A crash on the bike course, a podium and shocking conditions for Race 1 #excitement
The first race of the season saw some challenging conditions down at Green point in Brighton. Simon, Cody and Andrew braved the 15 degree waters. But that wasn’t the worst of it with massive swells and choppy white caps the Brighton lifesavers had their work cut out for them.
There were 12 people from the Olympic race that required rescuing by rubber ducky and a similar number from the Sprint race. The Olympic race even had the swim distance reduced from 1500m to 600m due to the conditions. Several swimmers even started the race but turned around and swam back to shore after only getting 50m out and realising they weren’t a chance to make it around the full course.
The bike was as windy as to be expected with wind up to 30-35km/h. But much more manageable then the swim. The bike course went south from Green point towards Black rock with much of the wind manifesting as cross-wind for the riders. It was very early in the bike course that saw Cody have a brakes failure coming into the first turn around point! With a few cuts and bruises Cody got up and tried to fix whatever the problem may have been with his mini tool kit but to no avail. It was lucky that he happened to have crash-landed right at the feet of the St Johns Ambulance who patched him up before he pulled out of the race for a frustrating DNF.
After getting through T2 and heading out for the run leg in the same southerly direction, Race 1 for season 2016/2017 came to a close.
Congrats to Simon Preston on his first podium finish (AG25-29) and Andew Pappas narrowly missing out on a podium (AG50-54). A strong start for BCB Multisport and we are looking for more of the same for the coming summer!
|Competitor||Time||Category||Cateogory Position||Overall Position||Swim||T1||Bike||T2||Run|
|Simon Preston||1:07:22||Male 25-29||1||32||8:57||1:48||35:23||1:39||19:34|
|Andrew Pappas||1:16:52||Male 50-54||4||119||10:04||Unknown||1:54||22:47|
|Cody Allison||DNF||Male 30-34||N/A||N/A||10:03|