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Subject: Need advice - which AUS/NZ IM race ?
Looking for some advice from someone in Australia or New Zealand, or someone who has done a couple of the IM races there.

I have a once in my lifetime (probably) opportunity to go to Australia/New Zealand in 2015 or 2016 for a full IM distance race (would be my third). I'm looking for a flatter bike course (or at least not too climby) and mild temps (I tend to melt in the heat above 80).

Question : if you could only do one IM race in Aus/NAZ, which one would you choose and WHY ?
- IM Australia
- IM Western Australia
- IM Melbourne
- IM Cairns
- IM New Zealand

Leaning towards IM WA but see reports that the weather can be hot and windy.

Any thoughts or advice is welcome !
(I'll also post this in the AUS/NAZ forum).


2014-11-26 1:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Need advice - which AUS/NZ IM race ?
Originally posted by Kevin26.2

Looking for some advice from someone in Australia or New Zealand, or someone who has done a couple of the IM races there.

I have a once in my lifetime (probably) opportunity to go to Australia/New Zealand in 2015 or 2016 for a full IM distance race (would be my third). I'm looking for a flatter bike course (or at least not too climby) and mild temps (I tend to melt in the heat above 80).

Question : if you could only do one IM race in Aus/NAZ, which one would you choose and WHY ?
- IM Australia
- IM Western Australia
- IM Melbourne
- IM Cairns
- IM New Zealand

Leaning towards IM WA but see reports that the weather can be hot and windy.

Any thoughts or advice is welcome !
(I'll also post this in the AUS/NAZ forum).


Ok I've watched a few of these.

IM Australia - if you could get in next year it's the 30th anniversary. Bike is tough.
IM WA - beautiful swim, bike is flat. BUT it's hot.
IM Melbourne - flat and fast. Weather has been perfect, super windy with shortened swim, then last year cold. Not very special and I live there.
IM Cairns - I've done the half. The swim is great. The ride is hilly but even I could do it. The run can be hot but this year it rained for 17 hours.
IM New Zealand - this year was warm but not hot. Ride is tough, a little hilly and road surface is rough. Swim is the best - freshwater lake just perfect.
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