Trio serves up thriller season start
WHEN athletes the calibre of Ben Wreide, Scott Lawton and Fin Turley are competing you can expect a few fireworks.
That was exactly what happened as the new season of the Tucker's Cycle Inn Triathlon opened at Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon at the weekend.
Fighting it out in the men's open long-course event, there was little between the three of them.
Organiser for the event Wayne Clifford said even he was surprised 110 competitors turned out for the season opener.
However, it was the men's race that really got the season under way.
Clifford said in perfect conditions, Wreide and Turley were neck-and-neck in the swim leaving Lawton trailing by 80 seconds.
Lawton wasn't out of the race though as he put together a stunning leg on the bike to pull back to just 10 seconds between the three.
Even when Wreide pulled away in the five kilometre run, Lawton was not going to concede defeat.
“Scott pulled back and started to apply the pressure again,” Clifford confirmed.
But try as he did Lawton was never allowed to break through the 10 second barrier between himself and Wreide.
In the end Wreide won by 14 seconds with Turley just 32 seconds further back.
Clifford said the event was made just a little more interesting with the nomination of overseas competitors from the World Triathlon the previous week.
Roonan Foolkes, who represented Ireland, was seventh in the men's long course while a representative of the South African team was also competing during the Yeppoon event.
The women's long course was won comfortably by Jayne Moyle who cleared out to a big lead to beat Cristina Caperchione home by over seven minutes.