The TreX Back2Back Enduro marked race 6 of the In2Adventure National Australian TreX XTri series. The B2B Enduro saw the revival of the ever popular Enduro format for the Standard Distance course coupled with 2 days of Back Back Racing. All competitors (except for Dirt Kids) raced on Saturday and Sunday and results are determined by the cumulative times across two days.
Day 1 of the standard distance includes a 350m swim, 10k mountain bike, 4k run, 350 swim, 10k mountain bike and 4k run in the enduro format.
Day 2 saw athletes back up (back2back) for another 350m swim, 10k mountain bike, and 4k run.
The event is hosted at Murrenbong Scout camp, just 40 mins north of Brisbane offering some of the best mountain biking and trail running in south east Queensland. The Back2Back Enduro also doubled as Race 15 of the 2017/18 Nissan State Series and the Queensland Cross Triathlon Championships.
Day 1 at theBack 2 Back Enduro saw a bit of rain, a lot of mud and it was one hell of a race. Local star Brodie Gardner, fresh off a silver medal performance at the recent national championships hosted in the Snowy Mountains NSW took line honours in the men’s race in a time of 2:01:26:53 with Andy Handyside, back for his first race after a serious fall in the Snowies in February taking second in 2:40:45:41 and newcomer Tim Alexander after a bike mechanical ran back to take third in 3:01:35:25. Notable performances in the Age Group race saw Simon Nendick from Infinit MTB team, who won his age group National Championship last month, taking second place across the line in 2:07:30:08 and Max McGovern from Ballina Tri Club third across the line in 2:07:52:14.
In the women’s race is was a hard fought battle between top contenders Kate Schultz, Leela Hancox and Nina Wright with the lead changing several times throughout the race as Hancox and Wright stamped their dominance on the mountain bike leg as Schultz dominated the wet and muddy run conditions. Schultz took out the elite womens race on day 1 in a time of 2:14:37 with Hancox in second 2:17:32:15 and Wright 2:20:49:19 in third heading into day two.
Day 2 saw athletes rise to a totally new day as mother nature turned on the very best conditions for off road racing with trails that had dried overnight to become grippy and fast and what champion Brodie Gardiner referred to as “Hero Dirt” for day 2. The sun was out and the field was ready to race!
Day 2 saw little change in the elite men’s race with Gardiner 1st, Handyside 2nd and Alexander 3rd. After an unfortunate ankle injury Schultz was devastated not to be able to take her place on the start line which left a battle of the mountain bikes with Hancox taking first and Wright in 2nd.
Overall there were some tremendous performances across all age groups as we celebrated our Queensland State Champions for those members of Triathlon Queensland including Joel Meddings (25-29yrs), Max Mcgovern (30-34yrs), Simon Nendick (40-44yrs), Natalie Myatt (40-44yrs), Glen Thompson (45-49yrs), Cathy Milgate (45-49yrs), Phillip Cook (50-54yrs), Amanda Richards (50-54yrs), Annkathrin Franzmann (55+yrs), Mitchall Yard (14-15yrs), Emma Callaghan (14-15yrs), Jackson Medway (12-13yrs), Ella Lane (12-13yrs).
And the TreX Dirt Kids was certainly the feature event of the day with our young off-road champions of tomorrow aged 7-10 years tackling a 50m swim, 1.5km mountain bike and a 500m run.
The TreX series continues on its national tour with round 7, TreX Sunshine Coast which also doubles as the National TreX Championships hosted in the Queensland’s naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast and is also coupled with the Sunshine Coast Trail Run Festival and Sunshine Coast XC MTB Festival.
Events are open to all comers and there are courses and distances to suit all ages and abilities which makes it a fantastic weekend away for the entire family.
For more information about how you can be a part of Australia’s ultimate off-road triathlon visit the website at www.trextriathlon.com.au
The TreX Back 2 Back Enduro is proudly supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council.
In2Adventure are Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists. With a full calendar of national events scheduled throughout Australia, including cross triathlon, XC Mountain Bike, trail runs, adventure races and corporate events, In2Adventure fully embraces all things ‘off road’ and ‘off the beaten track’ and offers a unique, individual experience for all ages and skill levels. For more information visit In2Adventure here.
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