RACE REPORT – KINLOCH (Lake Taupo – New Zealand) TRIATHLON –  12th February 2017 – By Graham Plews.

Living in the southern hemisphere for the UK winter means I get to race before anyone else! I did the Kinloch Olympic Distance Triathlon yesterday so this should be the first CTC race report for 2017. Kinloch is a lovely small town on a beautiful inlet on the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo less than two drive from our house in Cambridge. The event included a number of races over different distances but the main races were Sprint and OD distances both on the same course. Rhonda and I camped in our little campervan on site at the Kinloch Marina and we were blessed with perfect weather for the entire weekend. Our friends, Martin and Justine, who also winter in New Zealand were also camping but had driven up from Mapua near Nelson on the south island as Martin wanted to qualify to represent NZ in the world sprint champs in Rotterdam. The sprint race was also the national championships…if you have NZ residency that is!

My race was the first to get underway at the unearthly time of 6.50 so a very early start was required to fuel up on the usual porridge. I’m sure Paul would have done the whole thing on a ‘ bullet-proof’ coffee but I’m lacking the discipline to achieve the necessary fat adaption! The air temperature at this time in the morning was quite bracing and somewhat unusually it felt warmer in the water than out. I only managed 32.19 mins for the 1500m swim but was what I expected since my second shoulder operation was only six months ago. I really enjoyed the swim but the real fun started when I leapt astride the bike and set of in pursuit of the faster (most of the field!) swimmers.


The bike route was perfect for me and consisted of two very hilly laps. I averaged18.8mph with a time of 1.18.24 for the 40Km despite the hills and moved way up the field by the end of my favourite leg.


Sadly, my running is not what it used to be due to on-going issues with my footand lost a few places to people I’d caught on the bike but still managed to dip under 50min for the 10Km with a run split of 49.44.

This was my first race in my new age-group and won it by 23mins! I’d prefer that more people were able (or want) to race in my age category but you can only race who’s there I guess.

Next Race – Maraetai Beach Triathlon in two weeks’ time.

Other ‘Plews Family’ news – Dan won all age-groups at the NZ 70.3 IM a few weeks back in Taupo then did a PB Half IM at Tauranger 3.55.22 a few weeks later racing elite in the National Champs. His next race is the NZ IM first weekend in March.

See you all at the end of March!

Results:  Run 32:19  T1:  1:45   Bike: 1:18:24    T2:  1:36   Run: 49:44   Total  2:43:46