Velocity Events end of season race/BBQ
On Sunday 4th October Mike Hawkins organised a Sprint Tri followed by a BBQ at the water sports centre at Lydd. This was free to athletes who had accumulated enough points in his race series in 2015. Others could pay (that was me but well worth it)
A lake swim in October can be a bit cold but the sun shone and the weather for the race was wonderful.
We BBQ'd by the lake in the autumn sun wearing T-shirts and shorts.
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by Charlie Mortleman
Always going to be interesting this one, with protaganists including regulars “the 4 amigos” (me, Sally, Big Al and Baz), occasional Andy Linney, and week-ender virgins Andy Evans, Pete (non Tri Club) and his eminence Martin Brown (no less). Simon “Blewitt” Truett had to pull out at the last minute.
Rather disappointingly the organisers of 2015 Tour de France seemed to ignore my requests to ensure a stage passed close enough to Calais for the International Shirkers to fit in a daytrip, but out of this disappointment was born the idea of the Majorca Daytrip !
“Can’t be done, it’s too expensive!” said some, “Too much hassle, it’s not worth the effort!” said others, but undeterred, a hard core of International Shirkers rose to the challenge to take on the ultimate (so far) Shirkers Day Out on 30 September.
In 2015 I turn 45 and I wanted to mark the year somehow…I came up with racing a triathlon or duathlon each month; ideally events I’d never done before, in nice locations and off-road. The final event would be the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Sardinia.
by Ian Glover
by Alastair Moffatt
It was inspiring to be part of the British team although not a wholly exclusive experience with 590 team members fluttering the Union Jack in the windy city last week.
"Never again" - Matt Bee, 13th September 2015
They were the first words out my mouth after completing possibly the hardest thing I have ever undertaken. While I might be coming round to doing another iron distance triathlon, it'll be a slightly easier one next time!
Preparation with Paul Butler as coach was good, up until the birth of our first child, Freddy - who interrupted the training just a tad! So 2 months of very little training and we were off to Wales.
The Met Office has given up trying to forecast the weather in Weymouth. It’s got it’s own micro climate”, the volunteer showing me round transition shook his head sagely. Friday had seen gale force winds and big waves. On Saturday people were sunbathing on the beach. Race day? Who knew. This would be my fourth outing in the GB Trisuit that chafes in places other suits can’t even think of and it would turn out to be…….interesting.
You know you have those days when everything goes perfectly. Well this wasn’t one of those days.
Desite earlier on in the season Sydenham having a healthy lead and latterly GS Avanti looking uncatchable, 7Oaks put in a great last minute surge supported by the club's top riders and romped home in the 4-up TTT on a rainy A20. Andy Ten-Broeke, Martin Brown, Chris Hansen and Neil McInerney were the fastest on the day beating Sydenham by just 19 seconds. Third team home was also 7Oaks with Steve Walker, Neil Harris, Sam Begg and Dan Goscomb just 25 seconds behind Sydenham.
Sam Begg and I took second male and third female places respectively at the European Off-Road Triathlon Championships. The event was held at Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey on 30 August. The race was a 1,500m lake swim, a 30km mountain bike and an 10km trail run. Two hundred and 61 athletes took to the start line including 19 male and 16 female professional athletes. Sam finished 2nd of the non-professionals in a time of 2hr 53 minutes and in doing so scalped a few pros and held off the female pro winner Lesley Paterson.
Four riders in the top 5!
Bo Fjeldsoe makes his debut!
Scores on the day - 7Oaks Tri 37, GS Avanti 23 and Sydenham Wheelers 15
Total points position with just one more event to go - GS Avanti 486, 7Oaks Tri 482 and Sydenham Wheelers 417.
The first time for this event outside of North America was always going to be a different experience – and it was. Zell is a spectacular location – a ski resort circumnavigating lake Zell. Sally suggested we take the cable car, behind our charming hotel (researched by Glenda) up the mountain for a picnic lunch. Sitting there overlooking the snow topped glacier on a carpet of tall green grass we really felt like extras in ‘the Sound of Music’ or in our case the ‘Sound of Triathletes’.
Well done to the thirteen 7Oaks riders who rode and reduced the points deficit.
Scores on the day - 7Oaks 33, GS Avanti 29 and Sydenham Wheelers 9.
Overall position with 2 events to go - GS Avanti 463, 7Oaks Tri 445 and Sydenham Wheelers 402.
Next event - Saturday 5 September. Tonbridge by-pass, first rider off at 7.15.
Another to add to a list of “different” events this year (following hot on the heels of the Dunwich Dynamo, Charlie the Bikemonger’s Dorset Gravel Dash, and QECP day and night Enduro) the Epic Cymru looked like it could be a goody. Well, 4 big days and a prologue XC race were never going to be dull…..
(Editor’s note – if you can’t be bothered to read all of this (understandable) you may want to flick to the video link at the bottom!)
Good turnout for Grain on a Saturday afternoon. Hardwork on the return and v hot!.
Superb times from Andy TB and the Hansenator. This is what this course usually delivers on a Tuesday night - http://www.gravesendcc.org.uk/tens/Tens.htm.
Great to have Phil Kitto back in action on his bitza TT bike, worth a look at the carbon Zippy crank arms.
Thanks to Tony LaMoury, Andy Evans and Martin Brown 7Oaks Tri for signs, marshalling and timing.
GS Avanti - 414, 7Oaks Tri 382 and Sydenham Wheelers 374 - We need points and every rider we have will secure at least one point for the cause.
After doing over 60 (mainly sprint) triathlons over the last 12 years, I thought that it might be safe to dip my toe into the murky waters (literally) of middle distance!
The criteria were that it should not take too much time away from home or cost too much. This lead me to the 'midnight man' up the road in the shadows of littlebrook power station, Dartford. Starting at 6pm, I wondered whether I could get back home to bed before midnight so that I didn't turn into a pumpkin?
A cracking turn out from Avanti with 18 out of 34 riders.
Points on the night - GS Avanti 40, 7Oaks Tri 24 and Sydenham Wheelers 15.
Overall points - GS Avanti 413, 7Oaks Tri 382 and Sydenham Wheelers 375.
Thanks to Janice Bailey, Katrina Turner and Tony LaMoury for helping at the start and finish. Thanks also to Sydenham Wheelers for organising the signs and marshalling at the South end of the course and the same to Avanti for covering the North end of the course.
Photos - Thanks to Yon Marsh
Points on the night - 7Oaks 64, GS Avanti 40 and Sydenham Wheelers 26.
Overall points with five events remaining - GS Avanti 374, Sydenham Wheelers 359 and 7Oaks 358.
Next event - Thursday 13 August, starts at 18.45 at the top of Polhill.
by Shaun Mullen
The weather report you don’t want to see before kicking off a triathlon is ‘wet and windy’ but that’s what we got. Luckily I was spared the biblical downpour that hit just as I crossed the finish line. Sam Begg won the race so he probably didn’t see a drop of rain.