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

A Great Weekend of Sport!

(Cover image by Sarah Knights)

A very busy weekend for PROJECT worldwide!

This last weekend saw the Triathlon World Cup take place in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Triathlon Canada had Andrew Yorke and Michael Lori finish 4th and 9th respectively, a great effort all round!

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Photo credit Scotty T Photography Here

PROJECT UK was featured at AFL Europe’s Champions League in Amsterdam. With the partnership between AFL Europe and PROJECT recently announced, it was great to see PROJECT casual gear beginning to appear, with jerseys for the players following soon!

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Closer to home, the Bike Bug Next-Gen girls were racing in the Tour of Mansfield. Over two days of racing through the Victorian high country, the girls had perfect conditions. Margeaux Thompson finished near the top placing 11th overall with the others not far behind. A great result for the team!

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Photo Courtsey of Gavin Wright

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Photo Courtesy of BikeBug NextGen

Ironman Melbourne was a massive event on Sunday. PROJECT was excited to have new ambassador Luke Bell racing, complete with his new PROJECT Supersuit! A tough race ensued with Luke coming out of the swim to enter the lead group on the bike. A battle on the bike and through the run, Luke’s effort was sensational and finished with an overall position of 14th. Towards the end of the race, strategy changed with focus on technique and finishing well, not burning out for the upcoming Port Macquarie Ironman in May. You can view Luke’s pre-race interview here.

Image courtesy of @megssssw

Image courtesy of @megssssw

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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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

Big Trail Run

This Sydney Trail Running Series event adds both 44km and 68km options to the monthly St Ives event, to make this event a true trail running festival offering distances from 7km right through to 68km, and a fun festive atmosphere for the day on the main arena of the St Ives Showground, NSW.

SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2014
ST. IVES SHOWGROUND, NSW
Costs – Series Entry Fee (Total of 6 races) and Individual Entry Fees.
Refer to event website for more information.

Big Forest Run

The Yarra State Forest near Warburton is a hidden gem when it comes to Trail running. Only an hour or so out of the Melbourne CBD, the scenery and the forest are awesome, featuring towering eucalypts and other forest giants, coupled with a lush fern covered undergrowth. Everything a trail runner could dream of.

There are two distances on offer – A marathon length of 42km and a shorter run of approximately 18km.

Big Forest Run is a point to point race and the course for the main part follows the Walk Into History walking trail which follows some well-preserved sections of historic timber tramlines, past old mills and other relics of the early timber industry. You will also get to run past the Ada Tree a 300 plus year old forest giant and one of the biggest Trees in Australia!

SATURDAY 19 APRIL
YARRA STATE FOREST, VICTORIA
Entry costs for 42km – $135, Entry costs 18km – $65.