COFFS Harbour Triathlon Club held its first race of the season on Sunday in near perfect conditions.
The racing was also hotly contested with many new personal best times set on the course.
Richard Pearson proved he was the man to catch for the 2011-2012 season with the quickest time of the day in 58 minutes and 23 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
Also at the front of the field, Nathan Pensini, Jacob Boyd, Daniel Stein and Aaron Newman all looked impressive. Well entrenched among those young guns was Geoff McCann, holding the banner for the over 40s.
Although there were several male members breaking new ground, there were many with big time drops from last year including Mark Garner, Lachie Jacobs and Phil Viles.
The ladies also started the year in style with Lisa Alford, Sarah Brazenor and Hadley Black pushing the pace up the front to fill the first three positions at the head of the result sheet.
Jemma Werrell was in good early season form, as were Kylie Marle and Chrissy Lefeaux. Anne Grundy had a fantastic race and proved she is well and truly ready for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on October 8.
The short course race attracted 37 starters with many of them first-timers.
More of these athletes step up to the longer distance as the season progresses.
The next race is on Sunday, October 2, at 6.45am. Registrations are welcome at any stage throughout the racing season. To find out more about Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club, visit www.coffstri.com or phone Jo Magill 0401 975 364 or Andrew Rowlings on 6651 5937.