The Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series is kick-starting 2014 with their second and final sprint distance event of the season. Round 5 will be coming home to Robina in the heart of the Gold Coast this Sunday, 12th of January.
With cooler weather forecasted for the Gold Coast this weekend, racing conditions are expected to be ideal. This is in contrast to the historically scorching weather that participants usually brave at the Robina event. With an extended Enticer distance as well, participants should look forward to the relief from the heat and expect to produce faster race times.
Gatorade QTS regulars, Matt Brown, Nick Hull and Sam Betten, have all registered to race in the Men’s Open field and Elites, Mitch Kealey, Drew Box and Dan Wilson will also be taking on the sprint distance event. With so many impressive competitors already booked in, it will be interesting to see who battles their way to top place on the podium.
Gatorade QTS is also excited to announce that Olympian, Emma Jackson, will be returning to toe the line this weekend. After winning Round 4 at Raby Bay in December, Jackson will be looking to walk away from Robina with back-to-back victories. Annelise Jefferies and Courtney Gilfillan are among those who will be looking to challenge Jackson and prevent her walking away with the spoils. Jefferies claimed third place at Round 4 and Gilfillan proved herself to be a strong competitor in the 2012-2013 series.
Spaces are still available for this weekend’s event with veterans and beginners alike encouraged to join in the fun. The Gatorade QTS distance (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run) is recommended for the more experienced triathlete and the Enticer distance (300m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run) is suggested for newcomers. The Gromet Sports Gear Kool Kids Tri (100m swim, 2km cycle and 400m run) is a great way to get the kids involved in the fun as well.
Standard online entries are available via the event website at www.qldtriseries.com.au until 6pm on Wednesday evening. Late entries will be accepted online until noon on Friday and onsite Saturday from 2:30-4:30pm and Sunday from 5:15-6:15am.