Scott Dennett, Amy & Petrina Wakelam among winners at Geraldton Triathlon Club’s Revolutions Bikes race

Jikki VanAmstelGeraldton Guardian
Scott Dennett crosses the line first.
Camera IconScott Dennett crosses the line first. Credit: Supplied

With points on offer, all 65 athletes were raring to go and leave it all on the course as Geraldton Triathlon Club held the first race in the Revolutions Bikes Championship series.

On Saturday the weather may have been picture-perfect with the ocean like glass, but Sunday, the athletes were greeted with a brisk north-wester and a choppy swim.

Eight athletes braved the long course.

Scott Dennett was first out of the water and managed to hold off a hard-charging Lester Smith to maintain first place.

Josh Arnott took out third.

Lisa-Jaye Cockman was the only female competitor in the long course.

In the short course, Seth Tullar and Nathan Johansen both had fast swims, coming out of the water neck and neck, but Gerrad Grant overtook them both on the bike to take the points.

Paul Burkinshaw had a great run, closing in on Grant’s lead and ultimately taking second place, while a strong bike leg allowed Andrew Blackburn to sneak into third.

Helen Taylor was first out of the water for the women, but the race to watch was between Petrina Wakelam and Deb Carlyon.

They traded places throughout the bike leg with Carlyon managing to pull ahead.

Wakelam had a comeback on the run, and both racers crossed the line within seconds of each other.

Taylor had a great day, keeping in touch with the leaders and taking third.

A total of 39 athletes toed the line for the popular enticer course, many doing their first ever triathlon.

Amy Wakelam was fast over all three legs, earning first place.

Chloe Spence and Trish Sivyer both had smiles on the faces throughout the whole race, enjoying their battle for season points. Spence eventually came in second with Sivyer third.

A group of about five athletes all came out of the water together in the men’s race, with Byron Clarkson in the thick of it.

Clarkson pulled ahead on the bike and used the run to clinch first place.

Rob Grazziadelli dug deep to try to catch Clarkson and closed to within 200m, ultimately taking second.

Ben Lloyd had a good bike leg and run to take third.

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