Triathletes channel animal instincts at Caloundra
WILD animals will run rife at the Caloundra on Sunday morning.
A massive contingent from Caloundra Tri Club, renowned for their zoo-inspired nicknames, will dominate their local event.
Nearly 50 members will toe the line for round six of the Queensland Triathlon Series, encompassing a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km at Golden Beach.
There were so many competitors from Caloundra that organisers have given them a separate wave start time.
"The club was in a financial position to give back to the members, by way of a subsidised entry into the race,” club president Sean 'Yak' Lever said.
"We recognise that one of the biggest barriers to competing is the cost of entry. By providing discounted entries we hoped to get more people involved in our local tri. The response has been really positive, with near 50 per cent of the current member base signing up.”
During recent months there has been record attendance at regular swim, bike and run training sessions.
There has been plenty of banter within the club leading up to the showdown.
Showing some speed recently have been Rowan 'Peacock' Creed and Damien 'Flamingo' May in the men, while former elite competitor Ang 'Gator' Castle will be hard to beat.
"There is a real buzz around the club having its own wave,” Lever said.
Sunday's hit-out will be a warm-up for many club members who are preparing to tackle the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run of Challenge Wanaka at New Zealand. President Lever will be among them, along with Rick 'Crow' Shambrook, Carlee 'Duck' Driscoll and Brena 'Loris' Hunter.
Those tackling the half distance event include Robyn 'Fruit Bat' Lever, Pam 'Goose' Hodgson, Toni 'Starfish' Rowston, Sam 'Toucan' Cooke, Nic 'Snail' Love and Shane 'Penguin' Copp.
The club which caters for adults only, provides a relaxed training environment, with an emphasis on the social side that training and racing together develops. All sessions are free except for swim squads which are also subsidised.
Anyone interested in joining the Caloundra Triathlon Club should visit their website www.caloundratriathlonclub.com.au or catch up at CTC club tent at this weekend's triathlon.