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Athletes of all shapes, sizes

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November 10, 2017

Challenge Shepparton is back this weekend, with competitors hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s female winner Ellie Salthouse.

Challenge Shepparton is back and will take place across the Goulburn Valley this weekend.

The triathlon festival starts at 6am on Sunday with the unique course comprising a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and a 21.1km run for the pro category.

However, the modified version will have an abundance of athletes from all shapes, sizes and ages participate in the ideal course for beginners or those chasing a personal best.

The freshwater swim in Victoria Park Lake will have the athletes enter from the boat ramp with elites followed by age group athletes, separated into male and female age groups.

An exit gantry is built allowing athletes a safe exit and a clear entry into the bike transition. The bike course will have elite athletes complete two 45km circuits (90km in total) along the Midland Hwy and Toolamba Rd to Old Toolamba and return, however, a different course will be suited to each individual category and age group.

While finally the picturesque run has athletes busting a gut alongside the lake’s edge before crossing the Goulburn River to head into the red gum forest and river flats.

The past two winners of Challenge Shepparton men’s elite race will return again this year, proving the demand to compete at such a high level is still there.

Queenslander Dan Wilson, who was victorious last year, along with 2015 winner Luke Bell will go head-to-head in the highly anticipated battle on Sunday. Wilson finished three minutes clear of the chasing pack in 3.50:45 last year after a dominant display.

Bell was a late scratching from last year’s race through injury and was unable to defend his title.

In the women’s elite race, 2014 winner Annabel Luxford enters as favourite after blitzing the field three years ago.

But Jacqui Slack will bring some international star power from England and shapes as a major threat.

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