Bate smashes rivals after hectic start to race

IF THERE is anything a budding sportsperson can take away from Luke Bate's senior male victory, it is not to underestimate the value of coaches.

The West Australian overcame a hectic start ("I nearly got drowned") to win the first race of the day by a healthy 20 seconds.

He made it look easy by the end, but the 17-year-old said he was nervous once he noticed Canberran Liam Sproule in the lead.

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He overcame the talented Sproule and the rest of his rivals to record a memorable win, and cap a lengthy journey of development.

"The bike we didn't work overly hard then the run was flat out until the end," Bate said. "Everything felt smooth so I was pretty happy."

Bate is a poster boy for the benefits of persistence.

He finished 23rd in the junior male division five years ago, but incrementally improved his finishing position each year after with the help of coaching.

"I was training on my own then, but I then got a coach and everything picked up from there," he said.

Senior male

1. Luke Bate (WA)

2. David Pinto (Qld)

3. Jace Grant (Qld)