Nepean triathlon retrospective – 1983
The Nepean Triathlon of 1983 was held in December with the course staying the same (and still with no bike racks). The race grew in participants though with this novelty sport ‘Triathalon’ taking off (it took a while to get our current spelling of triathlon correct).
1983 race winner, teenage Clayton Stevenson showed everyone the way home with a devastating cycle leg. Clayton soon dropped triathlon and in 1988 scored 2nd in the NSW cycle champs, and an Olympic berth in the road race at Seoul.
The 1983 women’s champ Liz Hepple went onto to become one of the most formidable triathletes & cyclists in the world. Liz not only won numerous Aussie titles in triathlon but took the bronze medal in the women’s version of the Tour de France and represented Australia in the 1988 Olympics. Liz still holds the record for the cycle leg of Sri Chinmoy triathlon (80km in 2.06). You can still see Liz’s influence today with her role as a coach taking Sara Carrigan to gold in the Athens Olympic road race.
1983 Men’s winner: Clayton Stevenson & Women’s winner: Liz Hepple