The elite men and women start the swim at Torquay during the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon.
The elite men and women start the swim at Torquay during the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon. Alistair Brightman

A rousing success for Hervey Bay Triathlon Club

FABULOUS Fraser Coast was disqualified from the teams event but that didn't stop Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell, Cr Stuart Taylor and Dave Dwyer from having a go at the Hundy.

A physically spent O'Connell spoke to the Chronicle after he finished the bike leg.

"Cr Stuart Taylor is running now and David Dwyer was our swimmer," he said.

"It was well and truly a great start (by Dwyer). He was one of the main reasons we had a great start.

"I did the cycle leg but I was feeling it towards the end but I'm sure Stuart is doing his best out there now."

Hervey Bay Triathlon Club president and Hervey Bay 100 organiser Nick Downes said "It's been a fantastic week-end."

"We had a big turnout for the kids' race yesterday with a lot of smiling faces; the Have A Crack race was outstanding with a lot of first-timers.

"We're about 10% today which is terrific, so hopefully we keep that going strong.

"It's been a massive effort. It's an event run wholly by volunteers from the Tri Club and people just giving up their own time to do something that they want to do. It's fantastic."

While O'Connell happily donned his mayoral hat to talk up to the Hervey Bay 100 and the great tourism opportunity it provided for the region, the keen cyclist gave an insight into his daily routine.

"I try and go out (on the bike) most days," O'Connell said.

"I try to do five days a week and punctuate that with a bit of running. The schedule doesn't allow me to spend a lot of time out on the bike but I enjoy it.

"I tend to do something between 20 and 30km. I enjoy it because it's good fitness, a good pastime and there's no better place to ride a bike than Fraser Coast."