Coolangatta Gold weekend preview
The inaugural Virtual Coolangatta Gold will come to a close this weekend after what will be 10 days of racing with over 770 competitors across 17 countries.
This unique global event will come to an end on Sunday 25 October which would have been the original date for the iconic 41.8km Coolangatta Gold that was cancelled in August due to COVID-19.
There’s still time to compete and log your times in the Virtual Coolangatta Gold with participants encouraged to connect with other athletes and share their ‘Gold’ by capturing photos or videos of them completing the event in their event lycra and uploading to social media with the hashtag #VCG20.
To check how other participants have been going in the challenge to compete their ‘Gold’ head to – https://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/races/CGG-2020
Keep up to date with the latest from the Virtual Coolangatta Gold by following the SLSA social channels.
Meanwhile competitors across NSW and QLD will flock to Wanda SLSC or Alexandra Headlands SLSC on Saturday 24 to take part in a physical endurance race.
Keep up to date with the Open endurances races on Saturday 24 at both locations by following the SLSA Live blog here – https://sls.com.au/vcg-live-blog/
Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay
The Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay will kick off on Saturday 24 October with the 25km Open Female and Male event kicking off from 8:45AM.
The 25km race will see competitors start at Wanda SLSC make their way to Hungry Point, Port Hacking in the 12.5km ski leg before returning to Wanda to complete the 2.5km Swim and 4.5km board legs within Bate Bay and finishing off with a 5.5km run from Wanda to North Cronulla and back.
Local surf sport stars Jay Furniss (Cronulla SLSC) and Britney Pierce (Wanda SLSC) will line-up for the event, as well as a host of athletes from Newport SLSC with Lizzie Welborn, Emily Doyle and Jackson Borg all making their way to the Shire to test their skills in the endurance event.
There is also $1,000 prize money up for grabs for both male and female athletes in the Open category of the Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay, as well as prizes for second through to sixth place and in the U15, U17 and U19 categories.
To keep track of how any competitor is tracking through the day and to view all results from the Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay head to – https://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/races/coolangatta-gold-at-bate-bay-2020
Further information and event details can also be found here – https://surflifesavingsydney.com.au/carnivals-surf-sports/coolangatta-gold-at-bate-bay/
Course Map: Open Male and Female 25 km
The Sunshine Toyota Alex Unbreakable as part of the Coolangatta Gold Festival
A myriad of Gold Coast Surf Sport stars as well as plenty of Sunshine Coast locals will line up on Saturday 24 October for the Sunshine Toyota Alex Unbreakable as part of the Coolangatta Gold Festival.
The 16km endurance event hosted by Alexandra Headland SLSC event features an 8km ski leg starting at either Mujimba or Kawana (depending on wind direction) and paddling to Alex Headland, where competitors will complete a 3km board paddle followed by a 1.5km swim and finish off with 3.5km run leg towards Maroochydore SLSC and back.
2019 Coolangatta Gold champion Matt Bevilacqua will look to defend his endurance prowess and will race alongside the likes of 2019/20 Nutri-Grain Ironmen Cory Taylor, Jackson Maynard and Jy Timperley as well as surf sport stars Hayden White and Corey Fletcher.
Meanwhile Alex locals Jett Kenny and Copper Williams will also test their endurance skills on their home beach, along with Olympian Aly Bull and Tayla Halliday.
Sunshine Coast local and reigning 2019 Coolangatta Gold and Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Champion and Lana Rogers might have the home advantage as she defends her title and comes up against a jam-packed field full of some of the best female surf sport stars.
2018 Coolangatta Gold Champion and Triple Crown winner Georgia Miller will be joined by Nutri-Grain Ironwomen Danielle McKenzie, Hannah Sculley, Maddy Dunn and Brielle Cooper as they kick off their season.
There is $4,000 up for grabs for both open males and females with an added $1,000 bonus for the first ski over the line that is sure to create some strong racing from the start.
Racing kicks off on the Sunshine Coast from 8:00am AEDT with the 16km open male and female races starting from 1:00pm AEDT (12:00pm QLD).
More event information can be found at – https://www.alexsurfclub.com.au/theunbreakable
Course Map 16km Male and Female (depending on wind direction)