Ultraman Simon Cochrane has deftly stamped his mark on the endurance racing world by storming to a sensational win in the World Ultraman Championships in Hawaii and setting a new benchmark in this three-day event.
The CurraNZ-powered Kiwi dominated the competition from start to finish in Hawaii and claimed several records over the length of the challenging 515km course.
This crowning season glory in Hawaii follows on from similar record-breaking finishes in the Australia and Canada Ultraman events in the months preceding.
Founded in 1983, the Ultraman World Championship is is an invitation-only event limited to 40 entries. This year 29 took part in a 10km ocean swim, 421km bike ride and 83km run.
Day 1 started with brutal swim conditions as strong currents and big swell hit the competitors all the way up the coast. First out of the water, Simon started the cycling leg that took him to the top of the volcano, with a strong Hawaiian headwind on the 145km ride, and still managed a new course record on day 1.
Day 2 was also eventful, a spill on his bike left him smarting with a small patch of road rash. A puncture temporarily added insult to injury but it was a short-lived annoyance as Simon set to work on the rest of the 275km bike course and led the field again in a time of 7:32 hours.
The event was rounded off by a double marathon on the final day - (they don't call it Ultraman for nothing!) with Simon clocking a blistering time of 6:09 hours over the 52 miles, making it a clean sweep of successes.
Simon started using CurraNZ in the lead-up to Ultra Man Australia in May and noticed the difference it made to his training and racing over the gruelling 'Ultra' distances.
Now an established part of his nutrition and the only supplement he uses, Simon says: “I’m a big believer in CurraNZ and recommend it to everyone - including the athletes I coach.
“I don’t take many supplements but CurraNZ is the only one I take - some people are surprised at that.
“Athletes think they need to take a big list of things, but if you get your fuelling, protein and hydration right, CurraNZ is the one other item that should be on everyone’s list.”
With the competitive advantage it provides, it has been exciting to sponsor Simon with CurraNZ this year and see him reach his full potential in the pinnacle of triathlon endurance racing.