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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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The RBS Coles Bay Half Iron distance Triathlon

Coles Bay Triathlon:

The Coles Bay Half Committee In conjunction with The Launceston Triathlon Club Proudly presents the: RBS Morgans Coles Bay Half.

The date for 2013 is the 16th February 2013. Online entries open on the 1st December 2012.

coles bay halfThe Triathlon is held at the beautiful town of Coles Bay, on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. Learn more about Coles Bay here. Race day this year is Saturday 16th February 2013. Check out the race schedule here.

The most exciting triathlon of the year held in arguably the most beautiful surrounding in Australia.

A 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run with the most spectacular back drop you will experience. Coles Bay is situated at the northern edge of the Freycinet National Park. Located 218km north east of Hobart and 202 km south east of Launceston. It is one of the justifiably famous wilderness beauty spots on Tasmania’s east coast.

Coles bay triathlon

Coles bay

A bit about Coles bay:

Coles Bay is the gateway to the iconic Freycinet National Park, the home of the much acclaimed Wineglass Bay, calm turquoise bays and great fishing. Coles Bay has a relaxed atmosphere and is a popular place for a family holiday. It is also rapidly growing a reputation for fantastic adventure sports including the Freycinet Challenge (The Australian Multisport Championships), a stopover port for the Three Peaks Race (Mountain Running and Sailing) and of course the Coles Bay Triathlon.

Coles bay triathlon

Beautiful Wineglass Bay

Originally settled by the Great Oyster Bay Tribe, the first European sighting of Freycinet by Abel Tasman in 1642 naming Schouten Island. In the 1820’s whaling operations commenced from the Fisheries, Wineglass Bay and Schouten Island. Whaling ceased only after 20 years as the stocks were so depleted it was no longer viable.
The Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island were declared game reserves in 1906 to arrest the over hunting of wildlife and in 1916 Freycinet was proclaimed as a national park being the first national park in Tasmania along with Mt Field. Further additions to the national park came in 1967 when Schouten Island was included. Friendly Beaches was included into the park in the late 1990’s.

The crystal clear waters of Coles Bay and the beautiful long sandy beaches are an invitation to may water sports throughout the year, be it swimming, water skiing or fishing in the summer months or paddling and exploring the many bays in and around Great Oyster Bay.

From September to April, take a trip on the Freycinet Sea Cruise around the Peninsula or jump on a Kayak and have a guided tour with Freycinet Paddle.

The Freycinet Peninsula is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Honeymoon Bay, the Esplanade and Picnic Island can be calm and ideal for snorkelers. The entire Peninsula coastline down to Schouten Island is one of Tasmania’s most spectacular and popular dive regions with a vase variety of fish and reefs all beautifully presented in the crystal clear waters.

The Beaches around the township of Coles Bay are a favourite for families with young children as they offer safe swimming and lovely sandy beaches. Also available in the township of Coles Bay is the Community Play Ground, Skate Park and tennis courts along with barbecue facilities.coles bay triathlon

Take a pleasant walk along one of several walk trails within the National Park to experience the peaceful harmony of the natural environment.

Visit the National Parks Interpretation Centre and find out all about the park and the flora and fauna within it. Displayed are items of historical interest, photographs of the area, fish in the area and information on scenic drives, rides a walks.

Coles Bay is just a 2.5 hour drive North East of Hobart (approximately 220km) and a little over 2 hours from Launceston (approximately 200kms). Travel by car is recommended and car hire is available from both Hobart and Launceston. An alternative option is to catch a bus from either centre to Coles Bay.

Coles Bay Triathlon Website : http://www.colesbayhalf.com

For all your accommodation and tour needs go to www.colesbay.com.au or www. wineglassbay.com

Were OFF to Tassie..

The next stop on the HSD Team Latitudes Schedule is overseas, yep thats right, OS (lol) Actually its Tasmania for the Coles Bay Half!

The Coles Bay Half Committee In conjunction with The Launceston Triathlon Club Proudly presents the

Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania

Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RBS Morgans Coles Bay Half. The date for 2013 is the 16th February 2013. Online entries open on the 1st December 2012.

The Triathlon is held at the beautiful town of Coles Bay, on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. Learn more about Coles Bay here. Race day this year is Saturday 16th February 2013. Check out the race schedule here.

The most exciting triathlon of the year held in arguably the most beautiful surrounding in Australia.

A 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run with the most spectacular back drop you will experience. Coles Bay is situated at the northern edge of the Freycinet National Park. Located 218km north east of Hobart and 202 km south east of Launceston. It is one of the justifiably famous wilderness beauty spots on Tasmania’s east coast.

A bit about Coles bay:

Coles Bay is the gateway to the iconic Freycinet National Park, the home of the much acclaimed Wineglass Bay, calm turquoise bays and great fishing. Coles Bay has a relaxed atmosphere and is a popular place for a family holiday. It is also rapidly growing a reputation for fantastic adventure sports including the Freycinet Challenge (The Australian Multisport Championships), a stopover port for the Three Peaks Race (Mountain Running and Sailing) and of course the Coles Bay Triathlon.

Originally settled by the Great Oyster Bay Tribe, the first European sighting of Freycinet by Abel Tasman in 1642 naming Schouten Island. In the 1820’s whaling operations commenced from the Fisheries, Wineglass Bay and Schouten Island. Whaling ceased only after 20 years as the stocks were so depleted it was no longer viable.
The Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island were declared game reserves in 1906 to arrest the over hunting of wildlife and in 1916 Freycinet was proclaimed as a national park being the first national park in Tasmania along with Mt Field. Further additions to the national park came in 1967 when Schouten Island was included. Friendly Beaches was included into the park in the late 1990’s.

The crystal clear waters of Coles Bay and the beautiful long sandy beaches are an invitation to may water sports throughout the year, be it swimming, water skiing or fishing in the summer months or paddling and exploring the many bays in and around Great Oyster Bay.

From September to April, take a trip on the Freycinet Sea Cruise around the Peninsula or jump on a Kayak and have a guided tour with Freycinet Paddle.

The Freycinet Peninsula is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Honeymoon Bay, the Esplanade and Picnic Island can be calm and ideal for snorkelers. The entire Peninsula coastline down to Schouten Island is one of Tasmania’s most spectacular and popular dive regions with a vase variety of fish and reefs all beautifully presented in the crystal clear waters.

The Beaches around the township of Coles Bay are a favourite for families with young children as they offer safe swimming and lovely sandy beaches. Also available in the township of Coles Bay is the Community Play Ground, Skate Park and tennis courts along with barbecue facilities.

Take a pleasant walk along one of several walk trails within the National Park to experience the peaceful harmony of the natural environment.

Visit the National Parks Interpretation Centre and find out all about the park and the flora and fauna within it. Displayed are items of historical interest, photographs of the area, fish in the area and information on scenic drives, rides a walks.

Coles Bay is just a 2.5 hour drive North East of Hobart (approximately 220km) and a little over 2 hours from Launceston (approximately 200kms). Travel by car is recommended and car hire is available from both Hobart and Launceston. An alternative option is to catch a bus from either centre to Coles Bay.

Coles Bay Triathlon Websitehttp://www.colesbay100.com.au/

For all your accommodation and tour needs go to www.colesbay.com.au or www. wineglassbay.com

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