Brown wins BMW Ironman Taiwan 70.3 November 03 2014, 0 Comments
It was great finishing off the 2014 season with a win in the 5th BMW Ironman Taiwan 70.3 in the beautiful area of Kenting, the southern tip of Taiwan. Race morning dawned with fantastic weather and a no wetsuit swim for the professionals with the water temp hitting 25c. I had a great swim to be out of the water in the leading group of 5 athletes which included France's Jonathan Tryoel, South African Stuart Marais, Sweden's Fredrik Croneborg and Kiwi Guy Crawford. It was a quick 400m run to Transition but Jonathan was on a mission to establish a big lead and he took off on the bike.
The 90km bike featured two undulating laps and a great section along the Kenting coast line. I rode with Croneborg, Crawford and Marais, we were still loosing time on the flying Tryoel and were hoping he may pay for it on the run. As we entered T2 we faced a 4min deficit to the French man, I didn't want to loose any more time so it was a quick change to put on the Nike's and fuelbelt on and I was out and chasing with only Marais joining me. We quickly ate into Tyroel's lead and by the 6km we had passed him.
The run was a 21km point to point leg along the coast line to the race hotel, both Marias and I were running shoulder to shoulder with each other and also trying to see if we could break each other! The temperature was now around 30'c and the aid stations were a welcome relief! Finally at the 18.5km mark I was able to get a small break so I pushed the pace for the next few kilometres and the rubber band finally broke to Marias. It was a great win and it has capped of a fantastic year of racing in 2014. I'll now have a short break and then it's all go for the New Zealand season! Thanks again for your support this year.
Regards Cameron Brown
2014 BMW IRONMAN 70.3 TAIWAN MALE PRO TOP 10
1. Cameron Brown (NZL) 4:05:44
2. Stuart Marais (RSA) 4:06:38
3. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 4:12:21
4. Guy Crawford (AUS) 4:13:48
5. Victor Debil-Caux (FRA)
6. Jonathan Tryoen (FRA) 4:21:11
7. Iain Veitch (HKG) 4:23:23
8. Deak Zsombor (ROM)
9. Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN) 4:33:30
10. Daiki Masuda (JPN) 4:38:22
1. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 04:34:49
2. Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) 4:41:56
3. Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:45:51
4. Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:46:31
5. Shiao-Yu Li (TWN) 4:53:16
6. Emi Sakai (JPN) 4:59:30
7. Maki Nishiuchi (JPN) 5:03:33
8. Yausko Miyazaki (JPN) 5:07:28
Cameron Brown becomes oldest Pro to ever win Ironman Event! June 09 2014, 0 Comments
We are so proud of the outstanding performance of Cameron Brown and thrilled that Keywin pedals could be along for the ride. The below is Cameron's own words describing the amazing day.
My last Ironman win was back in 2011 at Ironman New Zealand on a day where it rained the entire day. Yesterday at the Cairns Airport Ironman Cairns it rained the whole day, the high only reached 20c! which was one of the coolest in history up here. The new swim course at Palm cove was beautiful but I had a shocking swim and could not find any rhythm in what was a very choppy swim. I was out of the water 4:30mins behind the leaders which wasn't a nice feeling but I was hopeful of catching the leaders at some point if I rode well.
Soon after the 40km mark we caught Tim Berkel and the only person ahead now was former three time World champion Peter Robertson. We managed to reel in Robo at the 105km mark, I was starting to feel much better now but was still looking forward to getting off the bike without any mishaps, there were plenty of athletes suffering punctures due to the rain and that was the last thing I needed. The last 30km off the bike were tough with rain and a strong head wind all the way into Cairns, the group had now dropped to four riders which included Peter Robertson, Tim Berkel, Matt Burton and myself.
The new three lap run course was all on the Cairns Esplande so it was great viewing for all the spectators who were soaked at this stage but still on course support the 3000 athletes in the Ironman and 70.3 race. Tim Berkel took off like it was a 10km race with Peter chasing hard a few seconds back, I tried to stay close but we were running at 3:30km/pace and I didn't want to explode later on in the race. I managed to bridge up to the leaders at around 8km and we ran together for the next 5km before Robo finally fell off. I could then sense Tim was starting to tire at the 21km mark when a small gap opened up, 5meters turned into 10 and then 20. With 14km and one lap to go my lead was 2mins. I was hopeful I could hold on but could also feel my calf muscle tightening up so was worried I could pull up at any time if I wasn't careful. The final 2km was fantastic and I finally start to relax and enjoy the moment even though I was still in a world of pain having just run a 2:44hr marathon.
It was great to win my 12th Ironman tittle and to also be the oldest professional to ever win an Ironman. I'll be having a few easy weeks off to recover and get ready for the season ahead.
1st Cameron BROWN (NZL) 8:20:14
2nd Tim VAN BERKEL (AUS) 8:23:22
3rd Peter ROBERTSON (AUS) 8:33:25
4th Matt BURTON (AUS) 8:35:18
5th Jarmo HAST (FIN) 8:41:23