STAR STUDDED LINE UP FOR WA STATE SPRINT TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Olympic triathlete Ryan Bailie headlines an eye-catching field at the Triathlon WA State Sprint Championships this Sunday at Whitfords Nodes Park in Hillarys. Presented by XTR Multisports, The City of Joondalup Coastal Classic sees over 600 triathletes take on the swim, bike, run format.
Elite and age group athletes of all abilities cover the 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5km run course in a bid to claim the WA State title over the short distance. Both the Open Men’s and Women’s event promise to deliver fast paced racing with experienced professionals taking on some of WA’s most talented juniors.
The Open Men’s field has 2016 Rio Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Ryan Bailie back racing in his home state. Aiming for a spot on the Australian team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Bailie is training in Perth over summer and ready to test himself:
“I am looking forward to racing here at home in WA, and especially Hillarys where I last raced in 2016. It has been a slow build up back to fitness after taking some down time after racing in Noosa early November. This race will be a good marker to see where my fitness level is currently at.”
Fresh off a second place at IRONMAN Western Australia and qualifying for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships, Matt Burton is swapping the long-distance endurance racing for the sprint distance this weekend. He will be racing alongside training partner Luke Durbridge in the battle with WA triathlon’s stars of the future.
Professional cyclist Durbridge, who rides for UCI World Tour team Mitchelton-Scott, is the current National Time Trial Champion on the road and former World Champion on the track. On Sunday, he has the chance to show the crowd that his nickname “Turbo Durbo” does not only reflect his skills on two wheels, but also on the swim and run.
The seasoned pro’s will face competition of current WA Triathlete of the Year Series leader Nick Thompson. The 19-year-old from Perth won the State Duathlon Championship in October 2019 and aims to keep the series lead with a win on Sunday.
David Bryant is currently vying for a position in the Australian Paralympic Team for Toyko 2020. Coming off a successful twelve month period in which he won his first Paratriathlon World Cup (PTS5) and the Paratriathlon National Championships (PTS5), Bryant currently ranks 17th in the International Triathlon Union World Rankings (PTS5).
The Open Women’s category shapes up to be a battle between the junior athletes. Madison Toovey won the 2018/’19 WA Triathlete of the Year award in the 14-15 year age group and has taken the challenge to step up to the Open category this season. Toovey won the School Sports National Championships earlier this year and placed second at the Triathlon Australia National Youth Championships.
Amongst her competition is 17-year-old Taylor Kroyer, who recently returned to racing after a two month break from triathlon. After taking the win at the Exceed Super Sprint last weekend, Kroyer targets to continue her winning ways on Sunday.
Also on the startline is Cassia Boglio. Boglio has spent the last twelve months racing domestically and internationally and is expected to use this racing experience to the fullest this weekend.
The City of Joondalup Coast Quest starts from 7am on Sunday 15 December at Whitfords Nodes Park, Hillarys.
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