This weekend 2012 Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs will take on tough competition at the inaugural Raine & Horne Challenge Batemans Bay triathlon on Sunday, March 16.
This will be Jacobs’ first Challenge event in Australia following multiple podium finishes at the famed Challenge Roth event in Germany. He will have to fend off a talented field if he is to claim his maiden Challenge title in Australia. The Noosa-based 32-year-old will go head-to-head with Commonwealth Games gold medalist Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), 2013 Challenge Phuket and ITU World Cup Long Distance Champion Rasmus Patraeus (DEN), and a host of other quality Australian contenders including Clayton Fettell, Matty White, Josh Amberger, Courtney Ogden, Ollie Whistler and Sam Appleton.
“I’m very excited to be racing Challenge Bateman’s Bay against such a deep field,” Jacobs said in a press release. “I’ve never been more motivated to fine tune my abilities than I am in 2014, and this race, with the tough course and competition, will certainly give me the challenge I am looking for to push me to new levels and elevate my performance from one race to the next. Winning this race is my goal, I really want to win and I’ll be racing hard from the start to finish.”
The women’s professional field is equally impressive. Annabel Luxford (AUS) will be aiming for back-to-back Challenge titles in Australia following her win at 2014 Challenge Melbourne in early February. If she hopes to add the Batemans Bay title to her Melbourne victory, Luxford will have to fend off a field that includes 2013 Ironman World Championship podium finisher Liz Blatchford (GBR), tBelinda Granger (AUS), Rebekah Keat (AUS), Michelle Wu (AUS) and Matilda Reynolds (AUS).
Raine & Horne Challenge Batemans Bay is held in the scenic coastal town of Batemans Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia. The event, which requires competitors to complete a 1.9-km swim, a 90-km bike and a 21.1-km run, will take place on Sunday March 16, 2014. Professionals will compete for a EURO 25,000 prize purse.