New bike just the ticket for Hawaii Ironman
WILLING to do almost anything to race alongside his father Ken at the world’s biggest Ironman triathlon race in Hawaii, a once in a lifetime opportunity knocked for Noosa’s Ryan Rae.
He also managed to get a US$15,000 bike as part of the ticket. After Ken earned his slot at the holy grail of Ironman through qualification in China’s 70.3 Xiamen last November, Ryan was desperate to be by his side but failed in his qualifying attempt at Ironman New Zealand.
Ventum then released the Kona Anniversary Edition Bicycle, which for a short time offered a Kona slot to buyers.
“Dad bought one and he was the first person in the world to buy it. Ironman did a film about it in Brissy,” Ryan said.
“I jokingly said if it meant I got a ticket I would buy one too. He said ‘be careful what you wish for, they have just released an offer’. “I hit the f***-it button. You have to spend the money sometimes. It is an obscenely expensive bike, the wife kinda said ‘just do it and get it out of your system’.”
The Rae duo will now be on the start line together tomorrow with ample family support.
For Ryan, his primary avenue to reaching Kona would have been via the legacy program – only available to those who have completed 12 Ironmans. Adding up entry fees, training and travel costs, he’s probably ended up in front financially... and taken a shortcut.
Competing in the 35-39 age group, Ryan is headed to the Big Island with no expectations, just to get around the course with a smile.
Ken will also be making his debut but in the 65-69 category. He just wants to make it to the start line injury free.
RACING TOGETHER: Ken his son Ryan Rae will compete at the Ironman World Championship this year.