Brody Baker was the winner of the 12th Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Race at Hardy Inlet on Sunday, for the second year in a row.
Perth competitor Baker won the race in four hours, 15 minutes and 45 seconds, with Tom Chadbourne in second place (04:28:26.25), s Bart Hollemans in third (4:30:01.39).
“It feels awesome to walk away with the win two years in a row, I really had to work for it this year, I felt like it was a lot harder race than last year, but it feels really good,” Baker said.
“The paddle was good, and I had a really good swim I thought, it was a killer swim though, it was hard to pick your gap, I tried to stand up and my legs would cramp! Heading up with that wind slapping in your face the whole way, there were a couple of little runners, but swimming into that current was just hectic at the end there, when you’re absolutely zonked.
“These events are awesome, so many times when you’re racing you look up and look around and you’re in the bush, and there’s no one around; a couple of times I was just in awe, and you hit some of those big puddles, and your bike completely sinks and disappears and you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s just so good.”
Brody Baker (image: Rapid Ascent)
Around 800 people competed in the 57km race through windy conditions, which included ocean paddling, swimming, running and mountain biking.
Kristen Gadsdon from City Beach won the women's division for the second year in a row, finishing in four hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds.
“I had no idea how I was going to go. But these were probably better conditions for me, it was really hard but I like it when it’s like that, you’ve just got to just battle against it the whole way,” Gadsdon said.
“If I felt okay coming out of the swim I was going to give it a crack on the bike. The run course is perfect, after all the years I’ve done it, I think that’s my favourite, they’ve absolutely got it right.
“I’m just stoked, really stoked; it’s not what I expected today at all, so thank you very much.”
Elizabeth Dornom finished in second place for the women overall (4:46:09.86) and third place went to Ariarn Huston (4:49:02.50).