The annual Canberra Sri Chinmoy Off-Road Duathlons were staged in and around the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Black Mountain Reserve on Sunday 1 July 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 2 distances follow:
It's always going to be a cold one â being held in the middle of Winter, in one of Australia's coldest citiesâ¦ and while it's certainly cool standing around at the finish line, the athletes who took part in the Sri Chinmoy Off-Road Duathlons in and around the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Black Mountain Reserve on Sunday 1 July generated quite a bit of heat in their competition.
The first run for both the Long and Short Course events, is held on roads within the Botanic Gardens. The mountain bike follows fire management trails through Black Mountain Reserve and Aranda Bushland; while the final run explores more of the bush tracks around (and up!) Black Mountain.
Charles Nicoll came from 3rd place after the 1st run, to dominate the bike and final run in winning the Short Course race with an excellent time of 35:57; while John Smytheman came from Sydney to collect the main prize in the Men 50 and Over in 44:50. Daniel Waugh set a new course best time for the 1st run of 5:04; and Charles Nicoll a new record for the final run in 9:35. Samantha Rampant took out the women's race in 53:21; and Inge Camilleri the Women 50 and Over in 1:03:40.
In the Long Course race, Matthew De Pommeroy powered through the ride to set up his winning margin, crossing the line in a fine 1:44:30 from a fast-finishing Dave Osmond (1:45:49). Trevor Jacobs â a late switch from a mixed team to solo male in the Men 50 and Over â set a new course best for his category of 2:02:54, breaking the bike record en route with his 1:07:37.
In the All-Male Teams division, the team of "Maverick & Goose" (Tom Brazier and Edmund Hall) set a new course record of 1:46:27.
In the women's race, Bron Ryan rode an amazing 1:06:46 for a new women's course record ride, in the process setting up a commanding victory with the fastest run splits as well seeing her home in 2:00:50, within sight of Heather Evans' famous course record of 2:00:04 set back in 2005. Jenny Simpson flew the flag for the Women 50 and Over, finishing in 3:01:01.