An unstoppable warhorse showed all the toughness that has made him a five-time world champion at the OTU Oceania Championship in Devonport, TAS over the weekend.
In the final event of the day, five-time ITU World Paratriathlon PTHC (Hand Cycle) champion Bill Chaffey, survived a spectacular bike crash to pick himself up off the road to add another Oceania title to his long list of victories.
Chaffey will now set himself for the ITU World Triathlon Series and World Paratriathlon Event – which will double as the first 2018 Commonwealth Games nomination race on the Gold Coast on April 8.
For the 41-year-old unbreakable Chaffey, his performance to get back on his damaged handcycle after crashing was yet another example of just how tough a competitor he is.
Chaffey and vision impaired paratriathlete Jonathan Goerlach converged on a tricky 90 degree technical corner and it was Chaffey who came off second best.
“I knew it was a tricky corner but we hit the corner at the same time and me being as aggressive as I am I went for the inside running and because I took it too sharp on a three wheel bike, it tipped on to two wheels and headed straight for the wooden bollards.
“I thought if I hit this head on I’ll do some serious damage to this bike so I slid off on the side and still did some damage to the bike and took some skin off and got back on.”
He went straight to first aid to get patched up and will have to send off to Switzerland to get special new parts for his bike in time for the Gold Coast race.
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By Triathlon Australia