Taylor keen for Kingscliff Tri
BANORA Point triathlete Taylor Cecil has an added incentive to deliver this weekend competing in front of his home crowd at the inaugural Kingscliff Triathlon on Sunday.
Cecil boasts a strong surf lifesaving resume and other sporting achievements but it is the open water swim that has him most excited.
“I love the beach and open water swimming, there really is nothing better, and you don’t get that opportunity very often in triathlon,” Cecil said.
“This is definitely one of my favourite races of the season and hopefully it won’t be raining and there will be a good crowd, I am sure there will be a few familiar faces.”
The 19-year-old will compete in the Elite almost-Olympic distance race of a one kilometre ocean swim, 30km bike ride and 8km run, which is set in the heart of Kingscliff.
Cecil said he had conserved his energy for the Kingscliff Triathlon, pulling out of last weekend’s Raby Bay Triathlon, so he could perform at his peak at home.
“I was going to compete last weekend at Raby Bay but decided to pull out to conserve my energy for the Kingscliff Triathlon and the race at Wellington, New Zealand, which is the following Saturday.
“I want to compete at my best and my training block this week hasn’t tapered too much, so I am keeping up the intensity,” he said.
The former Kingscliff High School student said his step-brother Blake Waters was also competing at the Kingscliff Triathlon in a team event with very good company and they will be one of the teams to beat.
“Blake is a really good runner and he is teamed up with Matthew Fydler, Olympic Swimmer Chris Fydler’s brother, who will contest the swim leg and with local Tweed triathlete Dwain Fitzsimmons, who has strong cycling ability,” Cecil said.
Cecil said the race would be non-drafting, which means you do all the work yourself and if someone is caught on your wheel in the cycling leg or working behind you they will have penalty points applied against them.
“Non-drafting races are good as it really tests your own ability and most of the bigger races have that format, like Noosa Triathlon,” he said.
QSM Sports development and events manager Kristina Katsanevas said the race had been capped to 500 competitors and had proven so popular they started a waiting list.
“We had a number of inquiries so we decided to start a waiting list and so far we have 50 people on the list and they come from a variety of age categories,” Katsanevas said.
“There is a lot of new people wanting to get into the sport and wanting to try the tempta course, so they will have that chance when we have the event again in September.”
Katsanevas said the event would still go ahead if there was rain and location could change for the open water swim if conditions became to rough.
“We will assess the water the night before and we have employed Cudgen Lifesavers, QSM Sports and chief officials to make the call and the safety of our competitors is very important to us, so we may have to move the event,” Katsavenas said.
The Triathlon will feature five categories: junior seven to 10-year-olds course 100m swim, 3km cycle and 500m run; junior teens 11 to 15-year-olds course 200m swim, 6km cycle and 1km run; tempta open 16yrs+ 300m swim, 8km bike and 3km run, almost-Olympic open 16yrs+ and almost-Olympic teams, 1km swim, 30km cycle and 8km run.
The action will kick of at 6.30am with the junior triathlon near Cudgen Creek, with the tempta race at 6.55am and almost-Olympic races at 7.45am.