The week before (and the reason Ampleforth felt like a walk in the park), Dex and I completed Windsor Duathlon. The organisers were unlucky in that heavy rain the night before had turned the transition area into a quagmire, and proceedings kicked off an hour late due to inept parking marshalling. Being part of the age group duathlon qualification, we were in the midst of serious athletes, with what I thought was a harsh cut-off of 3.5 hours. Windsor Great Park is indeed iconic, but this was somewhat lost on me with a hill start for the 10K run (I felt like an old pit pony), a wallow in deep mud to exit transition followed by the same hill start into a challenging 4 circuit 40K bike ride with a few slow pulls and a couple of cheeky inclines. Mercifully, […]
Driving over to Clitheroe early on Sunday morning the car vdu was showing an outside temperature of -1C! The fresh snow on the hill tops on the road to Burnley made me wonder what it was going to be like at the summit of the infamous Jeffery Hill. The only club members brave enough or daft enough to tackle a triathlon with a 27% hill on the bike leg were Simon Fox and Graham Plews. Simon and Graham both set off after 11am bye which time the temperature had warmed up nicely. Simon had a slightly later swim start so was chasing Graham for 11 minutes…would he catch him? After the 400m swim Simon had already taken a minute out of his club mate and adversary. The hilly and technical 30Km bike leg turned this deficit around giving Graham […]
Intrepid CTC members Fiona Christian & Andy Lynex recently travelled to Tasmania, along with their bikes. The plan was initially to enjoy some early season long rides to try and get into some sort of shape after a winter of mostly turbo training in the UK.
Midway into their holiday, cycling in the beautiful Freycinet National Park, they came across an advert highlighting a local triathlon taking place on their last day in the area, the Coles Bay Triathlon – such a coincidence! There was a middle distance and a sprint….so they opted for the sprint, Fiona defends her decision saying, ‘we had no kit, we hadn’t been out riding more than 60km all winter and it was 30 degrees heat’.
They managed to register just one hour before registrations closed […]
We had a strong attendance for the Annual Race Debate review which was held at the Hare and Hounds on 5th February. It seems that many members have already confirmed their racing plans for 2016 and whilst our two Elite ‘Age Groupers’ Graham Plews and Sarah May are coming back from injury, we are well represented in a variety of races for 2016.
Going ‘long’ in 2016 are Carl Dawson who is doing the Outlaw in July and Stuart Blagborough who following his successes previously in Mexico and Bolton (a man of contrasts!) is undertaking the Lakesman in July.
Our international representation is also strong with Simon & Caroline Fox heading to Norway for the Ironman 70.3 course and our very own Legend, Colin Brooke will be completing the Alpe d’Huez in July.
There is a sizeable group who will be doing the Leeds WTS course on the 12th June. This one is […]
We are meeting at the Hare & Hounds in Hebden Bridge Old Town at 7pm on Friday 5th February. You are welcome to join us if you’d like to hear what events members are doing this year and to share war stories and recommendations from other members. Watch this space to find out what races everyone is committed to for 2016.
To all CTC members Saturday Rides We would like to make the Saturday rides more interesting and inclusive. From February the first ride each month will be a ‘social ride’ and will be at a speed, distance and route that is suitable for beginners and less strong riders. We will also restart the ‘away-days’ which proved to very popular in the past. Depending on races, holidays etc we will aim to have ‘away-day’ ride on the third Saturday of each month. We will aim to keep the drive distance as short as possible but sufficient to take us to new roads to ride. The rides will be longer than the usual Saturday morning rides. Please feel free to volunteer to organise any of these rides. Chris Lees and Colin Brooke have already offered to arrange rides from their home locations. Provisional schedule as follows: 06-Feb 20-Feb 05-Mar 19-Mar […]