The Eurocoast Triathlon Club has attained in its third year of operation an achievement that most larger and more established clubs will never achieve – one of our members has claimed a World Championship title.
Richard Jeffrey, formerly of Narooma and now from Bingie, was one of nine triathletes selected by Triathlon Australia to represent Australia in the ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Cross Triathlon Championship in the 60-64 year age category held in the Snowy Mountains region last weekend.
This race consisted of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 30km mountain bike ride, and then a 10km trail run.
Not only did Richard win the event, but he won it by a margin of almost 10 minutes from his closest competitor.
Competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe were in this event.
Richard didn’t have the fastest swim leg, exiting that discipline in 6th position, but his transition to the bike leg was the fastest of all competitors.
During the mountain bike stage Richard took the lead of the event, and in the transition from bike to run again recorded the fastest time.
During the trail run stage, Richard extended his lead over the other competitors, being some 3 minutes faster than the next competitor on this stage.
Richard’s race time was 3:07:18. Second-placed Don Weston, from New Zealand, came in at 3:17:12.