The second-running of the XTERRA Great Ocean Road triathlon takes place Sunday at the Anglesea River-mouth Park in Anglesea, Victoria, Australia.
Up for grabs is $15,000AUD prize money for pros and 15 spots into XTERRA Worlds for amateurs. The event will also double as the Victorian Off-road Championships.
Here’s a look at the pro field, which includes a wealth of newcomers to the sport…
Ben Allen – from Wollongong, New South Wales, Allen follows the XTERRA Series around the globe. Allen won seven XTERRA World Tour races last year, and was second to only Courtney Atkinson at XTERRA Great Ocean Road last year.
Eddie Sturla, Argentina, currently based in Australia – a triathlete for over 24 years, Sturla was the first South American athlete to win an Ironman competition at Ironman Brazil in 2001. He placed in the top 10 at the Ironman World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii in 2008. Sturla is now venturing into the world of off-road adventure. This is his first XTERRA event.
Roger Serrano, Spain - Spanish Triathlon Cross Champion 2012 and sixth place at the XTERRA Spain National Championships 2013.
Drew Box, Australia – from Kallangur, Queensland, 45th place in ITU World Triathlon Stockholm (Elite Men) and 36th place ITU World Triathlon Madrid (Elite Men) 2102. First XTERRA race
Alex Hunt, Australia – from Taroona, Tasmania, exciting up-and-comer, second Thule Icebreaker Multisport and third Baise Outdoor Quest in 2013, second Open Men Freycinet Challenge 2012. First XTERRA race
Sam Kidd, Australia – from Mermaid Waters, Queensland, 20th Mooloolaba Oceania Cup, 25th Oceania Sprint Championships Kinloch, ITU Aquathon Age Group World Champion (25-29) 2012, second place ITU Triathlon Age Group World Champs (25-29) 2012. This is his first XTERRA event
Tim Beardell, Australia – Triathlon Australia Pro license holder and World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) Pro license holder
Jacqui Slack, England – Won six XTERRA World Tour races last year, including the British title and the Triple Crown. Was second at XTERRA Great Ocean Road last year to Renata Bucher.
Peri Gray, Australia – Anglesea local, second year XTERRA pro. Fifth at XTERRA Saipan, sixth at XTERRA Guam, sixth at XTERRA Malaysia and fourth at XTERRA Great Ocean Road last year.
Rebecca Hoschke, Australia – second place in Geelong 70.3 and sixth in Auckland 70.3 in 2014, female champion Port Macquarie Ironman 2013. First XTERRA race