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WELCOME TO

X-ADVENTURE DUNSBOROUGH 2021 After being forced to cancel the 2020 X-Adventure due to COVID-19 we are super excited to proceed with the 2021 event and can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful Dunsborough for a weekend of adventure. The global pandemic and recent lockdowns have made us all appreciate exercise, health and fitness more than ever. Combine that with an increased desire to seek fresh air and time in nature and you soon realise that events like X-Adventure are part of the antidote. So if you’re coming to X-Adventure Dunsbourgh you’re on to a good thing and we hope you enjoy another awesome X-Adventure race weekend – we certainly will!

The Rapid Ascent team

WELCOME FROM: TOURISM WA ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR, DERRYN BELFORD Tourism WA is a proud supporter of the X-Adventure, Dunsborough through its Regional Events Scheme.

The scheme was created to support smaller and emerging events in regional Western Australia to boost tourism and increase community vibrancy. The Regional Events Scheme also plays an important role in positioning Western Australia as an exciting destination to visit and a great place to live by showcasing and promoting a region’s unique and diverse attractions. To help regional communities rebuild their economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 77 regional events across the State have been funded through the 2020-21 Regional Events Scheme. This includes the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme which has a funding pool of $150,000 exclusively allocated to events delivering Aboriginal activities and experiences. When people travel to regional areas they spend money which creates jobs and supports businesses. In 2019-20 visitors spent $9.0 billion across the State, 49 per cent of which was spent in regional areas. Events play an important role in this, and Tourism WA is proud to support a range of sporting, cultural, arts and culinary events across the State, to give people a reason to travel, encourage them to stay longer, and do more while they are here. We hope everyone enjoys this event and takes the time to explore the South West region.

DERRYN BELFORD ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR, TOURISM WA

THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUSSELTON The City of Busselton welcomes spectators and participants to Dunsborough for X-Adventure 2021. After an interrupted last year, we are very pleased and proud to once again support and host Australia’s largest off-road triathlon, which takes in some of the State’s most picturesque coastline and has proven to be very popular with both visitors and locals alike. The Meelup Regional Park and surrounds is the perfect setting for this nature-based event. It is home to a huge variety of native flora and fauna species and boasts some of WA’s most beautiful beaches. The X-Adventure offers a truly spectacular way to experience the unique beauty of the park’s bushland and rugged coastline. Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup are friendly and bustling towns offering great shopping, relaxed dining, and fantastic entertainment. We also encourage you to visit some of the many wineries, breweries and tourism offerings our region has in abundance. I extend my congratulations to event organisers and wish participants and all those involved with the X-Adventure a fantastic race day. Happy racing! Mayor Grant Henley City of Busselton p2 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough event program


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COVID-safe event plan summary: We take the risks of COVID-19 very seriously and require everyone to be aware of and follow these steps. Please register using the event QR COde that will be displayed throughout the venue and on the Notice Board. DO NOT ATTEND THE EVENT if you: • display any COVID symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID test • have been in contact with a COVID case or suspected COVID case within the last 14 days • have returned from overseas or a designated COVID hotspot within the last 14 days FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING • all group gatherings are to be no more concentrated that 1 person per 2sq/m. If in doubt then please remain 1.5m apart and follow the social distancing signage and protocols. • minimal person-to-person contact at the event – such as high 5’s, hugging & handshakes. We prefer elbow bumps only. PERSONAL HYGIENE • use the hand wash / sanitisation stations established at checkpoints, the finish and other areas • respect others and help leave toilets, shared surfaces and common touch points clean. Use the gloves and disinfectant provided to help staff keep things clean and safe • bring more of your own supplies rather than relying on shared items – such water, cups, water bottles…

TIME SCHEDULE Friday 9th April 5:00pm – 7:00pm 6:00pm onwards

Registration: all competitors Dinner and drinks available in the Dunsborough Country Clubhouse (perfect for families + kids)

Saturday 10th April 8:00am – 10:00am 8:30am 8:30am - 5:30pm 10:30am 12:00pm – 2:00pm 2:00pm 2:40pm 2:40pm - 5:30pm 4:15pm 4:45pm 5:00pm 5:30pm 6:00pm

Registration: Short Course only Short Course transition areas open for equipment drop off (short course only) Event Expo and Kids’ Entertainment in the expo at the Dunsborough Country Club Short Course - RACE START Registration: Kids’ Race Kids’ Course transition areas open for equipment drop off (kids course only) Kids X-Adventure - RACE STARTS Registration: Groms, Long Course and Aquathlon Groms’ Course transition area open for equipment drop off (groms course only) Groms X-Adventure - RACE STARTS Pasta dinner at the Dunsborough Country Clubhouse (perfect for families + kids) Presentations: Short course, Kids and Groms All equipment to have been removed from the transition areas

Sunday 11th April 6:00am 6:30am – 7:00am 8:00am 9:00am 10:30am 9:00am - 1:00pm 12:30pm 1:30pm

Long Course transition areas open for equipment drop off (long course only) Registration (late - prearranged only): Long Course X-Adventure Long Course – RACE START Aquathlon transition area open for equipment drop off Aquathlon - RACE START Event Expo and Kids Entertainment in the expo at the Dunsborough Country Club PRESENTATIONS: Long Course and Aquathlon X-Adventure All equipment to have been removed from the transition areas

RACE LOCATIONS The race operations are centred around 2 different locations that are no more than 500m apart (easy walking distance) • Event expo, registration, T2 & T3 and finish line. The event centre will be located on the 18th fairway on the Dunsborough Country Club. This is located approximately 50m from the Country Club buildings and lawn bowls area. • Race start and T1. The start for the Long course, Short course, Aquathlon and Kids’ X-Adventure races will be at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, at the end of Finlayson St. p4 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough event program


THE RACES There are 5 off-road events, including a race for little kids aged under 9yrs called The Groms X-Adventure.

• LONG COURSE X-ADVENTURE the Premier event for the weekend incorporating the Western

Australia Off-Road Triathlon State Championships and an ITU World Championships qualifying event: 1.5km ocean swim / 12.5km coast and trail run / 20km MTB

• SHORT COURSE X-ADVENTURE.

700m ocean swim / 6.2km coast and trail run / 11km MTB

• KIDS X-ADVENTURE. For kids aged up to 16yrs:

200m swim / 2.5km trail run / 4km MTB

• GROMS X-ADVENTURE: For kids aged under 9yrs. Includes a similar off-road course as everyone else but is just toned right back to be fun and achievable for little kids. 800m trail run / 1.2km MTB.

• AQUATHLON-X incorporating the Western Australia Off-Road Aquathlon State Championships:

1,000m swim / 5km trail run

REGISTRATION All participants must collect your registration kit prior to your race start. Competitors do not necessarily need to collect their own registration kit in person. Friends, team mates and family members can collect your items on your behalf. The Event Registration Marquee will be located in the event expo on the 18th fairway at the Dunsborough Country Club. Please ensure you collect your items at the appropriate times according to the schedule below. Short course X-Adventure registration kit collection • Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm OR Saturday 8:00am – 10:00am Kids’ X-Adventure registration kit collection • Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm OR Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm Groms X-Adventure registration kit collection • Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm OR Saturday 2:40pm - 4:20pm Long course X-Adventure AND Aquathlon registration kit collection • Friday 5:00pm - 7:00pm OR Saturday 2:40pm – 5:30pm • Sunday: 6:30am – 7:00am - by prior appointment only

EVENT FUNCTIONS X-Adventure Dunsborough is going to be extra social in 2021 as we meet up with old friends and new after the cancellation of the 2020 event. So we’ve organised the following two functions to allow us to catch up on lost time together. From 6:00pm Friday 9th April. A pre-race celebration at the Dunsborough Country Clubhouse with broad menu and friendly welcome for eveyone. This will be the perfect way to prepare for race day on Saturday and catch up with friends at the same time From 5:00pm Saturday 10th April. A ‘pasta party’ style function at the Dunsborough Country Club immediately adjacent the finish line. Meals kick off straight after the GROMS event and race presentations so is the ideal way to feed kids and enjoy a drink and a bite at the end of an epic day. Event Bar: The Eagle Bay Brewery will be operating an event bar in the event expo area / finish line for the whole weekend to add to the celebration opportunities.

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COMPETITOR REGISTRATION KIT Carrying these items on the appropriate leg is part of the race rules.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITORS

Individual competitors in any triathlon race (long / short / kids) will receive the following: • 1 x Swimming cap. All swimmers wear the swim cap provided during the swim leg. The colour of the cap will match the category and event you are racing in as follows: • Long Course - Individuals: Black Cap. Teams: Blue Cap • Aquathlon Course - Individuals: Black Cap. Teams: Blue Cap • Short Course - Individuals: Orange Cap. Teams: Blue Cap • Kids’ Course - Individuals: Silver Cap. Teams: Blue Cap • 1 x Run number plate. This is your identifier during the run leg and must be worn for the duration of the run. We recommend attaching it to an elastic triathlon / race belt and putting it on immediately after the swim. The number must face forwards at all times. • COLOURS: Long course: black, Short course: orange, Kids course: silver, Groms course: green, Aqualthon: pink • 1 x MTB number plate for your bike. Attach number plate firmly onto the handlebars of your bike using the zip ties provided. Please do not modify, cut or change it. Remember to remove the bike collection strip at the bottom before the race and then show it when you collect your bike after the race. • COLOURS: Long course: black, Short course: orange, Kids course: silver, Groms course: green • 1 x Timing band. Place around your ankle for the duration of the race and then hand back at the finish line. NOTE: After receiving the timing band at registration you are now responsible for wearing it during the race and then returning it to us at the end of the race. If you withdraw please return it to an event official ASAP. Failure to return the band will result in a fee to you of $100. Note: Timing band may be different to your race number. • 2 x Support Crew wristbands. This allows entry to transition areas and denotes you as a support crew member. Each entrant (individual or teams) will receive 2 wrist bands. Please give it to your support crew. • Steigen Event socks. The first 800 competitors (from any event - except Groms) will receive a pair of socks. • Branded X-Adventure head band. Given to the first 200 entered into the Groms event.

TEAM COMPETITORS

Registration kits for all team members will be together in the one envelope under your team captains name, containing: • 2 x Support Crew wristband. This allows entry to transition areas and denotes you as a support crew member. Each team will receive 2 wrist bands. Please give it to your support crew / handlers. • 1 x timing band - for the swimmer. This is your relay baton and must make its way around the entire course and can only be passed onto a team mate inside a transition area - or individuals wear it for the duration. Make sure it is securely attached and then returned to Rapid Ascent at the finish. NOTE: After receiving the timing band at registration you are now responsible for wearing it during the race and then returning it to us at the end of the race. If you withdraw from the race please return it to an event official ASAP. Failure to return the band will result in a fee to you of $100 (this is cost price to us for losing them!). Note: Timing band may be different to your race number. • 1 x swimming cap - for the swimmer. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided. The colour of the cap will match the race and category you are entering as described above - team competitors receive a Blue Cap. • 1 x run number plate - for the runner. This is your identifier during the run leg and must be worn for the duration of the run. The number must face forwards at all times. • 1x MTB number plate - for the mountain biker. Please attach number plate firmly onto the handlebars of your bike using the zip ties provided. Please do not modify it. Remember to remove the bike collection strip at the bottom before the race and then show it when you collect your bike after the race. • COLOURS: Long course: black, Short course: orange, Kids course: silver, Groms course: green. Aqualthon: pink • Steigen Event socks. The first 800 competitors (from any event - except Groms) will receive a pair of socks.

Event merchandise FOR SALE We will have a limited amount of event merchandise for sale from the Race Registration marquee over the weekend. People who pre-ordered merchandise before the event can collect your orders when you register or at any point over the weekend.

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RACE HQ – THE DUNSBOROUGH COUNTRY CLUB The friendly folks at the Dunsborough Country Club welcome the X-Adventure event with open arms and are our hosts for the weekend.

Race administration, expo area and finish line

The event centre - incorporating the event expo, race registration, T2 and finish line will be located on the 18th fairway on the Country Club’s golf course - located approximately 50m from the Country Club buildings.

Sponsors’ stands

There will be a range of sponsor stands set up as part of the expo area on the 18th fairway at the Country Club and we encourage competitors to come and check them out and say thank you for supporting the event.

Event expo area and kids’ entertainment

There will be a full range of activities, food and entertainment set up at the new event expo area including Raw Life Juice / Ice-cream van / Live Music plus a jumping castle for kids all weekend.

Event parking

A considerable amount of event parking will be located on the fairways of the Country Club so we invite competitors and supporters to park at the Country Club and then just walk to the start / finish / town...

Event massage

Rural Fitness will be providing massages from their marquee in the event expo area to help you prepare (or recover) from your X-Adventure race. They will be open on Saturday between 10am and 4pm and Sunday 10am to 1pm. Massages will be charged at $20 for 15minutes with prior bookings available by calling Paula on 0427 553 533.

Bike servicing & support

Dunsborough’s local bike shop ‘The Bike Shed’ will be set up in the expo area to provide support and any last minute bike related items.

Social media: Live event updates on Twitter and Instagram #xadventure

We will be posting selected updates to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over the whole weekend so why not join the conversation by sharing some of your own race experiences with the hash tag #xadventure.

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Events Capital WA The City of Busselton welcomes participants in the 2021 X-Adventure! It’s fantastic to see so many competitiors here for another year of action packed adventure in one of the most beautiful and pristine parts of the world. Nestled in the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay, Busselton and Dunsborough town sites offer amazing coastal views and just down the road, Yallingup boasts internationally acclaimed surf breaks.

Amidst the region’s world class wineries, there is also plenty of micro-breweries and gourmet produce on offer. The City is proud of its natural environment and we are sure you will all appreciate the magnificant scenery as you cycle, swim and run your way through the spectactular landscapes. It truely is where adventure meets nature. The City of Busselton welcomes you and wishes you all the very best for a wonderful race and a fabulous X-Adventure experience.

Photo Credit: Rapid Ascent

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS X-ADVENTURE SHORT COURSE

Race Start, Saturday 10th April

10:30am All competitors in all categories (teams and individuals) will start together. START LOCATION: At the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, at the end of Finlayson St. The entire swim is outside the swimming enclosure. COURSE MARKING: The run course will be marked with red arrows and pink surveyors’ tape, and the MTB course will be marked with blue arrows and blue surveyors’ tape.

750m Dunsborough Lakes Ocean Swim

The swim leg will commence with a deep water start for all swimmers. The deep water start will be just in front of the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, and feature a 60m wide start line allowing plenty of space for all swimmers. See the map below for the swim course - swum in an anti-clockwise direction. Exit the water up the boat ramp and run into T1.

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• Swimmers are encouraged to spread yourselves along the entire 60m start line so you have plenty of space, all positions on the start line will be fair with no preferred ends. • Be aware of the buoys marking the course as indicated on the map – it is up to you to make sure you know where to go. Transition 1 (T1): Old Dunsborough Boat ramp car park. Swim > Run • The TA will be divided into individual and team zones. Individuals please pre-place your running gear in the designated area. Leave your wetsuit / swim gear in the same area after changing. • Running gear may be dropped off after 8:30am on Saturday and swim gear must be picked up before 2:00pm • Individuals - remember to put on your run number plate after the swim • Team runners - must wait for their team swimmer in the designated teams area inside the TA and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA.

6.2km Coastal Run

Runners exit the TA and must remain on the sand or rocky coastline for the next 2.5km until Castle Rock. When you reach Castle Rock you turn left and run back towards Dunsborough on the coastal walking track. Continue along the marked trail as it turns right, away from the coastal track and ultimately along the edge of the golf course and then into T2 on the 18th fairway. Run leg: • Keep an eye out for course markings at all times (red arrows and pink tape for the short course). • Runners must remain on the sandy beaches and rocky foreshore from T1 through to Castle Rock. • There will be NO water points along the course (this is an X-adventure race!). • Runners should be aware that the first half of the run course includes some very technical running over boulders, along soft sandy beaches and across slippery coastal rocks. • The run course is not closed to the public and you may encounter other trail users Transition 2 (T2): Dunsborough Country Club – 18th Fairway. Run > MTB • The TA will be divided into individual and team zones. Individuals please pre-place your MTB and gear in the designated area. Leave your running gear in the same area after changing. • T2 will be open for MTB gear to be dropped off after 8:30am on Saturday and run gear must be picked up before 2:00pm on Saturday. • Team riders must wait for their team runner next to your bike in your numbered area and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA.

11km Mountain Bike

Riders must walk their bike in the TA and then set off on the marked course adjacent to the golf fairways as it winds its way on a mix of single track and double track through the golf course towards the water tanks at the top of the hill. Continue following the marked course as it twists and turns along a flowing 11km loop within the Golf Course area. Riders must remain alert and watch out for course marking at all times as it is a very wiggly course and it is easy to get onto the wrong section of track if you are not aware of where you are. After finishing the loop all riders come back past the transition area and ride directly through to the finish line on your bike. p10 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough event program


The MTB leg: • The course comes very close to itself on numerous occasions with riders at different parts of the course being very close to one another. Riders must follow the course markings at all times to ensure you follow the correct route. • There are no water points on the MTB course - riders must carry their own hydration / nutrition the whole way. • Slower riders must give way to faster riders by making space for them to pass. Faster riders MUST NOT just barge their way past a slower rider but alert them that you are there and then wait until called past. • Riders should be aware that the course is quite technical, twists and turns a lot and includes a lot of loose pea gravel, rocks, obstacles and logs. It is all ridable, but does require technical skill on a mountain bike to do so quickly and efficiently. We will make A and B lines over the more challenging obstacles - A line is more technical, B line is easier.

Finish by riding your bike across the finish line

• Riders continue on their bikes directly through to the finish on your bike • Please keep the expo area clear of bikes once you have finished by racking them up or putting them back on your cars.

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X-ADVENTURE KIDS’ RACE Race Start, Saturday 10th April 2:40pm 2:46pm 2:52pm

Under 15yrs individual boys and girls, plus Under 15yrs relay teams, plus Under 13yrs individual boys and girls Under 11yrs individual boys and girls, plus Under 11yrs relay teams, plus Under 9yrs individual boys and girls

START LOCATION: The start is located on the beach, at the end of Highview Rd inside the swimming enclosure. This is the same location as the kids’ race in previous years but a different location to the short and long course X-Adventure Races. The entire swim is inside the swimming enclosure. COURSE MARKING: The run course will be marked with red arrows and pink surveyors’ tape, and the MTB course will be marked with blue arrows and blue surveyors’ tape.

200m Dunsborough Lakes Swim

Swimmers in each wave will all start on the beach inside the designated event start enclosure. After DUNSBOROUGH L A K E S starting, swimmers will run into the water and swim in the enclosure, turning left around a large pink buoy (approx 50m away), then swim parallel to the shore before turning left around a second pink buoy (100m away) and then swim back to shore (50m away). After exiting the water, all swimmers run along the beach, up the boat ramp and then into T1. Transition 1 (T1): Old Dunsborough Boat ramp car park. Swim > Run • There will be an area inside T1 that is set aside for the Kids X-Adventure so please pre-place your running gear (anywhere) in this area. Leave your wetsuit / swim gear in the same area after changing. • Running gear may be dropped off after 2:00pm on Saturday and swim gear must be picked up before 4:00pm. • Individuals - remember to put on your run number plate after the swim • Team runners - must wait for your team swimmer inside the TA and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA • Support crews and parents are not permitted to help competitors inside the TA (as there will not be the space for everyone). Please contact us if your child has specific needs or is in distress.

2.6km Coastal Run

Runners exit the TA and run approx. 1km along the sandy beach before turning left onto a walking track that goes uphill through the bush. Keep following the marked course as it skirts the golf course and finishes at T2 in the Country Club. Run leg: • Keep an eye out for course markings at all times (red arrows and pink strips trips of surveyors’ tape) tape • There will be NO water points along the course (this is an X-adventure race!). Transition 2 (T2): Dunsborough Country Club – 18th Fairway. Run > MTB • There will be an area inside T2 that is set aside for the Kids X-Adventure so please pre-place your MTB gear (anywhere) in this area. Leave your running gear in the same spot after changing. • MTB gear may be dropped off after 2:00pm on Saturday and run/MTB gear must be picked up before 4:15pm • Team riders must wait for your team runner next to your bike and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA. • Support crews and parents are not permitted to help competitors inside the TA (as there will not be the space for everyone). Please contact us if your child has specific needs or is in distress.

5km Mountain Bike

Riders must walk their bike in the TA and then set off on the marked course as it winds its way uphill though the fairways on double and single track through to the top of the hill. Continue following the marked course down the single track through the bush as it descends back to the transition area and then ride your bike through to the finish. The MTB leg: • The course comes very close to itself on the outward and return sections of the ride but no short cuts may be taken! • Slower riders must give way to faster riders by making space for them to pass. Faster riders MUST NOT just barge their way past a slower rider but alert them that you are there and then wait until called past. p12 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough event program


• There will be NO water points along the course (this is an X-Adventure race!). • The MTB course will be marked with blue arrows and blue surveyors tape.

Finish by riding your bike across the finish line

• Riders continue on their bikes directly through to the finish on your bike • Please keep the expo area clear of bikes once you have finished by racking them up or putting them back on your cars away from the event precinct. Reminder: The Country Club will be serving food and kids specific meals from 5:00pm and will be the ideal way to get some food into your kids’ tummies after their race.

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X-ADVENTURE GROMS RACE The Groms’ event is designed especially for kids aged under 9yrs (on race day) and includes a similar off-road course to everyone else but is just toned right back to be fun and achievable for little kids. We’ve had 200+ groms participate over the past 2 years and it is always a highlight of the entire weekend to see these juniors having a go! The entire event is held within very close proximity to the race HQ at the Dunsborough Country Club and kids are welcome to be supervised / escorted by their parents if needs be. The Groms X-Adventure is for solo competitors only and is a participation-only event and therefore will not be timed and no results will be recorded. All finishers will receive an X-Adventure sweatband at registration.

Race Start, Saturday 10th April 4:45pm

All Groms competitors start together.

START LOCATION: The start is located on the fairway immediately adjacent the event expo area on the 18th fairway of the Country Club.

800m trail run

All Groms will commence together in a mass start filled with happy enthusiasm. Kids complete a short out and back run on the grassy fairways before returning to the transition area to pick up their bikes Run leg: • Keep an eye out for course markings at all times (red arrows and pink strips of surveyors’ tape) • There will be NO water points along the course (this is an X-adventure race!). Transition 1 (T1): Dunsborough Country Club – 18th Fairway. Run > MTB • There will be an area inside T1 that is set aside for the Groms X-Adventure so please pre-place your MTB gear (anywhere) in this area. Leave your running gear in the same spot after changing. • MTB gear may be dropped off after 4:15pm on Saturday and run/MTB gear must be picked up before 6:00pm

1,400m mountain bike

Groms then head out on their bikes, up a slight hill on a wide gravel track a short way before turning onto the same single track through the trees as everyone else. This swooping trail is slightly downhill, is full of fun and achievable for junior kids. Riders continue on their bikes directly through to the finish on your bike.

GROMS COURSE MAP

The MTB leg: • Slower riders must give way to faster riders by making space for them to pass. Faster riders MUST NOT just barge their way past a slower rider but alert them that you are there and then wait until called past. • There will be NO water points along the course (this is an X-Adventure race!) • The MTB course will be marked with blue arrows and blue surveyors tape.

COURSE LEGEND RUN COURSE MTB COURSE RUN TO THE FINISH

MTB LEG - UP ON THE DOUBLE TRACK AND DOWN HILL ON THE SINGLE TRACK

Finish by riding your bike across the finish line • Riders continue on their bikes directly through to the finish on your bike (as per 2018) • Please keep the expo area clear of bikes once you have finished by racking them up or putting them back on your cars.

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RUN LEG GOES UP AND BACK ON THE FAIRWAY

START / FINISH Transition area


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X-ADVENTURE LONG COURSE The Long Course event is the Triathlon Western Australia Off-Road Triathlon State Championships and also an ITU World Championships qualifying race. Those gunning for World Championship qualification selection points at X-Adventure Dunsborough need to ensure they are a current financial Triathlon Australia member by midnight Thursday night prior to the event. For membership information see: http://bit.ly/triausmember

Race start, Sunday 11th April 8:00am

All competitors in all categories (teams and individuals) will start together.

START LOCATION: The start is located at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, at the end of Finlayson St. COURSE MARKING: The run course will be marked with red arrows and pink surveyors’ tape, and the MTB course will be marked with blue arrows and blue surveyors’ tape.

1.5km Dunsborough Lakes Ocean Swim

The swim leg will commence with a deep water start for all swimmers. The deep water start will be just in front of the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, and feature a 60m wide start line allowing plenty of space for everyone. See the map below for the swim course - swum in an anti-clockwise direction. Exit the water up the boat ramp and run into T1.

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• Swimmers are encouraged to spread yourselves along the entire 60m start line so you have plenty of space, all positions on the start line will be fair with no preferred ends. • Be aware of the buoys marking the course as indicated on the map – it is up to you to make sure you know where to go. Transition 1 (T1): Old Dunsborough Boat ramp car park. Swim > Run • The TA will be divided into individual and team zones. Individuals please pre-place your running gear in the designated area. Leave your wetsuit / swim gear in the same area after changing. • Running gear may be dropped off after 6:00am on Sunday and swim gear must be picked up before 1:30pm. • Individuals - remember to put on your run number plate after the swim • Team runners - must wait for their team swimmer in your designated teams area inside the TA and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA.

12.9km Coastal Run

Runners exit the TA and must remain on the sand or rocky coastline for the next 2.5km until Castle Rock. Runners then skirt around the rock on the Coastal Walking Track with a section of 2-way course with returning runners, before returning to the rocky foreshore and continuing towards Meelup Beach and a water point at the 4km pt. At Meelup Beach runners turn away from the coast and continue along a 3.6km inland loop that will see you running up a 4WD track to Sheens Rd where you turn left and then descending down a long section of single track back to Meelup Beach back past the water point at the 7.6km pt. Runners then head back towards Dunsborough on the beautiful coastal footpath, following the marked trail until it turns away from the coast at the 10.8km pt just before the houses and then finally descends into the transition area on the 18th Fairway of the Country Club golf course. NOTE: Runners must remain on the left hand track during the final descent to th eTA - the right hand track is used by MTB riders! Run leg: • Keep an eye out for course markings at all times (red arrows and pink tape for the long course). • Runners must remain on the sandy beach and rocky foreshore from T1 through to Castle Rock, and after the Castle Rock diversion to Meelup Beach. • There will be a water point with cups set up in the Meelup Beach Car Park at the 4km and 7.6km pts. • Runners should be aware that the first half of the run course includes some very technical running over boulders, along soft sandy beaches and across slippery coastal rocks. Despite being (only) 12km long we think the fastest runners will still take approx 60+mins. • The run course is not closed to the public and you may encounter other trail users Transition 2 (T2): Dunsborough Country Club – 18th Fairway. Run > MTB • The TA will be divided into individual and team zones. Individuals please pre-place your MTB and gear in your designated p16 2021 X-Adventure Dunsborough event program


area. Leave your running gear in the same area after changing. • T2 will be open for MTB gear to be dropped off after 6:00am on Sunday and run gear and bikes must be picked up before 1:30pm on Sunday. • Team riders must wait for their team runner next to your bike in your designated area and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA.

20km Mountain Bike

Riders must walk their bike in the TA and then set off on the marked course adjacent the golf fairways as it winds its way on a mix of single track and double track through the golf course towards the water tanks at the top of the hill. Continue following the marked course as it twists and turns along long sections of single track and the popular ‘Brown Street’ trail network in Meelup Regional Park and the Dunsborough Country Club golf course area. The course will come back near the Transition Area at the 12km pt before heading back up towards the water tanks. After finishing the loop all riders come back past the transition area and ride directly through to the finish line on your bike. The MTB leg: • The course comes very close to itself on numerous occasions in the single track so riders must follow the trail in front of them and keep a careful eye out for all course markings. • We strongly encourage riders to take all the water they need when they start the ride - it can get hot out there. • Slower riders must give way to faster riders by making space for them to pass. Fast riders MUST NOT just barge through. • Riders should be aware that the course is quite technical, twists and turns a lot and includes a lot of loose pea gravel, rocks, obstacles and logs. It is all ridable, but does require technical skill on a mountain bike to do so quickly and efficiently. We will make A and B lines over the more challenging obstacles - A line is technically more difficult but faster and B line is the easier option.

Finish by riding your bike across the finish line

• Riders continue on their bikes directly through to the finish on your bike • Please keep the expo area clear of bikes once you have finished by racking them up or putting them back on your cars.

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AQUATHLON-X

Race start, Sunday 10th April 10:30am

All competitors in all categories (teams and individuals) will start together.

START LOCATION: The start is located at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, at the end of Finlayson St. The entire swim is outside the swimming enclosure. COURSE MARKING: The run course will be marked with red arrows and pink surveyors’ tape.

1,000m Dunsborough Lakes Ocean Swim

The swim leg will commence with a deep water start for all swimmers. The deep water start will be just in front of the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp, and feature a 60m wide start line allowing plenty of space for everyone. See the map below for the swim course - swum in an anti-clockwise direction. Exit the water up the boat ramp and run into T1

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• Swimmers are encouraged to spread yourselves along the entire 60m start line so you have plenty of space, all positions on the start line will be fair with no preferred ends. • Be aware of the buoys marking the course as indicated on the map – it is up to you to make sure you know where to go. Transition 1 (T1): Old Dunsborough Boat ramp car park. Swim > Run • The TA will be divided into individual and team zones. Individuals please pre-place your running gear in the designated area. Leave your wetsuit / swim gear in the same area after changing. • Running gear may be dropped off after 9:30am on Sunday and swim gear must be picked up before 1:30pm. • Individuals - remember to put on your run number plate after the swim • Team runners - must wait for their team swimmer in your numbered area inside the TA and transfer timing chip there – NOT outside the TA or at the entry to the TA.

5km Coastal Run

Runners exit the TA and must remain on the sand or rocky coastline for the next 2.2km until a small beach just before Castle Rock where you turn left and run back towards Dunsborough on the coastal walking track. Continue along the marked trail as it turns right, away from the coastal track and ultimately along the edge of the golf course and then into the finish on the 18th fairway. Run leg: • Keep an eye out for course markings at all times (red arrows and pink tape for the short course). • Runners must remain on the sandy beaches and rocky foreshore from T1 through to the turn around point. • There will be NO water points along the course. • Runners should be aware that the first half of the run course includes some very technical running over boulders, along soft sandy beaches and across slippery coastal rocks. We encourage you to take your time to save having an injury (such as rolling an ankle) and then open up a bit more speed on the return (if you have the energy!).

The finish

• Runners continue through to the finish in the middle of the event expo but please be aware of some mountain bike riders from the Long Course X-Adventure who may be finishing at the same time.

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TRANSITION AREAS The following requirements apply to all transition areas (TA) and constitute part of the event rules: • For teams: Only the team mate in the immediate next leg is permitted to wait inside the TA – other team mates and support crews must wait outside the fenced off enclosure. This will be strictly enforced. • For teams: The immediate next team mate must wait inside the fenced off transition area and must exchange the timing chip next to your equipment. Please do not crowd around the entry to the TA but leave space for other competitors. • For teams and individuals: No external support may be provided to competitors inside the fenced off TA enclosure (or out on the course). Transition opening times - Opening and closing times of each TA are listed below. Any equipment left in the TA outside these times is left at the owner’s risk. Note that T1 in particular is in a public location so please collect items ASAP. Saturday 10th April 8:30am Transition areas open for equipment drop off (Short course only) 1:30pm All short course equipment to be collected 2:00pm Transition areas open for equipment drop off (Kids course only) 4:00pm All kids course equipment to be collected 4:15pm Transition areas open for equipment drop off (Groms course only) 6:00pm All equipment to be collected Sunday 11th April 6:00am Transition areas open for equipment drop off (Long course only) 9:00am Transition areas open for equipment drop off (Aquathlon only) 1:30pm All equipment to be collected

SUPPORT CREWS Support crews are not mandatory for any of the X-Adventure races. They can make logistics a bit easier as they can place and collect your equipment for you but they will have virtually no impact on your overall placing if you are organised. • All teams and each individual will receive two wrist bands for your support crew to allow them to enter the TAs. • Support crews may NOT help competitors at any point inside or outside of the designated transition areas. • Support crews are only able to enter transition areas to drop off equipment, or collect equipment when your competitor is not there. Entry to the TA will only be permitted upon presentation of a support crew wrist band • Support crews are able (and encouraged) to enter transition areas to collect competitor’s equipment after they have departed. We particularly encourage support crews to collect equipment during the times outlined above:

RACE RULES For the X-Adventure Long, Short, Kids, Aquathlon and Groms events. • Prior to being accepted into the event: • (all participants) must read and sign the Participant Indemnity or check the acknowledge box on the online entry system • (Juniors only - i.e. under 18 on race day) must have their parent or guardian advise the organisers, Rapid Ascent, of their intention to enter and the parent or guardian must read and sign an authorisation and indemnity • (swimmers) must be able to swim 1km unassisted in open water • Participants must wear competitor identification number plates as outlined • For events including riding: Competitors must use the same bike frame and wheels for the entire bike leg and may only receive assistance from other competitors to repair their own bike. Penalty for using someone else’s bike frame or wheels and for lending your own bike frame or wheels to another competitor is 60 minutes for the borrower and 60 minutes for the lender. • For events including riding: No riding is permitted in the TA and helmets must be fastened before exiting the TA. • Any competitor who withdraws from the race MUST notify an official. This is an essential requirement to avoid unnecessary searches being conducted and emergency services being engaged. • All competitors must carry the listed compulsory equipment for each leg. Failure to carry any listed item will result in a 30 minute penalty per item found to be missing. • Failure to abide by rules may result in time penalty or disqualification. • All competitors are permitted to lodge protests against results or decisions enforced during the event. A judging panel of three Rapid Ascent staff members will adjudicate on all protests and their decision will be final. • Rapid Ascent has sole discretion to alter or amend the race rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate.

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Margaret River Ultra Marathon

Margaret River WA. 1 May, 2021. www.MRultramarathon.com.au Providing a spectacular 80km journey for solo runners and relay teams (with up to 5 runners), the Margaret River Ultra Marathon provides runners with an incredible race in Western Australia’s Cape to Cape coastline.

The Trail Running Series

Five wilderness locations within 1 hour’s drive of Melbourne, www.TrailRunningSeries.com.au Trail running races for everyone... The Trail Running Series includes 5 different race venues all within one hour’s drive of Melbourne with short (~6km) / medium (~12km) / and long (~17km) course runs through spectacular wilderness. Make sure you are part of this revolutionary series in 2021.

Run Larapinta

Alice Springs, NT. 21-24 April AND 26-29 August, 2021 www.RunLarapinta.com.au A four day, four stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Central Australia. Race either the Malbunka with 20km - 45km stages or the Namatjira with 10km - 30km stages for an incredible event experience.

The Redback

Alice Springs, NT. 20 - 23 August, 2021 www.TheRedback.com.au An awe inspiring mountain bike stage race in the majestic MacDonnell Ranges of Alice Springs. With 6 racing stages over 4 days varying from a 45 second hill sprint to a 45km epic, this is MTB nirvana with plenty of flowing single track, incredible scenery and friendly camaraderie.

Surf Coast Century

Anglesea, VIC. 11 September, 2021. www.SurfcoastCentury.com.au A spectacular 100km trail run along Victoria’s surf coast and wildflower hinterland with the promise that no two steps will be the same. Do it either as an individual and click over the whole 100km solo or join up with some friends in a relay team of up to 4 and run 25km each.

Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race

Eagle Bay, WA, 6 - 7 November, 2021. www.EaglerBayEpic.com.au A spectacular challenge at WA’s birth place of adventure. The Eagle Bay Epic is designed as the ultimate mix of off-road adventure racing with MTB, ocean swim, kayak and trail running legs that traversing the pristine coastline in south-west, Western Australia.

Otway Odyssey presented by Focus

Forrest, VIC. 26-27 February, 2022. www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au The Otway Odyssey is the most respected MTB marathon in Australia, comprising 100km, 50km 30km and 10km courses through the spectacular Otway Ranges on some of the best single tracks in Australia. Sunday includes Great Otway Gravel Grind for roadies and CX riders with 97km or 49km gravel grinds on the A-Grade roads through the region’s magnificent tall timber forests.

X-Adventure Dunsborough

Dunsborough WA. 2 - 3 April, 2022. www.xadventure.com.au An off road triathlon event through the stunning scenery around Dunsborough in South West WA. With long course and short course options, duathlon, plus a kids triathlon, this is the biggest off-road triathlon in Australia held in adventure paradise. Good luck on race day and we hope to see you at another Rapid Ascent event soon.

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X-Adventure Dunsborough is Australia's largest off-road triathlon and takes place in the beautiful surrounds of Meelup Regional Park and Geo...

X-Adventure Dunsborough 2021 EVENT PROGRAM  

X-Adventure Dunsborough is Australia's largest off-road triathlon and takes place in the beautiful surrounds of Meelup Regional Park and Geo...

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