It was a hard fought race which came down to a battle of wills on the final run leg as international greats Sam Osborne (NZL), Ben Allen (AUS), Jacqui Allen (GBR) and Penny Slater (AUS) jostled for position in Saturday’s Australian Cross Triathlon National Championships
The Australian Cross Triathlon National Championships hosted at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the iconic Snowy Mountains of New South Wales challenged contenders with a course which has rapidly become renowned as the one of the toughest, challenging, and most rewarding courses on the international circuit, after playing host to the ITU World Championships in 2016.
It was team Allen who dominated the swim with Ben (NSW) leading out in a time of 17:27 with Gerard Wild (NSW) just two seconds off the pace and Osborne (NZL) right on their heels for the full distance of the 1,500m swim. Jacqui Allen (GBR) led the female race finishing the swim in 19:16, 1 minute and 33 secs ahead of closest rival, Penny Slater (NSW) with Leela Hancox in third.
With a blisteringly fast T1 transition from Osborne it was Allen and Osborne wheel to wheel heading into the 30km mountain bike leg which encompasses two alpine lakes, the Thredbo River, Kosciuszko National Park and spectacular views of the Thredbo Valley. And that was how these two great athletes continued for the full 30km of the heart pumping flowing single track before heading into T2 recording a time of 1:20:54 and 1:20:56 respectively. Brodie Gardner (Qld) made a big comeback on the mountain bike to pull into third in a time of 1:23:57.
Into T2 and this was where Osborne made his move on Allen gaining a full 15 seconds in transition heading into the run leg and from this point he never looked back taking line honors in 2:23:38. Allen, who lost all his nutrition in an unfortunate collision on the bike finished a fighting second in 2:27:44 and as first Australian across the line regained his national title. Brodie Gardiner finished across the line in third in 2:37:52 and Jacob Storey (Vic) finished fourth overall and taking the silver in the Australian Title.
In the women’s race, Slater started to make up ground on Allen who finished the leg in a time of 1:34:16. Slater managed to pull back 20 seconds on her mentor to record a time of 1:33:56, while Hancox also put in a strong performance in a time of 1:36:20.
Jacqui Allen demonstrated her domination on the run leg with a 57:14 split to hold onto the lead from Slater who recorded a 58:06 run time. Overall Allen took the line honours in a time of 2:52:13 with Slater finishing second across the line and claiming the Australian National Title with Hancox in third and Maeve Kennedy (NSW) taking the bronze in the Australian Title.
Numerous Race Opportunities
The TreX Series serves up a tough challenge for racers in the standard distance course, however, with Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids courses it’s also about participation. The TreX series offers an opportunity for athletes of any age or ability to come along and enjoy the off-road experience.
In the sprint event which included a 400m swim, 15km XC MTB and 3.3km trail run there were also some amazing performances, especially from Queensland young gun Callum Kingston taking overall line honours in an amazing time of 1:08:53.
In the Junior course Joseph Milgate (Qld) took line honours for the males in a time of 27:14 and local Catherine Stynes-Garratty from Snowy Mountains Grammar School for the females in a time of 32:26.
And the TreX Dirt Kids was certainly the feature event of the day with our young off-road champions of tomorrow aged 7-10 years tackling a 50m swim, 1.5km mountain bike around Lake Crackenback and a 500m run. After learning all the skills at a free tri clinic with international superstars Ben and Jacqui Allen from B&J Racing, the Dirt Kids raced hard and finished with big smiles at the finish line.
The TreX series continues on its national tour with round 6, TreX Back 2 Back Enduro and the Queensland Cross Triathlon Championships hosted in the beautiful Moreton Bay Region in South East Queensland.
Events are open to all comers and there are courses and distances to suit all ages and abilities which makes it a fantastic weekend away for the entire family.
The Snowies MultiSport Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
For more information about how you can be a part of Australia’s ultimate off-road triathlon visit the website at www.trextriathlon.com.au
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AUSTRALIAN XTRI CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
Open | Elite Men
- Sam Osborne, NZL | 2:23:38
- Ben Allen, AUS | 2:27:44 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION
- Brodie Gardner, AUS | 2:37:52
Open | Elite Women
- Jacqui Allen, GBR | 2:52:13
- Penny Slater, AUS | 2:54:10 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION
- Leela Hancox, AUS | 3:01:03
UPCOMING EVENTS | 2018
- Queensland Cross Triathlon Championships | Moreton Bay Region, QLD | 24/25 Mar 2018
- TreX National Cross Triathlon Championships | Sunshine Coast, Qld | 28 Apr 2018
- Sunshine Coast Trail Run Festival | Sunshine Coast, Qld | 28 Apr 2018
- Sunshine Coast MTB Festival | Sunshine Coast, Qld | 29 Apr 2018
- TreX Port Stephens | Port Stephens, NSW | 22 Sep 2018
- Tomaree Trail Run Festival | Port Stephens, NSW | 23 Sep 2018
- TreX Goldfields | Bendigo, VIC | 24 Nov 2018
- Bendigo Trail Run Festival | Bendigo VIC | 25 Nov 2018