A long, long, long, LONG way west of Sydney is Penrith. Some may argue this is more like Eastern Perth than Western Sydney but regardless of its geography, it is a well known triathlon hub with a lot of history with the sport. On Sunday 25 October the Nepean Triathlon was held at the Penrith Regatta Centre and there was a contingent of BTC athletes who made the journey out to race in Australia's oldest triathlon. See below for some interesting facts on the unique race.
The race is a unique distance of a 1km swim, 30km bike, 10km run. Conditions started out perfectly with the water warm enough to make it a non wetsuit swim. The new bike course took in some great sights of the Blue Mountains and the run... well, laps of the lake are about as exciting as watching grass grow. With Penrith having it's own weather system which generally sits at about 5 degrees warmer than the coast, conditions were hot by the time athletes hit the run.
Congratulations to the BTC athletes who raced especially Gerald Renton for second in his age group, Catherine Coulson who had a great race and broke the 50 min 10km barrier for the fist time and also Morenna Burn for her longest triathlon to date (a great stepping stone for Noosa this weekend, you can read about her race on her blog here).
Nepean Triathlon facts:
- First held – 1982
- 34th anniversary this year
- Professional athlete prize money for 2015 was $76,500 making it richest race in the country.
- An exciting feature in the Nepean Triathlon is the elite race handicap. The Professional ladies wave starts ahead of the male professional wave by the difference between the leading male and female averaged over the past five years. With a handicap bonus of $2,000 for the winning male or female to cross the line first – Emma Moffatt took the outright victory this year over Rio Olympic qualifier Aaron Royle.
- 2015 handicap was 9 minutes 54 seconds.
- 4 competitors have completed all 34 Nepeans!