The 34th running of Australia’s oldest triathlon, the Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon, was held at the Sydney Regatta Centre and saw over 1,300 triathletes take part in perfect conditions over the weekend of racing.
Aaron Royle, Australia’s first confirmed Olympian bound for Rio in 2016, led the men’s field from the start and held off a fast finishing Jacob Birtwhistle who was closely followed by Ryan Fisher. All three men finishing within one minute of each other. In the process, Royle secured his hat-trick of victories at the Nepean Triathlon.
In the women’s, defending champion Ashleigh Gentle lead out onto the run with 2013 champion Emma Moffatt hot on her heels. Moffatt quickly gained ground and both completed most of the first lap of the 10km run side by side. On commencing the second lap, Gentle began to gap her rival. Down the back straight, Gentle took a stumble and seemed to lose composure for a brief moment. Moffatt took the lead and pushed on to take the victory. Moffatt also held off the guys in the handicap to take the outright victory. Adding $2,000 to her $14,000 winners cheque.
NSW Minister for Sports Stuart Ayres presented the awards highlighting the event as a drawcard event for tourism in Western Sydney.