New bike just the ticket for Hawaii Iron­man

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: Iain Curry

RAC­ING TO­GETHER: Ken his son Ryan Rae will com­pete at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship this year.

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