A trio of Macarthur triathletes have raced their hearts out to represent Australia at last weekend’s World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Trying conditions and strong competition made it a weekend of immense emotions and varying results as the Macarthur Triathlete Club athletes did the region proud on the world stage.
Natalie Van Coevorden started off race week with a hard fought 19th position in the Elite Women’s race.
With this result Natalie moved up to 21st in the world, her career best year end ranking to date.
A fast but rough 1500 swim put Van Coevorden into a strong position before a tricky 40km bike leg saw the leader run away and the majority of the field split.
The final 10km run on slippery roads, bricks and pavers saw gaps open further.
Van Coevorden said she fought hard to brave it out in the brutal conditions.
“Things definitely did not go in my favour swimming and I was further back than I [would’ve] liked but [I’m] happy to keep ticking away all day on a physically and mentally tough course,” she said.
“It's been a really consistent year training and racing – thanks to everyone who has helped me this year.”
On the Age-Group World Championship day Rotterdam’s weather changed completely with the day dawning sunny and dry with light winds.
Fiona Taylor was the first from Macarthur to get her race underway on the day.
In her debut race for Australia only an errant bike rack caused her grief on an otherwise flawless run to where she placed 11th in the 40-44 Women’s Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship.
Taylor said finishing just outside the top 10 was a fantastic way to make her international debut.
Taylor was also the fastest Australian in her race.
“I was so happy and proud [to race], especially in front of my family,” she said.
“I’m very happy with my overall result, all my hard work and training paid off.”
After a few years away from international racing, Thomas Warren was in for a shock as the combination of a new race format, older age category and fierce competition beckoned.
Warren struggled getting out of his wetsuit during the transition phase and lost valuable seconds.
Desperate to make up for lost time he pushed hard on the bike, outside his comfort zone, and paid the price.
By the half way point he had burned up most of his remaining energy but through sheer, dogged determination pushed himself to finish in 84th position.
“Pulling on the green and gold trisuit and representing Australia is a special privilege,” he said.
“Whilst I didn’t race as well as I would have liked, I kept my commitment that I would finish as strongly as possible.”
The three Rotterdam athletes finished off a busy international month for the Macarthur Triathlon Club with their team mate Shane Parker having finished 43rd in the 45-49 Men’s Duathlon World Championship in Penticton, Canada just last month.
The 2018 World Championships will be held on the Gold Coast.