Ironman 70.3 Geelong 2014 preview
With less than a week to go, Craig will be racing in Ironman 70.3 Geelong 2014, an event where he has tasted victory on numerous occasions.
Geelong, known for the largest grape-growing region in Victoria, is also steeped in triathlon history dating back more than three decades. Ironman 70.3 returns to the region after a bit of a break, and a strong field has been announced.
Geelong is home to a number of sights, making it the perfect place for sightseeing during or after the big race. Some of the main places every visitor should not miss out include the Geelong Waterfront with its public artworks, the National Wool Museum, Botanical Gardens, the wine region, and the Great Ocean Road. The race will headline the Geelong Multi Sport Festival, a weekend that features a range of activities for everybody, from the casual person to the professional triathlete, to take part in.
The Ironman 70.3 Geelong 2014 men’s field sees defending Geelong Multi Sport Festival Champion Christian Kemp along with two-time Ironman Champion Luke Bell, as well as fellow Aussies Tim Reed and James Hodge. Of course, Crowie will be there hoping to win the event for a third time.
The women’s race sees Emma Moffatt once again stepping up to the four-hour format. She’ll be pushed by Lisa Marangon and Kiyomi Niwata as well as last year’s Ironman Australia champion Rebecca Hoschke.
Craig has enjoyed success in Geelong twice, winning the race on back to back occasions in 2009 and 2010. His last win there back in 2010 was a closely fought one with Craig needing a strong run to claim his victory. On that day Clayton Fettell shot out of the blocks, establishing a lead in the swim and then widened the gap with a dominant performance on the bike. Crowie hung in with chasing pack and then made his move on a fading Fettell to run his way to his second Ironman 70.3 Geelong title. 2010 was a great year for him as he captured another six first place finishes.
This year Craig’s preparation will be aided by his decision to change bases from Boulder, Colorado to his native Sydney, removing all the travel-related stress. Having raced there on a number of occasions the course should not provide any surprises. However, a strong field has been assembled for what will be a welcomed return of Ironman 70.3 Geelong.
2014 Geelong Multi Sport Festival’s full schedule can be found here.