Triathlon wins keep pair on track

TOP FORM: Ella Holmes and Sam Tebeck are aiming for the triathlon world championships.
TOP FORM: Ella Holmes and Sam Tebeck are aiming for the triathlon world championships.

Fuse Multisport Racing Team athletes Ella Holmes of Evanston Gardens and Sam Tebeck of Williamstown have had impressive wins in the Olympic distance triathlon at Victor Harbor.

Held in ideal conditions earlier this month, the event, was the South Australian leg of Triathlon Australia’s 2012 World Championship qualification series.

The race proved especially memorable for Tebeck who took out his first win in the series after recovering from a persistent foot injury and a fall from the bike only four weeks ago at the Victorian leg of the series, where he finished seventh in the 18-19 age group category.

Tebeck was ecstatic, particularly with the 40km bike leg.

“I was happy with the bike time,” Tebeck said, “and the first lap of the run felt very good too.”

He completed the 10km run leg in a blistering 36:41 after averaging more than 36kph on the 40km bike course.

Although pleased with the bike and run legs, Tebeck acknowledged that he needed to improve in the 1.5km swim to be competitive in the New Zealand World Championships.

“It would be good to improve my swim time so we can be at the front end of the field earlier on the bike leg, but we have until October to work on that.”

Holmes was also pleased with her performance in the hotly contested 20-24 age group category, taking her second win in the qualification series.

She said the plan had been to treat the race as a competitive hit out leading up to a major national series event on March 25, 2012.

“We wanted to work on a few specific areas of my race, such as the swim exit and nutrition on the run leg,” Holmes said.

“This event presented a great opportunity to do that.

“We had a very solid training block leading into this event so I expected to be feeling the effects of that a little,” she said.

Holmes had a relentless training schedule leading into the event, which included a difficult four-hour training ride in the Adelaide hills the day before the race.

She completed the event in a solid time of 2:12:31 to secure the win in the 20-24 age group category by nearly three minutes and take third place overall behind winner Margo Macintosh of Queensland.

Holmes was the best performing South Australian female athlete at the event.

Fuse Multisport Racing Team coach Steve O’Brien said that Holmes and Tebeck now only have one more round of the qualification series to secure their selection in the Australian team to compete at the World Triathlon Championships to be held in New Zealand in October.

“Sam and Ella are racing well, but the World Championships aren’t until October, so we have a lot of work to do between now and then - our first goal is to make the team,” O’Brien said.

For Holmes, that means racing in Mooloolaba on Sunday, March 25 in one of Australia’s largest triathlons. Tebeck’s next race is the Sydney qualification event on Sunday, April 15.

“Sam and Ella’s strong results at the Geelong and Victor Harbor events will give them a lot of confidence going into the next selection races. A good result will ensure them a spot on the Australian team,” he said.