Ambassador Ryan Bailie is off to the Rio Olympics!

PROJECT Ambassador Ryan Bailie finished 4th in the Gold Coast WTS over the weekend which landed him a spot in the Australian team at the Olympics coming up this year in Rio! Ryan has been training hard and edging closer and closer to qualifying but his 4th place finish on the weekend sealed his spot in the Olympic team. To top off a great weekend, Ryan also won two awards at the Triathlon Australia awards on Sunday. We are proud to have such a talented and dedicated Ambassador in Ryan and look forward to the preparation and race day in Rio!

Keep up to date with Ryan here

Some media coverage of Ryan’s race and qualification:
Bunbury Mail
The Australian
Triathlon Australia

 

 

Luke Bell Race Report- Port Macquarie Ironman

Project Ambassador Luke Bell’s race report from his podium place effort at Ironman Port Macquarie. 

I headed up to Port Macquarie for the 30th Ironman Australia. This was a quick turn around (6 weeks) post Ironman Melbourne’s unfortunate day, and a day I knew that would have to be raced with the head and not the heart. With a depleted immune system post Ironman Melbourne it was not unexpected but still disappointing to come down with a virus (RSV virus) race week and all efforts were made to make the start line in as best a condition as I could.

The swim itself was swift with Graeme O’Grady from NZ stringing everyone out. I settled in quickly on Graeme’s feet from the gun with 2012 Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs tapping my toes. We exited the waters in high 44mins and a nice buffer on the rest of the field.

Onto the bike and Pete Jacobs set a solid steady pace for the first lap before letting it rip heading back out of town. Feeling the effects of the quick turn around it was a mental effort to stay focused and keep the pressure on all day. I kept focused on holding a strong power and staying positive.

Pete’s lead grew to 3mins however Paul Ambrose (2012 Ironman Australia Champion and course record holder) was on the move riding extremely well. Ambrose and I reeled in Pete at around the 120Km mark and then Ambrose set about building a lead heading into the run.

Heading into T2 it was Ambrose with a 7+ min lead after a cracking ride. The first lap of the 4 lap run course was a slog struggling to find a rhythm but slowly pulling small fractions of time. Into the 2nd and 3rd laps the legs came around and I went about trying to real in as much of Ambrose’s lead while I was feeling good. Taking around 3mins back in each of the 10km laps I was within striking distance obtaining splits of 35-40 seconds behind Ambrose. It was going to be a close exciting race!

To Ambrose’s credit what ever I thew at him to try and bridge the small gap he hung tough and dug deep. At 35km mark my run at him was slowing and felt like I started running on the spot. Ambrose hung on for a gutsy win and I came home for a close exciting 2nd. 

It was nice to know you can get it done and hang tough on a day that was an effort from the gun. To cross the line knowing you have given 100% of what you had on the day and get that close is satisfying.

It is time to now recover and get ready to head to some warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

Best

Luke”

 

*Image via First Off The Bike

WTS Abu Dhabi Event Report

An exciting week leading up to the series opener in ABu Dhabi on the weekend which saw thousands of athletes and supporters coming from all over the world! PROJECT had an exciting week and we were thrilled to see PROJECT gear not only around the event but around town!

PROJECT launched our official apparel partnership with ITU merchandise available. This also saw the debut of our casual and performance ranges with Celliant technology incorporated in the designs. The response to the merchandise was amazing, with some pieces sold out completely before the event! Keep an eye out at future events for the pop up shop!

PROJECT was also the proud apparel partner of Triathlon Canada, debuting the partnership at Abu Dhabi. We are continuing to develop the range around the athletes feedback, and look forward to assisting the athletes performing at their peak!

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Next-Gen announce 2015 team

BikeBugNextGen is proud to present its 2015 team members. Retaining three key team members, there are five new faces of BikeBug-NextGen lead by Stuart McKenzie and Claire Homsey.

The team is keen to build on its 2014 season, having developed a good team dynamic and proudly complementing that with new riders who bring personality as well as their bike skills to 2015.  

Justyna, Prudence and Georgie will all continue their contracts after having a great first year with the team.  The addition of Liz Hall, Nikolina Orlic, Jess Lane, Sarah Knights and Margeaux Thompson brings a range of skills on and off the bike that will make next year a sensational season.

A mix of climbers, sprinters, work horses and time trialists make up the eight woman squad looking for podiums across the National Road Series and Victorian Road Series.

We at PROJECT welcome the new team members and look forward to unveiling the new 2015 Next Gen kit!

 

Gwen Jorgensen success at ITU World Championships

World Champion and PROJECT compression ambassador Gwen Jorgensen has taken out the ITU World Championship! Jorgensen secured her World Champion status by not only placing, but winning at the ITU Championships in Edmonton at the end of August. Jorgensen took the lead with 2.5kms to go, winning her the 5th straight World Triathlon Series event- a feat which has never been done before.

A mighty effort to be finishing the year off with not only a win but ranking as World Champion. The team at PROJECT could not be more proud of her efforts!

For a full account of her race day visit her post at her site Gwen Jorgensen