Strong IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong Field Gets Another Boost
The already superb IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong elite fields have received a major boost with the last minute inclusion of Rio Olympian Ryan Fisher, who is determined to push the pace on the famous and fast Eastern Beach course.
The Queenslander is heading to Eastern Beach for an early season hit out, to test the fitness and join in the celebration of IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary which coincides with the Geelong event on 18 February.
Fisher made the jump across from ITU short course racing last year to join the IRONMAN 70.3 ranks and after serving his apprenticeship with five podium finishes, he is looking to ‘up the ante’ in 2018.
“It is pretty cool to have 70.3 Geelong on IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary. Especially for the first race of the year and to have it in Australia. It is exciting and the sport is just growing more and more and the amount of people from all walks of life are really getting into triathlon and understanding it a bit more.”
“Post Olympics is the perfect time to try something new and I had always wanted to try 70.3 racing, so last year was the chance to try some races and see if I did enjoy it and if I was any good at it. I podiumed in every race so in that respect it was a good year but I was conservative in the races that I picked so I could get a feel for it, practice new things in races and sort my nutrition.”
“Although I had a good season on paper it wasn’t as satisfying when I looked back on it because I wasn’t going in with a real racing mentality. This year I am going to be a big more aggressive in the races I do and which ones I choose. This is going to be a completely different year.”
“It would be hard to find an IRONMAN 70.3 this early in the year that would have a field like this and I have entered Geelong because I want to race against the best guys in the world and qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in September.”
“I wouldn’t be going to Geelong if I didn’t think I was in good shape. I am not just going there to participate,” Fisher said.
IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong is offering 30 qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, so some of the biggest names in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 are keen to make their mark in Geelong.
Text: Noel McMahon | IRONMAN Oceania
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