Last weekend saw the running of the inaugural X-Adventure race in Dunsborough. I travelled down with Cormac Gallagher to follow the race and try to capture the toughness of the event. It was a great weekend, with perfect conditions and a completely ridiculous course. Cormac did an awesome job, finishing in 3:08:13, which is mad considering what the competitors had to go through just to finish. All the results and a write-up of the race can be found here.
Cormac preparing himself for the race early on Sunday morning.
Conditions for the swim were perfect.
A competitor warms up in the crystal clear water of Geographe Bay.
Excited competitors prepare for the start of the race.
The prime male category set off into the smooth water. Ben Lyon killed the swim, leaving the water with a two minute advantage.
The second wave of swimmers await the starter’s call.
Ben Lyon set out on the run with a substantial lead but was quickly caught by eventual winner Sean O’Neil.
The first 6km of the run were extremely challenging.
At Castle Rock competitors had to jump into the water and swim in full running gear.
Cormac slipped on the wet rocks but managed to avoid falling in.
…unlike this guy.
The water jump was only 2.5km into the 12km run leg which meant a lot of running in wet shoes and socks. However, it was a spectacular feature.
The Dunsborough coastline provided a spectacular setting.
O’Neil caught Lyon during the run and never looked back.
The 25km mountain bike leg tested the competitors concentration. Cormac managed to do an unintentional front flip over one of the technical sections.
The course tested everyone to the limit. Here Lyon grits his teeth as he nears the end of the course.
Dunsborough have incredible mountain biking trails.
Cormac said the mountain bike leg was the hardest thing he’d ever done. Here he is shown after being overtaken at the very end of the mountain bike section. He made the position back during the sprint to the finish.
Happy just to be finished.
Dirty, tired and covered in cuts and bruises, but feeling sensational.