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CBD Cycles - 29/03/2011



The VIS Triathlon program competed on the one front this past weekend spread over two events.



Saturday saw the first round of the ITU Triathlon World Cup for 2011 offering valuable Olympic Qualification Points for London as well as the first opportunity to compete against the worlds best with 6 of the top 10 males present on the day.



In windy and choppy conditions 76 men's took to the start with the VIS represented by Brendan Sexton and Jamie Huggett.



In what proved to be an exciting race Brendan Sexton overcame a 15 second penalty for a transition rule infringement in T2 and claimed his best ever performance with a stunning second place to Australian Brad Kahlefeldt. Sexton chose to take his penalty at the 7.5km point in the run whilst leading the race and we can only speculate what the result may have been without this misfortune. In spite of the 15 second penalty sexton recorded the fastest run split of the day and also claimed the silver medal as the event doubled as the 2011 Australian Championship.



Jamie Huggett also received a penalty but faded to finish in 48th position overall after suffering in what was an extremely fast run. Although Huggett was disappointed with this result he still claimed a silver medal in the Australian U/23 championship which at 20 remains a great achievement.



Continuing with a great outcome but also bad luck, Peter Kerr finished an impressive 3rd in the ITU Continental Cup raced on Sunday morning. Kerr a noted swimmer exited the water with the lead group and then for the first time in 2011 improved his bike skills and ability to remain with the front pack. Bad luck struck with 6km remaining in the bike when Kerr punctured on debris on the road and had to ride his bike into transition with a completely flat rear tire. The technical nature of the Mooloolaba course meant that Kerr, struggling to keep his bike upright lost over 1 minute to the lead group by the time they dismounted and commence the run leg. In what was an impressive performance Ker stuck to his race process and proceeded to obliterate the field in the run leg running past over 30 athletes and recording the fastest run split of the day to finish in 3rd place.



In local racing Talent Transfer Triathlete Joel Tobin White took out the final race of the local season by winning the XO Size Triathlon held on Sunday thus completing an impressive season for this 16 year old.



The VIS Triathlon program will be represented by Brendan Sexton at the opening round of the World Championship Series to be held in Sydney on April 9.



Results and photos at www.triathlon.org