Nepean Triathlon retrospective – 1990
From 1990 the race format was still locked into a 1km triangular swim in the Nepean River out of Tench reserve followed by the testing 37km cycle to the country town of Wallacia and the legendary tough 12k run through the hills of Leonay (dropped from 14km in 1988).
This year saw the individual finishers record set at 1,333 which stills stands. There had been more competitors overall in 1986 with 1,189 individuals and 315 teams, giving a total of 2,134 competing. This made it the second largest race in the world behind Chicago at the time.
In the women’s division Liz Hepple (the 1983 winner) returned to the sport of triathlon to take the women’s crown. Liz had spent a few years away from mainstream triathlon, chasing the cycling circuit (becoming one of the worlds top female cyclists.
The male champion, Brad Bevan was starting a record of being one of the most winningest triathletes in the history of the sport. Brad was to go onto to win 3 world cup titles and become almost a perfectionist in winning the new exciting triathlon grand prix series (all in the late 1990′s). Brad recently returned to competition (1st 35-39 age champion in 2006 Australian titles) after being struck by a car just before the build up event for the 2000 Olympic triathlon, thus robbing him of the chance to make the team.
Brad Bevan winning the 1990 Nepean Triathlon: