TRI TIME: Matthew Hauser is keen to put his Commonwealth Games preparations to the test at Mooloolaba.
TRI TIME: Matthew Hauser is keen to put his Commonwealth Games preparations to the test at Mooloolaba. Delly Carr

Hauser ready to test skills against world's best

TRIATHLON: With a debut at the Commonwealth Games fast-approaching, young gun Matt Hauser is determined to test his mettle against the world's best.

Hauser will be gifted the opportunity during the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup this weekend, where athletes from across the globe are set to compete.

With only one race under his belt so far this year, at the Gold Coast Triathlon, Hauser was keen to gauge his race fitness against an elite field.

"I think it'll be a great competition in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games and I think they're expecting a pretty decent field that's similar to the competition that'll be at the Gold Coast come April," he said.

"So it'll be great to test out the legs against those guys and kind of see where I'm at against the competition."

With the recent Gold Coast Triathlon reduced to a duathlon because of poor water quality, Mooloolaba stands to be Hauser's first and only sprint distance triathlon this year prior to the games.

However, he wasn't fazed by the lack of race time, and hoped to "iron out the kinks" against the best of the best on Saturday.

"It'll definitely be on from the start and I think the ocean swim will prove to split up the groups a little bit and hopefully I'll be able to get out towards the front there and try and consolidate on the bike," he said.

"It's a pretty tricky bike course and especially if it's wet on the weekend I'll definitely have to be quite cautious.

"I think I've been putting together some good mileage in training and I think I'll be in good stead to put in a solid performance on the weekend."

Hauser enjoyed plenty of success in 2017, winning his debut ITU World Cup race in Chengdu, China in May before being crowned the Junior World Champion at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam in September.

And while a podium is definitely on the cards this weekend, Hauser said it wouldn't be easy with the likes of South African athlete, and Rio Olympian, Richard Murray among a star-studded field.

"He's ranked number one on the start list and he's got quite a formidable run in his back pocket, so I think he'll be definitely the one to watch," Hauser said.

"But there's also a few other Aussies including Luke Willian who'll be joining me in April on the Australian team.

"And Aaron Royle is kind of coming back into form as well so I definitly think the Aussies will lift on home soil and hopefully give it a good crack as well."

The Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup will be held on Saturday with elite athletes competing over a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.