Great turnout for annual triathlon
MORE than 100 individual competitors and 25 teams lined up on the beach for the Airlie Beach Triathlon on Sunday morning.
The field of elite athletes was diverse with the youngest competitor 14-year-old Lloyd ClodeRoberts from Airlie Beach taking on all age groups right up to 71-year-old George Osborne from Hamilton Island.
In a day for the record books all round, the swelling ranks of competitors marked an impressive turn out of Whitsunday Triathlon Club members, some experienced performers and others taking on the Airlie Beach race for the first time.
The stage was set and the weather was perfect as the first swimmers hit the water in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.
Broadwater Avenue car park was converted into a massive transition area for more than $600,000 worth of carbon fibre race bikes waiting for their owners exiting from the 750m swim leg.
Race director Janelle Eastwood said the total of 214 competitors in the triathlon was a huge increase on the past three years. She said more than 80 competitors were from out of town which was a great boost for Airlie Beach.
With the exceptional strength of the competition in this year’s field, local triathletes found podium spots hard to come by but performed well in team divisions.
The new enticer triathlon (300km swim, 10km cycle, 2.5km run) also proved popular for local competitors with a number of athletes coming away with podium finishes in their respective age groups.
CYCLING AHEAD: Cannonvale resident Martin Gartrell was cycling hard along Shute Harbour Road while competing in the Airlie Beach Triathlon on Sunday morning.
HOME STRAIGHT: Airlie Beach local Lloyd Clode-Roberts was the youngest competitor at the age of 14 in the Airlie Beach Triathlon taking out 14th place out of 107 competitors.