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)