Big names up for the chal­lenge

The Riverine Herald - - TRADE & SERVICES GUIDE -

THE Pro start lists are stacked for Chal­lenge Shep­par­ton in the triathlon’s 20th year.

Eigh­teen men and 10 women Pros from all cor­ners of the world will bat­tle it out for a prize purse of $20,000.

All eyes will be on Aus­tralians Dan Wil­son (2016 men’s win­ner) and Luke Bell (2015) as they go to war on a course de­scribed as flat and fast.

Not to be ruled out, Kiwi stal­wart Cameron Brown is also ex­pected to be at the pointy end of the field.

With a re­mark­able race re­sume of suc­cess it is ex­pected he will draw on his vast race ex­pe­ri­ence to chal­lenge his com­pe­ti­tion – some more than 20 years his ju­nior.

In the hotly-con­tested women’s race, Jac­qui Slack the XTERRA Triathlon su­per­star from the UK, will be trad­ing in the moun­tain bike and putting the pres­sure on race favourite Annabel Lux­ford.

The Aus­tralian who won at Shep­par­ton in 2014 with a blis­ter­ing 80 minute run is ex­pected to be shoul­der to shoul­der with in­ter­na­tional favourite, Anna Eber­hardt of Hun­gary, com­ing off the back of an im­pres­sive North­ern Hemi­sphere sea­son.

Eber­hardt re­cently moved to Singapore a year ago.

With nine top five fin­ishes through­out Asia in the past year, it seems Eber­hardt has ad­justed well and has firmly set her­self as a con­tender for the Chal­lenge Shep­par­ton title in 2017.

While the Pros will gar­nish much of the at­ten­tion across the week­end it is also ex­pected the age group races will be equally com­pet­i­tive, with a host of cat­e­gories.

From the McDon­ald’s tri-kids races for kids, the en­ticer triathlon for those get­ting into the sport to the Chal­lenge Shep­par­ton Sprint and Clas­sic triathlon for those that may not be up for the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run that en­com­passes the main event, Chal­lenge Shep­par­ton.

The event hub is sit­u­ated at the Vic­to­ria Park Lake precinct, Wyn­d­ham St, Shep­par­ton.

It’s ex­pected to be a hive of ac­tiv­ity with food trucks, mu­sic and a host of other ac­tiv­i­ties where com­men­ta­tors will call home the 1500 ex­pected par­tic­i­pants across the week­end.

The Chal­lenge Shep­par­ton Triathlon Fes­ti­val takes place on Novem­ber 11-12.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion go to www.chal­lengeshep­par­

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