Based on scenery alone, Challenge Cairns is bound to become world's leading 3.8/180/42.2 km triathlon. They offer a half-distance option too, as well as ocean swims and MTB races. These are all part of Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, which offers an unbeatable range of unique challenges for the adventure minded.
Macca will be competing there for three consecutive years, and he won the first one convincingly with a 8:15 time. I think many triathletes are pretty bored with Kona like Macca, and will choose to race in Cairns instead. Cairns really is the new Kona. The only downside is that it's far away in Queensland Australia, but now there's a great incentive to travel all the way down there. Her are ten reasons to add Challenge Cairns to your dream race list.