Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"TEAM DALBY" kills them at Chinchilla

The Chinchilla Melon Fest Triathlon

After a couple of years being unrepresented at the biennial Chinchilla Melon Fest Triathlon, Dalby was back in force on Sunday 11th February.

Four members of Team Dalby, along with their team driver Greenie, hit the road to Chinchilla for the 500m swim, 15km cycle and 5km run.

The event was also to be the triathlon debut for Rachele Cumming and Clare Byrne in preparation for their hometown event (made even harder after the Big Greek 40th the night before!).

As they gun went the athletes hit the water and Sam Beck showed he is on a mission in 2007 by exiting the pool placed second in the Open Male category. Sam headed out into his favourite leg, the cycle and by the end of the first 5km lap he had already reeled in the leader and was able to put the pressure on by pulling away from his other competitors. As a result of his training for the Hell Of The West he was able to continue with a solid 5km run and went on to win the Open Male event.

In the women’s race, Bron exited in second place after poor positioning in the pool prevented her from a cleaner swim. With plenty of room for improvement in her transition, she left on the cycle leg in third position. A strong cycle from one of the local competitors left Bron leaving for the run in third position with a clear minute between her and first place. A strong run enabled Bron to catch the first placed lady in the first two and half kilometres and she was able to maintain this lead until the finish line.

The race by the first timers was a great show of natural talent and fitness. The girls have had very different doses of training over the last few weeks and I’m sure we will see a build up from now until the Dalby Triathlon. Clare exited the pool middle of the pack and went into a comfortable bike leg where she was able to overtake a number of competitors. She showed that the last few months of running training were worth it by finishing the event with a great run that pushed her into the trophy hunt.

The wife of Chicken Legs proved that he is not the only talented member of the family by completing her first multi-skilled event. With minimal training, Rachele should be proud of her fourth place and be sending a warning to other Team Dalby members that with some quality training she may have found her niche. Her race developed well and Rach got stronger as the event wore on. Watch out for her in the Dalby Triathlon!!

At the end of the day Team Dalby took home the following:
1st Open Male and First Overall – Sam Beck
1st 35 Year Female and First Overall – Bron Green
2nd Open Female – Clare Byrne
4th Open Female - Rachele Cumming
1st Under 18 Male – Jonathon Fawkes
1st Under 12 Girl and Boy – the Cousin children

A good morning by Team Dalby.



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