Sarah Crowley wins the Byron Bay Triathlon at Main Beach in Byron Bay.
Sarah Crowley wins the Byron Bay Triathlon at Main Beach in Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

HIGH FIVE - aiming for a fifth title

BRISBANE professional Sarah Crowley is aiming to win the Byron Bay Triathlon event for a fifth straight year.

The race on Saturday, May 13, comprises a 1.5km ocean swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

It is the last race of the NSW and Queensland season.

This will be the 22nd Byron Bay Triathlon with about 1000 athletes expected.

Crowley finished second in 2012 before her run of four consecutive wins.

Local triathletes Clayton Fettell and Sam Appleton have won the open men's event in recent years.

Other winners have included Lennox Head professional Joe Lampe, Pete Jacobs, Bryce McMaster and Leon Griffith.

Among the winners in the open women's division are Ainsley Bakker, Melissa Rollison, Felicity Abram, Lisa Marangon and Rachel Paxo.

Former Olympian Michael Klim and professional cyclist Robbie McEwen have previously competed in the teams section.

Two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson, world triathlon champion Emma Carney and former Ironman world champion Chris McCormack have also competed.

The first wave of competitors will start at 11.15am.

Ocean swim

THE triathlon will follow six days after the 30th annual Byron Bay Ocean swim this Sunday.

The 2.2km swim from Wategos Beach to Main Beach is expected to attract nearly 1000 entries, including many from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Olympians Grant Hackett, Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman have all won the event.



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