Tri-port proves too much for some
MELBOURNE athlete Matt Bailey learned the hard way just how tough the Tri-Port half-iron distance triathlon is on Saturday when he collapsed while holding a commanding lead on the race.
Bailey was more than 10 minutes in front on the run leg when he succumbed to the conditions and required medical intervention.
His withdrawal enabled Townsville’s Jarrod Owen a clear run to the line in first place, completing the gruelling 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1km run in 4hr51min30sec.
Port Douglas’ Nick Carling upstaged many more fancied competitors to finish second just ahead of Sue Crowe from Cairns, the first woman home.
A record field of more than 200 competitors took part in the Tri-Port, which included an Olympic distance event, an enticer super sprint and an aquathon.
Other local athletes to perform well in the main event were Lucy Forbes and James Long (both second in age group) and Al Spence (third in age group).
Around 25 per cent of competitors in the half-iron distance triathlon failed to complete the course, with the last person finishing almost eight hours after the starting gun.
Organiser Guy Besley said the event proved itself as one of the toughest in the country.
“The turnout was huge and the conditions were perfect for tough racing,” he said.
Elite triathlete Leon Griffin has already confirmed he will take his place in the race next year.
ultra-triathlon champ Jarrod Owen
Girl power: Lucy Forbes
Marathon effort: Nick Carling
Setting the pace: Finn Devine-Cameron