Hervey Bay’s Chris Barnes will soon compete at Goondiwindi.
Hervey Bay’s Chris Barnes will soon compete at Goondiwindi.

Fraser Coast ready to race

FOR 15 competitors from the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club, it’s sure to be a day of fun – but it will also test their limits.

Steven and Natasha Schofield, Chris Barnes, Lars Olsen, Carla Thomas, Clarence Wilkins, Hayden Lyons, Scott Farrell, Matt Thompson, Kimberly Watkins and Ross Banbury will be among the Fraser Coast competitors who will take part in the Goondiwindi Hell of the West triathlon on January 31.

It is a half-Ironman event and for several competitors it will be the first time they have attempted the distances.

A 2km swim will kick off the event, consisting of a 1km swim upstream and then a 1km swim downstream in the MacIntyre River.

The swim will start and finish at the town boat ramp. The river has a minimal current.

The 80km cycle leg is definitely the most testing part of the race and takes place along a 40km stretch of “dead flat” road along the Barwon Highway.

While the road surface is reasonable, care and caution is needed over some stretches.

The 20km run consists of three loops heading towards the western edge of the town.

Aid stations are placed every kilometre along the stretch of road.

Registration will be held on January 30.



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