Taking away his biggest weapon was no deterrent for Jamie Riddle as he powered home to claim the Nelson Mandela Bay Triathlon Championships on Saturday morning.
Riddle showed good early season form as he took the senior title in a time of one hr, 52 mins and 57 secs.
He was followed home by Keegan Cooke (1:54.50) and Clinton Gravett (1:58.52).
In the women’s race, Cathy Curtain claimed the overall title, finishing in 2:36.44, almost two minutes ahead of Angela Knoetze (2:38.43) and Carika Burton (2:40.04).
Riddle said he was happy with his performance considering it was his first attempt at an Olympic-distance event.
The swim portion of the event had to be called off due to strong winds which brought bluebottles them.
The organisers replaced the swim, which Riddle admitted was his strongest discipline, with a 5km run.
“It did make it a bit tough because, with it being my first Olympic distance, instead of doing just 10km of running, we had to do 15km.
“Usually my swimming is my strong point, but I was still confident in my abilities on the bike and the run.
“On the bike, I knew Keegs had a new TT [time-trial] bike, so I knew he would take the reins on the bike. I just sat back and tried to hold my position.”
Having spent most of the first running leg and the cycling leg together at the front, Riddle managed to make his way past Cooke in the final running leg.
“Bike conditions were quite windy, but we