Brad Kahlefeldt, SCODY professional triathlete. Images from our shoot in Cairns with Sticksy are available from the archive.
Cairns weather can be variable, and in previous years it has rained in the preamble to race day, and been fine, or there abouts on race day. This year was to be the opposite. Cool and wet, perhaps good conditions for racing but not for photography. Pouring rain all day made for difficult shooting conditions. Keeping the cameras dry enough becomes difficult and keeping rain spots off the lenses is even harder. Being peppered with raindrops at high speed on the motorcycle is not much fun either. Being prepared for whatever happens is often part of photographing sport. Days like these can be the most challenging, and some of the most fun.
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Triathlon is one of my favorite sports to cover, and Ironman racing, is a feat of endurance. There is something special about these races. They start in the pre-dawn, and sunrise has a little magic. They are always a battle, between athletes and within athletes themselves. It can be as much a mental test, as a physical one. The race in Geelong was a hot one, with temperatures reaching thirty before sunrise. Patches of overcast cloud provided little respite, with the course being enveloped with a hot, dry wind as the change swept through. Emma Moffatt worked hard to lead out of the swim and continued to extend the lead. Tim Reed pushed Craig Alexander all the way along the bike course and the two were still fighting it out for the lead on the first lap of the run. Craig Alexanders 70.3 form proved too strong and he powered on to take the victory. Craig admitted later though, that the scorching heat and hard racing made it one of the hardest races of his career. Stand out for me, and encapsulating the spirit of Ironman was Rebecca Hoschke, who said she drew inspiration from Belinda Granger, as the voice in her head, telling her never to give up. Rebecca coming from well behind out of the swim and through into third place.Read more →