We can’t quite believe that we have just ticked off 16 years of Tri Adventure…… and it’s been 6 years since we have posted to this blog, so Kim thought it would be a good idea to use the blog for our year in review, like we used to!
So much has
happened over that time way too much to post here…. However, you can see some
of the highlights on our Facebook page and of course Tri Adventure members have
been able to keep up to date with all our adventures via our weekly newsletter!
Geoquest NZ was postponed .....so we still travelled over the ditch for a bit North Island adventure. We hiked at Cape Reinga, Omapere and spent time with good friends Peter & Carol in Auckland. Then we headed to Taupo for some fun with adventure girlfriends Debbie & Emma who showed us some amazing places in their stunning backyard...
Hiking at Cape Reinga - top of NZ
Hiking at Omapere
Great weather for day 2 of the hike
Kim at the tarn
The QRA Paddlegaine is always a highlight - good to see Albert and Janet out on course.
|Janet & Albert at the Paddlegaine
Legends Adventure Race - this was the first of may Legend Expeditions. Set in the snowy mountains of NSW - to say it was epic was an understatement.... Sloshy & team took out the event with the Mountain Designs Wild Women second. Kelsey and team had an amazing race as well...Really looking forward to the 2024 instalment on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria!
|Wild Women at Legend
|Sloshy & team
|Kelsey & team
Toorbul Tri Adventure - we put on this entry level event at Toorbul on request from the local community. Thanks to those who participated and helped out on the day.
|Maxine ready to race
|CP in the mangrove mud!
|Nathan & Cass
|Sloshy & Trent
|We won the shoes!
Terra Nova was held in Ulladulla. It was lovely until the rain set in!
|Riding in Ulladulla before the rain
Rogue Raid - as usual this was a fantastic event. Many Tri Adventure teams and many Tri Adventure volunteers. Michele, Fiona & Jan spent a memorable night at a remote TA in the pouring rain - that's adventure racing! Well done to Sloshy, Oskar, Glenn & Liz for taking out the win...
|Kim & Ash
X-Marathon - the Aunties travelled to Lakes Entrance for this one. It was another wet event but we had success in taking out the short event and finished with bubbles as per usual...
|On the boat in Lakes Entrance
|Soggy start to X-Marathon
|It's still raining!
Co 6 hour - great fun racing this one - but more rain! This was becoming a pattern!
|Moody paddle on Ewen Maddock Dam
|Tri Adventure gang
Escape Raid - such a lovely venue for this year's event. Most of us had or were recovering from a nasty cold so there were some very average performances - well, except for Sloshy & Nathan and Nicola & Mark - they were winners!
|Lake Moogerah campsite
|Nick & Gina
|Nicola & Mark
|Nathan & Sloshy
Our annual pilgrimage to Geoquest - and this year it was to South West Rocks. The event was particularly good with some epic paddles and a climb up Mt Yarrahappini (with memories of 2006 event for those who go back that far....).
|MD Wild Women & crew
|Cass & Kim
|Amazing pic on the headland
X-terra Switzerland - we travelled to Europe and first up was X-Terra Switzerland. Kim held her own amongst the locals and managed to win her age-group and an entry into the World Champs. Oh, also, the big cheese - what a prize!
|Kim wins the cheese!
More hikes and rides followed in Spain and Andorra. We were lucky to be able to stay with a friend from Eco Challenge who gave us some great local tips for our adventures. Back to France for some more of the same and watching a stage of Le Tour was very exciting too!
|Hiking on the edge
|High up in Andorra
|Sunflowers were a highlight
|Waiting for Le Tour at Moulins
Enduro - There were so many of the Tri Adventure gang in the Enduro this year. We were on support for them and it was definitely a fun day out!
|Jen & Richard
|Support crew yoga session!
Hells Bells - Kim was absent from this year's event but the rest of us were there. Great course that Adam & I helped vet, hang CPs and then bring them in... Well done to all the teams!
|Great finish Tara, Karen & team
|MD Wild Women
|Nathan & Team
Clinic - we held our annual clinic for a kick-start into the sport of adventure racing. Thanks to Fiona & Richard who helped out on the day.
|Fiona & Richard
|Kim shows Deb some map features
|Great group at the clinic
Mojo Raid - this was the last of the Mojo Raid and it was a sad occasion for the organisers - but a fun event for us competing. Well done Mojo team on some fabulous events over the years!
|Adam & Jan at Mojo Raid
|Kim & Tara
The scheduled Cyclegaine
was cancelled so we went and did the Hard 50km on Noosa Trails. A big day out in one of our favourite places to ride.
Hervey Bay - we also headed up to spend some time with the Tri Adventure Hervey Bay gang. Sorry that Amie was not there!
|Lighthouse on Big Woody Island
|Nathan & Kim
|Before the paddle back to the mainland
|Views of Napier and MD Wild Women
|Hiking the Craggy Range with winery in the background
Cyclegaine - we finally got to do this one which was based at Woodford. Great to see Greg and Michele making a comeback to racing after countless times volunteering. We loved the course - especially the section on the old Wamuran rail trail...
|For better or for worse...
|Adam & the Aunties
|Cass & Ali
|Tara & Adam
Wild Women AR - This year our event was one of the best - possibly due to the great venue - Noosa North Shore. Oh, and the weather was perfect....
|Jen & Greta
Tre-X – Kim was keen to qualify for the Cross Triathlon World Championships next year so she raced at the local Tre-X event. Sadly the swim was cancelled, and it was very hot - but Kim cruised home to victory once again...
After it was cancelled due to floods last year, Jan headed to Tassie for the rescheduled Rogaine Champs. Teaming up with former race partner, Shan, it was a very cold but fun time with old friends. Steve and Shan were the ultimate hosts. We also ran into Hayley when riding in Derby.
|Finish of the rogaine
|Met Hayley in Derby
Top Dog ARWS Oceania Champs. This new event was a hit with Canberra locals and many others who were keen for a taste of ACT adventure. The Mountain Designs Wild Women had the perfect event and took out the women's champs - Mitch and team were victorious in the mixed category and overall.
|Heads down on the maps
|MD Wild Women at the finish
Wild & Co 6 hour - we had some more fun on Lake Samsonvale for this event. Tara was a great volunteer on the day.
|Adam & Anne
|Aunties on the bike
Thanks to all of you who attended our 2023 break-up session. Such great fun coasteering around Noosa headland and then a fabulous brunch at Sunshine Beach surf club.
|What a great crew!
|Ali & Gina
|Fiona & Richard
All of a sudden we were back in New Zealand! The new Coronet
Loop was a highlight and one of the best back-country rides we have done. Well worth it if you are in the Queenstown area.
|Riding the Coronet Loop
Tekapo Rogaine - this was the catalyst for our NZ trip. Such a great event and we caught up with many friends from near and far. The 15 hour roving was perfect for us.
|Map planning in a cowshed
Wanaka - we then went back for some quality time in beautiful Wanaka. Hiking up Roy's Peak via the locals track was definitely a highlight. Catching up with Wanaka friends, Janet, Tim, Tess and Em - fun times with you all.
|Kim & Tess
|Summit of Roy's Peak with Tess