Great news for the Australian cross triathlon crowd – the National Championship race is back! In the town of Sunshine Coast on February 12, 2017, one event will hold the title of the Queensland State Championship and Australian National Championship for cross triathlon. The event will be produced and run by In2Adventure, the same top notch race company that put on the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship this past November.
After the cancellation of the 2017 Cross Triathlon National Championship was announced weeks ago, In2Adventure worked diligently to find a new event to hold the title. After many discussions with Triathlon Australia (the national governing body) and Triathlon Queensland (the state governing body), the passionate crew at In2Adventure were able to give their event in Queensland the title of Cross Triathlon National Championship. Were it not for their dedication to the sport, Australian cross triathletes would have not had a national champs in 2017.
Why Nats Nearly Did Not Happen
Australia nearly missed out on having a 2017 National Championship after Triathlon New South Wales (the state’s governing body for triathlon – Tri NSW for short) decided to schedule the NSW Club Championship on the exact same weekend. Knowing well in advance that the Cross Triathlon National Championship was going to be held on the exact same weekend, Tri NSW scheduled their club championship event anyway, forcing In2Adventure to cancel their event. With a move like this, it’s hard to believe that a governing body like Tri NSW is giving equal priority to all of the triathlon disciplines that it pledges to oversee.
A full write up of how the whole situation transpired will be coming soon, but for now, it’s time to train your butt off in preparation for what is bound to be an epic race.