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


Torenzo reports

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.

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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