Fantastic conditions welcomed the starters of the 2013 Noosa Triathlon.  With the elite competitors hitting the water at 6.15, it wasn’t long before they were on their steeds and time trialling down Gympie Tce.  The scenic 40km cycle leg wound its way through the streets of Noosa Heads, following the Noosa River, before climbing through Tewantin National Park along Gyndier Drive, then out towards Cooroy.  Aaron Royle went on to win the Men’s Elite in a blistering time of 1.46:11.  Aaron murdered his cycle leg in 55.20. The win for Royle has confirmed his status as the leading Australian male, winning on debut in Noosa.

The former Under 23 world champion has been showing great promise over the past few years but says he didn’t expect to win at Noosa in his first attempt.

“It’s an honour. Craig Walton who has won here so many times mentioned to me earlier in the week that most people who win here go on to do good things in the future. This is just the start, I am only 23 and I will come back and defend next year,” said Royle.

Emma Moffatt took out the Elite Women’s race in 1.58.41 with an awesome cycle leg of 1.02:37.  For Moffatt, it was a title that had escaped her during her illustrious career, which includes two world titles and an Olympic bronze medal.  “Last time I came here was in 2008 and I came second to Emma Snowsill so to win today is great. It will be a real honour to go on the role of past winners” said Moffatt.

Men’s Results:

  1. Aaron Royle
  2. Dan Wilson
  3. Ryan Bailie

Women’s Results:

  1. Emma Moffatt
  2. Ashleigh Gentle
  3. Mel Hauschildt

The following images were captured along Gympie Tce, Cooroy-Noosa Rd and turn 10 on Gyndier Drive.

Photography by Haydn Thomas.

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Emma Moffatt

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Mel Hauschildt

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Ashleigh Gentle

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Peter Kerr

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Bryce McMaster

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Emma Jackson

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Haydn Thomas: haydn@pedaltorque.com

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Haydn has been bitten by the cycling bug and bitten hard. Like most Aussie kids, he grew up riding his beloved chrome BMX before moving onto a Mountain Bike. Haydn describes his transition onto a road bike as a Renaissance and since that time has never looked back. If not riding the awesome roads of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Haydn can often be found photographing local cycling events. As Pedaltorque co-founder, Haydn is responsible for editing and photography. He rides a Specialized Tarmac.