Featonby wins in another record

ALBURY triathlete Jesse Featonby has set another men’s record just two weeks after breaking the Allans Flat Enduro Triathlon course record.

Featonby smashed the Albury-Wodonga Triathlon Club’s mini-triathlon time by more than two minutes yesterday.

In a day that saw records tumble and personal best times recorded, Featonby was unstoppable, finishing the race in 32 minutes and 51 seconds, breaking the course record set by Damien Gillard in 2003.

Featonby was thrilled to get the win.

“I was trialling some new bike gear today in preparation for Devonport in a fortnight and I couldn’t be happier with how the race went,” he said.

“I think I’ve improved another 10 per cent from when I raced a fortnight ago and today has further boosted my confidence ahead of what’s a busy month of racing.”

Women’s triathlete Julie Gollan-Foard also re-wrote the record books.

She crossed the line in a new personal best time of 38 minutes and 22 seconds, setting a new women’s course record.

Heidi Poole was second in 39.15, followed by Gabby Wilson in 42.06.

Gavin Wickham was the second male home in 35.25, followed by talented junior Harrie Weatherall in 36.37.

Nathan Rogers was the second junior to finish in 37.46 followed by Charly McMillan.

The first female junior was Megan Pollock followed by Cassandra Richardson.

About 80 competitors participated in the event.

The next major club event is in a fortnight with a junior triathlon on Saturday, February 23 and the Sprint Distance triathlon on Sunday, February 24.

Elsewhere, Albury cyclist Jodi Uphill took out the two-kilometre Wagga Women’s Golden Wheelrace on Saturday night.

It’s Uphill’s second wheelrace victory after the Shepparton $1000 Ladies Silver Bracelet Wheelrace in 2011.

Uphill, 30, was more than 20 metres in front of her nearest rival in a devastating show of strength.

She admitted being stoked with the win.

“I had no expectations,” she said.

“To take it out was a huge surprise, I was really happy.”

Uphill continued her good form with a third-place finish in the night’s women’s feature event, the women’s scratch race, while Albury’s Jonathon Styles won the C-grade men’s keirin event.

Jesse Featonby broke a 10-year record in yesterday’s mini-triathlon. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER

Jesse Featonby broke a 10-year record in yesterday’s mini-triathlon. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER