WONTHAGGI’S Brett Franklin defeated last year’s winner Matt Sullivan to take out the 2017 Anderson Inlet Triathlon on Sunday, with the impressive time of 01:05:44.
The annual event, which comprises a 500 metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run, attracted 49 competitors this year. Due to the unexpected absence of the traffic management team, the finish line was moved from the road into Rainbow Park, making the run about 150 metres shorter than usual.
Participants said conditions for the bike ride and run were good, with a moderate tailwind home on the bike, and cool temperatures on the run, but the swim was another story, with an unexpectedly strong outgoing current making it near impossible to get around the three designated buoys, and also making it difficult to get back to shore.
Confusion for the swimmers (and some laughs for the spectators) ensued as the race director tried to correct those who’d gone off course (i.e. everyone), and some started swimming back, against the current, to get around the missed buoys. That idea was quickly abandoned but it 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. Despite having sore legs after coming in sixth at the Ironman 70.3 event in Busselton Western Australia the previous weekend, Brett Franklin took the lead on the bike and was well ahead when he reached transition.
With a sub 19 minute run time, Brett finished more than two minutes ahead.
Dennis Neal had closed the gap to Matt Sullivan on the bike to only a matter of seconds but Matt was too quick for him in the run and finished second with Dennis in third.
The ever improving Bass Coast Barracuda Damien King came in fourth, with new Barracuda Trent Hamilton in fifth in his first local triathlon.
With a time of 01:15:21, former winner Hilary Meyer, of Traralgon, was too strong for local Barracuda Kara Landells in the women’s event.
Kara, who coached seven of the other competitors in the event, placed second, with a time of 01:17:23, while Surf Beach resident Debbi Mahon came in third.
Making a spur of the moment decision on the day to enter the triathlon, the McIntyre family from Melbourne, including 13 year old Grace, finished with a time of 01:18:41, well ahead the other teams which were made up of members of the Phillip Island Turtles.
Bass Coast Barracudas’ Summer Series continues with entries now open for the Dune2Dune Triathlons at Cape Paterson on New Year’s Eve.
Fast times and tricky tides