Queensland Dirt Fest to host final TreX qualifier for 2016 ITU X-Tri Worlds
In2Adventure opens entries for ultimate off-road weekend in final round of Dirt Fest Multisport Festival on the Sunshine Coast…
BRISBANE—Entries are now open to participate in the ultimate weekend of off-road action set for Wildeco Camp at Ewen Maddock Dam in Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast in the final round of the annual Dirt Fest Multisport Festival series (16-17 April).
Considered an adventurer’s paradise, the Queensland Dirt Fest is designed for those who love all forms of off-road racing, such as Cross Triathlon, XC MTB and Trail Running, as well as events for the entire family. All Dirt Fest weekend’s include convenient accommodation and/or camping options with catering and celebration dinners on site.
The feature event of the last Dirt Fest weekend of the 2015/16 season is the Triathlon Queensland State Championships, which will serve as the final TreX qualifier to the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships set for Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the heart of the Snowy Mountains (NSW) in November – an event first for the Southern Hemisphere.
Victorian state champions, Ben Allen (AUS) and Jacqui Slack (GBR), will hope to continue their winning form following the Australian Championships (NSW) on 27-28 February and close out the season with a clean sweep and overall series crown apiece. Standing in their way in the long course off-road triathlon (1500m swim, 30km mountain bike, 10km trail run) will be current series leader Brodie Gardner and 2014/15 national champion Max Neumann (QLD) and international superstar Renata Bucher (SUI) respectively.
“We are so looking forward to the final race to gain qualification points to join the Australian team for the 2016 ITU World Championships hosted right here on home soil,” said In2Adventure event director Robyn Lazenby. “As well as that, this is also the Triathlon Queensland State Championships so there’ll be everything to race for and with world class athletes such as our home grown Aussie heroes Ben Allen, Max Neumann and Brodie Gardner, along with Britain’s Jacqui Slack and Switzerland’s Renata Bucher all vying to take that allusive Queensland state title.”
Aside from the long course state champs, Dirt Fest also offers a sprint course tri (400m swim, 7.5km mountain bike, 3.3km trail run), as well as a 50km XC MTB, 8km Trail Run, along with the ever-popular Qld Dirt Master and Dirt Mistress titles, currently held by Damien Collins & Renata Bucher, which awards the athlete with the best cumulative times from the long course, sprint course and trail run.
“It’s such a beautiful venue up there on the Sunshine Coast with lush green rain forests, fern lined tracks and of course the recently developed MTB trails that had riders cheering with delight last year when they had an opportunity to ride some portions of the newly opened course,” said In2Adventure race director Simon Lazenby. “This year riders will get to experience the ‘full monty’ with an entire 10km course of flowing, undulating and awe-inspiring single track awaiting them.
“All in all, we can’t wait!”
As part of our Pathway Partners Program, In2Adventure is in the process of connecting with clubs, coaches and squads throughout Australia who will be hosting training and development programs aimed at helping competitors to qualify for the World X-Tri Champs in 2016. For more info on connecting with a current Pathway Partner, please click here.
If you are a coach, club, squad or trainer who offers training for cross triathlon including mountain biking, trail running or swimming and are interested in becoming a pathway partner you can download full information and application forms using the links below. For a Pathway Partner information pack,
click here, or for a Pathway Partner application form, please click 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 $40,000 for the 2015 Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships, the TreX Cross Triathlon national series invites participation from all ages and skill levels. For more information, please visit TreX here.
In2Adventure is Asia-Pacific’s premier adventure event specialists with more than 10 years experience, and the official race organiser of the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. 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, please visit In2Adventure here.
Upcoming Events (2015/16):
– Victorian Cross Triathlon Championships (2016 Worlds Qualifier) – Bendigo, VIC, 28-29 November 2015
– Snowies MTB Festival – Snowy Mountains, NSW, 12-14 February 2016
– Australian Cross Triathlon Championships (2016 Worlds Qualifier) – Snowy Mountains, NSW, 27-28 February 2016
– Queensland Cross Triathlon Championships (2016 Worlds Qualifier) – Sunshine Coast, QLD, 16-17 April 2016
– ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships – Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Snowy Mountains, NSW, 19-20 November 2016
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