Hes in it to win it
LENNOX HEAD triathlete Bradley Clark will be out to make a statement in the Kingscliff Triathlon tomorrow.
The event doubles as the Australian University Distance Running Championships with an Olympic distance triathlon race.
Clark, a Southern Cross University student, will compete in the 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km runfor the third time.
He finished in the top 10of the open race last year.
"Winning this event would be a massive confidence-booster," the 19-year-old said, predicting that there would be about 1000 competitors in all.
"I want to make a statement that I'm serious about the sport and have a future in it.
"I'm in it to win it but I don't know what to expect and it would be a big surprise to win.
"The distance and where it's at makes it an attractive race for me as well."
The race starts at Cudgen Creek and usually attracts a quality field.
Triathletes who have represented at Olympic level have previously competed in the event.
Clark trains at Lennox Head with Grant Giles and the Aeromax team, whose members include professional triathletes Clayton Fettell and Tim Berkel.
He comes into the event having raced long-course triathlon and two half-ironman events.
"My run and bike are pretty similar and I've really turned bike into my strength," Clark said.
"It's a pretty flat course but there are a couple of hills in the run and it does get a bit windy, which can affect your performance, especially on the bike leg.
"I started out as a cross-country runner before getting in to triathlon about three years ago.
"I've been hooked ever since.
"I'm going to train over Christmas and keep going with it."
The next big event is a long-course race at Geelong in February.
Clark also hopes to compete in more national events before a possible stint in the United States.
SCU students Kamley Lyndon and Michelle Jutzi will also compete in the race tomorrow.
The event also has Olympic distance relay and sprint team events.
As a prelude to the triathlon, a 5km fun run and 62km social bike ride will be held this morning.
The main race tomorrow will start at 8am.