Great turnout for an­nual triathlon

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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