Scott Lawton and Kelly Spottiswood, pictured with Leah Cheal, will be favoured to do well in tomorrow’s triathlon at Mercure Capricorn Resort.
Scott Lawton and Kelly Spottiswood, pictured with Leah Cheal, will be favoured to do well in tomorrow’s triathlon at Mercure Capricorn Resort. File

Triathletes in for testing time

ATHLETES are set to have their fix of running, cycling and swimming at this weekend's fifth round of the 2011-12 Frenchville Frogs Tuckers Cycle Inn Series.

More than 120 of Central Queensland's sporting stars are set to attend this weekend's triathlon at the Mercure Capricorn Resort.

Event president Wayne Clifford said this weekend's conditions would test the athlete's ability, especially in the swim leg.

"It's going to be rough out there and safety is paramount," he said.

"At this stage the event will still be going ahead, with surf lifesavers giving us the tick of approval."

A gruelling 750m beach swim in tomorrow's windy conditions will make up the first part of the race, followed by a 24km ride and a 5km run.

"It is the first race for the calendar year with the new triangular swim course, which competitors will have to swim twice around," Clifford said.

"The end result will truly depend on the ability and personal strengths of the athletes.

"It's going to be a tough day out there.

"I'm glad I'm not doing it," she said.

Leading competitors will be out to deny others from earning any points in order to claim the top position at the end of the series.

"Ronan Fookes is the current race leader for the men's, winning the last round at Tannum Sands," Clifford said.

"Scott Lawton, 40, is also a huge competitor, being by far the best park racer."

In the women's competition, last year's series winner, Kelly Spottiswood, is the one to watch.

"She is the clear leader and favourite of the women's and is also Scott's (Lawson's) partner, which makes them the dynamic duo," Clifford said.

"Leanne Helberg is pretty quick and Emma Balderson is definitely coming in close to the top."

However, the triathlon series isn't all about the competition, but instead urging the community to get outside and be active.

"While we have the elite group, that's not what it is all about," Clifford said.

"We are giving others the avenue to improve their fitness levels, with some competitors racing for themselves and not to win."

In the morning, junior athletes will compete in their modified version of the course.

The triathlon will begin at 7am tomorrow, with registration opening at 6am.



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