After the successful staging of the Oceania Triathlon Cross Triathlon Championships at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in March, event organisers In2Adventure have secured the coveted world championship event to be staged from the resort next year.
2015 Xterra Asia Pacific Champion and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Ambassador, Jacqui Slack.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Cross-Triathlon World Championships would be hosted from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in November 2016 and will attract the world’s best off-road athletes. It is the first time a world championship cross-triathlon event has been held in Australia.
NSW State Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the announcement reinforces the growing reputation of the Snowy Mountains as a world-class destination for off-road sport events.
“Event organisers In2Adventure and the local industry have proven their ability to host successful off-road endurance events, and we are now well placed to take advantage of the growing popularity of endurance sports.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa general manager Anthony Cleary said the athletes will receive a true taste of Australian culture and Snowy Mountains hospitality when they visit.
“The cross-country terrain around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has a reputation as being among the most challenging in the world.
“We are confident that the world-class field of athletes will be impressed with not only the competitive landscape but also the beauty of the region and the quality of the facilities,” said Mr Cleary.
“We will be rolling out the red carpet for athletes across all areas of the business, especially food and beverage, spa and wellbeing as well as recreational activities.”
Tourism Snowy Mountains executive officer Neil Thew agrees and is confident that the entire community will get behind this major event, considering this is the first time for the world championship event to be held in Australia.
“With such an amazing back-drop for the competing international and Australian athletes, the spectacular Snowy Mountains will be on show as the premier adventure sports capital,” said Mr Thew.
Now in its fifth year, the 2015 world championships will be held in Sardinia, Italy in September. Previous locations include Spain, USA, Holland and Germany.
Triathlon Australia CEO Anne Gripper said cross triathlon is an exciting new element of the sport and is growing in popularity in Australia.
“It will be fantastic for our Australian cross triathletes to compete alongside the worlds’ best cross triathletes on home soil,” said Ms Gripper.
Two night accommodation is available from $225 per night (for two people), based on a minimum two night stay in a Mountain View Studio. For further details on accommodation please call Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on (02) 6451 3000 or visitwww.lakecrackenback.com.au.
For event details, please contact the event director, Robyn Lazenby on 0414 282 084 or visit the event website www.tre-x.com.au/