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European Sprint Duathlon Championships 2016

This was a big race for me as this is my first year in the 45-49 age group and I was hoping for a good result after finishing 15 in 2015 and 11 in 2014 at the European Championships.

On Thursday 14th April afternoon, I road-tripped to Kalkar in Germany for the European Age Group Duathlon Championships. After crossing 5 countries and wasted one hour around Antwerp due to traffic jams, I arrived just on time for dinner with WaldenTRI member Matt Baindbridge.

Kalkar is a small unassuming town on the border of Holland and Germany. It is notorious for its nuclear reactor - built in the 1970s but, as a result of ongoing protests and political wrangling right through to the 1990s, never actually brought online. It cost in excess of $4 billion dollars. In 1995 it was sold on for around $3 million to become a theme park called Wunderland, complete with rollercoaster and rides built into the old cooling tower. Where else would you hold an International Duathlon? A very weird place for a race. The whole facility wouldn't have been out of place in an episode of Scooby-Do, it appeared tired and rather desolate.

European Age Group Duathlon Championships

On Friday morning, Matt and I familiarised ourselves with the 2.5km run course (of which there would be 2 laps on the first run and 1 lap on the second) putting out a handful of fast efforts. Then we rode the 10km bike route (which would be tackled 2 times). It was a smooth pancake flat out-and-back route, with a single roundabout, one 90 degree turn and a dead turnaround at the far end. The bike course was totally suited to TT specialists.

Race day came and my start time was 18:30. That is comfortably the latest I have ever raced so difficult to plan the day. We racked our bikes in the indoor transition area which was fantastic, well organised and efficient, as you would expect from the Germans. Weather forecast was sunny spells, scattered showers and wind. Temperature was about 12°C.

I made sure I had a good starting position at the front (for the photo J). And we were Go! Spot number 543.

European Age Group Duathlon Championships

The pack went out of the blocks hard and I tried to stay ahead of the pack for the first 1km which twisted and turned through the park. I glanced at my watch – pace was 5.30 per mile which was my target. Then we hit a long open, windy stretch across a dyke and it was imperative to find some shelter from other athletes. I stayed behind an athlete from a younger age-group who was slightly faster than me at Bedford this year and entered into T1 in 3rd position after 17:54, 16 sec behind a British competitor and 14 sec behind an Irish competitor.

My first transition was very smooth with the best time of my the age-group and I overtook Mr Irish when exiting T1. On the bike, I negotiated the technical site exit and put the power down on the open road. I was pleased to see Mr British come back almost immediately and disappear behind. I was now leading the race!!! I knew some strong cyclists would catch me at some point but I had a feeling I was now in contention for the medals. The first TT specialist (his 10M PB is 19:17!) passed me like a bullet on lap 1 after the turn around at the far end. I kept working hard to ensure other cyclists could not close the gap and to stay in 2nd position. Towards the end of lap 2, despite all my efforts, 2 strong cyclists passed me on a headwind section. Arghh, I am now in 4th position. My bike leg came in at 30:33 (average speed over 23.5mph) the 4th fastest of my age group.

So, another transition later – again the best time of my age group, 50 secs which was 5 secs better than the 2nd T2 time. After winning some precious seconds, I exited T2 about 30 meters behind Mr Belgium and closed the gap very quickly. Back in the top 3. I could see the competitor in 2nd position about 100 meters ahead and I tried to pick up the pace. I closed steadily to around 20 seconds by midway through the lap. Unfortunately, thanks to the turnaround he knew I'm coming and increased his own effort to hold me off on the return stretch. A final sprint to finish in 3rd position (I think – provisional result), 16 secs behind the silver medallist. We congratulated one another - for what we are not sure. No-one was able to confirm our placings. But I am very pleased with my race and my first ever sub one hour time for a sprint distance.

European Age Group Duathlon Championships

Then it was a very long wait for the final results to be confirmed by the officials and ETU. I went back to the hotel, had a shower and then dinner. Plenty time to reflect on the race with Matt. Finally, I went back to the main hall at 9.30pm for the prize ceremony and was relieved to hear about my 3rd place from our Team GB manager.

European Age Group Duathlon Championships

A very good performance from Matt Bainbridge who finished 9th in the 30-34 age group!

European Age Group Duathlon Championships

The next “Rendez-vous” is now the World Duathlon Championships taking place in Aviles (Spain) on 5th June. Three WaldenTRI members are qualified for this event: Georgina Dunlop, Matt Bainbridge and myself.

British Triathlon Awards Night 2015

On Saturday 14th November 2015 the annual British Triathlon Awards Dinner took place at The Chessington World of Adventures Resort. The event is to celebrate triathlon throughout Great Britain and Home Nations; acknowledging achievements of age-group and elite competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers and event organisers, who have succeeded in their personal triathlon challenge in 2015.

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Local paratriathlete, George Peasgood, had been shortlisted for the 2015 British Triathlon Male Paratriathlete of the Year, along with fellow paratriathletes Andy Lewis and Ryan Taylor. Members of the British Triathlon Federation were able to vote for whom they thought was worthy of the award. George was elated to be the recipient of the award. 

George has had an excellent race season, which began in March with a race in East London, South Africa, where he finished in second place, bringing home a silver medal. In May George won his first triathlon at The National Paratriathlon Championships, held in Llanelli, South Wales. He went on to win a further silver medal two weeks later, at another of the World Series races, held on home soil, in Hyde Park, London. 

In July the squad travelled to Geneva for the European Championships. Unfortunately George suffered heat stress and so finished in 9th position in exceptional heat. Two weeks later George was lucky to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Paralympic Test Event, where he finished in a very commendable 6th place. Two weeks further on George travelled to Detroit , where , with a beautiful backdrop, he achieved his third silver medal of the season. 

Unfortunately George had a serious fall from his bike during training 10 days before his last race of the season, the World Championships, in Chicago. Despite suffering a haematoma to his thigh, a minor whiplash, road rash and soft tissue injuries to his shoulder, George managed to finish in 9th position. 

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Winter training is now underway, preparing for next season and working towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.

WaldenJNR wins mob match against Cambridge Tri

We are delighted to confirm that WaldenJNR won the mob match against Cambridge Tri by a score of 537 to 617, with the lowest score winning. We now trail Cambridge 4-2, but having won the last two we can be confident of closing the gap further. Next year the Mob Match will be based on results at the Rob McLean triathlon so they will have home advantage for the first time.

WaldenJNR win mob match against Cambridge Tri

Rob McLean saw another wet day of racing but that did not dampen the spirits as we set up our base camp near the finish line. We had some great performances from everyone, including some interesting warm up routines with hide & seek and twister games! Ross Broomfield came out of T1 did a great flying mount and then his chain came off. A quick fix and keeping calm under pressure he set off like the clappers and despite his hiccup he got the fastest time on the bike for his age group. Just shows never give up and he came second overall. More podiums followed:

  • first places for James Fraser (TriStar 2), Helena Dyce (TriStar 3);
  • 2nd Alex Astbury (TriStart) Jake Latham (TriStar 1), Jack Stanton-Stock (TriStar 3), Ross Broomfield (Youth):
  • 3rd for Annie Donker & Edward Ormsby (TriStart), Angharad Evans (TriStar 2)
WaldenJNR win mob match against Cambridge Tri

We are now eagerly waiting for the IRC team to be confirmed but with strong performances from the team we are hopeful that a couple more JNRs will be joining Helena and James in the team.

2015 Buffalo City, South Africa, ITU World Paratriathlon Event

On Sunday 1st March, local triathlete and WaldenTRI member, George Peasgood took part in the first round of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, in Buffalo City, South Africa. The race consisted of a 750m open water swim with a beach start into the Indian Ocean, where the water temperature was 16'C, followed by a 2 lap, 20km bike and finally a 2 lap 5km run along the beachfront.

George, one of six members of the GB Paratriathlon squad participating there, was competing in the hotly contested PT4 class, whose athletes have either a below elbow or below knee impairment. This inaugural event in the eleven race series, set the scene for this important year, as countries compete to gain places for the 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.

Following George's move to Loughborough to study Sports Science, where the Paratriathlon squad are based, he has put in considerable effort in his training and this was reflected in him posting the fastest swim split of the day, of any category in 12: 35. This enabled him to maintain the lead right through the bike section, with him only being passed during the run, which is his weakest discipline of the three. George finished second in his category, bringing home a silver medal

George Peasgood in the first round of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, in Buffalo City, South Africa

WaldenTRI’s Merry Men battle at The Evil Sheriff, 2014 TE National Cross Duathlon Championships

At 43 years old, seven (4 + 3) seems to be my number… After racing on-road in October (see WTtransition Issue 403) and finishing 7th at the British Age-Group Standard (on-road) Duathlon Championships on 12th October, I was curious to see if I could translate that fitness and form with the mud.

Saturday 7th November saw the 2014 Triathlon England Cross Duathlon Championships held at Sherwood Pines, Nottingham, as part of the One Step Beyond organised Evil Sheriff Off Road Duathlon. It was a fantastic event, attracting well over 300 athletes to a challenging, fair and very well marked course in the beautiful Sherwood Forest. The event was a combination of two cross country runs (5 and 3km) and Mountain Bike (2 laps of 10km).

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