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Courtney Atkinson and Caroline Steffen win 2010 Noosa Triathlon

Courtney Atkinson has proved he is the new King of Noosa, comprehensively beating come back kid Craig Walton at Noosa today. Walton was unable to produce his usual dominant bike/run performance, exiting the water only slightly ahead of Atkinson. The lead men quickly formed into a pack on the bike (which included Kiwi Kris Gemmell and Paul Ambrose) with no one able to establish a clear breakaway.

Courtney Atkinson and Craig Walton prepare for battle in 2010 Noosa Triathlon

Athletes will shortly start arriving in Noosa for Australia’s most popular Triathlon and Multi Sport Festival. Starting from humble beginnings in 1983, the very first Noosa Triathlon attracted only 180 competitors, helmets were optional, wetsuits were banned and cyclists got lost on the course. In the following 28 years the event has developed into the world’s second largest Olympic Distance Triathlon, behind London Triathlon, and the southern hemispheres largest Multi Sport Festival.

Craig Walton to race Noosa Triathlon one more time.

Four time Australian Champion Craig Walton has announced he will make a return to the sport after a three year retirement. The Tasmanian, who is regarded by many as the best non drafting triathlete to ever grace the sport, will return to racing in pursuit of a record seventh Noosa Triathlon title next month.
Walton, who now lives on the Gold Coast, is the only man to have won the Noosa event six times, and is now eight weeks into his comeback for the event. Walton said, “I love Noosa, the fans and the course, it suits me, and I can’t wait.”