This weekend the final spots for this years Gold Coast Triathlon World Age Group Championships will be decided by the shores of Great Lake Taupo.
This years Grassroots Trust Kinloch Triathlon boasts the largest field of any qualifying event for Gold Coast Worlds and with 12 of the 20 available spots in every Age Group on the line, a large group of athletes will be stamping their ticket to the World Championships in Taupo this weekend.
Yes – you read that correctly – the first 12 males and first 12 females per Age Group in The Suzuki National Sprint Championships, get automatic right of refusal to represent their country over the ditch in September. What better way to keep yourself motivated through winter!
The Suzuki National Sprint Distance Championships is contested over a 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5km run and whilst those at the pointy end will be aiming for qualification, there are many who are just participating for the fun of it too!
Entries are currently 90% full but that means you still have time to get your name on the start list if you’ve been a bit slow off the mark, register your interest at www.kinlochtriathlon.com
It will be an exciting weekend for all involved, with Tri-Sport Taupo taking over general running of the event after supporting TRI NZ for a number of years. The club has put together an exciting weekend of racing and learning for participants.
Registration takes place down by the Kinloch Esplanade from 3-7pm Saturday and Tri-Sport Taupo have partnered with a selection of coaching groups to provide athletes with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the course and its requirements.
Erin Baker Triathlon sponsors blueseventy wetsuits will be offering a free swim clinic to all competitors, focussing on getting the best out of your swim, this will be delivered by their ambassadors at 2pm Saturday, lakeside.
Local triathlon legend and 5-time Erin Baker Triathlon winner Sam Warriner will then offer a transition walk through and demonstration to the Age Group athletes at 3.30pm, Whilst F3 Coaching Head Coach Tamara Reed will deliver a fun and educational clinic on transitions for the more speedy Youth and Juniors.
Then it’s over to run guru Rob Dallimore from Foot Traffic Coaching to discuss the uniqueness of the Kinloch course at 4pm by registration.
Anybody wishing to attend any of these sessions is welcome, more information is available on the event Facebook Page.
Racing starts early on Sunday with Blueseventy Erin Baker Triathletes diving into the water at 6.50am. They’ll be off the course by the time the Suzuki Sprint National Championships kicks off with its first wave of athletes lining up at 10am. The festival offers something for everyone with MB Century ‘Splash n Dash’ hitting the lake at 11am and a Try-a-Tri participation event at 11:40am.
This years festival also incorporates a Future ChampioNZ Youth Division, the elite youth wave will race the Super-Sprint Distance at 11:35am for boys, and 11:37am for girls, and with 50 of the best youth in New Zealand entered already racing will be fast and exciting, a must watch!
To cap off the day Tri-Sport Taupo are offering EVERY athlete a free spot in the Teams Tag Relay. With the mixed team relay (2 male, 2 female) making it’s debut at The Commonwealth Games this year and Triathlon NZ one of the favourites to medal, Tri-Sport Taupo wish for every competitor to have the opportunity to experience a teams tag relay, although rules won’t be quite as strict as at the games!
Any athlete who is already entered in one of the Kinloch Triathlon events can enter the teams tag race via the website for free, and teams can be made up of 4 people, male, female, or mixed.
For further information please visit the event website in the first instance: www.kinlochtriathlon.com and if you’re unable to find what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to contact the team to clarify: firstname.lastname@example.org