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Long Course Weekend reaches Australia
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Tuesday 6th December 2016


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Jervis Bay, New South Wales is the first Long Course Weekend venue outside the UK 

We know that expanding the concept from the fantastically successful Long Course Weekend in Tenby has been an objective for many years - and now it has gone really international, with Jervis Bay, Australia, announced as a new LCW weekend in October 2017.


Long Course Weekend comes to Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia is to be home to the ‘new’ phenomenon of endurance sport, The Long Course Weekend (LCW). The event, which has its origins in Tenby, Wales where over 7500 athletes descend each year, will begin its International journey in Jervis Bay on the weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017.

The unique event lasts three days and this fun, inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together.

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, where the LCW athletes have The Swim to complete – a 3.8km open water swim that takes place at Jervis Bay. The Swim also has a 1.9km swim, 1.5km swim and 500m swim all to correspond with triathlons’ most popular distances.

On Saturday the attention turns to The Grand Fondo, a 180km ride of undulating countryside that also incorporates 90km, 40km and 20km events – distances to attract athletes of all abilities.

To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run – a 42.2km marathon taking in the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay and Huskinson. There is also a 21.1km run, 10km run and a 5km run which allows everyone to be involved.

More than 1500 competitors are expected to attend the Inaugural Jervis Bay LCW with approximately 200 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW 4th medal and polo shirt at the finish line presentation on Sunday after the marathon.

“This weekend is going to be a fantastic way for athletes from all genres of sport to come together and enjoy a full range of events. At Elite Energy we work hard to create experiences that will encourage people to get active and LCW fits our ethos perfectly. When Shane Smith from Sport 3 Events approached us to be the company that brings LCW to Australia, my team and I jumped at the opportunity. Jervis Bay will fall in love with this event, as will athletes from around Australia,” said Mark Emerton, owner of Elite Energy Sports, Australia’s premier event company.

LCW began in Tenby, Wales six years ago and has grown in numbers every year. Matthew Evans, Scott Powell and their team at Activity Wales Events are now taking this 3-day event around the world with new events to be announced in early 2017.

“Our team is excited about LCW Jervis Bay,” says Matthew Evans, Founder of LCW.

“We are so excited to be launching our first LCW outside the UK in Jervis Bay for a number of reasons. Long Course Weekend is not just a race, it’s an experience. To get this right you need to have a great team delivering the event and it has to be in the right location. It’s not about big conference centres and cities, but intimate relationships with the community and stunning landscapes. This is why it is dubbed ‘the little big race’,” says Evans.

“We have a fantastic team under Mark and Shane, with not just their vast experience, but their passion for the athlete, supporters and the community. This event will change the face of Long Distance Events,” says Evans.

Jervis Bay lends itself to be the heart of endurance sport in Australia. With the highly successful Huskinson Long Course event held in February each year, the LCW will complement the stable of events already in the region.

“Shoalhaven lends itself to be the heart of endurance sport in Australia. With the highly successful Huskisson Long Course event held in February each year, the Long Course Weekend will compliment the events already in the region. We pride ourselves on our spectacular natural assets and we look forward to sharing many of Shoalhaven’s experiences with the competitors and their friends and family,” said Tourism Manager Coralie Bell.

About Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay’s famous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters are amongst the safest and most beautiful in the world. Coastal, marine and hinterland National Parks offer fantastic bushwalking, cycling tracks, Indigenous culture, camping spots, cliff-top lookouts and maritime heritage.

The many bay and ocean beaches, lagoons, secret coves and hidden creeks are perfect for swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing and standup paddle boarding.

Unspoiled coastal and country villages have local produce markets, boutique shops, art galleries and a terrific museum. The area boasts world-class cafes, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and a burgeoning music scene.

Jervis Bay is central to all the South Coast has to offer: Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Ulladulla all the same distance away and we are close to all the south coast wineries.


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