ON Saturday, Callala Beach will host the Callala Triathlon Festival where more than 700 participants will have one last swim, ride, run before Christmas.
The event, now in its eighth year, is one of the more popular on the Elite Energy Events calendar that now features nearly 28 events nationally.
“Locations within the Shoalhaven, such as Huskisson and Callala, are clearly a favourite on our event calendar for those wanting to escape the city to race, especially a hit out before Christmas” said Elite Energy’s Sebastian Gallery said.
The triathlon festival features three different distance races appealing to an array of ages, abilities and motivations with numbers up 25 per cent on last year’s event.
The 2019 festival has moved to a one day event, the shuffling of the race schedule paired with the removal of the longer distance race has allowed us to minimise disruption to the local area whilst providing a fantastic event for participants.
“The pristine waters of Callala Beach is only the beginning of the idyllic race location, paired with a fantastic bike course along Forrest Road and run out to Myola returning to finish at Callala Beach, after many successful years we know that this location is perfect for triathlon,” CEO of Elite Energy Mark Emerton said.
“In addition to this, the South Coast being only a short drive from Sydney makes this event extremely accessible to those triathletes based out of the metropolitan regions bringing tourism to the Shoalhaven before peak season”
Many of the local Jervis Bay Triathlon Club members relish at the opportunity to race on home turf and this year 14 club members will race across the three distances offered.
Of note Vincentia local Zac Sue will be hoping to better last year’s sixth place in sprint distance, with the door left wide open with the omission of last year’s winner Troy Whittington.
“I love racing at Callala, the competition is always really hot there and it’s great to have one last crack at the end of the year on home turf”,” Sue said.
Sue plans on racing a number of the Elite Energy races on the 2018/19 calendar.
In the women’s sprint distance race, last year’s champ Zoe Pedashenko, of Bellevue Hill, has been ruled out of this weekend’s race where she intended to defend her title.
Pedashenko had a nasty crash in training on Tuesday morning causing concussion.
“It’s really sad that I can’t race, as Callala is one of my favourite locations, but I will be back,” Pedashenko said.
For those that are yet to enter, race entries for all abilities and distances are available from the registration tent at Callala Beach on Saturday morning from 6.30am.
For all other information including changed traffic conditions, head to www.eliteenergy.com.au.