Fourteen+ members, as appearing in the splendid photo below, took part in the clubs sprint championship at the Ocean Lake sprint tri on Saturday 30th May.
With Cath and Sam in their current form, the result of club champs, barring a puncture, were going to be a forgone conclusion. Nevertheless in near perfect conditions there were some excellent performances and age group wins with some quiet personal competitions being fought.
A great turn out with thirty nine riders taking part and well done to the seventeen 7Oaks riders for securing top points on the night. Good to see some new faces, those doing their first inter club event for 7Oaks - Sam Begg, Milt Ives and John Davie. Yon Marsh and Matt Bee look like they're becoming regulars and good to see some old regulars again - Dave Truman and James Bulley. Val just pipped Susan for first lady and as ever Janice could be relied on to be on the starting line.
By Charlie Mortleman
Bit different this. In the new style of MTB Enduro, it comprised 4 timed, predominantly downhill stages, and untimed liaison stages, by definition, predominantly uphill – you just need to make sure you make the start of your timed stages on time. The event was held in Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, and the QECP Trail Collective did a great job of setting out a challenging course and generating a fun atmosphere, with free camping and a bunch of trade stands.
Sydenham Wheelers - 38
GS Avanti - 21
7Oaks Tri - 13
Total after 3 events -
Sydenham Wheelers - 102, 7Oaks Tri - 66 and GS Avanti - 65.
Sydenham - 36
GSA - 29
7Oaks Tri - 18
Regrettably we have had to cancel this event.
I entered this race knowing little about it as it is a new IM event and a new course. A few of us did a bike recce the day before the race (better late than never) ... all of us on the bus fell silent after about 10mins....steep climbs that went on and on. The bus was too big to get down the other side – so we had to back down to turnaround. I saw the descent on race day... for those of you frequently are caught behind me on a descent, you can imagine the hundreds behind me at the top of this descent and the start of a 1.5 kms of hair pin bends – they all whizzed past me.
Andy Ten-Broeke, Andy Evans, Chris Hansen & Dave Lobley completed the stage 4 accreditation at the Lee Valley Velopark on Sunday 17th May.
They are now qualified to attend 'Structured Quality Training' sessions and enter races! Licenced to thrill!
It was a very enjoyable evening where 12 riders (Keith Brown was also there) had to accurately perform five different disciplines including 'stacking' (not that type) and sprinting to the line!
I'm still buzzing from the excitement of riding this last Saturday - a sportive around the perimeter of Mallorca, over 14,110 feet of climbing which I'd usually prefer to pass on, but not there, the scenery is breathtaking! When you are not climbing, the descents and rolling terrain are fantastic... mostly on lovely smooth, quiet roads and the locals come out to cheer you on.
May Bank Holiday saw the return of the very popular Tonbridge Triathlon. The event, now in its twenty fourth year, is organised by Tonbridge Lions Club and involves swimming in Tonbridge School's pool, a 'sporting' cycle through beautiful Kent countryside up Plaxtol hill, down Carter's hill and a run round Tonbridge School sports ground, culminating on the renowned running track.
|Pos||RIDER||CLUB||TIME||Club Points||iClub Points|
|1||Jonathan Harris||GS Avanti||21.50||10|
Kent County ASA Masters and Seniors Swimming Championships 2015 will be held at Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham on Sunday 28 June 2015. As we are affiliated to the ASA 7Oaks Tri members are invited to enter.
Any members who are interested in entering should contact David Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry to announce there has been a recent theft from member Jon Hollidge's workshop, last night, 1st May.
All Jon's (and his son's) bikes have been stolen. Please, if you see these bikes on eBay or are offered any by anyone, please contact the police.
The full list of bikes is: