FROM THE PRESIDENT
As you are all aware this weekend our Platinum Sponsors Village Sports are hosting the Coffs Harbour Running Festival. Village Sports are and have been a significant contributor to our club for many years.
If you have entered, I hope your training is going well and good luck in the event. If you are still thinking remember there is a distance for everyone and not only will your entry fee go towards worthwhile local charities, but you’ll be supporting those who support us. Also if you have a few hours free on Saturday morning from 10am to set up tents it would be much appreciated. Just look for Mick Maley at the showgrounds. He’ll be the cool, calm-looking bloke wandering around. A hand packing up on Sunday would also be appreciated.
Our first race is fast approaching on the 21st September and there are also a few other events either side of this organised by members of our club. Steel Beveridge and Lyn Fulton have the Blueberry Hills Duathlon on the 14th September and Leeann Lloyd is once again coordinating the Woopi Tri Festival on the 28th September.
That’s all. Trust everyone is fit and healthy. Your committee is very much looking forward to the season ahead. It’s going to be fun.
See you out there
Michael (Mick) Dougherty
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL TRAINING COURSES
If anyone is considering becoming a Technical Official, below are the dates and venues for Level One courses in 2014/15. Remember, the club gets extra points at Club Championships for every TO we have on the course!
The two October courses have been aligned with major events taking place at the two venues, namely:
Anyone interested can contact Allan Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ITU racing differs from our style of triathlon, but it is fascinating to watch for its draft-legal, tactical battles.
The grand finale of the ITU was held in Edmonton, Canada on the weekend and gave us all a spectacular show. The men’s race has been hailed as a “changing of the guard” as Spain’s Javier Gomez took out the World Championships title. Gomez’s overall dominance is often shadowed by the spectacular performance of Alistair Brownlee from the UK. There are not enough superlatives to describe how Brownlee performs when he’s in form. However, he has been plagued by injury for the past couple of years and has only given us glimpses of his capabilities by blitzing a race from time to time. (NB: If I sound as though I’m gushing, it’s because I am gushing!).
However, Gomez won on consistency and brilliant tactics. When Brownlee senior took off on the bike and run, he chose to stick with Brownlee junior who was his only real competition for the ITU World Champion title, which is based on points earned over the ITU season. All he had to do to win was beat Jonathan Brownlee in this race. Gomez’s countryman Mario Mola showed what he has in store for the future and beat Gomez in a beautiful sprint finish, leaving Gomez to come third in the race but still ahead of Jonny Brownlee. It was a brilliant race and one to look at on You Tube if you haven’t seen it already.
The women’s racing of the ITU season has not been quite as spectacular, with several athletes showing promise but not being necessarily being able to deliver the goods on the day. Jodie Stimpson was the hot favourite off the back of her incredibly strong Commonwealth Games performance. However, Gwen Jorgensen from USA proved to be the best on the day and also took out the World Championship title. Jorgensen has been a fairly consistent ITU performer but is looking like she will prove to be a dominant force in the future. Some are predicting an Ali Brownlee-style dominance next season. Andrea Hewitt from NZ showed yet again that she is a strong and consistent triathlete and came in 2nd. She has her eye firmly on the podium at the Rio Olympics.
As for the Australians, Dan Wilson was the first Australian male home in 13th place, with Ryan Bailie not far behind in 16th place. Ashleigh Gentle was our first female in 18th place, with Emma Jackson and Charlotte McShane 27th and 38th respectively.
Our very own Jacinta Smithers also competed in her age group and came in a very impressive 4th place, behind a triple USA podium and with a very respectable time of 2:27:42 (the first place winner was 2:17:02). Congratulations Jacinta. You definitely are the quiet achiever.
If anyone is interested in trying to qualify for Age Group championships to be held in Chicago USA in 2015, then CLICK HERE to view a list of the various qualifying races where you can earn qualifying points.
RULE OF THE WEEK
Bike setup! Yep, rules apply.
Rule 3.12 – Bicycles must have all of the following characteristics:
a. No more than 2 metres long and 75 centimetres wide;
b. Measure at least 24 centimetres from the ground to the chain wheel axle;
c. A vertical line touching the front most point of the saddle will be no more than 5 centimetres in front of and no more than 15 centimetres behind a vertical line passing through the centre of the chain wheel axle (Diagram 6)*, and a competitor must not have the capability of adjusting the saddle beyond these lines during competition;
d. Measure no less than 54 centimetres and no more than 65 centimetres between a vertical line passing through the centre of the chain wheel axle and a vertical line through the centre of the front wheel axle (Diagram 7)*. Exceptions may be given only by the Technical Delegate for the bicycles of very tall or very short competitors;
e. Fairings which reduce air resistance are prohibited;
f. The front wheel may be a different diameter from the rear wheel but must be of spoke construction;
g. Disk wheels or covers are allowed on the rear wheel only, however this provision may be changed by the Race Referee in the interests of safety (e.g. in the case of the potential for high winds);
h. No wheel may contain mechanisms which are capable of accelerating it;
i. Fixed-gear bicycles (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a fixie) are not permitted. This is a bicycle that has no freewheel, meaning it cannot coast — the pedals are always in motion when the bicycle is moving;
j. Handlebar ends must be plugged, tubular tires securely glued, headsets tight and wheels true;
k. There must be an operational brake on each wheel;
l. Forward facing brake levers are illegal on all bicycles. This applies to brake levers on standard curved handlebars, cow horn and aero bar mounted brake levers.
* To see the diagrams, please go to the TA Race Competition Rules by CLICKING HERE. The diagrams are on page 10.
NAME YOUR BICYCLE
OK, maybe I’m the only one who gives their bike a name. Maybe we all should.
Here’s a “How to” guide to get you started. Going by this guide, mine would be called Colonel Winning Ride. (But she prefers to be called Agnes).
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
· Nepean Triathlon
25 & 26 October 2014. Australia’s oldest triathlon. 1km/30km/10km (plus enticer event). http://nepeantriathlon.com/
“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity”. - Louis Pasteur
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