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The 2014 ITU triathlon World Cup season officially gets underway this weekend in Mooloolaba, Australia. In the build-up to the World Triathlon Series start in Auckland, the sprint races will feature star studded lineups of the world’s fastest triathletes this Saturday. Due to the extreme surf conditions forecast for Saturday and Sunday, the swim for the has been relocated from its traditional beach start to the Mooloolah River.
The women’s race will feature ITU stars Anne Haug (GER), Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Andrea Hewitt (NZL), Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Paula Findlay (CAN). The top starters for the men include Mario Mola (ESP), Richard Murray (RSA), Sven Riederer (SUI), Laurent Vidal (FRA) and Joao Silva (POR). See the women’s start list here and men’s start list here.
The tough course and incredible spectator support create an electric atmosphere that make Mooloolaba an athlete favorite race spot. Mooloolaba is a small beachside community on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, an hour north of Brisbane. The World Cup event is the center piece of a three-day multisport festival, with 9000 competitors participating. The course starts with a swim in the Pacific Ocean, while the bike leg takes in the green hinterland, followed by a run that has ocean views the entire way.