Forager North Coast Triathlon League – ICL03 Preview
The Byron Breakers pulled off the incredible last season. The club in just its third year of existence held off the much larger and more established clubs of the region to be crowned the second ever Forager North Coast Triathlon League champions.
It was an incredible effort and President Deb Fuller along with her teammates should be immensely proud of what they achieved.
But a new season is now upon us and the club are queuing up to knock the Breakers off.
Inaugural champs, the Coffs Harbour Rockets will believe they are first in line. The Rockets came close again last season and won’t waste any time in announcing themselves as a main contender for the year ahead.
Neither will the Clarence Valley Stingrays. A club complete with talent across the board. They have also come close in recent years so no one would be surprised to see the Stingrays put together a title challenge.
The Hat Head Hammerheads used ICL01 to announce themselves on the club scene. Everybody knows who they are now however, and they could also be in the running for a shot at the title.
The Ballina Seahorses, the Port Macquarie Pelicans and the Tweed Valley Volcanoes all showed improvement last season, but a title push might be out of the question for now, but a step up and a top 3 finish is certainly not.
ICL03 for the North Coast kicks off on the 29th November at Kingscliff and is followed just a week later by the Yamba Triathlon on the 5th December. Both events will see the sprint distance races as the Performance Points earning distance. Both events are likely to suit the Clarence Valley Stingrays, with the Ballina Seahorses and Byron Breakers likely to feature heavily also.
Round 3 will be the Trial Bay Triathlon and another opportunity for the keen sprinters to gain some Performance Points for their clubs. The Hat Head Hammerheads will have this one circled as a potential event victory.
The 6th March will see Round 4 and the Tweed Coast Enduro. A magnificent event that will allow the long courses to stretch their legs. An event that is hard to predict but watch out for the Coffs Harbour Rockets and the Clarence Valley Stingrays.
For Round 5 it is back to Kingscliff before the penultimate round on the 8th May at the Byron Triathlon. An event in which it is very hard to look past a Byron Breakers event victory.
Round 7 and the final round for ICL03 will be in Forster on 22nd May 2021 at Club Champs. It will be a double point round making it arguably the most decisive event on the calendar. The Port Macquarie Pelicans and the Coffs Harbour Rockets are notorious performers at Club Champs in previous editions so both will have high hopes of finishing their seasons on a high. The Forager North Coast Triathlon League title will most likely not be decided until Club Champs. Expect three or four clubs to still be in the running for the trophy. It is all set to be a enthralling season ahead.