Jarrod Owen uses Parlee TT to deliver
On consecutive weekends, in two countries, over two different distances Jarrod achieved the same result – Fastest Age Grouper and First non Pro home. His bike of choice is this PARLEE TT.
Here is his overview of a challenging week:
“After finishing 2010 with 2 DNF’s due to back problems , I entered my first race of 2011 at the NSW long course champs in Huskisson with a new PARLEE TT frame, new riding position (and technique) and a new coach!
As always Husky drew a quality field with a large contingent from Sydney making the short trip down. Race day brought a picture perfect day and due to calm conditions some quick times.
I exited the 2km swim in a little under 30mins which I was quite happy with and spent the first lap of 3 on the bike getting settled and finding a good rhythm. The undulating terrain and rough roads were challenging but also conducive to fast times for those who had the strength. I found myself in second position coming off the bike, with some work to do. However my new riding position (courtesy of Cycling Edge) allowed me to not only have a strong ride but also to get off the bike feeling much better than in previous races and ready to run.
The results are the proof of the pudding!
After the initial hustle exiting T2 I found a good tempo and focused on chasing first place. Thanks to a great second half of the run I managed to finish 1st non-professional, and 8th overall in a time of 3hrs 52mins. Also recording the second fastest run only to the overall winner Pete Jacobs!
In contrast to Huskisson the previous week, Sunday in Singapore the course for the 70.3 was flat but very technical, and with the organizers claiming the race to be the biggest 70.3 ever held outside Europe or North America it was going to be interesting to see how things unfolded!
Unfortunately I was in the 5th wave to start meaning the 2 loop swim was very crowded and due to some strong currents, saw a lot of people off course. After a not so great swim I set off on the bike with some urgency only to find some congestion coming out on to the course and to compound things a slightly confused marshal sent me the wrong way! Once back on track I resumed my effort to regain the lead.
Although some drafting was clear for all to see, things did spread out, only to have marshals call a truck through on me during lap 2, then same people called a bus through on lap 3! As I entered T2 I was just happy that me and my Parlee were in one piece! With conditions being very hot and humid the run was all about getting fluids on! Again I had a little time to make up on first place however with another strong run I managed to real him in and in the process come in 15th Overall, 1st non-professional in a time of 4hrs16mins, 3 mins clear of the next age grouper. Considering the quality of both professional and non professional fields I was very satisfied.
Just to note this was a new course for Singapore and although some clear problems were found on the bike I will return in 2012 if the opportunity arises!”