700 head to Byron Bay Triathlon
MORE than 700 competitors will line up for the 12th annual Byron Bay Triathlon today.
Triathletes from all over Australia, as well as the US, Fiji, New Caledonia and Ireland, will compete in the final Olympic distance race before many Aussie athletes head off for the international circuit.
Last year's men's winner Levi Maxwell will defend his title.
In the women, Pip Taylor of Lennox Head will try to win her first 'home' race since 2003, with her main competition coming from 2007 Panthers Iron man Australian Triathlete winner Rebekah Keat.
Emma Carney, a former Australian rep who dominated women's triathlon for years, will be a guest for the event.
Carney won the Byron Bay Triathlon in 2000 and came second in 2001. For an hour before the start of the event she will sign posters and chat with competitors
Registration for the 150m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run will open at 9am, with the race to begin at the Surf Life Saving Club at 1 pm.
After exiting the water racers enter the transition area on Bay Street, and leave Byron via Middleton and Marble Streets before heading to Lennox Head and back along the Coast Road.
The run will go along Lawson Street and the Main Beach foreshore, with the finish line behind the Surf Club. The pros are expected to finish around 3pm and others by 5pm.