A big update from the half way point of 2016

beautiful Valle Du Joux

The beautiful Valle Du Joux


Quite a lot has happened since my last blog as usual plenty of ups and downs but overall my most successful start to the season, the huge block of training, minimal racing and travelling during January-April has paid off and seen me through to a silver medal last weekend at the European Cross Triathlon Championships.

I can honestly say this has been the first time since leaving Australia 2months ago that I’ve had any time to myself to reflect on what’s been a hectic year already. I’m fully enjoying my coaching work but I’m still getting used to life on the road as a professional athlete with a job in toe. A few things have certainly had to change and I’m finally feeling I can mange the extra workload with help & support from my partner in crime and husband to be.

QLD Cross Championships and Xterra Asia Pacific Champs – April 2016

I’m going to backtrack a little to April where I felt the fittest and most confident I’ve ever been. I raced the final round of the Trex-Tri series and won the QLD state championships therefor winning the series. Most importantly I was in great form heading into my target race Xterra APAC. I made it clear to everyone I was here to win there was nothing more I could have done my prep was spot on, I knew the course better than anyone else and the race was mine to lose. Wow this was a whole new Jacqui actually believing I could win a race and telling people about it, it was in a whole new territory. Despite coming down with a sore throat a few days before I was more than ready to rock and roll I was up for it and ready to lay it all on the line in front of family, friends, local supporters and the Xterra TV crew : ) The swim was shortened a little and we swam with the current but I went for it from the word go and lead from the gun, I rode the bike course alone for 35kms and was running strong at 8km until BOOM I heard the motor bike behind and knew I was being reeled in by my competition my heart sunk they were here what was I going to do I had nothing else to give, I fought hard and ran with Lizzie for the next 1km until she gave me a few words of encouragement and took off with ease to take the win with a fantastic performance, not long after the fresh legged Carina breezed past and I had no response I wanted to scream at the top of my voice, in my eyes not winning that race was everything I crossed the finish line in 3rd fell to the ground and cried for what felt like an eternity. I then continued to cry for the next week or so no one could say anything to make me feel better, id given my all and it wasn’t enough to take the Gold medal I had to except that and move on.

“a very wise man AKA Simon Marshall said to me that in every defeat there was a victory” and look what happened next…


Xterra Malaysia



After emotionally putting myself back together with the help of friends and family I went onto race Xterra Malaysia again against a strong field of girls who had all finished ahead of me in my last few races, I felt like an under dog the best I could do was 4th, no pressure maybe I could use a different game plan???? I went in relaxed to me my A race had been and gone and I had nothing to lose and wanted to enjoy the experience after all I feel very fortunate to be in this position. I crossed the finish line 8 minutes ahead of my nearest competitor and had a super race it almost felt like I breezed around the course and everything came natural, obviously crossing the line in 1st place I was elated but to be honest I would have gave that victory back to have won Xterra APAC but it wasn’t meant to be, sport is sport and that’s why we race each other.

At the very top level there really isn’t much difference in athlete ability’s everyone prepares to the best of their ability and who ever feels best on that day will take the W.

Winning isn’t everything and if you give your all on that day then that’s all anyone can ask for.


our step sisters wedding, me, Dad and brother Ben

Our step sisters wedding, me, Dad and brother Ben


I’ve spent the last 2 months at home in the UK moving from place to place living with different family members & in hotels really not an ideal situation for an athlete but I made the best of it and ultimately I wanted to spend time with my family and friends. I certainly over indulged ate great food, drank at little wine and had a few late nights. The cold and nasty weather in the UK sometimes got the best of me but I made the most of my training sessions just enough to keep me in the game for Xterra Swiss.

ETU World Cross Triathlon Champs – Valle du Joux, Switzerland


I love being in Europe whenever I’m asked the question where in the world would you like to live I always reply “if I had the money I would live in, Switzerland’ They are intelligent people, love the outdoors both winter and summer, eat fresh healthy food and have sports facilities galore it’s athlete paradise come rain or shine but I does come at a cost. Ben and I headed off to the Valle de Joux with our good friend and assigned soigneur in tow. Ian was here to assist Ben and I to perform at our very best for ETU Cross Champs and Xterra France him being here has enabled us to recover much quicker, focus on racing and training whilst Ian does all the other stuff like packing the car, bike servicing, cleaning, cooking, massage and many other things. He’s one of the best masseurs I know and to get a massage every day after training could be the difference between getting on that podium and not.  He’s also keeps things fun and light hearted this really takes the pressure of leading up to the big day!  Thanks so much Ian your help and support has been invaluable to Ben and I.


               Ian & I with the silver medal ; )


Ian packing the car


      My best friend, husband to be and my rock

I went into Swiss super chilled with no expectation at all I was happy to be with my boy in this stunning country and didn’t think too much into the race. I was certainly feeling well rested as training had been limited however sometimes less can be more and I was able to pull off a solid race and finish 2nd in the most horrendous conditions I’ve ever experienced.  It was an exciting finish with places 2,3,4th finishing within 5 seconds of each other. I couldn’t quite believe I held my own on the run leg and dug deep when I was hurting to claim a silver medal this is something I’m most proud of as it shows exactly that my training has paid off.

I was over joyed with the result and will treasure this medal for the rest of my life. Medals don’t come round all that often and I’ve learnt to appreciate all the effort that goes into this tiny circle you hang around your neck, it’s been 5 years of hard work.



Name, NAT




Michelle Flipo, FRA




Jacqui Slack, GBR




Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA




Renata Bucher, SUI




Ladina Buss, SUI




Brigitta Poor, HUN




Carina Wasle, AUT




Coralie Redelsperger, FRA




Morgane Riou, FRA




Louise Fox, GBR




Maud Golsteyn, NED




Jessica Roberts, GBR




Monica Cibin, ITA




Elisabetta Curridori, ITA




Kara LaPoint, USA



Thank you so much to everyone out there that follows and supports my journey I couldn’t do it with out the help from sponsors, family and friends.



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The Xterra World Tour Starts in the Philippines

Phills podium

Ladies podium – congrats girls

Lizzie Orchard – 2.52.14 Jacqui Slack – 2.54.30 Mieko Carey – 3.07.35 Full results – http://www.jtltiming.com/results/phi-x.html     Last weekend I raced Xterra Philippines, this was the 5th year in a row I’ve competed this race and about the 11th time Ben and I have competed in the Philippines, obviously you can see how much we love this place. We have a fantastic relationship with Sunrise Events and when we got the invite to go over and race again its was a no brainer. The way every single athlete gets treated is remarkable its all about the experience and Sunrise Events hit the mark every time.

First out of the water – Xterra Wetsuits

  To be race fit on the 7th February is questionable after all I want to peak in April and November so to be in top form in early Feb is just not going to happen, so I have to suck it up and do what I can do off very limited training. Anyways no excuses I had a ball, raced my little heart and finished a solid second to a very classy Kiwi Lizzie Orchid.
Xterra Phills bike

Nothing like a face plant to get the game face on #yougottalaugh

  It was a short trip the aim was to go there race my best, support the race and get home ASAP with as little distraction to my training as possible. I’m actually love training ATM and super excited to get stuck and see what April, May and June will hold for my race performances.
Xterra Phills run

Finishing strong and excited for whats to come…watch this space

As far a destination race goes Sunrise Events are up there with the best of them for a million reasons, every single person on that start line is cared for and looked after by the events team. Princess and her team lead the way and we cant thank them enough for their generosity & hospitality over the last 5 years. B&J racing will continue to go back year on year and we hope to take some of our athletes in 2017.   Feeling super happy right and now loving life. Very excited to be racing the Aussie cross champs on the 27th February at Lake Crakenback. Theres still time to enter visit http://in2adventure.com.au/         With thanks to all the people that get us to that start line we couldn’t do this without every single one of you guys.   Liv Cycling – Riding the Lust Advance 0 On Running – racing the On Cloudracer Flight Centre Active Travel – For flying us around stress free Champion Systems – Kitting us out with the fastest Garments Powerbar UK – Fuelling me up before, during and after training Schwalbe – For providing the best tyres in the world Amanzi – For the stunning swim training gear Xterra Wetsuits – for the fastest suits on the planet Scicon – For keeping our bike safe & sound Lake Crackenback – For the best training facilities Greeper laces – Once applied always tied Spearmans cycles – getting me set up and ready to ride John Goodwin – For his kind generosity in supporting my dream Janelle & Dennis – For all the airport trips they make & everything else Lesley P and Simon Marshall – for being awesome Mum and fan club back home – for their endless support Ben Allen – For always being their, supporting everything I do & making life great
The year has officially started, fun times pre riding the Xterra Philippines course. Thanks to @xterraphils @fcactivetravel @powerbar @livcycling_aus @on_running @champsysaus for getting us here excited to start the 2016 race season

The year has officially started, fun times pre riding the Xterra Philippines course. Thanks to @xterraphils @fcactivetravel @powerbar @livcycling_aus @on_running @champsysaus for getting us here excited to start the 2016 race season

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