Maloy leaves touch of calamity in his dust as he powers to victory
US triathlete Joe Maloy was more “Captain Calamity’’ than “Captain America’’ before yesterday’s Noosa Triathlon.
But the globetrotting 30year-old performed when it mattered most to become the first American to win the iconic event.
Maloy accidentally nominated for the wrong category before heading to Australia for the race and arrived at the start line at Noosa’s Main Beach without his all-important timing chip.
A quick dash to recover the timing chip was the heartstarting warm-up before he exploded on the bike leg to set up a 49 second victory over Queenslander Ryan Fisher and pre-race favourite Jake Birtwhistle.
“There’s always something with me. I’m pretty absentminded. I forgot my timing chip in my bag,’’ he said.
“I asked the guys, is that a big deal … they said, ‘you’ve got seven minutes to go get it’.
“(And) when I originally signed up for the race I put myself in the wrong category.
“I was in the age group race. When I got here, I said, ‘oh no, I need to pay for this plane ticket. I need to get in the pro division’. A couple of backand-forths with the organisers and we got it sorted.’’
Maloy certainly sorted out his rivals on the 40km bike leg when he opened up a 60 second lead on the field going into the 10km run.
His pre-race plan was to set a cracking pace to put his more fancied competitors under pressure and he executed it to perfection. “I wanted to go hard. I wanted to make it an honest race for the guys. I knew a hard race suited me so I just did what I could to make it that way,’’ he said.
“I took one pedal, it felt good. I took another one and it felt better and I just went with it and took my chance.
“I think it also worked to my advantage being a little bit unfamiliar to most of these guys. Maybe there was a sense of, ‘let him go, he’ll come back’.’’
After racing in 18 countries on six continents in his career, Maloy rated his “huge’’ Noosa win as “right at the top’’.
He will now focus on the ITU event in Yokohama, in May, which is the final qualification race for the Rio Olympics for US triathletes.
STAR TURN: Former league and rugby union star Mat Rogers during the run leg.