Rogers claims big win in hunt for ironwoman glory
UPDATE: Reigning ironwoman champion Lana Rogers has continued her dominant chase of back-to-back title glory after taking out Round 4 of the Nutri-Grain Series
The 24-year-old Alexandra Headland lifesaver extended her lead in the standings heading into the final two rounds after a strong display in the EnduroSurf race format at Kingscliff on Friday.
Harriet Brown was second with Newport’s Lizzie Welborn in third place.
It’s her third win of the series, after also claiming victory in Rounds 1-2.
Rogers said it was the off season endurance fitness that got her through Friday’s race.
“I love endurance racing,” she said.
“I was training and preparing a lot for the Coolangatta Gold last year which unfortunately didn’t go ahead.
“But, I was hoping that my endurance was going to shine in those EnduroSurf races and I’ve managed to come away with both those wins (Round 1 and 4),” she said.
Rogers said she isn’t going to get complacent heading into the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday, knowing that Brown and Welborn were hot on her heels.
“This Series means a lot to me so I’m just trying to put it together the best I can,” she said.
“I’m just not done, we’ve got two big rounds left to go so I’m going to try and make the most of it.
“I definitely think they’re ones to watch (Brown and Welborn). They have both been so consistent.
“Winning back-to-back Series’ would mean so much, but I’m not trying to think about that right now.
EARLIER: Alexandra Headland’s Lana Rogers says she’s calm and ready to fire ahead of a “make or break” hunt for back-to-back Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series titles.
The defending champion heads into the final three rounds across Friday, Saturday and Sunday on top of the standings and in prime form to win at Kingscliff.
Rogers proved a resilient beast a fortnight ago by not just winning the opening round but by taking out the second and finishing the third as runner-up.
She said she wasn’t feeling any pressure ahead of the final three rounds.
“I’m calm and pretty focused on what I have to do this weekend,” she said.
“I think at this time of the Nutri-Grain Series it’s kind of make or break and the job’s not done yet and it’s just a matter of me putting it together and seeing how I go.”
In a bid to enhance her chances of success this week the 24-year-old skipped the lucrative Shaw and Partners Shannon Eckstein Ironman Classic at the weekend.
“I think this weekend is far more important,” she said.
“I decided to get back into routine as early as I could (after the first three rounds) and tick over training again.
“So, that made me feel a lot better heading into this week.”
She sits five points clear of second-placed Lizzie Welborn and seven points clear of third-placed Georgia Miller heading into the final three rounds.
The next closest Coast athlete is Maroochydore’s Tiarnee Massie who sits a solid eighth on 40 points ahead of Alexandra Headland lifesaver Emma Woods in ninth on 34 points.
The latter managed to snare a podium third in the opening round of competition.
The action will be broadcast live across 9GO! from midday on Friday with the following two rounds live on Ch9.