Titles reward for tough stuff
QUEENSLAND athletes lined up on the Sunshine Coast for the final race of the Nissan State Series and the Cross Triathlon State Championships at TreX Cross Triathlon.
Athletes swapped the road bike for some heavier gear to handle the undulating terrain offered by the rainforest trails of Beerwah State Forest.
Locals went head-to-head with professionals Courtney Atkinson and Benny Allen at the last of four opportunities to qualify for the 2016 Age Group Cross Triathlon World Championships, coming to the Snowy Mountains in November this year.
The atmosphere of TreX is unlike any other with a casual and relaxed vibe mixed with a hint of friendly repartee. Athletes went into the race cool and collected ready to tackle the 1.5km dam swim, 30km trail ride and 10.5km dirty trail run – this truly is an off road adventure that takes some grit to win.
Sunny Coast females cleaned up on home soil with state championship titles for Sunshine Coast Tri Academy’s Finnlea Barlow and Noosa Tri Club’s Majayha Hamblin, Chloe McLennan and Kim Beckinsale. Coolum Tri Club’s Josh Campton also took top spot on the podium to go home with a state championship title.
Congratulations to the 2016 Queensland Cross Triathlon State Champions:
■ 7-9: Fletcher Medway, Finnlea Barlow.
■ 10-11: Jackson Medway, Majayha Hamblin.
■ 12-13: Harry King, Chloe McLennan. ■ 14-15: Callum Kingston, Amy Mitchell.
■ 16-17: Dean Cane, Georgia Silvestri.
■ 18-19: Hanna Brennan.
■ 20-24: Maddison Andrews.
■ 25-29: Josh Campton, KellyAnne Speight.
■ 30-34: George Tamblyn, Leela Hancox.
■ 35-39: Justin Whitley, Nina Wright.
■ 40-44: Scott Green, Yoko Okuda.
■ 45-49: Guy Andrews, Kim Beckinsale.
■ 50-54: Mark Bristow, Amanda Richards.
■ 55-59: John Rafter, Jennifer Strack.
■ 60-64: Robert Rhodes.
Time to try
Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon comes to the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, May 29, at Sunshine Coast Stadium for the final event of 2016.
Young TRYathletes will love the Olympic-size pool at Kawana Aquatic Centre before cycling along Sportsman Parade and running through Stockland Park.
Triathlon Queensland is looking for kids to join its media team for Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. If you love writing stories or taking photographs then this is the perfect opportunity for you.
It’s easy to apply, all you have to do is choose one of the article topics and submit your story. There are heaps of topics to choose from including “How do I train?” and “Why I love triathlon”, and you could even interview one of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon TRY Heroes.
Visit www.triathlonqld.com.au for all the details and conditions.
Finnlea Barlow in the lead during the off-road triathlon.
Getting ready to race at the TreX triathlon.