WINNING: Tina Benoit simply beams with pleasure after receiving the prized bike.
WINNING: Tina Benoit simply beams with pleasure after receiving the prized bike. Contributed

Triathlete already a winner with Coffs Tri

TRIATHLETE Tina Benoit is the lucky early bird winner who gets to ride free new wheels in the bcu Coffs Tri.

Tina won a Felt F5 carbon-fibre road bike courtesy of Ventoux Cycles and Village Sports after being among the first to enter the 2016 event.

So it’s no surprise she was so happy when the call came advising of the win.

“I’m absolutely thrilled and glad I was sitting down,” Tina said.

A long-time member of Coffs Tri Club and a regular competitor in fortnightly racing, Tina first took up triathlons about 10 years ago.

“I enjoy the challenge of completing all three disciplines but cycling is my favourite leg,” she said.

“It’s a very social sport and I love the feeling you get at the end of a race when you cross the finish line.

“Now I’m looking forward to training and racing on the brand new bike and, of course, taking part in the bcu Coffs Tri on March 6.”

Event organiser Sinclair Black said the recently completed Wayne Glenn Jetty Walkway had been incorporated into the course.

“We are excited we will be able to show off our harbour with the new walkway,” Sinclair said.

“It is great to see the foreshore’s improvements and to be able to showcase one of the city’s greatest assets.”

Sinclair encourages people to take advantage of the early bird pricing, which runs out on December31.

“We have found in the past most of the locals leave their entries to the last minute,” he said.

“So we are trying to provide incentives to get them to commit early.

“Offering a bike as an early bird prize was definitely an enticer, with registrations already double when compared to this time last year.”

He warned spots were filling fast and people should not delay their registration, particularly in the children’s events.

“Numbers are limited for the children’s triathlons and aquathons and we reached capacity in this year’s events,” Sinclair said.

“They offer very good value, with children receiving an event t-shirt and finisher medal.”

The bcu Coffs Tri has events for children aged five and up, an enticer triathlon and the Olympic distance race open to individuals and teams.

For information, visit www.villagesports.com.au.



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