After the torrential rain that Mooloolaba had mid week, lucky the weekend turned out great for the big races, the men’s and women’s World Cups, the Continental Cup and age group races.
The men’s race saw a huge group come together on the bike, which meant that the runners had to hit it out over the tough and hilly 10km. There was a group of 5 that stayed together until the last lap, which then saw an exciting sprint finish, with Laurent Vidal taking the honours only just from Kahlefeldt, with Brendan Sexton finishing very well in 5. Ryan Bailie, from the NSWIS squad who I work with, finished well in 17th and Alex Latin, from Estonia and Team ITU who I worked with while I was in Mooloolaba, finished strong in 23rd.
The girls race was equally exciting, but very different. The swim was a very rough one, stringing many of the girls out. There were 3 main packs for the girls, with many of the favourites in the front pack. It is always an unknown how athletes will race in their first hit out, but Erin Densham came out of the blocks and had a good 30m gap on the other girls straight out of T2. She flew! It was one of the most commanding and dominating run performances I have seen in a long time, stretching the gap on every lap. The race by Densham has now put a cat amongst the pigeons with regards to Olympic selection, no doubt with the selectors thinking they might select the 3 Emma’s. However, the way that Erin ran last Sunday, she now has to be considered for selection. The Dextro Sydney race will be a very interesting one, which will no doubt shed more light on who they select for London! I can’y wait to watch!