Yesterdays TinMan triathlon finale sponsored by 32GI and Triathlon Plus, was no short of high-paced action, as the top Triathletes in SA battled it out in perfect race conditions along Durban's beachfront. Over 350 athletes took to the starting line to take on the various challenges of the day.
Local Athletes Donovan Van Gelder and Brad Venter showed what true draft legal racing was all about and they had a duel from the start, racing neck and neck along the 1km sea swim and the 30km cycle course. However on the 10km run, Venter's recent back injury gave out and he had to withdraw, leaving Van Gelder alone in-front. The chasing pack of strong runners De Dominicus and Geldenhuys took on the challenge of trying to reel in Van Gelder before the finishing line on the Suncoast Sundeck. De Dominicus and Geldenhuys managed to claw back some time, but it wasn't enough and Van Gelder clinched the overall win in winning time of 1hr 36; 18seconds. De Dominicus was breathing down his neck finishing 5 seconds back with Geldenhuys hot on his heels only 16seconds behind him.
Nicole O'Driscoll took and early lead in the ladies race, with Haylee Mee and Rosanne Geldenhuys just behind her. O'Driscoll managed to gain time on her chasers on the 6 lap bike course and just managed to claim her win ahead of her chasers who were closing in, Haylee Mee claiming second and Rosanne Geldenhuys in third.
The Sprint Races were won by local up and coming Triathletes Ben De La Porta and PMB based Carla van Huyssteen. The Mini Triathlon was hotly contested between the male and female competitors, with James Haw winning the men's race and Amber Schlebush claiming the ladies win and second overall, only 1min behind Haw.
The 2015 TinMan Series saw many highlights, with a record number of race entries at the first race in June to the avg field increasing by 18% overall from 2014. The 10Km run along the flat beachfront has become a real challenge and each event sees close to 100 runners taking up the challenge. The Mini Triathlon has exploded with numbers doubling from 2014. The avg throughout the 2015 series was around 60 youngsters between 8 and 15years old taking to the Mini Triathlon's challenging course.
The 2016 Series dates have been set to February - 21st , April - 17th , July - 24th, October - 23rd and entries for the first event will open on the 1st of December 2015. There will be some exciting improvements to the 2016 Series, with additional prize money and other small improvements to make the athletes experience even better. We hope to see you there! www.bactive.com