NEWCASTLE'S Aaron Royle reaffirmed his reputation as Australia's No. 1 competitor and capped off the most lucrative fortnight of his career by winning the Noosa Triathlon last weekend.
The under-23 world champion from Maryland was part of a lead pack of seven entering the run leg before he broke away to win in one hour 46 minutes 11 seconds.
He pocketed $12,000, following the $15,000 he collected for winning the Nepean Triathlon two weeks ago and $2500 at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Multi Sport Festival on October 21.
As Australia's leading competitor on the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) world series circuit, Royle is now looking forward to a hard-earned break after an exhausting competitive season that started in February.
Royle said he could hardly be more satisfied with his recent efforts.
Before the ITU circuit started, he had set himself a goal of the world's top 10.
He finished one shy of that and qualified for next year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games despite a stint in hospital for several weeks with a bout of pneumonia.
"If someone had offered me these results at the start of the year, I would have taken them," he said.
"I guess all elite athletes are pretty critical of themselves and look for little things they can improve.
"I'm the same, but I'm pretty happy because it's been quite a successful season."