Two-time Australian Olympian cruises to men’s victory while Raynolds dominates shallow women’s field.
It was easy pickings for two-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and three-time ITU World Championship medallist Brad Kahlefeldt at the annual
Coffs Tri in Australia’s idyllic setting of Coffs Harbour, NSW on Sunday, March 2.
Kahlefeldt, 34, a six-time Australian national champion, cruised to a first place finish at the Olympic-distance triathlon with a recorded winning time of 1:53:41, nearly two minutes second place finisher Lindsey Wall (1:55:24) and third place’s Richard Pearson (1:56:23).
The 34-year-old from Wagga Wagga took out eight other professionals to win the men’s $1,000 (AUD) prize purse with solid splits of 18:36 (1.5km swim), 1:00:26 (40km bike) and 34:37 (10km run).
Kahlefeldt said after the event he “really enjoyed the race and loved the picturesque Coffs Harbour triathlon course and would be back to do it again.”
In elite women’s action, Sydney’s Matilda Raynolds, 26, easily disposed of her only professional competitors Emma Coman-Jefferies and Ellen MacDonald.
Raynolds trailed 20-year-old MacDonald by 44 seconds coming out of the swim, but blistered the young pro from Palm Beach by nearly three minutes on the bike along Hogbin Drive to Toormina and back to record a winning time of 2:15:26 ahead of Coman-Jefferies (2:17:48) and MacDonald (2:18:34) to round out the podium.
“The ride was brilliant,” said Raynolds who tells TriRadar she chose to ride the course on her road bike rather than her time trial bike due to a forgotten service appointment. “The event did a great job of closing off all the roads and providing us with a great, safe bike.
“Overall, it may not be one of the biggest races on the calendar, but it is one that people should be aware of.”
Next up for Raynolds, who is contemplating a celebrity appearance at the NSW Club Championships in April, is Ironman 70.3 Busselton on May 3.
Full results can be found here.