Bevilacqua and Rogers win inaugural Sunshine Toyota Alex Unbreakable
Reigning Coolangatta Gold champions Matt Bevilacqua and Lana Rogers have won the inaugural Sunshine Toyota Alex Unbreakable as part of the Coolangatta Gold festival, that was set-up for Queensland competitors, given the cancellation of the 2020 Coolangatta Gold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The open men’s event was a race right to the end with Bevilacqua (Northcliffe) finishing just three seconds ahead of clubmate Cory Taylor. Surfers Paradise’s Taddy McDonnell was third, two and half minutes behind the Northcliffe duo.
Bevilacqua, 28, was third after the opening 8km ski leg behind local James Porter (Alexandra Headland) and Taddy McDonnell. Bevilacqua hit the lead during the 3km board leg and held on to the end, although was pushed all the way by Taylor and McDonnell.
“It was really tough, unbreakable really sums it up I think,” said Bevilacqua.
“It was a big sense of deja vu back to last years Coolangatta Gold sitting on Cory’s feet as opposed to Pooley’s (Matt Poole) but I know how Cory races, we are training partners and to be honest, we have done that exact same race about 5 weeks in a row.
“We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and he went really early, he has a really nice holding speed and he tried to break me early and I think I have a better sprint finish so I was lucky enough to stay with him and use the sprint.
Rogers (Noosa) the reigning Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Champion finished 28 seconds in front of Danielle McKenzie (Northcliffe), with Georgia Miller (Northcliffe) one and a half minutes behind in third place.
Rogers, 24, was third after the 8km ski into the board behind McKenzie and Miller. After the 3km board she was second behind McKenzie before taking the lead in the 1.5km swim leg, holding on strongly until the end of the race.
“It’s awesome to be back in the ocean,” said Rogers on winning the event.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the Coolangatta Gold getting cancelled, so I took a couple of weeks to refocus and this carnival came up, so I got the butterflies going again and was really looking forward to it.
“It was a little bit of a different pace to the original Coolangatta Gold, but it was very well thought through and planned out and everything was really well organised.
“I knew there was a cash prize for winning the ski so I knew that Danielle (McKenzie) was going to go out hard for that and we (including Georgia Miller) were about a minute thirty behind her in the board and we were able to shorten that and then we caught her on the swim leg.
“I knew that my race was going to start at the swim leg and then build into the run so my race plan worked out well and I am really happy. I have been working a lot on my running in the off season, so I was really happy with the finish,” added Rogers.
The 16km endurance event hosted by Alexandra Headland SLSC event features an 8km ski leg starting at Mujimba and paddling to Alex Headland, where competitors completed a 3km board paddle followed by a 1.5km swim and finished off with 3.5km run leg towards Maroochydore SLSC and back.
For a full list of results please from the Sunshine Toyota Alex Unbreakable as part of the Coolangatta Gold festival please click below.
To check out all the action from the Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay in Sydney check out the full wrap here – https://sls.com.au/welborn-and-verco-claim-inaugural-coolangatta-gold-at-bate-bay-titles/