The Red Bull Climb takes us from Check Point 7 JC Slaughter Falls to the top of the Pinnacles Track on Mt Coot-Tha. This is a 1760m stretch of trail featuring a generous 161m of vertical gain. If you think that this was a challenge in itself, the additional challenge lies in the fact that the course was set with 17.1km to go which meant after 14.1km of the BTU 30km, 44.2km of the BTU 60km, 94.8km into the BTU 110km & a massive 142.8km into the BTU 100 mile course.
All race distances were eligible to join the challenge this year however it would easily be noted that the shorter races had the advantage! What are we playing for? Red Bull Australia has offered the ultimate prize for the climb!
The fastest male and female runner up the climb scored themselves a team entry into the first ever Australian Red Bull Defiance adventure racing event! This is a prize worth $1799.
So who took out the climb??
Tom Brazier 00:10:25
Josh Dinale 00:10:56
Johnny Kingma 00:11:02
Beth Cardelli 00:11:32
Steph Auston 00:12:04
Lou Clifton 00:12:09
Tom Brazier came in in a cracking time of 10min 25sec!! what an amazing run considering he had just run 44km of the BTU 60km course! Beth Cardelli is the overall winner of the female climb and continued her speedy run to take out the BTU 30km win. And how opportune that both Beth and Tom are La Sportiva teammates. This will be a mixed team to watch during the Red Bull Defiance Adventure race on Hamilton Island in August/September 2019. Congratulations Tom and Beth!!
A few notable mentions here. Steph Auston, you’re a speedster and came second in the climb even with a marathon behind you. And also a huge effort from Vlad Shatrov and Kellie Emmerson, both clocking a climb time of just over 15min after a whopping 94.8km on their legs. Wow!!
Stay tuned for age category results here!!