06 Sep NEXT UP: Gold Coast ITU GOLD!
Wowsers, last weekend’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships was incredible! I was unable to prise myself away from the Live Tracker all weekend – the competition between the men was so mesmerising.
Apologies if you tried to call and got no answer 😉 what can I say? I am obsessed!
Now it’s time to look to the Gold Coast and the ITU World Championships, running from 11-14 September. We have our largest contingent of Australian athletes representing this fabulous country ever this year, and every one of us here at Bindi HQ is ready and waiting to cheer for you all!
A stunning location, the Gold Coast course promises excellent spectator value and fast times for both Sprint and Standard Distance events – there is nothing better than running up that blue carpet to the finish line (Okay, wait, I’ll admit, running down the red carpet to the Ironman finish is pretty darn good too).
We have a bunch of Bindi crew flying over to the GC to race, and we can’t wait to hear all about their experiences after the event.
Did you know anyone can apply to be in the Aussie Age Group team?
I know for a fact that many age-group triathletes aren’t aware of this. If I had a dollar for every time an age-group triathlete I met said, “oh I’m not good enough for that,” I’d have a load of dollars. The reality is, if you have raced even two or three races over the season, you have a good chance of being selected.
Er, sorry, what was that?
Quite often, the Australian Age Group team has spots available across all age groups, as for many people the cost of travelling to an event, paying for accommodation and taking time off work is too prohibitive for them to consider applying. Last year in Rotterdam there were still several spots available across different age groups, and a friend of mine who was placed 17th on the ladder managed to secure a spot.
Each time you place in the top 20 in your age group you accrue points. At the end of the season, if you have enough points apply for the team – you may well be selected.
But draft-legal racing is scary…
The Sprint Distance race is draft legal, and for lots of age group triathletes that thought is terrifying. After years of being told to adhere to strict drafting distances between bikes, forgetting all that and jumping into close quarters with unknown people is confronting. But, more than anything, draft-legal racing is FUN.
Think of all those times you’ve ridden with your training buddies in a close-knit group, only to have someone suddenly decide to break away and sprint for some dubious crown on a Strava segment (c’mon, you all know SOMEONE who has done that!). Draft legal racing is much the same.
Jump on someone’s wheel and go, go, go!
Wear Green and Gold with Pride
The experience of racing for your country is extraordinary. Taking part in the Parade of Nations, walking alongside triathletes from all around the globe, listening to their excitement, is one that has to be experienced to be understood. The atmosphere is electric as thousands of athletes come together to celebrate the sport they love so much.
We can’t wait to see the race unfold on Aussie soil next weekend. Good luck to everyone racing – and don’t forget to fuel your race with Australia’s favourite sports’ nutrition, Bindi!
Go Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!