No Stone Unturned in Nelson Bay
The Tomaree Triathlon Club have left no stone unturned as they delivered a first time Billigence Pathway Championship Series Round in the heart of Port Stephens pristine waters on the Nelson Bay Foreshore. The setting was simply outstanding – a true destination location with perfect conditions on the day.
The event saw 80 Pathway Athletes racing along a closed circuit on Victoria Parade in a draft legal format. Athletes raced twice throughout the day, the first race was a triathlon heat, and the second race was a triathlon final. The finals were seeded with the fastest athletes of the day placed in the A Final. There was also a junior non drafting event, and the Tomaree Triathlon Club held a club event prior to the pathway races with over forty participants trying the new location.
The bike leg of the race had technical elements with each lap consisting of 2 two “Hot Dog” dogs a small hill and a fast descent with a sweeping off camber left hand turn. There was also a speed hump to keep the athletes on their toes. Skill development is a huge part of what the Junior Development Pathway emphasises – with races like these showing how successful that component of the pathway is and how important skills are for this stye of racing.
Athletes, coaches and parents alike were impressed with the location of the race and the smooth operations from the club with much commentary around hopes that the race will be at the same location for the next series.
Robyn Low-Hart, Pathway Lead Triathlon NSW said “What a fantastic location and great opportunity made available to the Pathway Athletes. A sincere thank you to the club for hosting the event - Dean, Cal, Terry, Sophie, Mick and Neil. A professionally run event and every request was considered. Andrew Tong and Martin Kapr did a great job with the timing making the final allocation an easy task. A huge thank you to the ongoing support from Jana and Michael Kapr at Billigence for making these racing opportunities a possibility”.
All the ladders have now been updated after the third round and can be seen here: Triathlon NSW (@triathlonnsw) • Instagram photos and videos
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