The morning dawned cooler than many expected at Nepean for the annual running of Australia’s oldest triathlon. The Nepean Triathlon has been in existence since 1982 and shows no signs of expiring any time soon thanks to sell out age group entries and a prize purse of over $75k for the professional athletes.
The pro race is run as a handicap with the female athletes setting of just shy of 10 minutes before the males and with the carrot of an extra $2000 for first athlete over the line it was sure to be hotly contested.
The lead females Ashleigh Gentle and Emma Moffatt held a lead of four and a half minutes over the males coming off the bike and in the first 5k Aaron Royle was only able to shave another minute off that which left Gentle and Moffatt to fight it out for what would be the $16k combined first place prize. Unfortunately Gentle had a bout of vertigo at the start of the second lap and while bravely continuing on to hold 2nd place allowed Moffatt to get away and cross the line first with Natalie Van Coevorden rounding out the top 3 females.
Aaron Royle, while not catching the females, put on a masterful display leading from start to finish but coming home with a slight injury to his calf. Jacob Birtwhistle and Ryan Fisher rounded out the top 3 males.
The lead females exiting the water.
Aaron Royle with daylight second.
Gentle looking comfortable on lap one of the run.
Royle took it out quickly to see if he could close the gap but to no avail.
Moffatt gets a solid win and a decent pay day.
Despite her vertigo incident Gentle finished just 1.20 down on Moffatt
Royle lead from start to finish in a superb solo display to win the mens race.
Birtwhistle finished strongly in second place
Then it was the age groupers turn to grace the finish line of Australia’s oldest triathlon and try and get finished before the western Sydney heat made the conditions any tougher.
No excuses for a wayward swim here....... although many still managed it.
The run to T1
We were entertained by the dulcet tones of Matty Harris fresh back from Kona. (No flies on you Matty!!)
Then came the Trannys led by the newly christened Iron Slimbo
Thanks to all that came and said Hello and grabbed a stubby holder or two, apologies to those I missed, catch you next time.