The Alex Scott Triathlon series will take place starting December this year .
First Race Anderson Inlet Triathlon Sunday 10th December at Inverloch .
Second Race Dune2Dune Triathlons at Cape Paterson Sunday 31st December .
Third Race Twilight Triathlon Saturday 24th February at Inverloch .
You can follow that with the Keeping Kids on Track Fun Run at Kilcunda of 4th March .
Don’t forget the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge on 12th November .
The weekend of 2nd and 3rd December will see several of the clubs athletes in events around the country with the in form Damien King , Gav Slavin and others competing in the Bussleton Ironman . Wayne Davey and Rick Whitehouse will take the East Gippsland multipsort event at Lakes Entrance in their ongoing preparation for next years Coast2Coast event in New Zealand.
Following the end of the triathlon series members have been involved in various other events . The secretary continues with his penchant for off road multisport events and conned the vice president into competing at the adventurethon held by adventure junkies at Lysterfield . Their pre race preparation consisted of a paddle in a rather large fishing kayak in a howling gale on Lysterfield Lake , moving backwards with the wind faster than they can paddle and a quick ride round the mtb tracks . The adventure races are little different to triathlon in that you have to navigate and there is no marked course . After deciding go right on the paddle leg the Barracuda team had an early lead among those that took that route but soon lost ground due to Gav’s paddle being round the wrong way . The next leg was basically a run around the Lake which saw the Barracudas gain ground and be up with leading female teams . Now Rick knew that these girls could navigate and suggested that they should stick with them on the MTB leg . So that was the plan and it appeared to be working .. until Gav dropped the map . The Barracudas arrived at the midway point of the mtb in time to do the extra optional checkpoints of the trekking leg . Some of these optional checkpoint were very difficult to find and should have been worth more than the 20 minutes allotted for them . Trekking with another male team they were able to combine forces and find all the checkpoints . Losing touch with the other team on the MTB to the finish resulted in a significant navigational error which had the Barracudas unnecessarily climbing a very signifcant hill. Once back on course the rest was relatively straightforward although the last checkpoint was in a drain which you had to crawl into. On finishing we they were met with comments of “what happened to you guys you get lost or something . The Barracudas finished 14 th in the all male category , and were one of only 17 out of 72 competitors to get all checkpoints -> Website -> Results
Rick and Wayne took on the dirty duathlon at the You Yangs . The race consisted of a 4 km trail run followed by an 18 km mtb and concluding with a 4 km run . The pair did well in their first attempt at this discipline . It was noted the Wayne , using platforms rather than clip ins on the bike went past Rick in transition . Wayne was seen out on the MTB course readjusting his race number which was on a race belt that Rick had given him to use that morning ! The tracks on that portion of the You Yangs a very beginner friendly for those wanting to have a go, there being 2 more races in the series the next on July 3 . Website Results
For those looking for training options , remember Inverloch Park Run on Saturday mornings or those looking to race on the bike join Gav , Brett et al at Leongatha Cycling Club
If you’re looking for a running group look up the Wonthaggi Road Runners on facebook . No doubt in the near future there will be an announcement on the AGM and presentation night .
Several of the Barracudas have been active in 70.3 races across the country with three qualifying for the next World 70.3 championships which will take place in September in Mooloolaba . Jenny Merrick continues on her whirlwind tour of triathlon , smashing the recent Busselton 70.3 . Jenny won the 65-69 age group with a time just over 6 hours in 6:16 , with a swim of 41:52 , bike 3:07:14 , and a 2:18:38.32 half marathon – go Jen – > Jen’s results .
After taking out the Gatorade series in his age group yet again Phil Hanley has won his age group at the Port Macquarie 70.3 comprehensively in a time just over 5 hours . Swim 00:35:18 Bike 02:37:16 Run 01:45:11 Total 05:01:50.
Brett Franklin was 14th overall at Port Macquarie 70.3 , and 5th in his age group with one of the fastest bike times of the day . Swim 00:35:10 Bike 02:18:51 Run 01:24:58 Overall 04:22:39.
BE CAREFUL out there on your bike especially on the wet road during the winter . The club president was unfortunate enough to recently come down on a corner is laid up with a fractured femur . Get well soon Cam .
The Wings of Life run will take place tomorrow night on the Monash Freeway at 9 pm . It is a unique run starting in 34 locations across the world simultaneously . The finish line comes from behind in the form of a catcher car which starts at a speed of 15km/hr after the runners and gradually increases pace . The event is raising money for research into spinal cord injury . To make a donation head over to -> Rick’s Page.
The secretary and vice president ( Gav and Rick ) are breaking ranks and taking on the adventure race at Lysterfield on 15th May. The event is a team of 2 with navigational challenges and kayak, mountain bike and run segments . The exact course is kept secret until race day . Gav and Rick were seen somewhere kayaking in last Tuesday’s hurricane . The winners usually take around 3 hours – the adventure racers call this a sprint! -> Website
There will be a wrap up volunteers party for all our events at the Archies Creek Hall next Saturday with several bands playing . Funds raised will go to relay for life .-> Party and Event Info
A record field of 89 starters hit the water for the 2016 Esplanade Hotel Twilight Triathlon . With a light to moderate southwest wind blowing and a a slack low tide conditions were perfect for racing . After swim of 600m there was a 500m run back to transition. Jake Templar was first to hit T1 followed closely by Monty Frankish. The bike course was 12 1/2 km into the headwind to Cape Paterson with a fast trip back home. Sam Beveridge took the lead out on the bike with Brett Franklin hot on his tail both posting bike times under 38 minutes with Brett 1 second outside of a record bike split. Sam arrived at T2 with a 20 second lead over Brett which he extended by almost half a minute on the run . Brett was second with Monty Frankish a further minute back in 3rd .
In the women’s field Molly Irvine was first to T1 with Alice Baquie and Hilary Meyer close behind. Molly soon pulled well clear on the bike with Hilary edging past Alice near the turnaround. Molly remained well ahead finishing almost 3 minutes ahead. Alice Baquie seemed to fly on the run , with a run split of under 20 minutes to come in second with Hilary in 3rd.
In the teams it was the Barker Kids finishing well ahead of the Barracuda combination the Cameo Crusaders . The Inverloch Park Run combo Tag You’re it were first in the all girls section.
Presentations were held in the Esplanade Hotel after the race .
The club would like to thank the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club , the Coastal Crewzers and all volunteers on the day and bike sponsor Wheelheat . Full results with splits are available from the following link at Tomato Timing ->