While cold temps continue in much of Canada, the dry hot conditions for this weekend’s Geelong 70.3 race made for tough conditions. The 38 degrees and strong headwinds didn’t deter the two pre-race favourites Craig Alexander and Emma Moffatt who both won convincingly.
When asked if he would enter next month’s Ironman Asia-Pacific triathlon championships in Melbourne, Alexander responded in jest, “If you can promise me I won’t get weather like that, I will be there.” Alexander suffered cramping on the bike and run.
“A dry and hot day in Geelong or Melbourne is as tough as it gets,” he said.
Alexander’s winning time was 4:06. He was eighth out of the swim in 25:15, rode the challenging bike course in 2:16 and ran a 1:20 half marathon, while countrywoman and Olympic medallist Emma Moffatt won the women’s event by more than 12 minutes.
“Right now I don’t feel really good, but hopefully in a few days I will be able to reflect positively” said Moffatt after struggling in the heat. Moffatt dominated from start to finish exiting the swim in 26:49 well a head of the next female. She rode 2:32 and ran a solid 1:28 half marathon for a 4:30 finishing time.
The top three men:
Craig Alexander (Aus): 4:06:00
Tim Reed (Aus): 4:09:34
Brad Kahlefeldt (Aus): 4:10:42
The top three women:
Emma Moffatt (Aus): 4:30:58
Rebecca Hoschke (Aus): 4:43:11
Lisa Marangon (Aus): 4:50:15