TECHNICAL OFFICIAL COURSE
By Ian Nash
Ever received a penalty at a big race and not really sure why? Ever wanted to have more involvement in our sport and didn’t quite know what else to do? Ever thought that you really should know the rules of Triathlon better? Ever wanted to wear a bright green vest and watch the race close up, from the back of a motorbike? Or…..have you had enough of going to Triathlons to watch your other half compete, but felt you could be more involved in the sport?
Then…..We have the answer to your questions.
CHTC and TriNSW have organised a Level 1 Technical Official (T.O.) course to be conducted in Coffs Harbour on the evening of Friday 13th June and we would love for you to come along and be accredited, helping to further develop our sport in Northern NSW.
There is a small amount of online pre-work to be completed prior to the course and the accreditation will take approximately 3hrs on the night. After completing this component of the course, there will be a Field Of Play (FOP) assessment, which will be completed at a major event next season.
If you are interested, please contact Ian Nash on firstname.lastname@example.org with your details by no later than Sunday 8th June, so we can add your name to the growing list of interested people. We will confirm the exact time and place as soon as we have final numbers.
PS Don’t forget that a TO gets 10 points at Club Champs and we came second by 3 points….Just saying!
RULE OF THE WEEK
Still on the theme of penalties, this rule covers the duration of time penalties. But if you do the TO course in June, then you’ll know all about it! The rest of us can read the rules at http://www.triathlon.org.au/Technical/Race_Competition_Rules.htm.
Rule 6 - PENALTIES
6.6 Duration of Time Penalty
The duration of the penalty will vary according to the segment of the race in which the infringement occurs.
Bicycle Distance Time Penalty for Bicycle Course Infringements
≤40 km 3 minutes
>40.1 km 5 minutes
For the Swim and Run segments (and also aquathlons) the Technical Delegate and/or Race Referee should discuss with the Race Director as to whether a time penalty should apply in these segments. If a time penalty is to apply it will be 3 minutes.
JUST A FEW THINGS TO NOTE
Don’t forget about the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club Inc Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 4th June at 7:00pm. The venue will be downstairs at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.
All positions on the committee will be vacated. If anyone is interested in taking up a position or nominating another club member for a position, you can email Margaret Gill (Secretary) prior to that date. Send them to email@example.com.
The Holy Grail of Iron distance triathlon was held in Port Macquarie on the weekend. Ironman Australia, now in its 29th year, attracted 8 male and 7 female pros to the start line, along with around 1700 age groupers.
It was a very cold start to the day, with the pre-dawn temperature hovering around the 9 degrees mark. A few spots of rain threatened to make things more challenging but didn’t come through with the goods. The main weather challenge was the cold, blustery wind which provided good tailwinds in one direction, but were brutal in the other. The wind became stronger towards the afternoon and provided no relief for those still out on the course. Even parts of the run course were made more difficult with the wind trying to blow the competitors off their feet in strong, channelled gusts.
The introduction of a rolling swim start, as opposed to the mass start, proved generally popular amongst competitors and allowed for a more calm start to the day’s racing. A new one-lap swim course which included an obstacle in the form of a weir also made things interesting. Competitors were required to get to their feet after about 1.7km of swimming, and then again on the return leg at 2.5km. Some deft footwork was required to get from the swimming position to standing and scrambling over the weir and back to swimming. And then they had to do it again!
The pro women’s race was the most interesting on the day, with a battle being waged between Ironman first-timer Mel Hauschildt and the ever-consistent Lisa Marangon. Hauschildt made up an 8:31 deficit to come from behind and win the women’s race in 9:28:43. Marangon came in at 9:30:49.
As for the men, all eyes were initially on Luke Bell who came in from the bike with a strong lead and looking like no-one could beat him. After about 15km on the run he had a lead of 13min on the next competitor. However, a persistent knee injury forced him to withdraw and enabled Canadian Elliot Holtham to take out the race with a convincing lead over his fellow pro competitors. Holtham won in 8:35:17 with Australian Paul Ambrose not long after in 8:37:46.
The age groupers battled hard against the elements to complete the race and many smashed their PBs. Several age group category winners beat the pros home. There was a small representation from CHTC. Congratulations to all who competed on the weekend. It was a tough race in tough conditions. And we can’t wait to do it all again next year for the 30th anniversary of Ironman Australia. Full results can be viewed online by CLICKING HERE.
CLUB PRESENTATION & GALA EVENING
Only 11 more sleeps until the night of nights! There are still some tickets available, so get in quick before it sells out. The evening promises to be HUGE!!! There’s Crowie, there’s the Cliffys, there’s awkward dancing by people who are much more graceful on a triathlon course. What more could you ask for? All the details you need are below.
Still craving the thrill of the chase, the number at the end of an effort and the burn of a race? There are, of course, many running events to enter over the winter season. But if you also crave the camaraderie and friendly competition of a club environment, then how about joining Coffs Harbour Cycle Club?
The Cycle Club has all sorts of racing over the winter – road, MTB & track. It’s a great opportunity to work on your bike skills and prepare for events such as the COFFS COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE. Not to mention the 2014/15 tri season (which is only 4 months away!!!).
You can check out the Cycle Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coffsharbourcycleclubCHCC or on their website at http://www.coffsharbourcycleclub.org.au.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
Macleay River Marathon
8th June 2014 starting at Trial Bay, South West Rocks. Plenty of time to start training for the Marathon 42.2 km, Half Marathon 21.1 km, 10 km Run, 5 km Enticer Run, 2 km Run / Walk (6 - 10 years old.), or Treasure Hunt (3 - 5 years old.)
“'No pain, no gain' does not mean that pain systematically equals gain. It's easy to go hard. It's hard to go smart”. - Erwan Le Corre
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