Rob Licciardo, of Licciardos Railway Bar and Grill fame, has landed back on the Mornington Peninsula after participating in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Series on August 31 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and he’s thrilled with the results.
We spoke with him after he returned to find out a bit about the trip. With more than 20 years of triathlon experience behind him, this much-loved Mount Eliza chef/restaurateur has always had extra energy to spare and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Rob explains: “I’ve always been very active. I’ve participated in four world titles and came sixth in my age group — 60-64 — in the Gold Coast Triathlon Series. I’ve also participated in multiple state triathlon titles. Lausanne was a strength course. The weather was amazing, the Alps were beautiful and we rode around Lake Geneva. It was a great event. I’m pretty pleased with coming in 20th out of 120 participants in my age group.”
For those of you who know nothing about triathlon, it’s basically an activity that combines swimming, cycling and running in the one event. Athletes in the Olympics swim 1500m, ride 40km and run 10km. Rob took part in a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run. Rob also went to London and worked with restaurateur David Moore in his restaurant Pied à Terre in London’s West End for a day and visited friends in Cornwall.
He concludes: “Restaurant life is incredibly busy and keeps you on your toes. It’s an endurance test in itself. I run nearly every day and cycle three days a week. My triathlon coach Steve Foster and conditioning trainer Ron Smith have been fantastic. I just love to move and representing my country is a bonus.”
Cheers to that, Rob. Congratulations!