NSW's Aaron Royle has made it three Noosa Triathlon wins from four starts but the Rio Olympian admitted he was literally running on empty when he hit the finish line only metres ahead of a charging Max Neumann.
Defending champion Ashleigh Gentle continues to write herself into the history of the Noosa Triathlon notching up her sixth overall win at the iconic Sunshine Coast event, equalling the record of legend Craig Walton
Gentle used her sensational foot speed to wrestle the lead from the trio of Natalie van Coevorden, Annabel Luxford and Radka Kahlefeldt, to extended her run of consecutive Noosa wins to five.
NSW's Natalie van Coevorden has book ended her season with another intense sprint finish, this time holding out Radka Kahlefeldt my millimetres in a desperate dash for the line.
“The sprint finish in Abu Dhabi has set the tone for the rest of the year. It is an exciting way to end the race and it adds a bit of tension to the back end. I have had a really good year training with Ash we have really pushed each other to get the most out of what we’ve got. This is a key race and one day I would like to come back and get that top spot,” Natalie said.
8,300 triathlete, made up of the elite and age group fields, competed across the iconic Olympic distance format in Noosa, Queensland.
1 Ashleigh Gentle 02:00:48 00:22:03 01:00:14 00:35:14
2 Natalie Van Coevorden 02:01:38 00:20:51 01:00:53 00:36:37
3 Radka Kahlefeldt 02:01:38 00:21:00 01:00:39 00:36:41
1 Aaron Royle 01:48:51 00:18:16 00:54:30 00:33:01
2 Max Neumann 01:48:54 00:19:05 00:54:42 00:32:10
3 Ryan Bailie 01:49:05 00:19:04 00:54:35 00:32:32
Read the full elite Noosa Triathlon elite race report.