A small contingent from the Byron Tri Club competed in the Hervey Bay 100 and came away with podium finishes.
The event consists of a two-kilometre swim, 80km cycle and 18km run. But these distances were just some of the obstacles the team had to overcome.
‘What an epic journey Hervey Bay turned out to be. It’s so hard to get into and usually sells out in seconds. After three failed attempts due to covid and the border closure we finally made it,’ BTC member Deborah Fuller said.
In total, 128 competitors took part and Paivi Hanninen was the pick of the locals, taking third place in the 35–39 age group as well as tenth place overall.
Robyn Knight put in a top performance to earn herself first place in the 60–64 age group, just ahead of Deborah who came in third.
Irvin Evans came in 13th in the 40–44 age group
‘I wasn’t sure if I was going to start as I had been injured, then succumbed to covid, and at the 11th hour had a mechanical failure. It was a miracle that I started, let alone finished it,’ Deborah said.
‘The event is run by a local triathlon club. Next year it is being offered as a World Qualifier for the long course. I feel that this race will be part of our calendar.’
Next weekend the Byron Tri Club heads to the Kingscliff Triathlon which is also the first race of the North Coast Interclub League.