These fortnights are rolling around quickly and once again we will be off and racing on Sunday.
Expect to see some slick times from members across the board, as many of us are approaching our key races and starting to get in gear for the bcu Coffs Tri on 8 March.
Hopefully the weather will hold out and give us good racing conditions. Rain is predicted but it’s always hard to know what the weather gods will give us this far out from the day. What we do know is we will have warm, humid conditions. Please remember to hydrate well both the day before and during the race. And be sure to check what is in your cup from the aid station before you pour that liquid over your head or you’ll be in for a hot, humid and sticky run! (Oh come on, we’ve all done it!)
We should be setting off right at high tide, which is at 6:05am. The seas have been pretty calm of late and the water has been around 24 degrees. Once again, be prepared for the “no wetsuit” announcement, just in case!
There will be a BBQ afterwards, and Vicki will be handing out cash to the lucky winners of the cashback draw for Club Champs. So be sure to stick around afterwards.
Please read the below rule on drafting on the bike very carefully and be sure to keep this in mind at all times when racing. Races will be given penalties if they are found in breach of this rule.
As usual, please be racked and ready by 6:15am for a 6:20am race briefing. First wave goes at 6:30am. Those on duty should arrive by 5:45am and please remember to sign on when you get there.
Have a great race everyone!
TRIATHLON AUSTRALIA DRAFTING RULES
As mentioned last week, everyone racing in a race sanctioned by Triathlon Australia must abide by the rules. This includes our club races. The full rules are available for you to read HERE.
Drafting on the cycle leg is a particularly common breach of rules and has become particular prevalent during our club races. There are no excuses for drafting, especially in the large packs that tend to form in our club races, and it is the responsibility of each and every racer to ensure they know the rules.
For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar, or have forgotten, the drafting rule, here it is.
Rule 3.11 Drafting
a. The draft zone of a competitor may not overlap the draft zone of another competitor or motorcycle or vehicle except in the following circumstances:
(i) When the competitor is in the process of legally passing another competitor or motorcycle or vehicle;
(ii) For safety reasons;
(iii) For an aid station;
(iv) For entrance to or departure from a transition area; and
(v) In making an acute turn.
b. When passing a forward competitor or motorcycle, the rear competitor is allowed a maximum of 15 seconds to pass through the 7 metre draft zone and 25 seconds to pass through the 12 metre draft zone. Failure to observe this may result in a drafting penalty.
c. When passing a forward vehicle, the rear competitor is allowed a maximum of 90 seconds to pass through the draft zone. Failure to observe this may result in a drafting penalty.
d. At every instant during the overlapping of draft zones, the rear competitor must be seen to be gaining on the forward competitor or motorcycle or vehicle. Failure to observe this may result in a drafting penalty.
e. Once passed, a competitor must immediately commence to drop back out of the draft zone of the forward competitor before attempting to re-pass. A competitor is deemed to have been passed once the leading edge of the front wheel of the passing bicycle has moved in front of the leading edge of the front wheel of the competitor’s bicycle. Failure to observe this may result in a drafting penalty.
Please see the attached diagram for further clarification.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Finally, registrations are now open for the 2015 Club Championships in Forster. We are so excited about this year’s event and are hoping that everyone will participate either racing or as a volunteer to help us win CLUB OF THE YEAR!
The club is providing a generous accommodation package and it is expected that anyone who takes advantage of this enrols as an athlete or volunteer. Details are in the attached information sheet.
The club is also subsidising members’ entries with a $20 discount for racing athletes. Please note you need to enter the code CHT2015CC to claim your $20.00 athlete discount.
To register as an athlete please click here:
To register as a volunteer: (No charge)
Get on board! Can’t wait!!!
bcu COFFS TRI
We have just under a month to go until this fantastic race in our own backyard. Have you registered yet? Choose from the Olympic distance or the enticer distance, as well as the kids’ races. You can do it individually, or get a team together. Entry fees have been reduced this year, and the atmosphere is guaranteed to be fantastic as friends and family flock to the Jetty to watch all the action. What better reason to have a go! Entries are open at http://villagesports.com.au/events/bcu-coffs-tri/.
And just to get us in the mood, Village Sports caught up with club member Leighton Rogan who is taking part in the bcu Coffs Tri on 8th March....
Q and A with Leighton Rogan.........
How long have you been doing triathlons?
I have been wrapped up in the crazy sport of triathlons for just on 11 years now. I was a little bit of a later bloomer but hopefully that allows me to follow on with my passion for a long time and well into the more "senior" ranks.
What's your preferred distance?
Any distance in triathlon is a fun distance, I'm just happy to be out there having a go and challenging myself to go either faster or further (or both). I can honestly say that no distance is easy, they all hurt just as much as each other, the pain just last longer the further you go .... but the euphoric reward also lasts longer.
Over the past few years of racing I have found that the long course/70.3/Half Ironman distance (whatever it's called these day) seems to suit my style of racing. It has just the right amount of distance that requires added endurance but I can still push hard enough to "race it" rather than just survive (which I admit I have had to do on a few occasions in the past).
What did you enjoy about the 2014 bcu Coffs Tri?
What's not to love about the bcu Coffs Tri?
The 2014 event was great, it just has it all. The harbour swim, fast bike course with a little mix of hills but the majority of good, flat roads and a run around the Jetty foreshores. The spectator friendly atmosphere was just amazing, being able to be encouraged and supported (or heckled) so often out on the course definitely makes for a memorable experience for everyone.
Did you compete in the inaugural event in 2013?
Yes, I was part of the 2013 event. It's always nice to come back to the same event and test yourself over the same course and see how you compare from year to year (albeit a little older ....... and hopefully a little wiser). I have no plans to stop supporting a top home grown event so I will be lining up again to go around for years to come.
Do you enjoy racing on your home turf?
Racing in your home town is unreal. Obviously the advantage of not having to travel is huge. Being able to train on the course and be familiar with the layout takes some added pressure off as well. I love the encouragement from the supporters and I love being able to cheer for everyone else as well.
You took out your age division last year, what are your expectations this year?
First year I did the BCU triathlon I took out second in my AG and last year I went one better ...... I would love to take out the AG again but there are a lot of fast guys out there in my division so we'll just wait and see. I'm just happy to be hitting the start line irrespective of my form or fitness. The way I approach every event is that I just want to finish first and foremost. Knowing that I gave the event distance the respect it deserves and I've raced to the best of my ability on the day is important as well and really at the end of the day being competitive in my AG is just a bonus.
What sort of training have you been doing to prepare for this race?
This year has seen a different approach to my training (as opposed to the same time last year). This season I have been a little more focused on the longer races and having the majority of the races later in the season (as late as September) has seen my training over the festive period wound right back. This has been no more evident than in the waist line and the number on the scales. With a few weeks to ramp up the training and prepare properly I should be ready to fire come race day.
Tell us a bit about the budgy smugglers!
Aaahhhh.... the Budgy Smugglers!!!!! There is something pure about racing old school. It’s all about not taking things too seriously and enjoying yourself. I've been "Smuggling" for a while now. I did my very first Triathlon with the Coffs Tri Club 11 years ago in a pair of Speedos and now I've come full circle and race full time in the Budgy Smugglers. The resurgence was instigated by Clint Rowlings a while back and the momentum just grew from there, now I'm part of the Emerging Flock crew. I've also been lucky enough to gain the support of a newly formed Triathlon clothing company called 17 hours (find them on Facebook ...blatant plug sorry!!!). With the "Smugglers" and 17 hours I'm pretty covered for race kits. When it all boils down to it, they get you noticed and they're just a lot of fun.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I'm excited about this year’s event as it brings a little bit of a change to the run course. Getting to run the new south breakwall will be magic. It allows the athletes to appreciate the entire harbour and will truly showcase the best of what Coffs Jetty Foreshores has to offer. We are really lucky to be racing in such a pristine region with magic surroundings and with a backdrop that, as a local, we sometimes tend to take for granted.
Well done to the BCU group for their support, the Village Sports crew for putting on the event and to the other local businesses for their continued support for such a great community event.
WRATS HIAWATHA HALF-IRONMAN TRIATHLON, WOOLI
By Steel Beveridge
Thirty six came to ‘play’ in this year’s training Triathlon at Wooli, some intending to complete the full distance of 2.4km swim, 90km cycle and 20km run while others set out to test themselves over more conservative distances. All seemed to enjoy the swim which captured the turn of the tide in the Wooli River.
Wes Thompson from Ballina obviously enjoyed the bike more than anyone else as he powered away from the field on the three laps to Minnie Water to set up an insurmountable lead into the run out to Diggers Camp and back. His finish time of 4.33.58 was pretty much as fast as anyone has completed the distance in the past. Second and third across the finish for the full distance at the Wooli Hotel-Motel were the Marsdens, daughter Sara and mother Kate, in 5.19.36 and 5.26.48, respectively. Sara put together a great swim/bike combo to hold off her mother during the run.
Third lady, with a time 10 seconds faster than last year, was Grace Edwards whose strong running leg took her to a final time of 6.21.11.
Second male to complete the full event was Mark Griffiths who soldiered on through the run leg to record 5.40.05. Aaron Vickers completed the ‘podium’ for the men in 5.45.25.
With a number of other participants completing their longest ever swim or longest cycle and/or training for the Coffs Triathlon in March the feeling at the finish was positive with most looking to next year’s event to improve further.
Thanks from the organisers from the Woolgoolga Running and Triathlon Society (WRATS) was expressed to the volunteers who assisted on the day and the Wooli Hotel-Motel for its fulsome co-operation in conducting the event.
A big thank you to those from the Coffs Tri club who came and did part(s) of the course as well as helping out e.g. Phil & Tina Benoit, Cec & Sue Tempone, Peter Wood, Peter Giddins, Anne & Peter Grundy, Jenni Williams (backing up after Goondiwindi), Jen Hoyle, Caron Mackie, Ian Fergusson, Gordon & Cleo Abbott. (I hope I have not missed anyone). We had people from Ballina and Clarence Valley as well.
I might mention Grace Edwards not only climbing the tree to put up our finish banner before the event BUT also climbing the tree again to take it down after doing the full distance!!
RESULTS (Full distance only) (MALE) - Wes Thompson 4.33.58, 1; Mark Griffiths 5.40.05, 2; Aaron Vickers 5.45.25, 3; Yukka Ylinen 6.04.00, 4; Brad Cooper 6.13.35, 5; Gavin Raywood 6.48.47, 6; Jon Murray 6.49.24, 7; Chris Ryan 7.16.47, 8. (FEMALE) – Sara Marsden 5.19.36, 1; Kate Marsden 5.26.48, 2; Grace Edwards 6.21.11, 3; Judy Chesney 7.35.39, 4.
GRANTS FOR JUNIORS - LOCAL SPORTING CHAMPIONSHIPS PROGRAM
This program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 in regard to travel costs, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official sporting organisation (NSO) (state, national or international championships) or a school sport championship (state or national).
Grants of $500 are available for successful individual applicants.
Grant applications are assessed 3 times each year. It may therefore take five-six months before you are notified of the outcome of your application.
Round 1 of this year closes on 28 February 2015. For further details or to apply please visit the Local Sporting Champions Website at http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/local_sporting_champions.
BIKE BAGS AVAILABLE FOR LOAN
Coffs Tri Club has purchased two bike cases suitable for air travel for its members to borrow.
Woodseys Wheels at Woolgoolga is holding onto them for us and is keeping a spreadsheet for those who wish to book a case. Contact Woodseys on 6654 1217 to make a booking.
Yvonne Briggs has an XS tri suit for sale. It has not been worn. Contact Yvonne on 0413648690 or email Yvonne@scribbles.tv.
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