For the second time in its history the Dune2Dune triathlon was held in a howling sou’wester , only this time the high tide and overnight swell had turned the usual calm protected Cape bay beach into a washing machine with wave breaking over the rock pool . The Wonthaggi Life Saving Club did a sterling job of actually managing to set a course and allow us to actually have a swim in what were truly atrocious conditions. In all 141 competitors braved the conditions . The long course got under a way a little later than planned due to the difficulty of getting the buoys to hold . Once under way it was as much about finding water that was moving in the right direction as swimming . The highlight of the swim for the local club members was the webmaster taking the dangerous course getting washed over the rocks on both laps thus shortening to beat the much usually stronger club president out of the water . The two elite competitors , Monty Frankish and Luke Whitmore slugged it out on the bike in the blustery conditions . Barracuda member Brett Franklin set a cracking pace on the bike for a sub one hour split closing the gap just a little on Luke Whitmore . In the end it was a comfortable win for Monty Frankish by just over two minutes over Luke Whitmore . Brett’s bike pace was enough to get him into 3rd place ahead of the fast finishing Magnus Michelson with Barracuda Keith Colomb less than half a minute behind . In the women’s field last year’s winner Zoe Ferguson was again to strong for the rest of the pack , with Amanda Wallis in second and Jyotsana Gill . In the teams event the supermen of Deb’s Harem entertained with a sub 2 hours time .
The short race got under way 20 minutes after the start of the long race . With a turn of the tide the short course competitors probably had the worst of the rips . Hilario Real in a time just over 50 minutes took out the event well ahead of Nick Thomas who recorded the fastest run split for the day to pass Tim Guille. In 4th overall was Team Voyage . Alice Bacquie was fifth overall taking out the women’s event ahead of Jodie Barker and Camilla Forss.
On the day timing was this year done by Tomato timing and allowed presentations to get underway soon after the race .
In all the conditions were a great test for athletes . The Barracudas would like all competitors and their crew for supporting our race . We would like to thank our major sponsors Alex Scott , Crossover Cycles and Voyage Fitness . And especially we would like to thank our volunteers -> the Coastal Crewzers , SES , Robby T ( car park drink station) , Deb’s Boys (run turnaround ), and especially the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club .
See you all at Inverloch on Saturday 22nd February for the twilight event ( entries open soon – likely start time to be confirmed 4.30pm)
KIDS GIVE TRIATHLON A TRY
The Bass Coast Barracuda’s Triathlon Club have been providing inspiration to the local kids, to give the sport of triathlon a go. During term 4, the students at the Inverloch Primary School were given the opportunity to try the sport of Triathlon as part of the Active Afterschool Communities (AASC) Program. Almost 60 students took up this opportunity and they completed the 7 week program on the school grounds, using their bikes and other equipment to simulate a range of triathlon based activities.
The two coaches of the program, Michelle and Gabriella wanted to give the students the full triathlon experience and with the support from the AASC Regional Coordinator, Gene Parini they set about planning a junior triathlon event.
The event was held on the 6th December at the Broadbeach resort, with the facility management and gym operators from I Choose Awesome helping to make the event a great experience for all.
Students were broken down into two age groups and competed in small triathlon which involved swimming in the Indoor Pool, followed by a cycle a run leg within the grounds of the Broadbeach Resort. Gene said that “43 students participated and it was fantastic to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. We had all ages and abilities and you could see that they loved giving it a go”.
The event was also supported by the local Triathlon club, the Bass Coast Barracuda’s. Club President Gavin Slavin assisted on the day and was impressed to see so many local young children trying the sport. The next local Triathlon is being held on December 29 at Cape Paterson and while you need to be over 14 to compete( 15 for long course or 14 for long course team member , 13 for short course team member ) the club welcomes all abilities to give it a try. Go to the club website www.basscoasttri.com.au.
The Inverloch Primary School has been participating in the AASC program for a number of years and is a great supporter of the students getting involved in local club sport.
If you would like to know more about the sport of Triathlon please contact should contact Michelle Harris on E: email@example.com T: 5674 6004 M: 0428 358 335.
Anderson Inlet turned it on for the start of the Alex Scott Triathlon Series of 2013-14 . With a slack high tide and blues skies it was a perfect start to the Barracudas summer season for the Voyage Fitness Anderson Inlet Triathlon . A record field of 62 starters entered the water . The unusual lack of current and clear water made for one of the fairest swims in recent years . A moderate Easterly breeze made for a fast outward bike leg to Cape Paterson , with Barracuda Keith Colomb leading to the turn .
Young Matt Sullivan , who has made big improvements , and Keith slugged out into the headwind back to Inverloch with them both hitting the final transition together . In the end it was Keith Colomb , who was too strong on the run taking out the event in a time of 1:04:53 . A fast finishing Paul Taylor came in second with Matt Sullivan coming in 3rd just ahead of Sam Beveridge.
In the women’s filed it was Barracuda Raeleigh Harris fresh off an age group win at the Shepparton 70.3 who lead the field in despite puncturing on the bike . Her presence in the club will certainly be missed when she leave for Canada in the near future . Coming in 2nd was Paula Charlton with another Barracuda , Michelle Harris , finishing fast for 3rd.
Presentation were held in the Esplanade Hotel following the event . The Barracudas would like to thank all entrants for supporting the event . We would also like to thank all the volunteers that make our event possible including the SES , Inverloch Life Saving Club ,the Cape crew . Thanks to our race sponsor Voyage Fitness , series sponsor Alex Scott and long time sponsor Crossover Cycles.
See you all on the 29th December at Cape Paterson for the Dune2Dune.