Ultraman goes its own way
HIDDEN hinterland gems have been uncovered during epic nine-hour cycling sojourns by Carmen Atkinson.
Exploring the likes of Kenilworth, Obi Obi and beyond, it’s all part of Ultraman training.
Each week she has been clocking more than 500km on the bike, swimming about 15-20km and running between 80-100km.
The third annual event is the ultimate triathlon test, including a 10km swim, 421km bike and 84km run over three days from Noosa Heads. From May 13-15, 54 athletes will face the enormous challenge – the largest field in Ultraman’s Australian history.
Carmen, a Hendrey Chiropractic doctor, will be among 12 women competing, while Richard Thompson of Rosemount, Ben Johnston from Tuchekoi, Sam Cooke of Maroochydore, as well as Noosa’s Keith Maricich and Andrew Hartnett will also toe the line.
Local support is growing, and Queensland-based Isuzu UTE Australia has just announced its backing with MU-X and D-Max support vehicles.
“We are delighted about the support from Isuzu UTE – a race as tough as Ultraman Australia needs a tough ute on the course,” Ultraman Australia race director
Tony Horton said.
“Ultraman Australia is all about the athletes, and the support of our sponsors – like Isuzu UTE – makes for a great event.”
Isuzu UTE’s assistant general manager of marketing and PR Dave Harding said the toughness shown by athletes fit perfectly with his brand’s ethos.
“The training, physical preparedness and mental fortitude shown by everyone on the start line is to be applauded,” Mr Harding said.
“These athletes are certainly leaders in terms of pushing the limits – they echo our ‘go your own way’ mantra – and we’re happy to help them on that journey.”
On May 13 the Ultraman athletes will face a 10km swim and 140km ride. Day two is a 281.1km ride, while on the third day is a 84.3km double marathon.
The youngest athlete in the field is Michael Harvey, 30, and the oldest is Mark Heaysman, 61. Sixteen athletes have raced in previous Ultraman events, and five of those will be showing up for their third Ultraman Australia.
Carmen Atkinson is competing in the 2017 Ultraman Australia, sponsored by Isuzu UTE.