THE Bass Coast Barracudas hosted their big Dune2Dune Triathlon event last Sunday, January 3 and despite having a howling easterly to contend with, competitors turned out in good numbers for the short course and long course events.
President of the club, Cameron Wright, announced a slightly shortened swim leg, due to the conditions and also warned competitors against getting washed up on the rocks with the wind pushing swimmers in that direction.
Meanwhile veteran local triathlete, Phil Hanley gave a timely warning to riders about what to watch out for on the ride around the Bunurong Coastal Drive between the starting point at Cape Paterson and the turn-around at Inverloch.
He especially made mention of those using solid carbon fibre rear wheels of the cross winds that were likely to play havoc at certain points in the ride.
The team from the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club provided a safe swim leg and 42 competitors braved the long course with 66 in the short.
The shortened course made for quick swim times despite the conditions with Magnus Michelsson leading the field out of the first transition stage just ahead of Luke Whitmore, the ultimate winner.
Luke soon took the lead with Jamie Edwards moving into second out on the road.
In the women’s field Amanda Wallis was well ahead of Molly Irvine and Lou Wotton while in the team’s event, the local Wilson sisters – Amanda and Jemima – were doing well with Amanda Wilson starting them off with a good swim and bike leg.
The short course got underway very soon after with the two locals Matt Sullivan and Brett Franklin passing the middle of the long course field before the end of the bike leg. Brett was to almost catch Matt in the bike but Matt cleared out with a strong run to win the event with Brett in second and Jonney Yeates in third.
In the women’s field it was Katherine Henderson well ahead of Suzie Crowe and Penny Nevill.
Out on the bike for the long course it was a real test the second time around for competitors with the wind strengthening still further but a lot easier on the way home.
Luke Whitmore was well ahead on the bike and was never going to be caught on the run.
Jamie Edwards hit the run course second with Mack Clarkson edging past Magnus as they went into the second transition.
Mack and Magnus went past Jamie in the run and it was a sprint up the sand for second place with Mack Clarkson getting across the line just three seconds ahead of Magnus.
Jamie Edwards finished 4th with Latrobe Valley’s Paul Taylor in 5th.
In the women’s field Amanda Wallis was well ahead of Molly Irvine with Lou Wotton in 3rd.
Phil Hanley was the first of the Barracudas to cross the line in 10th (discounting the teams).
The team of Amanda and Jemima Wilson were well ahead of the all-male Hillbarr team.
Thanks was given to the supporters including the Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Club, the Coastal Crewers in Transition, Pete Hanley, Robbie T and the King Family on drink stations and the all the other volunteers at registration including the Hollins Family and the committee especially Cam and Jenny for their efforts during the race.
The next event is at Inverloch on February 20 for the Twilight Triathlon.
Times for the long course include: 1st Luke Whitmore 01:48:17, 2nd Mack Clarkson 01:53:08, 3rd Magnus Michelsson 01:53:11, 4th Jamie Edwards 01:54:07, 5th Paul Taylor 02:00:50, 6th Matt Griffin 02:01:16, 7th Stuart Mayers 02:04:47, 8th Harper Adrian 02:07:38, 9th Reuben Kuah 02:07:46, 10th Team Wilson 02:08:06 and 11th Philip Hanley 02:09:39.
There were 42 competitors in the long course (1200m swim, 40km ride, 9.6km run).
Top 10 in the short course were 1st Matthew Sullivan 51:12, 2nd Brett Franklin 52:16, 3rd Jonney Yeates 54:12, 4th Naish Chapman 56:40, 5th Aurel Wachter 57:07, 6th Jack Murphy 57:46, 7th Rod Vandervoort 58:41, 8th Katherine Henderson 01:00:26, 9th Corey Buxton 01:01:27 and 10th Gregory Cacavas 01:02:16.
There were 66 competitors over the short course (600m swim, 20km ride, 3.6km run).