With a strong offshore northerlies and temperatures in the high 30’s club members enjoyed a swim in glassy conditions at Cape Paterson , the day before the Dune2Dune . The southerly change overnight brought more pleasant racing conditions , but there was just enough chop to upset the pool swimmers – fortunately though not the washing machine of last year . In all a total of 116 competitors fronted the start line , around half in each race . In the long course event , Monty Frankish lead from the start , with the quickest swim of the day hitting transition at 14:05. Monty established a significant lead over his closets competitor Paul Speed . Brett Franklin , averaging over 40km/hr , with the fastest bike split of the day of 56:50 , moved past many competitor and finally past Mack Clarkson and Matt Sullivan to hit T2 in 3rd place. With fastest run split of the day Monty was first in more than 5 minutes ahead of Paul Speed . Meanwhile Matt Sullivan was running strongly and near Marine St on lap 3 Matt was ahead with Brett hard on his heels . The situation remained with Matt coming in 3rd just 2 seconds in front of Brett. Mack Clarkson ran the second fastest run split to be a minute behind in 5th . Regular competitor Paul Taylor was a bit further back in 6th .
In the women’s race Amanda Wilson extended her lead out of the water and finished strongly to come in 2 minutes ahead of Kristy Hallet. Meagan Harvey was a further 2 minutes behind in 3rd.
Local Barracudas Nathan Dunlop and Phil Hanley performed strongly . The much anticipated 55-59 local derby came to a head in T2 with Brian Martin catching Rick just before the RACV . They hit transition together , but Rick’s run leg was too strong for Brian and finished 2 minutes ahead. Nathan Dunlop holds an almost unassailable lead in the club points table.
In the short race Hilario Real was in form , passing much of the tail of the long course on the bike. He continued with a strong run to come in 4 minutes ahead of Tim Guille with young Taylor Jones in 3rd . In the women’s event Kilcunda’s Kara Landells , second out of the water was too strong on the bike and run for Camilla Forss. Bernadette Spinks came in third .
The roads being partly closed well controlled by ADA this year made for a safer race and we expect this to be the case in the future allowing to open up the race to more entries. Triathlon Victoria attended to help oversee the race and it seems one competitor had to attend the penalty box for a drafting penalty . Live event timing by Tomato Timing has allowed us to get presentations under way more promptly than in the past .
The Bass Coast Barracudas would like to thank all volunteers including the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club , SES , Robbie T , Pete Hanley , Angus Hume -transition controller – and the Bass Coast Cruizers , members of the Cape Paterson Life Saving Club , Bass Coast Board Riders , Thierry Rolland, Paul Landells for photos and especially race director Deb Rielly and TO Deon , and anyone else I’ve forgotten .
This report was written from a point of view just a little back from the middle of the long course field , and no apology is made . Our next event is the Espy Hotel Twilight Triathlon which will take place on 21st February in Inverloch with a start time of 4.30pm and a finish just in time for dinner . TO enter more info on Our Event Page_>.
There are more than 400 photos from this race and there is an updated plugin , the “lightbox” which allows easy sharing on social media. , just hit the Gallery at the top in the menu then the link to this season’s photos . If you click on the icon that looks like an apostrophe/comment bubble you will get the photo comments and social media links.