NOOSA, Australia (October 28, 2013) â€“ The honour roll of the Noosa Triathlon features the names of Australian…
Sam Douglas used his power on the bike to put himself in to a winning position on Sunday to take out the open division of the Noosa Triathlon. Sam was racing his first Olympic distance race of the season and his main goal was to get in to a position to obtain a pro license. Two weeks ago in Forster he won the opening round of the NSW pro tour. In the women's open category Ely Franks also used her strength on the bike to give herself enough of a margin to hold out a faster finishing Kym Jaenke who ran the 10kms two minutes faster than Franks.
As predicted Melissa Rollison was the one to beat in Noosa in the weekend and the current world 70.3 champion did not disappoint. After coming out of the water over 2:40 behind she won by 48 seconds. David Dellows was the surprise winner in the mens after out running the one of the favourites Paul Matthews, James Sear and Clayton Fettell.
One of the strongest fields ever assembled will take on the 29th Noosa Triathlon on Sunday. Courtney Atkinson will be aiming for an historic fourth consecutive win, but will have to overcome world champ Chris McCormack and Paul Matthews, as well as other quality athletes such as Luke McKenzie, Brendon Sexton, Paul Ambrose, Clayton Fettell, Joey Lampe and Mitch Robins to achieve this goal.
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.
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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.
With the demand for entries to the Noosa triathlon far outstripping supply USM Events has decided on a new ballot system. This new system will ease the pressure on triathletes to be entering at 9am on a set day or miss out. In addition USM Events has worked with the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government to significantly increase the transition area and therefore race entry numbers.
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, â€œI love Noosa, the fans and the course, it suits me, and I can't wait.â€
Showing his sense of humour Paralympian Michael Milton says the running leg of the Noosa Triathlon is likely to be his weakest when he announced he will compete in the prestigious annual event as part of a fund-raising drive to raise money for cancer research. He's been focussing on running which he does on one leg and a pair of custom-built carbon crutches.
Such was the demand for places at the 28th Noosa Triathlon that the server crashed when the site opened for entries, leaving thousands frustrated. USM believes it has now resolved the issues and set a new date for entries opening.