Noble hunting elite status
A CHANGE of scenery has proven a healthy boost to already solid form for Caleb Noble who has an elite career and success at an iconic event on his mind.
Noble flew out of the country two weeks ago destined for Kona, Hawaii, where he is set to compete in the 18-24 age division at the Ironman World Championship.
It will be Noble’s first time racing in the gruelling event after qualifying with a win in his division at Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie earlier this year.
Noble, 22, moved to Noosa in May from Ganmain, New South Wales, and has been busy preparing for Kona ever since – averaging 28 hours of training a week on top of his work as a landscaper at Imperial Hotel Eumundi, which also sponsors him.
In a bid to bolster his training, he has teamed with Noosa-based professional ironman Pete Jacobs, who won Kona in 2012, as a training partner and mentor.
“It’s great to be able to learn from what he’s done and just get good insights on how to race at Kona especially, which has been really good,” Noble said.
Hard work is paying off, recently winning his age group at the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast and finishing inside the top 18 overall.
“I think I’ve got a pretty good shot at having a good race with the top guys in my age group at the worlds, and I’m definitely looking to enjoy the experience,” he said.
Noble’s not the only athlete making the trip from the region to the championships.
Among the age groupers racing are father-and-son duo Ken and Ryan Rae of Noosa, Ash Hunter from Beerwah, former Coolangatta Gold winner and now Sunshine Beach surf club head coach Josh Minogue and Gympie’s Anne Alford.
The professional field includes Peregian-based Callum Millward.
Also racing will be Sunshine Beach’s Luke McKenzie, who finished second at Hawaii in 2013.
In the women’s professional field, McKenzie’s wife Beth, as well as three-time 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt, who bases herself at Noosaville, will also race.
The Coast has been a hot-spot for triathletes preparing for Kona, with Kiwis Braden Currie and Cam Brown honing their form from Noosa before heading for the Big Island.
Hot favourite, Jan Frodeno who
spends half of his racing year at Noosa, was forced to withdraw due to a fractured pelvis.
For Noble, Kona is a vital stepping stone towards a crack at the higher echelons of the sport in
“I’m hoping to get my professional licence after this race and move up into the elite category and start doing a fair few more races internationally and
stuff,” he said.
The world championshis will start on October 13 and see athletes compete over a 3.86km swim, 180.2km ride and 42.2km run.
What a way to bow out.
Mooloolaba ironman Josh Minogue retired from the sport in stunning fashion yesterday when he triumphed at the iconic Coolangatta Gold.
The 27-year-old – a placegetter on three previous occasions – finished the 41.8km torture test in four hours, 12 minutes and 10 seconds.
He was seven minutes, 37 seconds ahead of Jake Nicholson while Alexandra Headland young gun Sam Bull proved he is one to watch by finishing in third (4:25.03) place.
“It was unbelievable to finish like that,” a shocked Minogue said.
“I don’t know what I’ve done right to deserve this.
“I looked at the trophy when they gave it to me and I saw the names of Michael King, Rhys Drury, Ali Day, Caine (Eckstein), Darren (Mercer) and Guy Leech.
“Everyone knows the list – and my name doesn’t belong there.”
But it does, through sheer persistence more than anything else.
TITLE CHANCE: Caleb Noble landed in Kona two weeks ago where he is set to compete in the 18-24 age division at the Ironman World Championship.
HOW SWEET IT IS: Josh Minogue wins the Coolangatta Gold in stunning style yesterday.