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Aussie cycling legend McEwen returns to Byron Bay Triathlon

STAR POWER: Robbie McEwen will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday.
STAR POWER: Robbie McEwen will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon on Saturday. PETER DECONINCK

AUSTRALIAN cycling great Robbie McEwen will compete in the Byron Bay Triathlon for the second consecutive year.

McEwen has entered in the relay team section and will do the bike leg.

He will certainly add plenty to his team with the course featuring a 40km cycle.

The 41-year-old was among the world's greatest sprinters at the peak of his career, claiming 12 Tour de France stage wins.

"It's certainly great to have Robbie here again," event manager Sebastian Krantz said.

"This will be the third time he's been involved in a team."

Defending champion Joseph Lampe is also among the entries.

The Lennox Head professional also won the open men's race in 2011.

While Lampe will start among the favourites, fellow Lennox Head professional Clayton Fettell is expected to figure prominently.

Fettell, 27, has just competed in a string of professional events in the United States.

The Byron Bay Triathlon will be held over two days with most of the competition events on Saturday.

The feature race is the individual event featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10 km run. The race is set to start at noon.

A new sprint distance race has been added this year with a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Smaller races for kids from the ages of 7-15 years will also be held.

They are aquathon races with short distance run, swim, runs.

The Mothers Day Family Walk and fun run start at 9am Sunday.

PAST WINNERS

MEN

  • Joseph Lampe, 2013
  • Pete Jacobs, 2012
  • Joseph Lampe, 2011
  • Bryce McMaster, 2010
  • Leon Griffith, 2009

WOMEN

  • Ainsley Bakker, 2013
  • Melissa Rollison, 2012
  • Felicity Abram, 2011
  • Lisa Marangon, 2010
  • Rachel Paxton, 2009

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