Gentle and Birtwhistle nail Noosa

Ashleigh Gentle took her fifth title while Jake Birtwhistle nabbed his first at the 35th running of the Noosa Triathlon.

| November 5, 2017 | NEWS

Ashleigh Gentle wins her fourth straight Noosa title (and fifth overall).

Ashleigh Gentle wins her fourth straight Noosa title (and fifth overall).

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Ashleigh Gentle sure loves Noosa, doesn't she? The Australian took her fourth title in a row (and fifth overall, tying Emma Snowsill for Noosa wins) as she ran her way to the win. Jake Birtwhistle, who had taken taken all the other medals in Noosa managed to get the gold in the men's race.

Dedicating the win

Gentle’s dedicated the win to "her long time supporter and friend," the late Garth Prowd, who many consider the "godfather" of Australia's triathlon scene. The former managing director of USM Events was part of the creation and management of events like the Noosa Triathlon.

“I looked up to the heavens because Garth was here with us no doubt and he will still be out there until the last person crosses the line" Gentle said after the win. "Garth will always be a part of Noosa tri and I am so happy that I was able to race well and race for him as well.”

Gentle didn't have an easy go of it in teh race as Natalie Van Coevorden (AUS) flew through the bike course to take a 1:20 lead on Gentle and world duathlon champ Felicity Sheedy-Ryan.

Sheedy-Ryan took off early on the run, but Gentle hung with her and broke away a few kilometers into the run and never looked back. The two were both able to get by Van Coevorden, who hung on for third.

Sarah Crowley, who is coming off a third-place finish in Kona, finished fourth.

 

Birtwhistle takes his first win at the Noosa Triathlon.

Birtwhistle takes his first win at the Noosa Triathlon.

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Third podium is the charm

“My first race at Noosa was four years ago at the end of a long year and I was still a junior and it wasn’t that great, but since then I have gone three, two and one which is pretty cool," Birtwhistle said of his win. "This is definitely one of the biggest races I’ve won “Noosa is a race that everyone wants to do and everyone wants to win. Especially for us Aussies, who grew up watching it and idolizing the champions of this event. In the early days watching it on TV it would have been the likes of Craig Walton and Courtney Atkinson, who were the winners in that era, and they are two guys I look up to in the sport. It is amazing to be here and finally add my name to that list of amazing champions of the past.”

Like the women's race, the men turned the race into a foot race as Birtwhistle had to hold off former Noosa champions Aaron Royle and Dan Wilson, not to mention Olympian Ryan Bailie, who was also in the mix. Birtwhistle has an incredible kick, which we've seen him unleash this year for wins at the first Super League Triathlon and at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championship in Hamburg. He did it again with one kilometer to go, pulling away from his competition and holding tough to the line.

Noosa Triathlon | Women

November 5, 2017 | Noosa, Australia.

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

1:59:11

19:56

1:00:54

34:41

2

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan

AUS

1:59:43

20:30

1:00:20

35:13

3

Natalie Van Coevordan

AUS

2:01:49

19:40

59:42

35:51

4

Sarah Crowley

AUS

2:03:20

21:09

1:01:14

37:13

5

Gillian Backhouse

AUS

2:04:04

19:37

1:02:40

38:00

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Noosa Triathlon | Men

November 5, 2017 | Noosa, Australia.

Name

Country

Total

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

10 km Run

1

Jake Birtwhistle

AUS

1:46:59

17:38

54:16

31:47

2

Aaron Royle

AUS

1:47:11

17:32

54:16

32:00

3

Ryan Bailie

AUS

1:47:15

17:38

54:09

32:13

4

Dan Wilson

AUS

1:47:39

17:37

54:08

32:28

5

Luke Willian

AUS

1:48:48

17:39

54:13

33:36

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