Ian shows that he is a class act by completely dominating the event, leading from the gun to tape…
Having raced 3 times already this year on the Duathlon circuit, I decided to enter the sprint event as my final lung busting Duathlon prior to the start of the Triathlon season. Having won the sprint event twice previously, I aimed to achieve a third win but this time wearing my shiny new TORQ team kit.
As we started, I was joined by a lone athlete on the run for the initial 800m, I was able to hold form and speed and opened a gap which seemed to continue to grow until I entered T1 with a comfortable lead.
Being a sprint event there wasn’t really time to settle, so I attacked the bike leg and maintained my advantage over the undulating course. It had appeared at stages of the 5 lap bike leg that the 2nd placed athlete was closing, but he seemed to lose touch on the final lap – this left me secure in the knowledge that I would lead out of T2 onto the 2nd run.
Having raced the standard distance at the National Championships 2 weeks ago, I was confident that my endurance was sufficient to run well off the shorter bike leg. Out of T2 I felt relaxed and got up to speed immediately. Covering an identical course to the first run, I was able to monitor the progress of other athletes at the switchbacks and extended my lead further. At this point I was able to enjoy the closing stages of the run and my first win wearing the TORQ colours, something which I am extremely proud to do.
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