TRI HARD: Michael Sheehan is one person competing in the Dalby Triathlon this weekend.
TRI HARD: Michael Sheehan is one person competing in the Dalby Triathlon this weekend.

Why Dalby’s 2020 triathlon will be better than ever

TRIATHLON: From aquathlons as a 10-year-old to competing in state and national teams as a now 21-year-old, Dalby’s Michael Sheehan is well-versed to the world of triathlons.

But even after competing in some of Queensland’s best courses and top triathlons, nothing beats the triathlon in his home town.

The annual Dalby triathlon will draw in competitors from across the region this Sunday, from beginners wanting to dip a toe in the world of triathlons, to the professionals who can’t stop coming back for more.

Sheehan said he enjoys the Dalby event because it’s close to home, and this year will be using the event as a “warm up” to the Mooloolaba triathlon next month.

Pending his result in Mooloolaba, Sheehan will qualify to compete for Australia at the World Championships in Canada.

Despite competing in the high-intensity sport, Sheehan says nerves aren’t a worry to him.

“I don’t get nervous, whatever happens, happens,” he said.

“I’ve done all the work, I’ve done all the training so it’s just about whatever happens.

“If it’s a good day it’s a good day, but there are plenty of bad days in there too.”

What makes the Dalby triathlon unique is its variety of categories, particularly the Business House challenge which pits teams from different local businesses against each other.

Dalby State High School, lead by principal Dean Russell took out the challenge last year.

To anyone considering participating in the Dalby triathlon for the first time, Sheehan said to just “have a crack”.

“It’s your local race and it’s pretty easy,” he said.

“No one’s there to judge and you’ll see a lot of familiar faces … there are lots of people there for their first time too. It’s a good beginner’s tri because it’s local.”

Briefing and start times:

ENTICER:

Briefing: 5.30am

Start Time: 5.40am

ADULT SPRINT WOMEN:

Briefing: 5.50am

Start Time: 6.00am​

ADULT SPRINT MEN:

Briefing: 5.50am

Start Time: 6.30am

ADULT SPRINT TEAMS:

Briefing: 5.50am

Start Time: 7.00am

JUNIORS:

12 years & Under

Briefing: 7.50am

Start Time 8.00am

13-15 years

Briefing: 7.50am

Start Time: 8.30am​

BUSINESS HOUSE & BATTLE OF CODES:

Briefing: 7.50

Start Time: 8.30am


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