Two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson, a 33-year-old from Australia, will try XTERRA for the first-time this April 7 at the XTERRA Great Ocean Road off-road tri in Angelsea, Victoria.
On his recent visit to test out the course Atkinson said “I am really excited about competing in my first XTERRA and off-road triathlon event, especially being able to do it in such an amazing location in my own country. After riding and running the course, I can see it is going to be both challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Can’t wait.”
Race Director Andrew O’Loughlin and his team are over the moon with Atkinson taking on the XTERRA challenge.
“Atkinson’s desire to take on the event speaks wonders for the future of off road triathlon in Australia,” said O’Loughlin. “We’re really excited to have one of Australia’s best triathletes on board. We feel Courtney gives further kudos to the race, and he has recognized the global growth of the off road format. It’s going to be a great event in April.”
XTERRA veteran Renata Bucher is also excited for the inaugural event in Anglesea. So much so, she’s made the area her training base camp.
“It is gorgeous here and there are great people all around. I am living in Torquay, a lovely little village on the Great Ocean Road,” said Bucher. “The course is great, with a nice mix on the mountain bike. First half is mainly undulating fire trails, the middle bit is fun single track, and then back on the fast fire trail. It has some sandy turns that make it really easy to miss the line if you go too fast. There’s a lot of beach to conquer on the run and the swim is in the surf so depending on the swell – could get interesting.”
Atkinson and Bucher are pictured above during a recent pre-ride alongside locals Peri, Adam, and Luke.
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