After a 2018 that included a win at Mooloolaba and second place at the legendary Noosa Triathlon, Max Neumann is back on the Sunshine Coast and ready to rumble and looking to go back to back.
Max arrives in town in good condition and a much wiser athlete in 2019 but the 23 year old Brisbane boy wont have it all his own way with IRONMAN athletes Josh Amberger, Luke McKenzie, Casey Munro and Clayton Fettell sure to apply the pressure over the standard distance of 1500m swim/40km ride/10km run.
“The Mooloolaba Tri (17 March) always brings a good field so you have to rock up in pretty good form. My preparation has been pretty good and similar to last year. I started out at Hell of the West again, got the win and raced better than last year, so hopefully I can keep the form going for MooTri and get a good result.”
“Josh Amberger will mix it up for sure. He is always an athlete who can change any race with his swim and bike, so that sounds like good fun. Luke McKenzie beat me in my last race of the season last year in Taiwan. He ran me down so definitely going to be some good competition on Sunday,” he said.
Neumann’s win at Mooloolaba Triathlon was both memorable and career changing, giving him the opportunity to learn he had the talent to race at the highest level, he just needed the belief.
“The win last year was after I switched coaches. I was going quite well and I realised it was a good decision. I kept getting better throughout the year and it was good to see that finally I am able to mix it with the best. It is rewarding when you put so much time into it.”
“After MooTri last year I raced a couple of longer course races. I went over to St Moritz in altitude and got a good block of racing in there. Then came back to Oz and finished the season at Noosa Tri and probably got my career best result with a second place behind Aaron Royle. It was a good season and I am looking forward to making 2109 even a bit better.”
“For Australians, Noosa Triathlon is probably the biggest race on the calendar and it means a lot to many Australian triathletes. It was a special moment podiuming there because I have gone up there all my life with my family and watched the event. To finally actually race up the front and nearly grab the win was something I was very proud of and I will never forget.”
“It was a good race the three Olympians were there and they were really pushing it. Aaron Royle was up front and going very hard on the bike although he definitely paid for it on the run but he was just too strong and held on for the 10km. Hopefully later this year I can swim and ride a bit better and get a better race going.”
“I haven’t settled on a distance yet. Being young you never know what is possible. I do enjoy both forms of racing so over the next couple of years I will find a niche spot. But at the moment, I am just enjoying racing both distances,” he said.
Although a Brissy boy, Max considers Mooloolaba to be a hometown race and he is looking for the local support to help him defend his crown.
“Mooloolaba is only 40 minutes drive and you know all the people lining the course, you see lots of familiar faces. You can’t beat a home race, can you? Noosa and Mooloolaba are some of the best racing you will ever get in the world.”
“My year is not a 100 per cent planned out. I have some ITU Continental Cups coming up in Queensland at the end of April so I will do them and after that I will have a better idea. Then I will pull together a more solid plan on what the year will look like,” he said.
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