ANNOUNCING - World Champions Ruben Ruzafa and Flora Duffy announce their attendance at 2016’s ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships held in the Snowy Mountains. Flora Duffy, from Bermuda, will travel to Australia in November to participate in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships just two months after winning the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series. Duffy is a crowd favourite for both on-road and off-road events, and is a top contender for the November Championships.
In less than two months’ time the Snowy Mountains will be filled with over 1000 athletes ready to compete in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and Multisport Festival. As Australia’s first time hosting the World Championships it is set to be the biggest Cross Triathlon event in the Southern Hemisphere. The Snowy Mountains region will host world class athletes travelling from: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and USA to name just a few. ITU World Champions Flora Duffy and Ruben Ruzafa will be among those competing for the ultimate title. The competition is on between Australia and New Zealand with both countries fielding solid teams for the event. Australian Cross Tri Champion Ben Allen and Olympian Erin Densham will both be competing for Australia. The New Zealand team includes the New Zealand champs Lizzy Orchard and Braden Currie, who is also the Asia Pacific World Xterra champion. Australian and New Zealand competitors to watch include; Sam Osborne (NZ), Brodie Gardiner (AUS), Ollie Shaw (NZ) and Belinda Hadden (AUS). Race Director, Simon Lazenby, from In2Adventure said: “We already have over 400 Age Group competitors registered from over 20 countries around the globe so it’s going to be a very exciting time in the Snowy Mountains this November with all these international visitors coming to race. On top of this both the reigning ITU Cross Triathlon World Champions Ruben Ruzafa and Flora Duffy hot of her WTS win have signalled their intentions to defend their titles this November, couple this with a strong Australian Elite team and some cross Tasman rivalry from New Zealand and its sure to be a weekend of tremendous racing.”
Hosted at the Snowy Mountain’s own Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships is set to be a key tourism event for the state of New South Wales. Back-dropped by Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko and held at 1,132m above sea level, the competitors are sure to experience the rugged natural beauty that Australia has to offer. The event is supported by Destination New South Wales and the NSW State Government. Monaro MP, John Barilaro said “The event promises to showcase our beautiful area to a global audience, and I look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best athletes to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in November”.
Following the Cross Triathlon World Championships is the three-day Snowies Mountain Bike Festival running from the 25th to 27th of November. This adventure filled festival allows riders to complete a series of diverse stages throughout the three-day event. The timing of the event allows athletes to compete in both the Cross Triathlon World Championships and the Mountain Bike Festival, with many international athletes participating in both events, including Welsh MTB Champion Ruth Owen-Evans and USA’s Tamara Donelson.
The ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and MultiSport Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and sanctioned by the International Triathlon Union the sole worldwide governing body of the sport of triathlon.
For more information and full event details go to trextriathlon.com.au