Epic trans tasman battle at Ironman 70.3 Busselton
Just a week after winning Challenge Taiwan former Ironman 70.3 world champion & Kiwi Torenzo Bozzone reports on his battle with Australian Sam Appleton at Ironman 70.3 Busselton
Ironman 70.3 Busselton is a race I have heard so much about and am thankful that I had the opportunity to make it down here to experience it first hand. It ended up being a super tough day and as much as I would have liked to take line honours, I’m content to take the silver this week behind Sam Appleton.
Race start was a 7am and before I left NZ a couple weeks ago I made sure to check the temperatures in all my destinations on this trip, it was hot hot hot everywhere I was going. Sure enough race morning roles around and we are on the start line in 4”C temperatures. Warming up I had all mine and Kelly’s 2XU gear on – 5 layers in total, I was on the verge of putting my Aquasphere wetsuit on underneath all of these layers too. I decided to put a rubbish bag under my race suit to try and keep a little heat in, it worked well but my fingers and toes were 100% numb until about 5 kilometers on the run.
Good friend Guy Crawford lead the swim and set a good pace that started stringing out the very stacked men’s field. It seems though as soon as we exited the water some of the guys found a whole new gear. Crawford, Appleton Kahlefeldt and myself soon had a gap on the rest of the field. The pace was very quick and soon it was only Appleton and myself in the lead averaging 44 Ks/hr for the 90km flat cycle and building a 6 minute lead over the rest of the field. Changing gears and tightening my Sidi cycle shoes was near impossible with my numb digits but you know what they say – if you need to warm up, just go a little harder…
Off onto the flat 3 lap run and Appo and I were neck and neck until 18km. I tried a couple times early on to get a gap but Appo raced like a champ and after a hard bike he was the one who had the extra gear in the closing stages of the race to pull away and take the win. James Cunnama had a blistering run and ran himself into 3rd place.
All 3 of us are part of the newly formed Bahrain Endurance 13 Team, watch this space next week for the team unveiling.
In the girls race it was a speedster ITU podium with Felicity Sheedy-Ryan – 1st, Liz Blatchford – 2nd and Katey Gibb – 3rd.
Next stop for me is going to be Ironman 70.3 Vietnam in Da Nang in 8 days. Kelly and I had a great time there last year on our belated honeymoon but unfortunately she wont be able to join me this year.
Kelly and I are super excited to announce that we are expecting the birth of our first child in July. It is going to be a great new chapter in our lives “the Bozzone chronicles.”
Name Country Div Rank Overall Rank Swim Bike Run Finish
APPLETON, Sam AUS 1 1 00:24:30 02:02:43 01:14:36 03:44:28
BOZZONE, Terenzo NZL 2 2 00:24:33 02:02:38 01:15:55 03:45:38
CUNNAMA, James ZAF 3 3 00:25:45 02:08:13 01:11:07 03:47:40
KAHLEFELDT, Brad AUS 4 4 00:24:34 02:08:48 01:16:26 03:52:22
WHITE, Matty AUS 5 5 00:25:48 02:08:21 01:18:27 03:55:09
REITHMEIER, Alex AUS 6 6 00:25:47 02:10:42 01:15:52 03:55:15
CRAWFORD, Guy NZL 7 7 00:24:25 02:08:51 01:20:03 03:55:58