14 Jun 2017


“I’ve been in Cairns for nearly 10 days now and the weather has been pretty good, but for some reason every year on race day the weather brings out the worst racing conditions. The swim at Palm Cove was rough as guts and very choppy. I’ve been searching for my swim arms for a long time now in races and today they arrived as I exited with the front group! It was great coming out with all the main players and we were only 2mins down on super fish Josh Amberger and Clayton Fettell. I had a rather slow transition and that left me 100m off the first 7 riders and they quickly made there move up the road. I chased hard, but the lead kept growing and I found my self 1min down on them at Port Douglas and 3mins to Josh. That lead then blew out in the later part of the ride and I came off the bike with Canadian Jeff Symonds and fellow Kiwi Callum Millward.”

“We tried to make inroads to the 12 guys in front, but the lead was too large in the end. I’m never one to give up so I pushed as well as I could, but after my 3rd Ironman race of the year I think my body did it’s best with what it had left in the tank. I still ran pretty well, but not at my normal standard and it’s time for a well earned break before I start building for my next race.”

Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship
Cairns, Australia
June 11, 2017
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.


1. Josh Amberger (AUS) 8:02:17 47:15, 4:17:29, 2:53:26
2. Joe Gambles (AUS) 8:04:03 50:02, 4:25:19, 2:44:30
3. Braden Currie (NZL) 8:07:46 49:46, 4:26:12, 2:47:56
4. Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 8:09:22 49:50, 4:25:46, 2:49:54
5. David Dellow (AUS) 8:11:33 49:49, 4:25:51, 2:51:32
6. Michael Fox (AUS) 8:11:42 49:45, 4:25:56, 2:51:53
7. Cameron Wurf (AUS) 8:11:55 49:49, 4:15:13, 3:02:35
8. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 8:16:37 49:48, 4:25:44, 2:56:42
9. Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:19:08 50:13, 4:35:17, 2:49:15
10. Daniil Sapunov (UKR) 8:21:14 49:57, 4:35:14, 2:51:27