We are just days out to one of the most picturesque and adventurous off-road events on the Multi Sport calendar.
The iconic Snowy Mountains will play host to the Australian Cross Triathlon National Championships on the 23 February 2019.
Current National Champion Ben Allen looking to defend his title. Ben nabbed fifth pace at the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and second place behind New Zealander Sam Osbourne at last year’s TreX Snowy Mountains. With only a few minutes behind the Tasman rival, Ben just needs to give it a little extra this year to get past the kiwi in this exhilarating and testing event. Last year on 24 November , Ben and his wife Jacqui (Slack) Allen both took home gold in the TreX Goldfields in Victoria.
Speaking of his win, “any win on Australian soil is good” considering his focus is on the international offroad scene. He’s anticipating a huge season ahead, with Xterra in Asia, races in Europe and finishing off in World Champs. He has also just been accepted in the team heading to Spain in April for the Pontevedra ITU World Champs.
But right now, Ben is in a great place, his health is on point, as is his focus and fitness and whilst his injuries and “consistently frustrating fourth placings” had been holding him back during 2018, he believes now he has what it takes, along with new coach Mark Fenner to attack the course and get one back on Sam Osborne. He had nothing but positive things to say about the young up-and-coming Kiwi but his strategy for the overall title and to defend his Australian title in the event is “going hard from the start, and with a better mindset can deliver the same performance with the added confidence.” Ben loves the natural arena of the Snowy Mountains and says the scenery is an “outdoor athletes paradise” and the “best event” on the National Cross-Triathlon Calendar.