2017 sees Challenge Melbourne brought to Melbourne’s favourite Triathlon location, Catani Gardens St Kilda. Here, participants will have exclusive access to the most popular open water swimming beach, beach side cycle course and running track in Melbourne. Further details on each leg below.
Swim Course – 1.9 km
The 1.9km swim course is a rectangular shape swim with four turns. Challenge Melbourne participants will be well looked after by Elwood Life Saving Club with the swim taking place at St Kilda Beach. Challenge Melbourne has a beach start, please make sure you pass under the ‘swim start’ sign to enter the athlete only area prior to your wave start.
Once the swimmers have departed the water – on the beach – they head up the ramp towards the Transition Area in Catani Gardens.
The transition area includes a change tent and toilet for athletes to utilise during T1. Athletes must not leave any belongings in the change tent.
If you wear glasses, please hand to the designated volunteer in the swim start area who will place them on a table at the swim exit for you to pick up without delay. Please ensure they are numbered with your race number.
If for any reason you are unable to start the swim, you must hand your ankle timing band in at the Registration Marquee prior to the race start.
The course has plenty of spectacular viewing areas on the beach as well as on the beach path
Bike Leg – 90 km
Once participants have collected their bikes in the Transition Area, they run with their bikes towards the Mount Line on Beach Road. The out-and-back course starts by heading south for the first of three laps of the 90 km bike course. Cyclists head southbound past Sandringham turning at Black Rock, along a fully closed Beach Rd, returning to St Kilda.
1st and 2nd lap cyclists perform a U-turn in front of the venue & crowd to commence their next lap. There will be an aid station on the cycle course that athletes will pass on each lap where full bidons will be available. 3rd lap cyclists continue when arriving at Catani Gardens and turn left into the Transition Area to dismount.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a cut-off time of 11:00am for completing the cycle leg. Cyclists falling behind this cut-off may be turned around early, but we don’t anticipate this affecting many (if any) riders.
Challenge Melbourne Run Course – 21.1 km
The run heads out of transition and along the beach pathway towards Brighton. The run course is a 2 lap 21.1km course; each lap just over 10.55km in length. Runners will run along the beach path turning at the Elwood Boat Ramp. The runners will head back towards the venue on the road side of the bay trail. As athletes enter the venue, 1st lap runners will keep left around the Rotunda turning left to commence their next lap.
On completion of the 2nd lap athletes keep right and will be directed to continue in to the finish chute and across the finish line, where athletes can claim the victory of conquering Challenge Melbourne and celebrate with their complimentary Stein of beer.