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Geelong Multisport Festival Preview

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Last year’s winner Belinda Granger gives us an insider’s view of the Geelong Long Course and Multisport Festival, with tips on everything from battling Victoria’s unpredictable weather patterns to the solid climb out of transition for both the ride and the run. In addition to other events to watch over the weekend, including the Elite Sprint event which will attract some of the best in the world.

Geelong Long Course is a great race and the perfect first race of the 2013 season. Last year I used the race as my first “tester” of the season – to see where I was at with my training and what areas needed work in the lead up to Ironman Melbourne.

THE SWIM


We awoke last year to some pretty nasty weather – wind, rain and cold. Well, for us Sunshine Coasters it was cold. Because of all the cloud cover it was quite dark when the gun went off so I suggest bringing two pairs of goggles with you – dark lenses and clear lenses, just in case. I was glad to have the clear lenses so I could see where I was going in the swim.

THE BIKE


Onto the bike and the roads were fairly wet. The beginning of the bike course is quite technical so I had to be fairly cautious on the many tight corners through the park before we got out onto the main road. The main road is perfect time-trialing terrain. The wind on this part of the course is what makes it tough. It is a two-lap course bringing you back down into T2 at the end of each lap. The descent down into T2 is a little tricky as there is a very tight turn at the bottom of it - make sure you are prepared, especially if it is wet. Despite many officials, volunteers and even spectators yelling ‘slow down’, a few athletes came off here last year. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you are in the right gear for the nasty little climb back away from T2 again. The bike course is a good mixture of tight corners, descents, climbs, undulations and fast time-trialling sections. Throw in a bit of wind and it is good solid course.

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THE RUN


The run was my favourite part. I love this sort of run course – a hilly two-lap run with a good mix of soft and hard terrain – perfect for the stronger runner and not necessarily the fast runner. Definitely make sure you add some hills into your long runs in preparation for this race. It is a hard course to get into any sort of rhythm, but the last few kilometres of each lap is flat and fast. There are also a couple of opportunities to see where your competition is at.

THE VIBE


I love the concept of the Multisport Festival. There is always something going on and it is such a fantastic atmosphere. Last year I was able to do my race in the morning and then watch the sprint distance race in the afternoon. I don’t get too many opportunities to watch a race so I really enjoyed it. The team at USM are the kings of the Multisport Festival and do it so well. The festival enables the entire family to be involved. With the kids triathlon, the Half Ironman and the sprint, everyone gets a chance to shine.

 

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RACE


1. It can be quite chilly in the morning so make sure you pack for all conditions. Those of you who have experienced Victorian summers know it can be a mixed bag and can go from one extreme to the other in a day.

2. Think about wheel choice. It is quite technical and undulating at the beginning of each lap and has the potential to be extremely windy. Talk to your coach or an experienced athlete to suss out what they think.

3. It is a pretty solid climb out of T2 for both the bike and the run, so be patient and don’t go out all guns blazing – think about gear choice.

TRAVEL


1. If you are travelling from interstate, try to organise your flight into Melbourne so you are not arriving into during peak hour. The drive to Geelong from Melbourne airport can be a nightmare and twice as long during peak hour – I learnt this the hard way last year!

2. There are plenty of great cafes and food spots along the water. Most of the accommodation is close to the water, so most cafes are within walking distance. We had a car last year, but didn’t need to use it once we arrived in Geelong. It was simple to get around on foot. All the major supermarkets are within walking distance as well, so you can stock up on groceries easily enough.

3. There is a great little protected swim area down near the swim start, which is a great place for a swim and gives you a chance to get back into your wetsuit. Also, if the family has come along, the kids can play in the fantastic children’s pool while you familarise yourself with the swim course.


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2013 Urban Geelong Long Course Pro List Male

Joseph Lampe Lennox Head
John Polson Southport
Luke Whitmore Montmorency
Marc Widmer ST.Gallen
Sam Appleton Warrimoo
Todd Israel Woolloomooloo
Timothy Molesworth Birrong
James Hodge Launceston
Luke Gillmer Elwood
Leon Griffin Kangaroo Flat
James Seear Brookfield
Casey Munro mooloolaba
Callum Millward Ascot
Josh Rix Caulfield South
Mitchell Anderson North Melbourne
Michael Prince Caringbah
Clayton Fettell Alstonville
Brian McLeod Gracemere
Christian Kemp Kingsford
Courtney Ogden Mt Claremont
David Mainwaring Wollongong
Gregory Farrell Point Cook
Matthew Pellow Wollongong
Peter Robertson Kensington
Timothy Berkel East Ballina
Marko Albert Nõmme
Nicholas Hull Chapel Hill
Sam Betten Alderley
Bryan Rhodes Rangiora
Luke Bell Sandringham
Todd Skipworth Nedlands

2013 Urban Geelong Long Course Pro List Female

Rachael Paxton Kybong
Michelle Wu Woden
Elly Franks Elwood
Emma Moffatt Mermaid Waters
Matilda Raynolds Braidwood
Melissa Hauschildt Indooroopilly
Wendy McAlpine Parkdale
Anna Cleaver Bondi
Rebecca Hoschke Narrabeen, NSW
Linda Schuecker Muenster
Kiyomi Niwata Varsity Lakes
Michelle Gailey Belrose
Tenille Hoogland Courtenay

2013 Subaru Olympic Distance Triathlon Open Male

Levi Maxwell Cranbourne east
Paul Speed Armadale
Lachlan Kerin Malvern East
Grant Melzer Bruce
Paul Jamison Peregian Beach
Ryan Bourke Elwood
Stephen Thompson Melbourne
Mikael Staer Nathan Albert Park

Subaru Olympic Distance Triathlon Open Female

Camille Hudson Hawthorn
Kate Grattan Ashmore
Laura Siddall Rose Bay
Stephanie Auston Cooranbong
Sarah Lester Glen Iris

2013 Geelong ITU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup : Elite Men : Start List

Tony Dodds
Peter Kerr 
Grégory Rouault
Martin Van Barneveld
Mitchell Kealey
Bryan Keane
Cameron Good
Nick Kastelein
Jamie Huggett
James Chronis 
Kenji Nener 
Dylan Evans 
Matt Brown 
Shane Farrant
Marcel Walkington
Cameron Goldsmid
Jacob Birtwhistle
Tim George
Mitchell Kibby
Mitch Dean
James Davy
Nuru  Somi 
Ben Lyons
Michael Murphy
Harrison Dean
Sam Speechly
Ben Anderson
Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards 
Benjamin Huggett
Troy Main
Rikigoro Shinozuka
Christian Wilson
Niklas Gaertner
Matthew Baker
James Trevorrow
Jonathon Butler
Jeremy Drake
Kieran Roche 
Luke Willian
Nathan Buschkuehl

2013 Geelong ITU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup : Elite Women : Start List

Emma Jackson AUS
Yuko Takahashi JPN
Rebecca Kingsford NZL
Sophie Corbidge NZL
Grace Musgrove AUS
Chloe Turner AUS
Sarah Deuble AUS
Ellie Salthouse AUS
Lauren Parker AUS
Gillian Backhouse AUS
Maddie Dillon NZL
Jaz Hedgeland AUS
Maddison Allen AUS
Rebecca Clarke NZL
Emma  Pallant  GBR
Annelise Jefferies AUS