THE 2014 Icebreaker multisport challenge attracted a big field of athletes to the beautiful surrounds of the Lake Trevallyn Nature Reserve yesterday.
In its third year, the multi-discipline event saw about 180 competitors testing themselves over a 9-kilometre kayaking leg, an 18km mountain bike ride and a 8.5km running leg.
Victorian multisport endurance champion Jarad Kohlar made it three straight victories in the event being the first elite athlete to cross the finish line.
Launceston's Paul McKenzie finished second and was also the first veteran category athlete to finish. Hobart's Jordy Davis was third.
In the women's category, mountain-bike specialist Rowena Fry was the first to complete the three disciplines with Hobart's Emma Weitnauer second and Launceston's Sally Alps and Roz Barber finishing third and fourth.
Alps was also the first veteran woman home.
The winning team was Launceston-based A-plus with Tom Norton (kayak), Sam Callow (mountain bike) and Jamie Kulhanek (run).
``We had about 500 people at least who came up and had a look and there was a really good community feel about the event,'' race co-ordinator Louise Padgett said.