X-Adventure to attract leading athletes

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

Professional triathlete Mike Lori will return to the region in April, taking on the ultimate mix of triathlon and adventure racing in the Dunsborough X-Adventure.

A competitive runner since he was 14, Lori began his career as a cross-country runner before trying his hand at triathlon.

“My first race was in Dunsborough as part of the inaugural Anaconda adventure race back in 2007 or 2008,” he said.

“I just did the run leg but have tried to compete (in the X-Adventure) every year”.

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With the WA State triathlon championship title in his sights, Lori had a great start to the year recording several wins including the recent Rockingham triathlon and a State title on track.

The Perth-based triathlete will return to the the event as an event ambassador and is set to compete in the full off-road triathlon for the first time.

Lori said he was looking forward to competing in all three legs of the race, given the event’s backdrop. “It’s a beautiful course,” he said.

“I love running along the coast, especially the sections over the rocks of Eagle Bay and Meelup.

“There’s nothing better.”

The race, which is now in its sixth year, includes long and short-course races, two junior events and the new world qualifier Aquathon-X course.

The X-Adventure has this year been made an official qualifying event for the International Triathlon Union Cross Triathlon World Championships.

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