Kohlar in no hurry to leave af­ter win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

AD­VEN­TURETHON Na­tional Chal­lenge win­ner Jarad Kohlar en­joyed his stay in the North so much he’s plan­ning to stay.

Mel­bourne- based Kohlar won a back- to- back ti­tle over Townsville com­peti­tor Sam St­ed­man in the 61.5km mul­ti­sport ad­ven­ture race at Pal­larenda on Satur­day, and will be bas­ing him­self in the re­gion for the next six weeks to pre­pare for the XPD ex­pe­di­tion race to be held in North Queens­land.

The event at­tracted a record 500 regis­tra­tions, in­clud­ing 100 ju­niors, across five dif­fer­ent races over the week­end.

Kohlar and St­ed­man will be in the same team in that 10- day event, but yesterday went head- to- head in the kayak, moun­tain bike and trail run which took in both Mag­netic Is­land and the Town Com­mon Na­tional Park.

“The course was fan­tas­tic with the change in the moun­tain bike, with a lot more sin­gle track and it was a lot more chal­leng­ing,” he said.

“It was for me about deal­ing with the heat and try­ing not to let Sam get sight of me.’’

Kohlar said Townsville’s mild win­ter pro­vided per­fect con­di­tions to ac­cli­ma­tise and get ready for the XPD.

“The XPD is prob­a­bly one of the tough­est events in Aus­tralia to do so it was def­i­nitely one of the goals this year to put a strong team in,” he said.

“Just be­ing up here for a few weeks be­fore­hand, it’s just go­ing to en­able me to ac­cli­ma­tise.’’

The Ad­ven­turethon is into its fifth year and Kohlar said he had seen the growth of the sport in that time.

“The first race, a lot of the moun­tain bike course was along the beach and slashed grass tracks, and the next year the Un­der the Radar was built, and then this year Smedley’s is a world class trail,” he said.

“Com­pared to the first year it’s a joy to do that course.”

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