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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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Race Report – Beautiful Coles Bay “just finish this lap”

Coles Bay Half distance Triathlon;

Race time rolled around again and it was time to pack the bike up for destination Coles Bay half distance Tasmania.

OK, Im ready..

OK, Im ready..

For people not quite familiar with Tazzy it’s a beautiful place and once you board your form of travel and start heading around the coast towards Coles Bay and the Freychinet region you soon realise that the little island is a post card and absolutely beautiful part of the world.

Coles Bay was our Team Latitude’s second outing and one that was full of laugh’s and plenty of travel time to bond in the the van as we drove up the coast.

Coles bay is a beautiful Bay just 200km from hobart and it’s surroundings of land scape and beautiful crystal blew water show cases the ultimate scenic and unknown race with a massive opportunity to blossom as a race to put on your bucket list.

Unfortunately with a case of a solid chest infection I had been carrying for a while leading into the race I was restricted on power and heart rate threw the race as I would end up in a coughing attack and constant passing of bodily fluid made for a challenging  day i exited the water with zero energy and told myself just finish one lap of the bike and it will be ok, I hit the bike and was thinking the whole time it’s ok just do one lap and then pull it, I was riding in 7th at 45km and thought maybe I will just do the last lap, and so I did all along thinking it’s ok will not run just enjoy the ride and as the day unfolded this “just finish this lap” was the order of the day

"Yes mum, I am looking after myself!"

“Yes mum, I am looking after myself!”

As I put on my On racing flats –  the run being 21km made up of 5km concrete 16km of sand and 4 lap run course was again “just finish the lap” and I can stop – this repeated threw my head 3 laps and I found my self running along side team latitude team mate Dan Robins for a few km’s and I remember saying this place is beautiful.

To sum up my debut experience I would happily and honestly say the Coles Bay Half outweighs most races I have ever done whether in Australia, America, New Zealand, it is often the bigger races that people rave on about but until you get back to grass roots triathlon and community filled racing you surely do realise that there is more to triathlon than glitz,glamour and a red carpet.

Coles Bay 10 out of 10.

A few of the Team

A few of the Team

Big thanks to Guy Besley and the team at Team Latitude for a great weekend and can’t wait for the next adventure - Coles Bay Team Latitude athletes Dan robins, Michael murphy, Hadley and Matty White; all great lad’s giving back to triathlon well done guys.

Finally a quick shout out to the guys at Bikeride in Hobart for a last minute repair. It looked as though my race was over before starting, we shot into Bikeride and the team there couldnt do enough to help us on the spot! Thanks guys, much appreciated! So if your in Tassie and need a bike shop you cant go past these guys…

Stay safe

adam (adsy gordon)

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Coles Bay 2013, Race Report


I was asked to race in Tasmania as part of Team latitude which is run by my good mate Guy Besley last month and I had no hesitation in saying yes as I have never been to Tassie before. Team Latitide is a concept whereby our main focus is to support local grassroots triathlon and give back to the sport where we all came from. We raced the Port Douglas Long Course in September as part of the team which involved Mitch Anderson, Tim Berkel, Dan Robins, Adam Gordon and a few others, I managed to win that race in a sprint finish with Tim Berkel so I was hopeful of doing the same in Tassie.

My last race before Coles Bay was a success in some ways by winning the Albany Long Course race early January but unfortunately being disqualified after crossing the line first, taking that in to account I was still looking at going 2 from 2  to start the year off. Upon arriving in Hobart I was totally prepared for a wild, windy and cold couple of days on the coast, but I was pleasantly surprised by warm and somewhat tropical weather (yes I did say tropical and Tasmania in the same sentence).

The Race setting in Coles Bay is probably as close to perfect as one could possibly imagine, with picturesque surroundings, crystal blue waters and white sands lining the coast around the region which is located about an hour and half drive from Hobart. The roads are hilly and by no means easy in terms of riding, and after driving these roads I held no doubt that this race would be a tough one. Last years winner and local hero James Hodge was not racing after competing in Geelong the week before, but my work would be cut out with fellow Team Latitude member and Sydney local Michael Murphy, Adam Gordon, Dan Robins and some Tassie locals.

A few of the Team Latitude Boys

A few of the Team Latitude Boys

The race started on the beach in Coles Bay with a 2 lap journey in the crystal waters of the bay where I exited the water in 3rd behind Murphy and a local athlete. After having a week in Thailand on a holiday the week before this event and not having touched my bike I wasn’t at all hopeful of a strong bike leg, so my main objective was to stay in touch and unleash a solid run. I managed to ride with a strong Tassie local Hayden Armstrong and caught Murphy at the 20km mark. I was utilising this race as a form finder with the main goal of Ironman Melbourne next month so this type of training and hard riding was crucial.

I hit T2 with Murphy and Armstrong after a solid bike ride and hit the run with the idea of maintaining a consistent pace throughout the 21km run, the run leg at Coles Bay was 16km of sand running which certainly added to the toughness of this event, but in saying that I really enjoyed the challenge as I gradually pulled away from Murphy half way through the first lap.

Me and the boys

Me and the boys

I held the lead for the whole 21km and crossed the line about 3 minutes ahead of Murph making it a Team Latitude one, two!

This race is certainly one that I will come back and race again, as the scenery and beauty of the place is unsurpassed, the only unfortunate thing was that I could only take it in during a 4 hr half ironman!

A big thanks again to the organisation who facilitated our team to come down and also guy Besley who works tirelessly in organising an unorganised bunch of athletes! This was certainly a weekend I will not forget in a hurry.

Thanks Tassie



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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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Coles Bay Half ironman, here we come!

coles bay half

Written by Guy Besley, Latitude Travel Services,

Team Latitude prepares for Coles Bay;

Next Saturday the might and power of the Hahn Super Dry Team Latitude :-) will be hitting the course of Coles Bay for the Coles Bay Half Ironman Triathlon. Expectations are high for the boys, looking to snag all podium spots, although it may not be so easy. Matty White is relaxing in Thailand as we speak and the great young hope, Justin Brewer hasn’t seen his legs since Busso 8 weeks ago and has done no training.

Team Latitude

Tim Berkel

So it looks like the pressure will be on Tim Berkel, Current Australian 70.3 champion, to bring home the bacon, although he is racing Geelong this weekend which will make it hard for him to back up! But I have faith. Also, lets not look past Dan Robins, another of the young guns set to prove himself next weekend, and Adam Gordon, coming off a second place in the Pro men at the Hell of the West last weekend.

That said, I will have eyes on Murph (michael murphy), he is the BP of the team (the quiet achiever, lol) and he could pull out a win, I reckon he will be out to prove a point against the big names of White and Berkel.

Either way it will be a cracking race with some great talent both young and old racing at Coles Bay in Tasmania.

Team Latitude

Murph on the Charge

I am hoping to be able to watch the race, as I am hitting the starting line for the Team Subsidiary; Team Fatitude, in the sprint race and I’m already feeling the pain, compounded by a disastrous return to the bike last night… lol. So chances are I will be non compus to watch much of the half.

I should mention the “fill-in” Chef de Mission, Woodsy, he will be having a crack at the sprint too, he believes he may be inducted into the Team Fatitude hall of Fame, but his times will need to fall substantially to even get a look into the eclusive Team Fatitude Subsidiary!

Our main man, and Chef de Mission, Dr Mitch Anderson, is a late DNS, he decided that the competition was too fierce from the boys in the Team so has decided to sit this one out ;-) OK, not exactly a true story, but Ill run with it…. :-)



We are all looking very forward to a race and having a few Hahn Super Drys with the Taswegians at Coles Bay!!! Bring it on…

Want to know more about Team Latitude? Check our website. www.teamlatitude.com

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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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