28 February 2016 Aaron S. Lee
Ben Allen (AUS) now set to wear Aussie ‘Green and Gold’ at the upcoming ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in the Snowy Mountains…
SNOWY MOUNTAINS, NSW—With the highly sought after Australian ‘Green and Gold’ stripes on the line at the Australian TreX National Championships at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the Snowy Mountains on Saturday, New South Wales native Ben Allen (AUS) did what he does best – win. The 17-time Xterra champion and 2015 TreX Victorian winner soundly defeated a solid elite men’s field.
The 30-year-old Allen took the win in convincing fashion, finishing the 1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike and 10km trail run in a time of 2 hours 28 minutes, more than 10 minutes over Victorian silver medalist Brodie Gardner (QLD) and Robert Skillman (NSW) in second (2:38:56) and third (2:41:10) respectively.
“Very proud and honoured to win the national cross triathlon championship today,” explained Allen. “The course is amazing and so many people were cheering me on today, it gave me goose bumps.
“A national title is no joke and I’ll be wearing the green and gold proudly racing around Europe, USA and especially in November at the world champs on home soil.”
Following the opening day victory, Allen backed up with a sprint course (400m swim / 15km mountain bike / 10km trail run) win on Sunday.
Allen also claimed the NSW Dirt Master title, which combines times from the long course tri, sprint tri and 15km trail run.
The world championships will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere and will utilise the same swim, bike and run course in and around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa as the Australian championships.
Australian National Championship Titles (1500-30-10)
- Ben Allen, NSW, 02:28:05
- Brodie Gardner, QLD, 02:38:56
- Robert Skillman, NSW, 02:41:10