Aloha to Alice Gold

Battling the heat, humidity and windy conditions of the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii has not had any adverse effects on Alice Springs triathletes Kevin and Fiona Coyle.

In fact, the 3.8km sea swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km run set the duo up well for yesterday’s duathlon in Alice Springs.

The Coyles arrived home on Wednesday and won the outright honours yesterday.

“I’m feeling great and didn’t want to put too much stress on my body after Kona,” Kevin Coyle said.

“It was nice to be cold in a race again.

“I just went out to do the best I could.

“I got on to the bike in fourth position and had good speed taking the lead after a couple of minutes.”

Duathlon coordinator Deanne Ward said there were about 50 athletes in the event which began at the Alice Springs Desert Park over a long and short course.

The long course was a 2km run, 20km cycle and a 4km run to finish. The short course was 2km, 14km and 2km.

Ward said that apart from the Coyles, there were some other impressive performances, including in the 70-74 age group where Jack Street registered the overall fastest time on the short course.

She said Alice Springs turned it on for the event, with the stunning backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges and the flowers of the Desert Park in full bloom.

“While the setting was magnificent, I didn’t see anyone stop to smell the flowers,” she said.

Coyle admitted he didn’t even notice the flowers as he was too focused on his run.

“I did see a dingo that looked right at me. I didn’t slow down but that was a pretty cool moment,” he said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see the older athletes getting out there and putting their foot forward.

“The shorter course is great for them as it is more welcoming and gets more people into the event.”

The Coyles have been busy since arriving home from Hawaii.

They not only entered and won the duathlon yesterday morning but were helping with the Masters Mile last night and the 10km run this morning. The pair will also compete in the triathlon tomorrow.

“I won the triathlon in 2014 and I’m looking to repeat that,” Kevin Coyle said.

There will be more than 82 individuals and teams entering the triathlon tomorrow morning.

It’s not too late for Games participants to put their name down to join a team for the tri. Register an interest at the Games Centre on the Town Council lawns before noon today.

The tri event begins at the Alice Aquatic and Leisure Centre, off Speed St across the road from Traeger Park, at 6am.