Yamba triathlete Lindsey Wall wins Hell of the West
YAMBA triathlete Lindsey Wall won the Hell of the West at Goondiwindi, one of Australia's toughest races, in a dramatic finish against rival Sam Betten.
Wall came second to Betten last year in the same race, made up of a 2km swim, 80km ride and 20km run. Just like last year, the two competitors were head-to-head until the last few kilometres.
Last year Betten waited until the final 2km before sprinting to victory. However, it was Wall's final surge at 5km this year that clinched the victory for him.
Wall completed his race in three hours, 32 minutes and 35 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of Betten's 3:34.21.
"I went in with pretty good form, but you never know on race day," Wall said.
"I put in a surge and Sam couldn't keep up. Last year we were in the exact same scenario. I wasn't going to let that happen again so I put my surge on earlier and it paid off."
The professional triathlete said this was the biggest win of his career.
"I've been on the podium for some pretty big races, but this is the biggest race I've won," he said.
"It is a big confidence boost; I put in a lot of time and effort in my training."
Wall said it was mental strength that gets you over the line in the last kilometres of a race.
"You think back to all the hard training and convince yourself you've done the work and can hold on," he said. "At that point of the race you're tired no matter what, and so is everyone else. It's about getting the mental strength to convince yourself to hold on."