Iron­man no Chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

WHEN the Chal­lenge Cairns Iron Man Triathlon ar­rives in the Macrossan St on Sun­day, June 5 next year, there will be six very tired lo­cals among the com­peti­tors.

When they fi­nally get here, af­ter a gru­elling ride from Yorkey’s Knob, they’ll have to turn around and do it all again.

“To fin­ish the race,” Alan Por­te­ous said when asked if he had set him­self a goal in the race, and both Nick Car­ling and Chelsea Walk agree. “It’s an in­cred­i­bly tough race,” Nick said. “There are cut-off times for each leg, so you have to hit three dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the race.”

Even the laugh­ably-named ’short course’ triathlon takes con­tes­tants on a 1.9km swim at Yorkey’s Knob, a 90km bike ride and 21km run.

The trio of Nick, Alan and James Long are tack­ling the full-length event, 3.8km of freestlye, 180km in the sad­dle and a marathon-length 42km run to fin­ish.

The time limit for the full-length triathlon is 16 hours, but Alan hopes to make it across the line in 13 or 14 hours.

None of the blokes have ever tack­led an iron man triathlon be­fore.

Chelsea, along with Lucy Forbes and Kate Houla­han, will be tack­ling the short course.

None of the trio could pre­dict which lo­cal would be first across the line.

“It won’t be one of the boys though,” Chelsea laughed. “They’re do­ing the long course.” The six have just be­gun a joint train­ing pro­gram aimed at pro­vide a bit of mo­ti­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion in the lead-up to the big race.

“We started train­ing to­gether re­cently,” Alan said. “The day be­fore yes­ter­day, ac­tu­ally.” A sports pro­fes­sional from Mel­bourne has put to­gether a 30-week train­ing pro­gram of up to 18 hours a week for each mem­ber of the team.

Over the next seven months, the Tri-Port Chal­lengers will prob­a­bly pop a few tyres and wear out a few run­ning shoes, but they say it will be worth it.

They are keen to rep­re­sent the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and are hop­ing the com­mu­nity would sup­port them.

“We want peo­ple to come out on the day and cheer us on,” Nick said.

“The orig­i­nal course wasn’t go­ing to come through Port Dou­glas but a lot of peo­ple worked hard to make sure it did, so it would be great if the town turned out to cheer on the com­peti­tors.

“We’re also look­ing for a ma­jor spon­sor to help with our team race kit, and mi­nor spon­sors to help with nu­tri­tional aids, ac­ces­sories and other gear,” Nick said.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses to get in­volved with this huge event.”

The Chal­lenge Cairns triathlon is the cen­tre­piece of a nine-day multi-sports fes­ti­val, the Chal­lenge Cairns fes­ti­val.

It will be sec­ond-rich­est triathlon on the planet, with the win­ner of the long course race tak­ing home 100,000 Eu­ros.

Con­tact Nick on info@act­ing­fit­ness.com. au if you want to sup­port the team.

Har­den up: Alan Por­te­ous, Nick Car­ling and Chelsea Walk aim to fin­ish the Chal­lenge Cairns Iron Man Triathlon next June

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