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The team at Elite Energy are taking the NSW triseries & ULTIMATE triathlon juggernaut to the thriving and picturesque location of NSW largest inland City Wagga Wagga. Triathlon NSW has also announced that the Wagga Wagga ULTIMATE race will be the only NSW long course selection race for the world championships in Madrid, Spain in 2012.
The Ultimate Triathlon in Forster sees an inaugural start field of over 500 triathletes. This is a very solid start to this new series but with the crew from Elite Energy behind it and the atmosphere we are all used to at Huskisson Long Course it is inevitable that a large number of athletes would take up this new challenge. All up there will be around 800 entrants racing over all the distances this weekend.
Australia has gone from having a small handful of long course triathlon in recent times to now having more than enough to fill the seasons calendar following the announcement today by USM Events of the URBAN 2.80.20 triathlon to be held in Geelong in February 2012. The organisers also announced a prize pool of $12,000 which will attract a solid field of local pros. One thing surely to annoy Victorian triathletes is that this new event is on the same weekend as Falls Creek 2/80/20 long course triathlon.
Elite Energy have launched a new triathlon series that will see ULTIMATE triathlons held in three regional NSW centres next season. The first one will be held at the home of Australian long distance triathlons, Forster. The Wagga Wagga ULTIMATE triathlon will feature an 11am Saturday start time culminating in a massive twilight finish party on the shores of Lake Albert. The new schedule has been implemented to allow travelling competitors plenty of time to arrive relaxed and get back home after the event. The third and final race in the series will be held in Batemans Bay.
This new event will be launched at the birth place of Ironman Australia (Forster) in October 2011, with Batemans Bay to follow and other locations interstate to be announced at a later date. Distances for ULTIMATE TRIATHLON will be a 2k swim, 120km bike and a 20km run. This event will be a step up for longer distances athletes and with a shorter run (20km) will enable athletes to recover and race or train within a few weeks.
The Batemans Bay Triathlon Festival kicks off next weekend (April 2-3). This is the first time Elite Energy have put on a triathlon festival in Batemans Bay. There is still time to enter and make a sort weekend of it down in Batemans Bay
The 2011 Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival is on this weekend and whilst the men's open field is missing 2 or 3 bigger names we will still see Pete Jacobs, Ollie Whistler, Adam Holborrow and a handful of other potential podium finishers racing. The women's open race has a strong field showcasing some of our top long course triathletes. Nicole Ward, Michelle Wu, newcomers Madeleine Oldfield and Matilda Raynolds, Jacinta Worland and Vickie Wilkinson sees a strong field. Last year's female winner, Carrie Lester was a late entry but has since pulled out due to illness. We also take a look at two of triathlon's past greats who are racing this weekend also.
Round 5 of the Elite Energy triseries is on at Callala Beach on the weekend of 12-13 of February. If you have not raced in the triseries yet you have missed out on some great race days this season. This round of the triseries features a club distance race. 1km/30km/8km. Much more palatable at this time of the year for most of us.
Round four of the triseries is on this weekend in Nowra. Round four sees the Olympic distance event return. Winner of the Olympic distance race in round two at Huskisson, Michael Fox is back to defend his title. Michael raced last weekend in Melbourne after a break during the Xmas season. On the microphone this weekend calling the race is Alex Price. Alex is usually racing in the men's pro division in major races so it will be great to have Alex with his knowledge of the athletes and the sport calling the events on Sunday.