Athletes from the South West and beyond are whipping themselves into shape this month, with Australia’s biggest off-road triathlon X-Adventure Dunsborough fast approaching. After last year’s event was thrown into disarray just three weeks out due to COVID-19, people are urged to get back into gear in one of the State’s best adventure-racing locations. Rapid Ascent general manager Sam Maffett said this year’s event would be “bigger and better” than ever. “To cancel this fan-favourite in 2020 was devastating — not just for us as a business, but for the participants who put their heart and soul into training and planning their weekend away,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier to now see events going ahead in Western Australia.” Set to take place in Geographe Bay, stretching into Meelup Regional Park, the race is well-known for its scenic trails and clear water. Although a gap in interstate and international competitors will be noticed due to travel restrictions, the event is still expected to include all five of its off-road races and about 15,000 competitors. Renowned triathlete and past X-Adventure competitor Simon Billeau praised the course and Rapid Ascent. “This is a fantastic course ... it is tough. It’s a great race in such a stunning location like Dunsborough,” he said. The most anticipated race of the two-day event is the 34km long course in which athletes will compete in a 1500m ocean swim, 12km trail run and 20km mountain bike ride. A short course option will include a 700m ocean swim, a 6km coastal trail run and an 11km mountain bike ride, with Aquathlon-X and other kid-friendly events also on offer. Entries for the April 10 and 11 event are open at XAdventure.com.au and athletes of all abilities are encouraged to register.