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Dornum race report - Anaconda, Lorne
CBD Cycles - 19/12/2012
Lorne was yet again host to the Anaconda Adventure race this year. A 1.9km ocean swim, 13km ocean kayak, 15km trail run, 18km mountain bike and 1.5km beach run. Fortunately we were treated to cooler conditions than the 37degrees the previous day but predicted winds meant a revised 2 lap ocean kayak leg due to safety. Being both Bern and Elizabeth’s first attempt at an adventure race there were definitely some pre-race nerves however these quickly disappeared with the mass swim start around the back of Lorne Pier.
Next up was the 400m beach run to transition which certainly got the heart rate up. Transition was hectic trying to make sure that you picked up everything needed for the paddle leg before heading out to find your boat among the hundreds lined up along the foreshore. The revised 2 lap paddle meant a halfway trip into the beach to drag kayaks around the flags before tackling lap 2 with the wind slowly increasing as the arms already tired from the swim began to really feel it. Elizabeth, like many other competitors, added a brief additional swim leg but managed to get back on without losing too much time.
A little bit of wave riding into the beach before transitioning into run gear for the part beach run, part rock hopping, part trail run, part abseil, part bush bashing and don’t forget the river crossings. Definitely a challenging course with both Bern and Elizabeth leaving some skin (and maybe some pride) on the trail. It is not called an adventure race for nothing!! Nevertheless both had strong runs and at the end of the run leg were sitting in 4th and 5th place in overall female.
Our new Giant XTC 29ers from CBD cycles stood us in good stead for the tough mountain bike up the back hills of Lorne as we managed to improve our placings in the female overall as well as ‘chick’ a lot of blokes and teams – very satisfying especially on the uphills!! The downhill descent was not only welcome but the single track section was very cool. The final few kms of the bike leg are along the beach on the sand and rock platform which can be a little tricky, made slightly more so for Bern who rode with it with a flat rear (they do say you need to let the air out a bit for soft sand).
Being solid in 3rd (Elizabeth) and 4th (Bern) in overall placings we were able to enjoy the last 1.2km run along the beach to the finish line with only 4 minutes separating us. Very respectable given the quality of the field assembled. Taking the overall honours for females was Myriam Guillot last years winner and French National Adventure Racing Champion. Second place went to the formidable Deanna Blegg, an Australian adventure racer representative.
What a fantastic event and certainly lived up to its name of being an ‘adventure’ race!