Swim­mers have swell time

Multisport Mecca - - News -

FORE­CAST big swell never even­tu­ated and ocean swim­mers fought out a stun­ning 5km race last month, with Nick Slo­man tak­ing over­all hon­ours at the Mooloolaba Beach Fes­ti­val.

Af­ter round­ing the fi­nal buoy to­gether, Slo­man (50:04.7) pow­ered away from Hayden Cotter with 100m to swim, even­tu­ally stand­ing first and win­ning the sprint to the line by three sec­onds.

In the women’s event, Sun­shine Coast swim­ming sen­sa­tion Chelsea Gubecka got the win in an­other close fin­ish.

De­spite stum­bling af­ter stand­ing in the shal­lows, Gubecka (53:10.5) proved too good by six sec­onds in front of fel­low Coast prod­uct Ka­reena Lee.

Or­gan­is­ers were forced to change the course due to the build­ing swell. The 5km ath­letes un­der­took laps of the Mooloolaba Bay.

The 2.5km swim from Alexandra Head­land to Mooloolaba was switched to start and fin­ish from the Mooloolaba Spit.

Ebony Black­stone won the women’s event (30:31.8), while there was a stun­ning fin­ish in the men’s event with Liam Ryan (28:41.0) edg­ing David McCon­nell (28:42.5), Thomas Ber­gin (28:42.6) and Blair Day (28:45.0) in a sprint for the line.

On the Sun­day, the swell gen­er­ated by ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Gita caused sev­eral course changes, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Mooloolaba Mile.

For the women, a crack­ing race saw a dead heat be­tween Gubecka and Lee (18:43.5). Mikayla Messer com­pleted the podium (18:56.4).

There was a clear win­ner for the men, with Hayden Cotter (17:11.3) vic­to­ri­ous from Michael Sheil (18:39.5) and Liam Ryan (18:49.9).

New cy­cling event

Noosa Clas­sic is the lat­est gran fondo cy­cling event on the cal­en­dar. Sched­uled for Au­gust 26 this year, it will en­com­pass a 160km ($180 pre early bird), 120km ($145 pre early bird) and a 45km ($75 adult $35 chil­dren pre early bird) so­cial op­tion. The Noosa Clas­sic is the third in a suc­cess­ful se­ries of cy­cling clas­sics events hosted by Bi­cy­cling Aus­tralia, fol­low­ing South Aus­tralia’s Clare Clas­sic (April 8) and the mul­ti­ple award win­ning Bowral Clas­sic in the NSW South­ern High­lands on Oc­to­ber 21.

Dy­namic duo

Rob­bie An­drews (6:19:31, pic­tured left) and Tony Bryan (6:49:32) fin­ished the Ot­way Odyssey MTB Marathon last month. The 100km Ot­way Odyssey is re­garded as one of the tough­est MTB marathons in Aus­tralia - in­clud­ing a num­ber of lung bust­ing hills as you climb to the top of the Ot­way Ranges. Both will race the Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sun­day.

Perth per­for­mances

A con­tin­gent of Sun­shine Coast Tri Academy ath­letes raced at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Champs in Perth over the week­end. Romy Wol­s­ten­croft was the best placed, gain­ing a sil­ver in a nail-bit­ing sprint fin­ish. Jake Hynes was 12th, as was Ryan Marsh.

Gold Coast duathlon

Poor wa­ter qual­ity saw the Luke Har­rop Memo­rial Triathlon be­come a duathlon (2.5km run, 20km ride, 5km run). Here were some of the Coast's lead­ing per­form­ers: Romy Wol­s­ten­croft 59:24 first 16-19 fe­male (7:59, 31:38, 17:19). Alice Latham 1:03:41 sec­ond 30-34 fe­male (9:07, 32:11, 20:10). Lucy Bow­den 1:01:50 fourth 25-29 fe­male (8:45, 31:35, 19:10). Matthew Wol­s­ten­croft 57:17 sec­ond 45-49 men (8:34, 29:02, 17:28). Michael Hooper 57:34 fourth 20-24 men (8:02, 29:19, 17:51). Nathan Fitza­k­er­ley 57:36 third 40-44 men (07:57, 29:30, 18:09). Ryan Devlin 57:53 fifth 25-29 men (7:35, 31:32, 16:47). Jor­dan Gover 58:30 fourth 45-49 men (8:18, 29:46, 18:24). Row­land Cook 1:10:26 third 65-69 men (10:15, 34:36, 22:57).


SAND SPEED: Chelsea Gubecka (left) stum­bles af­ter stand­ing in the shal­lows, but still man­aged to get the win six sec­onds in front of Ka­reena Lee.

Duane Can­nell won the 45-49 age di­vi­sion in both the 5km and the Mooloolaba Mile as part of the Mooloolaba Beach Fes­ti­val.

Mecca cover star from our last edi­tion, Miles Tol­lan, fin­ished the 2.5km race in 39:55.1. Troy Thomp­son (left), the sub­ject of our Q&A last edi­tion, fin­ished the 2.5km in 35:36. He fol­lowed that with 24:16.3 in the mile.

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