This year marks the 14th time that the Sunshine Coast destination has held an ITU event, but this year watch out for slightly updated swim and run courses in the sprint event. The swim is scheduled closer to the main Mooloolaba beach, just outside the “loo with a view.” The run course this year has been shortened to three laps of 1.66km, which will mean the athletes have a little more hill to climb, both changes which could have an impact on the eventual winners.
Fresh from their success at the opening World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi, Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson and Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle will headline the women’s race on the Sunshine Coast. On the men’s side, Abu Dhabi winner Mario Mola of Spain leads a strong European contingent.
Read the complete preview at Triathlon.org.