Yamba triathlon to draw a big crowd this Saturday
THE Yamba Triathlon Festival is going to be the jolt that gets a Clarence Valley triathlete's body back into gear.
Grafton triathlete Adam Sydenham has been resting on his laurels since competing in the Melbourne Ironman Triathlon earlier this year.
That's all going to change on Saturday when he lines up for the "sprint" - a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run leg.
"It's early in the tri season so I'm using it to sort of jolt my body back into action," Sydenham said.
"An event like the ironman actually takes a fair bit out of you and you need to take time to recover."
Sydenham is excited that the Yamba event is up and running after years of planning.
"It's something that's been on the radar for years," Sydenham said.
"Yamba is the drawcard for the organisers and it's competing against areas like Mooloolaba, Gold Coast and Port Macquarie but the secret is a well-run event.
"Competitors are always impressed with a smoothly run event and will always come back again next year if they're happy with the organisation."
Sydenham said his tip for potential triathletes was to "start doing it".
"The best thing to do is just get started," he said.
"I suppose the one thing I would suggest is to find a friend who wants to do the same thing.
"You want someone to hold you accountable. If you've planned a 6am bike ride you need to have a partner who is going to be there. The next thing to do is to find an event you want to compete in."
Sydenham said the Clarence Valley Triathlon Club, based in Yamba, races every fortnight and has events that cater for every athlete.
A feature of the Yamba Triathlon Festival will be single-discipline events like tomorrow's ocean swim and Saturday's fun run.
Organiser Elite Events has included the events to attract athletes who might then combine with others for the team triathlon competition.
The three days of competition will include junior "Miniman" competition on Saturday in addition to the sprint events.
The festival will climax on Sunday with the Classic event which comprises a 2km swim, 60km bike ride and 15km run.
Meanwhile, organisers have suggested that the festival could attract as many as 1000 competitors. With many competitors to be accompanied supporters, the total draw to the Valley is estimated to be 2480 people.
Tourism Research Australia estimates the average spend of each visitor will be about $232 a day, meaning the event will inject more than $1million into the local economy.
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson welcomed the event, to which the council will contribute $12,000 this year.