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He’ll switch his focus to 70.3 and his first Ironman, with hopes of Kona 2013.
Next year will involve more continuing long-course education for New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty. The three-time Olympian juggled the difficult task of jumping over to the 70.3 distance while still preparing for the Olympic Games this year. His late 2012 race résumé was intense: after a 12th-place Olympic finish in August, he took fourth at the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship in early September and went on to place third at the 70.3 world championships a week later. He raced the ITU Grand Final in Auckland on Sunday, on a course he helped designed, putting in big efforts on the bike in his last full season as an ITU athlete. Needless to say he’s had a long year.
“Unfortunately I didn’t have the luxury of having a decent break after London because I had Vegas,” he says. “Vegas was important to me. I’m headed off into the long distance direction and I’ve always known I could be successful in that, so I just wanted to show it to the world. So it was good that I had a good race there.”
After reflecting on his Vegas performance, Docherty says he’s excited to dive in to not only more 70.3s but Ironman as well. “I had a few doubts there, mostly with the heat and that side of things, but talking with Crowie and a few of the boys, they’ve given me a good idea of what to expect in Kona,” he says. “So it’s exciting to perform on a course like that. I’ve still got a lot to learn about the distance but I’m excited.”
He hopes to race Ironman New Zealand as his first, banking on the hometown support in Taupo. However, he assures that his move to long-course doesn’t necessarily mean he’s completely leaving the ITU racing style behind. “For the record, I’m really not too sure what I’m doing, I know I’m focusing on long course but there is still that desire to race in these events…but certainly London was my last Olympic campaign and I’m just excited about the future,” Docherty says. “I know there’s an ITU race in San Diego next year, which is down the road from where I’m living, so who knows, I might give that a crack.”
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