Multisport Magazine Issue 22 - Page 30

TRIATHLON EVENTS CH AMPIONSHI P ASI A PACI F IC ME L B OUR NE 2017 BY E L L A DAV I E S T he team at SME 360, who bring to Victoria the sport’s longest running triathlon series (Gatorade Triathlon Series), announced recently that CHALLENGEMELBOURNE will host the 2017 CHALLENGEFAMILY ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP at Melbourne’s iconic Catani Gardens in St Kilda on April 9, 2017. There will be 66 male and female agegroup qualifying slots up for grabs to enter ‘THE CHAMPIONSHIP’ in Slovakia in June 2017, the CHALLENGEFAMILY’s world championship event. On offer will also be 10 qualifying slots for CHALLENGEROTH, the biggest triathlon event in the world with over 6000 athletes converging on the Bavarian town of Roth, Germany. Previously CHALLENGEMELBOURNE was held in the seaside suburb of Brighton but with the new status added to the event and the expected number of athletes attending from around the Asia Pacific region, the move to Cantani Gardens was an easy choice. “Catani Gardens has been hosting triathlon events for over 30 years and will create an incredible backdrop for the event in April," said General Manager Dallas O'Brien. "Melbourne has a thriving triathlon community and combined with the influx of international athletes, the move made sense to allow for the natural growth of the event. “Melbourne is also home to some of the biggest sporting events in the world and we look forward to showcasing CHALLENGEMELBOURNE to our athletes offering them an unforgettable race and holiday." Melbourne has been voted the most livable city in the world and it is no secret that this colourful city is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia, with arts, culture, fashion, sport, iconic beaches and a lively night-life adding to the attraction 30 | MULTISPORT MAGAZINE for visitors. The Event Village and famous CHALLENGEFAMILY recovery zone will be positioned in Catani Gardens, St Kilda which is a short walk to many of Melbourne’s hot spots. Athletes and supporters can soak up the experience post race by visiting nearby tourist attractions such as the St Kilda Sea Baths, located on the beach front, as the hot and cold pools are perfect for relaxing post event. Close by are popular beachfront restaurants where you can watch all the race day action whilst enjoying a refreshing drink with the locals. After the race you can wander down to Acland Street, St Kilda, which is a short walk from the village and is one of Melbourne’s most popular dining and cultural destinations. Cake patisseries and restaurants line the street, promising all day breakfasts and something fresh and tasty every visit. "SME360 appreciates the support of the Victorian Government for the Challenge Melbourne Asia Pacific Championship. With strong marketing to the Asian Challenge events such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Taiwan, we are expecting a truly international field of competitors and visitors to Melbourne for this event." - Dallas O'Brien The new St Kilda course boasts a safe ‘L’ shaped 1.9km wetsuit swim, located in the protected waters of Port Phillip Bay next to the iconic St Kilda Pier, in front of the St Kilda Sea Baths. Following the swim, the 90km ride will take cyclists along the bayside suburbs, and with scenic views of the coastline this is a smooth and fast course with three 30km laps of Beach Road, from St Kilda to Black Rock. Lastly the 21.1km run will take place along the beach running paths, and the two-lap course will give spectators lots of opportunity to support and cheer on their friends and family as they cross the finish line. Competitors will be able to enjoy a traditional CHALLENGEFAMILY post-race beer, recovery foods, music and entertainment in the Recovery Zone. This experience is unique to the CHALLENGEFAMILY and we encourage all finishers to enjoy the post-race celebrations. The top 10 professionals will compete for $30,000 in prize money. Defending champion, Todd Skipworth will also be competing. “CHALLENGEMELBOURNE is easily one of my favourite Australian races. The SME 360 team who organise every facet of the race provides all the information you could need to know in the lead up, which helps settle any unwanted nerves and allows you to focus on performing. Every year the event manages to pull off something special and always surpasses my expectations. Great