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Tom Trumps Levi
CBD Cycles - 22/03/2016
US elections.....no ......Sufferfest on the weekend yes. Tom's back in town......Sufferfest Race Report

Race morning came and I didn’t know what to expect after 11 months out of the sport but I just couldn’t wait to get out there. The gun went off and we split into two groups as we headed towards the first buoy. I took the straighter line and managed to sneak in front at the first turn. Fraser Walsh and fellow CBD athlete Levi Maxwell quickly went to the front and from then it was a matter of hanging on. The three of us exited together but due to my sloppy transition the boys gapped me as we went out onto the bike.

They were setting a good pace and it took almost 15km to catch them, we stuck together for the next 5km before Fraser charged up the hill on the second lap and we managed to drop Levi. Over the last 3 laps of 4 the gap slowly opened to Fraser and Levi but I was certainly worried going into the run so close to them.

Onto the run and I think I had about 2.15 to Fraser and 2.30 to Levi with a number of other fast runners including Leigh Stabryla, Ryan Christian, Stephen Thompson and another CBD athlete Jordy Wright not far behind. Every 5km Levi was putting about 30 seconds into me so I knew it was going to be close. With 5km to go the gap was down to about 1 minute which might sound good but if you know Levi’s running ability you don’t want him anywhere near you coming into the final stages of the run. Luckily I managed to hold on for the win which meant a lot to me after the frustrating 12 months I’ve had with a broken collarbone.

Congratulations to everyone who competed and thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way. Big thanks to Giant Bicycles for the support and CBD Cycles and for getting my bike ready for the weekend.