The 2023 Triathlon Queensland Long Course Championships were held at the 2023 Hell of the West Triathlon in Goondiwindi, and it was an event that will be remembered for years to come. Athletes from all over the country gathered to compete in what is known as one of the toughest triathlons in Australia.
The Hell of the West Triathlon is a grueling race that takes place in the small town of Goondiwindi, Queensland. The course consists of a 2km swim in the Macintyre River, an 80km out and back cycle leg, and a 20km run which hugs the Macintyre Riverbank.
This year's event was made even more special by the inclusion of the Triathlon Queensland Long Course Championships for Triathlon Queensland Members. This meant that the best athletes in the state were present, all vying for the coveted title of Long Course State Champion.
The race kicked off early in the morning, with athletes diving into the warm waters of the Macintyre River at dawn. The bike course was a scenic route that took the athletes out and back from the Goondiwindi township. The rough roads and conditions always make for a tough mental battle during the cycle leg with only the 40km turn around point providing an opportunity to take a small break before putting the power to the pedals once again for the return 40km journey. Competitors had to contend with strong winds, which made the ride even more challenging.
However, those who persevered and pushed through the tough conditions, were all determined to make it to the finish line. During the final 20km run leg competitors were met with enthusiastic cheers from the crowd, who gathered to support the athletes racing and help bring them home to the finish line. Additionally, the enthusiastic local volunteers on the run course were on hand to keep competitors well hydrated at each aid station.
In the Elite race it was a duo of course records with Ashleigh Gentle taking home the Elite Women’s title and Max Neumann who not only broke the course record but also took home his third HOTW victory.
The 2023 Triathlon Queensland Long Course Championships held at the 2023 Hell of the West Triathlon in Goondiwindi once again was a showcase of incredible skill and determination with the HOTW organizers delivering a race that will go down in history. It was a true testament to the spirit of triathlon and the dedication of the athletes who participated at this year’s event.
A special congratulations to our Triathlon Queensland Long Course Champions.
State Champions - Long Distance
|Declan Campbell||14-15||Megan Russell|
|Maurece Jackson||20-24||Emma Doyle|
|Ben Forbes||25-29||Lauren Hume|
|Daniel Smith||30-34||Megan Hendry|
|Jason Hamilton||35-39||Kathryn Alley|
|Robert Cordle||40-44||Kirsty Sheehan|
|Kirk Purchase||45-49||Angela Ballerini|
|Geoff Miller||50-54||Kim Bowling|
|Rob Hill||55-59||Marion Hermitage|
|Darren Earle||60-64||Kim Fraser|
|Paul Nixon||65-69||Teresa Kunaeva|
Full event results, click here
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