Raby Bay is set to play host to a full house of rising young stars at Race 6 of the Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series this Sunday. This will mark the last race before the Grand Final of the series due to be held on the Gold Coast Tri “Luke Harrop Memorial on May 1, 2011.
Race 6 will be held over the super sprint distance format (400m swim, 15km cycle, 4km run) and once again the Series is proving to be increasingly popular and a great platform for unveiling new talent in our junior ranks.
The men’s field will be hotly contested with Bryce McMaster, current male series leader, battling it out with local hot shot and 2009/2010 series winner, Ben Holland.
Brisbane’s McMaster is no stranger to the field, finishing second overall in the 2009/2010 series, proving that he is on his way to becoming Australia’s next big thing in triathlon and the man to watch.
After winning round one at Raby Bay, McMaster will be keen to atone for his fifth place on this course in round three when he came to grief in the wet conditions on the bike leg while in the lead group.
Ben Holland will be eager to challenge McMaster in this short distance event, and will no doubt be looking to impress his home crowd.
Sunshine Coaster and rising young gun Ben Shaw will also be keen to snare a podium finish on the day.
Shaw came placed 5th in the Open Male Category in round four of the Series at Robina in January 2011.
In the women’s field is one of Brisbane’s emerging young stars and the current female series leader, Maddison Allen.
Allen will come up against Buderim’s Chloe Turner currently, sitting third on the series point score.
19 year old Allen, with such a strong bike/run combination, is going to be tough competition. Allen claimed her first podium of the series in December 2010 and is still tightly gripped to series leadership.
USM EVENTS series coordinator Megan Rossi says come race day there will be plenty of action and new names to keep an eye on.
“In order to progress these athletes need to establish themselves over the summer through the constant high level competition the Queensland Triathlon Series provides,” Ms Rossi said..
The Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series is not all about the Open competitor’s, the series caters for all levels of entrants and offers two distances for competitors aged 13 to 80+ and one for kids.
With categories like Mates Wave, Clydesdales, First Timers as part of The Courier-Mail Kool Kids, teams and the Enticer distance for newcomers it is little wonder this sport has taken off, giving everyone a chance to experience the thrill of this swim, bike and run phenomenon.
So tell a friend about triathlon or entice them down to watch you compete “they may just end up getting the bug.
Race 6 Distances:
QTS 400m swim |15km cycle | 4km run
Enticer 200m swim | 5km cycle | 2km run
The Courier-Mail Kool Kids 100m swim | 2km cycle | 400m run
Harbour Park, Shore St, Cleveland
7 Races… 3 Distances…1 Series Not to Be Missed…