20 October 2015

A fantastic day was anticipated for the Innaugural Rottnest Island Triathlon Festival incorporating the Rottnest Long Course and Sprint Distance events on Sunday 198 October 2015 and it didn’t disappoint.  The day started out with great racing conditions for the Long Course Competitors, but it was always going to be a matter of time before the wind picked up to make the scenic (but hilly) bike course just that little bit tougher for competitors. The expected rain came through later in the day, but didn’t dampen the atmosphere or spirits of competitors and spectators out on this beautiful course location.

In the Long Course event, the mens field was led from start to finish by Open competitor Derek Cross, who looked super strong all day to finish in an overall time of 4:04.39. Second overall across the line was age group athlete Sam Dell and third was Open Male Robert Wormald.

In the female field Kate Vernon came out of the water as first female and right up with the lead males, to then hold a solid bike time and finish with a superb run to take overall honours in a time of 4:36.01. Second across the line was age grouper Clodagh Glynn who snared the fastest female bike split for the day and third Barb Wood who had a solid overall race.

1. Derek Cross  4:04.39
2. Sam Dell  4:14.14
3. Robert Wormwald  4:16.31
4. Brad Wall  4:16.54
5. Dale Olsson  4:28.59

1. Kate Vernon  4:36.04
2. Clodagh Glynn  4:53.52
3. Barb Wood  5:20.19
4. Leza Doran  5:26.19
5. Loretta Firth  5:32.48

1. Derek Cross  4:04.39
2. Robert Wormwald  4:16.31
3. Mack Kennedy  4:43.53
4. Nanda Holyoak  4:59.42
5. Fran Rizzuti  5:23.02

1. Kate Vernon  4:36.04


Overall Male Winner Derek Cross said of the event: “I really enjoyed the event. Long Course events that offer a professional race experience while still maintaining a relaxed attitude are very hard to find, a lot of them take themselves very seriously. I thought your race was the perfect fit for Rottnest.I really enjoyed the run, which is saying something because usually it is my worst leg. Running through town and past houses was a lot of fun. The bike was good too, a nice challenging course, but the run was the highlight for me! I would certainly be keen to race again next year. October is a nice quiet time on the race calendar so it is great to have a local race to fill the gap.” 

We’d love to see the Open Category grow over the coming years, with Prize Money up for grabs, it’s a great chance to come across to the island and race this amazing course!

View Long Course result

The sprint distance triathlon had great fields and some superb racing in both the male and female fields. They competitors had to contend with slightly more challenging conditions as the wind started to pick up and expected rain came through. But competitors took it in their stride and enjoyed finishing the event in sunshine. Overall male winner was Brody Baker in the time of 1:04 and the overall female winner was Nikki Pursell who also managed to cross the line top 10 overall male and female. A fantastic effort all round.

View Sprint Distance results

Final details are being confirmed for the return of the event in 2016. So stay tuned as we prepare to launch the 2016 Rottnest Island Triathlon Festival in even bigger style!

View some of the stunning race pictures from the event HERE.




12 March 2015

Triathlon is returning back to ROTTNEST ISLAND, Western Australia this October!

This race is sure to impress triathlon enthusiasts which will include a 2km/80km/20km Long Course Distance and 500m/20km/5km Sprint Distance event on Sunday 18 October. Rottnest Island will provide an amazing back drop for triathlon racing, with stunning clear blue waters, winding undulating roads overlooking scenic views to the ocean, and fantastic local support to bring about an exciting event for all involved.

Timed perfectly 7 weeks out from Ironman Western Australia, the long course event will be a fantastic lead in race for long course athletes, as well as the perfect chance to race on this beautiful and scenic location in Western Australia!

Event organisers shown their finesse in securing unique and iconic locations for events including the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island in Victoria and now adding Rottnest Island to that list. Triathlon racing like this hasn’t been seen on the Island for years and it has been met with applause by local authorities and businesses along with the triathlon community and will be a must do race on any triathletes list!

Entries for this Inaugural event opened Monday 9 March, and with only 300 Long Course and 150 Short Course entries available, entries are already filling fast.


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