Ul­tra­man goes its own way

Multisport Mecca - - News - Grant Ed­wards Grant.Ed­wards@news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: IAIN CURRY

Car­men Atkin­son is com­pet­ing in the 2017 Ul­tra­man Aus­tralia, spon­sored by Isuzu UTE.

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