Mooloolaba back on the elite agenda
SOME of the world’s best triathletes are expected to return to Mooloolaba next March after a change in format.
This year’s event saw one of the weakest elite fields since ITU races have been staged at Mooloolaba – attributed to a post-Olympics hangover and the impeding launch of Super League.
Returning to sprint distance (750 swim/20km ride/5km run) from Olympic (1.5km/40km/10km) next year, along with the Commonwealth Games being staged less than a month later, Mooloolaba is poised to reap the rewards.
“With the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games so close together, the Sunshine Coast will be the home base of many international and Commonwealth athletes chasing their dreams,” Ironman Oceania managing director Dave Beeche said.
“The outstanding local training facilities and the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup race will play an important part of their final preparation. With the sport’s greatest names in town both the men’s and women’s field will be super strong and the shorter, quicker and more intense sprint format will guarantee local triathlon fans will be treated to some of the best racing on the planet.”
Among those expected to race will be Australian Commonwealth Games gold medal hopefuls Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle.
The amateur age group and open Olympic distance events will be staged as normal on the Sunday, March 11.
It’s hoped a change in format and the timing with the Commonwealth Games will again lure big guns like Javier Gomez back to the Mooloolaba Triathlon ITU elite event.