2013 women’s runner-up Ashleigh Gentle, buoyed by recent wins at Nepean and Beijing, will enter the race as an un-backable favourite following the withdrawal of defending champion Emma Moffatt who has failed to overcome a calf strain.
Gentle becomes the red hot favourite in the women’s race over two-time IRONMAN 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt, who was third last year.
“I am really happy with my win in Nepean and I am certainly hoping to come away from Noosa with a positive result,” Gentle said. “To win at Noosa means a great deal, it’s an iconic event that is cherished by many Australian triathletes, especially us Queenslanders.”
There are also some outstanding endurance triathletes in the field including Czech Republic star Radka Vodickova, a wire to wire winner at IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie, IRONMAN Asia Pacific champion Caroline Steffen and reigning back to back IRONMAN Cairns champion, Australian Liz Blatchford.