Byron Bay professional triathlete on his way to winning the Hell of the West at Goondiwindi at the weekend.
Byron Bay professional triathlete on his way to winning the Hell of the West at Goondiwindi at the weekend. contributed

FNC triathletes go through hell

FAR North Coast triathletes Tim Reed and Wes Thompson were among the winners at the annual Hell of the West in searing summer heat in Goondiwindi at the weekend.

The Hell of the West comprises a gruelling 2km swim, 80km cycle and 20km run.

Reed, 31, is a professional triathlete based in Byron Bay and took out the open division in three hours, 38 minutes and 42 seconds.

He finished almost nine minutes clear of his next closest rival with Daniel Stein finishing the race in three hours, 47 minutes and 25 seconds.

"Tim is a world champion and it was a pretty big coup for the organisers to have someone of his ability at the event,” Thompson said.

"He is a really humble guy and has done a lot of things for the sport over the years.

"He goes under the radar a bit and probably doesn't get the credit he deserves for how much he has done.”

Thompson, won his 45-49 age division when past the finish line in four hours, 23 minutes and three seconds.

It was a big effort for him after he failed to finish the race last year because of the extreme heat.

The win earnt Thompson a Queensland and National long course title.

"It virtually starts in the dark with a swim upstream and against the current,” Thompson said.

"The water is hot and uncomfortable straight away and you look forward to getting out.

"Once I got off the bike I had cramps in my quads and that stopped me for about two minutes.

"It's such a gruelling race and no one finds it easy that's for sure.”

There were a handful of other FNC triathletes compete at the event with Suffolk Park's Matt Slee winning his 20-24 year age division.

Slee is predominantly a cyclist and has just started in triathlon finishing the race in four hours, one minute and 22 seconds.

Lennox Head's Shane Flannery finished third in the 50-54 age division.

It is a fair achievement considering Flannery suffered a stroke in 2014.

Alstonville professional Clayton Fettell is racing with a new team this year and finished in the top 10.

Anthony Camilleri, Dave Crosby, Andrew Harris and Leonie Pedrazzini also completed the race.

"Leonie trains really hard and I take my hat off to her,” Thompson said.

"She was out there during the hottest part of the day and battled through tough conditions.

"All the boys love it and gave it their all too.”

Brisbane's Sarah Crowley won the open women's.



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