Trex Queensland cross triathlon championships
After a three week delay due to rainy weather the event was finally held on the 23rd and 24th of May at Ewen Maddock dam, sunshine Coast Queensland
Greeted with perfect weather athletes faced their respective challenges. Elite and age group long course Queensland title event, short course or junior sprint course events.
Cross triathlon is a sanctioned Triathlon Australia event and in 2016 Australia will play host to the world Championships at Lake Crackenback, Thredbo NSW
My day would begin at 8:33 in the age wave three minutes behind the elite men and women athletes which included Australian cross triathlon champion Max Neuman and female series leader Louise Betts.
As the gun sounded for the age group wave
Neumann had already established an early lead in the 1500m swim over the Elite field with some strong Queenslanders including series challengers Brodie Gardner, George Tamblyn and sub 9hr Ironman athlete Damien Collins.
Elite female Series leader and new comer to Cross Triathlon Louise Betts was being challenged by seasoned off road athlete Renata Bucher of Germany.
A Former Pro road cyclist Betts closed to within 30 seconds of Bucher after the 30km mountain bike but lost more ground in the run to eventually finish 2nd to Renata but gain enough points to take out the six race series with series regular Connie Sylvestry 3rd.
Max Neumann continued to lead the field through the Mountain bike leg. The recently developed singletrack proving to be a great addition to the course.
I was really enjoying the new course and put in a good mountain bike leg moving forward through the field to 2nd overall passing Collins, Tamblyn and closing to within 30 seconds of Gardner.
ITU pro junior Neumann went on to run a sub 40min off road 10km and claim first place by over 8min in a time of 2:24:21 from George Tamblyn 2:33:01 and Brodie Gardner 2:34:45
I claimed the Queensland 40-44 age Title and second overall in a time of 2:32:00
I am really excited about the future of cross triathlon in Australia and I’m looking forward to attempting to win the world Championships in 2016 for my Age.
Trex Triathlon is a family affair no better on display than with the Winkcup Family.
David and Kathy Winkcup have been supporting their eldest son Bailey 13 at Cross Triathlon events for several years and make the weekends and training days a family outing taking their 8 year old triplets Ryan, Liam and Sophie along for the fun.
Bailey taking the Qld u13 title to add to his Australian and Oceania titles, Kathy in her first event took the top step on the podium in the 45-49 age group whilst David claimed 5th in male 45-49 all three over the sprint distance 350m swim, 7.5km MTB and 3.3km run.
Cross Triathlon is a fun family experience and caters to all levels of ability and competitiveness for more info on how to get started off road visit Trex cross Triathlon web site for event information