A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to cover the final KZN Tinman Tri Series for 2022. After covering the first one at the beginning of the year, it was great to be back behind the lens capturing such a unique event.
The final race changed things up from their normal program. Instead of doing the swim at Suncoast and heading straight onto the bike, the organisers changed the swim to Ushaka beach; which meant athletes needed to run to transition before they started their bike leg of the event. This brought a whole new dynamic to the event and it looked like the majority of the athletes welcomed the change.
The swim at Ushaka Beach, also brought slightly calmer waters, more inviting for the whole family. Its always a challenge photographing swimming unless you on a boat close up to the action, but none the less was great to get close to the shore and grab some images.
With athletes now competing in 2 run legs, gave me a great opportunity to capture more moments. It was great to see such a great family turn out, with parents running and cycling with their youngsters and the brave youngsters competing by themselves. Shows that triathlon in South Africa is healthy and growing.
The cycle is always the legs that I see athletes enjoying the most. Lots of smiling and laughing but at the same time some intense concentration from the racing snakes. The cycling route was the same as previous renditions of the event, with the amount of laps completed depending on which event you were taking place in. I always try to get new angles where I can, trying new things and making some of the more casual riders look like racing snakes.
What a great event it has been in 2022, and we can only look forward to see what 2023 brings! Exciting to hear that Tinman is also expanding to the Cape, which I'm sure is extremely exciting for the athletes based down there. Feel very honoured to be part of such a unique event.