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Kahlefeldt favourite to take out Coffs tri

BUOYS are set, tyres pumped, carb intake has increased and athletes are raring to go for the BCU Coffs Tri weekend.

Two-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and three-time ITU World Championship medallist Brad Kahlefeldt will start in the headline Olympic-distance triathlon tomorrow.

Kahlefeldt has won the national championships six times and he'll be among nine professionals fighting it out for the $2250 prize.

These include local pro triathletes Dan Stein and Richard Pearson, who are out to upstage the big names in the sport when they all line up for the start on Jetty Beach.

Village Sports race director Mick Maley is delighted the event has attracted so many big names in only its second year but is just as happy to see so many families taking part.

"We have over 600 starters with lots of families whose kids are racing on Saturday before the parents tackle the longer event on Sunday," he said.

"Many will be doing their very first triathlon and it's great to see not only are the locals supporting this community event but they're giving the sport a go."

Coffs Harbour City Council has approved the closure of some local roads for both days and all affected intersections will be under traffic control where instructions must be obeyed.

There will be short delays at all affected intersections, so please be patient as safety is the major priority.

The Yacht Club and Marina will be accessible all weekend.

The Deep Sea Fishing Club and boat ramp will be accessible all weekend (via the Harbour Drive and Edinburgh Street intersection to Nile Street, and via one lane in Camperdown Street).

The airport will be accessible all weekend.

However, today, all airport traffic from 4.30pm-5.45pm and Sunday between 7.30am-11am, will be via the Albany Street/Hogbin Drive roundabout).

Southern Cross University will be accessible all weekend via Stadium Drive.

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