Allen WINS XTERRA Australia Championships at Callala Bay
December 12, 2017/
Ben Allen held the banner high this weekend in Australia at XTERRA Callala in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
Allen – who is one of the fastest XTERRA swimmers in the world – was out of the water first and never lost his lead. He finished the race in 2:27:22, about four minutes ahead of Rowan Beggs-French, who crossed the line in 2:31:23. Jacob Storey was third in 2:34:18.
“I just set off and did my thing,” said Allen. “I worked hard to establish a lead from the gun and didn’t look back.”
Beggs-French came out of the water two and a half minutes after Allen but eeked out the fastest bike split of the day – 1:23:00 to Allen’s 1:23:23. Storey had the fastest run split at 42:00. Allen finished the run in 43:10 and Beggs-French in 45:13.
“The bike course is tough but fun,” said Allen. “The terrain is forever changing, rocks, to mud, to hard-packed clay. It makes you have to really work hard. Rowan and Jacob kept me honest as I maintained my lead heading into the run. I was happy to claim a win on Aussie soil and finish the year off on a positive note.”
Allen, who married Jacqui Slack last year, is already planning for the year ahead.
“Jacqui and I are planning a big year ahead, with new and exciting races on the horizon, a wedding or two thrown in and more adventures out there waiting for us,” said Allen. “We are focused on helping our #BandJRacing athletes to better themselves each and every day through triathlon and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”