COMMONWEALTH GAMES PREVIEW
It’s an armchair athlete’s dream at the moment. Le Tour is coming to its climax, the ITU circuit is delivering some brilliant viewing, the northern hemisphere long distance triathlons are in full swing and now the Glasgow Commonwealth Games are about to dominate our viewing pleasures.
The Australian CG Triathlon team is made up of some well-known names, especially among the females – Emma Moffatt, Emma Jackson & Ashleigh Gentle have all earned their stripes in several of these high profile events. The males are less well known – Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie and Dan Wilson are emerging as strong triathletes and names to look out for. Royle has his eyes on the Brownlee brothers and is looking to end their dominance (along with Javier Gomez) in the ITU circuit. He is definitely one to watch at the Commonwealth Games to see what results he can produce with Gomez out of the picture and just the Brownlees to contend with. But he might have to look out for South Africa’s Richard Murray first.
The women’s race will be very exciting with UK’s Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins both out of the picture due to injuries. Australia will be looking for Moffatt, Jackson & Gentle to deliver an all-Australian podium. But I’m curious to see what the rest of the Commonwealth will deliver. The Canadians should never be underestimated.
So settle in to watch, or set your recorder of choice, for Thursday 24th July at 11am (8pm AEST) for the women’s race and Thursday 24th July at 3pm (12:00am AEST). Both races are promising to be exciting and close.
We wish all our Glasgow Commonwealth Games competitors all the best for their races.
CHTC RACE CALENDAR & REGISTRATION
If you’re wanting to plan the season ahead, the CHTC 2014-2015 race calendar is now available on our website. Go to http://www.coffstri.com/events--results.html to see what’s in store for the season. Our first race is on 21 September. Getting excited already!
Membership for season 2014/15 is now open at www.trinsw.org.au. It is time to commit to another season of racing, and look forward to those potential PB’s on the club course.
As was the case last season you will join both CHTC and TRINSW at the same time. Also you will need to select a duty and a duty date before completing the process. When you pay your Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club membership, this includes your social membership for the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.
Please note that during the upcoming season there will be NO REGISTRATIONS ON THE DAY OF A CLUB RACE. ALL REGISTRATIONS, WHETHER THEY BE FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP OR ONE DAY MEMBERSHIP, MUST BE DONE ONLINE 24 HOURS BEFORE A RACE. This process will streamline our race days, as with increasing numbers of participants it is imperative we get underway on time each event.
One of the oldest & most heavily spectator-dense iron distance triathlons in the world, Challenge Roth once again delivered a spectacular race from beginning to end. This year was the 30th anniversary of the race and the celebrations helped to take the festival to a new level.
Mirinda Carfrae once again showed that she is a force to be reckoned with in her first hit out at the Roth course, and entered the record books with a killer run split. Her 2:53:27 run is the second fastest for a female on the course and her overall time of 8:38:53 is the fourth fastest female overall. Carfrae closed a gap of more than 5 minutes to chase down Rachel Joyce, Caroline Steffen and Yvonne van Vlerken and take the win.
In the men’s race, Germany’s Timo Bracht took a decisive win in 7:56:00 in his home country, overtaking his countryman Nils Frommhold 12km before the finish line. Both were spurred on by the enthusiastic cheers of the crowd who thronged the entire course and overran this otherwise quiet Bavarian town.
Australia’s Joe Gambles placed 4th in the men’s race in 8:10:10 which is a great result for this 70.3 specialist. He is looking to become a contender in the iron distance races and vying for a podium finish in Kona in October.
And seriously, these crowds are full on. Check out this picture from the bike course in 2013. Umm…did someone say personal space?
RULE OF THE WEEK
This is a great reference tool to understand how penalties are applied.
Appendix B: EXAMPLES OF YELLOW AND RED CARD
Common examples of yellow and red card infringements are listed below. This list is intended as a guide only and is not exclusive. Note that the same infringement may attract different penalties, depending on the competitive environment the context of the event, and the severity of the offence.
Please note: Two or more yellow cards may result in disqualification. A red card may also result in disqualification.
These rules are applicable across the entire course.
Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with hills. Some people just can’t get enough of them and are always seeking out bigger and loftier hills to tackle.
In Australia, we are fairly limited with just how high we can go, with our tallest mountain only reaching 2228m elevation. For skyrunners, that’s just the starting point! Check out this elevation profile for the Dolomites Sky Race in Italy. Ouch.
Starting at 1450m elevation, it climbs 1750m in 10k to reach 3152m. (Just as a reference point, Dorrigo Mountain is 756m elevation). When you hit the top, you then have to regroup those aching quads and test the knees for a 12km descent. And you have a maximum of 4hrs 15mins in which to do the whole 22km. And yes, trekking poles are permitted. You can check out the route by Google Virtual Tour at http://dolomiteskyrace.com/pagina.asp?pid=236&l=2.
And if this really sounds like your thing, there is a whole world of Skyrunning out there for you. http://skyrunning.com/ has details of all the races throughout the world.
If you’re really up for a challenge, try your hand (or legs!) at Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer race as part of the Run the Rut skyrunning event in Montana, USA. This race claims to be the “hardest 2.5 mile run you will ever know”. And they use the term “run” very loosely. Runners begin just above the Big Sky Resort at an elevation of 7,886 ft (2400m). It is ALL uphill from there, gaining 3,280 ft (approximately 1km), to the lofty summit of Lone Peak at 11,166 ft (3400m) in altitude. Makes me want to cry. Have a look at http://runtherut.com/.
Makes Mt Coramba looks like a hiccup.
Peter Roberts has a wetsuit for sale. It is a men’s 2XU T:2 size XL. It was purchased on eBay and didn't fit. See the photos below. He is asking $95.00. Contact details 0428 537 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Parkhill has a 54 cm Cannondale bike with Zipp 404 carbon wheels that he would like to sell. It has Shimano 105 running gear and a new chain and rear cassette. He says it is an awesome bike. Asking price is $1200. See photo below. Contact Kris on 0437 303 955.
Dan Stein also has a couple of bike to sell. One is a 2009 Specialised Transition Comp TT bike for $600 and the other is a 2010 Scott Contessa CR1 Pro carbon road bike (women’s specific design) for $750. See attached flyer for more details. Contact Dan at email@example.com.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
“My Mama always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that’s what my running was all about.” – Forest Gump
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