Atkinson and Bucher win the inaugural Xterra Great Ocean Road.

Courtney Atkinson and Renata Bucher won the men’s and women’s elite titles, respectively, at the inaugural XTERRA Great Ocean Road off-road triathlon in Anglesea last Sunday morning.

While it’s just the first XTERRA win for Atkinson, it’s No. 30 for Bucher who has now won an XTERRA major in 13 different countries, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan).

XTERRA President Janet Clark was in her home country to take in all the action, and brings us this report.

Anglesea, the Adventure Capital of the Surf Coast of Victoria, greeted hundreds of offroad triathletes and trail runners who turned out today to celebrate the return of XTERRA to Australia and the launch of XTERRA Great Ocean Road.  Conditions were ideal with temperatures in the mid 20’s (Celsius) with light surf.

Two-time Australian Olympian, Courtney Atkinson, in his first XTERRA appearance, literally ran away with the victory.

“I got through it without breaking anything, so I’m happy,” said Atkinson, who got on a mountain bike for the first time after the Olympic Games last year and shortly after broke his wrist while training for the Mark Webber charity adventure race held each November in Tasmania.

While nothing broke, Atkinson did get a taste of why we say in XTERRA that “Mother Nature is your toughest competitor.”

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