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7 May 2018
Bozzone Wins 4th Consecutive Race
New Zealand IRONMAN star Terenzo Bozzone has made it four wins in a row to continue his unbeaten 2018 season with victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton in Western Australia.
Bozzone adapted to the course well after high winds forced the cancellation of the swim, with the event turning into a run-bike-run. He produced a course record sub two-hour ride for the 90kms which set up an emphatic win in 3:27.00, holding off the challenge from fellow Kiwi Callum Millward and three-time World Champion Craig Alexander by a massive 11 minutes.
Bozzone loved the Busselton course after successfully defending his title in December’s IRONMAN Western Australia at the same venue after breaking the race record in 2016.
He enjoyed a breakthrough win at IRONMAN New Zealand in a course record 7:59.57 in March followed by IRONMAN 70.3 victories at Campeche in Mexico and Bariloche in Argentina.
“The organizers did a great job changing the race at late notice and the athletes had to adapt to the run-bike-run system. I especially wanted to push hard on the bike and wanted to be the first person under that two-hour mark for the 90ks. That was really pleasing,” Terenzo said.
“It took a little out of my legs, but I was satisfied with the second run and the overall result.”
He said that a combination of maturity, family balance and additional coaching input has made a significant difference this year.
“I think I have reached a maturity to manage the load of IRONMAN and with a wonderful wife and two children, I have a great balance in my life.”
He has also sought more coaching input from Dr. Dan Plews, who is also a regular training partner. Along with the scientific approach of Plews, Bozzone balances the mentorship from long-time coach Jon Ackland.
Bozzone is heading to Hawaii this week for a three-week training block to prepare for his next assignment of the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship in Cairns before beginning preparations for the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii.
“There’s a highly competitive field in Cairns, which will be a good test if I am able to compete at a high level in a world class field, which in turn will stand me in good stead for a strong performance in Hawaii.”