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  1. I raced Ironman Austria in Klagenfurt in 2009 and rate it very highly. A fanstastic swim in a clean clear lake of around 21 degrees when I did it. The last 600m of the swim is in a canal with people all along it cheering you on. Training in the lake in the days before the race was just really enjoyable. The bike course is not flat and has two decent climbs in it on each lap but it has a lot of smooth fast road surface so I would rate it faster than Port Macquarie or Taupo. The scenery is beautiful if you get a chance to look around. The run is two flat laps part of it along the side of the lake and part along the canal and up into the old town with lots of shade for most of it. There are lots of people in the old town at bars and cafe's in the town square so it has a good atmosphere. The pre race carbo was great with a group of Austrian folk dancers in lederhosen performing the Schuhplattler. The post race party was one of the best I've been to with an Australian rock band playing afterwards although I did end up drinking with a bunch of Germans and didn't get home until after 3 in the morning. There is heaps to do and see around the area and Vienna is only about a 3 hour drive away. I would have no hesitation in going back to race there again but are planning on other different races. Cheers POT
  2. Slanecycles

    I've bought off them a couple of times with no problems and pretty quick delivery to Aus. I asked them a few questions via their chat and found them helpful. No complaints here and the prices were great.
  3. Best place to buy garmin

    Japay, If you are still looking, check out Slane Cycles. They are doing the 920XT with running HRM for $445 at the moment for the next two weeks.
  4. Cairns 2016 Roll Call

    I was told of a couple of stings at Port later in the day on Sunday, not competitors according to the woman at checkin at my hotel at Palm Cove. Her husband had raced on Sunday and is doing the half this week. They had only taken the stinger net in last week at Port and took it in at Palm Cove yesterday but haven't seen any stingers here for 2 weeks.
  5. Cairns 2016 Roll Call

    POT #1335 - Full Had a beautiful 3km swim off Palm Cove this morning sans wetsuit in the 26 degree water and the talk here was it will be a non wetsuit swim. No stingers here but apparently some people were stung up at Port after the Coral Coast last weekend.
  6. Ironman Cairns 2016

    Beautiful morning in Palm Cove today and the water is like a mirror. Water temp is 26 degrees and they have just pulled the stinger nets out of the water. Apparently they haven't seen any stingers for around 2 weeks. There were a few people out swimming this morning and they all survived. Pity it isn't going to be like that on Sunday with 25-30km winds predicted. I might go out for a swim later today as I can't really remember last time I had a decent swim in the ocean. I'm hoping I can shake this cold and cough in the warm weather by Sunday or you will definitely know who I am when passing on the run.
  7. Who covered up the number plate. I assume it was the newspaper. It should be exposed for everyone to see so that any WA cyclists can take the opportunity to perform some real justice on that luney if they see the car around the streets.
  8. Melbourne...

    I'll second the Meat & Wine Co. Best steak in the CBD.
  9. Scott Penny RIP

    That's terrible, he was a great bloke. I met him several times back in the late 90s at the JAL Cairns Half Ironmans and then ran into again at IM Switzerland in 2006 or 07. I think he may have been over there coaching at the time. Had quite a few post race drinks together at the after parties in Cairns. RIP Scott POT
  10. Ironman Cairns 2016

    I'm in for the Ironman iFoz.
  11. Port Roll Call - TRANNY TRACKER

    It looks like a lot of beach rd riders who've never encountered anything steeper than a speed hump.
  12. IM NZ 2016 Race Day Thread

    Good to catch up with you iFoz and enjoy a few beers. All the best with your crack at Cairns. I'm still tossing up the idea of going up there. Having a bit of experience on the Taupo course I would say that is the first time I can remember where there hasn't been a section of the bike course freshly resurfaced with the extra coarse chips used for the logging roads. It felt like the smoothest Taupo ride in recent times. It was also one of the least windy days the course has provided on the bike.
  13. Challenge Shepparton

    I'll be there for another Shep. I've only had 2 weeks in back in the pool since March due to a move to Druglands (oops Docklands) for work so it won't be quick start. Looking forward to finish line beer based on the weather forecast.
  14. Ironman New Zealand (2015)

    Meredith Kessler is back aiming for her 4th Taupo win in a row in the women's race. It's hard to see anyone beating her as it isn't the strongest field they have had here in the past few years. Are there any other trannies over here racing ? I haven't seen any of the usual suspects around town. The wind will most likely be from the north tomorrow which is only the 3rd time in 17 years giving a tail wind on the return leg. There is rain forecast from mid afternoon and wind picking up from around midday. It doesn't look like it will be cold though. POT #848
  15. Shiv notice "urgent"

    It could be worse. You could ride a shiv with first generation Zipp-88 hubs. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-88-Bicycle-Wheel-Hubs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=All+Recalls+RSS I have a set of these wheels I am racing on in NZ next weekend but SRAM have already replaced the faulty part within a few days of dropping the wheel at my LBS.