January 10, 2018

Bree George and Richard Jardine are ready for the Echuca Moama Tri Club Triathlon. Photo Luke Hemer.

WITH perfect weather on the horizon, Echuca-Moama Triathlon Club turn their attention to their next event.

And after a season of travelling, now it’s on their home turf.

Echuca will host its annual triathlon on January 20, with the triathlon the centrepiece of the Echuca Moama Multisport Weekend.

The weekend will be filled with four separate events for the different disciplines of the triathlon.

Club president Steven Loader said he was excited for the opportunity for triathletes to come to the twin towns to compete.

‘‘It’s always great when people are coming to the town for a major sporting event and we are excited that our club is able to put such a high quality event forward.’’

The weekend kicks off on Friday, January 19 with the River Gums fun run.

Loader said the event was a good introductory point for people wanting to be involved in the sport.

‘‘The good thing about the fun run is that it’s a lot more relaxed than the rest of the competition that we will see over the rest of the weekend,’’ Loader said.

‘‘It’s not easy, but it’s not the same intensity as some of our other events throughout the weekend. With the run and some of the entertainment and other activities that are being run alongside it, that will be a really great afternoon for everybody.’’

Saturday will begin with the Moama Bowling Club junior duathlon, which entails two running legs and a cycling leg.

The race will begin with an 800 metre run, followed by a 5km ride, ending with another 800 metre run, with shortened lengths available for competitors under 10.

‘‘This takes out an element of the triathlon, the swim, but it means juniors who are considering triathlon can attempt more than one sport and start to see what it’s like attempting multiple events. You realise when you do the event for the first time that transitioning between legs is difficult, so this is a way of seeing how that works.’’

The main event takes place on Saturday night at 6pm, with the 700m swim, 21km cycle and 5km run through the streets of Echuca.

‘‘One of the things that I love about our event and that a lot of people really love is the uniqueness of the course that you get to see,’’ Loader said.

‘‘Getting to swim and run around the Port is something that people don’t really get to do. I travel around all over the place with triathlon and see a lot of courses, but I think we have one of the best. Because it’s in our own backyard we probably forget about how lucky we are.’’

The weekend will finish on Sunday with the Wharf to Winery swim, a 3km swim from the Port to Morrison’s winery.

Loader said the preparation for the event has been smooth due to help from local groups.

‘‘We’ve been working hard with groups like VicRoads and the council in order to get this event all planned out and both those groups have been great in making sure we can get the events run without much hassle, so we can’t speak highly enough of them there.’’

Loader said that for spectators, the best place to watch the event will be Hopwood Gardens.

‘‘If you stay around Hopwood on Saturday evening you’ll be pretty happy,’’ Loader said.

‘‘It’s a pretty central point in terms of the main event, every leg goes through there at some point, so you’ll probably get the best view of the overall race by being around there.’’

There is still time for competitors to register for any of the events, with links via the Echuca Moama Triathlon Club Facebook page, as well as their website

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