Get to know Team Rexona: The tale of two athletes. Guy Andrews, Aussie stuntman, Ironman champion and SMWTC veteran. Ben Allen, Aussie off-road triathlete and SMWTC rookie. These two are ready to smell sweet success!
Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge: Tell us about your background – how did you start in sports?
Guy Andrews: I started out as a Surf Life Saving Ironman and spent my teens and 20s as a professional athlete winning the Uncle Toby Ironman Series three times and 10 championship rounds, as well as the National Ironman championship in 1993. I have become the National Adventure Race champion in 2006 a feat matched by my team-mate in 2008.
Ben Allen: I started in Surf Life Saving as a kid and progressed through the ranks winning numerous state, Australian and world titles. I was given the opportunity by Triathlon Australia in the (NTID) National Talented Identification Program as having the potential to be a world-class athlete in the sport of triathlon. That is where I was exposed to XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon. I have won 11 World Championship Tour Races so far.
SMWTC: How did the two of you team up?
GA: Ben and I have competed against each other in multi-sport adventure races and I took a keen interest in his athletic career as he has come from the same Surf Ironman background as me, this made Ben a logical selection as a team mate.
BA: As a young nipper, racing Surf Life Saving events around Australia. I aspired to be on the Surf Ironman series like Guy. I looked up to him and I was lucky enough to race against him in the National Adventure Race Series and we both have similar skills and knowledge on land and water – perfect for Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge!
SMWTC: What does a typical week of training for you guys look like? What sort of preparation is needed to compete in the Challenge?
GA: I spend a lot of time doing the basics – lots of long rides, running and paddling. I am in the process of building my endurance back to where it was a few years ago before I started traveling all over the world doing stunts in movies! I am averaging 20hrs a week training.
BA: Racing in multi-sport disciplines (Xterra/Triathlon) requires me to train between 30-40 hrs a week swimming, biking & running to maintain an elite level of fitness to compete on the world stage against the world’s best athletes.
SMWTC: Guy, how many times have you competed in the Webber Challenge and what brings you back year after year? Ben, is this the first time you are taking part in an adventure race? What are your expectations?
GA: It’s actually my 5th SMWTC! Including the very first epic 10 day event! I love Tasmania and I really appreciate getting time along side Mark, as my love of Motorsport gives me a huge respect for his achievements. I can support worthy charities all while doing the sport I love, it’s all positive for me.
BA: I have heard and seen so much about how much fun, challenging & rewarding the SMWTC is from friends racing and watching it on TV. I was very honored that Guy asked me to join Team Rexona and race with him for the SMWTC title. I think Guy and I have a great chance to challenge and win the Challenge.
SMWTC: What is one of the most stand-out moments in your sporting career?
GA: Winning my first Uncle Tobys Ironman Series title in 1993.
BA: Winning 11 World Championship Tour Xterra Races.
SMWTC: What words of wisdom do you have for competitors that are taking on the Challenge for the first time?
GA: Pace yourself, always know where north is.
BA: Enjoy the beautiful scenery, smile and crush it!
SMWTC: And finally, what are goals for this year’s Challenge? What will success look like for Team Rexona?
GA: I believe Ben and I have the talent to win stages this year. I will be training hard to be a physical match for 28yo Ben and I will bring my A-game for navigation duty and experience. Podium would be a goal- as high as possible. The teams competing in the SMWTC are world-class, so it wont be easy. Success for Team Rexona will be not smelling bad! HAHA!
BA: Both Guy and I have the skills and knowledge required to win stages and hopefully finish on top of the podium. We both have the same desire to succeed and we will do everything possible to perform at our best come race day. Team Rexona is going to crush it, so look out… we will leave a path on smelling success!!
Check out what else Guy and Ben are up to: www.guyandrewsadventure.com www.benallentriathlete.com