Poole Takes Round 2

Poole Ironman

Poole, the oldest competitor in the field at 31, was in second after the opening swim leg before taking the lead on the board and dominating the 20-strong field for the next five legs for the M shape course.

Matt Poole has put on a masterclass for his younger rivals during round 2 of the Nutri-Grain IronMan Series at Burleigh Heads on Sunday.

Poole had crossed the finish line while the minor placegetters were halfway back to the beach on their skis. Kurrawa teammate Tanyn Lyndon (27) was second with Ben Carberry (25) of Currumbin finishing third.

The experienced Poole backed himself when in the lead and he produced a memorable win.

“This is my 13th season in the series and I would probably say that today or Bondi in 2011 were two of my most dominant performances where I felt good,” Poole said.

“I led from the front all day, but today was probably my best ever.”

“I got the lead in the second of six legs and you have got to grab it with both hands and just back yourself and I did that”.

“I got a little bit of a gap and I said I am going to go on my own here and hope that I can hold them off.

“I just managed to stretch it out, bit by bit, for those third fourth and fifth legs and in the ski, I could sit back and just make sure I got the job done.”

The win follows his close second place finish at the Coolangatta Gold, in round one of the series, behind Kurrawa teammate Matt Bevilacqua. His great base training is paying off but it’s not as easy at the front as it looks!

“I had a massive 12, 16 week prep going into the Coolangatta Gold which was a lot better than I have had in the last three or four years and you don’t get many opportunities in the professional racing series to get a little gap and when you do I can tell you it is scary as hell especially in a long enduro format.”

“It is scary as hell because we are talking about the world’s best ironman and oceanman and you can’t afford to not jump at an opportunity because when you are working with guys that are a pack of three, four and five behind you, they are in that hussle.

“When you are out in front, you are only judging yourself off your own speed so it can be easy to take your foot off the pedal and become a little bit complacent.”

Bevilacqua was sixth at Burleigh Heads to sit second on the overall series table, six points (33) behind Poole. Jy Timperley is third with 32 points.

See the full race results, and the season standings here.