On Sunday October 21 the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Mandurah took center stage in the world of WTC triathlons. In both the men and women divisions there were several pros who were capable of topping the Ironman 70.3 Mandurah results 2012.
It was expected that it would be very fast course and it was true to form.
This is what Paul Ambrose had to say in a pre-race interview.
On his race plan
You have to play to your strengths. With elite level like this everyone is giving it their all and just going out from the front. This race could favour more to the runners as it’s a bit flatter but you just don’t know how it’s going to unfold, you just can’t have any expectations.
On his season and racing in Mandurah
My season is finishing now, this is going to be my last race for the year. It has been a long year. Destination plays a big part, it’s always good to see new places like Mandurah as I haven’t been here before.
“I am very happy with my season, you can’t have an absolutely perfect season but I podium placed in all of my races and have had really good results all through my year. Consistence is the goal and I probably had one my best years yet this year.
FETTELL, Clayton AMBROSE, Paul BAILEY, Matt LEWIN, James MUNRO, Casey WILD, Ruedi REED, Tim CARTER, Brett RIGBY, Alex REITHMEIER, Alex JOHNSEN, Jimmy VAN BERKEL, Tim FRANKISH, Monty BOWSTEAD, James WHITE, Matt BORG, Johan COTTER, Ben GRANGER, Justin
BLATCHFORD, Liz LUXFORD, Annabel VODICKOVA, Radka MARANGON, Lisa BAKER, Kat GRANGER, Belinda HAUSCHILDT, Melissa CROWLEY, Sarah FRANKS, Elly HOSCHKE, Rebecca
It was Clayton Fettell who led the way out of the water and for all the world looked like he was going to live up to his top billing as the one to beat.
He was still up near the front heading into the bike/run transition, but it was Tim Van Berkel who posted the fastest bike split of the day with a 2:00:56 and took charge of the race on the run course.
Tim Reed came charging at the end and his 01:15:00 run spit was the fastest of the day but his 03:41:45 finish time was not quite enough to over-take Van Berkel who held on to win the race with a sensational time of 03:39:59.
Ruedi Wild took the third spot on the podium with a finish time of 03:43:30.
Surprisingly, the two favorites, Paul Ambrose and Clayton Fettell finished sixth and seventh.
PRO MEN FINISH TIMES
VAN BERKEL, Tim 03:39:59 REED, Tim 03:41:45 WILD, Ruedi 03:43:30 WHITE, Matt 03:45:39 BOWSTEAD, James 03:46:19 FETTELL, Clayton 03:47:30 AMBROSE, Paul 03:48:27 JOHNSEN, Jimmy 03:52:43 LEWIN, James 03:53:23 BAILEY, Matt 03:55:44
There were no real surprises in the race for top spot among the women and it was Melissa Hauschildt winning in a time of 04:03:55 to take the victory by 50 seconds over second place finisher and co-favorite Liz Blatchford.
Blatchford had almost a three minute lead over Hauschildt heading into the swim/bike transition but could not hold the eventual winner off.
Hauschildt had the fastest bike and run splits of the day and was in great form and was full value for her victory.
Radka Vodickova took the third and final podium spot.
PRO WOMEN FINISH TIMES
HAUSCHILDT, Melissa 04:03:55 BLATCHFORD, Liz 04:04:45 VODICKOVA, Radka 04:08:59 CROWLEY, Sarah 04:15:10 HOSCHKE, Rebecca 04:17:22 BAKER, Kat 04:19:35 GRANGER, Belinda 04:21:10