GOING THE DISTANCE: Biloela Bushrangers triathlon team.
GOING THE DISTANCE: Biloela Bushrangers triathlon team. Contributed

Bushrangers diving in to triathlon season

TRIATHLON: The Biloela Bushrangers Triathlon club are gearing up for their second event of the season this weekend and are encouraging locals of all shapes and sizes to get involved.

The fitness fanatics have organised categories suitable for people of all abilities, making it the perfect event for newcomers to the sport looking for a challenge.

Seasoned athletes will take to the long course (750m swim/18.5km ride/4.5km run), but participants can also test themselves over shorter distances.

The short course (300m swim/9km ride/3km run) and mini course (150m swim/5km ride/1.5km run) are ideal for beginners.

If swimming isn't your forte, you can always compete as a team, or try a duathlon (run and ride only).

Bushrangers president Lacreesha Trevithick said the Biloela events shunned the hyper-competitive environment of larger races, focusing instead on participation.

"Our club promotes participation. It's a fun, social atmosphere and it's all about having a go,” she said.

"Some of our members have taken it all the way to Ironman and have travelled overseas to compete.

"But those athletes are so supportive and encouraging of our new members.”

Participants in the 2015 Australia Day triathlon at Biloela. Photo Contributed.
The inclusive environment at Biloela meets is the perfect way to test the waters. Contributed

For first-timers, the short distance courses are great for building confidence.

Trevithick said most members in the club are only competing against themselves.

"People usually try the mini course the first time and are surprised by how achievable it is,” she said.

"Very quickly we see those people return, wanting to go up to the longer courses.

"I love the atmosphere and I love the challenge.

"Why be good at one sport when you can be good at three?”

Race two on the Biloela Bushrangers' calendar is this Sunday, October 21, starting at the Civic Centre car park.

For insurance purposes, competitors must be registered with the PCYC, with 12-month memberships available on the day, starting at $30 for adults and $20 for those under 18.

Event registration costs an additional $10, which covers race entry, pool hire and a post-race morning tea.

Make sure you arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to register before the race kicks off at 6.45am.