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.
It was an early start for ten 7oaks tri club members when they left to compete in the new Thorpe park Olympic distance triathlon. The swim started at 07:00 in a large water sports lake in the centre of the park going under a bridge full of spectators twice.
The bike course set out a single circuit of an ‘undulating’ course through the countryside. Halfway through the bike was when the rain started to fall!
by David Skrobanek
On Sunday I participated on my first ever Half distance triathlon. The place I chose was great – Marlow. I read a lot of good reviews and I am happy to confirm that it was very well organized and friendly race in a beautiful countryside alongside the Thames river. Also very family friendly, which those who know me know, that it is very important for me.
Current Inter-Club points: Sydenham 285, 7Oaks Tri 258 and GSA 252
(I think! - Matt Bee)
Next inter club 10 is this Thursday, 23 July on the A20 (Brands Hatch/West Kingsdown) course. Starts at 19.30.
The following Thursday, 30 July it's at Polhill and we're organising. Starts at 19.15. Annual midsummer drinks at the Rose and Crown, Dunton Green after. All members are welcome to this club social event, whether you TT or not.
Not a good turn out from 7Oaks Tri for this one although the ones who did turn up all finished in the top half of the field with Neil Harris being the fastest on the night and the improving Neil McInerney just under a minute behind and in third place. Andy Evans did a PB for this course and knocked over 30 seconds off his previous best time. Poor Janice who was our only lady rider took a tumble near the end but reported in as being "fine" the morning after.
"you are not a true triathlete until you have done an ironman " I was told by the iron ladies in the club. So as I went up into the next age group this year it seemed like a good time to press the button! That done I was then told "well you had better do a half ironman in preparation for the full one"! So Debbie and I (Thelma and Louise) entered the new ironman 70.3 uk with a promise that it was flat and fast.... Not.
by Clive Bradburn
by Jane Wiley
I'd heard of the Vatterunden, the largest bike ride in the world, around Lake Vattern, Sweden and had a disastrous long distance champs ( dehydrated in Perth, Australia ) in my memory bank so put my name forward for the GB contingent at this year's ITU long distance world champs in Motala, Sweden..... To visit Sweden, be part of a team and lance that demon.
Two teams took part from 7Oaks Tri. Fastest team on the day - Brown/McInerney
It may be rightly billed as "the loveliest castle in the world" but as a group of 7oaks club members discovered at the weekend it has world's the muddiest moat. Allied to zero vision was the challenge of getting 350 competitors swimming under a castle arch - at least you could stand up if you needed to as long as you didnt mind the feel of a couple of hundred years of mud on your feet...