Coffs Harbor Adventurethon race report
October 12, 2015
After a hectic few weeks of racing starting in China where I raced an International Multisport event for 17 hours followed two weeks later with an off road Triathlon and one week later with the opening round of the Queensland Triathlon series, I found myself lining up for yet another Multisport race in the picturesque Coastal environs of Coffs Harbor, NSW.
This time around I was taking on the Adventurethon. The event in its 3rd year consists of a number of athletic options, from kids races and Duathlons with no paddle leg, to the event I entered, the Ultra Distance race consisting of a 16km ocean paddle, 12km Coast run, 30km Mountain bike and 5km Coast run to finish.
Its been a while since I’ve taken an Elite category outright win in one of these events and at 45 years of age taking a string of podiums in recent multisport events was quite rewarding, but there is always that burning desire to grasp the top spot.
The Coffs event this year was down multiple winner Peak Adventures Jarrod Kohlar but in his place was equally qualified and experienced James Pretto 26, of Victoria.
James boasts a resume that includes winning the Mark Webber Challenge and the Marysville to Melbourne Multisport race.
The day presented with Mild Northerly winds not my favored conditions as I preferred some strong wind on the return leg of the 16km paddle to take advantage of my Surf Life Saving background.
After about 75min of paddling I held a small 4min lead with Pretto in hot pursuit, I was quickly into my run gear and the 12km Coastal run which included beach, cliff tops, headlands and even an inlet swim.
Pretto was relentlessly working on my lead using his considerable running prowess used to take 5th in the 2014 worlds Toughest Mudder to close the gap to less than one minute!
The run to bike transition was well set up by race director Joel Savage and as I departed to start the 30km very hilly Mountain bike leg I could see James Arrive into T/A
The opening 6km of the bike ride climbs non stop and my legs on this day were my friends and I quietly thanked my training over the preceding months.
At the pinnacle of many steep climbs I dared a glance rearward and was relived to see empty trails.
Returning to T/A feeling pretty Hammered but excited to be leading I changed to my runners and bolted for the finish line 5km away.
In 4hrs and 3min I broke the finish tape and claimed my first Adventurethon win.
James Pretto arrived some 13min later and was chased over the line by Gold Coast based athlete Dave Whitney only 30sec in arrears.
A tough day out but always rewarding.
Special mention to my support crew and photographer and most importantly my Wife Alana.