VETERAN campaigners Jacqui Slack of Australia and Guamanian Mieko Carey brace for a tough duel for off-road triathlon supremacy when they take on a slew of upcoming bets in the XTERRA Albay 2016 firing off on February 7 in Bicol.
Slack and Carey, who finished runner-up and fourth, respectively, last year, have been installed as the triathletes to watch in the women’s side of the keenly awaited off-road triathlon after 2015 winner Flora Duffy begged off to focus on her training for the Rio Olympics.
But with Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand and a host of new pros joining this year’s XTERRA Albay, a wide-open battle for top honors looms in the event hosted by the Province of Albay.
Bradley Weiss, meanwhile, guns for back-to-back title feat in the men’s section against a field that includes Ben Allen and Brodie Gardner of Australia, Charlie Epperson of Guam, Michal Bucek of Slovakia and local bet Joseph Miller.
Others tipped to crowd the fancied bets in the event are Taylor Charlton, Cameron O’Neal and Hsieh Chun Shing, all raring to prove their worth in top-level swim, bike and run competition with the majestic Mayon Volcano as backdrop.
The 1.5K swim kicks off in the shores of Lidong in Mayon Rivera, where the water is calm and deep and the sands are black while the 35K bike course features wide and open trails and provides breathtaking view of Mayon. It is a single loop point-to-point race passing through fire roads, grass roads, sands and rocky trails.
The finishing 10K run follows the ATV route in Mayon passing through rocky and sandy areas, river bed, and grasslands with the finish line set at the famous Cagsawa Ruins.