WITH temperatures in the high 20s, more than 180 participants took to the surf, the road and their bikes as they competed in the annual Bridport Triathlon.
Launceston Triathlon Club president Paul Ranson said it was a successful event with not only more participants than last year but also a large crowd of spectators watching and urging competitors on in the three disciplines.
“We were really pleased with the participation in this year’s event and hope to continue building on that,” Mr Ranson said.
Kicking off at 8am was the Olympic Race with 60 competitors and featuring a 1500-metre swim 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run.
James Hodge, of Launceston, took out the men’s event comfortably making it a back-to-back win for the up-and-coming triathlon star.
Paul McKenzie, of Launceston, came in second followed by Hayden Armstrong, of Hobart, in third.
The women’s event was won by Holly Claridge, of Launceston, from Amy Hinds, of Beauty Point, and Melissa Clark, of Launceston.
The sprint race saw more than 100 competitors tackle a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and 5-kilometre run.
In the men’s race it was a close win for Jonathon Butler, of Launceston, who narrowly beat the North-West’s Fraser Lyon and David Cripps, of Launceston.
In the women’s sprint, Launceston’s Kate Pedley beat home Sarah Fitzgerald and Jenny Gillard, both of Hobart.
The Trystars race for children aged 7-12 included a 100-metre swim and a 1-kilometre run.
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