CLUB RACE REPORT
By Michael Dougherty
Strong numbers, yachts in the harbour, a Volvo parked in the transition area and cold water were the features of the latest club race on Sunday. As competitors got themselves race ready, the sight of the Volvo parked near the tent had a few thinking the lucky draw prizes had taken on a new meaning. However as we all know, if you want a real car you would go see long term club sponsor Todd Blewitt at Mike Blewitt Ford and get a decent vehicle. How cold was the water? Well by the look of a few male competitors wearing budgy smugglers, rather chilly, not that anyone was looking. Still, over 110 competitors lined up for our last full race of the season.
Lisa Alford, Cliff Lloyd, Al Scotford and former club champ Josh Doak all made welcome returns to club racing with Lisa in particular posting a slick time. Interesting to see how everyone places in each leg. Jon Waites, Jo Lawler, Caron Mackie and Marg Roberts are great examples of consistent racing, while Steel Beveridge takes out the ultimate prize with the exact same placings in all three legs. The beauty of our sport is the challenge to master all three legs and as they say “if it was easy everyone would be doing it”.
Our final race for the year is the annual teams’ race. Please take note of the sign-on details in this newsletter. Hope everyone can make it down for the last event of 2015. Nearly got through this report without mentioning Richard Pearson, who incidentally was first all in all three legs. Well done Richard.
CHRISTMAS PARTY REPORT
By Kristy Ylinen
Thank you to all 85 of you that came to our Christmas party!
The feedback has been extremely positive. The food was fabulous, the beer was cold, the company was amazing and Ben Francis got our toes tapping. Ingredients for a wonderful afternoon!
The Boxes...well what can I say. We wanted to give a few lucky door prizes but felt it necessary to add just a little bit of mystery.
‘Velocipede’ was won by Michelle McFadyen. David Leckenby took home ‘Mind over Matter’. Bella Bowes chose ‘Therapy’ and Michael McFarlane claimed the ‘SOS’ box. I take no responsibility for any injuries received on opening the ‘box’! This includes splinters. Sanding was particularly challenging with my broken finger ;)
Each box was made possible by the generosity of the following businesses: Woodseys Wheels, Bob Wallace Cycles, Ventoux Cycles, Hair at the Promenade, Peter Woods Jet Ski Hire, Coffs Coast Physio, Café Splash, Azzas Lawn Mowing, Coffs War Memorial Pool and Fine Form Precast Solutions.
Karen and I would like to thank the rest of the committee for their help on the night and also preceding the event. Anything that Karen and I tabled was welcomed by the committee. We were given a generous budget and creative freedom. I have been involved in clubs before but none that give back to their members like this. I feel extremely grateful for having this opportunity to be a part of this Committee.
I will continue run to even when getting attacked by kangaroos. I will continue to ride even if I seem to be a magnet for extremely cranky magpies and I will continue to overcome my tremendous fear of open water because I love being a part of this club.
My season has had a particularly slow start and I am looking forward to racing with you all in the New Year.
Can’t wait for our next party at Forster on May 16, 2015. Put your name on the list and get ready for another cracking night out together!
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a spectacular New Year!
Editor’s Note: A massive thanks to Kristy & Karen for organising our end of year bash and make it such a huge hit! Also be sure to check out the photo album on our Facebook page.
The next club race (21 December) is the annual running of the Coffs Tri Teams Triathlon. This year we are doing things a little differently so it’s important that all members note the following important points:
1. The event is only open to club members - so if you haven’t signed up as yet what better excuse!
2. There will be two categories this year depending on whether you have a known handicap for our standard course. Division 1 (for those with a known race handicap) will follow the format of previous years. Division 2 will be a non-timed race so we can be more flexible about forming the teams.
3. We would like everyone intending to race to nominate online. You just need to enter your name and division preference so it will only take a minute.
Please nominate here: http://www.coffstri.com/teams-race-entry.html
4. Everyone will need to be registered on the day by 6:20am, so please try to be there a bit earlier than usual. Once the teams have been allocated (at 6:25am), it will not be possible for anyone else to join the race.
What is the Teams Race?
First and foremost it’s an event with an emphasis on fun, and a great way to get to know some of the other members in your club. Here’s how it works:
Division 1 (timed)
Everyone in the race is placed in a two person team, each taking turn about to complete 3 of the 6 legs. The format is swim - swim - bike - bike - run - run, so everyone gets to do a full triathlon in the regular order - but you get a break in between each leg while your partner works hard to improve your position :).
How are teams allocated? The goal is to have the teams as even as possible, so your handicap will largely determine who you are paired up with (high handicaps matched with low handicaps). The team matching is done by the computer once all the entries are in, and each team is then allocated a handicap based on the aggregate of the two members. In previous years, the range of team handicaps is generally no more than 4 minutes, so the wave starts are very close.
Although you will have an idea of the handicap you will be matched with, there is no way of knowing who your partner will be until the teams are announced - and this is all part of the fun. You will then have about 10 minutes to get to know your team mate and share tactics before one of you has to start.
Division 2 (non-timed)
The Div 2 format is very similar, except there is no handicapping so we have a lot more freedom when it comes to forming teams. The handicapper will organise the div 2 teams on race morning, but competitors can choose their own partner if desired. The individual leg distances are not much longer than the short course (450m swim, 12km cycle, 3km run), therefore short course competitors should have no trouble completing the distance.
The day is a celebration of all things great about our club. The more people we get in this race, the more fun it will be - so please come and join in. There will also be a BBQ, the presentation of our Junior Scholarship award winner and a visit from the big round fellow (no, not Clive Palmer) Santa Claus. Hope to see all you there.
CLUB CHAMPS - 16th - 17th May 2015
It sounds a long way off - but believe me it is creeping up very fast. There is a lot to organise with such an event so big (& so successful). So far we have over 60 members who have put down their name for the weekend. And there are a few newer members who have absolutely no clue what we keep rabbiting on about. So for those who want to find out some more about the weekend please read the info sheet (as well as chat to your fellow tri club members).
If you are interested in coming please fill in your details at the next club race (folder is with Marty on the timing desk) or send an email to Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And just like the Christmas Party there will be some great rewards for those who get in early with their accommodation payments! (hint hint)
From Sarah Rose
It is with great sadness that I write to inform the club that my family and I are leaving Coffs Harbour and moving to Perth. It is not for forever but at least 2-3years. I wanted to take this chance to say how much this wonderful club has done for me since moving to Coffs 9 years ago. When I first came to Coffs the last time I was on a push bike was when I was chasing my brother to the corner shops. Two very special friends (club members) took me out on a hybrid bike and I felt 12yrs old again. I was hooked. Running was something I always did but swimming, well anyone who knows me will attest it’s not my strong suit, or any suit for that matter! I’m from Canada so swimming was never on the radar, let alone those large animals that live in there!! YIKES
I never would have thought that I would be putting all three together in some crazy race called triathlons. When I first joined the club I didn’t know how to swim( I could breast stroke but it wasn’t pretty) so I started as a duathelete; watching the swimmers start the race, and then the time came that I had to buck up the courage to get out into that water. So swim squad was where I went (thank you Andrew Rowlings), starting in the wine and cheese lane and only going halfway down the lane, eventually I improved. I started club races with the short swim and long other legs until finally my first full length club tri in my second year as a member. I have since done 4 Olympic distances! I now bike ride regularly with a group of besties, for whom no words can describe the support they give, swim for enjoyment (most of the time) and run with a smile on my face down the jetty as I look back at that view and always pinch myself.
Before Coffs Tri Club I was a different person, the group of collective souls that make up this remarkable club is next to none. They are so encouraging, funny, competitive, tall, short, young, old, from buggy smugglers to pro suits we make up the best mix around.
Thank you for the many years of support, encouragement and strength! I’ll take it with me where ever I go.
Footnote: Sarah has kindly donated funds for this next year’s club champs that will be used for free entries (details to follow). Now that’s CLUB SPIRIT!!
Emma Sutton is selling her 2010 Malvern Star Oppy C6. It’s Australian designed, size (S) 53-54”. It’s only had 1 owner, is a great bike in great condition, and would suit a male or female. It is an unexpected sell due to a Prize Upgrade (thanks Village Sports)! The bike has Shimano Ultegra running gear, T2+ tri Bars, Topeak Comp 150 computer, Selle italia X2 lady Seat, Ksyrium equip wheels with Grand Prix 4000s tyres. Asking $1000. Contact Emma Sutton at email@example.com or phone 0416 266 841.
ONES FOR THE CALENDAR
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