X-Adventure Dunsborough presented by Siras Performance put on a brilliant spectacle of off-road racing over the weekend of Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd April 2022 in Dunsborough.
It was a case of the experienced master surpassing the apprentices with Ben Allen – XTERRA champion and professional triathlete – putting on a lightning-fast, competitive race in the first long-course event against defending champion Brendan Dimmer and young guns Zeke Tinley and Tom Fisher, the current national triathlon champion.
X-Adventure offers off-road adventure racing at its best with ocean swimming in the clear waters of Geographe Bay, trail running along the beautiful granite coast and mountain biking through the tracks unique features of Meelup Regional Park – making it the “best of the best” – best course, best athletes, best conditions.
Allen won the Long Course race in 2:20:14 which included a 1,500 m ocean swim, a 12 km run, and a 20 km mountain bike ride; with Tinley in second (2:21:39) and Fisher in third (2:22:23).
“I love coming out west and racing these guys; honestly, I’m so glad to be here – it’s a phenomenal event! Allen said.
“I put my head down and kept working hard on the final mountain bike stage and luckily for me it paid off – I’m thrilled to get the win.”
“It’s also great to see the next wave of athletes and the future of the sport coming with Zeke and Tom – hopefully I’ve given enough good advice to the boys that they can handle it! ” Allen said.
Fisher said he enjoyed the fast pace of the men’s race.
“It was awesome there and I loved every moment of the race!” said Fisher. “Although I think I spent a little too much beans running and caked on the bike, but I just loved it – this bike course is wicked!”
In the women’s race, Bunbury lifted athlete Dimity-Lee Duke crossed the finish line first and cemented her state title in a time of 2:53:19 ahead of Ariarn Huston in second (3:01: 28) and prominent local road triathlete. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan third (3:11.42)
“It’s a tough course, so I was really surprised with the win,” Duke said.
“I know mountain biking is my strength, so I tried to follow trail running before – and those trails are so awesome!”
The Long Course race doubled as the 2022 WA Triathlon Off-Road State Championships and the ITU World Selection Race for 2023.
The weekend featured five different off-road races, including the aforementioned Long Course which was run solo or in a relay team; plus the Short Course race (700 m swimming at sea, 6 km of coastal trail and 11 km of mountain biking), the Aquathlon-X event (1 km of swimming, 5 km of trail); and two events specific to children.
In the X-Adventure Short Course on Saturday, competitors were treated to near-perfect racing conditions, with the course fulfilling the event slogan of ‘race through paradise’.
“Saturday is always one of the most joyful and festive race days we host and the 10th edition of the event was no different as athletes of all ages shared their racing experience, creating a truly happy, family-friendly and inclusive for everyone,” said Sam. Maffett, events director.
Duncan Jones was too strong in the men’s event finishing with a time of 1:27:45, with Nicola Hayes our female winner in a time of 1:37:00.
The Aquathlon-X (1km swim, 5km run) was also won by superfish Hayes, with Matius Brown in times of 0:51:41 and 0:54:05, respectively. with the course encompassing the mirror-smooth waters of Geographe Bay.
Over 300 school-aged children, many of them locals, had fun at the Kids X-Adventure and Groms events. Their enthusiasm and determination were incredibly inspiring and, with the help of their family and friends, they created a great atmosphere at the event.
Despite recent uncertainty in WA’s events industry surrounding COVID-19, Rapid Ascent organizers were delighted to celebrate the events’ 10th year, albeit only slight format changes to adhere to government Tier 1 restrictions from WA on the events.
“We are extremely happy with how the event went over the weekend – all the athletes put on a brilliant racing show and really embraced the spectacular courses!” said Maffet.
“Bravo and thank you to everyone who raced, as well as those involved as support crews, spectators and our sponsors,” added Maffett.