The final day of 2017 saw the wind dropping and cloud clearing for perfect race conditions for the 32GI sponsored Dune2Dune . The remaining swell and full high tide made the setting of a swim course difficult but once again the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club delivered the good . There was still enough wind around to make the return journey to Cape on the bike a bit of an upwind grind. 29 starters lined up for the long course with double that number starting the short course. Reuben Kuah was the master of the rough water and lead at the end of the swim with Amanda Wilson and Paul Taylor in hot pursuit and a group of 3 less than 20 seconds behind . Matt Sullivan and Dennis Neal were the big movers on the bike leg and it was Dennis getting past Matt in the second lap to lead in to the final transition posting the quickest bike time for the day of 56:13. A blitzing run time of 36:29 by Amanda Wilson saw her past all the men with an almost full minute lead at the finish over Paul Taylor who had passed Matt Sullivan ( 2nd) and Dennis Neal (3rd). Sarah Treloar was second in the women’s field with Adele Garwood in 3rd.
In the short course a blistering bike leg in a time of 26:38 saw Brett Franklin lead in to the final change with half a minute lead over Mack Clarkson . Whilst Mack closed the gap somewhat , Brett held on for the win with Naish Chapman in 3rd. In the women’s filed it was Penny Nevill over Zoe Ferguson with Kara Landels in third .
The Barracudas would like to thank the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club , Coastal Crewzers( transition ) , Wonthaggi Road Runners( marshalling) , race sponsor 32GI and Magnus Michelson , and series sponsor Alex Scott . A special thanks for their effort on the day of Deb Reilly , Jenny Hollins and family and Damien King and family .
See you all for race 3 , the Twilight Triathlon at Inverloch on 24th February .
A total of 46 entries took on the 2017 edition of the Anderson Inlet Triathlon was held in perfect racing conditions, flat seas , a moderate tailwind home on the bike , and cool temperatures on the run .After the traffic management failed to show the finish was moved the road back into rainbow park where we used to finish( see the pics on left ) . Seems everyone feels we should move it all back there permanently. The swim was held in flat seas with a raging outgoing current . Some interesting instructions from race director turned the swim into a mini lottery but certainly kept the leaders close together at the start of the bike leg . Martin Bando had a handy lead out of the water but was soon hauled in by the race leaders Matt Sullivan , Brett Franklin and Dennis Neal. Brett Franklin took the lead on the bike and was well ahead when he reached transition . With a sub 19 minute run time he finished more than 2 minutes ahead. Dennis Neal had closed the gap to Matt Sullivan on the bike to only a matter of seconds . Matt was too quick form him, in the run and finished second with Dennis in third. The ever improving Barracuda Daomien King was in fourth with new member Trent Hamilton in 5 th in his first local triathlon.
In the women’s event , former winner Hilary Myer was too strong for local Barracuda Kara Landells with Debbi Mahon in third. Making a spur of the moment decision today to enter a triathlon Team McINtyres were well ahead the other team swhich were made of from the Phillip Island Turtles !
Presentations were held on the deck neighbouring the Beach Box Cafe , with fruit and Pizza provided post race .
We would like to thank our sponsors Alex Scott , Wheelheat , Beach Box Cafe , Voyage Fitness all our volunteers ,Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club for water safety and first aid , coastal cruizers for transition , run marshals from Wonthaggi Road Runners and Tomato Timing . Also a sterling effort by club treasurer Jenny Hollins , who at the last minute volunteered for the bike turnaround and Gavin Slavin for all his organisational skills and quick thinking on the day to make sure we had a race.
See you all at Cape Paterson for the Dune2Dune Triathlons on New Years Eve which will give you all a reason to party hard . Entries are open.
Inverloch turned it on for the 2017 edition of the Twilight Triathlon with the temperatures perfect for racing . A fresh South East wind change arrived as predicted just on race start and proved to be handful for everyone on the return leg of the bike . With the outgoing current still strong a quick swim was the order of the day . Jonney Yeates demonstrated how to coolly turn a deficit into into a lead in transition …. twice…. Then outran all his competitors with sub 18 run split of 17:16. Aidan Rich was in second The ever consistent Matt Sullivan was a minute back in third , it was a full 3 minutes before Jim Peachey was across the line in 4th.
A strong women’s filed was out there with 25-29 year age group being the biggest in the field . Hilary Meyer , with several previous placings in Barracuda events , broke through for a win making 10 minute improvement over last years event . Brittany Campbell finished second , with a sub 20 minute run split moving past Katherine Henderson who finished in third .
Barracuda members were scarce , some recovering from their efforts at Geelong , but it was the fast improving Damien King blitzing the rest ahead of Rod McCall , Andy Chisolm and Rick Whitehouse . Veteran local Jenny Merrick again put in a strong performance while still recovering from her efforts at Geelong last weekend .
Barracudas would like to thank the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club , Coastal Cruizers( transition) , sponsor Wheelheat , Bass Coast Fat Bikes , Alex Scott Wonthaggi and especially Deb Reilly for her sterling effort as Race Director . Thanks to all competitors and we are looking forward to you coming back next seasons Alex Scott Series . Don’t forget the Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run-> next Sunday . Results are up at Tomato Timing-> , some Images at here-> .
After the choppy conditions of last 2 years athletes were greeted with perfect swimming conditions with flat calm seas. The winds on the other hand did not disappoint with a stiff north westerly shifting to south west and strengthening making tough conditions on the bike especially on the return to transition .
In the short course it was Magnus Michelson with a consistent performance holding off local Barracuda Brett Franklin , who has the fastest bike time of the day , by just over a minute with Brendan Cullen in third.In the women the winner was local athlete Kara Landells , 2 minutes ahead of Alice Bacquie with Bernadette Spinks in third.
In the long course Reuben Kuah was first out of the water but was soon passed on the bike leg by Chris Scammell and Dennis Neal . Chris Scammell , who is in impressive form continued on to wih in a time 1:55:44 . Reuben Kuah was second some 8 minutes behind with Dennis Neal in third . In the women’s race Christine Jell was in first ahead of Fiona Neuwirth.
A record field of 89 starters hit the water for the 2016 Esplanade Hotel Twilight Triathlon . With a light to moderate southwest wind blowing and a a slack low tide conditions were perfect for racing . After swim of 600m there was a 500m run back to transition. Jake Templar was first to hit T1 followed closely by Monty Frankish. The bike course was 12 1/2 km into the headwind to Cape Paterson with a fast trip back home. Sam Beveridge took the lead out on the bike with Brett Franklin hot on his tail both posting bike times under 38 minutes with Brett 1 second outside of a record bike split. Sam arrived at T2 with a 20 second lead over Brett which he extended by almost half a minute on the run . Brett was second with Monty Frankish a further minute back in 3rd .
In the women’s field Molly Irvine was first to T1 with Alice Baquie and Hilary Meyer close behind. Molly soon pulled well clear on the bike with Hilary edging past Alice near the turnaround. Molly remained well ahead finishing almost 3 minutes ahead. Alice Baquie seemed to fly on the run , with a run split of under 20 minutes to come in second with Hilary in 3rd.
In the teams it was the Barker Kids finishing well ahead of the Barracuda combination the Cameo Crusaders . The Inverloch Park Run combo Tag You’re it were first in the all girls section.
Presentations were held in the Esplanade Hotel after the race .
The club would like to thank the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club , the Coastal Crewzers and all volunteers on the day and bike sponsor Wheelheat . Full results with splits are available from the following link at Tomato Timing ->