Multisport Magazine Issue 22 - Page 50

SECTION HEADING LO N G C O U R S E W E E K E N D BY DONNA NOBLE J ervis Bay will play host to the first Long Course Weekend outside of Tenby, Wales, the home of the LCW. This unique event lasts three days in October and is the perfect way to start your season of racing. This fun inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together. To kickoff the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course athletes have The Swim to complete – a 3.8km open water swim that takes place at Jervis Bay. The Swim also has a 1.9km swim, 1.5km swim and 500, swim all to correspond with triathlons most popular distances. On Saturday the attention turns to The Grand Fondo, and 180km of undulating countryside that also incorporates 90km, 40km and 20km events –distances to attract athletes of all abilities. To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run– a 42.2km marathon taking in the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay and Huskinson. There is also a 21.1km run, 10km run and a 5km run which allows everyone to be involved. More than 1,000 competitors are expected to attend the LCW with approximately 200 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW medal and polo shirt at the finish line presentation on Sunday after the marathon. The best part The exciting part of this event is you can choose any combination of distances you want and still be part of the event. Not a great swimmer? Then swim the 500m followed by the 90km ride on Saturday morning if you are a strong cyclist and then on Sunday cruise through a 10km run. Great training and great flexibility to suit anyone’s program. About Jervis Bay Jervis Bay’s famous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world. Coastal, marine and hinterland National Parks offer fantastic bushwalking, cycling tracks, Indigenous culture, camping spots, cliff-top lookouts and maritime heritage. Teeming with native Australian wildlife, our resident dolphins play in the bay all year round. See kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, and many rare bird & animal species in the wild. One of the best places in Australia to witness whales on their annual migrations, humpbacks and southern right whales can be seen both offshore and inside the calmer waters of the bay from June through to November. The many bay and ocean beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks are perfect for swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, standup paddle boarding. Unspoiled coastal and country villages have local produce markets, boutiqueshops, art galleries and a terrific museum. The area boasts world-class cafes, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and a burgeoning music scene. Jervis Bay is central to all the South Coast has to offer: Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Ulladulla all the same distance away and we are close to all the south coast wineries. Competition Dates Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October 2017 Competition Venue Jervis Bay – New South Wales Number of Medal Events Three: The Swim medal, The Grand Fondo medal, The Run medal Competition Format for LCW Medal Each individual event will take part on a separate day of the weekend. The collective times fo "V6FWFRfW FRF&VRF2vFWFW&֖Rvv0FRr6W'6RvVVVBFRvW7@F7F6RWfVG22vV26V6B@F&B6RࠤRBR"rBrrr2tR"b2"2УSTD5%BtP