Nepean Triathlon 2015 dates announced!

Mark your calendars! The 2015 Nepean Weekend of Triathlon will be the 24-25 October. The Enticer events will be on Saturday 24 October at 4pm and the Nepean Triathlon will be on Sunday 25 October at 7am.

First Nepean? Welcome! Please read the event FAQ’s

The Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon has again secured $76,500 prize money to again attract the stars of the sport to Penrith. Thanks to Atmosphere Health and Fitness Club, Cellarbrations, Gulf Western Oil and GPPD for again proving the record prize money to ensure you will be on the course with the best triathletes in the sport.

Sam Appleton in Nepean Triathlon draft off…

Local triathlete and Ironman 70.3 specialist Sam Appleton is a confirmed starter in the Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon. Sam joins a number of big names like defending champion Aaron Royle and British triathlete Stuart Hayes battling for a total $76,500 prize pool.

An interesting match up between 70.3 specialist Appleton and ITU Olympic distance specialist Royle. With the Nepean Triathlon being a draft free event it may suit Appleton given his favoured 70.3 events are also draft free. However, Royle is focused on the ITU, draft legal events which the Nepean’s 1km swim, 30km cycle and 10km run is closely suited to.

Only time will tell! It all makes for some exciting racing both amongst the men and women’s fields together with the battle for outright victory between the guys and girls.

Sam Appleton

Sam Appleton

Gentle & Moffat to return in 2015

2014 Champion: Ashleigh Gentle

2014 Champion: Ashleigh Gentle

Emma Moffat and Ashleigh Gentle are confirmed starters in the 2015 Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon.

Defending champion and outright winner in 2014, Ashleigh Gentle placed second at the recent Yokohama ITU race coming into form it seems for the latter part of the year.

Meanwhile Moffat, who missed the Nepean triathlon last year, was the 2013 Nepean champion ahead of Gentle. Although Moffat came 3rd, one place behind Gentle in Yokohama.

It will be a good contest for the ladies race and they will need to push each other to take the outright victory from the guys with the head start being the narrowest in the past 5 years. Other notable female entrants include Michelle Bremer and Great Britan’s Emma Pallant who are recently confirmed starters. The women’s field is starting to hot up!

2013 Champion: Emma Moffat

2013 Champion: Emma Moffat

Aaron Royle to go for Hat-trick in 2015

Two time winner Aaron Royle is going for his hat-trick of wins in this years Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon.

Having won in 2013 and again in 2014 quite convincingly Aaron would be the odds on favourite leading in to this years event. Although with $76,500 worth of prizemoney up for grabs there are sure to be plenty of elite triathletes looking to take the title from him. Also, in the past two wins Aaron has not been able to secure the outright victory from the girls. Being beaten on handicap by Emma Moffat in 2013 and Ashleigh Gentle in 2014. With the handicap time being the shortest over the past two years Aaron has his best chance of taking this out in 2015.

Winning three times in a row has only been completed once in Nepean Triathlon’s 33 year history. That was Tim Bentley who had an amazing 5 in a row winning streak from 1992-1996. Nicholas Hornman has also won 3 times (2003, ’04, ’06).

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Stuart Hayes and Emma Pallant to take on Nepean Triathlon

Team GB are coming!

2012 Great Britain Olympian Stuart Hayes together with British National Champion Emma Pallant are confirmed entrants in the 2015 Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon. These two are set to challenge the elite line up for the podium finishes and $76,500 prize money on offer. It may come down to these two challenging each other for outright victory!

The Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon has held a guys vs gals handicap award in recent years. This gives an outright winners prize each year to the first across the line. This has resulted in some exciting finishes, in particular the one in 2012 with Australian Courtney Atkinson and Netherlands Olympian Rachel Klamer.

The handicap is calculated each year and is the average difference between the first male and first female over the past 5 years. The handicap is now down to 9 minutes 54 seconds with the leading male and female racing each other for the bonus $2000.

So welcome to the Nepean Triathlon Stuart and Emma, we wish you the best for the event and your time in Australia.
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Emma-Pallant

Early entry competition – Win a pair of Brooks running shoes!

** Update as at 2 July **

Winners of the early bird entry Brooks Running shoe comp are:

  • Petra Mallia – Castle Hill
  • John Murtagh – Richmond
  • Crystal Hew – Parramatta
  • Monique Boyer – Mt Riverview
  • Carolyn Delicata – Mt Annan

Enter the Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon or Enticer events before 30 June and you will go in the draw for one of 5 Brooks running shoes!

With thanks to our sponsor Brooks who supports the 10km run leg of the Nepean Triathlon and who have been synonymous with the sport of triathlon for many years.

For those who have already entered, winners will be drawn at Panthers Cycles at 1pm on 1 July. For those winners not present will be notified by email or phone.

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Nepean Triathlon to feature in ’50 Races To Do Before You Die’

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The Nepean Triathlon has been chosen in a special feature in the UK edition of Triathlon Plus as ‘50 Races to Do Before You Die’

Due to the longevity of our event and it’s colourful history and general reputation as an iconic event to compete in at the foot of the mountains and of course our 4 legends who have competed in each and every staging of the event.

We welcome your comments on your experience with Nepean Triathlon over the years. Some of your quotes could even make it into the article!

We obviously it is the competitors who make the event what it is and also support from numerous sponsors who for this year were Atmosphere Health and Fitness Club, Cellabrations, Gulf Western Oil, GPPD and Penrith Council among many others and local community groups and volunteers.

$20,000 dontated to local charities as part of Nepean Triathlon

The Nepean Triathlon is a community event supported by volunteers from local charitable organisations. This support allows us to put on a safe and affordable event. Nepean Triathlon is proud to donate to these groups for their continued support.

A total of $20,000 was donated this year and we wish to call out the charities here

  • John Maclean Foundation – $10,000 (in the form of wheelchairs for 2 needy kids)
  • Rural Fire Service – $3,000
  • Penrith Lions Club – $850
  • St Dominic’s College Football Club – $800
  • Penrith Rugby Legless Emus – $850
  • Emu Plains Cricket Club – $750
  • Sally K Dance Studios – $500
  • Nepean Rotary Club – $750
  • Windsor Swim Club – $850
  • NSW Police Motor Cyclists $800*
  • St Johns Ambulance –  $600

* NSW Police Motor Cyclists choose a charity to donate to each year from the race.

John Maclean foundation raises $200,000

Ricky Jeffs, Chairman of the John Maclean Foundation has also advised that $200,000 was raised from participants in the John Maclean wave and the John Maclean walk for young Australians and their families living in wheelchairs.

Again, we’d like to thank our charities for their support and competitors for participating in the Nepean Triathlon.

Professionals line up for Nepean Triathlon

Outstanding professional field for 2014 Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon. 

If you are not racing on Sunday, you should be watching the Atmosphere Nepean Triathlon. With a great professional field up front racing for a record $76,500 prize money and 1400 competitors on the course, complete with John Maclean attempting his first triathlon as an able bodied athlete, the Nepean and the Saturday Enticer races are shaping up as the races of the season.
Adding additional interest is Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Phil Kearns and Ky Hurst all having a go with John and a 60 Minutes team capturing all the action.

Tour De France Travel lucky draw

For the third year running we are giving away a Tour de France Travel trip to follow the Tour de France in 2015! Below is

The lucky draw prize will be drawn at the completion of the Nepean Triathlon during the official presentation. The winner must be an entrant in the Nepean Triathon and be present at the time of the draw. Prize does not include airfares.

Many thanks to Tour de France Travel for their continued support.

Below is last year’s winner Tony Syme enjoying the 2014 TDF Travel prize. Tony said:

It is certainly one of the best experiences I have enjoyed to date. The company was great, the scenery was magnificent, the climbs were as promised; challenging to say the least. (Not to forget the organisation, accommodation and support etc. which was ‘top notch’)

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