The following road and car park closures are required in order to conduct the annual Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival.
Downloadable: 'Road Closures for Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival'
Downloadable: '2008 Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival Event Timetable'
Phone 07 5449 0711 for further information on the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival
Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival & Mooloolaba BG ITU World Cup
Aria Open Elite Triathlon goes international
In 2007 USM Events introduced the Open Elite race due to the high demand from athletes not eligible to compete in the ITU World Cup. The calibre of the field was such that 2004 Olympian Greg Bennett won the race from a quality field.
Organisers predict a huge field for this years event with a plethora of international squads already based in the South East Queensland region preparing for the upcoming season. International Federations have sent full strength teams ensuring both the World Cup Triathlon and Aria Open Elite fields will be the best in the world.
The event will be conducted over a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run using the same route as the age group competitors. The only difference will be that the Aria Open Elite race will be draft legal.
The race will be made up of professional triathletes from around the world who did not get a start in the ITU World Cup race along with a mixture of our ITU Juniors and endorsed by the respective head coaches at the QAS, NSWIS, VIS or National Development Coach.
Triathlon Australia National Development Coach, Craig Redmond has thrown his full support behind and said it's an enormous step forward to have such a race in Australia for the development of our junior athletes.
"It provides vital experience racing over a draft legal course and racing elite competitors and we are very grateful to USM Events for their pro active stance in helping with the development of our sport," said Redmond.
Similarly Triathlon New Zealand will provide the same opportunity for their junior athletes to compete in the race and are equally excited at the prospect of providing them with such an experience.
USM Events are committed to providing quality races for every triathlete and trust that you take advantage of competing over a draft legal course.
The Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival and ITU World Cup - proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Queensland Events.
This event is funded by the Maroochy Shire Council with the support of the Maroochy Tourism Industry Advisory Board.
Event Name: Aria Open Elite Triathlon
Dates: Sunday, 30 March 2008
Where: Mooloolaba Beach
Race Start: 6.30am
Swim: The swim start will be located 800m South from 'loo with a view' so please allow 10min to walk to the start line. One way 1.5km ocean swim.
Cycle: This is a one lap course, extreme care must be taken at all times. Take special care on entry to motorway; single file only as you approach the transition area; extreme caution on downhill approach.
Run: Two lap run course in a clockwise direction then finish. The entire run is on road surface.
Greg Bennett (Aust) 1:48:47
Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:01:42
Prize Money: $10,000
Friday 21 March 2008 GAME ON FOR AUSSIES AT MOOLOOLABA
Australia will field a full strength team at the 2008 BG Triathlon World Cup on Sunday 30 March in Mooloolaba, a vital race for the Australian's with Olympic selection on the line for our women and our men's team racing for valuable qualifying points to secure a third Olympic slot.
Three Australian athletes have already received early Olympic nomination - Brad Kahlefeldt, Courtney Atkinson and Emma Snowsill. Two spots remain to be filled by our women with four in contention - Emma Moffatt, Felicity Abram, Annabel Luxford and Erin Densham.
Our men's team is yet to secure a third spot and this will not be known until final world ranking places are determined on 8 June 2008.
The 2008 BG Mooloolaba Triathlon World Cup is the first leg of the series and will host 150 of the world's top triathletes as they battle for their share of the US$100,000 prize money and Olympic qualification.
The opening 1,500 metre swim will take place in the open seas 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 forecast expected to test them over the gruelling course.
For three time world champion, Commonwealth Games gold medalist and defending champion, Emma Snowsill (Aust) this will be her first race for 2008, and an important one in her Olympic preparation.
"It is a great venue, over a tough course, testing athletes across all three legs," said Snowsill.
"It will be the first look at athletes form being the first race of the series, so will be interesting to see where everyone is at."
Snowsill faces tough competition from the young Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal, who is looking to re-write the record books and claim her 20th world cup victory. Fernandes matched Australian Emma Carney's 19 world cup titles with a win at the 2007 Rhodes ITU World Cup.
Snowsill has not beaten Fernandes since this race last year.
Snowsill's team mate Emma Moffatt has already collected three titles this year, National Sprint, Gold Coast ITU Oceania Cup and Oceania Championships. Moffatt's outstanding early season form catapults her into contention for one of the two remaining Olympic spots on Australia's women's triathlon team.
The Australian camp also includes Olympic aspirant, 2006 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup champion and silver medallist at the 2005 World Championships, Annabel Luxford, now coached by former world triathlon and duathlon champion, Jackie Fairweather, a Senior Sports Consultant at the AIS and ITU Executive Board Member.
"Annabel is coming along nicely, she is swimming and riding really well but is carrying a niggling calf injury. They key to her race will the swim/bike," said Fairweather.
The Australian camp also contains big chances in Felicity Abram and former U23 World Champion Erin Densham.
Abram finished second to Moffatt at the Gold Coast Oceania Cup but looked to back near her best. Both girls know they need a podium finish to impress the selectors.
Joining these two on the start line Laura Bennett (USA), New Zealand's Debbie Tanner both selected onto their Olympic teams. Nicky Samuels (NZ) and Andrew Hewitt (NZ) will do battle for Olympic selection; the first to cross the line will win a spot.
In the men's field Australia's Commonwealth gold medallist, world ranked number three and defending champion, Brad Kahlefeldt, will start as one of the favourites following a winning start to 2007. Kahlefeldt had a strong win over Stuart Hayes (UK) at the Gold Coast Oceania Cup recently and now fully recovered from his bout with bacterial pneumonia earlier in the year.
World ranked number one Javier Gomez (Esp) will be looking to exact revenge on Kahlefeldt after the Australian out sprinted him in the final metres of the race last year.
Atkinson has had a phenomenal start to 2008 as he heads towards his goal of gold in Beijing. For the third time in his career Atkinson won both the Australian Sprint and Olympic Distance titles making it a perfect record so far in 2008. The ocean swim and tough course suits Atkinson style of racing.
Also in the Australian line up three time world champion Peter Robertson, Olympians Greg Bennett and Simon Thompson along with the young guns hoping to help qualify us for a third Olympic spot, Dan Wilson, Matt Hopper and Brendan Sexton.
The field also boasts Sydney Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield (Can) kicking off his campaign for a second Olympic medal, Athens silver medallist Bevan Docherty (NZ). With Docherty and Kris Gemmell already pre selected into the Olympic team, Shane Reed who qualified the Kiwi's a third spot by winning the Oceania Championships earlier this month will battle to make it his own. The first New Zealand male across the line will get the spot.
Great Britain has also fielded a full strength team including 2006 World Champion Tim Don, who took out the South African Championships recently.
They will face 30 degree plus temperatures however and will need to build a significant lead heading into the 10 kilometre run course in order to hold off the leaner runners in the field.
A world class field has assembled with 38 countries represented and maximum fields reached for male and female athletes.
The ITU World Cup is the centrepiece of a three day sport and entertainment festival. The Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival will run from Friday 28 - Sunday 30 March 2008.
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.
2007 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup winners
Brad Kahlefeldt (AUST)
Emma Snowsill (AUST)
Elite Women Start: 11.05am
Elite Men Start: 1:50pm
Brad Kahlefeldt Emma Snowsill
Courtney Atkinson Emma Moffatt
Peter Robertson Felicity Abram
Simon Thompson Erin Densham
Greg Bennett Annabel Luxford
Matt Hopper Alee Sharp
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