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  • American Super-Mom Liz Lyles will defend her title in Western Australia to complete a strong year.
    by Daniel Hoy

    American Super-Mom Liz Lyles will return to defend her title at the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia in Busselton next month.

    Standing in her way will be a strong field of experienced and world class athletes including two-time Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns champion Australia’s Liz Blatchford and three-time IRONMAN winner Netherland’s Yvonne Van Vlerken.

    "I can't wait for the race. I love Busselton and I am really looking forward to coming back,” Lyles says.

    Originally from:

    Super-Mom Heads West for IRONMAN Defence

    IRONMAN.comAmerican Super-Mom Liz Lyles will defend her title in Western Australia to complete a strong year.
  • Twins Target Bussleton

    by Daniel Hoy

    Life started as a race to see who would be born first for twins Darren and Glenn Pesich and ever since they have tried to stay one step ahead of each other, including in Sunday’s SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia.

    For the 40-year-olds from Spearwood in Western Australia, the more than 1900 other athletes in the field will be white noise; the real battle will between the two of them.

    The brothers’ rivalry has been hardened over 40 years of backyard battles with SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia in Busselton simply adding another chapter to their book of battles.

    Competitive nature aside they do have a standing agreement that means they’ll never end up in a sprint finish. If they are insight of each other within 100m of the finish, they’ll cross the line together. So far in three other IRONMAN races and seven IRONMAN 70.3 events that agreement is yet to be tested.

    Originally from:

    Twins Target Busselton Battle

    IRONMAN.comTwins have a unique relationship – often competitive and always close in whatever they do.
  • Hockey Player Takes on IRONMAN SunSmart Western Australia

    Australian Fiona Crawley (nee Johnson), who played 97 internationals for her country in hockey, will take up a new challenge when she tackles the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia for the first time.

    Crawley was widely regarded as the Hockeyroos’ fittest player, regularly reaching a world class 15 on the beep test.

    Originally from:

    Hockey Star Takes Up IRONMAN Test

    IRONMAN.comIt seems only natural that one of Australia’s fittest athletes, an athlete who knows how to come back from adversity, should venture into what is regarded as sport’s toughest one-day test.
  • Stacked Pro Field on Board in Busselton

    With 27 women and 29 men on the start line, the two athletes lucky enough to take the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australian title will have will have well and truly earned it.

    American Liz Lyles is well aware of what lies in front of her in her bid to repeat her winning performance from last year.

    "I am excited for the race especially since I will know what to expect on the course. I'm nervous too, it’s an amazing start list," Lyles says. "The field is championship race calibre, there are so many talented women.

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  • The famous Busselton Jetty just after sunrise. Photo Credit - Korupt Vision

  • Lengendairy IRONKIDS Busselton 2014

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton. Say hello to our starter 'Rosemary'.

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton - Swim start

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton - Boys Swim Start

  • World renowned photographer Delly 'DellyPhotoNinja' Carr being photographed on the finish line Legendairy IRONKIDS Busselton. Photo Credit - Geoff Meyer.

  • Legendairy IRONKIDS finish line

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  • What The Pros Had To Say …

    Romain Guillaume - On Training

    It is very different here than France. Everything is easy for training. The pool here opens at 5.45. In France nothing opens before 8 or 9 – we are kind of lazy. The weather is perfect – currently in France it is winter so it was a good i8dea to have four or five weeks training here.
    My girlfriend decided to race in Mandurah a month ago – so I decided to come with her and train for Busselton.
    I had three weeks after Hawaii quite easy and mostly volume and some intensity.
    I started the season in January and my coach was worried that I am training too much especially here as he is not with me.
    I had a good 35 hour week mostly volume. I am feeling great – my body I hope, my mind I am sure that I am able to fight and give my very best on Sunday.

    Liz Lyles on defending her title

    There are a few more eyes on me. I don’t necessarily like that but I am glad I am not alone here this year, with my mum is back which makes a big difference.

    On the course

    I have worked on my right-hand turns because in the SU we don't do that. Last year I lost quite a bit of time with the 180s turning right – I thought whoa I need to work on those technical skills so I have been working on that.

    The quality of the field

    It is surprising and shocking … how many girls there are who are fantastic.

    Liz Blatchford on racing in her home state

    It's great to race in the West where I can see my family and friends and do a race that as I grew up as a teenager seeing some of my training partners and what-not training and preparing for this race so it's good to be a part of it.

    On her preparation after Hawaii

    "I think I recovered okay and trained hard enough to get myself into another hole. Hopefully I am out of that hole and ready to go.

    On the course

    I did the 70.3 here and it is a bit surprising because the winds can get up and make this super-flat bike course not so easy.
    The run with all the laps can be a bit of a mind game. Four laps on the run – you do one big 10km lap and you still have three to go. I think it is definitely a mental game and we have a surprisingly strong field in both men and women. So it is not going to be an easy day out there �� it is going to be a battle for sure.

    Joe Gambles on expectations

    I have always wanted to do it. It is a flat and fast course and I've followed it over the years and seen some fast time. It's great to have Jason here – and his 8:03 is so quick. So do we have to let him win as it's his last one?
    (You do said Jason)

    On Recovery From Hawaii

    I didn’t have a great day in Kona. I think it was a good training day. My legs hurt out of the swim – I don’t know what happened. I felt great going in and there was just nothing there. I got married the week after Kona – so I had a lot of friends and family there to support me. I came off the bike in 30th and told myself I had to finish.

    I had a plan – I knew my finance would be at mile three – I will stop and give her a kiss and that would get me to start the run at least. I kept going and ran a 3:05 and it actually turned out quite well. I was second in the bike prime and the guy that led pulled out so I got the bike prime so that was the best thing to come out of Kona.

    And my marriage of course.

    Yvonne van Vlerken on support in Australia

    I have always wanted to come to visit a lot of my family who are here in Australia. They have been asking me every year to come to Busselton. Also my uncle who is Bill Kirby who got a gold medal in the Olympics in Sydney – he said 'Yvonne your swimming is so crap you have to come over to learn how to swim.'
    He had a look at me and gave me some help and I am hoping to improve my swim next year. This year it is still a little tough – I had a broken collarbone and still have a metal plate and screw in my shoulder. I am hoping that I come off a very, very strong bike and good run to chase the girls sitting on the left of me.

    On the course

    The course suits me well as I am from the Netherlands which is also windy and flat. I hope to have a very good race.
    I just came off Ironman Florida that I won for a third time in a row – my fastest bike time there was a 4:35 – I don’t think it would be possible on this course but I will definitely give it a go.

    Jason Shortis - why retirement now?

    It is a personal reason. Sunday would have been my mum and dad's wedding anniversary – mum and dad always came to this race and it was always a big family race for me.
    Mum is no longer here – dad will be and it will be a bit of a tough day for him.
    I have family along too. My 16 year old daughter is here – that is quite special. The first time I ever had a podium in an IRONMAN race – there was a photo of her lying on my chest in the recovery tent and she was not even one at the time. That was a cool photograph – and she is here watching my last race which was pretty cool.

    On his race record 8:03 at Busselton

    I never race with a watch – I have absolutely no idea of how fast I am going. I am old school – if you are not going flat out you are not going fast enough which works out sometimes and ends in tears on other times.
    I had no idea how fast we were going and the marshalls were not allowed to tell us. We were 4-5 kms from the finish. The marshall rolled back to me and said there's a chance you could go under eight hours.
    As you go past there's 3kms to go and you run past the finish line – it's a tough gig. I heard the announcer saying there was 10 minutes to go to break eight yours. I thought – that's 3kms in 3:15 a km then I will get there. I did it for the first km, and then I blew and I barely made it to the finish line.
    You can only race yourself and you can only race yourself – and I had a really good day on this course.

    On the course

    It is a fantastic race – the racing is all about the people and it is what makes this race special is the people who come out to support you. There is nowhere to hide out there on the run course – so if you are not having a good day you are very much under the microscope. It is that crowd support an inspires and lifts you – and makes it a very emotional race. Ironman is a very emotional sport any way – but to have that crowd support and that amazing finish line makes it even more emotional and special.
  • Good Morning - a superb morning here is Busselton for the SunSmart Ironman Australia. It is forecast for a superb day and now 20 minutes away from the pro men's start with the pro women three minutes later and the age group mass start at 5.45am local time.
    BIB First name Surname Country
    1 David Dellow AUS
    2 Romain Guillaume FRA
    3 Joe Gambles AUS
    4 Patrik Nilsson SWE
    6 Nick Baldwin SYC
    8 Christian Kemp AUS
    9 Matty White AUS
    10 Markus Thomschke DEU
    11 Simon Billeau FRA
    12 Johan Borg AUS
    13 Per Bittner DEU
    15 Simon Cochrane NZL
    16 Denis Chevrot FRA
    17 Guy Crawford NZL
    18 Clayton Fettell AUS
    19 Jarmo Hast FIN
    20 Todd Israel AUS
    21 Darren Jenkins AUS
    23 Gergo Molnár HUN
    24 Andreas Niedrig DEU
    25 Daniel Niederreiter AUT
    27 Shanon Stallard NZL
    28 Mike Schifferle CHE
    29 Josh Rix AUS
    30 Jan van Berkel CHE
    83 Jason Shortis AUS
    BIB First name Surname Country
    41 Elizabeth Lyles USA
    42 Liz Blatchford AUS
    43 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
    44 Bree Wee USA
    45 Åsa Lundström SWE
    46 Diana Riesler DEU
    47 Melanie Burke NZL
    49 Lisa Marangon AUS
    50 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS
    51 Kate Bevilaqua AUS
    52 Svetlana Blazevic SUR
    53 Jeanne Collonge FRA
    54 Kym Coogan AUS
    55 Katy Duffield AUS
    56 Michelle Duffield AUS
    57 Tracy Douglas AUS
    58 Erin Furness NZL
    59 Beth Gerdes USA
    60 Dede Griesbauer USA
    62 Mareen Hufe DEU
    63 Kristy Hallett AUS
    64 Britta Martin NZL
    66 Sarah Piampiano USA
    67 Nina Pekerman ISR
    68 Keiko Tanaka JPN
  • We are underway with the men's professionals underway - a magnificent sight here at Busselton.
  • The women's pros have started the swim - 3 mins after the men with another 12 mins to the age groupers.
  • The pro men are off at the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia at Busselton.

  • Age Grouper competitors, nearly 2000 of them, are underway at the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia.
  • Clayton Fettell and Dave Dellow are in a three-strong break that has 24 seconds lead at the 1km mark in the men, with 14 swimmers in that second group. Our spotter Toby Coote reports they have the advantage of a tail wind but will turn at the top of the jetty into a fresh 10 knot wind that is building.
  • Leaders in the swim.

  • The leading three men have turned at the end of the jetty at the 1.9km mark with Fettell and Dellow in that group. There are five swimmers in the chase 20 seconds back.
  • The lead women have turned at the top of the jetty with four in the group including Dede Griesbauer and Liz Blatchford with four in the chase group now also gone.
  • Fantastic scene with age group start.

  • The winds are up and it is choppy in the swim as the pros face tougher conditions as they round the second turning buoy and make their way back to transition.
  • Pro men about to come out of the water
  • @lachevrotine and @claytonfettell first out of the swim at IMWA with six chasers 40 secs back.
  • Denis Chevrot (FRA) and Clayton Fettell (AUS) on the bike followed at 5 seconds by Patrik Nilsson, Guy Crawford, Romain Guillaume, Joe Gambles, Dave Dellow, Christian Kemp and then back to Per Bittner, Jan van Berkel, Jarmo Hast and Gergo Molnar.
  • Denis Chevrot of France leads out of the swim.

  • The leading pro women are 100m from shore.
  • @Liz_Blatchford and Svetlana Blazevic lead @dedegriesbauer out of the swim at IMWA.
  • Leading Male Pros Out of the Water
    1 Denis CHEVROT  (#16) 0:46:22
    2 Clayton FETTELL  (#18) 0:46:28 +00:06
    3 Christian KEMP  (#8) 0:46:55 +00:33
    4 Guy CRAWFORD  (#17) 0:46:58 +00:36
    5 Patrik NILSSON  (#4) 0:47:03 +00:41
    6 Joe GAMBLES  (#3) 0:47:04 +00:42
    7 Romain GUILLAUME  (#2) 0:47:06 +00:44
    8 David DELLOW  (#1) 0:47:20 +00:58
    9 Per BITTNER  (#13) 0:48:35 +02:13
    10 Jan VAN BERKEL  (#30) 0:48:42 +02:20
  • Leading Female Pros Out of the Water
    1 Lisa DELAURENTIS  (#498) 0:49:52
    2 Lauren PARKER  (#274) 0:52:07 +02:15
    3 Liz BLATCHFORD  (#42) 0:52:12 +02:20
    4 Svetlana BLAZEVIC  (#52) 0:52:13 +02:21
    5 Dede GRIESBAUER  (#60) 0:52:20 +02:27
    6 Bree WEE  (#44) 0:53:33 +03:40
    7 Lisa MARANGON  (#49) 0:54:44 +04:52
    8 Kate BEVILAQUA  (#51) 0:55:13 +05:21
    9 Keiko TANAKA  (#68) 0:56:30 +06:38
    10 Katy DUFFIELD  (#55) 0:56:34 +06:42
  • Liz Blatchford on the bike.

  • At 28kms @claytonfettell leads by 1:12 over pack Chevrot, Gambles, Crawford, Guillaume, Nilsson, Dellow, Kemp.
  • Our spotter Toby Coote says the winds are freshening and will be a factor. While Clayton Fettell puts down the pressure on the front through 30kms on the bike, he believes Christian Kemp looked strongest of the chasers.
  • Joe Gambles is out of the water and onto the bike leg. We chatted to him before the race, here's what he had to say.

    SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia Inside Scoop With Joe Gambles

    SoundCloudSunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia Inside Scoop With Joe Gambles
  • Santa is on the course.

  • Yvonne Van Vlerken is on the bike, let's see if she can do what she told us Friday. "I will crush the bike." Listen to our full interview here.

    SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia Inside Scoop with Yvonne Van Vlerken

    SoundCloudSunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia Inside Scoop with Yvonne Van Vlerken
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