Fitness icon Guy Andrews wants age-group title at Australian Cross Triathlon Championships in Bendigo
There is seemingly nothing that Australian fitness icon and endurance athlete Guy Andrews cannot do, and when the 44-year-old Gold Coast native lines up on the start of the 2014 Australian Cross Triathlon Championships in Bendigo, Victoria (13-14 Dec), he will be looking to add yet another title to his already stellar palmarès.
Andrews, who has recorded two top 10 TreX off-road triathlon finishes this season in the elite men’s open division will be looking to end the year with an age-group title after having spent the better part of the year recovering from a broken wrist suffered on the mountain bike in March.
“I have not ridden any of the tracks in Bendigo,” said Andrews of next week’s race at the Crusoe Reservoir. “I have been getting fitter and fitter as the year goes on and I think I have my form dialled in, so I am looking forward to rolling into town a few days early for a recce and settle in.
“I am getting to the age now where I feel great training and racing, but I’m just nowhere near the open guys at the moment,” he continued. “I guess that’s just part of that ageing process, so I will race age group for this race and push myself to the limit to get that title – after all, who doesn’t want a title?”
For the former Australian Surf Ironman champion and three-time Uncle Toby’s Ironman series winner, Andrews now uses three decades of elite level competition across Surf Ironman, adventure racing, mountain biking and on- and off-road triathlon to help others – both pro and amateur – realise their health and fitness goals through Guy Andrews Adventure.
“I thrive on competition and love being in shape,” said Andrews. “I also enjoy helping others live happier, healthier lives and the best way I can do that is to lead by example.
“I think people put themselves under too much pressure rather than understanding I just expect them to do their best and reach their own goals.”
Andrews admits one of the main draws to TreX and the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships is the family atmosphere that caters to all ages and skill levels.
“The one thing I really like about TreX is the overall experience,” said Andrews. “Athletes can go down and camp or stay at a local hotel and enjoy the whole weekend’s festivities that are designed for everyone in mind.
“It is so important for the whole family to get involved in sport and outdoor activities if we wish to move Australia forward in terms of healthy living which can start in Bendigo next week.”
In2Adventure is offering a free comprehensive adult training clinic hosted by reigning national champions Ben Allen (AUS) and Jacqui Slack (GBR) at 8am on Thursday, 11th December, as well as a free kids training clinic at 3.30pm that afternoon
The following day, Allen and Slack will hold a free one-hour University learning lab at event registration starting at 5pm. The University will cover everything race participants will need to know about the 1500m swim/30km MTB/10km trail run course. Plus, preparations for race day and tips and tricks to help each athlete achieve their personal best.
With TreX offering both clinics and the university free of charge, bookings are essential and can be made by contacting event director Robyn Lazenby via email.
About the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships:
The Australian Cross-Triathlon Championships and Multisport Weekend is based in Victoria’s Gold Region in the City of Greater Bendigo just 90 minutes from Melbourne airport. Located in the Murray Darling Basin, Bendigo is surrounded by parkland and nature reserves and Crusoe Reservoir, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city provides an idyllic backdrop for a weekend of off-road action. The feature race consists of 1500m Swim, 30km XC Mountain Bike and 10km Trail Run. The multisport component offers two trail runs and a free kids adventure run. For more information about the event or the training clinics visit the event page HERE
For seven years TreX has positioned itself as the pinnacle of the cross – or off-road – triathlon racing series in Asia-Pacific. Presented by the premier outdoor adventure event specialists In2Adventure, TreX consists of a reservoir swim, mountain bike and trail run. While each TreX event features an elite category with industry-leading prize purses, including $10,000 for the Australian Cross Triathlon Championships and $40,000 for the Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships, the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels. For more information visit TreX HERE
In2Adventure are Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists. With a full calendar of national events scheduled throughout Australia, including adventure races, cross triathlon, XC Mountain Bike, trail runs and corporate events, In2Adventure fully embraces all things ‘off road’ and ‘off the beaten track’ and offers a unique, individual experience for all ages and skill levels. For more information visit In2Adventure HERE
Upcoming Events (2014/15):
- Australian Cross Triathlon Championships – Bendigo, VIC, 13/14 December 2014
- Snowies MTB Stage Race – Snowy Mountains, NSW, 21/22 February 2015
- Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships – Snowy Mountains, NSW, 28 Feb-1 March 2015
- TreX Cross Triathlon Championships – Sunshine Coast, QLD, 2/3 May 2015
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