'Ironman' dad and son to take part in triathlon world championship

'Ironman' dad and son to take part in triathlon world championship
Introduced to triathlon six years ago, Sean (left) now posts a faster time than his father Carl who has spent at least $80,000 on bikes alone over the years.

SINGAPORE - In most families, it is the sons that usually get the hand-me-downs from their fathers.

But for the Chans, it is the opposite. First-born Sean outgrows his bicycle frames so quickly that father Carl ends up inheriting them.

The duo, who are triathlon enthusiasts, are leaving for London today to compete at the International Triathlon Union World Championships this week - and will be the first Singaporean father-son pairing to do so. They are paying their own way.

While Carl, 48 and a six-time Ironman finisher, will be participating in the age group for those aged 45 to 49, Sean, 16, will be competing in the junior elite category (16-19 years old).

They are part of a five-member local team headed there.

Their interest in the three-discipline sport - swimming, cycling and running - started about 10 years ago when Carl, seduced by the flashy bikes on display, decided to walk into a bicycle shop.

Half an hour later, the then-leisure runner walked out with a $4,000 road bike and a new-found desire to compete in a triathlon.

Today, the family owns four top-of-the-range, carbon-built bicycles. Carl, who works in the finance industry, estimates he has spent at least $80,000 over the years on bicycles alone.

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