We have witnessed some crazy moments over the years, such as Rhys Drury’s surprise demolition of the men’s field back in 2007 or Liz Pluimers dramatic finish chute collapse in 2009, and with the quality and quantity of this years start lists an upset has never been more likely.

Last years short course winner Nathan Gray has made the move to warmer waters of Surfers Paradise and with a training partner like Ali Day we expect Nathan to be at the pointy end.

“Mr Consistent” “The Groundskeeper” “FILO” whatever you want to call him, Jake Nicholson will once again toe-the-line this weekend in hopes to finally take out the iconic event. FILO (first in, last out) is known for his guts and determination which saw him take out runner-up in 2014. In his 7th attempt Jake is ready to take the next step.

One of the most explosive short course athletes in Ironman racing will try his hand at the 42km marathon this weekend. Tanyn Lyndon will be competing in his first open Coolangatta Gold on Saturday, and with a big off-season under the tutelage of Ironman great Wes Berg we are expecting a big race from Tanyn.

The Womens race looks to be a two horse race with Courtney Hancock and Rebecca Creedy headlining the womens race. However, with a win in last years short course Coolanagatta Gold and a strong off-season don’t be surpised to see North Burleighs Allie Britton in the mix early on.