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Even more on Coles Bay – Race report from Dan Robins

Coles Bay Half – Tassie

So I’ve never written a race report before, party because I have done nothing to warrant writing one before, and secondly because I think the scope of interest would struggle to extend my mum and dad. But the man behind the creation of a cool concept Team Latitude asked me to put pen to paper and write something, and after his generosity I couldn’t say no. Here goes…

team latitude

The boys…

Being relatively new and naïve to this whole triathlon thing, I was lucky enough to be asked by Guy Besley to be involved in the whole Team Latitude concept which incorporates a bunch of professional athletes and a few not so, myself the latter, promoting low key races around Australia.

I quickly learned half ironman racing is tough going, after the Team Latitude boys taught me a lesson in Port Douglas in my first race which saw me morph into a lobster in the heat and humidity of far north QLD and spend my day deliriously zig zagging up and down the beach in Port Douglas for 20 odd kilometres. Ouch.


Heading out on the Bike

My low IQ then tricked me into signing up to Port Macquarie 70.3 which I was glad to somewhat redeem myself over the distance and have a reasonably more successful day racing around Port Macquarie, where I grew up. I was then lucky enough to be invited down to Coles Bay Half in Tasmania again with the Team Latitude guys.

Doing my last year of University which currently involves full time (unpaid – ouch) physio practice, I havn’t had the chance to race at all since Port Macquarie or train as I would ideally like. Anyway, I made to the trip to Hobart and onto the beautiful Coles Bay a little apprehensive to say the least. The team latitude boys are always good fun so it made my hasty weekend much enjoyable.

Anyway, as I said, ill keep this short and spare you an influx of excessively boring race details. The swim was in the bay itself, and despite my extreme distaste for swimming, I can say it was the only swim in a triathlon I have genuinely enjoyed, crystal clear and surprisingly warm water, easily mistakable for somewhere in north QLD. Jumping out of the water in my usual lousy time, it was time to ride my bike. The ride in Tassie was tough, dead undulating roads and long false flats made the mostly 90km solo ride tough on my strange little head. I managed to ride ok by myself despite a lack of real training and jumped off my pushie in 4th overall and about 5 or 6 mins behind fellow Team Latitude lads Matty White and Michael Murphy and a local guy who was apparently dropping bombs up the road. Onto the run saw me quickly projectile vomit everything I’d taken in on the bike and I watched hopelessly as a whole bunch of guys run past while I stood on the side of the road emptying the fluid contents of my body. From there it was a long way to jog/crawl/grovel my way through the long run which involved 16 of the 21km on sand. If it wasn’t for the backdrop and a few km’s running beside teammate Adam Gordon chatting about how unreal the scenery was I would have struggled to get to the end at all. I slowly grovelled home in 7th overall.


Coles Bay, Perfect conditions…

Congrats to Matty and Murph for 1st and 2nd overall and the rest of the lads for an enjoyable weekend, and to Guy Beasley for selflessly giving me the chance to get out and do these races purely for my own benefit. Thanks also to Mum and Dad for being my sponsors throughout my uni degree which allows me to get out and experience travel and racing like this. I’d also like to thank my main sponsor VB…ok I lie, they don’t sponsor me, but I wish they did and I’m going to leave their sticker on my bike anyway

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Five iconic Australian triathlons to do before you die

Heres a great article from the guys at firstoffthebike.com. Coles Bay is on it, and we are heading there this weekend!!

Five iconic Australian triathlons to do before you die

Tim Bradley

While the lure of racing M-dot events can be very rewarding and memorable, there are plenty of races in Australia that will test and delight local triathletes. Here are five of our favourite iconic Australian triathlons to do before you hang up your racing wheels.

Cannington Dirt N Dust Triathlon

Date: April 19-21, 2013

Distance: 800/25/5

Location: Julia Creek, QLD

This is as rural as rural gets for a triathlon. Athletes begin their day with a swim in Eastern Creek, which is rough 800-metres. After battling the current and mud in the freshwater swim, athletes jump on their bike for the longest 25-kilometre ride of their life on the Flinder’s Hwy; remember to watch out for the road trains going in the opposite direction. Then the highlight of the race, a five-kilometre run through the township of Julia Creek with big crowds in for the Dirt N Dust Festival cheering you on to the finish. The best part of this event is definitely what happens after the race. Included in the race entry are tickets to the horse races at the Turf club in the afternoon and the professional bull riding event at night. This is a seriously fun weekend away, with a brutally tough sprint triathlon thrown in. If you’re in North Queensland or looking for a unique race experience, check this event out.

SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon

Date: April 6, 2013

Distance: 1.5/60/12 or 0.5/20/4

Location: Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton, WA

This is Western Australia’s best-kept triathlon secret. The SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon is set for its 10th edition in 2013, and is held over the retro distances of a 1.5-kilometre swim, 60-kilometre bike and 12-kilometre run. Athletes begin their day with a clean swim in the fresh waters of Lake Beedelup. Then it’s on to a very testing and undulating bike leg before finishing off the day with a picturesque run around the lake. What we really love about the Karri Valley Triathlon is the 10am race start. No ‘stupid o’clock’ wake ups required, athletes are able to wake at a reasonable hour, have breakfast, read the paper and then head on down to the race start ­– very civilized!

Coles Bay Half

Date: February 16, 2013

Distance: 1.9/90/21.1

Location: Coles Bay, Tasmania

Coles Bay can be found at the northern edge of the Freycinet National Park, which is approximately 218-kilometres north east of Hobart and 202-kilometres south east of Launceston. Formerly held over 2/80/18 distance, the race has been upgraded to a Half Ironman (1.9/90/21.1) in 2013. We’re big fans of the Coles Bay Half because it’s a Saturday race, which means athletes can enjoy themselves post-race and still make it home safely for dinner with the family on Sunday night. Coles Bay Half features a two-lap swim in the clear waters of Great Oyster Bay, two-lap bike with a couple of short, sharp hills, and then finish with a four-lap run down around the Coles Bay Foreshore, with sections on the hard, flat sand of Muirs Beach.

Byron Bay Triathlon

Date: May 11-12, 2013

Distance: 1.5/40/10

Location: Byron Bay, NSW

Now in its 17th year, the Byron Bay Triathlon is one of the most-iconic races in New South Wales and annually attracts more than 1,000 competitors to the festival. Byron Bay is an Olympic-distance, non-drafting event and is traditionally one of the last on the Australian calendar before winter sets in. This year, the triathlon will take place Saturday May 11. The Byron Bay course is a very honest one, beginning with a surf swim in the ocean, athletes then complete an out-and-back bike leg, which dependent on conditions is normally just short of 40ks (last year was 36 due to safety concerns), before finishing off their day with an enjoyable four-lap, 10-kilometre run around town. What we really love about this race is it’s a Saturday race and is one few races in the world with an afternoon start time – pro wave goes off spot on midday. OK, the road surface is average and the swim can get rough, but this is a ripper location for a triathlon, and worth making a holiday out of the trip if you’re travelling from interstate.

Murray Man

Date: November 10, 2013

Distance: 2/80/20 or 1/40/10

Location: Barmera, South Australia

One of the most underrated and hard races for triathletes to test themselves each November. Based in Barmera, which is approximately 2.5 hours from Adelaide or 7.5 from Melbourne, if temperatures are high, Murray Man can be seriously tough. Athletes in the long course complete two one-kilometre loops in Lake Bonney, four 20-kilometre loops on the bike and four five-kilometre loops on the run. Heat and wind are the two biggest factors that make this race hard as nails. However, the ride around Lake Bonney is stunning, and the run through town is a lot of fun too. Murray Man has been designated the Triathlon Australia National Long Course Age Group Championship for 2013/14, and its early November date provides a good opportunity for those looking for a hit-out before Ironman Western Australia. 

Five iconic Australian triathlons to do before you die.

Kabuki by the Sea – Swansea Tasmania

kabuki by the sea

Kabuki by the Sea – Swansea Tasmania

Coles Bay Half Ironman Triathlon;

Well as you know the Hahn Super Dry Team Latitude are off to the Coles Bay Half iron Distance Triathlon this weekend, jumping on a plane tommorrow actually. So to really rub it in I thought you might like to see where the Team will be staying.

Kabuki by the Sea in Swansea will play host to the Team for the weekend, it certainly looks ideal and we cant wait to check it out.

More on that later. But check out the video :-) Looks nice!! and perfect for a few Hahn Super Drys in the eveneings as we look out over the bay. Jealous? You should be..

 You can see more on this property on the Latitude Travel Services website.

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