Craig “Crowie” Alexander hit another milestone in his iconic career by setting a new course record at Western Australia’s scenic IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton this weekend. Showing no sign of slowing down, the three-time IRONMAN world champion turns 43 years old next month, and the Busso victory is Alexander’s third consecutive 70.3 win in 2016.
“Congrats to Crowie! His first time winning Busso, his third straight 70.3 championship of the year, and to top it off, a new course record at one of Australia’s most important races. Each is an accomplishment in its own way and even more so when racing against so many other strong, fast – and younger – athletes,” said the Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza.
“Like everyone else, we’re cheering for Crowie to keep his winning streak going as long as possible.”
Alexander’s strategy of controlled pacing throughout a race once again powered the champ past competitors when it counted most.
Exiting 8th from the water with a time of 22:45, Alexander had a solid bike leg with a time of 2:04:58. With several athletes off their bikes and surging ahead on the fast run course, Alexander stayed confident and moved up through the pack. Around the mid-point, he overtook his closest competitors, resulting in a side-by-side showdown with lead Mitch Robins. About 6km before the finish, Alexander sprinted past Robins to the lead where he stayed as well as dropping the fastest run of the day, 1:12:22.
Alexander crossed the finish line at 3:42:59, just seconds faster than the standing record of 3:43:06 set by fellow Australian professional triathlete Tim Van Berkel in 2014.
“I am really glad I finally got the chance to come and race in Busselton. This race has grown into one of the biggest in Australia and year after year, continues to attract the best athletes. It is such a stunning course but a hard, fast race,” commented Alexander.
One of the most successful and popular professional triathletes of all time, Alexander adds Busso to his 2016 podium tour along with victories at IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay in the Philippines and IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya in Malaysia.
Alexander now turns his attention to the US, where he will base himself in Boulder, Colorado during June and July. At this point, Alexander is unsure if he will race for another 70.3 World title at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Queensland, Australia this September.
“I am keeping a good balance of racing, sponsor requests, Sansego and family this year and still managing to get around the globe a bit. I still love to rev the Sunday morning engine but I’m not working my different commitments solely around a firm race schedule anymore” said Alexander. “I need to be available for more than just racing these days.
IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton
Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:42:59
Mitchell Robins (AUS) 3:44:36
Callum Millward (NZL) 3:45:29