Queenslanders cross the border for World Champs at Snowy Mountains


Queenslanders cross the border for World Champs at Snowy Mountains

Australia’s spectacular Snowy Mountains in NSW, with its rugged mountain ranges and iconic Australian history is ready to welcome the world’s best at the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships this weekend.

Located in the heart of Australia’s high county and starting at an altitude of 1100m with Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciusko as the backdrop, this course will both delight and challenge athletes of all levels. The course includes some of the best fast and flowing single track mountain bike trails, and gritty off road running trails found anywhere in Australia.

228 Age Group athletes will be competing for Australia over the weekend, with 76 Queensland athletes making the trip to the Snowy Mountains, among them 2015-16 Cross Triathlon Australian Champions; Maddison Andrews (20-24), George Tamblyn, Leela Hancox (35-39), Christa Evans (45-49), Ian Martin (50-54), Jenny Alcorn (55-59) and Bardie Gruber (65-69). 2016 Queensland Age Group Champions Dean Cane, Georgia Silvestri and Callum Kingston will also step up to race in the Elite Junior U19 category this weekend.

Queenslanders on the Elite Aussie Team
ELITE Male: Courtney Atkinson
ELITE Male: Brodie Gardner
U23 Male: Max Neumann | Pine Rivers Tri Sports Club
Junior U19 Male: Dean Cane | Genesis Triathlon Club
Junior U19 Male: Callum Kingston | Genesis Triathlon Club
Junior U19 Male: Jayden Deane | Sharks Triathlon Club
Junior U19 Female: Emily King | B Mee Multisport
Junior U19 Female: Olivia Nendick | Redcliffe Triathlon Club
Junior U19 Female: Georgia Silvestri

World Championship Distances
Elite & U23 World Championships – 1.5km swim / 32.8km bike / 10km run
Age Group World Championships – 1.5km swim / 30km bike / 10km run
Para Triathlon World Championships 500m swim / 12km bike / 3.3km run
Junior World Championships – 500m swim / 12km bike / 3.3km run
Mixed Team Relay World Championships – 200m swim / 5km bike / 1,5km run

Swim
The water temperature during November in Lake Crackenback is likely to be between 16 and 20 degrees which means that a wetsuit-optional swim is likely.

Bike
The course comprises approx 80% grippy, flowing single track. It also includes rocky paths, bridges, rock gardens and creek crossings which will require some technical skills to tackle effectively.
The trails will advantage both technically skilled riders who will be able to carry speed through the tight terrain but strong riders will be able to make up time grinding out the open sections with small pitches and hills.

Run
This course is a true trail run where runners will go off road, traverse the banks of the Little Thredbo River and the Snowy Mountains before heading for the finish line. The trail run includes a few surprises and challenges including creek crossings, a river run, suspension bridge, obstacles, rock scrambles and some true off road terrain.
Although there are no mammoth hills there are constant short, pinchy climbs and descents which will keep runners on their toes.

Weekend Race Schedule
Friday
12:30 Age Group Women’s World Championship

Saturday
8:30am Age Group Men’s World Championship
2:30pm Elite/U23 Men and Women’s World Championship

Sunday
9:15am Team Relay World Championship
12:00pm Junior Elite U19 & Para Triathlon World Championships
Live race coverage: Broadcast live on Saturday, November 19th.

Congratulations to all our Queensland Age Group athletes representing Aus on home soil!

MALES
18-19    Jordan King
25-29    Michael Malouf
25-29    Bart King
30-34          Joshua Campton | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon (25-29)
30-34    George Tamblyn | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon & 2016 QLD Champion
30-34    Geoff Suess
30-34    James Costello
35-39    Andrew Gillespie
35-39    Barry Hume
35-39    Nicholas Atkin
35-39    Steve Kanowski
35-39    Richard Alberthsen
35-39    Adam McLaughlin
35-39    Luke Johnston
40-44    Patrick Eastgate
40-44    Nicholas Currie
40-44    Scott Longden
40-44    Dave Bloor
40-44    Chris Moore
40-44    Jason Theaker
40-44    Simon Nendick
40-44    Matthew Klibbe
40-44    Nick Baker
45-49    Terry Moran
45-49    Guy Andrews | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
45-49    Les Nolte
45-49    Jody Waters
45-49    Geoff Cougle
50-54    Ian Martin | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon
50-54    Clive Tucker
50-54    Darrin Cronin
50-54    Dean McMaster
55-59    Todd Gibbons
55-59    John Rafter | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
55-59    Shane Lawrence
55-59    George Takis
60-64    Robert Rhodes | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
60-64    Phillip Hermitage
60-64    Steve Gwynne
60-64    Mal McCulloch
60-64    Stephen Wise
    
FEMALES

20-24    Maddison Andrews | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon & 2016 QLD Champion
20-24    Hanna Brennan | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon (18-19)
30-34    Lauren O'Connor
30-34    Kelly Enright
30-34    Anne Alford
35-39    Jennifer Veitch
35-39    Michelle-Renee Jane
35-39    Brooke Suess
35-39    Emma Thomson
35-39    Michelle Sando
35-39    Amie Munson
35-39    Leela Hancox | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon & 2016 QLD Champion (30-34)
40-44    Nina Wright | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon (35-39)
40-44    Tania Gabriele
40-44    Yoko Okuda | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
40-44    Tania Gover
45-49    Maree Sykes
45-49    Tracy Tucker
45-49    Karen Ward
45-49    Christa Evans | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon
45-49    Charlene Nolte
45-49    Kylie Hohn
45-49    Fiona Langfeldt
45-49    Janelle Hooper
45-49    Fiona Lim
45-49    Kim Beckinsale | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
50-54    Clare Leung
50-54    Naomi Gwynne
50-54    Amanda Richards | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
50-54    Libby Thomas
55-59    Allison Jones
55-59    Margaret Kyle
55-59    Jenny Alcorn | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon
55-59    Jennifer Strack | 2016 Queensland Champion Cross Triathlon
65-69    Bardie Gruber | 2015 Australian Champion Cross Triathlon

  

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