Adventurethon athletes set to blast at Augusta Adventure Fest
We are very excited to see the stacked field lining up for the Augusta Adventure Fest on the west coast of Australia this weekend. With many of our Athletes from WA lining up to give it a go year after year, as well as some of our Eastern states athletes making the trip across to the west to battle it out for glory.
Kiwi Braden Currie recently placed 2nd at the Xterra maui World championships, a hot favourite, is also the recent Coast to Coast NZ winner from New Zealand. He has also racked up an impressive 86% win rate this season with his XTerra racing and 70.3 ironman racing taking him around the globe.
From last Coast to Coast we saw Fellow Kiwi Sam Clarke with glimmers of amazing athletic potential losing time only in the initial mountain run legs, but slowly gaining over the rest of the race. In March this year Sam Clarke took out first place at the Magnetic Island Adventurethon which took in 26 km of rough ocean paddling which is where we feel he may have an edge on Braden Currie, but it will no doubt come down to how much Sam can limit Braden’s attack on the initial run leg, as well as how Sam can hold up to the pressure of the more experienced racers.
Australia’s Best Known adventure racer Jarad Kohlar has raced both Braden Currie and Sam Clarke at various locations around the world and has beaten Sam Clarke at the 3d Rotorua previously (which includes the Paddle, MTB and trail run legs). Kohlar is yet to beat Currie in the Run, paddle , swim + MTB formats, however, has been unbeaten in Australia’s Adventurethon series of paddle, MTB and trail run. Jarad’s least favourite leg is the swim leg so will be no doubt aiming to minimise damage from the other top kiwi racers especially Braden with all of his Xterra swimming.
We have seen a surge in form from Aussie Jarad Kohlar in recent months. With a great run leg at the more technical run off Townsville, as well as his recent success in the Spartan obstacle races, we feel Jarad Kohlar will have a lot to bring to the race and is a major Aussie hopeful.
Tasmanian (yes they are Aussies too) Mark Padget, who is a previous winner of the Freycinet challenge in TAS, is also very competent over the paddle, MTB and run legs of the race but has told us he is not a fan of swimming so will just aim to get through that and enjoy the other legs. I know Mark will be hoping for some rough weather on the paddle leg to shake off the kiwis and give him some advantage on the ski.
Someone we at Adventurethon HQ hope can arrive in shape (after some injuries of late) is the Western Australian Adventurethon champ Kris Plain, who has won the last 2 x Adventurethon Albany and Adventurethon Kalbarri events convincingly. We know he hates to swim so hopefully he has been able to get himself in the pool for a bit of practice. But his paddle mtb and run legs when he is in form can be as quick as Kohlars’…Injuries are hard to manage so we will wait and see. As far as it’s concerned we don’t want to add to any pressure, especially when swimming isn’t a part of his regime.
In the Women’s Field Kiwi Simone Maier has made a trip across the ditch and been getting a few tips in the ocean paddle leg from Veteran Surf lifesaving Champion turned adventure racer Guy Andrews. We expect her to have a decent paddle, especially as her river paddle at coast to coast NZ was very good, where she was able to claw back some great time on race leader Jess Simson.
Emily Wilson was diagnosed with diabeties and it has been a huge change for her. But she’s using her determination to show other women that you are still able to do stuff like she does even when life does throw you a curve ball. She is a very strong paddler, so will be great to watch.
Our Aussie Girls are a bit of a powerhouse especially the Dornom twins Elizabeth and Bernadette who are both lining up for the Anglesea Adventurethon event this December (and reside in Vic). Bernadette has been a previous Adventurethon National title holder in 2013. Both of them have had a series of wins and podiums within the Anaconda adventure race series and other top multisport races in years gone by. Both Sisters recently raced in Kona for the World champs Ironman and have previously raced with Team Peak Adventure overseas. They have a wealth of off road and racing experience to draw upon and are in great form.
We haven’t seen the Dornom Girls go head to head with Maier but we imagine that they will be pretty close in the fitness departments with the difference likely to come down to technical abilities across one or more of the disciplines. When the Dornoms race each other they each have different strengths and weaknesses so it will be interesting to see if they work together at all to keep Maier at bay or if its every woman for themselves off the first run!
As always there will be the unknown entries who surprise and thrill us with their ability to step outside their comfort zone, be the fastest over the distance and steal podium spots from the expected competitors. All we know is we can’t wait to see how all of our existing and soon to be athletes go across each of the distances and look forward to seeing you reach for personal bests towards the Anglesea Vic, Albany W.A and other Adventurethon series into 2016.
Adventurethon Anglesea (Surfcoast, Victoria) December 5 & 6
Adventurethon Albany (Western Australia) January 9 & 10