Athletes were treated to almost perfect conditions today for the race affectionately known to locals as “Kurnell worlds”.
The first race of the series generally doesn’t sell out early, but this year race number one was a qualifier for the worlds in Chicago 2015 so the numbers were up and some serious talent had travelled from far afield to get some valuable points in NSW only qualifier.
Some broke out all the toys to gain an edge.
Despite some recent big seas and rideable waves being spotted adjacent to the swim course the waters were flat and provided the nervous and slightly impatient athletes with plenty of room in the swim.
Swim start delays had athletes nervously waiting
Despite recent storms swim conditions were good.
The speedhump does its job all to well bringing one competitor to a sudden stop
The speed hump on exiting the park claimed two victims today, both coming down hard and making a horrendous noise on impact, the one that makes spectators go “Ooooooowwwww!” but one hearty soul whom I helped on his way (after getting a gratuitous picture) continued on to finish after travelling form interstate for this event.
TNSW also need to seriously look at their “Lead Vehicle” as it was more by the lead rider’s skills than good management that potential disaster was avoided between these two on two separate occasions that we witnessed.
Bodyboarders catch a few waves just off the side of the swim course
IronJimbo having a good day out.
The event was taken out by Sam Douglas for the males and Natalie Van Coevorden on the female side and Mick Maroney again finished in the top ten overall, not bad for an old bloke!
FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
As a local of the area I’m acutely aware of the occasional friction between locals and this race and todays delayed race start meant bikes were on the rad later than they usually are and local social media pages are already commenting on the behaviour of some cyclists (complete with video footage) and no doubt TNSW will be fielding some emails when the office opens tomorrow morning. Let’s hope a few bad eggs don’t spoil it for the rest of us.
See you at Race 2.