Class field to line up for high profile event

CRONULLA’S world Ironmen champions Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack and new champ Peter Jacobs take on the sprint specialists when they all compete in the Noosa Triathlon this weekend.

Three-time world champ Alexander has not raced at Noosa since 2006.

“I was heading up to do some promotional work and thought I wouldn’t mind racing in one of the iconic events in our sport,” he said. “My body feels good and I seemed to have recovered well from the [world ironman] race in Hawaii two weeks ago, so I’m really looking forward to participating and not just watching this year.”

Three-time Noosa champion Courtney Atkinson, a dual Olympian, is one of the favourites despite posting his worst result in the event in 2011.

“I had a hit-out last weekend but it’s been nearly four months since I raced a non-drafting triathlon,” said Atkinson.

“To have the Ironman champions, Olympians and the next wave of younger triathletes all competing in the same race is a great thing for the sport of triathlon in Australia. I wish it happened more often.”

Top field: Chris McCormack competing at Cronulla earlier this year. Picture: Chris Lane

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