhance your enjoyment. Who doesn’t like splashing out on a hobby? But rather than shelling out thousands early on, seek the advice of experienced triathletes to up the fun factor from the get-go – for free. They’ll help you avoid expensive gear pitfalls, demystify training myths, walk you through the


inevitable first race nerves and might even have some preloved kit they’re happy to lend or even gift you to get going. Triathlon is a very inclusive community. We thoroughly recommend joining a Tri NZ-affiliated club for that reason. It’s inexpensive and the training advice and comradery will be far more valuable (and motivational) initially than shiny bit of kit you’ve eyed online. We also encourage you to check out the Tri NZ Suzuki Series. There’s events up and down the country and don’t be intimidated by the ‘national championship’ component to these races; Suzuki Series events are open to all and most event organisers have shorter races incorporated into the day as a stepping stone. In short, there is a race and pace for all abilities and we guarantee you’ll be swept up in the fervor of the occasion with fellow competitors and spectators willing you on. In this beginner’s gear guide, we’ve come up with a handy list outlining what you need to get started and, just as importantly, what you don’t. We’ve found some bargains online and there’s even a few pearls of wisdom to help make you faster right out of the gate. Just remember, you don’t need to spend thousands or buy new to get started, have fun or even get faster. Don’t believe us? Try looking online after the big Ironman races in Taupo each December and March. We guarantee you’ll find bargains on bikes and the likes from finishers looking to upgrade themselves. There you go, you’re first bit of handy insiders intel.


Beginner’s Gear Guide





• Trisuit A trisuit is not essential to get started with togs perfectly acceptable. Newbies often feel a bit selfconscious donning a trisuit initially but there is a reason everyone else is wearing them; triathlon is all about getting from start to the finish line as fast as possible and a trisuit is specifically designed to be worn the entire race, saving time changing into running shorts and singlet. They fit closely to your body to resist drag while swimming but won’t cause discomfort or breathing restriction during the bike and run. And, just quietly, everyone else is too buggered to worry about what you look like!

• Wetsuit Like a trisuit, you don’t necessarily need a wetsuit – although they are mandatory for safety reasons if the water temperature dips below 16 degrees. What a wetsuit will aid is buoyancy, helping you stay level on the water and ultimately freestyle


faster. There are lots of tri specific wetsuits on the market; they’ll feel tight and slightly restrictive initially but that should improve in the water. Vaseline or baby oil will assist you getting the neoprene on and off. Some even cut off the legs to calf level but seek advice from an experienced athlete before you take scissors to that new suit! Don’t dismiss, either, that old bodyboarding wetsuit you’ve stored in a box for years to get started. Whichever way you go, be sure to test your wetsuit before race day.

• Goggles We recommend getting two pairs – one clear for swimming at indoor pools or under cloudy race day conditions, the other tinted to help with glare and buoy sighting on sunny days. Choose anti-fog and UV-protected goggles and ensure a perfect fit. These might be a tiny bit of kit but not something to skimp on.

• Swim Cap A silicone or latex swim cap reduces drag and keeps hair out of your face.


We get it. Sometimes only new will do when it comes to your kit. Interspersed herewith, then, is a sample of (mostly) budget-friendly gear we found online worthy of consideration. Perhaps mix and match with kit you already own or gear you can source on the preloved market. 2XU Women’s Core Sleeved Trisuit RRP $209.99

VOLARE V2 Mens Tri Wetsuit RRP $419.00

HUUB Varga II Race Goggles RRP $45.00

BLUE 70 Silicone Swim cap RRP $15.20




BIKE • Bike To complete a triathlon, you’re going to need a bike. What you don’t need is one of the latest carbon weapons you see at big races like Ironman NZ, a dizzying array of steeds adorned with ‘must-have’ aero componentry that come with oft eye-watering expense. You can invest (that includes a professional bike fitting) in a quality road or triathlon specific TT (time trial) bike in time and/or add the likes of aero bars to your road bike if you get into longer distances. But for now, the important bit is to get going. If you’re starting out in the local sprint triathlon, your mountain bike or old alloy 10 speed will more than suffice. If you don’t have a bike, check out TradeMe and Facebook Marketplace and get an experienced cycling/triathlon friend to help with size and standard componentry selection. What is non-negotiable is good maintenance, perhaps even a service from a good bike shop mechanic if you haven’t ridden your old Penny Farthing for a while. Your local bike shop will also help you with a water bottle and a way to stow it on your bike. It’s also important to sort an under-saddle bag containing a spare tube, tyre levels and mini pump. You need to know how to use these tools because nothing will deflate your enthusiasm on a training ride or ruin your race quite like a flat tyre.

help you slip into them on the go out of T1. But for starters, there is nothing stopping you riding in your running shoes. The bonus is you’ll save time in T2 – and money too!

• Bike Shorts We can’t recommend a good pair of bike/bib shorts highly enough. You can train and race in general gym shorts but not for long before the chafing becomes unbearable. And just in case you’re secretly wondering – this is most definitely a no undies zone. The pad—or chamois— in bike shorts helps with padding while the special microfibers of the lycra move smoothly against the skin, preventing chafing. Go commando and ask an expert about chamois cream!

NEW STARTER KIT CANNONDALE Caad Optimo 2 Black Pearl RRP $1,499.00

BELL Avenue Helmet RRP $99.00

SHIMANO Men’s RC300 E-Width Road Shoes RRP $151.99

• Helmet No, you don’t need an aero helmet. What you do need is a ‘brain bucket’ that meets standardized safety specifications. Your local bike shop is a great place to start searching for this mandatory piece of kit.

• Shoes Clip-in or cycling-specific shoes offer better power transfer. An experienced triathlete will also show you how to rig up rubber hands to





RUN • Running Shoes

• Apparel

Visit a specialty store for a pronation analysis and the right pair of running shoes. The expense of a good pair of running specific kicks is relative; you’re not going to enjoy triathlon if you’re constantly injured. Look for discontinued or older models if budget is an issue. Consider elastic laces for ease and speed in T2.

Moisture-wicking clothing for comfort and chafing prevention will be your friend during training. So too a hat and glasses to protect your swede and eyes in training and on race days. You’ll want a race belt to hold your race number during the run leg and use a small towel to dry off, clean your feet, and set your gear on in transition areas for longer distance races.


ASICS Noosa Tri 15 RRP $260.00

HUUB Triathlon Transition Bag RRP $169.00


TRAINING AND TRACKING • Watch A sports watch and/or GPS device for tracking your training and races is very motivational and the data can assist with managing your training and workouts. It isn’t necessary to get going but there is nothing like knowing your swim, bike and run splits to compare your times and see how you’re progressing. Tech and the resulting prices vary and you may soon want things like heart rate monitoring, GPS and more so don’t rush with this purchase.

• Training Plan This isn’t a piece of kit per sa but hiring a coach or using a triathlon-specific training plan could be your smartest investment in your new sport. There are ample in person and online resources available in New Zealand and a good place to start is via your local club, many of whom have Tri NZ-sanctioned coaches.



Good pre, in and post-race nutrition and hydration is a subject you’ll find no shortage of literature on, be it in books or online. Again, a good coach will help you demystify this vast subject (or at least point you in the right direction) so you can find what works for you. For shorter races, a nutritious breakfast and on course aid stations will get you through but for training and longer distance races, you’ll need to find things like energy gels and bars that you can stomach. Good nutrition doesn’t come cheap so don’t discount making your own bars. TQ Nutritionist Kim Abbott produced an couple of excellent “Bike Bites” options in her excellent TQ Issue 2 column here.




Get your kicks Unleash your summer stride with these proven performers from Tri NZ footwear partner ASICS


big summer of racing is nearly here which means it’s time to ramp up those training miles. To conquer the sun-soaked pavement, trails, and triathlon courses, you need the perfect running shoe. That’s where ASICS comes in. We’ve curated a comprehensive Summer Running Shoe Guide with Tri NZ’s official footwear partner tailored to the needs of triathletes at every level. Whether you’re uber competitive or a casual racer, our guide will introduce you to the latest Asics innovations designed to enhance your performance. Asics have got your summer runs covered, ensuring you stay ahead of the competition and comfortably reach the finish line.



The GEL-KAYANO 30 celebrates 30 years of innovative stability and cushioning. This revolutionary iteration of the iconic model focuses on delivering holistic, adaptive stability with premium comfort underfoot. It is ideal for runners looking for a combination of moderate support and high cushioning during their run. The upper knit material in engineered for a comfortable, stable fit and feel. The midsole is revamped with FF BLAST PLUS cushioning and a 4mm stack height increase, creating cloudlike softness in every step. The new 4D GUIDANCE SYSTEM is Asics’ innovative new take on stabilising the foot, incorporating midsole geometry and design features including a lateral decoupling groove, medial convex geometry, a newly designed lateral guidance line and new midfoot foam that provides comfort for the fatiguing foot. The new PureGEL™ technology is strategically positioned below the heel for increased shock attenuation and a smoother ride. It’s 65 percent softer than conventional visible GEL technology, allowing your distance training to feel surprisingly smooth.

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GT-2000 12

This neutral trainer is revamped with new materials that create a softer and smoother running experience. A soft engineered knit upper comfortably wraps your foot while supplying advanced ventilation. The GEL-NIMBUS 25’s updated knit tongue construction provides better flexibility and extends around the ankle for a more luxurious fit and feel. The midsole is packed with the most cushioning that the series has offered to date. By adding more FF BLAST PLUS ECO cushioning and using Asics’ new PureGEL technology, this trainer creates a lighter and softer cushioning experience.

The GT-2000 12 is ideal for the runner looking for a lightweight stable ride with premium underfoot protection. The engineered mesh upper with the lean back heel design provides a premium feel and fit. The midsole is updated with a full-length FF BLAST PLUS cushioning unit with additional foam underfoot, combining with PureGEL technology in the rearfoot for a more energised toe-off with cloud-like softness. The 3D GUIDANCE SYSTEM consists of a wider forefoot base net, a cradled heel platform and a lateral guidance line for adaptive stability and a smooth transition from foot-strike to toe-off.

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The MAGIC SPEED 3 is versatile as a training shoe, for tempo runs and as a fast shoe for all distances on race day. The design is inspired by the METASPEED series’ advanced energy-saving properties. The MOTION WRAP upper made from lightweight Nexkin material is highly breathable and helps provide a more supportive reinforcement on the shoe’s platform. A full-length carbon plate is positioned between two layers of FF BLAST PLUS cushioning combining to redirect your energy forward for a more propulsive toe-off and a smooth, responsive ride.

The EVORIDE SPEED shoe is a lightweight trainer that’s designed to provide more energy savings. This trainer’s updates focus on stability, a smooth forward roll, and grip. Key adjustments in the midsole include Asics’ FF BLAST cushioning. This soft material helps promote softer landings and a responsive rebound. The Evoride Speed’s AHAR rubber outsole material offers improved grip on various surfaces. Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing. The EVORIDE SPEED is made for neutral.








Elevate I Your Training If you want to take your swim, bike and run training and racing to the next level, consider a heart rate monitor


n the world of fitness and athletic performance, accuracy and convenience are key. Heart rate monitors, smartwatches, and a myriad of training apps have evolved to deliver precisely that. It’s no longer just an option; it’s vital to have one of these devices if you’re serious about improvement. They are tailored to meet the unique needs of athletes, providing comprehensive health and fitness features that can profoundly impact your training and overall well-being. Heart rate monitors and smart watches are vital for: • Real-Time Health Monitoring 24-hour heart rate monitoring keeps athletes informed about their heart’s performance, allowing for real-time adjustments in training intensity to maximise results • Progress Tracking By monitoring your heart rate, you can accurately assess your progress and setbacks. Even small changes in heart rate can

signal overindulgence or training breaks, motivating athletes to maintain consistent fitness routines • Workout Optimisation Real-time feedback is pivotal for enhancing performance. Smartwatches and chest monitors enable athletes to assess the efficiency and intensity of workouts, making it easier to fine-tune exercise routines for better results • Diverse Training Athletes benefit from diversified training routines. Smartwatches with heart rate monitoring capabilities help users set specific heart rate zones for different sports, ensuring safe yet effective pushing of limits • Comprehensive Health Insights Beyond heart rate, much tech offer additional features such as sleep tracking, blood oxygen level measurement, guided relaxation breathing, and hydration reminders, serving as complete health and fitness companions


Compare these 4 heart rate monitor choices

The Fitbit Sense

Polar H10

• Precision The Rhythm+ 2.0 ensures precision heart rate monitoring, even in the most challenging conditions • All-Day Comfort Its lightweight, adjustable armband design guarantees a secure and irritation-free fit, from start to finish • Multi-sport Versatility Fully waterproof and compatible with a wide range of sports devices and apps, it seamlessly adapts to every triathlon segment • Endurance Battery With extended battery life, it’s ready for the most gruelling long-distance races • Data-Driven Excellence Analyse heart rate, heart rate variability, and more, to elevate your training game

• Advanced Health Metrics The Fitbit Sense offers a comprehensive suite of health metrics, including heart rate, EDA (electrodermal activity), skin temperature, and SpO2 (blood oxygen) monitoring, providing a 360-degree view of your well-being • Stress Management With EDA and stress tracking, the Sense helps you manage daily stress levels and practice guided breathing exercises to find your calm • Built-In GPS The integrated GPS allows you to track your workouts without needing your phone, providing accurate pace and distance information • Sleep Tracking Gain insights into your sleep quality and receive recommendations for better rest, helping you recover and perform at your best • Smart Notifications Stay connected with call, text, and app notifications, and even access voice assistants, all from your wrist • Spa-Like Relaxation The Fitbit Sense offers guided mindfulness sessions and a skin temperature sensor to help you unwind

• Pinpoint Accuracy The HRM-Tri offers unparalleled heart rate accuracy, even in the most demanding conditions, ensuring every training session is optimised • All-Day Comfort Designed with a comfortable, non-slip strap, it remains secure throughout the swim, bike, and run, delivering ultimate comfort in every race • Versatile Data Integration Seamlessly pairs with Garmin’s range of multisport devices, allowing you to access and analyse your data with ease • Advanced Running Dynamics In addition to heart rate, it provides running dynamics data, offering insights into your running form • Effortless Transition It’s swim-friendly and designed for quick transitions between triathlon segments

• Accuracy The Polar H10 is renowned for its precision in heart rate monitoring, ensuring that every beat is tracked with unmatched reliability • Compatibility It connects seamlessly with a wide range of devices, including smartphones, sports watches, and fitness equipment, making it adaptable to your preferred fitness ecosystem • Built for Water With its waterproof design, the H10 is perfect for swimmers • Versatile Connectivity Connect via Bluetooth and ANT+ for real-time data transfer, allowing you to monitor your heart rate and analyse performance on various platforms • Advanced Metrics Beyond heart rate, the H10 offers advanced metrics like RR intervals and heart rate variability for a more indepth understanding of your cardiovascular performance • Personalised Training Use the Polar app to access personalised training plans and benefit from real-time coaching, helping you reach your fitness goals faster

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An Ironman v PTO arms race for the future of longdistance triathlon? More like a mutually respectful handshake that should be a win-win for the world’s fastest pros and eager age groupers alike


he Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) mobilised first on the sidelines of the Paris Olympic Test event in mid-August. World Triathlon, the custodians of short course swim, bike and run, were sensationally announced as an ally in the PTO’s new ‘World Championship Tour of Long Distance Triathlon’. The title might have been a mouthful but the surprise collaboration and the overarching proposition, while admittedly short on battleground specifics, was intriguing nonetheless. Ironman’s riposte two months later was even more shocking. A new ‘Ironman Pro

Series’, also launching in 2024 and with a US$1.7 million bonus prize pool tacked onto the individual event prize purses, came as a bolt out of a what seemed a new global blue. The PTO’s proposed five to six “made for TV” 100km races with an undisclosed prize purse versus Ironman’s 18 already designated races which will ultimately offer US$200,000 season bonuses to both the leading male and female athletes and nearly US$6 million in total prize money across 12 months of competition. The war for long course triathlon’s best talent, and all those lucrative age group limpets, had been officially declared. Expect, none of the organisations involved see it that way, not publicly at least. “There’s never been a time when pro athletes raced with us exclusively,” Ironman CEO Andrew Messick told Triathlete recently. “There’s always been Tristar, there’s always been Rev3, there’s always been Challenge. Now there’s the PTO. There’s always been alternatives for professional athletes, and we’ve always taken the position that it’s fine.”

2024 IRONMAN Pro Series Prize Money* 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th

MEN $200,000 $130,000 $85,000 $70,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000

WOMEN TOTAL $200,000 $130,000 $85,000 $70,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000

Top 10 Total $650,000 $650,000 $1,300,000 11-50 share $200,000 $200,000 $400,000 Total Bonus Pool $1,700,000 *US dollars (Based on Year-End Standings)

2024 IRONMAN Pro Series DATE April 6 April 27 May 4 May 11 May 19 June 2 June 8 June 16 June 23 June 30 July 16 July 21 Aug. 18 Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 22 Oct. 24 Dec. 1 Dec. 14 & 15

EVENT Athletic Brewing IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas Intermountain Health IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George Zafiro IRONMAN 70.3 Alcúdia, Mallorca IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga IRONMAN European Championship (WPro) IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz Athletic Brewing IRONMAN Lake Placid Mainova IRONMAN European Championship (MPro) IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship IRONMAN 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun VinFast IRONMAN World Championship – Women VinFast IRONMAN World Championship - Men IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

VENUE California, USA Texas, USA Utah, USA Alcúdia, Spain Tenn., USA Hamburg, Germany Colo., USA Queensland, Australia Quebec, Canada Vendėe, France Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Lake Placid, N.Y., USA Frankfurt, Germany Tallinn, Estonia Zell am See, Austria Nice, France Kona, Hawai`i, USA Busselton, Western Australia Taupō, NZ





Designed to showcase and reward the exceptional talent of the world’s top professional triathletes, the Ironman Pro Series will also provide broader year-round interest and intrigue through deeper pro fields, storylines, and live broadcasting. So said the official media release. Here is other important nitty gritty from that release: The new Ironman Pro Series bonus pool runs in parallel to and on top of the already established individual event prize purses at Ironman and Ironman 70.3 pro events bringing the total 2024 professional prize money and bonus pool on offer to nearly $6 million. Prize money for individual pro races on the circuit will remain consistent with past years, with a few adjustments, including an increase of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship prize purse to $500K. Open to all professional athletes, of which approximately 1,000, are eligible and will start on a level playing field to begin the season. At each of the 18 designated Ironman Pro Series events, professional athletes will earn points based on their finish times to count towards a final Series ranking. A first placed finish earns maximum points - 5,000 points for Ironman and 2,500 points for Ironman 70.3, while winning the Ironman World Championship will earn 6,000 points and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship 3,000 points. Points are then cascaded based on the time deficit to 1st place. Fast racing will pay off with one point per second deducted based on deficit to the winning time, with no points floor. While professional athletes can choose any combination of designated races in the series, only the top five race performances of the year will count towards an athlete’s final ranking, of which a maximum of three full-distance Ironman event results can be counted. The Top 10 ranked athletes in each gender at the end of the Ironman Pro Series will share $1.3 million in bonus pool, with the top placed male and female taking home $200,000 each. A further $400,000 in financial assistance will be paid out equally to athletes ranked 11th – 50th in each gender.


Ironman Group CEO Andrew Messick said… “We wanted to find a way of recognising the exceptional talent of our top professional triathletes while also giving up-andcoming professionals an opportunity to thrive and make their mark,”said Messick. “The events have been carefully selected to ensure that they are accessible for our professional athletes, but also offer diverse courses so athletes can select races that are best suited to their strengths.”


PTO’s announcement hit the internet on August 16, 2023 and read: “World Triathlon and the PTO announced today a new partnership that will recognise the PTO Tour as the official World Championship Tour of long distance triathlon, using the ‘made for TV’ 100km distance. The ground-breaking agreement will see the two organisations working closely to create a compelling season-long narrative for the world’s leading triathletes, as the long distance equivalent of World Triathlon’s successful (WTCS), that will include championship racing opportunities for both Professionals and Age Groupers. The key points of the new partnership include: A points-based competition with pro men’s and women’s World Championship titles awarded at the end of a seasonlong tour, as well as the planned creation of up to five Continental Championships at one-off races, including: the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Qualification for the Age Group Championships to follow the existing World Triathlon process of National Federations’ selection, with age groupers eligible to race in each of the six Championship events, including World and the five Continental Championships. World Triathlon working together with the PTO and its membership on a number of services, including Anti-Doping, Competition Jury appeals, Safeguarding and Manipulation of sport competition guidelines, Technical support... and an extensive Marketing and Commercial collaboration.

PTO CEO Steve Renouf said… “Given the importance of the Olympics and short course racing on the traditional federation funding model, long distance triathlon has largely been left to the ‘private sector’ of forprofit promoters; leading to a fragmented and uncoordinated calendar for both athletes and fans,” said Renouf. ”In partnering together, [we] are both elevating long distance triathlon. On the Age Group side, we jointly recognise the uniqueness that athletes of any age can strive for and qualify to represent their country in an officially recognised World Championship. The inclusion of Age Group Championship racing throughout the PTO Tour will provide ‘bucket list’ racing opportunities for the global Age Group community.”


Messick’s consolatory tone continued. “For professional athletes, it’s not an easy life, and if you’ve got an opportunity to go make money somewhere, we never want to be standing in the way of people doing that. But at the same time, we would like our top athletes to race with us more, we would like to have more races with highly competitive professional fields.” Talking in the launch edition of TQ, PTO CEO Sam Renouf (pictured below, right) trumpeted a similar theme, almost eerily foreseeing Ironman’s next move when asked why pros and age groupers should not simply jump ship to the shiny new PTO. “As to jumping ship, that’s not the way we look at it at all,” Renouf said. “Athletes, both pro and age grouper, have the opportunity to do both and we very much hope they do. “Not only can both brands happily exist, the success of the PTO in growing triathlon’s profile will be a very positive force for Ironman’s growth for the simple fact they have most of the places for these new triathletes to race.”

New Zealand Implications So what will the new, long distance landscape look like? Through a New Zealand lens, there is early Ironman and longer-term PTO (potentially) inducements. The Ironman Pro Series will be decided by a points system across six full-distance and nine 70.3 events, plus the annual VinFast Ironman Men’s and Women’s World Championships and, critically for Kiwi fans, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. That means the 2024 edition of the latter, to be staged in Taupo on December 14-15 next year, will see the inaugural Ironman Pro Series narrative climax in New Zealand. The PTO’s 2024 scheduled was due to be revealed in October but so far only loose details around Singapore (April 1314 ) and Ibiza (Sept 28-29 ) has emerged.

What we do know is that the series is set to include a global finale after as many as five Continental Championships in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. TQ understands the Oceania slot has been offered to Australia in 2024 although could be put out to tender for 2025 onwards if next year’s venue cannot be confirmed in time. As with the current PTO events – in Ibiza, Singapore and Milwaukee in 2023 - the 20 male and female athletes at each new race will be made up by the 16 highest ranked athletes available on the PTO world ranking list, plus four wildcards. If the PTO-World Triathlon blueprint comes to pass, these athletes will come from a contracted pool of athletes eventually with the PTO envisioning a future along the lines of tennis’ ATP and golf’s PGA Tour.

Age Group Glory In addition to pros, the PTO will offer racing for age group athletes via qualification races at national federation level. That will likely see a 100km race integrated into the Tri NZ Suzuki Series, incorporating the already established Tri NZ to World Triathlon championship qualification process. Although the pro world championship title will be awarded through a season-long points competition, age group titles will be determined at a single race which will rotate between PTO Tour locations annually and provide an opportunity for amateur athletes around the world to strive towards 100km world championship status.




The men’s and women’s 2023 VinFast Ironman World Championships in 46 spectacular pictures







226km to glory I ronman’s decision to split their World Championship, with the men and women alternating annually between France and Hawaii, wasn’t without its critics. We’re not sure of Sam Laidlow’s stance on the controversial call before Nice became the first venue outside the U.S. in Ironman’s 40+ year history to host the VinFast Ironman World Championships, but we’re confident there were no complaints afterwards. The 24-year-old became the youngest ever winner of triathlon’s ultimate 226km test on September 10 and the first ever champion, male or female, from France, continuing a 10-year streak of European Champions. In just his third World Championship start and after finishing a gritty runner-up to Norway’s Gustav Iden last year, Laidlow won in 8:06:22 - nearly four minutes clear of Germany’s Patrick Lange with Dane Magnus Ditlev third. Enjoy Laidlow’s first ever triumph over the full Ironman distance and ample Kiwi and age group epicness in TQ’s pictorial tribute to Nice 2023.



4 1. Laidlow won on the Cote d’Azur less than three weeks after being laid low by COVID-19. It was the fulfillment of a childhood dream.

“I keep saying it but I just don’t believe it, it’s the stuff I have dreamt of my whole life and I have just surrounded myself with some amazing people, who have got me to where I am today. I am just so so grateful.” 2. After setting the pace on the swim, Laidlow laid down the day’s fastest bike split of 4:31:28. The Frenchman also owns the Kona bike course record of 4:04:36, illustrating just how hilly the Nice ride was. 3. A 2:41:46 marathon split got Laidlow home with breathing room to spare



4. Patrick Lange produced the day’s fastest run split, setting an Ironman World Championship best run time of 2:32:41 to run into second place. Gustav Iden won last year with a Kona best 2:36:15. 5. Kiwi No.1 Braden Currie felt like throwing in the towel after his penalty for littering on the bike leg and was eventually DQ’ed for refusing to serve the resulting stop-go penalty. On appeal, the penalty and DQ were overturned, and Currie was reinstated into 16th place, the Kiwi best. Still, it hurt. A lot. 6. Ben Phillips (No.51) enjoyed a brilliant Ironman World Championship debut, placing 23rd. Sadly bro Mike Phillips, the reigning Ironman NZ champion, recorded a DNF. “Tough day at IMWC - feeling off from the start, fought with all I had to try and get back into the race but I just got worse and worse,” Mike said. “Gutted to not be firing for the big one, especially after all the sacrifices made!”



7. Bronze medallist Magnus Ditlev: “I am super proud of the way I fought. I kept staying positive, it was such a hard day, so I am super proud that I have made it to the podium.” 8. Laidlow celebrates as he makes it down the magic red carpet along the Promenade des Anglais to be crowed Ironman World champion in his home country. 9. Sharing an emotional moment with Patrick Langer, Laidlow’s achievement begins to sink in. “It would have taken a miracle to catch this guy,” Langer said of Laidlow. 10. One for the scrapbook: Langer, Laidlow and Ditlev. 11. Continuing the tradition of showcasing the importance of every finisher from first to last, Laidlow returned to the finish line to welcome home the final finishers completing their journey before the 17 hour cutoff. 12. No explanation required. Ironman World Champion!




Cannon to Tape S

he was known as the swimmer without peer, also as a perennial bridesmaid with four VinFast Ironman World Championship runner-up finishes. The Brit who couldn’t capitalise on her clear advantage out of Kailua-Kona Bay, year after year. On October 14, Lucy Charles-Barclay turned











BACK TO START LIST that narrative on its head, not only winning from cannon to tape but also in a new course best time of 8:24:31. After her previous second place finishes in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022, Charles-Barclay put it all together against arguably the deepest and most talented field in the history of the Ironman World Championship,


finishing three minutes clear of Anne Haug with another German, Laura Philipp, third. “It’s really hard to put it into words,” Charles-Barclay said. “I’ve been wanting this so badly since I started my career. It’s taken me five attempts and I’ve finally done it. I don’t think it’s sunk in whatsoever, but I’m just over the moon.”


1. Husband Reece was at the finish line for an emotional embrace as Lucy CharlesBarclay became world champion. 2-4. Charles-Barclay’s swim prowess is summed up in picture 2. She enjoyed a 1min 29sec lead on USA’s Haley Chrua out of the water. 5. LCB leads the pack onto the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. With as many as 16 professional women eventually going under 9hrs – the most ever at an Ironman World Championship race – it meant LCB could not let up on the bike. A 4:32:29 split proved she didn’t. 6. Anne Haug left it all out on the course, producing a Kona run course record of 2:48:23 to claim silver. The German beat the the previous best by over two minutes, set by Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) in 2014. 7. Germany’s Laura Philipp runs down Ali`i drive on the final stretch of the marathon en route to 3rd.



8. “All of the pro women were cheering me on, and to have their support even when we’re all out there suffering just shows how amazing this sport is.” 9. Fifth time lucky: Crowds line Ali’i drive to welcome home the new 2023 VinFast Ironman World Champion 10. Charles-Barclay is just the second person to win the pro world title after winning an Ironman World Championship Age-Group title. She was 18-24 champion in 2015. Lori Bowden won the 1999 pro title after claiming 25-29 honours in 1994. 11. Haug, Charles-Barclay and Philipp celebrate on the podium after starring in what was regarded as the deepest women’s field ever.



12,13. Cheers! LCB was just the second woman, after American Lyn Lemaire in the second-ever Ironman World Championship in 1979, to win from cannon to tape. 14. Tauranga’s Hannah Berry was a brilliant 11th on debut in 8:53:45. Her first ever sub 9hr Ironman was capped by a PB marathon split of 3:08:39. “I had a really strong day across all three [disciplines] and just had my best Ironman so can’t complain.” Indeed. 15. Fellow Kiwi Rebecca Clarke was 20th, three places lower than her own debut effort 12 months earlier but 20 minutes faster – highlighting a day of recordbreaking speed at the Big Dance on the Big Island spearheaded by LCB.




Nice Men F

or the first time in Ironman’s 40+ year history, Nice, France became the first location outside of the United States to host the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship triathlon as the men’s field took on the Côte d’Azur.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Athletes step on the pebbles beneath the blue Mediterranean waters of Nice’s ‘Baie des Anges’, the ‘Bay of Angels’, during the 3.8km ROKA Swim Course.

PICTURESQUE Athletes take in the stunning views of the Clues de Gréolières while descending the 112-mile FULGAZ Bike Course

FOOTSTEPS The four-loop 42.2km HOKA Run Course spanned end to end of the iconic Promenade des Anglais, passing alongside the famous beach clubs, the Chaises Bleues, and the monumental Negresco Hotel, all with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop.


RECIPE FOR SUCCESS ‘Top Chef Canada’ winner Dale Mackey added a new title of Ironman to his list of accomplishments, finishing in an impressive time of 13:16:51.


Ladies First M

ore than 2,000 athletes from 73 countries, regions and territories converged in KailuaKona, Hawai`i, for the women’s 2023 VinFast Ironman World Championship. October 14 was an historic day, the first ever standalone women’s IMWC.

KAILUA BAY KICKOFF Women have been an integral part of Ironman and the Ironman World Championship triathlon since the inaugural event in 1978, from Ironman Co-Founder Judy Collins helping to make the first races happen to owner and race director Valerie Silk moving the race to the Big Island and pioneering equal prize money for professional athletes.

LAVA LOVE From Kailua-Kona to the Hawi turnaround, returning back along the iconic Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, athletes experienced exposed terrain and crosswinds. Along with captivating views of lava fields, coastline, and ocean, the course also featured challenging climbs with an elevation gain of up to 1772 meters.

AUSSIE BATTLER Ultra-trail runner Lucy Bartholomew (above) became just the second woman ever to complete the UTMB World Series Finals in Mont-Blanc, where she finished 10th, and the Ironman Worlds in the same year. That’s nearly 400km just six weeks apart. The Australian finished Kona in 10:43:41 with a 3:30 marathon.

GIRL POWER Proving that women truly are Wahine Toa, all 2,097 starters who went into the water, finished the swim within the cut off. Additionally, the first women’s standalone race in Kona saw the highest single day finisher rate of any Ironman World Championship with 2,039 completing the event. That’s an epic 97.23 percent.



World Triathlon

2023 WTCS




Hayden Wilde

The results don’t lie but how did our Kiwi elites really fare this past WTCS season? We asked their coaches for an honest assessment.



That, through a lens focused heavily on Hayden Wilde, was the main Kiwi takeaway from another absorbing year of World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) racing. A season-opening puncture in Abu Dhabi, a penultimate round DNF in Paris you couldn’t possibly script, and a forgettable finals swim in Pontevedra - made worse by a penalty for dropping his swim cap - conspired to see the Kiwi No.1 ultimately finish world No.2. The flat tyre on Yas Island, bike crash/hip injury in Paris and the Spanish flop and drop cruelly robbed Wilde of the world title, just as an untimely bout of COVID-19 scuppered his 2022 bid at the final hurdle in Abu Dhabi. The incidents also overshadowed what otherwise could be generally categorised as a year of squad wise progression for the Kiwi elites. Indeed, World Triathlon’s premier series produced many highlights from a Kiwi perspective. There were Wilde’s wins in Yokohama and Hamburg culminating in a further step up the overall podium from 3rd to 2nd, back-to-back top 8s to help Nicole van der Kaay seal a Paris Olympics nomination to the NZOC, a mid-term purple patch for Dylan McCullough and the exciting emergence of Brea Roderick. To help put context around the season, TQ enlisted the help of the coaches of each of the Kiwis who raced in 2023. How did they rate their athlete’s season? And what areas have they identified as needing improvement for 2024? We’ve focused only on the Kiwis who raced WTCS races in 2023, not all those who are ranked. For example, Trent Thorpe finished the year 72nd on the list, the fourth best Kiwi male, but didn’t line up in any of the seven WTCS rounds this year. Our report card also only looks at WTCS races, not the U23 racing linked to Hamburg and Pontevedra. Without further ado, here are our 2023 WTCS Report Cards:

WTCS Ranking 2023: 2nd WTCS Ranking 2022: 3rd 2023 RESULTS Abu Dhabi: 46th Yokohama: 1st Cagliari: 2nd Montreal: DNS Hamburg: 1st Sunderland: 3rd Paris: DNF Pontevedra: 10th

HIGH Wilde’s win in Hamburg (pictured left), which doubled as the World Triathlon Sprint Championships, was especially memorable as it was the first time he’d edged his great British rival, Alex Yee, in a WTCS race they’d both finished. The Kiwi’s late surge on the bike and flawless T2 in the final was a thing of title-defining beauty. LOW It’s a toss-up between Paris and that early morning, slow speed bike crash riding to the Olympic test event venue, or the flat WTCS finals swim in Pontevedra. At least Wilde gets a shot at redemption in Paris next summer and will have banked some important intel, not least the intense River Seine tidal flow. Sadly, the Whakatane Falcon doesn’t get a do over in Pontevedra, rather left to rue a swim that meant another world title had slipped through his grasp. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “The one upside of this season is that hunger lingers in our campaign. We know Hayden is capable. We’ll be planning a race schedule with an aim of delivering a performance in Paris we know he’s capable of. The ultimate goal is to strike Olympic gold.” – CK

Coach Craig Kirkwood’s assessment For Hayden, 2023 was as turbulent as flying into Wellington Airport on any given day with smooth wins and podiums mixed with crashes, penalties, Super League short chutes (off topic I know but frustrating nonetheless!) and illness. Complete success was so close so many times yet kept out of reach due to factors that were simply out of our control. We knew the fitness, form and willingness to execute were there but it just didn’t come together when we needed it. I was proud and impressed with the resilience Hayden showed after each set back. Whenever he was upset, annoyed or frustrated, he quickly reset and turned his attention to what was next. Now that the season is over we can leave the bad luck in 2023, and turn 100 percent of our focus to Paris. The wins in Noosa and at the Melbourne 70.3 certainly bookended the year nicely.

Two years running, so close yet so far from the world title. Proud of the effort. Did everything I could on the bike and run to bring back a poor swim and on top of that a 15 sec penalty for dropping my swim cap. Really disappointed as I was proud of where my swimming form was but showed none of it on the weekend. – Wilde sums up his topsy-turvy WTCS campaign



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Dylan McCullough WTCS Ranking 2023: 26th WTCS Ranking 2022: 111th 2023 RESULTS Yokohama: 26th Montreal: 14th Hamburg: 45th Sunderland: 12th Paris: 49th Pontevedra: 21st

HIGH Sunderland was his career-best WTCS result but perhaps wouldn’t have happened without the confidence boost of a Kiwi-best 14th in Montreal. McCullough’s performance in Canada, where he produced an eye catching 15:09 5km split after a hypoxic scare in the swim, proved why the 22-year-old is one of the sport’s most exciting young prospects. LOW Falling ill after his 12th in the individual race in Sunderland, one of 57 athletes left stricken by the poor water quality off Roker Beach. It meant he missed the relay, after Quebec’s Forest fires had previously seen the Montreal MR cancelled. The reduction of the Paris MR to a duathlon due to the Seine’s water quality was another blow but not as disappointing as an individual performance that didn’t do his 2023 form justice. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “Dylan is an athlete I enjoy coaching as he communicates well, is honest with his ideas and feedback and he is prepared to do the work. Expect more to come from him in 2024.” – JH


I had a great swim start and was out the front but unfortunately went a bit hypoxic and lost feeling in my arms, which meant the swim then turned into survival mode. – McCullough post WTCS Montreal

Coach John Hellemans’ assessment Dylan has achieved most of his goals this year, including a significant improvement in his World and Olympic rankings and putting himself in the mix for possible Olympic selection with some solid results in WTCS and World Cup events. His running, which has always been his weak discipline, has gradually come up to a level where he is now competitive. He has achieved this with being able to train consistently for over a year. Dylan also did a stint of altitude training for the first time which he felt benefitted him during the second half of the season. Dylan is gradually showing his potential. We saw a glimpse of his potential as a MTR athlete when he ran shoulder to shoulder with Alex Yee in the Paris Olympic test event for most of the run off the bike.


Tayler Reid WTCS Ranking 2023: 31st WTCS Ranking 2022: 70th 2023 RESULTS Yokohama: 31st Montreal: 20th Hamburg: 11th Sunderland: 18th Paris: 25th Pontevedra: 40th

I couldn’t have done anything else today, I think I raced as perfectly as possible and that’s where it gave me today. I was really happy with how I executed. – Reid after his 25th placing at the Paris Olympic Test event

Coach Stephen Sheldrake’s assessment

HIGH Reid went within a whisker of joining Wilde in the Top 10 shootout at the World Sprint Championships in Hamburg, highlighting again his threshold for pain and ability to excel in rapid fire races (aka his London Super League bronze). Perhaps more important was the Paris standard distance test where he went from a pre-race puke to Kiwi P1 after Wilde’s WD. LOW The 40th in Pontevedra, like McCullough’s performance in Paris, didn’t do Reid justice. His buildup was hampered after crashing out of Super

League Toulouse three weeks earlier. Can swim and bike with the best of them but needs to find consistent 10km speed off the bike to strengthen his XXXIII Paris Olympic Games case. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “Tayler will need to lay down a big aerobic block of training with specific run blocks with better runners and targeted run events throughout the New Zealand summer to help him make the necessary gains with his running, specifically over the Olympic distance events.” – SS

A season of ups and downs for Tayler that produced strong performances at the New Plymouth World Cup with a silver medal, 11th at the World Sprint Championships in Hamburg, 25th at the Paris Test event and world class performances in the Hamburg and Sunderland MTR events. On the other side of the coin, getting sick for a lot of April, a small crash at WTCS Montreal and a big crash at Super League Toulouse did not help his build up to other important events. Tayler’s primary goal was to achieve 2 x Top 8’s at WTCS events to achieve a secondary Paris Olympic nomination, a target he fell short of. We know Tayler requires good 6-8 week blocks of training for a specific event to get the best out of him so a very targeted 2024 will be important to firstly gain selection to, and then perform at, the Olympics.



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Saxon Morgan WTCS Ranking 2023: 74th WTCS Ranking 2022: NA 2023 RESULTS Hamburg: 52nd Sunderland: 33rd

Coach John Hellemans’ assessment

HIGH After struggling in the individual races in Hamburg, Morgan responded by helping NZL secure bronze in the U23 relay championships. A week later, he produced arguably his finest WTCS performance in Sunderland. He has better results at the top level – 32nd in Montreal and 25th in Hamburg in 2021- but both those come with a pandemic period asterisk. LOW There is still debate whether it was high e.Coli levels in the water off Roker Beach or a Norovirus. Either way, it wiped out Morgan and room-mate McCullough, sucking much of the immediate joy out of his Sunderland performance. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “I enjoy coaching Saxon. There is trust in our relationship and we are both working hard to get him up to his potential. Next year will be an important year for him.” – JH


Plenty of positives to take away from the race and great experience racing at this level. Big step up racing the World Series but enjoying racing at the top level of our sport. – Morgan after WTCS Sunderland

Saxon had a somewhat frustrating year, almost typical for many under 23 athletes, somewhere in between the juniors and the big boys. Already a decent runner, Saxon has emphasised developing his swimming and biking this year. This has blunted his running progress somewhat, something which is not unusual for developing athletes. When focussing on one or two disciplines the third discipline is at risk of faltering. He is now closer to the action after the swim but on a few occasions just missed the front bunch by a whisker. His world ranking has improved to the degree that he now gets automatic starts in World Cup events but not quite in the WTCS.


Janus Staufenberg WTCS Ranking 2023: 111th WTCS Ranking 2022: Not Applicable 2023 RESULT Hamburg: 27th

HIGH Showed true grit to reach the top 30 at the WT Sprint Championship via the repechage. The performance capped a busy five weeks in Europe highlighted by victory at European Cup Holten. We wonder if Staufenberg could have advanced even further in Hamburg if he hadn’t raced so much beforehand. Not in doubt is the that stubborn ability, underscored with a Oceania Cup silver in Taupo earlier in 2023. LOW Like partner Olivia Thornbury, TQ would love to see Staufenberg race more at WTCS level but get that both want to nail their time at Otago Medical School. With his run prowess, watch out when the Wanakalad gets the chance to string a series of races together. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “Janus’ best race was left to a wet and windy day at in Holten where he won at Conti Cup level after coming so close in Taupo. His brave performance at the WT Sprint Championship on the back of five successive weeks racing showed what he’s capable of.” – ME

Coach Mark Elliott’s assessment Triathlon in 2023 for Janus and his partner Olivia Thornbury was always going to be a year of balancing training loads and a short, intensive European race phase with meeting the demands of massive medical content for exams in October as both are third year into their medical degrees. A block of European racing was slotted in during the mid-term University break. Racing from immersion in a chilly Dunedin winter to the balmy warmth of Austria and Hungary was a challenge as Europe was having a heat wave with temps in the high 30s. Janus felt strong on bike in a strong start in European Cup Kitzbühel, making the front bunch and slotting into the top three with 2km to go on the run. However the heat and jetlag took its toll over the final stages and top 10 position was a solid result after less than five days in Europe.

Definitely a big step. Obviously disappointing as it is [to get eliminated], you come here trying to do the best you can. You’ve got to take the positives away and a positive is just making the final and being amongst the top 30 in the world, yeah, things are going in the right direction. – Staufenberg immediately after elimination in Hamburg



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Kyle Smith WTCS Ranking 2023: 118th WTCS Ranking 2022: NA 2023 RESULTS Abu Dhabi: 30th Montreal: 46th

HIGH There were high hopes, especially after Smith’s Oceania Cup form and his Arena Games bronze in London, of a decent push for Paris. The 30th placing in Abu Dhabi hinted the Taupo triathlete was finding his feet back in short course. Sadly, the WTCS opener proved the best of two chances at the top level. LOW You can’t fault Smith’s commitment as he also travelled to World Cups in Mexico and Czech Republic chasing ranking points. Ultimately, his 36th

in Huatulco and DNF in Karlovy Vary have limited the Taupo fighter’s chances at the top level. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS It will be fascinating to see if short course racing figures in Smith’s 2024 plans given a topsy turvy year. Won Ironman 70.3 Ireland in August and stated on social media that he wished he could have raced the full Ironman Worlds in Nice. Perhaps we’ll see Smith racing the Ironman 70.3 worlds in Taupo in late 2024?

Really tough day for me back In the short course world. Haven’t quite figured it out to be honest. Terrible swim. Smacked my Achilles on my pedal…. 390wNP for an hour. Started running. Tumbled backwards and my Achilles was not in a good way so was safer to pull the plug. Which I hate doing but I’m racing a 70.3 on Sunday so didn’t want to risk it. On to the next one. – Smith after World Cup Karlovy Vary on Sep. 10



Nicole van der Kaay WTCS Ranking 2023: 19th WTCS Ranking 2022: 38th

Coach Stephen Sheldrake’s assessment

2023 RESULTS Yokohama: 27th Montreal: 42nd Hamburg: 6th Sunderland: 8th Paris: 26th Pontevedra: 37th

HIGH After her perfect 5-5 Oceania campaign, it was only a matter of time before NVDK showed her true potential at WTCS level. That moment came in Hamburg where she also snared relay silver as the Team NZL anchor. 8th place at Sunderland a fortnight later meant she had met the secondary criteria for a Paris ’24 nomination to the NZOC. LOW Baby oil. Not normally a hazard but it proved thus in Montreal where NVDK hit a bump on the bike and crashed spectacularly as her hands slid off her handlebars. That hurt but not half as much as her 26th and 37th place finishes in Paris and Pontevedra where her struggles in the water surfaced again. NVDK doesn’t need telling what the key 2024 work-on is over Christmas. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “Nicole will continue to turn over every stone with her swimming to make the necessary gains, particularly over

Even on not a great day, I was still good enough to get that position so really happy with that and it takes a bit of pressure off [meeting the NZOC nomination criteria] so I can enjoy the next few months. – Nicole van der Kaay after Sunderland

the 1500m to will allow her to be competitive in Paris. She will be in the gym with a specific S&C programme that will help with not only her swim progress but allow her to be a strong, robust athlete.” – SS

At the end of 2022, Nicole’s world ranking wasn’t high enough to guarantee WTCS starts. This was mainly due to racing the 2022 Super League and bypassing the later season World Cup events, as well as a sub-par WTCS grand final in Abu Dhabi due to gastro issues. This required Nicole to start racing in 2023 earlier than normal where a perfect 5-5 in Oceania events quickly elevated her ranking. While Nicole wanted to have a consistent year of international racing, the primary goal was to achieve the secondary Paris Olympic nomination of 2 x WTCS Top8’s, duly ticked off in Hamburg and Sunderland. On reflection, the early start to the year, which could not be avoided to a degree, had a bearing on the later part of 2023, therefore the start of 2024 will be delayed to make sure Nicole has the time to work on areas of weakness.



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Ainsley Thorpe WTCS Ranking 2023: 36th WTCS Ranking 2022: 47th 2023 RESULTS Abu Dhabi: 17th Yokohama: 43rd Montreal: 30th Hamburg: 21st Sunderland: 42nd Paris: 17th Pontevedra: 39th

HIGH Thorpe was so despondent after her 42nd place in Sunderland that she gave herself a “no stress” pass for Paris, even admitting she had been targeting the relay as the priority of her week in the French capital. It proved less stress, Kiwi best success at the Olympic Test Event and could well be a cut and paste strategy moving ahead. LOW There was disappointment for Thorpe in Yokohama and Sunderland where she backed up good races at the previous round with off-key performances. The upside in Sunderland was her great leg in Team NZL’s 4th place in the relay the very next day. The Cambridge-based Aucklander clearly had a point to prove. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “We will be more specific planning around pinnacle events and with our lead in to events. A key is closing the gap to the top 10 swimmers and we’ll also work on areas outside of triathlon with key support staff. There’ll be some experimentation with new aspects of preparation in the second half of the season.” – BH

Coach Bruce Hunter’s assessment It’s been a season of learning and experimenting with training and how best to prepare for specific events. The main focus was to build a season around consistent training load and being able to find what Ainsley can tolerate. The purpose for this was to build confidence leading into 2024 that the work required has been done and she can continue to develop critical aspects within all three disciplines. While some of the key races have gone to plan, others have fallen short with the training load being too high or intense. The one thing that still impresses me with Ainsley is her ability to bounce back from events that haven’t gone to plan and the resilience she continues to show. It will be a perfect year when bad luck hasn’t found its way into the season, so here’s hoping next year will be that year.

I have the confidence that I have the ability to be in the team next year over the individual and MTR [Mixed Team Relay]. I was more focusing on the MTR this race but the individual went pretty well so yeah, I’m really happy. – Thorpe post the Paris Olympic Games Test Event



Brea Roderick WTCS Ranking 2023: 48th WTCS Ranking 2022: NA 2023 RESULTS Montreal: 34th Hamburg: 41st Sunderland: 28th Paris: 24th

Coach Bruce Hunter’s assessment

HIGH When Roderick stepped in as a late replacement for Olivia Thornbury in Montreal, she can never have imagined she would get three further WTCS starts. Her fighting performance in Paris, given the setting and the depth of field chasing Olympic qualification, showed NZL has a doggedly determined competitor with many Games experiences in her future. LOW Given her inexperience, it’s hard to pick a poor individual performance so we’ll defer to her snafu in the relay in Sunderland where Roderick incurred a 10 second penalty for inadvertently racking her bike in an Aussie parking spot. Needless to say, the Cantabrian won’t mix up the Aussie flag with the Kiwi one again. We hope! 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “We will continue to take advantage of opportunities and focus on identified areas of swim, bike and

It was just a shock to even be able to get on to the start list this year and to be at the front with the top girls for most of the race and to finish up 24th, I’m absolutely stoked with that, it’s amazing. – Roderick after her dream Paris Olympic Test Event performance

run development. The focus is still long-term development so not being reactive to what gets thrown at us. The key is to remain injury free and enjoying the journey.” – BH

It’s been a massive season for Brea with the main objective being to take every opportunity and run with it. We were constantly working off two plans throughout the year and having to manage expectations around quantity and quality of races, training load and travelling. A huge year of learning which will be invaluable moving into 2024 and beyond. One of the most pleasing things to see has been how adaptable Brea has been to the situations thrown at her. Stepping up onto the WTCS circuit is a huge challenge and can be extremely daunting but she’s taken it in her stride and has set herself up well for next year. Brea will continue to build a solid training foundation to ensure she is in the best shape possible for next season. The only downside has been that the Australian and New Zealand flags [MR mix ups in Taupo and Sunderland] are very similar. We might need to do some geography lessons!



World Triathlon It was awesome to be racing the best in the world, something that I didn’t think I would be doing this year. It’s a great opportunity to find out your weaknesses and take that home to work on. –Goodisson after the WT Finals in Spain

Eva Goodisson WTCS Ranking 2023: 133rd WTCS Ranking 2022: 113th 2023 RESULT Pontevedra: 46th

Coach Chris Willett’s assessment This year has continued to be a huge learning curve for Eva who has been tested at every turn. Whist the run is a continuing project on return from her back injury injury, Eva’s swim and bike have dialled in to the top tier allowing her to be at the front of races until T2. We cherry picked some events early season to hone race skills and sharpen the craft as we built towards the WTCS Finals in Pontevedra as a ‘best case scenario’ to be competitive. Eva’s mental fortitude to ‘stay in the grind’ should be commended as she has worked through such a huge deviation in her development.


HIGH Merely making it on to the start line at the World Triathlon Championship Finals in Spain was a win given Goodisson’s lengthy fight back from a neural back injury. At 6mins 30secs adrift of winner Beth Potter, there is no camouflaging the 25-year-old is still off the pace at the top level but she took solace from being barely a minute behind Kiwi No.1 Nicole van der Kaay. LOW Not so much a low, more a slow burning frustration, has been Goodisson’s running. It’s little surprise that it is taking longer for her leg speed to

return given pounding the streets is hardly the idea way to mend a tender back. The upside has been increased pedal power and swim performance. Roll on 2024. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “All eyes for 2024 will focus on Eva’s run capacity. Re-building the neural pathways to run fast will be challenging but Eva is committed to progressing back through the Oceania season. Beyond that, we’ll plan around some Conti and World Cup events in Europe and Asia before locking in any WTCS starts.” – CW


Olivia Thornbury WTCS Ranking 2023: NA WTCS Ranking 2022: NA 2023 RESULT Hamburg: 44th

HIGH A WTCS debut is special at any venue but Hamburg was particularly memorable given the raucous crowds and the fact Thornbury got to race not once but twice in the Super Sprint format. The Otago Medical Student was 24th in her heat and then 13th of 19 in her repechage and knows the power gains required to compete at the very top. LOW Like partner Janus Staufenberg, Thornbury’s performance in Germany left TQ wanting more. It’s clear the Invercargill flyer has the tools to compete at WTCS level and it will be fascinating to see her string a series of races together once her studies allow. 2024 WORK ON AND TARGETS “Again, my comments are similar here to Janus’ earlier. Both had very similar race outcomes over the Europe phase and the goals for 2024 are similar. We’ll build base over early summer with bike racing and swim/run aquathons in Wanaka and then target World Cups in NZ and Australia to build on the lessons from Europe.” – ME

Coach Mark Elliott’s assessment You could pretty much take my comments on Olivia’s partner Janus six pages back in this WTCS report and cut and paste them here. They were basically joined at the hip with sport and study in 2023, the difference being Janus won European Cup Holten and Olivia was 3rd. Olivia was happy with her early race swim positions coming out close to front, however that’s still a work on at higher level races. The big learning came via her late slot into the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Hamburg. After racing five weekends in a row, it was a tall order to hold form, however both Olivia and Janus lapped up the racing and performed strongly in the early heats and repechage races to cap off five races in five weeks. It was then time to head back home for the next challenge and study for exams.

Wow, what an epic five weeks I had in my first taste of racing and touring around Europe! A mixed bag of results for me but for a first timer experiencing this level of competition, I’m pretty proud with how it all went. – Thornbury on her intensive European schedule




The Big Race


From Mãngere Bridge to Townsville. That’s the giddy journey a swag of the fastest performers at the Auckland City Tri Club Duathlon Championships in August are still riding. By Kent Gray | Photos by Auckland City Tri Club




new venue produced storylines as inspirational as ever at the Auckland City Tri Club Duathlon Championships in August. After 13 editions in Pukekohe, the event was shifted to Ambury Regional Park and the Māngere Bridge playground did not disappoint. Two hundred athletes representing 15 clubs and 43 schools competed in what doubled as the opening event of the 2023-24 Tri NZ Suzuki Series, incorporating the NZ Age Group, Para and Schools Duathlon Championships. Up and down the results sheets, performances popped out. Triathlon Tauranga’s Andrew Lloyd claimed the fastest full course time, ticking off the 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run in a breezy 56:23 to win the 3034 category. Canterbury Triathlon Club’s Abe O’Donnell was only a shade slower – 56:56 – in capturing the hotly contested 20-24 title from Tauranga’s Liam Miller, a Long Distance Aquabike champion at the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Ibiza, Spain in May. Townsville will host the next global Multisport Championships and O’Donnell is set to be there next August as a first timer at a World Triathlon event. All three of the Miller boys – Liam, brother Blake and their father Paul – have also qualified for Townsville. As a medallist in Ibiza, Liam, like twin Blake who won the 20-24 Aquathlon world title, automatically earn slots in Townsville but Liam doubled down anyway. Paul was 5th in the 50-54th





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race at Ambury but within 20 percent of the winner’s time - owned by Tauranga clubmate Grant Clifton - so also punched his ticket to Australia. New Zealand is set to send a big team to Townsville after the remainder of the Suzuki Series plays out this summer and it will include AJ Cornwall and his daughters Hayley and Tayla. AJ won the 45-49 title at Ambury, Tayla was 6th in the U16 schools race while Hayley, also representing Palmerston North Girls’ High School, was runner-up to Mt Maunganui College’s Lulu Johnson in the senior girls (U19) race. Finnley Oliver made it a senior double for Mt Maunganui College when he captured the U19 boys’ title from Marlborough Boys’ Ryan Marfell and Westlake Boys’ High School’s Jett Curteis. Auckland City Triathlon Club’s Lisa Cross produced the fastest0 female time of 1:05:10 to win the 40-44 title from Tri NZ Community Advisor and North Harbour Triathlon Club’s Anna Russell. Promising Auckland City junior Charlotte Brown also shone with a time of 1:06:12 to capture the 16-19 title and day’s second fastest time. Steve Donnelly (BV2), Kurt Peterson (PTS4) and Fiona Southorn (PTS5) won para titles in impressive times of 1:26:31, 1:24:24 and 1:19:53 respectively. The next Tri NZ Suzuki Series events are the NZ Standard Distance Triathlon Championships at Gen x Homes/Marra Tinman in Tauranga on November 19, and the NZ Mid Distance Triathlon Championships at OxMan in Oxford, North Canterbury on November 26. OxMan serves as the main Mid Distance qualifier for Townsville while Tinman is a qualifier for the 2024 World Triathlon Age Group Championships in Malaga, Spain next October.




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hose of us on social media can’t get away from the hype and discussion around so-called “Zone 2” training. Like many discussions oline, you might easily be mistaken for thinking that “Zone 2” training is a brand-new and somehow magical training construct and the only way to achieving your endurance training goals. While that is not the case, training in Zone 2 is one of the core pillars of my training philosophy when working with endurance athletes and long-distance triathletes in particular. In this article, I’ll clear up some of the confusion around Zone 2 training and offer my rationale for why accumulating a large volume of low-intensity training is important.

“...I offer my rationale for why accumulating a large volume of low-intensity training is so important.” What does “Zone 2” mean? Before discussing why Zone 2 training might be important, we need to nail down what it means. In zone 2 training, athletes and coaches use a five-zone

model of exercise intensity. Zone 1 is very easy, recovery intensities, and the transition defines the top of Zone 2 from physiologically moderate to heavy intensity exercise. This boundary, which is used to define the threshold between Zones 2 and 3, is referred to by various names and estimated using different methods, e.g., the first ventilatory threshold (VT1), the lactate threshold (LT or LT1), the gas exchange threshold (GET), or even the aerobic threshold (AeT). In science, we consistently muddy the waters with our inconsistent terminologies! So, from a physiological perspective, Zone 2 exercise refers to moderate intensities characterised by low and stable blood lactate concentrations, well-controlled ventilation, and low(ish) perceived effort. When exercising in Zone 2, you should be able to hold a conversation relatively easily, so we might also refer to Zone 2 exercise as a “conversational” pace. For more information about establishing the aerobic threshold (the top of Zone 2), read our previous blog here. We routinely estimate the power outputs, running speeds, and heart rates achieved by individual athletes at this moderate-toheavy intensity transition using the VT1 and LT methods. One of the fundamental reasons we do this is to define the upper intensity of Zone 2, so we can programme training and monitor the training load accordingly. Overleaf is an example curve of blood lactate concentration plotted against power output obtained from a standard incremental exercise test with a cyclist. We identified the power output at the lactate threshold – the first rise in blood lactate concentration versus baseline values – and then used this to define the power outputs we consider to be in Zone 2.



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Why train in Zone 2? A question I am often asked and have asked myself is, “What is so special about Zone 2?” Why is there such hype around Zone 2 training? This is a good question, and I will do my best to offer my perspective here. As an applied exercise physiologist, I do come straight back to physiology. We know that when working in the moderate-intensity domain under the lactate threshold, and therefore in Zone 2, the physiological stress generated is characteristically different from the

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physiological stress generated above it. For example, we know that the autonomic stress generated is lower, reducing the recovery required following the session compared to exercise in the heavy or severe-intensity domains above the lactate threshold. This was borne out in a controlled laboratory study of athletes by Prof. Stephen Seiler. Marco Altini and I recently demonstrated the same effect in a big data study of HRV4Training users. Therefore, regulating and controlling a significant portion of our training hours

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below the lactate threshold in Zone 2 facilitates the accumulation of a larger overall training volume, as these sessions do not require significant recovery periods. This is the key rationale behind polarised or pyramidal training intensity distributions, discussed by Prof. Stephen Seiler here. If the rationale for Zone 2 training is only about managing stress, why not just rest between your high-intensity workouts instead? We know intuitively that accumulating a large overall training volume is likely to be a good thing, and we have physiological data to support this. A recent meta-analysis found that adaptations to mitochondrial protein content – the sites of aerobic metabolism inside cells – is linked to training volume. More mitochondria will likely allow us to achieve higher power outputs and running speeds at the physiological thresholds and, therefore, faster sustainable paces for our


endurance events. More mitochondria also allow us to metabolise fat at faster rates during exercise. So, accumulating a large overall training volume, which we can achieve via careful intensity discipline whereby a significant amount of training is performed in Zone 2, likely helps us generate some of the key adaptations we seek in our training programmes. An outstanding study published last year allows us to put even more meat on the bone. The study led by McMaster University in Canada found that 12-week blocks of low-intensity and sprint interval training enhanced mitochondrial protein content in fast-twitch type II fibres, increased mitochondrial protein content in slow-twitch type I fibres was only observed after the lowintensity training block. This data, therefore, suggests that lower-intensity training is somehow inherently favourable for inducing mitochondrial adaptations in slow-twitch fibres and so needs to be included in the training programme of endurance athletes, where the performance of slow-twitch muscle is critical for performance.

It’s not all Zone 2 Hopefully I have demonstrated on the left why I think accumulating a significant portion of your training week – perhaps 70-85% - in the so-called “Zone 2” might be beneficial for endurance athletes. It is

“It is important to recognise here that in the build-up to an event, we will need some training at higher intensities...” important to recognise here that in the build-up to an event, we will need some training at higher intensities above the lactate threshold in Zones 3-5. Highintensity training is great for disturbing homeostasis, inducing significant stress, and driving adaptations – some of which are important and distinct from the adaptations that occur with Zone 2 training. For example, the meta-analysis I mentioned above showed that training intensity is linked to adaptations to mitochondrial respiratory function. So, while training volume seems important for building mitochondrial protein, the intensity may be important for tuning them up to work most effectively. The types of higher-intensity sessions we perform will vary depending on the goal of the session and the training block. We discuss how to programme high-intensity training at length on our courses and provide sessions and programmes in line with my training philosophy in the Endure IQ Squad.

Summary Hopefully, you can see why Zone 2 training – close to but below the lactate threshold – is a core component of the training programmes I put together for endurance athletes, but not the only intensity we use. Zone 2 training induces relatively little physiological stress and therefore helps facilitate the accumulation of a large overall training volume. Training volume appears to be linked to positive adaptations to mitochondrial protein content, which is some of the key objectives of endurance training. Lower-intensity training appears favourable for building mitochondrial protein content in the slow-twitch, type I fibres we rely on in endurance sports. Higher-intensity training generates other key adaptations and should be carefully included within our training programmes. Below I have included a series of Zone 2 training sessions you might use in your training.

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If you have VT1 (or LT)

If you don’t have VT1 (or LT)

6-9 sets of 2 min at 85% of VT1 power/ pace, 8 min at 95% of VT1 power/pace

2 min intensity should be easy 8 min intensity should still be ‘conversational’, but require concentration (~75-85% of FTM)

Long outdoor runs/rides with a HR cap of VT1

Use the ‘talk test’ – you should be able to talk in full sentences relatively easily

90+ min at 95% of VT1 HR, including sets of 7+ x 5 min at 70-75 revs-1

Use the ‘talk test’ – you should be able to talk in full sentences relatively easily

Get more training tips and individualised plans from Dr. Dan Plews at Endure IQ




I ate Radix for 30 days. Here’s what happened… Tri NZ CEO Pete De Wet decided to put his mouth where Radix Nutrition’s R&D money is. What happened in the month-long experiment living the brand of Tri NZ’s Mixed Relay team sponsor?


meeting at Radix Nutrition HQ in Horotiu near Hamilton got me thinking. The overview of the pioneering Kiwi company’s development, and how its products are helping some of sport’s biggest names compete on the international stage from founder and CEO Mike Rudling was convincing. But how would this translate to


an average ‘Joe Punter’? How could Radix’s scientifically-formulated, 100% natural, freeze dried meals, recovery smoothies and protein powder assist the humble weekend warrior, that band of incredible folk who turn up each week to participate in triathlon? I knew a guy, one suffering from a little imposter syndrome, willing to find out. For the record, it is officially a stretch to refer to myself as a weekend warrior. I haven’t been out participating since the Tri Taranaki Festival in March, the one where I underestimated the benefit of training before doing a triathlon. So maybe, I should rather go with ‘Average Joe’. Still, the seed had been sown and in the car on the way back to Auckland, we hatched a plan. I would attempt to eat nothing but Radix meals for 30 straight

days. That was going to be 90 freeze dried meals. Ambitious? Yes, especially since I was just about to attend the World Triathlon Congress and WTCS Finals in Pontevedra, Spain. But hey, what better way to demonstrate how easy it is to get a healthy, balanced meal three times a day, even when travelling to the other side of the world? All I needed was a jug to boil some water. How hard could it be? Back at the office, I duly completed an order form for 90 meals - with half timed to arrive before my trip and the balance when I got back. And here’s where the genius of Radix and their product began revealing itself. The very next morning, a courier dropped off a sturdy box full of product – less than 24 hours after I placed my initial order. An impressive start.


“I did get some strange looks on my initial Singapore Airlines flight when I went back to the galley to request some boiling water for my dinner, Radix’s tasty Indian Curry…” Hola Nutrition Bags packed, I headed off to Spain, a journey that took 76 hours door to door due to a number of delayed connections. Fortunately, I had easy access to a healthy, nutritious and easily preprepared meal whenever I needed one. I did get some strange looks on my initial Singapore Airlines flight when I went back to the galley to request some boiling water for my dinner, Radix’s tasty Indian Curry which remains my favourite of all the meal flavours. The flight attendants happily provided the water but the strange looks I got when I asked if I could just eat it at the back with them made me realise it was not

a place where crew wanted to hang with passengers. But that was ok, the meal in a bag was still piping hot when I returned to my seat. With that, I was able to have a Radix meal at 30,000 feet with very little fuss. I was now one day in, three meals down, 87 to go. Easy… Well, not so much, despite the relative ease of preparing the meals. Rather, a number of delays and long hours in the airport meant I was a little grumpy and preferred to have the food on offer at the airport, and a cheeky G&T to help improve my travel weary mood. Once I arrived at my hotel in Pontevedra, I was back on track - albeit without a jug in my room which meant I had to prepare a few meals with hot water out of the tap.

This worked well for the breakfasts but the other meals really needed boiling water. Fear not, for across the road from the hotel was a general store where I was able to purchase a collapsible travel jug. No more excuses.

The results At this point you’re probably going, oh no, how many more of the remaining 80 odd meals do we need to read about? Well, none actually. I didn’t quite succeed in my attempt to eat 90 Radix meals in 30 days - I fell 13 short. The results were remarkable nonetheless and what I found most pleasing was the way I felt. I was never hungry. I liked most of the flavours – save for the Falafel option - and was able to drop 6kgs all up in 30 days. Bonus. So will I continue to eat Radix meals? Too right I will. The breakfasts are delicious and so easy to prepare and the other meals are easy to pop into your work bag and prepare on the go. They’ve helped me shed some of my winter baggage and so as I prepare to move from Average Joe to fully (ahem) fledged Weekend Warrior, Radix is the perfect partner to help me do that. Give Radix Nutrition a try. You don’t have to go all-in like I did but from my experience, even a little Radix will make a huge difference to your well-being and performance.




Targeting an international event such as a World Triathlon age group championship or ‘bucket-list’ Ironman, Challenge Family or PTO race? Take these simple nutrition tips with you.


ravelling overseas to race is exciting but it can also present some challenges. There are many things to organise; event registration, transporting bikes, booking accommodation, flights and transfers. There may also be language barriers to navigate. You will want to arrive at your destination healthy, well-nourished, wellhydrated and well-rested, so you are ready to perform at your best. Planning your nutrition will be a key to success.

Prepare for the Journey Travelling to your destination often interrupts your usual training routine, as well as disrupting your normal eating and sleep patterns. Understand your flight schedule, including flight travel times and


Kim Abbott is Tri NZ’s Lead Performance Nutritionist and works as a Performance Nutritionist at HPSNZ. She is a NZ Registered Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian

length of any stopovers. Check on-line what foods are available at airports. Airport food and water can be very expensive, so packing your own snacks for the flight and stopovers is a great idea. Be prepared for the time spent clearing customs on arrival, the travel time of transfers to your accommodation and unexpected delays. Some snack ideas include: » Freeze-dried meals. Radix Nutrition has a great variety of breakfasts, meals and smoothies » Muesli bars, nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, bliss balls, pretzels, beef jerky, pita crisps, crackers » Small cans of creamed rice, chickpeas, tuna » Flavoured milks, juices

Be sure to check what food products you cannot take into the destination country. You can find links on the MPI website. The dry environment of a plane cabin can lead to dehydration, particularly on long haul flights. Also, the confined space increases the risk of exposure of airborne germs. Saliva contains many antimicrobial properties that help you fight off airborne germs. Staying well hydrated, with regular fluid intake throughout the flight, helps maintain good saliva flow. Aim to drink one cup of water for each hour of the flight. Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Carry a personal drink bottle throughout your journey. Fill it up every chance you get, particularly prior to boarding the plane.


Taking nutrition offshore

BACK TO START LIST Developing a gastrointestinal illness before the race could impact your ability to train and compete. If you want to take leftover food back to your accommodation, ensure it is refrigerated within 2 hours of being cooked. If the food is sitting at room temperature for longer than this, don’t risk it and throw it away. Know whether it is safe to drink the water and any other food hygiene recommendations relevant to the country. You can find additional information HERE.

Manage hotel living

Aim to arrive at your destination well ahead of the race, so you have time to recover from the travel and acclimatise to your new environment. Eat and sleep at local times as soon as possible to help you adjust to the new time zone. Avoid caffeine after 3pm, even if you are tired from the journey, as this may impact on your ability to sleep later. Eating a high carbohydrate snack before bed may help you sleep at night.

Know your destination If you are travelling to an unfamiliar location, do your research before you travel. Familiarise yourself with the local cuisine of the country, particularly the main carbohydrate and protein food sources. If you have “go-to” fueling or recovery foods,

pack a supply in your luggage if there is even a chance it may not be available in the race country. Investigate what sports foods will be provided at the race aid stations. Are the products available in New Zealand so you can trial them in training before you depart? If not, take tried and tested products with you. Do not trial a new product on race day and risk stomach upsets. Research what grocery stores are near your accommodation, along with their opening hours. If there is nothing close by or you have limited transport options, look for an on-line order and delivery service that can deliver groceries soon after you arrive. Locate nearby cafes and restaurants and check out their menus on-line, particularly if you will be relying on eating out.

“Familiarise yourself with the local cuisine, particularly the main carbohydrate and protein food sources.”

Choosing accommodation with a full kitchen is a great option. Having the freedom to cook for yourself gives you more control over your food choices, reducing the reliance on eating out and convenience foods. If you are staying in a hotel room, check what food storage and cooking facilities will be available. Will the room have a fridge, microwave, or kettle? Check this information on the hotel website or contact the hotel directly if it isn’t clear. Knowing what you will and won’t have access to can help you plan any extra items to pack in your luggage (e.g., a breakfast cereal bowl, cutlery, keep cup). Hotel breakfast buffets often provide a wide variety of options. Aim to eat only familiar foods prior to the race and enjoy the unfamiliar local foods once the competition is over. If you prefer to prepare your own race day breakfast, but have limited cooking facilities, try these inventive ideas: Use the kettle to boil eggs Place eggs carefully in a kettle (you need a kettle without a coil on the bottom). Fill the kettle with water to ~2.5 cm above the eggs. Turn the kettle on to boil. Ensure the kettle turns off as soon as it starts boiling. Leave the eggs in the kettle for ~10 minutes. Remove the eggs and place them in cold water. Peel and eat. Use the iron to make toast or toasted sandwiches Wrap bread in tin foil. Heat the iron to the highest temperature setting (use a dry setting, not steam). Place the iron on top of the tinfoil package and apply light pressure. After ~3-4 minutes, repeat on the other side. Unwrap the toast and add your favourite toppings. This method can also be used to make toasted sandwiches.






Drilled in speed Ainsley Thorpe has Oceania Cup, World Cup and World Championship mixed relay silver medals to show for a 2023 campaign that underlined her steady all-round progression on the world stage – and highlighted plenty of untapped potential besides. You don’t podium in elite sprint races without foot speed but the Auckland 25-year-old knows the secret to close out races isn’t simply a matter of pounding the pavement and racking up the training miles. Specific drills focused on technique, explosiveness and stamina, vital for when fatigue inevitably sets in late in important races, is key to unlocking speed. Here Thorpe shares three drills she regularly works on to help you take your running to the next level.




Talent Pool The importance of Birkenhead Leisure Centre in the rise and rise of NHTC GO TO PAGE 110

Payne Gains

Race Guide

Clydesdale to OxMan

Tri NZ Suzuki Series bible




Technically Speaking Unsung hero GO TO PAGE 118






HUGE Payne Gains From Clydesdale to OxMan to Ironman and onwards, Matt Payne’s story is a calling card for the benefits of the healthy tri – and club - life. The Canterbury Triathlon Club member shares his inspirational journey with Kent Gray.

“The thing is, when you are like really heavy, you don’t even realise how bad you felt.”

t’s no surprise Matt Payne’s training has been a little “inconsistent” in the countdown to OxMan, what with him being in the final throws of a PhD in bioengineering. If he’s honest, it’s been a little tough getting going again too after all the sacrifice that went into hearing those immortal words, “You are an IRONMAN!”, at Taupo in March. Still, all being equal, the 37-year-old won’t be last in the 5th edition of New Zealand’s newest long course triathlon, all 115km of it on the outskirts of the picturesque North Canterbury farming town of Oxford. That’s not meant as a slight, rather a contextualised doff of TQ’s cap to one most inspirational triathletes set to line up in the November 25 half. You see, when Payne committed to racing his first OxMan not long after the South Island came out of lockdown in early 2021, he tipped the scales at a hefty 136kg. That’s 21½ stone in old money or 300 pounds in the U.S., where, in 2014, USA Triathlon cleverly adopted a dedicated ‘Clydesdale’ category for men over 220 pounds (100kg), alongside a ‘Athenas’ division for females over 165 pounds (75kg). Fast-forward to today and the former bricklayer turned adult University of Canterbury student has slashed 30kg en route to two OxMan medals, a never-to-be-sneezed at time of 13:25:47 at Ironman New Zealand and a much, much happier way of life.

“Oh yeah, I feel so much better,” Payne told TQ. “The thing is, when you are like really heavy, you don’t even realise how bad you felt. When you lose the weight, you realise how good you can actually feel…like you don’t have to stress out if you have to go up three or four flights of stairs at Uni and stuff like that. “It’s so nice to go out on a bike ride for four hours where you could never do that before. Now it’s a really do-able thing, I can go out and do a really nice ride around the bays and enjoy the views, whereas before it wouldn’t have even of been an option.” The bike leg was the thing Payne feared most ahead of his 2021 Oxman debut. By the time he been cajoled into entering the race by pal Chris Cameron, they’d already been swimming to help Cameron nurse his way back from a back injury, and then stepped it up with spin classes. Payne had also run in his early 20s before everyday life – chiefly helping with the Christchurch rebuild and settling down with his partner - kept him out of sport for the best part of 15 years. That meant he wasn’t overly fazed by the 21.1km run either but the bike cutoff of 3½ hours was a worry given he was clocking best efforts of 3h 40min in training. Payne needn’t have fretted. He knocked the 92km out in 3:26:09 en route to an overall time of 6:52:03 – good enough



BACK TO START LIST for 71st of the 72 finishers. His placing was irrelevant, the finishers’ medal a badge of glorious Clydesdale honour. Having a training partner has been huge in Payne’s triathlon journey, an intimidating sport permeated with lithe whippets whizzing with body mass indexes that must make those with ‘IM’ tattoos even more painful to ink. The decision to jump on Cameron’s coattails when he sought out coaching advice was also a masterstoke. The coach they chose was John Newsom who just happens to double as OxMan Race Director. “For me, I think it was having people to go out [and train] with because I probably wouldn’t have gone on my own,” Payne says when asked for his advice to others built big. “You get out and start doing these things and then you start to realise it’s not that bad and no one really cares what you look like anyway. “The next step was having to train under John [Newsom] because suddenly I felt accountable to someone, like I had to get the things done. That really helped me to be consistent and also John was talking a lot about how losing weight would help so I also felt, maybe not pressure, but I wanted to lose weight to make it easier.” Easy it wasn’t, not initially at least. In fact, it never is but that’s half the fun. “I had a lot of injuries at the start because I run in a weird way too, I don’t even put my heels down. So my calf was taking loads of strain, I had constant injuries, a lot of time out where I could only do swimming and cycling, then start bringing walking back in and physio. “But since the weight has come down, I haven’t had anything like that. It was hard at the start but it’s all good now.” Joining the Canterbury Triathlon Club has helped Payne fast-track his progression to the point where he went from



the big guy in the slow lane at the pool to an Ironman. “They’ve got their spin session and, oh, I’ve got to say their swimming lessons were awesome too. I learned heaps so that’s another thing, having that support from Craig Moore who runs their swimming sessions, just getting tips every week, every week you get something to work on. I saw my swim times get way better after six months of those [sessions].” That became glaringly and gloriously obvious when Payne finished last year’s Oxman in 5:36:50. The mammoth 1h 15min difference in 12 months were made up of swim, bike and run splits that were 5min 10sec, nearly 32mins and 40mins 40secs slicker respectively. Huge Payne gains in more ways than one. Payne describes his decision to turn his back on bricklaying to study engineering as an early “mid-life crisis”. His PhD could well end up being lifesaving as he’s specialised in making low-cost versions of medical equipment that already exists to make them more accessible. There aren’t many employment opportunities in that field in NZ which might eventually necessitate a move to Australia or even further afield. Mind you, Payne is loving the tri life in Canterbury and why not with events like The Oxman and the Sea2Sky Challenge to look forward to each summer. Full circle back to OxMan then, what’s the goal this year, Matt? “To be honest, I’ve been a little inconsistent with training this year but I’d like to at least maybe match my 5h 36min time but it might not happen. Since Ironman I’ve been pretty on and off, I’ve only really picked it up for the last six or seven weeks consistently. Anything under six hours would be good.” The Hornby resident has nothing to prove but we’re guessing he’ll go so again anyway.

“…you start to realise it’s not that bad and no one really cares what you look like anyway.” TRIATHLON QUARTERLY




Don’t dream of wearing the Silver Fern offshore, get to a Tri NZ Suzuki Series race and make it happen! Our guide to the Tri NZ – World Triathlon eco-system explains all.

NZL World Champs Selection Info

2024 World Triathlon Selection Nomination Form

Special Circumstances Application (SCA)




World Triathlon Age Group Championship

World Triathlon Multisport Championship

World Triathlon Age Group Championships

Pontevedra, Spain – Sept. 22-24

Townsville, Australia – August 14-25, 2023

Malaga, Spain – October, 2024

Pontevedra disciplines Standard Distance Tri (Non draft), Sprint Distance (Non draft), Standard Distance Aquabike (Non draft).

Townsville disciplines Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Duathlon Sprint, Duathlon Standard, Mid Distance Triathlon, Cross Duathlon, Mid Distance Aquabike

Malaga disciplines Standard Distance Triathlon, Sprint Distance Triathlon, Standard Distance Aquabike, Mixed Relay



Tri NZ Suzuki NZ Qualifying Races Tinman Triathlon (Nov. 20, 2022) – Standard Distance Tri RACE REPORT Canterbury Classic (Jan. 29, 2023) – Standard Distance Tri RACE REPORT Kinloch Triathlon Festival (Feb. 11-12, 2023) – Standard Distance Aquabike RACE REPORT



Tri NZ Suzuki Series Qualifying Races Tri NZ Suzuki Series Qualifying Races Auckland Duathlon (Aug. 13, 2023) – Sprint Duathlon AG + Schools Sprint Distance Tri CLICK HERE Oxman (Nov. 26, 2023) – Mid Tri CLICK HERE Mt Festival of Multsport (Jan. 20, 2024) – Mid Tri, Mid Aquabike CLICK HERE Challenge Wanaka (Feb. 17, 2024) – Cross Tri, Cross Duathlon, Mid Aquabike CLICK HERE Kinloch Triathlon Festival (Jan. 20, 2024) – Aquathlon CLICK HERE

Tinman Triathlon (Nov. 19, 2023) – Standard Tri CLICK HERE Kinloch Triathlon Festival (Jan. 20, 2024) – Standard Aquabike CLICK HERE World Triathlon Cup Napier (Feb. 25, 2024) – Sprint Distance Canterbury Classic (Jan 28, 2024) – Standard Distance Tri CLICK HERE Need Help? If you have any questions or need more information, contact Tri NZ Community Manager Mel Saltiel at mel.saltiel@triathlon.kiwi



Tri NZ Suzuki Series Your Best Year EVER! 1.

The Tri NZ Suzuki Series has a race for athletes of all ages and every stage of triathlon. It doesn’t matter if you are racing for the first time, a PB or World Triathlon Age Group Championship selection, you won’t regret getting involved. The 2023-24 series features triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, cross triathlon and cross duathlon races for 18 national titles (at each age group level), spread across 10 events and 11 race days from August 2023 to late March 2024. Here you’ll find all the info you need including 2024 World Triathlon Age Group Championship qualification requirements.

Auckland Duathlon Championships August 13, 2023 (Ambury Regional Park, Mangere Bridge)

2024 World Triathlon Multisport World Championships Townsville, Australia (August 14-25)

Suzuki NZ Sprint Duathlon Championships (Townsville) Suzuki NZ Sprint Duathlon Schools Championship (Townsville)




Suzuki NZ Sprint Duathlon Para Championship ENTRY INFO



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Gen X/Marra Tinman Triathlon November 19, 2023 (Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui) Suzuki NZ Standard Distance Triathlon Championships (Malaga)


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Fulton Hogan Mt Festival of Multisport January 20, 2024 (Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui)



The Canterbury Classic January 28, 2024 (Corsair Bay, Lyttelton)

Suzuki NZ North Island Mid Distance Triathlon Championships* (Townsville)

Suzuki NZ South Island Standard Distance Triathlon Championships* (Malaga)

Suzuki NZ North Island Mid Distance Aquabike Championships* (Townsville)




The OxMan November 26, 2023 (Oxford, North Canterbury)

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Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand March 2, 2024 (Taupo)

Seven Oaks Kinloch Triathlon Festival February 10-11, 2024 (Kinloch, Taupo)

Suzuki NZ Long Distance Triathlon Championship

Suzuki NZ Aquathlon Championships (Feb 10th/ Townsville)


Suzuki NZ Standard Distance Aquabike Championships (Feb 11th/Malaga) ENTRY INFO


Eligibility Requirements

Suzuki NZ Para Sprint Triathlon Championships

RHCNZ NZ Schools Championships March 21-22 (Mt Maunganui)

2024 World Triathlon Age Group Championship Finals Malaga, Spain (October 2024 TBC)


World Triathlon Cup Napier February 25, 2024 (Ahuriri Beach, Napier) Suzuki NZ Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships (Malaga)

Suzuki NZ Mid Distance Triathlon Championships (Townsville)

On selection race day you must be: • A citizen or permanent resident of NZ or have been residing in NZ for minimum of 12 months • A current member of Tri NZ (join TRIBE HERE) One Day and Social member excluded, or • Be a current member of a Tri NZ Affiliated Club • Nomination forms must be submitted within 48 hours post qualifier

Slot Allocation One qualifying event: 16 spots per age-group, per gender and 4 Special Circumstances Two qualifying events: 12 spots per age-group at the NZ Championship, *6 spots at the North or South Island Championships and 2 Special Circumstances



Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka February 17, 2024 (Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka) Suzuki NZ Mid Distance Aquabike Championships (Townsville) Suzuki NZ Cross Triathlon Championships (Townsville) Suzuki NZ Cross Duathlon Championships (Townsville) ENTRY INFO

Qualification Standards At the qualifier, you must: • finish within 20% of the gendered age group winners time • finish within the number of allocated slots (based on AG finished position) The exception to the 20% threshold is where the winner finishes 5/10/15 minutes or more ahead of second place. In this instance, the 20% threshold is taken from the second-place getters time.




Founded 1984 Clubrooms Birkenhead Leisure Centre & Summer Training + Takapuna Boating Club Membership 220 members approx nhtc.org.nz NorthHarbourTriathlonClub northharbourtriathlonclub Key Club People: President Amanda Chambers Head Coach Stephen Farrell Event Director Adam Pogson 110 TRIATHLON QUARTERLY


hat makes your club special? Fit For Fun, run by Stephen Farrell, has provided an outstanding variety of training sessions for North Harbour Triathlon since forever. Nothing will better prepare you for a season of racing than our Saturday Summer brick sessions run from the Takapuna Boating club. We’d say that is ‘unique’. But what makes our club stand out is the remarkable generosity our members bring to the table. If you are on a roll, we’re all aboard the hype train, cheering, celebrating, and pushing each other to the limit, and conversely if you’re down, we’ve got you. There are countless examples of our members freely sharing their professional and personal know-how, giving their time, lending their muscles, gear, and unwavering support. It’s the sense of community that we are proud of, the ways that we come together. That makes our club truly special.



North Harbour Triathlon Club A brief NHTC’s history lesson? In 1979, Les Mills World of Fitness ran the first known triathlon in New Zealand. It was called the Les Mills Ironman and was to coincide with the opening of the new Les Mills Gym in Victoria Street. In 1985, two ex-Navy triathletes, Dave Robertson (radio director for the first IMNZ) and Phil Briars (Les Mills employee) started up a triathlon based in Narrowneck Beach. There were two triathlons each year - the Magic FM Tri in March (later the Britannia Tri) and the Avanti Icebreaker Tri in November. This group of triathletes were originally known as the Les Mills North Harbour Triathlon Club. In 1988 they were inaugurated as the North Harbour Triathlon Club. First President was Bob Aylward who went on to chair Tri NZ at one stage. Secretary was Robyn Briars.

The Mon Desir Aquathon Series started in 1986 and was run by Briars. It started outside the Mon Desir Hotel, Takapuna Beach and ran every second week to coincide with the tides (as it still does). It is now known as the North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim & Run Series and is sponsored by Barfoot and Thompson, Milford. It is the longest continuous running aquathon series in NZ. In winter, the Mon Desir mid-winter aquathon was held. On Christmas day, Briars’ Christmas Triathlon turned into a Christmas Day swim, run and carol singing at Takapuna Beach. On Sunday mornings, the club swam at Takapuna Pool under swim coach Ric Wells, the inaugural World champ, then we biked and ran. NHTC also organised the Pack’n’Pedal 100k cycle race in late summer and duathlons from Kristen School in the winter.




Stephen Farrell, Liam Bird, Linda Collard, Laura Quilter, Billy Bowman

Amanda Chambers & Aleksa Westfal

Takapuna Beach

Rangitoto Challange



“It’s the sense of community that we are proud of, the ways that we come together. That’s what makes our club truly special ” .

Adam Pogson

Stephen Farrell


What does a normal week look like for members? We have three official morning swims and three official evening swims, all at Osborne Pool, Birkenhead. We have two stationary bike classes - one at Birkenhead Leisure Centre and one on-line via Zwift. We have a three-hour swim/bike/run training session every Saturday except Christmas Day. In the winter, our Saturday training is at Birkenhead Leisure Centre and in the summer we’re at Takapuna Beach. There are also many informal training sessions and training weekends, usually organised by small groups of similar abilities. Tell us about your special relationship with Birkenhead Leisure Centre? NHTC has been based at the Birkenhead Leisure Centre before it was the Birkenhead Leisure Centre, close to 30 years. The partnership is centred around a common goal: Making our community a healthier, more active place. Though our approaches may differ, our shared love for sports make us a great team.

We have every kind of athlete. High performance, short course, long course, weekend warriors, the fit for fun, the serious and the not so serious. When an athlete takes on a challenge to be the best they can be, most quickly realise it’s not just about them as an individual and that it takes the proverbial village. Our village is made up of coaches, training buddies, local businesses, local people and of course for us, The Birkenhead Leisure Centre. The best part is that everyone in the village is proud to be part of that journey. The sentiment of these relationship is nicely summed up by newly appointed Birkenhead Leisure Centre Manager Michal Janousek. “We’re proud to work with North Harbour Triathlon Club and to provide the facilities and support to the team’s training to help them succeed on the world stage. Birkenhead Leisure Centre is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to a variety of community sports groups to promote health, wellness, and excellence in sport. We believe that by working together, we can empower individuals to pursue their athletic dreams, and build a stronger, more vibrant community through the transformative power of sport.” We are really looking forward to working more collaboratively with Michal and the team. Initiatives include shared promotion of each other’s services and as a club we have a few options in place to temp the centre staff to train with our squads, hopeful we might see a few of the crew at our Takapuna Swim Run Series this summer.

What are your big races each year? NHTC’s Swim-Run series is New Zealand’s longest running event of its kind. The first series was held in themed- 1980s and has been running ever since. Held at Takapuna Beach, it is a nine-race series, held every other Wednesday over the summer months. Swims range from 500-1000m and runs from 3-5km. Club competition at is best, a great event for all levels. NHTC’s famous alumni? Over the Olympic distance, Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty both trained with NHTC at Birkenhead Pool. Over the Ironman distance, Rebecca Clarke and Hannah Berry spent many years training with NHTC and retired Ironman and Tri NZ staffer Anna Russell still trains with us. Recently retired Olympian, Simone Ackermann, did most of her NZ training with NHTC athletes in her build-up to her Tokyo Olympic Games campaign where she finished 17th in the individual triathlon.





Rangitoto Boxing Day

Mila Laarakkers

Tell us about a couple of junior members we should look out for? Our winners for the Best Junior Male and Female this year are Cameron Maunder and Mila Laarakkers. Both are fantastic athletes and great young people…definitely ones to watch! Cameron Maunder 1st - Auckland Schools Aquathon (Senior boys); Auckland Schools Duathlon Champs (U19); NZSS Duathlon Champs 1st (U19). 2nd - NZ Cross Country Champs (U20); Australian Cross Country Champs (U17); NZSS Athletics Champs 3000m 3rd - NZSS Cross Country Champs 3rd (Senior Boys); 4th - NZSS Athletics Champs 1500m (Senior Boys) Selected for 2023 World Cross Country Champs (U20) Mila Laarakkers Overall winner at the Kai Iwi Lakes Triathlon, 2nd place in the Tri NZ Junior Series, 3rd NZ Duathlon Championships (2022 and 2023), 1st place at Surf Breaker and 2nd female at the Manawatu Tri League. And her biggest win – a brandnew Suzuki Swift as the winner of the Tri NZ Suzuki Series prize draw!


Cameron Maunder

Tell us about a club member who epitomises all that is great about your club and triathlon? We are fortunate to have many of the well-known triathlon community characters at NHTC. Billy Bowman must get a mention here. Billy brings a sense of adventure and fun to everything he does – anyone who can turn a work commute into a multisport event and arrive at the finish line with a smile on their face gets the vote for someone who epitomises all that is great about triathlon. In the spirit of reflecting what makes NHTC special, we’d also like to highlight a couple of our quieter gems – Neil Millar and Bex Grace. Both of these fantastic people really extend themselves for our club and the sport of triathlon in general. We are proud to have two of our club members as board members for Tri NZ and appreciate the extra time and dedication this takes over and above having young families, busy professional lives and somehow managing to find time to train and race with us. We appreciate and thank them for their community spirit and generosity. People like Bex and Neil epitomises all that is great the club and triathlon. Good people, cracking on and getting the work done.



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‘Help make the sport come alive...’ Selfless Hibiscus Coast volunteer Lisa Shingleton became a Technical Official by chance more than a decade ago. With each passing season, she’s increasingly glad for the happenstance.



isa Shingleton is an endurance runner undaunted by race distances as challenging as 50km but hasn’t yet been tempted to tag a swim and bike onto her main sporting passion to become a triathlete. What she does know about the three-in-one sport are the rich rewards on offer to anyone willing to put in the hard mahi – even if a rules manual rather than a wetsuit and race bike is part of your kit bag.

ABOVE: When Singleton isn’t volunteering, you’ll likely find her training for long distance running events

The dedicated Whangaparaoabased Technical Official (TO) is only too happy to be a poster girl for the oft unheralded and much underappreciated side of triathlon after stumbling into the role in 2010. Shingleton’s parents ran a Wise Walking club on the Hibiscus Coast at the time which saw their daughter happily roped in, as is the selfless lot of volunteers, to marshal at a women’s duathlon in Orewa. There, a conversation with noted TO Carla Riley eventually led her to taking intro courses and the rest, as she says, is a “fun” history in triathlon that leads us to today. The Stanmore Bay resident recently undertook a World Triathlon level 2 TO course in Brisbane. The fresh knowledge will undoubtedly come in handy during a busy domestic summer, on to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Taupo in December next year and events beyond. So what would you say to someone considering giving officiating a go, other than the fact it could very well lead to a role at events like the world championships? “It’s interesting and you get out as much as you want to put in basically,” Shingleton continued “If you’re quite happy doing various events and always putting your hand up and saying I’ll do whatever role you want me to, then you can get some really good experiences. You meet some lovely people, you get an insight of what it’s like to actually run the events but also how hard it is for the athletes.” Those lump-in-the throat moments are a rich and reoccurring source of satisfaction. “It’s an enjoyment from seeing people accomplish their goals,” Singleton says when asked to pinpoint her love of not just being a TO in triathlon but volunteering at other sporting events as well. “I’ve TO’d at quite a few Ironman events and to see them come in late, they’ve slogged their guts out and they’ve crossed the line and they


“…everyone says it, and I don’t think people really take it to heart, but without volunteers, events will never happen.” Interested in becoming a TO? CLICK HERE TODAY!

burst into tears, it’s a special moment you get to share with them in a way.” Sacrifice is the very DNA of volunteering and it’s no different in triathlon as Shingleton notes. “You’ve got to do it because you enjoy it otherwise, if you’re looking for a [fiscal] reward you are in the wrong place.” The recompence is a front row seat to elite sport and the camaraderie of your fellow officials, including many hilarious “what happens on course, stays on course” moments as Singleton says with a laugh. It’s also the satisfaction of a job well done. “I’ve known a few different friends that have done events and they realise how much the training takes

TOP: Shingleton with the Voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly ABOVE: A run in the company of Tri NZ patron Garth Barfoot TOP RIGHT: Keeping a close tab on transition at World Cup New Plymouth

and then when they get across the finish line, they realise how much all the background work takes as well. “All the volunteers handing them a bottle of water or making sure they’re going the right way on the course, they don’t think about when they’re training.” At school, Shingleton proved herself a versatile netballer, mostly a goal keep or goal shoot but also able to cover wing attack or wing defence. Nowadays running is her sporting thing but she’d never imagined either sport could have taken her to say, the Commonwealth Games. Being a triathlon TO just might. “If I was lucky one day to maybe attend a Commonwealth Games or something like that…but again, for me it’s learning more, understanding how some of these big events happen and meeting new people and gaining

more experiences,” said Singleton who has already combined family holidays to the UK with volunteering at races. “It’s fun, a different sort of fun. Some of it’s hard work but then you also get some fun times as well. You’re making new friends, you’re meeting new people. It can be quite a laugh…” More serious is the need for volunteers to step forward in our busy world to keep sport ticking over. “If you’re happy to be a behind the scenes person in a way, and help a sport, if you’ve got kids that are out there doing sports and it’s not quite your cuppa tea, then try being on the other side of the fence. “Try helping to make that sport come alive because everyone says it, and I don’t think people really take it to heart, but without volunteers, events will never happen.”




Name game Results from the big races across NZ and around the world during the past quarter, including the Tri NZ Suzuki Series, WTCS, World Triathlon Cup, Ironman, PTO, Challenge Family and Super League.


Swim 750m | Bike 20.16km | Run 5.16km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Alex Yee (GBR) 2 Vasco Vilaca (POR) 3 Manoel Messias (BRA) Also 30 Kyle Smith (NZL) 46 Hayden Wilde (NZL) Elite Women 1 Beth Potter (GBR) 2 Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 3 Taylor Spivey (USA) Also 17 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL)







09:20 09:17 09:40

01:14 01:14 01:14

27:33 27:35 27:15

00:23 00:22 00:27

14:26 14:32 14:32

52:53 52:59 0:53:06

09:19 09:39

01:15 01:12

27:31 37:31

00:19 00:23

15:36 14:42

0:53:59 0:55:24

09:40 09:27 09:35

01:18 01:28 01:19

29:52 29:54 29:55

00:24 00:23 00:24

16:46 17:04 17:18

57:56 58:14 58:27







Elite Women 1 Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 2 Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal (MEX) 3.Taylor Knibb (USA) Also 27 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) 43 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL)

18:38 18:47 18:37

01:06 01:02 01:10

59:31 59:27 59:29

00:26 00:27 00:31

33:53 34:08 34:17

1:53:32 1:53:49 1:54:02

19:35 19:53

01:06 01:08

1:01:05 1:01:48

00:31 00:25

34:33 36:09

1:56:48 1:59:21

WTCS CAGLIARI Cagliari, Italy - May 27, 2023

WTCS YOKOHAMA Yokohama, Japan - May 13, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 38km | Run 10km

Swim 1500m | Bike 40.05km | Run 10km

Pos Name







Elite Men 1 Alex Yee (GBR) 2 Hayden Wilde INZL) 3 Léo Beregere (FRA)

17:22 17:22 17:23

00:36 00:38 00:39

49:38 49:36 49:34

00:23 00:23 00:20

28:31 28:35 29:11

1:36:28 1:36:33 1:37:04

Elite Women 1 Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) 2 Emma Lombatdi (FRA) 3 Taylor Spivey (GBR)

18:18 18:11 18:17

00:38 00:39 00:38

54:41 54:46 54:41

00:23 00:23 00:24

32:45 33:10 33:38

1:46:43 1:47:06 1:47:36

Pos Name Elite Men 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Matthew Hauser (AUS) 3 Vasco Vilaca (POR) Also 26 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 31 Tayler Reid (NZL)







17:26 17:13 17:22

00:59 01:01 01:03

53:57 54:13 53:59

00:23 00:23 00:33

29:30 29:29 29:24

1:42:13 1:42:17 1:42:18

17:15 17:44

01:00 01:00

54:17 53:47

00:22 00:28

31:29 32:35

1:44:21 1:45:31



Pos Nation

Montreal, Canada - June 24, 2023

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4


3 Switzerland 19:12 21:31 19:54 21:59 1:22:35 NB: Team NZL order - Hayden Wilde, Ainsley Thorpe, Tayler Reid, Nicole van der Kaay

Swim 750m | Bike 20.16km | Run 5km Pos Name

Leg 1


Elite Men 1 Matthew Hauser (AUS) 2 Manoel Messias (BRA) 3 Jelle Geens (BEL) Also 14 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 20 Tayler Reid (NZL) 46 Kyle Smith (NZL)






08:32 08:32 08:29

01:42 01:40 01:44

29:10 28:44 28:40

00:32 00:36 00:34

14:32 14:29 14:38

53:47 53:58 54:02

08:23 08:13 08:36

01:49 01:45 01:45

28:43 28:58 28:35

00:34 00:34 00:35

15:09 15:31 18:27

54:36 54:58 57:55

09:22 09:09 08:54

01:47 01:55 01:55

30:17 30:25 30:21

00:37 00:38 00:36

16:08 16:08 16:35

58:10 58:12 58:19

09:11 09:08 09:31

01:56 01:54 01:49

30:56 30:24 32:36

00:37 00:35 00:39

17:38 18:31 17:43

1:00:16 1:00:30 1:02:16

U23/Junior Mixed Relay 1 Germany 19:58 22:43 20:00 22:22 1:25:02 2 Italy 19:37 23:16 19:46 22:33 1:25:10 3 New Zealand 19:38 22:27 20:31 23:11 1:25:45 NB: Team NZL order - Dylan McCullough, Brea Roderick, Saxon Morgan, Hannah Knighton

WTCS SUNDERLAND Sunderland, England - July 29-30, 2023

Swim 750m | Bike 20.3km | Run 5km

Elite Women 1 Beth Potter (GBR) 2 Leonie Periault (FRA) 3 Summer Rappaport (USA) Also 30 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 34 Brea Roderick (NZL) 42 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)


Pos Name Elite Men 1 Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 2 Léo Bergere (FRA) 3 Hayden Wilde (NZL) Also 12 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 18 Tayler Reid (NZL) 33 Saxon Morgan (NZL)







08:59 08:53 09:02

00:46 00:40 00:39

29:14 29:15 29:18

00:32 00:34 00:30

14:37 14:46 14:55

54:06 54:06 54:21

08:56 08:57 08:59

00:41 00:39 00:42

29:21 29:13 29:22

00:35 00:36 00:39

15:14 15:37 16:40

54:44 54:59 56:20

Hamburg, Germany - July 13-16, 2023

Swim 300m | Bike 7.5km | Run 1.75km Pos Name







03:48 03:44 03:47

00:27 00:29 00:27

09:59 10:30 10:01

00:19 00:22 00:21

04:55 04:53 04:54

19:26 19:28 19:28

03:40 03:54 03:38 03:55

00:30 00:30 00:27 00:28

10:10 10:04 10:23 09:55

00:20 00:23 00:21 00:27

05:08 05:43 05:27 05:50

19:47 20:32 20:14 20:33

09:10 09:34 09:28

00:28 00:30 00:30

26:33 26:01 26:10

00:26 00:23 00:24

14:37 14:48 14:45

51:11 51:14 51:16

09:19 09:22

00:30 00:37

26:19 26:17

00:25 00:25

15:44 16:36

52:16 53:14

04:05 04:07 04:05

00:32 00:34 00:31

11:08 11:03 11:09

00:22 00:22 00:23

05:32 05:42 05:41

21:35 21:45 21:47

04:12 04:07 04:04 04:14

00:33 00:32 00:33 00:29

11:00 10:54 11:00 10:51

00:23 00:25 00:24 00:25

05:51 06:05 06:16 06:33

21:57 22:01 22:15 22:31







10:23 10:13

00:32 00:33

28:09 28:17

00:32 00:26

17:21 17:37

56:54 57:02

10:54 11:31

00:33 00:37

29:22 00:00

00:24 00:00

18:31 00:00

59:43 DNF

Pos Nation

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4


Mixed Relay 1 Germany 2 New Zealand

18:58 19:11

21:42 21:35

19:34 19:28

21:55 22:14

1:22:08 1:22:27

Elite Men 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Vasco Vilaca (POR) 3 Alex Yee (GBR) Also 11 Tayler Reid (NZL) 27 Janus Staufenberg (NZL) 45 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 52 Saxon Morgan (NZL) Junior Men (U19) 1 João Nuno Batista (POR) 2 Nils Serre Gehri (FRA) 3 Mathis Beaulieu (CAN) Also. 23 Benjamin Airey (NZL) 46 Finnley Oliver (NZL) Elite Women 1 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 2 Beth Potter (GBR) 3 Laura Lindemann (GER) Also 6 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) 21 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 41 Brea Roderick (NZL) 44 Olivia Thornbury (NZL) Junior Women 1 Ilona Hadhoum (FRA) 2 Jimena Renata De La Peña Schott (MEX) 3 Manon Laporte (FRA) Also 25 Sophie Spencer (NZL) DNF Hannah Prosser (NZL)

Elite Women 1 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 2 Emma Lombardi (FRA) 3 Annika Koch (GER) Also 8 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) 28 Brea Roderick (NZL) 42 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL)

09:20 09:28 09:31

00:41 00:41 00:41

33:09 32:58 32:55

00:35 00:34 00:38

16:10 16:33 16:34

59:53 1:00:11 1:00:17

09:33 09:40 09:54

00:44 00:46 00:46

32:54 32:47 34:46

00:38 00:35 00:35

16:52 18:53 18:40

1:00:38 1:02:39 1:04:39

Pos Nation

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4


Mixed Relay 1 France 20:25 22:54 20:28 23:07 1:26:53 2 Great Britain 20:25 22:46 20:38 23:28 1:27:16 3 Norway 20:22 23:06 20:20 23:40 1:27:27 Also 4 New Zealand 20:21 23:07 20:15 24:01 1:27:42 NB: Team NZL order - Tayler Reid, Ainsley Thorpe, Hayden Wilde, Brea Roderick (Snr debut)





Paris, France - July 13-16, 2023

Pontevedra, Spain - September 23-24

Swim 1500m | Bike 40km | Run 10km Swim 1500m | Bike 39.8km | Run 10km Pos Name






Time Pos Name

Elite Men 1 Alex Yee (GBR) 2 Vasco Vilaca (POR) 3 Dorian Coninx (FRA) Also 25 Tayler Reid (NZL) 49 Dylan McCullough (NZL) DNF Hayden Wilde (NZL)

18:32 19:03 18:23

00:48 00:48 00:55

52:17 51:45 52:17

00:25 00:24 00:28

29:00 29:15 29:14

1:41:02 1:41:15 1:41:15

18:20 18:32 19:18

00:50 00:51 00:46

52:28 52:17 51:31

00:28 00:29 00:25

31:07 33:10 00:00

1:43:10 1:45:15 DNF

Elite Women 1 Beth Potter (GBR) 2 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 3 Laura Lindemann (GER) Also 17 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 24 Brea Roderick (NZL) 26 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)

20:17 19:52 19:57

00:51 00:56 00:58

57:07 57:25 57:18

00:29 00:27 00:29

32:57 33:07 33:18

1:51:40 1:51:46 1:51:59

20:11 20:13 21:10

00:56 00:57 00:57

57:08 57:06 59:02

00:28 00:29 00:28

35:30 37:26 34:39

1:54:11 1:56:08 1:56:15

Pos Nation

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4


16:01 16:01 15:59

19:02 19:17 19:08

18:00 17:48 17:31

19:16 19:14 19:59

1:12:18 1:12:19 1:12:36






Mixed Relay* 1 Germany 2 Great Britain 3 Belgium Also 13 New Zealand

*Reduced to a Duathlon due to River Seine water quality


Elite Men 1 Dorian Coninx (FRA) 2 Tim Hellwig (GER) 3 Pierre Le Corre (FRA) Also 10 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 21 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 40 Tayler Reid (NZL)







18:03 18:09 18:00

01:15 01:13 01:15

52:56 52:53 53:00

00:25 00:25 00:24

29:46 29:44 29:45

1:42:22 1:42:22 1:42:22

18:47 18:25 18:07

01:09 01:14 01:13

53:02 52:38 52:57

00:23 00:26 00:25

29:57 31:18 33:47

1:43:17 1:44:00 1:46:26

01:11 01:08 01:13

54:21 54:21 54:21

00:24 00:21 00:25

31:05 31:18 31:25

1:45:18 1:45:30 1:45:42

01:13 01:16

54:09 54:05

00:30 00:25

33:04 33:51

1:47:27 1:48:09

19:58 19:59 19;49

01:19 01:20 01:19

58:13 58:09 58:22

00:25 00:27 00:28

33:26 33:44 33:54

1:53:19 1:53:37 1:53:50

20:41 20:07 20:13

01:24 01:20 01:27

1:00:49 58:16 58:03

00:29 00:27 00:28

35:06 38:36 39:39

1:58:27 1:58:45 1:59:49

1:02:17 1:01:53 1:02:04

00:26 00:28 00:31

0:34:59 0:34:57 0:35:27

1:57:48 1:57:50 1:58:25

1:02:07 1:02:14 1:05:27

00:26 00:33 00:30

0:39:32 0:40:08 0:44:25

2:02:24 2:03:10 2:11:52

U23 Men’s World Championship 1 Simon Henseleit (GER) 18:19 2 Baptiste Passemard (FRA) 18:34 3 Mitch Kolkman (NED) 18:20 Also 15 Saxon Morgan (NZL) 18:34 19 Lachlan Haycock (NZL) 18:34 Elite Women 1 Beth Potter (GBR) 2 Kate Waugh (GBR) 3 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) Also 37 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) 39 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 46 Eva Goodisson (NZL)

U23 Women’s World Championship 1 Selina Klamt (GER) 18:36 01:32 2 Maria Tomé (POR) 19:02 01:32 3 Angelica Prestia (ITA) 18:47 01:37 Also 21 Brea Roderick (NZL) 18:47 01:334 23 Hannah Knighton (NZL) 18:45 01:33 46 Hannah Howell (NZL) 19:55 01:37

BACK TO START LIST WORLD CUP NEW PLYMOUTH Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth - March 26, 2023

Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 5km Pos Name







09:21 09:12 09:01

00:40 00:38 00:38

31:02 31:15 31:27

00:22 00:21 00:22

14:30 15:05 15:03

0:55:57 0:56:32 0:56:32

09:12 09:32 09:30 09:03 09:44 09:44 09:47 09:42 09:40

00:38 00:36 00:38 00:38 00:38 00:38 00:42 00:37 00:40

31:17 32;10 32:13 32:44 32:02 32:04 31:57 33:49 35:55

00:21 00:21 00:21 00:22 00:23 00:25 00:25 00:21 00:00

15:04 14:44 15:21 15:25 15:37 16:59 17:22 16:15 00:00

0:56:34 0:57:25 0:58:04 0:58:15 0:58:25 0:59:53 1:00:16 1:00:46 DNF

10:00 10:02 10:24

00:44 00:43 00:44

35:36 35:35 35:14

00:23 00:22 00:25

16:12 16:21 16:26

1:02:57 1:03:06 1:03:14

10:04 10:27 09:55 10:37 10:26 10:40 10:23 10:35 12:06

00:43 00:42 00:47 00:48 00:45 00:48 00:46 00:55 00:52

35:34 35:11 37:15 37:40 37:54 37:34 NA 40:08 42:19

00:25 00:22 00:23 00:27 00:32 00:27 NA 00:26 00:30

16:56 17:24 18:36 18:02 19:24 20:20 NA 20:12 19:28

1:03:44 1:04:08 1:06:58 1:07:36 1:09:03 1:09:51 1:10:19 1:12:19 1:15:16






00:50 00:52 00:50

29:09 29:07 29:00

00:18 00:17 00:20

15:01 15:05 15:02

54:13 54:14 54:17






00:51 00:56 00:54

32:12 32:33 32:25

00:19 00:26 00:22

16:47 17:14 17:23

1:00:31 1:01:04 1:01:11







08:45 08:50 08:48

00:57 00:54 00:55

27:42 27:41 27:42

00:20 00:22 00:22

14:36 14:41 14:48

52:18 52:26 52:32

09:01 09:13

00:56 00:55

27:31 27:55

00:23 00:22

15:28 15:10

53:17 53:35

10:04 09:59 09:28

01:02 00:59 01:05

30:39 30:46 31:15

00:28 00:25 00:22

16:34 16:38 16:44

58:45 58:46 58:50

Elite Male 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Tayler Reid (NZL) 3 Ricardo Batista (POR) Also 4 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 10 Janus Staufenberg (NZL) 25 Saxon Morgan (NZL) 30 Trent Thorpe (NZL) 34 Sam Parry (NZL) 42 Austin Carter (NZL) 47 Ivan Abele (NZL) 49 Lachlan Haycock (NZL) DNF James Corbett (NZL) Elite Female 1 Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL) 2 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 3 Solveig Løvseth (NOR) Also 9 Olivia Thornbury (NZL) 11 Brea Roderick (NZL) 32 Hannah Knighton (NZL) 36 Olivia Cummings (NZL) 43 Hannah Howell (NZL) 44 Anna Lindsay (NZL) 45 Eva Goodisson (NZL) 47 Madison Keightley (NZL) 50 Angharad Llewellyn (NZL)




Swim 750m | Bike 20.16km | Run 5km

Huatulco, Mexico - June 17, 2023

Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth - March 26, 2023 Pos Name


Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 5km Pos Name Elite Male 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Tayler Reid (NZL) 3 Ricardo Batista (POR) Also 4 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 10 Janus Staufenberg (NZL) 25 Saxon Morgan (NZL) 30 Trent Thorpe (NZL) 34 Sam Parry (NZL) 42 Austin Carter (NZL) 47 Ivan Abele (NZL) 49 Lachlan Haycock (NZL) DNF James Corbett (NZL) Elite Female 1 Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL) 2 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 3 Solveig Løvseth (NOR) Also 9 Olivia Thornbury (NZL) 11 Brea Roderick (NZL) 3 Hannah Knighton (NZL) 36 Olivia Cummings (NZL) 43 Hannah Howell (NZL) 44 Anna Lindsay (NZL) 45 Eva Goodisson (NZL) 47 Madison Keightley (NZL) 50 Angharad Llewellyn (NZL)







09:21 09:12 09:01

00:40 00:38 00:38

31:02 31:15 31:27

00:22 00:21 00:22

14:30 15:05 15:03

0:55:57 0:56:32 0:56:32

09:12 09:32 09:30 09:03 09:44 09:44 09:47 09:42 09:40

00:38 00:36 00:38 00:38 00:38 00:38 00:42 00:37 00:40

31:17 32;10 32:13 32:44 32:02 32:04 31:57 33:49 35:55

00:21 00:21 00:21 00:22 00:23 00:25 00:25 00:21 00:00

15:04 14:44 15:21 15:25 15:37 16:59 17:22 16:15 00:00

0:56:34 0:57:25 0:58:04 0:58:15 0:58:25 0:59:53 1:00:16 1:00:46 DNF

10:00 10:02 10:24

00:44 00:43 00:44

35:36 35:35 35:14

00:23 00:22 00:25

16:12 16:21 16:26

1:02:57 1:03:06 1:03:14

10:04 10:27 09:55 10:37 10:26 10:40 10:23 10:35 12:06

00:43 00:42 00:47 00:48 00:45 00:48 00:46 00:55 00:52

35:34 35:11 37:15 37:40 37:54 37:34 NA 40:08 42:19

00:25 00:22 00:23 00:27 00:32 00:27 NA 00:26 00:30

16:56 17:24 18:36 18:02 19:24 20:20 NA 20:12 19:28

1:03:44 1:04:08 1:06:58 1:07:36 1:09:03 1:09:51 1:10:19 1:12:19 1:15:16

Elite Men 1 David Castro Fajardo (ESP) 08:55 2 Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) 08:52 3 Aram Michell Peñaflor Moysen (MEX) 09:05 Also 36 Kyle Smith (NZL) NA Elite Women 1 Anahi Alvarez Corral (MEX) 10:21 2 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 09:55 3 Mercedes Romero Orozco (MEX) 10:07

WORLD CUP TISZAUJVAROS Tiszaujvaros, Hungary - July 8-9, 2023

Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 2.5km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Csongor Lehmann (HUN) 2 Sergio Baxter Cabrera (ESP) 3 Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) Also 15 Trent Thorpe (NZL) 19 Janus Staufenberg (NZL) Elite Women 1 Tilda Månsson (SWE) 2 Noelia Juan (ESP) 3 Jolien Vermeylen (BEL)



RESULTS SUZUKI STATS HUB WORLD CUP KARLOVY VARY Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - September 10, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 38.4km | Run 10km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Morgan Pearson (USA) 2 Márk Dévay (HUN) 3 Jonas Schomburg (GER) Also DNF Kyle Smith (NZL) Elite Women 1 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2 Rachel Klamer (NED) 3 Marlene Gomez-Göggel (GER)

WORLD CUP YEONGDO Yeongdo, South Korea - August 5, 2023







16:22 16:14 16:21

00:30 00:28 00:25

1:03:00 1:03:39 1:03:35

00:24 00:24 00:24

31:37 32:19 32:23

1:51:55 1:53:07 1:53:10







18:08 18:16 18:13

00:33 00:30 00:33

1:10:01 1:09:56 1:09:54

00:28 00:26 00:28

34:39 34:45 35:02

2:03:51 2:03:55 2:04:12







10:18 10:15 10:20

1:00 00:52 00:54

27:42 27:55 27:48

00:22 00:25 00:25

14:33 14:41 14:51

53:55 54:08 54:18







10:19 10:40 10:28

00:53 00:51 01:00

30:38 30:21 30:28

00:24 00:22 00:26

16:32 16:44 16:40

58:46 58:58 59:02













08:59 09:13 09:11

01:15 01:16 01:13

28:39 28:30 28:29

00:21 00:19 00:23

14:26 14:26 14:30

53:39 53:43 53:45







10:34 10:32 10:33

01:21 01:23 01:24

31:13 31:14 31;11

00:26 00:23 00:23

15:53 16:00 16:05

59:26 59:31 59:35

Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 5km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Takumi Hojo (JPN) 2 Max Stapley (GBR) 3 Valentin Wernz (GER) Also 4 Trent Thorpe (NZL) Elite Women 1 Annika Koch (GER) 2 Romana Gajdošová (SVK) 3 Erica Hawley (BER)








08:58 08:55 08:59

00:38 00:41 00:37

25:47 25:46 25:47

00:19 00:23 00:20

14:56 15:17 15:28

50:36 50:59 51:08

Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 5km







09:52 10:10 10:09

00:42 00:42 00:45

29:06 28:49 28:46

00:22 00:26 00:24

16:51 17:02 17:06

56:50 57:06 57:07

Elite Men 1 Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 2 David Cantero Del Campo (ESP) 3 Vetle Bergsvik Thorn (NOR) Also 40 Lachlah Haycock (NZL)

Weihai, China - August 26, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 38.4km | Run 105km

Elite Men 1 Crisanto Grajales (MEX) 2 Makoto Odakura (JPN) 3 Lasse Nygaard Priester (GER) Also 10 Trent Thorpe (NZL) Elite Women 1 Bianca Seregni (ITA) 2 Lisa Perterer (AUT) 3 Ilaria Zane (ITA)







19:05 18:46 18:48

00:48 00:47 00:46

54:47 55:11 55:08

00:21 00:21 00:20

31:34 31:45 31:55

1:46:35 1:46:50 1:46:57

Rome, Italy - October 7, 2023







Pos Name

19:20 19:57 19:48

00:54 00:50 00:49

1:01:42 1:01:10 1:01:20

00:24 00:23 00:23

36:22 36:39 35:44

1:58:42 1:58:59 1:59:04

Elite Men 1 Vasco Vilaca (POR) 2 Arnaud Mengal (BEL) 3 Simon Henseleit (GER) Also 46 Lachlan Haycock (NZL)


WORLD CUP VALENCIA Swim 1500m | Bike 38.4km | Run 105km

Elite Men 1 David Cantero Del Campo (ESP) 2 Lasse Nygaard Priester (GER) 3 Michele Sarzilla (ITA) Also 22 Saxon Morgan (NZL) 27 Lachlan Haycock (NZL) Elite Women 1 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2 Nina Eim (GER) 3 Marlene Gomez-Göggel (GER) Also 23 Eva Goodisson (NZL) DNF Brea Roderick (NZL)







17:34 17:48 17:48

00:30 00:30 00:31

52:45 52:29 52:29

00:24 00:23 00:22

29:54 29:57 30:14

1:41:10 1:41:11 1:41:26

18:00 17:56

00:30 00:33

52:17 52:21

00:25 00:25

33:21 34:14

1:44:35 1:45:30

22:20 22:22 22:23

00:36 00:30 00:32

57:58 57:59 57:56

00:28 00:26 00:27

33:37 33:59 34:05

1:55:01 1:55:17 1:55:24

22:16 22:47

00:35 00:35

57:59 00:00

00:28 00:00

40:20 00:00

2:01:41 DNF


Swim 750m | Bike 20km | Run 5km

Elite Women 1 Nina Eim (GER) 2 Marlene Gomez-Goggel (GER) 3 Cathia Schar (SUI)

Valencia, Spain - September 2, 2023

Pos Name

Pos Name

Elite Women 1 Lisa Tertsch (GER) 2 Noelia Juan (ESP) 3 Tilda Mansson (SWE) Also 37 Eva Goodisson (NZL)


Pos Name

Tangier, Morocco - October 1, 2023

BACK TO START LIST WORLD CUP CHENGDU Chengdu, China - October 14,2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 40km | Run 10km Pos Name













18:44 18:21

00:44 00:45

54:19 54:41

00:21 00:21

30:13 30:13

1:44:21 1:44:21

17:51 18:17

00:45 00:45

55:09 54:43

00:20 00:22

30:35 31:43

1:44:40 1:45:50

19:24 20:25 20:08

00:57 00:47 00:46

1:01:36 1:00:45 1:01:04

00:26 00:22 00:20

34:28 34:58 35:18

1:56:51 1:57:17 1:57:36







Pos Name







Elite Men 1 Miguel Hidalgo (BRA) 2 Antonio Serrat Seoane (ESP) 3 Charles Paquet (CAN)

18:08 18:20 18:13

01:05 00:53 00:58

56:06 56:10 56:09

00:18 00:20 00:21

32:22 32:42 32:53

1:48:01 1:48:27 1:48:36

Elite Women 1 Alice Betto (ITA) 2 Katie Zaferes (USA) 3 Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal (MEX)

19:37 19:34 19:39

01:01 01:04 01:01

1:02:42 1:02:44 1:02:36

00:21 00:24 00:19

36:23 36:28 36:51

2:00:05 2:00:15 2:00:27

Elite Men 1 Tim Hellwig (GER) 2 Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen (MEX) 3 Rostislav Pevtsov (AZE) Also 9 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 20 Saxon Morgan (NZL) Elite Women 1 Bianca Seregni (ITA) 2 Claire Michel (BEL) 3 Iiaria Zane (ITA) Also 21 Eva Goodisson (NZL)

WORLD CUP BRASILIA Brasilia, Brazil - October 15, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 40km | Run 10km

WORLD CUP TONGYEONG Tongyeong, South Korea - October 21, 2023

Swim 750m | Bike 19.98km | Run 5km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Tim Hellwig (GER) 2 Ricardo Batista (POR) 3 Samuel Dickinson (GBR) Also 4 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 26 Saxon Morgan (NZL) 43 Trent Thorpe (NZL) Elite Women 1 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2 Yuko Takahashi (JPN) 3 Tereza Zimovjanova (CZE) Also 5 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL) 39 Eva Goodisson (NZL)







08:25 08:23 08:28

00:37 00:37 00:39

26:14 26:15 26:07

00:26 00:26 00:24

14:47 14:50 14:56

50:25 50:29 50:33

08:19 08:31 08:34

00:37 00:36 00:42

26:19 26:48 26:42

00:27 00:26 00:26

14:55 15:08 15:50

50:35 51:26 52:12

09:26 09:03 09:29

00:44 00:44 00:42

31:00 31:20 30:57

00:38 00:27 00:29

16:30 16:47 16:49

58:16 58:20 58:23

09:23 09:50

00:40 00:43

31:06 31:07

00:27 00:34

17:16 20:27

58:50 1:02:38







17:40 16:58 18:13

01:06 01:04 01:03

59:06 58:41 58:32

00:21 00:23 00:28

29:33 30:44 29:43

1:47:46 1:47:50 1:47:59

17:26 17:25

01:08 01:08

58:48 00:00

00:20 00:00

33:35 00:00

1:51:17 DNF

18:02 18:21 18:15

01:15 01:10 01:05

1:06:00 1:05:48 1:05:56

00:26 00:29 00:22

34:00 34:13 34:32

1:59:43 2:00:01 2:10:10







WORLD CUP MIYAZAKI Miyazaki, Japan - October 28, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 40km | Run 10km Pos Name Elite Men 1 Hugo Milner (GBR) 2 Dylan McCullough (NZL) 3 Lasse Nygaard Priester (GER) Also 38 Saxon Morgan (NZL) DNF Trent Thorpe (NZL) Elite Women 1 Bianca Seregni (ITA) 2 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 3 Jeanne Lehair (LUX) Also 11 Ainsley Thorpe (NZL)








Long Beach,USA - July 14, 2023

Ambury Park, Mangere Bridge - August 13, 2023

Swim 750km | Bike 20km | Run 5km

Pos. Name

Pos. Name


PTS4 Men 1 Hideki Uda (JPN) 12:37 2 Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (ESP) 11:26 3 Erik Hultquist (USA) 11:51 Also 6 Kurt Peterson (NZL) 16:46






2:02 2:06 2:28

30:03 30:08 30:46

00:52 00:53 01:09

17:36 19:38 19:49

1:03:07 1:04:09 1:06:00






WORLD TRIATHLON PARA CUP ALHANDRA Alhandra, Portugal - October 7, 2023

Swim 750km | Bike 19.5km | Run 4.93km Pos. Name PTS4 Men 1 Gregoire Berthon (FRA) 2 Antonio Franko (CRO) 3 Finley Jakes (GBR) Also 9 Kurt Peterson (NZL)







09:09 09:37 10:27

00:52 NA NA



18:33 17:34 18:41

00.58:16 00:58:21 1:00:53








Run 5km | Bike 20km | Run 2.5km Male 16-19 1 Dion Wallwork (North Harbour) 2 Ashton Upfold (Tri Sport Taupo) 20-24 1 Abe O’Donnell (Canterbury Tri Club) 2 Liam Miller (Triathlon Tauranga) 3 Ryan Williams (North Harbour) 4 Finian Orr (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Jamie Shields 25-29 1 Charlie Taylor (Triathlon Tauranga) 30-34 1 Andrew Lloyd (Triathlon Tauranga) 2 Nick Jowsey (Canterbury Tri Club) 3 Jeremy Nesbitt 4 Alex Bees (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Alex Garcia (Auckland City Tri Club) 35-39 1 Matthew Hallam 2 Vincent Colombie (Auckland City Tri Club) 3 Sean Martin 4 Aniel Smith (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Patrick Johnson (Auckland City Tri Club) 6 David Jaggs 40-44 1 Tim Pearce (North Harbour) 2 Heath Packard 3 Ben Ruthe (Triathlon Tauranga) 4 Simon Kristiansen (Canterbury Tri Club) 5 Terry Jack (North Harbour) 6 Hong Lee 45-49 1 AJ Cornwall (Triathlon Manawatu) 2 Adam Hazlett (Triathlon Tauranga) 3 Matt Treanor 4 Bron Healey (Triathlon Tauranga) 5 Craig Andersen (Auckland City Tri Club) 6 Raymond Lofamia (Taranaki Tri Club) 7 Chris Willett (Triathlon Tauranga) 8 Vincent Sesto (Auckland City Tri Club) 9 James Madden (Auckland City Tri Club) 10 Matthew Cutler-Welsh 50-54 1 Grant Clifton (Triathlon Tauranga) 2 Chris Hutchinson 3 Gareth Holebrook (North Harbour) 4 Richard Wilkinson (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Paul Miller (Triathlon Tauranga) 55-59 1 Luke Williams (Triathlon Tauranga) 2 Paul Carter (Auckland City Tri Club) 3 David Presland 4 Martin Hill (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Prashantha Padiyar 60-64 1 Glenn Wright (Auckland City Tri Club) 2 Mark Robinson 3 Roger Spice (Auckland City Tri Club) 4 Dave Scott (Triathlon Manawatu) 5 Steve Williamson (Auckland City Tri Club) 6 David Caselli (Triathlon Tauranga) 7 Roger Winton (North Harbour) 8 Phil Ison 9 Tony Manson (Auckland City Tri Club) 65-69 1 Michael Gowing (Whangarei Triathlon Club) 2 Nathan Livingstone (Auckland City Tri Club)





15:13 16:58

33:21 36:25

8:53 10:38

57:27 1:04:01

15:06 15:08 15:26 16:56 16:47

32:56 32:53 33:44 32:47 32:51

8:53 9:02 9:02 9:56 10:44

56:56 57:03 58:13 59:39 1:00:21





15:01 16:51 18:18 19:42 21:11

33:01 32:51 33:36 35:27 37:57

8:21 9:06 11:03 11:15 16:05

56:23 58:48 1:02:57 1:06:24 1:15:13

18:31 18:11 21:37 20:30 20:22 22:45

33:26 37:05 37:13 44:09 39:39 44:03

9:40 10:32 13:19 10:53 17:42 14:21

1:01:36 1:05:49 1:12:09 1:15:33 1:17:43 1:21:09

15:12 16:34 15:38 18:00 17:56 26:55

33:56 33:06 32:58 33:53 34:02 43:58

9:11 9:29 11:56 10:49 11:15 16:08

58:19 59:09 1:00:32 1:02:42 1:03:12 1:27:01

16:41 17:06 18:32 18:32 18:27 19:42 20:25 18:53 21:51 20:40

35:42 35:18 36:20 37:01 37:39 36:26 37:42 40:10 36:18 39:04

9:09 9:37 10:29 10:49 10:32 11:39 11:41 10:51 12:13 11:32

1:01:32 1:02:01 1:05:21 1:06:23 1:06:38 1:07:47 1:09:48 1:09:54 1:10:22 1:11:16

17:06 18:18 19:37 19:40 23:31

35:18 36:32 36:26 36:26 42:05

10:13 10:33 11:09 11:27 13:25

1:02:37 1:05:23 1:07:12 1:07:34 1:19:01

17:55 20:31 20:30 20:08 28:02

36:55 35:35 35:35 39:28 57:29

10:58 11:20 12:00 11:34 20:39

1:05:49 1:07:26 1:08:05 1:11:10 1:46:10

19:07 19:42 19:57 19:32 21:23 22:48 21:29 21:33 23:00

37:01 36:27 40:16 41:19 38:56 38:45 42:31 42:26 40:18

10:22 11:35 11:42 11:34 12:41 12:54 12:37 18:35 20:44

1:06:30 1:07:44 1:11:55 1:12:25 1:13:01 1:14:27 1:16:37 1:22:34 1:24:02

19:28 19:53

36:37 36:15

10:38 11:42

1:06:43 1:07:50


Pos. Name





Pos. Name





3 Brohn Torckler 4 Don Weston (Hamilton Triathlon Club) 5 Alan McIntyre (Auckland City Tri Club) 6 Peter Landon-Lane (Auckland City Tri Club) 70-74 1 Brian Warren (Triathlon Manawatu) 75-79 1 Richard Sweetman (Triathlon Tauranga) 2 William Baird

22:14 21:56 23:01 24:07

35:55 38:22 41:43 42:15

13:01 12:27 12:49 14:27

1:11:10 1:12:45 1:17:32 1:20:48









18:35 22:22 24:54 26:46 26:32

37:17 40:27 43:46 45:34 51:08

10:34 12:36 15:21 16:25 14:57

1:06:26 1:15:25 1:24:04 1:28:45 1:32:38

30:30 27:37

51:15 53:24

17:05 18:03

1:38:50 1:39:04

2 Michelle Laughton-Hill (Auckland City Tri Club) 55-59 1 Gill Fullen (Auckland City Tri Club) 2 Nicola Sproule (Auckland City Tri Club) 3 Suzie Clark 4 Claire Furlong (Whangarei Triathlon Club) 5 Amanda Edge (Whangarei Triathlon Club) 60-64 1 Bridget Ray (RATS) 2 Christine Fraser (Whangarei Triathlon Club) 70-74 1 Joy Baker (Taranaki Tri Club) 2 Maggie Ward (North Harbour) 3 Shirley Rolston (Canterbury Tri Club) Open 1 Claire Edgeler

21:35 24:12

41:19 46:00

12:18 14:15

1:15:12 1:24:27

26:07 32:48 35:08

47:42 51:17 51:20

14:52 18:28 19:04

1:28:42 1:42:33 1:45:31





Pos. Name





Male BV2 1 Steve Donnelly PTS4 1 Kurt Peterson (North Harbour)









Female PTS5 1 Fiona Southorn (Whangarei Triathlon Club)













Run 5km | Bike 20km | Run 2.5km Female 16-19 1 Charlotte Brown (Auckland City Tri Club) 20-24 1 Charlotte Carter (Auckland City Tri Club) 2 Taylah Arlidge 3 Nina Maurer (Auckland City Tri Club) 30-34 1 Rachel Mayhew 35-39 1 Ange Keen (Taranaki Tri Club) 2 Amanda Cathro (Hamilton Triathlon Club) 3 Lauren Revie 4 Melissa Kendall (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Alex Johnson (Auckland City Tri Club) 40-44 1 Lisa Cross (Auckland City Tri Club) 2 Anna Russell (North Harbour) 3 Lucy Williams 4 Anna Arlidge (Auckland City Tri Club) 5 Kirsty Sesto (Auckland City Tri Club) 45-49 1 Karen Russo (Auckland City Tri Club) 2 Michaela Kelly (Auckland City Tri Club) 50-54 1 Kristine Reid (Triathlon Tauranga)





19:46 19:30 19:37

39:32 40:26 47:19

11:11 11:01 10:30

1:10:29 1:10:57 1:17:26





20:26 21:34 22:15 22:00 25:35

39:07 38:29 37:48 44:04 47:31

11:56 12:11 12:57 13:07 14:37

1:11:29 1:12:14 1:13:01 1:19:11 1:27:43

16:30 19:18 21:20 21:25 23:34

39:26 40:03 41:36 41:34 44:22

9:15 10:40 12:05 13:00 14:19

1:05:10 1:10:01 1:15:02 1:15:59 1:22:15

22:05 20:15

37:57 44:57

12:07 11:49

1:12:09 1:17:01






Teams Mixed Team 1 Tessa Jenkins & Ethan Verner Mixed Para Team 1 Unity Collins



RESULTS SUZUKI STATS HUB NZ SCHOOLS DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP Pos. Name Male U12 1 Jai Parris (PNINS) 2 Austin Lean (PN Intermediate) 3 Max Urquhart (Maraetai Beach School) U13 1 William Moulder (St Peters College) 2 Oliver McGuinness (St Kentigern) 3 Ashton Sinclair (Westlake BHS)

Run 2.5km | Bike 10km | Run 2.5km U14 1 Sam Ruthe (Tauranga Boys’) 2 Kian Weston (Taupo-nui-a-Tia) 3 Jackson Pinique (St Peters Auck) 4 Oscar Moorhead (Napier BHS) 5 Sam O’Dwyer (Sacred Heart Auckland) 6 Oliver Lean (PNBHS) 7 Henry Moore (Sacred Heart Auckland) 8 Jack Beaumont (Albany Junior High) 9 Josh Smith (Tauranga Boys’) 10 Hunter O’Brien (St Peter’s Cambridge) 11 Blake Jeffery (Westlake BHS) 12 Jack Morris-Vette (St Peter’s Cambridge) Run 3.5km | Bike 15km | Run 2.5km U16 1 Caleb Wagener (Auckland Grammar) 2 Thomas Newsom (Cashmere High) 3 Oliver Christie (Trident High) 4 Alec Ball (Feilding High) 5 Connor Kemp (St Patricks Wgtn) 6 Theo Bray (Mt Albert Grammar) 7 George Skinner (Feilding High) 8 Robert Turnbull (Auckland Grammar) 9 Jacob Lean (PNBHS) 10 Isaac Morris (St Kentigern) 11 Alex Bishop (St Kentigern) 12 Xavier Christie (Trident High) 13 Jack Mason (NPBHS) 14 Oli Barnett (Taupo-nui-a-Tia) 15 Jakob Herbert (Auckland Grammar) 16 Kyran Moyle (Auckland Grammar) 17 Oscar Skinner (Feilding High)





9:33 10:08 12:11

19:00 19:13 17:26

10:02 11:09 14:28

38.35 40:30 44:05

9:16 9:45 10:20

16:17 17:44 16:30

9:36 10:30 11:12

35:08 37:59 38:01

8:28 9:09 9:28 9:34 10:05 9:31 9:40 9:42 10:56 11:35 11:16 11:50

16:07 16:18 16:15 18:03 18:20 18:08 18:48 20:32 20:24 20:15 16:27 20:16

9:07 10:16 10:26 10:42 11:01 13:18 12:30 10:51 11:14 11:24 15:33 14:00

33.42 35:44 36:09 38:20 39:26 40:57 40:58 41:05 42:34 43:14 43:16 46:06

10:08 9:59 10:11 10:03 10:08 10:32 10:34 11:03 10:36 10:39 11:07 10:30 10:41 11:06 11:32 11:34 11:05

22:35 23:19 23:54 24:54 24:50 24:27 24:21 23:41 24:29 24:15 24:30 25:36 26:12 26:22 24:44 26:46 27:36

8:26 8:44 9:02 8:37 8:41 9:14 9:30 10:10 10:16 10:34 10:02 10:05 9:53 10:20 11:48 9:47 9:26

41:09 42:03 43:07 43:33 43:39 44:14 44:25 44:53 45:21 45:28 45:38 46:10 46:46 47:48 48:03 48:06 48:07

Pos. Name





18 Quinn Davidson-Green (NPBHS) 19 Noah Lazayres (St Peters Auck) 20 Cody Carter (Auckland Grammar) 21 Eliot Webber (Napier BHS)

11:28 11:37 12:07 12:46

27:52 27:40 27:24 27:29

10:18 11:03 11:48 11:57

49:39 50:19 51:20 52:12

Run 5km | Bike 20km | Run 2.5km U19 1 Finnley Oliver (Mt Maung. College) 2 Ryan Marfell (Marlb. Boys) 3 Jett Curteis (Westlake BHS) 4 Quinn Gardiner-Hall (Auckland Grammar) 5 Daniel McClune (Takapuna Grammar) 6 Ethan James (St Peter’s Cambridge) 7 Ben Grotrian (Takapuna Grammar) 8 William Dunn (Otumoetai College) 9 Agelu Afoa (Mt Albert Grammar)

15:14 16:20 15:28 17:26 19:43 17:22 19:45 18:41 21:43

34:05 36:22 38:07 36:40 34:06 40:44 38:42 40:14 45:34

9:24 9:25 8:47 10:09 13:19 10:06 11:16 11:54 12:56

58:43 1:02:07 1:02:22 1:04:15 1:07:08 1:08:13 1:09:43 1:10:48 1:20:12





10:33 11:22 16:21

17:20 18:42 24:37

12:06 11:00 20:03

40:00 41:05 1:01:01

9:48 9:49 10:36 11:06

17:29 17:55 18:56 18:53

10:41 11:07 11:25 11:56

37:57 38:52 40:57 41:55

Run 3.5km | Bike 15km | Run 2.5km U16 Female 1 Charlotte Chiles (Rangi Ruru Girls’) 2 Siena Mackley (Wakatipu High) 3 Mila Laarakkers (Kaipara College) 4 Sophie Webber (Woodford House) 5 Tayla Cornwall (PNGHS) 6 Leah Kilmister (Taupo-nui-a-Tia) 7 Milly Ruddenklau (St Peter’s Cambridge) 8 Olivia Dixon (Botany Downs SS) 9 Sophie Garrett (Otumoetai College) 10 Liv Kay (St Kentigern)

11:48 12:03 12:15 11:49 12:22 12:43 14:39 14:29 13:55 14:26

26:03 26:54 26:41 27:35 27:01 29:37 29:10 29:20 31:31 31:05

11:02 10:24 10:40 10:36 12:13 11:41 12:18 12:36 13:05 14:07

48:53 49:21 49:36 49:59 51:37 54:01 56:08 56:24 58:30 59:39

Run 5km | Bike 20km | Run 2.5km U19 Female 1 Lulu Johnson (Mt Maung. College) 2 Hayley Cornwall (PNGHS) 3 Olivia Rooney (St Kentigern) 4 Monique Spedding (Hamilton GHS) 5 Chloe Easton (St Marys Ponsonby) 6 Ruby Cutler-Welsh (St Kentigern)

17:04 18:18 19:00 20:25 20:35 21:18

38:19 38:28 39:24 40:29 41:44 41:01

10:18 10:40 11:24 11:23 11:44 12:23

1:05:42 1:07:26 1:09:49 1:12:18 1:14:03 1:14:42

NZ Schools Para 1 Sam McHale (Napier BHS)















32:51 37:42

8:47 10:28

58:05 1:07:50









Female U12 Female 1 Juliette Goldsmith (Baradene College) U13 Female 1 Sophie Archer (St Kentigern) 2 Rachel Wagener (St Cuthberts) 3 Olivia Evans (Selwyn College) Run 2.5km | Bike 10km | Run 2.5km U14 Female 1 Maddie Worrall (Diocesan for Girls) 2 Mia Collins (Baradene College) 3 Josie Murphy (Taupo-nui-a-Tia) 4 Sarah Addenbrooke (Feilding High)


Male U12&13 1 Dylan Davies & Benjamin Brebner (Saint Kentigern) 9:59 U16 1 David Kwon & Solomon Randerson (Auckland Grammar) 10:34 U19 1 Jonny Barclay & Robert Fitzpatrick (Auckland Grammar) 16:27 2 Max Burton & Mirai Arao (Auckland Grammar) 19:39 Female U12&13 Female Team 1 Luisa Haines & Alice Wellington (Diocesan for Girls) U16 Female Team 1 Sophia Haines & Annabelle Judd (Diocesan for Girls)





WORLD TRIATHLON AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS - PONTEVEDRA Pontevedra, Spain - September 22-24, 2023 Age Group Pos Name (Club)


NZL SUPER SPRINT TRIATHLON RESULTS Female 15-19 7 Nikita Coleman (Triathlon Tauranga) 35-39 1 Ange Keen (Taranaki Triathlon Club) 60-64 3 Catherine Alderton (Tri Wellington) 70-74 1 Joy Baker (Taranaki Triathlon Club) Male 20-24 2 Liam Miller (Triathlon Tauranga) 4 Ryan Williams (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 12 Edward Fuller (Triathlon Tauranga) 30-34 4 James Thorstenson (Overseas) 35-39 8 Paul Preston (Southland Triathlon Club) 40-44 8 Terry Jack (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 10 Brad McNamara (Triathlon Tauranga) 16 Tom Burgess (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 60-64 2 Stephen Farrell (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 4 Mike Trees (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 65-69 10 Malcolm Elley (North Harbour Triathlon Club)

33:36 26:55 32:26 34:51

23:50 24:15 25:54 25:45 26:06 25:19 25:56 27:14 26:31 26:45

Female 20-24 1 Emma Payne (Auckland City Triathlon Club) 30-34 1 Laura Pfeifer (Canterbury Triathlon Club) 33 Tegan Harrison (Canterbury Triathlon Club) 40-44 35 Mitzi Taylor (Canterbury Triathlon Club) 50-54 34 Jo Baker (Triathlon Hawke’s Bay) 55-59 41 Sue Abraham (Tri Wellington) 60-64 13 Catherine Alderton (Tri Wellington) Male 20-24 9 Ryan Williams (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 25-29 35 Ollie Brazier (Tri-Sport Taupo) 30-34 22 James Thorstenson (Overseas) 35-39 23 Paul Preston (Southland Triathlon Club) 40-44 4 Brad McNamara (Triathlon Tauranga) 9 Robin Harris (Overseas) 18 Chris Thomson (Tri Wellington) 45-49 55 James Madden (Auckland City Triathlon Club) 50-54 DNS Jerym Brunton (Auckland City Triathlon Club) 60-64 2 Mike Trees (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 5 Stephen Farrell (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 71 Conrad Young (Overseas)




02:24:14 02:17:07 02:47:41 3:00:03 2:51:17 3:17:41 2:51:19

2:10:04 2:21:28 2:16:27 2:16:44

Female 18-19 3 Nikita Coleman (Triathlon Tauranga) 20-24 1 Sarah McClure (Canterbury Triathlon Club) 35-39 1 Ange Keen (Taranaki Triathlon Club) 70-74 2 Joy Baker (Taranaki Triathlon Club) Male 18-19 1 Edward Fuller (Triathlon Tauranga) 20-24 2 Liam Miller (Triathlon Tauranga) 40-44 2 Terry Jack (North Harbour Triathlon Club) DNF Tom Burgess (North Harbour Triathlon Club) 50-54 14 Neil Baker (Triathlon Hawke’s Bay) 60-64 3 Dave Bradding (Auckland City Triathlon Club) 65-69 6 Niels Madsen (Tri Wellington) 1:44:35 DNF Malcolm Elley (North Harbour Triathlon Club)

2:00:05 1:31:22 1:34:59 2:02:26

1:31:20 1:25:13 1:24:03 DNF 1:41:49 1:34:22 1:44:35 DNF

2:10:12 2:11:38 2:15:33 2:36:36 DNS 2:16:32 2:20:23 3:22:24






Pos. Name Female 1 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 2 Emma Lombardi (LUX) 3 Jeanne Lehair (FRA) Also 11 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)

SUPER LEAGUE LONDON West India Quay, London - August 27, 2023

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


16:05 16:08 16:07

16:08 15:57 16:01

15:54 16:02 16:06

48:07 48:07 48:14








66 125 113 44

296 285 278 185

3 x Swim 300m | Bike 4km | Run 1.6km (ENDURO) Pos. Name

Stage 1

Male 1 Alex Yee (GBR) 2 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 3 Tayler Reid (NZL) Female 1 Jeanne Lehair (LUX) 2 Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 3 Taylor Spivey (USA) Also 9 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)

Stage 2

Stage 3




1 2 3 4

148 60 65 75

82 100 100 66


15:16 15:16 15:18

15:08 15:11 15:10

14:59 14:59 15:06

45:32 45:26 45:34

16:51 16:52 16:48

16:48 16:49 16:50

16:13 16:12 16:17

49:52 49:53 49:55









Sharks Eagles Scorpions Warriors

SUPER LEAGUE NEOM Neom, Saudi Arabia - October 21, 2023

3 x Swim 300m | Bike 4km | Run 1.6km (ELIMINATOR) Pos. Name

Teams 1 2 3 4


Sharks 148 Warriors 75 Scorpions 65 Eagles 60

SUPER LEAGUE TOULOUSE Toulouse, France - September 3, 2023

3 x Swim 300m | Bike 4.6km | Run 1.6km (TRIPLE MIX) Pos. Name Male 1 Leo Bergere (FRA) 2 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 3 Henri Schoeman (RSA) Also 4 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 21 Tayler Reid (NZL)

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


12:57 12:48 13:04

12:48 12:51 12:51

16:20 16:28 16:33

42:05 42:17 42:28

13:03 13:19

12:47 2:59

16:44 0:00

42:34 ELIM

Male 1 Leo Bergere (FRA) 2 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 3 Alex Yee (GBR) Also 7 Tayler Reid (NZL) Female 1 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 2 Kate Waugh (GBR) 3 Jeanne Lehair (FRA) Also 14 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


14:48 14:37 14:56

14:57 15:06 15:14

14:48 14:57 14:53

44:33 44:40 45:03





16:18 16:21 16:17

17:10 17:10 17:12

16:10 16:21 16:31

49:38 49:52 50:00











1 2 3 4

60 65 148 75

100 100 82 66

125 113 66 44

140 129 94 35

425 407 390 220






0 0 15 9 14 0 0 13 10 4

15 12 0 13 14 7 9 0 11 10

14 15 10 12 6 13 9 5 3 0

20 18 16 11 8 14 12 10 5 9

49 45 41 36 36 34 30 28 26 23

11 15 0 0 10 14 0 0 13 12

15 0 13 0 12 0 14 10 0 0

9 13 14 15 0 10 4 8 0 12

18 16 14 20 12 7 9 8 11 0

44 44 41 35 34 31 27 26 24 24






Eagles Scorpions Sharks Warriors

Final Individual Standings Female 1 Kate Waugh (GBR) 2 Leonie Periault (FRA) 3 Emma Lombardi (FRA) Also 11 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL) Teams


1 2 3 4

148 65 60 75

Sharks Scorpions Eagles Warriors

14:03 14:25 14:26

13:52 14:00 13:56

17:50 18:38 18:49

45:45 47:03 47:11









82 100 100 66

230 165 160 141

SUPER LEAGUE MALIBU Malibu, California - September 30

3 x Swim 300m | Bike 3.6km | Run 1.6km (ELIMINATOR) Pos. Name Male 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Leo Bergere (FRA) 3 Matthew Hauser (AUS) Also 11 Tayler Reid (NZL)


Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


14:36 14:37 14:46

14:34 14:44 14:44

14:30 14:34 14:40

43:40 43:55 44:10





Teams Male 1 Leo Bergere (FRA) 2 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 3 Alex Yee (GBR) 4 Henri Schoeman (RSA) 5 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 6 Matthew Hauser (AUS) 7 Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 8 Tayler Reid (NZL) 9 Daniel Dixon (GBR) 10 Kenji Nener (JPN) Female 1 Kate Waugh (GBR) 2 Jeanne Lehair (FRA) 3 Emma Lombardi (LUX) 4 Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) 5 Olivia Mathias (GBR) 6 Sophie Coldwell (GBR) 7 Leonie Periault (FRA) 8 Alice Betto (ITA) 9 Taylor Spivey (USA) 10 Beth Potter (GBR) Also 15 Nicole van der Kaay (NZL)





IRONMAN IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Lahti, Finland - August 26-27, 2023 Pos. Name


Professional Men Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km 1 Rico Bogen (GER) 22:52 2 Frederic Funk (GER) 23:10 3 Jan Stratmann 23:02 Also 17 Jack Moody (NZL) 24:23 Age Group 18-24 126 Leroy Holmes (NZL 30-34 71 Robert Budge (NZL) 160 James Thorstenson *(NZL) 283 Kit Bennett (NZL) 35-39 244 Matthew Hastings (NZL) 373 Jose Uribe (NZL) 454 Chris Ness (NZL) 476 Simon Thwaite (NZL) 478 Callum Roulston (NZL) 40-44 428 Andrew Mackie (NZL) 45-49 364 Darryn Harvey (NZL) 403 Ben Jones (NZL) 427 Jarrod McIlveen (NZL) 55-59 114 Marinho Barcellos (NZL) 173 Dean Campbell (NZL) 243 Barry Herbison (NZL) 261 Quentin Holmes (NZL) 60-64 24 Stewart McRobie (NZL) 77 David Caselli (NZL)






01:23 01:46 01:36

1:56:17 1:55:14 1:55:56

00:49 00:56 00:57

1:11:01 1:12:21 1:12:40

3:32:22 3:33:26 3:43:11












29:00 32:57 31:22

03:43 03:57 04:08

2:20:51 2:13:59 2:29:18

03:46 05:07 04:24

1:19:15 1:31:44 1:36:57

4:16:36 4:27:44 4:46:09

39:36 38:15 31:26 35:05 47:54

04:41 05:00 05:09 04:24 07:00

2:28:20 2:30:26 2:47:34 3:31:02 2:50:22

05:35 05:53 05:51 04:45 08:07

1:20:42 1:37:53 2:04:38 1:34:48 1:57:38

4:38:55 4:57:27 5:34:38 5:50:04 5:51:01







34:20 39:11 35:53

04:52 04:29 05:05

2:40:24 2:30:43 2:55:04

08:09 05:52 07:27

1:48:10 2:04:59 1:56:34

5:15:55 5:25:14 5:40:03

40:14 32:51 36:06 41:28

06:29 06:29 05:03 07:26

2:28:48 2:45:46 2:59:17 2:57:56

05:43 06:41 06:29 08:09

1:46:33 1:49:51 2:01:30 2:28:43

5:07:47 5:21:38 5:48:24 6:23:43

37:42 45:10

05:15 05:56

2:31:17 2:50:00

05:04 06:32

1:49:49 1:54:50

5:09:07 5:42:28


Pos. Name







88 Shaun McCarthy (NZL) 129 Phillip Morreau (NZL) 148 Conrad Young (NZL) 65-69 4 Niels Madsen (NZL) 60 Tom Nickels (NZL)

37:50 29:15 05:33

06:02 05:02 08:39

2:51:32 2:19:33 3:10:22

08:04 06:28 08:50

2:03:53 3:29:19 3:05:05

5:47:20 6:29:38 7:26:18

36:31 53:11

04:33 07:56

2:28:44 2:53:03

06:33 09:32

1:55:38 2:21:39

5:11:59 6:25:21

T1 01:42 01:40 01:36

Bike 2:07:52 2:11:42 2:10:00

T2 00:37 1:00 00:57

Run 1:18:05 1:16:38 1:20:29

Time 3:53:02 3:57:05 3:57:56

01:38 01:53

2:11:54 2:17:33

00:57 00:59

1:21:19 1:27:36

4:03:29 4:14:06







27:47 33:45

04:00 05:18

2:29:35 2:41:44

04:20 05:03

1:42:09 1:48:43

4:47:51 5:14:33

























39:29 37:01 37:03

04:40 06:16 06:43

2:54:16 2:42:02 2:50:14

08:20 05:16 06:31

1:40:03 1:56:38 1:53:45

5:26:47 5:27:13 5:34:17

42:03 42:20 38:31 35:21 33:38 42:24

06:22 04:39 05:01 07:59 04:55 07:05

2:46:23 2:50:13 2:56:56 2:58:11 3:12:44 3:14:20

06:10 04:55 06:49 07:56 05:13 08:26

1:54:28 1:56:30 2:01:49 2:02:23 2:17:17 2:34:36

5:35:27 5:38:36 5:49:06 5:51:51 6:13:47 6:46:52

Professional Women Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km Pos Name Swim 1 Taylor Knibb (USA) 24:45 2 Kat Matthews (GBR) 26:06 3 Imogen Simmons (SWI) 24:53 Also 8 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 27:41 19 Hannah Berry (NZL) 26:05 Age Group 18-24 23 Paige Waddington (NZL) 25-29 38 Danielle Donaldson (NZL) 109 Tomo Greer (NZL) 30-34 233 Laura Holyoake (NZL) 35-39 216 Isabel Arbelaez (NZL) 40-44 249 Rochelle Youngson (NZL) 45-49 179 Skye Tavares (NZL) 50-54 46 Kirsty Johnson Cox (NZL) 47 Anna Tipping (NZL) 73 Ngaire Baker (NZL) 55-59 30 Julia Spark (NZL) 35 Nicola Sproule (NZL) 65 Tanya Lavington (NZL) 67 Elizabeth Wickham (NZL) 107 Tanya Lee-Parker (NZL) 139 Scotia Boelee (NZL)



Professional Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km 1 Sam Laidlow (FRA) 47:50 2 Patrick Lange (GER) 49:01 3 Magnus Ditlev 49:14 Also 16 Braden Currie (NZL) 47:46 23 Ben Phillips (NZL) 49:11 DNF Mike Phillips (NZL) 51:04 NZL Age Group Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km 18-24 25 Sam Keats (NZL) 1:04:09 25-29 48 Jason Dobson (NZL) 1:04:04 35-39 88 Steve Davison (NZL) 1:01:45 135 Stuart Heighway (NZL) 1:06:29 45-49 76 Alan Bryson (NZL) 1:07:37 250 Bryant Hardy (NZL) 1:11:38 50-54 48 Dean Galt (NZL) 1:10:18 167 Rick Walker (NZL) 1:25:52 239 Ian Rangitutia (NZL) 1:19:52 55-59 51 Robin Brown (NZL) 1:14:16 166 Barry Herbison (NZL) 1:15:28 42 214 Shane Wilkinson (NZL) 1:36:35 DNF Craig Alexander (*NZL) 1:34:39 60-64 4 Mike Trees (NZL) 1:03:15 61 Stephen Farrell (NZL) 1:03:02 103 Mike Ball (NZL) 1:28:02 70-74 7 John Reynolds (NZL) 1:33:35






03:06 02:28 03:09

4:31:28 4:43:24 4:35:54

02:12 02:42 02:19

2:41:46 2:32:41 2:41:07

8:06:22 8:10:17 8:11:43

02:24 02:22 02:45

4:36:37 4:49:59 4:58:02

04:03 03:06 03:39

2:58:01 3:03:22 -

8:38:50 8:48:00 DNF











03:35 06:28

5:59:41 6:16:56

03:30 08:53

3:44:50 3:47:16

10:53:21 11:26:02

06:20 07:57

6:21:43 7:42:57

06:09 12:23

3:48:30 5:02:57

11:30:20 14:17:52

04:56 07:56 07:51

6:05:16 6:44:44 7:45:50

05:07 08:35 09:07

3:55:44 4:33:34 4:49:10

11:21:21 13:00:41 14:11:50

10:21 06:33

7:31:05 7:56:10

09:37 07:02

4:43:16 5:15:29

13:48:35 14:40:

12:36 06:12

8:33:58 9:42:25

15:30 -

6:09:51 -

16:48:30 DNF

03:36 04:02 07:27

6:09:24 6:19:35 8:09:48

03:32 05:34 8:49

3:57:19 6:37:47 6:01:41

11:17:06 14:10:00 15:55:47






VINFAST IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - WOMEN Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i - October 14, 2023 Pos. Name


Professional Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km 1 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 49:36 2 Anne Haug (GER) 54:10 3 Laura Philipp (GER) 56:49 Also 11 Hannah Berry (NZL) 53:39 20 Rebecca Clarke (NZL) 51:11 NZL Age Group Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km 25-29 17 Laura Beanland-Stephens 1:00:46 20 Hannah Martin 1:04:30 24 Aleisha Williams 1:06:19 26 Bexx Swainson 1:02:17 56 Rebecca Harper 1:06:13 57 Ashleigh Sando 1:10:34 108 Enja Ahearn 1:19:02 116 Olivia Dixon 1:20:57 30-34 19 Annabelle Bramwell 1:03:22 21 Natalie Sutton 1:07:18 42 Billie-Lee Haresnape 1:11:34 50 Brittney Litton 1:11:09 108 Marissa Judkins 1:06:45 143 Florence Loader 1:12:14






02:28 02:15 02:40

4:32:29 4:40:23 4:35:52

02:19 02:23 02:11

2:57:38 2:48:23 2:55:24

8:24:31 8:27:33 8:32:55

02:28 02:33

4:46:31 4:49:29

02:28 02:39

3:08:45 3:18:08

8:53:45 9:04:00

04:17 05:05 05:08 03:27 08:25 09:20 08:10 08:17

5:16:52 5:12:47 5:24:59 5:32:00 5:49:36 5:46:29 6:40:47 6:54:44

03:04 03:29 04:21 04:49 05:57 07:05 12:34 07:29

3:59:10 4:01:36 3:54:50 3:54:08 4:24:05 4:21:21 4:35:47 5:20:19

10:24:09 10:27:27 10:35:37 10:36:41 11:34:16 11:34:48 12:56:19 13:51:46

03:31 05:06 04:37 07:11 07:23 06:08

5:24:36 5:25:23 5:39:59 5:26:40 6:07:13 5:45:27

03:34 03:31 04:18 05:16 08:14 05:28

3:43:24 3:37:36 3:43:40 3:58:50 4:01:55 4:48:53

10:18:27 10:18:54 10:44:08 10:49:07 11:31:31 11:58:09

Pos. Name







172 Maria Daniels 194 Jordan Houston 201 Gemma Scott 228 Nicki Sames 237 Prue Young 35-39 1 Vanessa Murray 153 Hayley Wilson 211 Kylie Brown 254 Maree McGregor 40-44 42 Katrina Shores 67 Kerri Dewe 188 Janice Revie 221 Thea Davies 271 Rochelle Youngson 45-49 22 Karen Russo 29 Kate Brown 99 Melanie Hansen 113 Melanie Horner 120 Amy Kalan 123 Marina Nola 140 Kristin Stokes 158 Sarah Poplar 244 Kate Bryce 279 Nina Walkowiak 300 Annalie Brown 313 Megan Arthur 50-54 2 Natasja Barclay 108 Luana Cox 132 Donna McDonald 170 Charlotte Porter 198 Laurika Hazelhurst 206 Tracey Douglas 293 Zarina Morrison 55-59 15 Jane Baldwin 31 Nicola Sproule 34 Tayna Lavington 47 Aimee Perrett 50 Julia Cree 74 Larissa Wildsmith 166 Nikki Fox 183 Maria Jones 60-64 8 Sue McMaster 25 Lee-Anne Young 60 Linda Collard 75 Shirley Day 65-69 12 Barb Carson

1:12:06 1:13:58 1:00:01 1:37:28 1:18:46

08:05 06:26 06:09 13:22 11:32

5:58:04 5:53:46 6:17:53 7:04:05 7:21:08

08:59 07:13 09:06 11:50 12:59

4:58:47 5:44:38 5:40:29 5:34:03 7:20:22

12:26:01 13:06:01 13:13:37 14:40:48 16:24:46

0:55:54 1:16:33 1:13:22 1:26:33

03:45 05:41 06:37 15:58

5:01:52 6:06:10 6:27:25 7:00;29

03:12 05:15 09:22 20:07

3:29:45 4:35:28 5:26:55 6:28:23

9:34:27 12:09:07 13:23:40 15:31:29

1:06:17 1:14:20 1:22:13 1:19:34 1:23:39

04:45 04:50 06:57 09:11 12:42

5:46:21 5:48:19 6:13:46 6:49:35 6:42:12

03:50 03:10 08:23 09:17 10:46

3:52:44 4:01:19 4:46:42 4:36:29 5:15:23

10:53:57 11:11:58 12:38:01 13:04:05 13:44:42

1:18:28 1:02:33 1:19:43 1:10:55 1:16:20 1:22:42 1:22:25 1:07:09 1:13:20 1:44:58 1:20:41 1:15:17

05:49 06:46 09:01 06:19 08:57 09:31 09:37 11:55 09:36 08:30 08:27 09:22

5:43:18 5:36:23 6:11:52 6:36:52 6:10:00 6:06:45 5:58:15 6:09:18 6:40:50 6:37:52 7:03:46 06:10:12

07:00 07:45 08:26 06:09 10:03 08:16 09:17 11:19 09:25 10:38 10:37 08:16

3:49:28 4:17:52 4:13:45 4:12:23 4:31:20 4:31:23 4:49:20 4:58:08 5:17:34 5:23:33 5:58:31 7:24:01

11:04:03 11:11:18 12:02:47 12:12:37 12:16:39 12:18:37 12:28:54 12:37:49 13:30:45 14:05:30 14:42:01 15:07:08

1:00:41 1:14:39 1:31:01 1:32:47 1:17:09 1:23:23 1:43:17

03:42 08:57 08:09 10:39 06:18 09:24 13:00

5:25:50 6:13:42 6:21:55 6:03:17 6:35:56 7:03:36 7:41:56

04:28 14:13 09:51 12:57 06:23 07:42 15:26

3:54:34 4:46:49 4:50:54 5:32:05 5:46:33 5:11:39 6:34:48

10;29:15 12:38:21 13:01:51 13:31:44 13:52:19 13:55:43 16:28:28

1:16:56 1:26:46 1:18:44 1:03:15 1:05:36 1:21:44 1:37:59 1:12:56

03:59 04:53 05:20 05:41 06:41 08:51 09:35 08:58

5:53:25 6:06:15 6:12:31 5:49:10 6:24:21 6:04:17 6:55:13 6:51:02

04:46 05:18 06:04 05:09 07:47 08:17 08:38 09:52

4:29:31 4:31:30 4:37:24 5:26:21 4:47:10 5:19:54 5:57:10 6:43:26

11:48:37 12:14:43 12:20:03 12:29:37 12:31:35 13:03:02 14:48:35 15:06:14

1:11:11 1:22:46 1:23:32 1:25:07

05:12 08:57 07:11 14:02

6:03:33 6:33:03 7:55:31 7:33:33

05:14 09:30 08:20 14:05

4:55:36 4:55:10 5:00:16 6:01:45

12:20:46 13:09:27 14:34:50 15:28:32










IRONMAN 70.3 GEELONG Geelong, Vic., Australia - March 26, 2023

Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km Pos. Name







Male 1 Mike Phillips (NZL) 2 Steven McKenna (AUS) 3 Nicolas Free (AUS)

22:43 22:34 22:39

02:15 01:59 01:59

1:58:53 2:04:20 2:04:18

01:34 01:28 01:33

1:14:36 1:10:15 1:11:28

3:40:01 3:40:40 3:41:58

IRONMAN CAIRNS Cairns, Australia - June 18, 2023


Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km Pos. Name

Langkawi, Malaysia - October 7, 2023







45:10 45:12 48:13

02:17 02:17 02:14

4:23:14 4:23:13 4:29::27

01:45 01:49 02:08

2:37:45 2:48:28 2:42:53

7:50:11 8:01:00 8:04:55

46:53 48:11 48:14

02:18 02:17 02:14

4:21:29 4:29:27 4:47:24

01:50 01:49 02:56

3:04:45 2:57:17 2:58:16

8:17:14 8:19:02 8:39:03

Male §1 Braden Currie (NZL) 2 Steven McKenna (AUS) 3 Tim Van Berkel (AUS) Also 5 Mike Phillips (NZL) 6 Ben Phillips (NZL) 9 Matt Kerr (NZL)

Pos. Name

SELECTED IRONMAN PRO Cork, Ireland - August 11, 2023

Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km Pos. Name







Male 1 Kyle Smith (NZL) 2 Nicholas Quenet (RSA) 3 Kristoffer Visti Graae (DEN)

15:19 14:43 17:25

02:14 02:20 02:31

2:08:02 2:13:49 2:11:12

02:00 01:51 01:42

1:14:38 1:17:30 1:20:16

3:42:13 3:50:12 3:53:06







23:15 23:24 23:18

02:02 01:56 02:01

2:05:24 2:05:16 2:05:19

0:36 00:29 00:37

1:19:30 1:21:18 1:23:18

3:50:47 3:52:23 3:54:33

25:15 27:29 24:51

02:12 02:04 02:12

2:11:45 2:18:19 2:20:53

00:44 00:31 01:15

1:16:31 1:21:38 1:26:43

3:56:26 4:10:00 4:15:55

25:21 25:27 25:24

02:16 02:03 02:11

2:22:38 2:22:47 2:22:54

00:48 00:30 00:39

1:19:14 1:25:18 1:29:50

4:10:17 4:16:05 4:20:59








IRONMAN 70.3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Tallinn, Estonia - August 25, 2023

Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km Pos. Name







Male 1 Pieter Heemeryck (GER) 2 Mike Phillips (NZL) 3 Alessandro Fabian (ITA)

23:16 23:15 22:45

01:21 01:42 01:27

1:58:01 1:57:38 2:01:55

01:35 01:31 01:01

1:12:43 1:14:48 1:12:40

3:36:56 3:38:55 3:39:48

Female 5 Amelia Watkinson (NZL)







California, USA - October 27, 2023

Swim 3.8km | Bike 180km | Run 42.2km Pos. Name







Male 1 Dan Plews (NZL) 2 Raynard Picard (MEX) 3 Jamie Woodbury (CAN)

36:27 42:28 37:19

05:06 06:32 05:42

4:23:27 4:30:20 4:33:58

03:08 04:08 04:01

2:48:48 2:56:00 3:00:02

7:56:56 8:19:28 8:21:01







11:31 11:43 11:41

02:18 02:20 02:21

1:56:36 2:00:01 2:02:37

01:02 01:14 01:12

1:08:00 1:12:07 1:10:01

3:19:29 3:27:28 3:27:54

11:41 13:58 13:15

02:21 02:42 02:46

02:04:57 02:10:39 -

01:07 01:04 -

1:10:12 1:22:18 -

3:30:21 3:50:43 DNF

14:56 12:15 12:11

02:59 02:43 02:37

02:14:14 02:16:33 02:16:39

01:07 01:08 01:21

1:20:12 1:21:29 1:22:24

3:53:30 3:54:10 3:55:15

16:23 15:02 14:13

03:01 02:55 02:51

02:22:36 02:22:36 02:24:29

01:10 01:17 01:36

1:21:59 1:26:01 1:26:32

04:05:12 04:07:53 4:09:44

IRONMAN 70.3 MELBOURNE St Kilda, Vic., Australia - November 12, 2023

Swim 900m | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km Pos. Name

IRONMAN 70.3 SUNSHINE COAST Mooloolaba, Qld., Australia - September 10, 2023

Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km

Female 1 Rebecca Clarke (NZL) 2 Readka Kahlefeldt (AUS) 3 Sophie Perry (AUS) Also 10 Deborah Fuller (NZL) 11 Laura Wood (NZL) 13 Heather Neill (NZL)

Male 1 Josh Amberger (AUS) 2 Mike Phillips (NZL) 3 Kurt McDonald (AUS) Also 4 Ben Hamilton (NZL) 8 Jayden Kuijpers (NZL) 10 Matt Kerr (NZL) Female 1 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 3 Lottie Lucas (UAE) Also 8 Heather Neill (NZL)


Pos. Name

Swim 1.9km | Bike 90.1km | Run 21.1km







25:25 27:21 28:07

01:33 01:36 01:43

2:21:07 2:22:59 2:22:10

01:20 01:29 01:38

1:24:17 1:23:29 1:23:48

4:13:43 4:16:53 4:17:27

32:38 27:26 33:01

1:50 01:44 02:10

2:30:26 2:28:23 2:34:05

1:30 01:45 02:01

1:26:47 1:34:45 1:33:39

4:33:11 4:34:03 4:44:56


Male 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Nick Thompson (AUS) 3 Steven McKenna (AUS) Also 5 Sam Osborne (NZL) 24 Mike Tong (NZL) DNF Matt Kerr Female 1 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 2 Natalie van Coevorden (AUS) 3 Lotte Wilms (NLD) Also 6 Deborah Fuller (NZL) 8 Laura Armstrong (NZL) 9 Samantha Kingsford (NZL)



Swim 2km | Bike 100km | Run 18km Pos. Name Male 1 Max Neumann (AUS) 2 Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 3 Magnus Ditlev (DEN) Also 9th Kyle Smith (NZL) Female 1 Anne Haug (GER) 2 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 3 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) Also 16 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 17 Rebecca Clarke (NZL)







22:53 23:42 23:48

1:03 1:10 1:22

1:50:07 1:50:07 1:48:55

0:45 0:43 0:44

58:56 58:29 1:00:45

3:13:46 3:14:13 3:15:36







27:03 26:30 24:18

1:16 1:10 1:18

2:05:51 2:06:04 2:06:27

0:53 0:48 0:46

1:02:55 1:05:55 1:08:04

3:38:00 1:05:55 3:40:56

28:11 24:48

1:15 1:23

2:11:11 2:07:45

0:57 0:58

1:09:10 1:16:07

3:50:46 3:51:02

PTO ASIAN OPEN Marina Bay, Singapore - August 19, 2023

Swim 2km | Bike 100km | Run 18km Pos. Name







Male 1 Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 25:55:00 2 Pieter Heemeryck (GER) 26:09:00

0:47 1:00

1:52:48 1:50:03

0:46 1:13

1:00:29 1:04:18

3:20:47 3:22:46

Pos. Name







3 Jason West (USA) Also DNF Mike Phillips (NZL)











28:20:00 29:00:00 28:20:00

0:56 0:53 1:07

2:03:42 2:05:38 2:08:52

0:51 0:57 1:01

1:07:25 1:07:01 1:06:48

3:41:15 3:34:31 3:46:09

31:27:00 27:25:00

1:04 1:09

2:06:38 2:09:32

0:53 1:01

1:09:02 1:19:27

3:49:16 3:58:35







25:45 26:35 25:37

1:25 1:16 1:10

1:44:38 1:49:18 1:45:03

1:09 1:06 1:17

1:01:13 56:22 1:01:40

3:14:11 3:14:39 3:14:49







27:46 28:19 28:21

1:36 1:11 1:24

1:55:14 1:57:55 1:56:26

1:15 1:16 1:29

1:07:07 1:05:08 1:10:02

3:32:58 3:33:49 3:37:43







Female 1 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2 Anne Haug (GER) 3 Chelsea Sodaro (USA) Also 6 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 13 Rebecca Clarke (NZL)

PTO U.S.OPEN Milwaukee, USA - August 4, 2023

Swim 2km | Bike 100km | Run 18km Pos. Name Male 1 Jan Frodeno (GER) 2 Jason West (USA) 3 Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) Also 21 Braden Currie (NZL) Female 1 Taylor Knibb (USA) 2 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 3 Paula Findlay (CAN) Also 16 Rebecca Clarke (NZL)


Swim 1.9km | Bike 85km | Run 21km Pos. Name







Female 1 Grace Thek (AUS) 2 Rebecca Clarke (NZL) 3 Barbara Riveros (Chile)

26:15 24:48 26:13


2:05:48 2:07:07 2:09:06


1:21:50 1:26;29 1:25:29

3:53:53 3:58:24 4:00:38

GARMIN NOOSA TRIATHLON Noosa, QLD, Australia - November 5, 2023

Swim 1500m | Bike 40km | Run 10km Pos. Name Elite Men 1 Hayden Wilde (NZL) 2 Matthew Hauser (AUS) 3 Henri Shoeman Also 14 Matt Kerr (NZL) Elite Women 1 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2 Sophie Malowiecki (AUS) 3 Richelle Hill (AUS) Also 12 Amelia Watkinson (NZL) 13 Hannah Knighton (NZL)







17:11 16:29 16:31

01:36 01:42 01:39

50:46 51:57 52:43

01:45 01:12 01:23

30:33 30:45 32:01

1:41:56 1:42:09 1:44:20







19:16 19:13 19:12

01:49 01:50 01:57

58:26 58:31 58:25

01:33 01:28 01:32

34:06 35:45 36:07

1:55:13 1:56:49 1:57:14

21:33 19:07

01:58 01:50

1:00:17 1:02:24

01:36 01:39

37:31 40:29

02:02:57 02:05:31






Fuel to the fire F


or two thirds of the Paris Olympic Test Event in July, Hayden Wilde had us believing the hip he inexplicably injured in a bizarre before dawn, slowspeed crash riding to the race venue wasn’t so serious after all. With a swift swim and much faster ride proper, the Kiwi No.1 had eventual winner Alex Yee seriously under the pump. But then, just a few agonising metres into the 1500m run, somber reality depressingly set in. Wilde’s DNF will only fuel his bid to eclipse his Tokyo Olympic bronze and Birmingham Commonwealth Games silver and while the XXXIII Games dress rehearsal won’t be forgotten, the trademark smile was soon back. Don’t believe us? Click over…



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