WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - September 3rd, 2006

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WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - September 3rd, 2006

On a tough hot day EPS athlete athlete Nathan Campbell won a Silver medal at the World U23 Championship in Lausanne by running his way into second place with a 32:31/10k off the bike - a great run but not quite good enough to catch the breakaway winner, Will Clarke, from Britain.
This great result backed up his recent 10th place in the 2006 European Championships.
Nathan, and his brother Paul, began training with EPS in 1999 and from the beginning his talent was far more obvious than his committment and a couple of years slipped by before he decided to move to Queensland. During this period he made some progress but he was still finishing in the middle of the packs. A move back to Newcastle and a decision to resume training with EPS coach Ben Higginbottom has changed all this!
Nathan finished 37 seconds behind Will Clarke of GBR (who backed up a GBR 1-2-3 sweep in the Elite Men's race) and 16 seconds ahead of Aussie Dan Wilson from Queensland.
In a dismal race for the Australian Elite men Bryce Quirk (see his summary below), after encountering a number of problems, finished 36th behind Peter Robertson 6th and Simon Thompson 32nd and ahead of Brad Kahlefeldt, Courtney Atkinson and Greg Bennett who could not even manage to finish.
Congratulations on a great performance, Nathan. Read more about his journey to the world stage on www.benson.com.au in the coming weeks.
 
Bryce Quirk's summary
Well it is fair to say that Sunday at the World Championships was a very disappointing day for me. I didn't race to my capabilities and didn't have much luck along the way either. The most disappointing aspect is that my preparation has been first rate and I was very confident of a great result, I now have to put the result behind me and regroup with a short six day break until my next race, the Hamburg World Cup.
I know that I have done the work and I look forward to rectifying the weekend's result over the coming weeks in my other races.
The race started poorly for me with me getting off to a slow start off the pontoon. Once I arrived at the first buoy I did so simultaneously with about 50 other athletes, it is fair to say it was congested and veyr rough. Unfortunately one of my teammates accidently pulled down the zipper on my westuit which meant I had to pull off to the side and pull the zip back up, I lost valuable time doing this and found myself at the rear of the field. I completed the first lap of teh swim 50 seconds behind the leaders, I swam much better the second lap and exited the water still 50 seconds behind but having made up many positions.
Once onto the bike I was in a small pack which was the third pack on the road, the course in Lausanne was very tough with 2 climbs per lap. I managed to reach the front of the race by lap 3 of 7 but had spent a lot of energy doing so. On lap 5 a group attacked on the major climb and split the group in half, I found myself in the back half and unable to bridge the gap across to the leaders. Not long off after luck again turned against me and I hit a hole on a descent and buckled my rear wheel, I had to ride the last 10 km with my wheel rubbing on the brake which added to the effort required. On the last climb of the day the wheel was rubbing so badly that I was tailed off the group and didnt catch up again until 100 metres from transition.
Once on the run I ran strongly for the first 4 km making up about 15 positions, unfortunately the toll of chasing all day caught up with me and I really suffered through the last 6 km finishing in 36th place, certainly well below my expectations.
This week in Hamburg I am determined to get the swim right and give myself a much better chance of a good result rather than chasing all day. Thanks to everyone for their emails of support whilst I have been away, they are much appreciated.
Regards
Bryce