Goondiwindi's Hell of the West triathlon attracts Australia's best

Tri champ Sarah Crowley welcoming young triathletes at the finish line last year.
Tri champ Sarah Crowley welcoming young triathletes at the finish line last year.

Some of Australia’s best triathletes are about descend on Goondiwindi.

“They don’t come to win the $2500 they are here to support the history of the HOTW and ensure community races like ours survive in the very corporate IRONMAN world of Triathlon,” Goondiwindi’s Hell of the West President Tim Richards said.

“It is a great chance for people of Gundy to witness how fast the men and women can cover the 2k/80k/20k.

“It is quite astonishing . We really have a some of the world’s best triathletes that compete on the world biggest stage.”

Women 

Sarah Crowley - 5 time HOTW winner and course record holder

- 3rd and 6th Place in the World Ironman championship in Hawaii 17 and 18 - IRONMAN is 3.8k swim/180k bike/ 42.2 k run

- ITU long course world champion 2017

- European Ironman Champion

Sarah is at the top of the tree when it comes to any ironman distance racing in the world, and one of Australians most successful female triathletes over the last few years. In 2017 she was named Australia’s best.

http://www.sarahcrowleytriathlete.com/

Going to be hard to see anyone challenger her from winning her 6th title

Other to watch out for are:

Emily Donker 

Emily has won HOTW as a Age Grouper many times but this will be Emily’s first professional race. Has a killer run leg so the girls better have some space from this speedster when they get off the bike.

Holly Grice.

Holly Grice.

Holly Grice

Holly Grice is a young athlete into her second year of full time training. One of the best swimminers around we are expecting her to be the first out of the water as usual and it will be interesting to see how long she can hold onto the lead this year.

Men

The males race is lining up to be a cracker

Max Neumann

2018 champion and race record holder Max Neumann is back to defend his title . Max is a young athlete that has built a great result sheet over the last 18 mths , including a 2nd a Noosa Tri, beating some of Australia’s Olympic representatives. He was a bit of an unknown last year but that has changed now and he will go in as favourite.

Josh Amberger

Josh place 3rd in his first crack at HOTW last year, but will be back to take the title.

Josh is a world renowned triathlete having competed in the biggest race around the world. He is known as the fastest swimmer in the triathlon world and holds the swim Record at the World Championship, and last 2 years he has lead the World Championship race well into the bike. Some of his biggest wins include

- 1st Carins Ironman (course record)

- 2nd ITU world championship

- Many Ironman 70.3 wins around the world.

Josh is a real personality with strange mix of hobbies which include - Native Flora, Heavy Metal, and coffee

http://www.josh-amberger.com/

Sam Betten 

Sam Betten.

Sam Betten.

Two-time HOTW champ is back after couple years away.

- Sam is always at the pointy end of any triathlon he races around the world and we expect him to be battling Max and Josh all the way to finish.

Sam is a supreme triathlete and is strong in all legs and a ultimate professional. A top junior athlete winning Aussie Junior titles in 2006 07 he has gone on to have a very successful career race around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/SamBettenTriathlete/

Other regulars who are always competitive and have been on the podium before are: Nick Hull from Brisbane and Fraser Walsh form Bendigo

“Both athletes have a heap of talent and are making there way in the professional ranks, and if any of the top guys are under done they could find their way to the podium,” Tim said.

The Pro Start will be at 5:10 sharp and they will be crossing the finishing line between 8:30 and 9am we would love to see as many locals at the finish line to see these world class athletes cross the HOTW finish line.