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Byron Bay Triathlon a test of Fettell for Lennox athlete

TOP RESULT: Clayton Fettell of Lennox Head crosses the line to win the Byron Bay Triathlon.
TOP RESULT: Clayton Fettell of Lennox Head crosses the line to win the Byron Bay Triathlon. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

LENNOX Head professional Clayton Fettell took out the annual Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday.

The 27-year-old finished in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes and9 seconds.

It is the first time Fettell has won the race, which involves a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

He finished more than two min-utes ahead of second-placed Ben Cook with Yamba's Lindsey Wall37 seconds behind in third.

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Thousands gather to watch 1400 athletes compete

Winners

It is the second consecutive year a Lennox Head professional has won the open men's section.

Joseph Lampe won last year after winning it for the first timein 2011.

Fettell and Lampe both live at Lennox Head and train with Grant Giles and the Aeromax team.

Fettell grew up at Alstonville and turned professional a couple of years ago.

He spent time competing in the United States last month and only just made it back in time for the Byron Bay event.

He has races coming up in North Queensland before the world championships in Canada in September.

Brisbane professional Sarah Crowley won the open women's section.

She finished in 1 hour 55 min-utes and 7 seconds.

Brisbane triathlete Sarah Deuble came second and Lennox Head's Pip Taylor third.

The race is the last Olympic distance triathlon event on the NSW calendar.

Both winners received $1000.

Australian cycling great Robbie McEwen took part in the triathlon for the second consecutive year.

He competed in the teams section and rode the bike leg.

The event reached capacity after a few late scratchings in the week leading in.

The triathlon has become a multi-sport weekend event.

A new sprint distance race was held on Saturday with a junior aquathon and a Mother's Day Walk and Fun Run yesterday.

Thousands gather to watch 1400 athletes compete

SHORT course specialists and ironman superstars were among 1400 competitors who slogged it out in the annual Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday.

Thousands of spectators lined the beachfront to cheer on participants who competed in the sprint course, teams challenge and the gruelling Olympic distance event.

Local competitors, former Australian Triathlon Champion, Lennox Head resident Pip Taylor, Byron's Joey Lampe and Lennox Head's Clayton Fettell proved to be crowd favourites, with Fettell taking victory in the Olympic distance men's event.

Coming back after the birth of her child, Taylor impressed in the women's division, securing third place behind winner Sarah Crowley.

Sprint course competitors faced a 750 metre swim, followed by a 20km cycle and a 5km run.

Olympic class athletes swam 1km before hopping on their bikes for a 36km cycle to Ross Lane and back, followed by a 10 km run.

More than 1000 bikes, valued at up to $10,000 each, filled the beachfront parkland making the cycle transition point a spectacular sight.

Prior to the adult events, 100 junior athletes aged between seven and 15-years-old tested their skills running and swimming in the Byron Coastal Real Estate Kids Aquathon.

Event commentator Peter Murray said the "Byron Bay Tri" had grown over its 19-year history to become one of the favourites among competitors.

"The local support is amazing and the benefits economically for the town are fantastic," he said.

"This year we have got up around 1400 people competing over the short course and the Olympic distance as well, plus teams, which is a great way for people to get involved and really enjoy it."

"We have got competitors from all over Australia, every state is represented, as well as international competitors as well, which is great for the Byron Bay community because they all come and enjoy it."

The star of the 170 team's competition was former triple winner of the Tour de France green sprinters jersey, Robbie McEwen.

Mr McEwen said he was enjoying competing with fellow team mates Mitch Simmons and Tom Ray, after watching his son competing in the kid's aquathon.

Winners

Men's

  • Clayton Fettell
  • Ben Cook
  • Lindsay Wall

Women's

  • Sarah Crowley
  • Sarah Deuble
  • Pip Taylor



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