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 .
Results are online at the following link to Tomato Timing -> Entry for Twilight Triathlon ->
Results here ->
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.
Entries are filling up for the Anderson Inlet Triathlon for this coming Sunday 10th December .Get your entry in before the close of online entries Friday night , on the day entries available with a $20 on the day fee. The swim this year will be an in start near the boat ramp and will be fast
In other events Rick and Wayne competed , last Saturday , in the East Gippsland Challenge multisport event run by Adventure Junkie. Head over to the Event Website or to Rick’s Blog for the race reports.
On the Sunday several members competed in the Busselton Ironman 70.3 . First of all the filed was evacuated from the water half way through the swim after a shark sighting ! I reckon there would be a lot of 2 metre sharks in Geographe Bay so not sure about the fuss . The event was then converted to a duathlon . Brett Franklin was in 6th overall and 2nd in his age group , the ever improving Damien King was 7th in his age group , Phil Hanley won his age group , and Gav did well .
57 Philip HANLEY (#2828) 04:23:16 AUS | Australia 65-69 (1) Male (55) 00:00:00 00:03:55 02:24:58 00:02:17 01:52:05
54 Damien KING (#2444) 04:22:20 AUS | Australia 40-44 (7) Male (52) 00:00:00 00:05:03 02:23:16 00:02:48 01:51:12
6 Brett FRANKLIN (#2310) 03:57:15 AUS | Australia 35-39 (2) Male (6) 00:00:00 00:02:31 02:13:54 00:02:08 01:38:40
253 Gavin SLAVIN (#2731) 05:00:19 AUS | Australia 50-54 (16) Male (200) 00:00:00 00:02:58 02:38:01 00:02:34 02:16:44