BTC @ 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BTC will be proudly represented by a big contingent of athletes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held on the Sunshine Coast on September 4. This race marks the start of the tri season in Australia and will be very hotly contested with over 3,000 athletes from around the world flocking to the sunshine state. We thought we'd check in and hear from our athletes who have trained through winter to be in tip top form for this weekend on what their training strategies have been and how they plan on getting up that famous hill on the new bike course. Good luck team BTC! We'll also be checking in with our ITU, Kona, XTerra and Cross World Champions over the next few weeks.

OWAIN MATTHEWS Name: Owain Matthews (Waino)  Age group: 35-39 Race or program you qualified through: Sunshine Coast 70.3 2015 Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? ITU Worlds 2011 and 2012,Kona 2013 and 2015 What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Coffee from Yoyo espresso and the run leg along the beach front What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Layer up and include hills in every session What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency and staying healthy Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Not to walk! Do you have any goals for the race? To get off the bike in good enough shape to run after people Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? With another baby on the way - SPRINTS? What kit will your be wearing? Custom Nimblewear/Energy Link suit - blue/white/black What bike will you be riding? Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 0..

OWAIN MATTHEWS

Name: Owain Matthews (Waino) 
Age group: 35-39
Race or program you qualified through: Sunshine Coast 70.3 2015
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? ITU Worlds 2011 and 2012,Kona 2013 and 2015
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Coffee from Yoyo espresso and the run leg along the beach front
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Layer up and include hills in every session
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency and staying healthy
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Not to walk!
Do you have any goals for the race? To get off the bike in good enough shape to run after people
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? With another baby on the way - SPRINTS?
What kit will your be wearing? Custom Nimblewear/Energy Link suit - blue/white/black
What bike will you be riding?
 Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 0..

john hallis Name: John Hallis Age group: 50-54 Race or program you qualified through: I qualified through the top 75 AG in Australia Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? First World Champs for me! What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I am looking forward to the whole experience of the WC experience. What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? After my poor result in Geelong I hired a coach as I was doing Busso 70.3 in May where I knocked an hour off last years time, and then Cairns Ironman, my first, in June when I did an 11:38 What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Key Focus points are to build on Cairns fitness and improve speed for the IM 70.3 WC. Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I have been doing a lot of cycling out at Akuna Bay, West Head and hills around the lower North Shore and I am feeling stronger on the hills and will focus on being consistent for the other 99% of the ride and attack the hill knowing it’s only 400m. Do you have any goals for the race? My goals for the race is to enjoy it and do a PB run and under 5 hours overall. Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? My plans have change for the year as I was not expecting to go to the IM 70.3 WC so I will have to re-assess these. What kit will your be wearing? I will be wearing the Green & Gold Australia kit What bike will you be riding? Specializes S-Works Shiv

john hallis

Name: John Hallis
Age group: 50-54
Race or program you qualified through: 
I qualified through the top 75 AG in Australia
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? First World Champs for me!
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I am looking forward to the whole experience of the WC experience.
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? After my poor result in Geelong I hired a coach as I was doing Busso 70.3 in May where I knocked an hour off last years time, and then Cairns Ironman, my first, in June when I did an 11:38
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Key Focus points are to build on Cairns fitness and improve speed for the IM 70.3 WC.
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I have been doing a lot of cycling out at Akuna Bay, West Head and hills around the lower North Shore and I am feeling stronger on the hills and will focus on being consistent for the other 99% of the ride and attack the hill knowing it’s only 400m.
Do you have any goals for the race? My goals for the race is to enjoy it and do a PB run and under 5 hours overall.
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? My plans have change for the year as I was not expecting to go to the IM 70.3 WC so I will have to re-assess these.
What kit will your be wearing? I will be wearing the Green & Gold Australia kit
What bike will you be riding? Specializes S-Works Shiv

NICOLE POLLIT Name: Nicole Pollit Age group: 40-44 Race or program you qualified through: I qualified at the 2016 Port Mac 70.3 Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? I have never been to any triathlon world champs before What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I am looking forward to a holiday with my family and soaking up the atmosphere that a world champs event will bring What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? The outdoor swim squads were tough and some of my long Sunday rides were done on the turbo instead.....found it tough training through winter! My key focus was trying to be consistent! What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? My key focus was trying to be consistent! Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Not worry about anyone else... Just keep cadence as high as I can and just get up it! At least we only have to go up it once! Do you have any goals for the race? My training was interrupted in July by a knee injury so my goal is to finish. Would like to finish with a strong run! Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I have been racing a lot of 70.3s in the last 12 months so would like to have a bit of a break. In saying that though I have registered to the nepean triathlon in October and port Mac 70.3 in May 2017. Considering also Western Sydney 70.3 but will see how I pull up after next weekend! What kit will your be wearing? Ward Coaching kit What bike will you be riding? My Cervelo P3!

NICOLE POLLIT

Name: Nicole Pollit
Age group: 40-44
Race or program you qualified through: I qualified at the 2016 Port Mac 70.3
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? I have never been to any triathlon world champs before
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I am looking forward to a holiday with my family and soaking up the atmosphere that a world champs event will bring
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? The outdoor swim squads were tough and some of my long Sunday rides were done on the turbo instead.....found it tough training through winter! My key focus was trying to be consistent!
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? My key focus was trying to be consistent!
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Not worry about anyone else... Just keep cadence as high as I can and just get up it! At least we only have to go up it once!
Do you have any goals for the race? My training was interrupted in July by a knee injury so my goal is to finish. Would like to finish with a strong run!
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I have been racing a lot of 70.3s in the last 12 months so would like to have a bit of a break. In saying that though I have registered to the nepean triathlon in October and port Mac 70.3 in May 2017. Considering also Western Sydney 70.3 but will see how I pull up after next weekend!
What kit will your be wearing? Ward Coaching kit
What bike will you be riding? My Cervelo P3!

DEREK MULHEARN Name: Derek Mulhearn Age group: 25-29 Race or program you qualified through: Port Mac 70.3 - 2015. I got 8th and miracles do happen as it rolled all the way down! Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? Never, first one! What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? A chance to finish off a great season with a solid result and of course the holiday! What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Train with friends! Swim squads with Bruce and Chris, riding with Wazzy and my friends, running with lots of layers and only pulling out the music when you are really struggling for motivation! What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency and lots of races at the start of the season. Trusting coach Lew's program and nailing those hard sessions.  Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I knew there were some hills but 30%? Better have one less block of chocolate this week... or not... Do you have any goals for the race? Hold my nerve and stick to my own race plan. Race smart. Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? It's been a long season so firstly a big break. Next season I'll be tackling some shorter races.  What kit will your be wearing? Balmoral kit What bike will you be riding? Giant Trinity Composite 1 2014

DEREK MULHEARN

Name: Derek Mulhearn
Age group: 25-29
Race or program you qualified through: Port Mac 70.3 - 2015. I got 8th and miracles do happen as it rolled all the way down!
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? Never, first one!
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? A chance to finish off a great season with a solid result and of course the holiday!
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Train with friends! Swim squads with Bruce and Chris, riding with Wazzy and my friends, running with lots of layers and only pulling out the music when you are really struggling for motivation!
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency and lots of races at the start of the season. Trusting coach Lew's program and nailing those hard sessions. 
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I knew there were some hills but 30%? Better have one less block of chocolate this week... or not...
Do you have any goals for the race? Hold my nerve and stick to my own race plan. Race smart.
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? It's been a long season so firstly a big break. Next season I'll be tackling some shorter races. 
What kit will your be wearing? Balmoral kit
What bike will you be riding? Giant Trinity Composite 1 2014

HANNAH DONALDSON Name: Hannah Donaldson Age group: 30-34 Race or program you qualified through: Western Sydney 70.3 Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? No, this will be my first What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Seeing my amazing mum for the first time in nearly 6 months and taking Ethan Matthews for a post race body surf. What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Leave the hemisphere. I've been travelling around the UK and Asia the last few months. What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Managing training while also travelling and seeing the world. Despite some logistical challenges (typhoons, terrorist bombings, snake bites... the usual stuff) there's no better way to experience a new country than to swim, ride and run around it. There was some incredible cycling around Phang Nga Province in Thailand and I loved running around the Torridon Hills in Scotland.  Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Put my bike in it's easiest gear and pray. Do you have any goals for the race? I want to channel all of my gratefulness for the most amazing few months travelling into positive thoughts when it gets tough and most importantly, I want to have enough gas left in the tank to cheer on my BTC pals and high 5 my Mum when I see them!  Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? No idea yet. I'd like to get back to Asia soon; I love it up there and they are triathlon crazy with so many races to choose from so hopefully an event up there! What kit will your be wearing? If I can find it in storage... just a black tri suit. If I can't find it I'll be breaking the number one rule of racing and wearing a new kit from the expo. What bike will you be riding? My Cervelo P3!

HANNAH DONALDSON

Name: Hannah Donaldson
Age group: 30-34
Race or program you qualified through: Western Sydney 70.3
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? No, this will be my first
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Seeing my amazing mum for the first time in nearly 6 months and taking Ethan Matthews for a post race body surf.
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Leave the hemisphere. I've been travelling around the UK and Asia the last few months.
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Managing training while also travelling and seeing the world. Despite some logistical challenges (typhoons, terrorist bombings, snake bites... the usual stuff) there's no better way to experience a new country than to swim, ride and run around it. There was some incredible cycling around Phang Nga Province in Thailand and I loved running around the Torridon Hills in Scotland. 
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Put my bike in it's easiest gear and pray.
Do you have any goals for the race? I want to channel all of my gratefulness for the most amazing few months travelling into positive thoughts when it gets tough and most importantly, I want to have enough gas left in the tank to cheer on my BTC pals and high 5 my Mum when I see them! 
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? No idea yet. I'd like to get back to Asia soon; I love it up there and they are triathlon crazy with so many races to choose from so hopefully an event up there!
What kit will your be wearing? If I can find it in storage... just a black tri suit. If I can't find it I'll be breaking the number one rule of racing and wearing a new kit from the expo.
What bike will you be riding? My Cervelo P3!

ANDREA PEMBER Name: Andrea Pember Age group: 25-29 Race or program you qualified through: Ironman 70.3 Taupo Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? Ironman 70.3 Zell Am See Australia 2015! What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Crossing the finish line and spending the weekend with BTC friends / family. What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Thinking about how much worse it could be training through Canadian winter and a good coffee after long rides. What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Getting out for those key swim, bike, run sessions with a positive attitude and just trying my best. Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Yes... I've changed my cassette to make it easier to climb and I've been riding up Awaba street once a week... this plus a mantra of 'shut up legs' will hopefully get me through! Do you have any goals for the race? I just want to have that feeling like I've raced as best I can given the conditions on the day! Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I'm heading down to Victoria in December for Ballarat 70.3. What kit will your be wearing? TBD I have a few options in the works... What bike will you be riding? Cervelo P2

ANDREA PEMBER

Name: Andrea Pember
Age group: 25-29
Race or program you qualified through: Ironman 70.3 Taupo
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? Ironman 70.3 Zell Am See Australia 2015!
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Crossing the finish line and spending the weekend with BTC friends / family.
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Thinking about how much worse it could be training through Canadian winter and a good coffee after long rides.
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Getting out for those key swim, bike, run sessions with a positive attitude and just trying my best.
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Yes... I've changed my cassette to make it easier to climb and I've been riding up Awaba street once a week... this plus a mantra of 'shut up legs' will hopefully get me through!
Do you have any goals for the race? I just want to have that feeling like I've raced as best I can given the conditions on the day!
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I'm heading down to Victoria in December for Ballarat 70.3.
What kit will your be wearing? TBD I have a few options in the works...
What bike will you be riding? Cervelo P2

CAMPBELL HANSON Name: Campbell Hanson Age group: 40-44 Race or program you qualified through: Western Sydney 70.3 Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? 70.3 WC Las Vegas 2012, ITU Olympic Distance WC Auckland 2012, Ironman World Champs Kona 2013. Last century I qualified for 2 ITU Junior World Champs in Cancun (1995) and Clevelend (1996) but didn't go. Yes, last century! What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Cashing in on all the training deposits that have been banked lately! Catching up with friends and seeing how I stack up against the rest of the field. What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? switching to an indoor swimming squad has been much better and more enjoyable. What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Recovery!! Making sure the recovery, sleep quality and some Yoga at home has been a big focus for me. Ironman NZ back in March I went in under recovered and fatigued and paid for it. Slightlyess volume but more quality and better execution within sessions has also been a focus. Keeping a closer watch on my training stress balance scores as another means of monitoring has also helped. Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Heard about the hill! Strategy has been to put a 28 on the back so the quads don't blow out and then just chill when riding up it. Let the hammerheads go if anyone really feels they feel the need to race the hill clim Do you have any goals for the race? stick to my race plan and run well off the bike. If I do this I'll have a good race. Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? 2nd part of Porject 2016 - Kona 5 weeks later. Training has been built around this so will be a little underdone on the speed side of things for Sunny Coast but it's a perfect pre Kona hit out and a great chance to race a WC in Australia so I'll be doing a short taper and having a good crack on the day. I'll recover well post race and put in a couple of weeks hard work before heading to the Big Island. I haven't thought too far past October 8! What kit will your be wearing? SquareOne race suit What bike will you be riding? my new S Works Shiv- thanks Manly Cycles and Specialized Australia for the support.

CAMPBELL HANSON

Name: Campbell Hanson
Age group: 40-44
Race or program you qualified through: 
Western Sydney 70.3
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? 70.3 WC Las Vegas 2012, ITU Olympic Distance WC Auckland 2012, Ironman World Champs Kona 2013. Last century I qualified for 2 ITU Junior World Champs in Cancun (1995) and Clevelend (1996) but didn't go. Yes, last century!
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Cashing in on all the training deposits that have been banked lately! Catching up with friends and seeing how I stack up against the rest of the field.
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? switching to an indoor swimming squad has been much better and more enjoyable.
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Recovery!! Making sure the recovery, sleep quality and some Yoga at home has been a big focus for me. Ironman NZ back in March I went in under recovered and fatigued and paid for it. Slightlyess volume but more quality and better execution within sessions has also been a focus. Keeping a closer watch on my training stress balance scores as another means of monitoring has also helped.
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? Heard about the hill! Strategy has been to put a 28 on the back so the quads don't blow out and then just chill when riding up it. Let the hammerheads go if anyone really feels they feel the need to race the hill clim
Do you have any goals for the race? stick to my race plan and run well off the bike. If I do this I'll have a good race.
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? 2nd part of Porject 2016 - Kona 5 weeks later. Training has been built around this so will be a little underdone on the speed side of things for Sunny Coast but it's a perfect pre Kona hit out and a great chance to race a WC in Australia so I'll be doing a short taper and having a good crack on the day. I'll recover well post race and put in a couple of weeks hard work before heading to the Big Island. I haven't thought too far past October 8! What kit will your be wearing? SquareOne race suit
What bike will you be riding? my new S Works Shiv- thanks Manly Cycles and Specialized Australia for the support.

CAM DINNIE Name:  Cam Dinnie Age group: M35-39 Race or program you qualified through: Western Sydney 70.3 Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? No, but been to junior world champs for rowing. Won a bronze medal for Australia. What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Racing against the best guys in the world and seeing how competitive I can be. Particularly on the bike, want to have a crack and see if I can hold on in the run. What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Started working with Waino and the Energylink team to put more structure into my training. Every session has had a specific aim and has enabled me to build strength across all legs. Feel like I am coming into the race with the best preparation I have ever had. What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency! Ticking off each session with a focus on improving my run. I typically get off the bike first in my age group and try to hold on. By working on my run I want to attack that leg, not just survive. Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? The harder the better, with the bike being a strength I want to use the hill to my advantage and push hard at that point. Do you have any goals for the race? Have a great race and execute my plan, if I do that I'll be stoked. Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? Western Sydney 70.3, Husky long course and club champs. What bike will you be riding? My new awesome Cervelo P5 with Stam eTap from the guys at Le Spit. After a bike got with Ryan at 3D bike fit I feel as fast and comfortable as ever, ready to race.  

CAM DINNIE

Name:  Cam Dinnie
Age group: M35-39
Race or program you qualified through: Western Sydney 70.3
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? No, but been to junior world champs for rowing. Won a bronze medal for Australia.
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? Racing against the best guys in the world and seeing how competitive I can be. Particularly on the bike, want to have a crack and see if I can hold on in the run.
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Started working with Waino and the Energylink team to put more structure into my training. Every session has had a specific aim and has enabled me to build strength across all legs. Feel like I am coming into the race with the best preparation I have ever had.
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Consistency! Ticking off each session with a focus on improving my run. I typically get off the bike first in my age group and try to hold on. By working on my run I want to attack that leg, not just survive.
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? The harder the better, with the bike being a strength I want to use the hill to my advantage and push hard at that point.
Do you have any goals for the race? Have a great race and execute my plan, if I do that I'll be stoked.
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season?
Western Sydney 70.3, Husky long course and club champs.
What bike will you be riding? My new awesome Cervelo P5 with Stam eTap from the guys at Le Spit. After a bike got with Ryan at 3D bike fit I feel as fast and comfortable as ever, ready to race.
 

LAUREN 'WAZZY' BOURKE Name: Lauren Bourke Age group: 25-29 Race or program you qualified through: I got very lucky with a 70.3 Season Pass spot. Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? If so, which ones/years? Yes - 70.3 World Champs in Austria last year. What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I just can't wait to share this experience with so many friends, and I feel particularly lucky being able to share it with my boyfriend and one of my biggest supporters, Derek Mulhearn (readers, look left!) What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Lots of hot showers! Also trying to recruit as many friends as possible to keep me company on the days that I don't want to go out. I don't like having reds (missed sessions) on Training Peaks so that helps too haha. What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Well I was focusing on Mexico ITU worlds - standard distance so we were focusing more on speed, and then I got the late call up for Sunshine Coast. Thankfully I have the wonderful Lew to take care of managing all that and I just focus on being consistent. That also helps so much with motivation, know that Lew has gone to the effort of making me a program so I try my best to complete it and to the best of my ability. Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I had heard of the hill but I hadn't heard it was going to be that steep haha. I was petrified of what I would come across on the course in Australia last year but I survived that I figure surely we don't have hills as bad as the Austrian Alps? I'm yet to toll backwards down a hill so I'm just going to keep pushing those pedals. Do you have any goals for the race?  I’ve had so many races where things have gone wrong – flat tyres, problems with my feet (hot feet) and last year being sick. So my biggest goal every race is just to have one where nothing goes wrong. I feel like I have been training well and I just want a race that reflects and rewards those efforts. Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I’m off to Mexico and racing the ITU worlds two weeks later, then after that I really have no idea what I want to focus on. I have a burning desire to one day do an Ironman but I’ve been patiently waiting until it feels right. We’ll see how much Sunshine Coast hurts before I commit to anything. What kit will your be wearing? Still a bit undecided, but probably my Aus kit because it’s the only time I get the chance to wear it and it gives the race an extra special feel.  What bike will you be riding? Specialized Shiv

LAUREN 'WAZZY' BOURKE

Name: Lauren Bourke
Age group: 25-29
Race or program you qualified through: I got very lucky with a 70.3 Season Pass spot.
Have you been to any triathlon world champs before (any distance)? 
If so, which ones/years? Yes - 70.3 World Champs in Austria last year.
What are you most looking forwards to about the race and over course of the weekend? I just can't wait to share this experience with so many friends, and I feel particularly lucky being able to share it with my boyfriend and one of my biggest supporters, Derek Mulhearn (readers, look left!)
What has been your strategy to survive training through Australian winter? Lots of hot showers! Also trying to recruit as many friends as possible to keep me company on the days that I don't want to go out. I don't like having reds (missed sessions) on Training Peaks so that helps too haha.
What have been the key focus points in your training and preparation for the world champs? Well I was focusing on Mexico ITU worlds - standard distance so we were focusing more on speed, and then I got the late call up for Sunshine Coast. Thankfully I have the wonderful Lew to take care of managing all that and I just focus on being consistent. That also helps so much with motivation, know that Lew has gone to the effort of making me a program so I try my best to complete it and to the best of my ability.
Have you heard about the infamous hill on the bike course with rumours of up to a 30% gradient? What is your strategy to make it up in one piece? I had heard of the hill but I hadn't heard it was going to be that steep haha. I was petrified of what I would come across on the course in Australia last year but I survived that I figure surely we don't have hills as bad as the Austrian Alps? I'm yet to toll backwards down a hill so I'm just going to keep pushing those pedals.
Do you have any goals for the race?  I’ve had so many races where things have gone wrong – flat tyres, problems with my feet (hot feet) and last year being sick. So my biggest goal every race is just to have one where nothing goes wrong. I feel like I have been training well and I just want a race that reflects and rewards those efforts.
Sunny Coast marks the start of the Australian triathlon season; what are your plans for the rest of the season? I’m off to Mexico and racing the ITU worlds two weeks later, then after that I really have no idea what I want to focus on. I have a burning desire to one day do an Ironman but I’ve been patiently waiting until it feels right. We’ll see how much Sunshine Coast hurts before I commit to anything.
What kit will your be wearing? Still a bit undecided, but probably my Aus kit because it’s the only time I get the chance to wear it and it gives the race an extra special feel. 
What bike will you be riding? Specialized Shiv

SAXON MOSELEY Saxon has been training so hard for this world champs race he didn't have time in his busy preparation to speak with us pre race. We're predicting a big result from this Kona-competitor and we'll no doubt hear from him after his great race. Good luck Saxo Bank. Don't forget to pack your compression gear!

SAXON MOSELEY

Saxon has been training so hard for this world champs race he didn't have time in his busy preparation to speak with us pre race. We're predicting a big result from this Kona-competitor and we'll no doubt hear from him after his great race. Good luck Saxo Bank. Don't forget to pack your compression gear!