2009 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup

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  • Location: Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba 4557 Queensland

Olympians spearhead strong Australian field for season opener

Australia will field a strong line up at the 2009 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday 29 March, the first race on the international calendar and a key hit-out for Australian's looking to sharpen up their racing skills and gauge their training preparation ahead of the international season.

Beijing Games bronze medallist Emma Moffatt along with Olympic team mates Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson will be on the start line and keen for a good race on home soil before heading overseas to contest the new seven race Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series kicking off on May 2 in Korea and culminating at the Gold Coast ITU Triathlon World Championships in September.

A glaring omission in the Australian lineup is Olympic gold medallist Emma Snowsill who is under done in her preparation for Sunday's race after sustaining a cracked rib while enjoying her favourite pastime - surfing.

"I cracked my rib surfing a couple of months ago and thought I would still be able to compete but the time off swimming in order to recover quickly has paid its price and I am not where I need to be at this point to compete."

"However, I will still be up there and catching up with everyone over the weekend," said Snowsill.

Moffatt has completed just one race this year, the Caloundra Triathlon in February which she won but highlighted her lack of motivation. This prompted a move to the training mecca of the Gold Coast alongside Snowsill and Felicity Abram.

This will be Abram's first hit out since finishing 2008 ranked number two in the world. Abram chose a heavy schedule last year in an effort to bank as much World Cup racing as possible, which took its toll on the 22 year old but, is back and armed with a determination to make 2009 a standout year.

Former world number 1 Annabel Luxford has made a very successful return to the racing scene after a year long layoff with injury. Although Luxford has claimed two national titles on her way back this season she knows Mooloolaba will be a very different ball game coming up against a strong international field.

Joining the Australian's on the start line will be a classy international lineup including Laura Bennett (USA), New Zealand's Debbie Tanner, three-time Olympian Kiyomi Niwata and Sweden's Lisa Norden.

The opening 1,500 metre swim will take place in the open sea off Mooloolaba beach, followed by a 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run along the coastal roadways. Athletes will encounter difficult conditions with hot and humid weather forecasted to test them over the grueling course.

In the men's field Australia's Commonwealth gold medallist and world ranked number three, Brad Kahlefeldt, will start as one of the favourites following a winning start to 2009. Kahlefeldt had a strong win over Atkinson and Dan Wilson (Aust) at the Gold Coast Oceania Championships recently, his first race back since a five month layoff following hip surgery.

Kahlefeldt has a good record at Mooloolaba finishing second last year behind Javier Gomez (ESP) and a win in 2007.

Atkinson has had a phenomenal start to 2009 claiming the double - Sprint and Olympic Distance titles for a fourth consecutive year. In this post Olympic year he is armed with a new ambition and adopted a new racing strategy. The 29 year old along with coach, Shaun Stephens plan to race more often and with more intensity to be primed for a heavy international season.

Also in the Australian line up is Dan Wilson who finished second to Atkinson in the Sprint titles and third at the Oceania Championships along with one of Australia's most credentialed athletes, Greg Bennett and a host of U23 athletes looking to make their mark.

The field also boasts New Zealand Olympians Shane Reed and Kris Gemmell both familiar with this course and sure to feature at the front end of the field.

The ITU World Cup is the centrepiece of a three day sport and entertainment festival. The Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival will run from Friday 27 -- Sunday 29 March 2009.

At a glance

Olympic Distance -- 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run

Swim: 1 lap, ocean swim off Mooloolaba Beach.
Cycle: 7 laps -- along Mooloolaba Esplanade with complete road closure. Predominantly flat course with one hill to negotiate.
Run: 4 laps -- along Mooloolaba Esplanade, follows the same course as the cycle.

2008 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup winners
Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:49:50 Emma Snowsill (AUST) 2:00:44

Prize Money

Elite Women Start: 11.35am
Elite Men Start: 2:00pm

Organisers of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, USM Events can reassure anyone travelling to compete in the event from 27 -- 29 March that Mooloolaba Beach is unaffected by the recent Oil Spill off Moreton Island and is in pristine condition for those competing or visiting the destination.

Some 5,000 triathletes will contest the 1.5km swim leg of the triathlon in the beautiful waters of Mooloolaba Beach on Sunday 29th March.
USM Events :
PO Box 1345, Noosa Heads
07 5449 0711

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Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba

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