FORMER Warrnambool triathlete Peter Kerr says a stolen bike hasn’t hampered his preparation for today’s Mooloolaba World Cup triathlon.
Kerr will hit the course on a borrowed bike after thieves made off with his and two other international competitors’ gear last weekend.
“It’s less than ideal that’s for sure. But I was lucky I could get a lend of a friend’s bike, which has a similar set-up to mine,” he said.
“It was a bit of a shock, but I was lucky it happened when it did and I was lucky I have good sponsors, friends and family that could help me get a bike that was suitable.”
Kerr said he was hoping to go one or two better in today’s event after finishing third last year.
He said his racing form hadn’t been all that good in the lead-up, but he had been achieving good numbers in training.
“I’ve really only been focused on this event,” he said.
“My results have been solid without being good for the last two races.
“If the numbers I’ve been getting in training transfer across, I hopefully will get some good results.”
Kerr said the Mooloolaba course had been changed slightly and he was expecting a faster race.
“The run course is a bit different. We lose the amount of hills, so I think it will be a lot quicker,” he said.
“The run is probably my strongest leg, so I’m hoping to use the speed of the new course to my advantage.
“There will be a bit of technical stuff on the bike as well, which should keep it interesting.”
Kerr said he was hopeful of competing in the World-Tri series events, but was at the mercy of the selectors.
“It will all depend on how I go this weekend. Hopefully I will be off to Auckland and then Cape Town,” he said.