Moree’s triathletes prepare for ‘Hell’

MEMBERS of the Moree Triathlon team will be attending the ‘Hell of the West’ triathlon at Goondiwindi at the end of the month.

‘Hell of the West’ is one of Australia’s toughest and most challenging races.

The event consists of a two kilometre swim, one kilometre up stream and one kilometre down stream. There will be an 80 kilometre “dead flat” bike ride, 40 kilometres west out the Barwon Highway towards St George and return, and a 20 kilometre run.

Moree Mini Triathlon president, Bill Adams, said Moree has two or three teams and a couple of individuals attending the event.

“It’s a great personal challenge. You get to enjoy the outdoors and have a fit and healthy lifestyle,” he said.

“It realistically takes three months to prepare for an event like this. Training needs depend on if you’re competing as an individual or a team. If you’re an individual you should train at least eight to ten hours a week.”

‘Hell of the West’ has been running for 30 years, Moree has been involved every year.

“It’s always a beautiful day. The Gundy community really get behind the event. You enjoy meeting other people who come all over from eastern Australia, it’s a very popular event and well organised.”

On Saturday January 30 race registration will be open that the town park at 3pm. There will be a compulsory race briefing at 5.30pm.

On Sunday at 3.30am the Bike compound will open so officials can conduct visual inspections.

Racing will officially begin at 5am with the first wave of swimmers.

The Moree triathlon team want to thank the Gundy triathlon community for holding the event.

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