Turley keen to go the distance
RONAN Turley sent an ominous warning to his Frenchville Frogs Triathlon rivals last round when he described his performance as a training run.
Turley, 16, will head the line-up in Sunday's Race 7 of the Boyne Smelter Race Series at Mercure Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, despite some competitors being away at the Subaru Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival.
He will look to go one better after placing second in the men's 5km run, 24km bike ride and 2km run duathlon in his last outing.
Organiser Wayne Clifford said Turley and Liam Smith would go head-to-head in the triathlon long course, in the absence of Race 5 winner Rob Dendle.
"The men's will come down to those two (Turley and Smith)," Clifford said.
"They both missed out on state titles after Cyclone Marcia, so they'll be raring to go."
Meanwhile in the women's triathlon, 17-year-old Jacqueline Smith will start as favourite after finishing with a time of 1:19:38 in Race 5.
Smith has claimed five from five already this series.
"She will be the clear favourite in the women's and is showing no signs of slowing down," Clifford said.
"Issy Chisholm improves with every race, just falling short of Jacqui's lead."
Gracie Wellspring, 15, is looking to blitz her older counterparts and take home her first long-course win after dominating the short-course series in the opening rounds.
Clifford said the tidal predictions ensured it would be safe to swim this weekend, despite Tropical Cyclone Nathan intensifying up north.
FRENCHVILLE FROGS TRIATHLON
Race 7 of the Boyne Smelter Race Series, Sunday, 7am
Long Course 750m swim, 24km ride, 5km run
Short Course 375m swim, 14km ride, 2km run