The race is held in the small town of Julia Creek which is located between Mt Isa and Townsville and it really is the middle of nowhere. After winning the event in 2011 I was invited back as defending champion and really wanted to keep the title for 2012.
This year I was lucky enough to have Emma Jackson, coach Stephen Moss, his wife Leesa and their son Charlie come out to the event with me.
Race day showed conditions typical of the event with scorching heat and a nice little headwind on the cycle leg to make the race just that much tougher.
The 800 metre swim is held in a muddy creek with surprisingly cold water then its onto the bike for 25km back into town. Once you're off the bike its just 3 laps on the run totalling 5km's, which coupled with the outback heat and winds make for a tough race.
I attacked the race hard from the start putting in a fast swim and strong bike (averaging just over 42kph) on my new S-WORKS SHIV which was crazy fast out there even with having to ride into the head wind. On the run I ran within myself knowing that I had built up a big lead on the swim/bike and really enjoyed the support from the crowd down the finish shoot walking the last hundred meters or so to take my 2nd Dirt N Dust Triathlete win in as many years.
This is what you get to look at for 25km on the bike leg.
The swim leg
Photos from the bike leg
Video of the take off
The town of Julia Creek