Triathletes double up for Roma contest
Endurance athletes given double dose
TRIATHLON: With the curtains closing on a jam-packed endurance season, the Royal on 99 Roma Triathlon was set to test competitors for one last time, as a back to back triathlon threw up a stern test for even the most hardiest of athletes.
With every other triathlon on the calender featuring a single-day event, the Roma triathlon has a race on the Saturday afternoon, followed by a Sunday morning meet, giving competitors about 12 hours to recover.
Dominic Churchett, from Toowoomba, completed the double, finishing first in both individual sprint races ahead of Jaime Cascajares and Craig Stevens in third.
It was a similar story for the women’s event, with Ellie Randall winning both races.
Mick Gray, of the Maranoa Triathlon Club, said this year’s registrations were well up on 2017, paving the way for a successful meet.
“We’ve seen participation increase around 50 per cent on last year and we’re also seeing a lot of locals having a go for the first time,” Gray said.
“The double format is unique in that we compete over the sprint distance on Saturday afternoon in the heat of the day and back up again and do the same race again Sunday morning.
“The athletes have to back up just a few hours later but they’re also facing different conditions as it was 31 degrees on Saturday and on Sunday morning, it was still at about 15 degrees.
“We wanted to offer something a bit different to entice people from other areas and clubs to come and stay in town and help out the local economy.”
The double format is unique — Mick Gray
TRI-HARDS: Thomas York, from Roma, coming home in 13th place on the Sunday morning leg of the Roma Triathlon.