TreX, Australia’s national cross triathlon series, is set to launch in two weeks with an all new duathlon format. Hosted at Murrenbong Scout Camp, Kurwongbah, in Queensland’s Moreton Bay region, the organising team at outdoor adventure event specialist In2Adventure notes that the series is going back to its roots to the place where it all began 11 years ago.
The national 2017/18 TreX Series includes seven action packed events across Australia, and according to the race organisers it is set to be the most dynamic and exciting TreX series to date.
Off the back of the hosting of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships last November, and ten years of developing the sport within Australia with the TreX Series, the interest in cross triathlon in Australia is reportedly at an all-time high.
Cross or off road triathlon takes the traditional format of the sport and mixes it with ‘a huge helping of heart, guts, mud and dirt’ as athletes take on a unique challenge with swimming, mountain biking and trail running, where the challenge is as much with mother nature as it is against other athletes.
Race 1 of the series is a duathlon format on 20 August, with trail running and mountain biking. Athletes tackle a trail run, mountain bike and then a second trail run. Race Director, Simon Lazenby said “The duathlon format is a great way to kick off the series in the Queensland winter and with events for all ages and skill levels, it provides a great introduction to athletes to come and try the sport and discover why everyone is talking about cross triathlon.”
He continued, “We have long known that the Moreton Bay Region, north of Brisbane is a fantastic adventure destination and with the backing of Moreton Bay Regional Council, the TreX duathlon will enable us to showcase the region to athletes from across the state and the nation. And with camping and accommodation on site it makes it really easy to come along and enjoy some fantastic mountain biking, trail running, camping and awesome times with your mates or family.”
Race 1 of the series is supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, and Division 11 Councillor, Darren Grimwade, said “Kurwongbah may be sparsely populated, but its beauty and terrain stretches far and wide, which makes it an ideal location to hold this action-packed event. The Moreton Bay Region prides itself on a strong sporting culture and active, outdoor lifestyle, and I have no doubt our community will join me in welcoming In2Adventure to Kurwongbah this month.”
He added “With a quality line-up of around 200 competitors and officials and more than 300 spectators expected to attend the event, this is certainly shaping up to be a dynamic sporting event, of enduring athletics, not to be missed.
“While in Kurwongbah, I encourage competitors, spectators and visitors alike to head over to nearby Lake Samsonvale, an attractive spot for locals and visitors alike to relax and unwind – while Lake Kurwongbah, a hidden treasure, is home to a wide variety of birds, fish and native animals making it a real luxury for those who enjoy the outdoors, water and nature.”
Murrenbong is where the TreX Series launched eleven years ago and athletes can expect some old favourites trails including Genesis, Wolf Creek and Moria, as well as the excitement of the Madness and Mordor Trails which offer some extra challenges for riders along the way. The trail run course is a favourite, and athletes can expect to get wet and muddy with the ever popular creek run included for the duathlon.
The event includes Standard, Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids Courses for solos and teams of two or three; and entries close on Wednesday 16 August or when sold out.