The looped section of the course is undulating.

1) I heard it is hilly, should I use a road bike or my time trial bike?

The course has a combination of very flat and fast motorway. It then moves off motorway into undulating terrain with one difficult steep but short climb. It is definitely a time-trial bike course, certainly not hilly or technical enough to warrant a road bike.

2) What gearing will I need? Should I put a 28 on the back?

Easiest gearing required would be between 36-39 at front and 28-32 on back depending on your ability/speed. The one steep climb that is on course is covered by trees and is often wet as it rarely sees sun, so being over geared and out of the saddle on climb may result in wheel slippage.

3) Do you recommend a disc wheel?

If you usually run a disc wheel, no need to change specifically for this course.

SunshineCoast2First section is out and back on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

4) Will it be a wetsuit swim?

Historically in September on Sunshine Coast water temp will be around 21-22C, so it will be a Wetsuit Swim under WTC rules.

5) I’ve never raced where the swim is in the ocean. How should I prepare differently? 

Mooloolaba Beach can have a small wave breaking close to shore. If you are not experienced in Ocean/Surf beach races I would recommend attending our Open Water Session early in race week to get some guidance on how to approach and to put your mind at ease.

6) Where should I stay? Is there much accommodation close to the race?

The best place to stay would be Mooloolaba or Alexandra Headlands. They both have high number of holiday rental accommodation and are both on course, close (5-10min bike ride) to Race Village/Start/Transition/Finish Line.

Accommodation is good for hotels/motels/apartments is good for holiday houses


~15min from Sunshine Coast Airport MCY (Domestic)

~70min from Brisbane Airport BNE (Domestic/International)



And a heap of restaurants/cafe’s/bar’s/pubs 😉

Running Shoe Shop

Bike Shops

Those that have heard of Noosa. It is a 40-60 minute drive depending on traffic to get race village/start. If you stay here you will obviously need a rental car.

Other tourist place to visit after the race would be Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. A 30 minute drive from Mooloolaba:

Tourism Info:

7) Where can I swim during race week? have designated pool and open water session on the race week, but outside of this Cotton Tree pool is a 5-10 minute bike ride from Mooloolaba/Alexandra Headlands is the closest.

Cotton Tree Pool 50m LCM 25SCM:

8) Will it be hot on race day?  Will I need to do heat training to prepare?

Historically the min/max temps are 13c – 24c at Mooloolaba in September with moderate humidity. Australia has very high UV rays that can sometimes make it feel hotter than other places around the world for the same temperature.

View our Sunshine Coast camps and pop-up sessions here. online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.

SunshineCoast3Mooloolaba Beach can have a small wave breaking close to shore. 

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