Joe Gambles - His Personal Take on the Rev3 Half Ironman Tri


In its first year, the Rev3 Triathlon had definitely created a stir in the triathlon world!  With a US100,000 prize purse, the race was bound to attract some of the major players in the sport…and it did!  Both Matt Reed and Richie Cunningham were late additions to the start list and with the likes of Luke Bell, Leon Griffin, Tim O’Donnell, Paul Amey and David Thompson already confirmed entrants, the race was going to be tough.  I had heard a rumour that the bike and run portions were going to be brutal and driving the run course 2 days prior to competition made me too scared to drive the bike course J (I just watched it from the comfort of my hotel room on the race website instead!)

On the morning of the race, the weather was perfect with clear skies and a projected maximum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and no wind.  The male pros were underway at 6.55am with a beach start.  A group of 3 (Reed &O’Donnell included) quickly gapped the field with Cunningham, myself, Bell and Thompson battling to minimize the deficit.  Exiting the water, our small group was 1 minute down on the lead and ready to try and close the gap on the tough bike course.  I quickly moved up to Thompson who had set a fast pace from the onset and moved into 3rd.  Soon after, we managed to get a gap on Cunningham and Bell had a mechanical and pulled out.  At the 20 mile mark, we caught O’Donnell who had been dropped by Reed who was blazing the bike out in front.  O’Donnell stayed with Thompson and myself until about 30 miles when a gap started to occur.  Being lighter, I climbed the hills a bit quicker than Thompson, only to be caught on the down sections.  We tracked each other over the entire 56 mile course and entered T2 in sight of each other, nearly 3 minutes back from Reed.  Thompson had a very fast transition and immediately opened up a 50 metre gap on me.  Once into my rhythm, I held this gap but couldn’t close it down.  I continued to run strongly but it wasn’t until the half way mark that I started to reel in Thompson, eventually passing him at 9 miles.  Once into 2nd place and 4 miles to go, my legs clicked into gear and I ran on strongly, eating into Reed’s lead.  With 3 miles to go, I was under 2 minutes down and, by the finish, 1 min 35 seconds was the gap.  O’Donnell ran home strongly and caught Thompson in the last mile to take 3rd.

I had set myself up for this race a while ago and felt that I was ready to produce a good performance.  To get 2nd place in a field of this class makes all the hard work so worthwhile.  The great prize cheque helps too!

Well, I’m off to Boise for another 70.3 in 6 days which could be interesting after such a tough course here in Connecticut. Recovery, recovery and recovery is the key to getting on the podium, I think.

Article writen by Joe Gambles, Australian born world class professional triathlete.  ASCEND Elite user.




1   Matty REED                       3hr 59' 25"

2   Joe GAMBLES                  4hr 01' 00"

3   Timothy O'DONNELL      4hr 03' 04"

4   David THOMPSON          4hr 03' 34"

5   Richie CUNNINGHAM    4hr 07' 06"



13.06.07  Joe Gambles backed up his Rev3 performance to finish 3rd in the Boise 70.3, just six days later.  That's ASCEND Elite Recovery working at it's finest...  well done Joe!! 



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