Ronan Turley won his first triathlon of the season
WITH a glance over his shoulder, Ronan Turley stepped up a gear.
Billed as the battle of the boys, round two of the 2013-14 Frenchville Frogs Tucker's Cycle Inn triathlon series lived up to expectations.
Young guns Turley, 16, and Liam Smith, 15, went toe-to-toe for the majority of the 750m swim, 24km bike ride and 5km run at Mercure Capricorn Resort yesterday before Turley delivered the killer blow during the run leg to win his first race of the season.
"I saw him struggling on about the third lap, so I just put a kick in and left him for dead," said Turley, who moved from New Zealand to Australian as a 10-year-old.
"He was sitting right on my shoulder and I could hear him breathing really heavily on about the second lap and then on that third lap he was a bit farther back.
"I turned around and saw his facial expressions and just kicked and I knew that was it."
Smith's twin sister Jacqueline continued her winning form in the women's triathlon, notching up consecutive wins to start the season.
A class above her competitors, Jacqueline was an easy winner.
She finished nearly six minutes ahead of second placegetter Natalie Koehler.
In perfect conditions, Turley and Smith departed the ocean after the swim leg side-by-side, ahead of a field of 132.
"As expected the two young guns, Ronan Turley and Liam Smith led out of the water, they entered and exited transition together - nothing could separate them early on," race organiser Wayne Clifford said.
While Turley and Smith shared the lead earlier, eventual third placegetter Stephen Stone sat 90 seconds behind the pair heading into the bike leg.
It was there that Stone made his move, clawing back the margin to 30 seconds during the bike leg heading into the final transition.
Still side by side, Turley made his move at the 3km mark of the run and Clifford said Smith couldn't stick with him.
"It was a really good race tactically by him (Turley)," Clifford said.
"He ran very well. He put the pedal down at the right time and broke him (Smith)."
Smith held off a late challenge from Stone, crossing the finish line ahead of Stone.
Turley said the conditions were "pristine" and Clifford said he couldn't have asked for a better day to race.
"The conditions were perfect; I couldn't have been happier with how it all went," he said.
Triathletes head to Tannum Sands for the third race of the season on December 15.
Tucker's Cycle Inn Triathlon Series
ROUND 2 WINNERS
Men: Ronan Turley
Women: Jacqueline Smith
Team: Cerial Killers
Men: Rigardt Krugar
Women: Victoria Gillies
Team: 50 Shades of
Men's long: Clinton Hebbard
Women's long: Kathryn Austin
Men's short: Roger McCutchan
Women's short: Danielle Odorico