Every year Noosa Triathlon brings in competitors from all around Australia and the world. Over 12,000 competitors took part in the 35th anniversary of the event in numerous events throughout the course of the weekend with the Triathlon being the key event on the Sunday. The elite fields attract past winners, Olympians and both athletes from ITU and long-course distance backgrounds.
Two time winner and Giant Bicycles Australia sponsored athlete Aaron Royle took to the start line hoping to add a third title to his wins at Noosa in 2013 and 2014.
The 2016 Rio Olympian had a fast start exiting the water at the front of the race before riding a superb bike leg on his Trinity Advanced Pro bike clocking a 00:54:16 split at an average speed of 44.23 kmph. Royle usually spends his year racing the draft legal format where as the Noosa Triathlon Olympic distance event is a non-drafting event and is monitored closely by Triathlon Australia officials throughout the 40km bike leg.
After a strong bike leg Aaron headed into T2 with the front of the race before heading out onto the 10km run around picturesque Noosa. Several of the male competitors ran together until the screws tightened from an immense pace being set by renowned runner Jake Birtwhistle at the front. Aaron held on for 2nd place just 12 seconds behind Jake's winning time of 1:46.59.
Aaron will now participate in the prestigious Island House Triathlon event and will await news of a potential spot at the 2018 Commonwealth Games later this month.
Follow more of Aaron's aventures over on his Instagram account here.