COFFS CYCLE CHALLENGE
About 850 cyclists turned out on Sunday for the annual Coffs Cycle Challenge in what were some pretty ordinary conditions. It was cold, windy and wet at times, but all were happy to be there to take on their various distances.
The male winner of the 100km ride, Daniel Alcock, completed the course in 2:39:33. The female winner came in at 2:53:15.
CHTC was well represented, with some members completing the 100km for the first time. For a few, this was the first time they had ridden so far in one go. Congratulations to everyone who made that milestone, and also to everyone who participated in the event.
All results can be viewed at http://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/Home/QuickResults?clientId=1&raceId=1104.
A big thank you to organising committee for putting on this event, which just gets bigger and better every year.
COFFS HARBOUR RUNNING FESTIVAL
As if a local event with Steve Moneghetti as a regular isn’t enough, Coffs Harbour Running Festival has now attracted another international class runner to the event.
Lara Tamsett was not able to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games due to injury. So, naturally she chose to race the Coffs Running Festival instead! Race organisers Village Sports are very excited to have Lara and her partner Tim Rowe in the race, so that we local athletes can test ourselves against these two elite athletes.
Lara has represented Australia on 12 occasions including six World Cross Country championships and last year’s World Track and Field Championships in Moscow. Tim is the 2009 Oceania Cross Country Champion and has represented Australia three times. His 10km PB is 28.03, and he has placed very highly in a number of top Australian road races including the City to Surf and the Gold Coast and Launceston 10km runs. Tim will be running the half marathon.
Numbers are limited for entries, so get register quickly to test your mettle against these two elite athletes on Sunday 7th September. Events include Half Marathon, 10km, 5km and 3km events on the beautiful Coffs Creek Walkway.
Enter now at www.villagesports.com.au.
TRIATHLON DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND
Triathlon Australia and North Coast Academy of Sport will be hosting a development weekend for young triathletes between the ages of 12 – 19. The 2 day camp will be held in Lennox Head on the weekend 16 & 17 August 2014.
The weekend will be conducted by Professional Level 3 Triathlon Coach and ex-pro triathlete Grant Giles. This will be a fantastic opportunity for juniors wanting to step up to the next level in triathlon.
The cost is $120 and covers the 2-day camp activities only. Accommodation is NOT included.
For more information please see the attached flyer. Any questions can also be directed to our club coaches Andrew Rowlings on 0434 718 274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Phil Benoit on 0418 635 153 or email email@example.com.
BIKES V TRUCK IN URUNGA
Safety is always a priority when training. This is especially important when out training on our bikes. While there has been a step up in the campaign to encourage sharing the road and courtesy on the parts of both cyclists and drivers, there are always the occasional incidents.
This was brought home recently to Craig Allen who wrote to tell us of the following incident involving a truck near the bypass roadworks in Urunga.
“Just might want to make people aware of the roadworks at Urunga and the agro with the heavy vehicles. Lots of rumblings at the moment with the road workers really giving the bikes a hard time.
On Friday, Debbie and I hit the pavement pretty hard when a truck cut us off at the intersection of Shortcut Road and Pacific Highway, stuck his finger up at us and drove off. I was narrowly missed by a campervan and Deb was pretty injured with a gash in her knee that needed stitching up. We called the police who said that they would not attend and to just report it on Monday, even though I told them it was a hit-and-run with a heavy vehicle in a fatality black spot. Go figure. I guess being an ex-copper I hooked in and ended up identifying the driver who is being dealt with by the company. Fortunately witnesses took off after the truck and got his details and we just got the word out locally and then ended up finding the driver that way.
I guess the message is be really, really careful, and don't rely on the police to help.
I have sent correspondence to the police Commissioners office about it.
The local media contacted me and told me it was a common story about the roadworks trucks and with the police not doing much.
Taking up lawn bowls.
We hope Craig & Deb are OK. And please everyone remember, be careful and ride defensively.
RUN DOWN UNDER FREE TRIAL
Some of our members have been diligently logging their kilometres with the Run Down Under virtual fun run to see how far they can get around Australia in one year. So far the CHTC has run a combined 3748.34, with the Ellie Luhr having run the furthest at 957km. She has now made it to somewhere between Forster and Tweed Heads. The overall race leader has run an amazing 5544.21km and is somewhere between Kununurra and Broome!
The race organisers, Corporate Challenge, are offering a free trial to anyone interested in seeing how it all works. To take advantage of this offer, take the following steps:
1. Head to www.rundownunder.com.au
2. Click on Members Log in and Register Now.
3. Fill in the details to create your personal account.....remember your username and password.
4. Activate your account via the link that will be sent to you.
5. Once activated - Log in to the members area using the username and password you set up.
6. Join (pay for membership) and do all that is required. Use the voucher code FREEJOIN (case sensitive) so you don’t actually have to pay. This membership will remain valid until August 30th.
7. Start uploading runs or walks from August 1st. All information on how to do so can be found on the site.
If you have any questions, just contact Travis Ireland, Director of Corporate Challenge on 0416 102 926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RULE OF THE WEEK
More on drafting. People often forget that drafting off a vehicle is also against the rules.
Rule 3.10 - Vehicle Draft Zone
a. For all events, the vehicle draft zone is a rectangle 35 metres long by 5 metres wide that surrounds every vehicle on the bicycle course (Diagram 5). The centre of the front edge of the vehicle defines the centre of the leading 5 metres edge of the rectangle.
b. The driver of any race participation vehicle is responsible to ensure that this zone is not overlapped by the draft zone of a competitor.
What do you do when you’re building a new running track and senior party officials decide they want to see it? Well, you finish it as quickly as possible. Even if that means making it a rectangular track instead of curved because it’s quicker to paint!
That’s what happened recently in China. Opinion is divided as to whether the track is an asset or an abomination.
Check it out for yourself HERE.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
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