He is undeniably one of the greatest triathletes of all time and touted as one of the fittest athletes that has graced the planet and later this weekend Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander will return to Huskisson for the annual Husky Long Course Triathlon festival.
One difference in the Pearl iZumi Huskisson Long Course triathlon is that the wave the pros race in is open and you do not need to be a ‘professional’ to enter this wave. For one of the few times in their lives a handful of keen and able age groupers can line up with their heroes.
With over 6,000 competitors anticipated to take part across the three day event, the Husky Long Course Festival is now one of the largest events of its kind in Australia with a world class course and exciting prize purse on offer, it attracts some of the sport’s biggest names.
Alexander will once again line up alongside fellow former World Champion and Huskisson Champion, Pete Jacobs, not only recreating one of the greatest rivalries “and races – in the events history, it will be sure to see thousands of spectators line the white shores of Jervis Bay to enjoy the spectacle.
It is sixteen years since Alexander took up the sport of triathlon and six years since he last took line honours at the event, the Cronulla local will be gunning for his sixth Huskisson Long title, but will have to beat some of the country’s faster elites to get there.
While Jacobs will be looking to reclaim his title, former Olympian Brad Kahlefeldt who made the transition to long course racing following the London Games in 2012, will be looking for his first podium finish.
Not to be overshadowed, the spotlight is on rising star, David Mainwaring and two time Ironman Australia winner Paul Ambrose who are gunning for their inaugural podiums at the Husky Long Course event.
In the women’s event, two time 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt will be one to beat, but hot on her heels will be last year’s Ironman Australia winner, Michelle Brember, the Czezch republics’s Radka Vodickova and local triathlete, Lisa Marangon.
The Huskisson Long Course Triathlon Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program.