Australia’s National Cross Triathlon Series, TreX, has a new destination in 2017 with an event set to launch in Port Stephens. Based on the New South Wales mid north coast and just 2.5 hours drive from Sydney, Port Stephens offers a combination of sandy beaches, national parklands and rugged coastlines.
Taking place on 16-17 September, the event is hosted by In2Adventure, the team that brought the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships to Australia in 2016 and which has been hosting specialist off road and adventure events throughout Australia for over 10 years. According to In2Adventure, the new location offers ‘the perfect backdrop for the action packed TreX Series, which takes the traditional form of triathlon and then heads off road with a thrilling mix of swimming, mountain biking and trail running.’
Race Director Simon Lazenby said the new event location in Port Stephens is “a significant and exciting addition to the already six race strong TreX Series in Australia, and an amazing way to continue the development of the sport after the world champs in 2016.”
Event Director Robyn Lazenby added, “This is a new and exciting destination for the TreX series, which is inspired by the opportunity to showcase Australia’s natural beauty and iconic regions to participants from across Australia and overseas.
“Port Stephens is one of Australia’s natural hidden treasures with its spectacular coastline, beaches, and the beauty of Tomaree National Park. The location represents a perfect fit for a TreX event which will act as a catalyst to showcase this amazing adventure destination.”
She continued, “This is the first sea swim for the TreX Series and we’re so lucky to have the opportunity to host the swim in Fingal Bay which is one of the most amazing beach locations in Australia.
“The mountain bike leg will add a new European style course to the series with less technical riding, but some amazing trails, views and challenges presented within beautiful Tomaree National Park. It will be a great course for beginners and experienced mountain bikers alike.
“The most memorable part of this course will definitely be the trail run. It includes a challenging climb along Fingal Bay’s coastal path with views across the bay and coastline and finishes up with a rocky coastal section followed by an amazing beach run along the expanse of Fingal Bay. You might even see one of the many migrating Humpback or Southern Right Whales, or a friendly school of dolphins along the way, like we did earlier this year.”
TreX includes events for all ages and skill levels with Standard, Sprint, Junior, Teaser and Dirt Kids course formats. The new Port Stephens TreX event will also be coupled with a Dirt Fest Weekend that will ‘include a number of other off road adventure events for the entire family which will be announced in the coming weeks’.