Hauser’s redemption in national junior title win
MATT Hauser is now just one consistent performance away from being crowned the 2016 SCODY Australian Junior Triathlon Series champion.
The Hervey Bay athlete won the opening round in Canberra on December 12 but a snapped bike chain at Robina's second stage on January 9 left the 18-year-old about 10 points behind previous leader Jack Van Stekelenburg.
Double points were on offer for Saturday's Australian Junior Championship race at Devonport, and it was an opportunity Hauser did not let slip.
"I got out of water second behind (South Australian) Jack Tierney," Hauser said.
"I had to solo the bike for one-and-a-half laps before the groups formed. I ended up in a small group of four at the front of the pack.
"We worked well together, held strong over hills, then took off on the run."
Hauser never looked back.
Powered by the hunt for redemption after his mechanical failure at Robina, Hauser was the only competitor to record a sub 17-minute run.
His 53-second winning margin proved his dominance, but more importantly the win sealed his spot at this year's World Championships in Mexico.
"It's a bit of a relief to consolidate that spot," he said.
"Now I can focus on rounding out the remainder of the domestic season for myself, then reset and refocus."
Hauser, who now lives at the Gold Coast, will next compete at the Wollongong Continental Cup in two weeks.
He will compete against familiar faces from the AJTS, but his focus is to maintain form ahead of the final round at Gisborne, New Zealand.
He holds a four-point lead atop the AJTS standings, but the National Talent Academy athlete will need to win the final stage to ensure he wins the series.