A total of 46 entries took on the 2017 edition of the Anderson Inlet Triathlon was held in perfect racing conditions, flat seas , a moderate tailwind home on the bike , and cool temperatures on the run .After the traffic management failed to show the finish was moved the road back into rainbow park where we used to finish( see the pics on left ) . Seems everyone feels we should move it all back there permanently. The swim was held in flat seas with a raging outgoing current . Some interesting instructions from race director turned the swim into a mini lottery but certainly kept the leaders close together at the start of the bike leg . Martin Bando had a handy lead out of the water but was soon hauled in by the race leaders Matt Sullivan , Brett Franklin and Dennis Neal. Brett Franklin took the lead on the bike and was well ahead when he reached transition . With a sub 19 minute run time he finished more than 2 minutes ahead. Dennis Neal had closed the gap to Matt Sullivan on the bike to only a matter of seconds . Matt was too quick form him, in the run and finished second with Dennis in third. The ever improving Barracuda Daomien King was in fourth with new member Trent Hamilton in 5 th in his first local triathlon.
In the women’s event , former winner Hilary Myer was too strong for local Barracuda Kara Landells with Debbi Mahon in third. Making a spur of the moment decision today to enter a triathlon Team McINtyres were well ahead the other team swhich were made of from the Phillip Island Turtles !
Presentations were held on the deck neighbouring the Beach Box Cafe , with fruit and Pizza provided post race .
We would like to thank our sponsors Alex Scott , Wheelheat , Beach Box Cafe , Voyage Fitness all our volunteers ,Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club for water safety and first aid , coastal cruizers for transition , run marshals from Wonthaggi Road Runners and Tomato Timing . Also a sterling effort by club treasurer Jenny Hollins , who at the last minute volunteered for the bike turnaround and Gavin Slavin for all his organisational skills and quick thinking on the day to make sure we had a race.
See you all at Cape Paterson for the Dune2Dune Triathlons on New Years Eve which will give you all a reason to party hard . Entries are open.