Hilario Real from Prahran was the first athlete across the line in just over 50 minutes. The Spaniard also won the short course title at last year’s Dune to Dune Triathlon. G39/400115
IT WAS a case of déjà vu at Bass Coast Barracudas’ annual Dune to Dune Triathlon at Cape Paterson on Sunday, with two familiar faces crossing the finish line first in both short and long course distances.
Melbourne athletes Hilario Real and Monty Frankish both repeated last year’s effort, topping the list of 120 competitors.
But, once again, local athletes were hot on their heels, delivering outstanding times and impressing spectators.
Kara Landells from Kilcunda was the first female across the line in the short course, while young gun Matt Sullivan from Wonthaggi finished a close third overall in the long course.
Kicking off just after 9am on Sunday, the water section of the race, which saw competitors swim into choppy waters at Bay Beach and around treacherous rocks, proved to be a major challenge for many.
Race director Deb Rielly said the ocean conditions weren’t quite as rough as last year, but they were certainly close.
“The water was tough and choppy for everyone this morning,” she said.
Short course entrants tackled a 600-metre swim, while those competing in the long course were required to complete double that distance, jogging back along the seaweed-filled beach and jumping back into the water from the starting point.
Wonthaggi Life Saving Club confirmed two competitors had to be rescued in dinghies while another competitor looking to be in trouble managed to persevere and continue on.
The cycling section consisted of 20km (short) and 40km (long) rides along undulating hills with a strong head-wind heading back towards the finish line.
The final section was a 3.6km (short) or 9.6km (long) run around Cape’s streets and back to the surf club reserve.
Results were uploaded to Tomato Timing’s website live, where individuals’ times could conveniently be shared via Twitter.
The third and final race in the Alex Scott 2014-15 series is the Esplanade Hotel Triathlon, taking place on February 21.