Mooloolaba triathlon brothers (l-r): Nathan and Adam Fitzakerley.
Mooloolaba triathlon brothers (l-r): Nathan and Adam Fitzakerley. Brett Wortman

Brothers to battle out triathlon

THERE will be no sibling rivalry this weekend when Nathan and Adam Fitzakerley head west for the City of Perth Triathlon Challenge.

That's mainly due to the fact that Nathan, 33, sees himself as no competition for his younger brother.

“Adam's miles ahead,” Nathan said of his 28-year old brother.

The Mooloolaba pair are hoping for big finishes at the meet with Nathan, who'll race in the age group event, hoping to qualify for the World Triathlon Championships at the Gold Coast in September.

“Top three over there is what I'm aiming for,” Nathan said.

“It's all about trying to get qualifying points...to try make the Australian team.

“That's the ultimate goal for us.”

Adam, who placed ninth in the Gold Coast Triathlon a fortnight ago, will be battling with the country's best in the professional group which is set over an Olympic standard course.

His success since becoming a professional racer three years ago has resulted in him being invited to return to France after having a six-month stint there racing last year.

“The team I raced for won the whole champion of France,” Adam said.

Growing up in Toowoomba, the Fitzakerley's played a range of sports from rugby league to boxing before taking up triathlons just five years ago.

But the age gap and different events means they rarely get the chance to front up against each other, apart from the Queensland Tri Series events.

“We can sort of go neck and neck in that for as long as we can before Adam runs away from me,” Nathan said.

The Perth course consists of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike leg and a 10km run.

Adam's training partner Tim George, of Alexandra Headland, will also be competing in the professional event hoping to make the under-23 squad for the Gold Coast event.



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