Sri Chinmoy Off-Road Duathlon Season Concludes
A fearsome frost did not deter a small, valiant field assembling for the second and final race in the Canberra Sri Chinmoy Off-Road Duathlon season at Black Mountain Reserve...Clear skies temptingly offered warmer, brighter conditions as racing got under way, though recurring clouds ensured any rise in temeratures would derive from the athletes' own exertions.
The first run for both Long and Short Course races is a delightful foray through the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The testing hills and eager pace of this leg certainly had the most desired effect as many athletes were seen discarding gloves, jackets and binis at the first transition.
Mountain bike times had been generally sluggish in the first race of the series, when a previous-day deluge had sloshified sections of the course. This time athletes revelled on a firm though sometimes rocky surface, ensuring brisker times throughout the field.
Hard on the heels of a testing mountain bike ride, the final run posed the sternest challenge of the race, especially the Long-Course with the 680-metre ascent of Breakfast Hill, almost to the summit of Black Mountain.
Peter Young (pictured, left) and Bianca Mauch dominated the open men's and women's Long-Course races respectively, with each leading from the gun and posting the fastest split times for each of the 3 legs. Both finished full of running with a spring in their stride despite the trials of the course.
In the Short-Course race, Geoff Ives came in with the lead pack after the first run, then pulled away over the remaining ride and run to win comfortably amongst the solo men, while Laura Garvican enjoyed her first race to take out the solo women's division.
A stand-out performance in the Short-Course came from team runner Kym Chisholm (pictured, right) who outran all the male competitors to clock the outright fastest time for the final run leg.
Full results by category, including split times>>
Photo gallery from the transition area>>
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon's Team's next Canberra race is the annual Half-Marathon at Telopea Park on Sunday 6 August, this year accompanied for the first time by a 5-Mile and a 2-Mile race (enter online here).
Don't miss the next Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Series event, the delightful Googong Challenge on Sunday 29 October (enter online here), to be followed by Canberra's off-road classic, the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon on Sunday 26 November (enter online here).
We look forward to your company for these races...