February 20, 2019

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.

Ben Allen on his bike at the 2018 Cross Triathlon Championships

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.

The Course Overview

Featuring standard cross-tri length legs, Duathlon and Aquabike categories along with sprint and junior/teaser events – there are levels to suit everybody whether an elite athlete or someone wanting to experience cross triathlon in a stunning location.

The swim leg is in Lake Crackenback (in the heart of the resort) – freshwater fed by mountain springs and a temperate 16-20 degrees.

The standard swim course length is 1500m or 2 x 750m laps, sprint is 400m, and the junior/teaser course is 200m.

The 30km mountain bike trail is picturesque, snaking its way around the lakes, river and through the Kosciuszko National Park but there will be no time for sightseeing with plenty of challenging and predominantly narrow terrain requiring technical skills to take on everything including rocky paths, creek crossings and bridges with 80% of it being a single track.

Finishing off with 3.3km on your feet, traversing across the banks of Little Thredbo River and looping Race HQ. Short, steep climbs and descents and likely wildlife may make its presence felt with local kangaroos, wombats and emus about. The run leg includes creek crossing, a river run, suspension bridge and plenty of obstacles making you feel every single kilometre.

TreX Triathlons offer a unique and challenging alternative to the tarmac-based triathlons many are so familiar with. This event, one of seven trail events are run by In2Adventure and features some of the most challenging yet beautiful mountainous terrain in the country.

Open to all levels, the TreX Snowy Mountains has several categories to cater for all levels of interested MultiSporters – even first timers will be keen to get dirty! In the Elite/Open category however there is a $5000 cash prize pool up for grabs and Triathlon Australia Members can earn valuable points.

It’s sure to be a messy but exhilarating event that Triathlon Australia is proud to be part of.

Australian Cross Triathlon National Championships is on 23 February at Snowy Mountains, NSW.