The mere mention of “multisport race” gets people excited. Add to the fact that it’s a brand new event, and this creates some hype. There’s plenty to like about the Ice Breaker Multisport as it was born in the Trevallyn Nature Reserve, tucked in the hills behind Launceston…… The challenge of a new course……. racing into the unknown…… or even competing solo for the first time. The 10km paddle, 18km mountain bike and 7km run is a refreshing distance, making it acheiveable for the mere mortal weekend warrior.
Australian Multipsort Champion Jared Kohlar of Victoria was first solo across the line, to take the inaugrual title. “It’s great to come down and enjoy this new race” said a happy Kohlar at the finish. Things didn’t start well for the champ, with rudder issues on the opening kayak leg making control difficult, but this was all in the past once Kohlar hit land and churned out solid mountain bike and run legs. The anticipated duel with the improving Alex Hunt of Hobart did not eventuate, finishing a distant second, with paddling dynamo Sam Norton third. Norton had a good day out, also being a member of a winning Avanti + team, with two entries in the event.
The paddle on lake Trevallyn was always going to be a highlight for viewing, with perfect still conditions greeting the 11am start. As expected the Norton brothers showed everyone their wake, giving their Avanti + team riders a head start that they didn’t really need to set up the win. Avanti + dominated the teams event, with the first four across the line. Is it possible for anyone to challenge the Ben Mather organised teams for the rest of the season?
The veteran men’s section is always hotly contested, with race organiser Paul Turner spending his day in action, rather than working on the event. Turner won from L. McLean and Roger Butorac.
All in all the event definately ticks a few boxes that will hold it in good stead for future annual editions if the race organisers are in for the long haul…….
It’s great to see a northern based true multisport race that has been missing on the local race calender. The Trevallyn Reserve area is purpose built for this type of activity, with easy access to a large, sheltered waterway and an extensive trail network to give plenty of options to ride and run. The only downfall of the area will be to include a legitimate road cycling leg, with most roads very close to suburban Launceston.
Secondly, the distances on offer are acheiveable for more participants to enter solo. The 10km kayak, 18km moutain bike and 7km run, opens the door for new entrants or regular team participants to step up without the daunting prospect offered by other multisport events. The course layout reflects this, with riding and running tracks of a low technical nature, but enough hills to make it tough.
Full results will be available here