Santa Cruz resident and New Zealand native Bevan Docherty, a three-time Olympian in triathlon, closed out the season with a 14th-place finish in the elite men’s division of the World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland over the weekend, and recently announced he will be competing in Ironman next season.

Docherty had a home-country audience  – which he dubbed “an awesome crowd” via Twitter afterwards — for his final International Triathlon Union-sanctioned race of 2012. He completed the course in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 50 seconds — 2:21 off winner Javier Gomez of Spain.

Docherty, 35, finished the swim in 17:46, the bike in 1:10:28 and the run in 32:50, and he ended the overall series in 14th place with 2,223 points.

Tuesday, he confirmed with the New Zeland Herald that he will move on to Ironman competition next year.

“It official, I’m gona be an Ironman man! 1st race of 2013 Auckland 70.3 then NZ Ironman in Taupo,” Docherty tweeted.

Results included in this report are from the Auckland race website.