Hell Of The West winner Sam Betten continues on streak of success

Sam Betten

Sam Betten won in Goondiwindi and continued his success at the Raby Bay Triathlon

They say there is no rest for the wicked, and Hell Of The West champion Sam Betten is no exception.

After taking out the title at Queensland’s ‘toughest’ triathalon, Sam went on to claim gold at the Raby Bay Queensland Triathalon finale on Sunday.

A far way from the Hell of the West, he says it was nice to be back on home turf.

“It’s always awesome to come across the line here at a local event where you’re crowned the winner and the champion of the last round of the series too,” he says.

While he is not afraid to venture out West, Sam also enjoys racing a little closer to home.

“I really like racing the whole series and as I said Raby Bay is probably one of my favourite events given that it is so close and that I could ride down to the race start from my partner’s place… it’s just a really good atmosphere.”

But for the professional triathlete, passing on the love of the sport to the younger generation is as good as gold.

“I started out as a junior and it was really good today to hand out the medals to the cool kids racing because that’s where I first started doing this sport.”

Sam Betten and DeFrancesco

Sam Betten pictured at the finish with female winner Danielle DeFrancesco

With 1400 competitors in the mix Sam was happy to come out on top, but his sights are still set on bigger things.

He has been in training for an international half iron man race in the Philippines in two weeks time.

Sam heads off for international shores next week, but for now he is enjoying the time at home.