Ironman no Challenge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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