Big turnout expected as race action starts
The 2017/2018 Geraldton Triathlon Club season kicks off on Sunday from at St George’s Beach, with some of Geraldton’s finest athletes pushing their fitness levels to the limit.
Running from mid-October through to April, the club has several events which cater for all ages and abilities.
Club vice-president Ben Freer said many members had participated in several fitness-based events over the off-season and were excited about the new season.
“A lot of guys have been doing the cycle races, the running with the Harriers Running Club and swimming too, so a lot of people have been getting ready for it,” he said.
“We’ve had loads of interest from new members this year, so we are expecting a fairly large turnout on Sunday.” Freer said he encouraged people to come along to learn more about triathlon events, with the inclusive nature of the sport appealing to people across all sectors of the community.
“It’s not as competitive as people think,” he said.
“It’s very relaxed — you get down there and there are always loads of assistance, marshals around and music playing.
“There are people who race who want to go hard, but there are also people who want to swim around the course talking to each other and want to ride their bikes next to each other and talk.
“Not everyone is doing it for the same reason. For a lot of people it is just a confidence booster — first time swimming in the ocean, first time riding a bike on the road or just a way to meet friends.
“People don’t need to be nervous about coming. Just come along and give it a go. You’ll be surprised about how much help is available for everyone.”
Racing action begins at 8.30am on Sunday, with nominations open from 7.45am.
Nathan Johansen during the 2016/2017 Geraldton Tri Club season. The new campaign kicks off this Sunday.