This weekend over 1400 competitors will challenge themselves and each other at the annual X-Adventure, Australia’s largest off-road triathlon, taking place in stunning Dunsborough in South West, Western Australia.
X-Adventure Dunsborough is an exciting mix of triathlon and adventure racing; combining ocean swimming, trail running and mountain bike riding.
Participants of all ages will be treated to one of the most spectacular settings of any race in the world; swimming through the turquoise waters of Geographe Bay, running along the sculpted granite coastline, and mountain-biking on the roller coaster, purpose-built, single track of Meelup Regional Park.
With a 35.5km Long Course race, a half-distance 19km Short Course race and two kids events there’s a race for everyone, and whether you’re on the course testing your mettle or soaking up the action from the sidelines, you’re bound to have a blast.
“We’re very excited that X-Adventure is finally here, we’ve been busy with final course preparations and entries, and we are extremely stoked to have so many keen X-Adventurer racers lining up to tackle the amazing courses on offer,” said Sam Maffett, Event Manager, Rapid Ascent.
“This event has an incredible atmosphere with so many young people and novices competing and the support from the crowd is fantastic.
“Dunsborough is truly an adventure paradise, it’s such a beautiful area to compete in or visit and every year the community welcomes us with open arms.” he said.
Action commences on Saturday with the X-Adventure Short Course - designed for beginners and intermediate level athletes, many of whom will be tackling an off-road triathlon for the first time. At approximately half the distance of the Long Course, it consists of a 700m ocean swim, 6km coast and trail run and an 11.5km mountain bike to finish, and will have over 600 competitors.
The Kids X-Adventure will follow; designed for tomorrow’s sporting stars with a 200m swim, 2.5km trail run and 4km mountain bike and will see over 300 kids put through their paces. It’s a great opportunity to kids to participate in an achievable race, in a supportive race environment.
The new Groms X-Adventure has proven extremely popular with over 125 youngsters entering, and will round out the opening day’s schedule with an 800m trail run and 1.2km mountain bike (no swim). The Groms event provides kids up to eight years of age with a fun introduction to off-road adventures, and is untimed, so everyone’s a winner.
The premier event for the weekend, X-Adventure Long Course, consists of a 1500m Dunsborough Lakes ocean swim, 12km WATT Australia coast and trail run, and a 22km mountain bike. It attracts a range of competitors from corporate relay teams through to weekend warriors and elite athletes and will put nearly 400 competitors through their paces.
Local Dunsborough athlete and coach Jessica Reynolds who claimed the win in the X-Adventure long course in 2015 said it was a very strong field this year.
“I can't believe it is XAD time again! I’m full of excitement and nerves. Dunsborough is pumped this year, more so than ever,” Reynolds said.
“My trail sessions have been busy with first timers and those more experienced coming back for another taste. I just love X-Adventure and I’m hoping we’ll get some great weather and a really nice, flat, calm ocean for the swim.”
Located just 30 minutes from Margaret River in the state’s South West, Dunsborough’s Geographe Bay coastline is one of Western Australia’s most popular holiday destinations and with good reason. Stunning scenery, cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, wineries, a variety of accommodation and a range of things to do will ensure competitors and spectators alike will be guaranteed a fabulous weekend.
Online entries to the 2016 X-Adventure Dunsborough have now closed, but competitors can still enter on the day at the Sponsor’s Expo at the Dunsborough and Districts Country Club.