The picture above shows Matt Trautman ready to step into the ring at the start of the Triathlon wearing his HUUB Archimedes II Wetsuit. It clearly sums up his intent leading into the Ironman 70.3 South Africa. Stuart Marais to his left had the same goal in mind apparently.
After a pretty rough 1.9km’s, Stu, Kyle and Matt came out of the water together with a 2 minute lead over the chasing pack, which included former Duathlon World champ and 2013 IM 70.3 SA winner Bart Aernouts. Matt better keep charging…
Now seen wearing his HUUB DS Long Course Triathlon Suit. After swapping the lead for the first 30km’s, Matt went to the front and stayed there for the rest of the bike. He was focussing on keeping the pace honest and trying to hold off the fast running Europeans behind him.
Stuart and Matt got off the bike together, and the foot race was on. After a pretty impressive kick by Stu in the opening few kilometers, Matt stayed just in front of him and tuned in to keeping a good rhythm and a maintainable pace.
Going up Bunkers Hill for the second time with around 6km to go, Matt eventually managed to get a small break and worked hard to extend it from there.
Greeted at the finish by his fiance Nicole, Matt said none of it would be possible without her continued support as well as that of his sponsors. T3 Multisport, Red Bull, HUUB, Falco and Darkhorse Wheels.
Matt also thanks his coach Brett Sutton, it was a great build up to the race and a fantastic way to start 2015. He couldn’t be happier with the result. His next race is the African Champs Ironman South Africa on 29th March 2015.