Triathlon: Maida Vale man to make return to sport after 23 years in Busselton Ironman


Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes. Hayes now switches his attention to the Busselton Ironman this weekend.
Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes. Hayes now switches his attention to the Busselton Ironman this weekend.

MAIDA Vale’s Bill Hayes will tackle the SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton this weekend after returning from a 23-year hiatus from triathlon.

Hayes will compete off the back of a win at the Make Smoking History Rally in Nannup last month where he was co-driver for Molly Taylor.

He has been doing the job for 12 years, which involves directing the driver through the forest at speeds of up to 200km/h.

The father-of-three decided to get back into triathlon last season when his children started to take an interest in sport.

Following his passion for cycling, Hayes got into triathlon in his teens.

“I think as a cyclist in my teens we all watched Mark Allen and Dave Scott do Hawaii and I guess that sense of achievement drew me here,” he said.

This will be his first attempt at the 70.3 distance, which includes a 1.9km swim, 90.1km bike and 21.1km run.

“Since I started training for Busselton I probably dropped 8kg, which is obviously a good advantage in a racing car team and the engineer was quite happy I turned up 8kg lighter than last season,” he said

“Ironman has always been a carrot dangling.”

He has completed one sprint and two Olympic distance races in the lead-up to Busselton.