Australians Timothy Reed and Sarah Crowley dominated the men’s and women's fields at the 28th Hell of the West Triathlon in Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia.
Reed rallied from a third-best 2 kilometer swim with a by-far best 1:53:29 split for the 80 kilometer bike leg and a men’s-fastest 1:15:30 for the 20 kilometer run to finish in 3:38:42. Reed made it an all-Aussie podium with an 8:43 margin of victory over Daniel Stein and 9:59 over 3rd-place Luke McKenzie.
The win starts Reed’s 2017 on the same winning track as his 2016 season, which included wins at Ironman 70.3 Worlds, Ironman Australia, Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific and Ironman 70.3 Thailand.
Stein began with an 8th-best 30:33 swim followed by a 3rd-best 1:57:40 bike leg and 4th-best 1:19:11 run to finish in 3:47:25. McKenzie combined a men’s 4th-best 29:47 swim with a 10th-fastest 2:02:38 bike and a 2nd-fastest 1:16:06 run to finish in 3:48:41.
Nicholas Hull took 4th in 3:50:17 and age grouper Josh Minogue began with a 2nd-best 28:34 swim to take 5th in 3:51:41.
Sarah Crowley led the women's race wire-to-wire with women’s-best 31:04 swim and 2:04:16 bike legs and wrapped up matters with a women’s 3rd–fastest 1:22:43 run. Crowley finished in 3:58:03 with a 7:10 margin of victory over Emma Bilham of Switzerland and 12:04 over 3rd-place Katey Gibb of Australia.
Crowley is coming off a 3rd place at Ironman 70.3 Dubai last month, and a 15th at Ironman Worlds and 13th Ironman 70.3 Worlds last year.
Hell of the West Triathlon
Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia
February 5, 2017
S 2k / B 80k / R 20k
1. Timothy Reed (AUS) 3:38:42
2. Daniel Stein (AUS) 3:47:25
3. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 3:48:41
4. Nicholas Hull (AUS) 3:50:17
5. Josh Minogue (AUS) 3:51:41 * M25-29
1. Sarah Crowley (AUS) 3:58:03
2. Emma Bilham (SUI) 4:05:13
3. Katey Gibb (AUS) 4:10:07
4. Fawn Whiting (AUS) 4:15:14
5. Celia Sullohern (AUS) 4:22:42 * F20-24