Hello Hawaii! Byron triathlon winner looks to next challenge
WINNING the Byron Bay Triathlon is another stepping stone for Clayton Fettell ahead of the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
Fettell, who grew up at Alstonville and now lives at Skennars Head, won the Byron event for the second time on Saturday.
It came after a third-placed finish at Port Macquarie the previous weekend.
“I didn’t expect to be in winning shape with the short turnaround so I surprised myself there,” Fettell said.
“My focus now is purely on Hawaii and having another crack there.
“I had a shocker when I raced there in 2013 but I’ll be going back with a bit more experience this time.
“It’s a tough race and the island definitely chewed me up and spat me out last time.”
The main concern for Fettell will be the expected arrival of his first child a week prior to the event in October.
He also has big races in Cairns next month followed by an event in Canada in July.
The 29-year-old has also started a coaching business called CF Racing.
“The North Coast is a great place to train and I do most of my work here,” he said.
“We have a great climate and the roads are great for training.
“The Byron event was great, the water temperature was perfect and the race has a lot of history.”
It was the 21st time the Byron Bay Triathlon was staged at the weekend with close to 1000 athletes competing across several divisions.
Brisbane professional Sarah Crowley won the open women’s division for a fourth straight year.
She had previously won a 70.3 Ironwoman event in Taiwan and finished second at the Noumea International in New Caledonia.