AUSTRALIAN triathlete Matt Hauser was narrowly beaten in the Hervey Bay Triathlon's final race of the season.
In perfect conditions yesterday morning, athletes competed in the gruelling event.
Hervey Bay Triathlon Club publicity officer Ron Morgan said the race was a great way to round out their season.
"We had 110 individuals - we normally get 90 to 100, it was a bit of a surprise," he said.
"Conditions were absolutely perfect.
"There was no wind on the bike, the run was not too hot and the water was cool but not cold.
"If you wanted to design a day for a triathlon, today's (Sunday) the day you would choose."
Morgan also praised the quality of competitors and the excitement of the finish.
"Matt Hauser got pipped at the post by Tayte Dixon," Morgan said.
The event rounds out the triathlon season for the Hervey Bay club.
With the water becoming cooler the swim leg will be dropped and a duathlon will be held on June 21.
But the most gruelling triathlon on the Fraser Coast is yet to come.
Organisers for the Olympic distance Tri Fraser Coast will visit the region this week.
The May 17 triathlon features a taxing 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
Steven Schofield was the season's overall winner
First: Brandi Alberts
Second: Amie Munson
First: Tayte Dixon
Second: Matt Hauser