The Aquathlon took place on Sunday 20th March and saw some fierce competition!
The enthusiasm of those racing was great to see, many new to multisport events. The event had been balanced with a longer 500m swim, rather than 400m, common to this type of event. This was to ensure the runners didn't get it all their own way and keep the swimmers in contention. This worked well but with a tough uphill first half of the 5km run, the runners had their opportunity to take control.
In the end, the seasoned triathletes were hard to beat, with impressive displays by the male and female winners, Lewis Andrews of Salisbury Tri and Sam Wilson from the Army Triathlon Association. Both performed well, showing good early season form, a good sign for their future races.
The veterans and juniors showed that age is no barrier to racing well, with some great times recorded.
Full results here.
Shaun and Baz visited Naomi House to give lectures on nutrition and structuring a training programme to runners who are entered into Reading Half Marathon and the London Marathon this year. Those present were all running to raise funds for Naomi House and jacksplace children's hospice. They also received a running technique session and all athletes left with renewed enthusiasm. See the article here for more details on the day and the hospice.
It was great to meet a wide variety of you at TCR. Everyone was very friendly and it justs served to remind us why we we love the sport so much! Hope to see many more of you over the coming season, whether on a Tri-Alps training camp (see 'Coaching Products' page for details) or at an event.
The team have been busy this Spring with providing training camps for the Army, riding abroad and even getting some training of our own in!
After supporting the Army Triathlon Association on 2 weekend camps and 1 novice training camp, Shaun then departed to northern France with his nephew Simon, an accomplished Iron Man, for the Paris-Roubaix Sportive on 9th April, followed by watching the professionals do it properly the next day! Although the 86 mile ride was slightly watered down from the originally advertised event, the 15 cobbled sectors still offered a serious challenge. Simon had to limp through several sectors with a broken spoke, not ideal, but the pair still completed the course successfully. See the pictures on the Gallery page, some good shots of top British riders Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas conducting a wheel swap in the notorious Arenberg forest.
It was a busy weekend for our athletes at various races and Shaun even got in on the action.
The two Sams were at the European Championships in Spain with the GB team and both had great races; Sam Wilson even took Gold in her Age Group - amazing result! Results can be found here.
On domestic duty we had a 4th place at the Bradford-on-Avon standard distance and Shaun had a solid race at the new Cotswold 113 (results for both events can be found here). The Cotswold 113 is a very well run event with smooth, efficient organisation, well marshalled and friendly. The route is flat and fast and for a comparatively low entry fee compared to the rediculous prices of the big corporate organisers now, this is a must do race.
Claire and Shaun have just returned from North Wales where they delivered a bespoke cycling camp for a small team of riders who are entered into a number of mass participation events this year, including the legendary Etape du Tour.
The camp ran over a long weekend and saw the guys improve their cycling skills, take in some quality rides in the mountains and gain in confidence. The guys were treated like athletes for the weekend, allowing them to concentrate on their riding and then relaxing in between.
The camp received very positive feedback, so if you think this is something your group or club may be interested in, get in touch!
Claire is once again proud to be representing Guyana on the international scene and Shaun is also travelling, this time as Team Manager. The National team will consist of Claire as a lone female, plus Scott Savory and Geron Williams for the men. Claire and Geron will race the TT and Road Race while Scott is racing on the track and in the Road Race. The level of competition will be extremely high as the championships act as selection for the Pan Am Games in Mexico in October, as well as Olympic Qualification. More information is available here.
The Guyana National Cycling Team travelled from the USA and UK with the plan to arrive late on Friday 29th April and get to business on Saturday. However, the 2 riders coming from Miami were diverted via Peru due to the storms in the USA, and arrived late afternoon Saturday, less their bikes and bags! With similar bad luck, Shaun and Claire arrived late Friday night, minus 3 bikes, which had been left in Madrid!
This put training plans back until the issue could be resolved, which it finally was on Monday afternoon. Well almost, 1 bag was till missing! Scott Savory was entered into the Scratch Race on Sunday and with the kind help of the Colombian team, borrowed a bike for the event. It wasn't ideal, but at least he got to ride. See the press release here.
The time trials took place on 6th May 11 at an altitude of 2000m, on a rolling course. The men completed 2 laps totalling 40km and the women did 1 lap. With Pan Am and Olympic Games qualification up for grabs, the top countries sent strong teams, leading to some incredible times. Guyana had no men riding, with both riders saving themselves for the 170km road race on 8th May. Claire rode the 20km course with Shaun encouraging her from the team car! Just like Delhi, she set a new PB and is able to measure her improvement against other riders she has now raced 2 or 3 times. She is closing the gap and hopes to gain a slot at this year's World Championships in Denmark. Women's results here.
Claire and Shaun spent a good week and a half in the Alps; Claire trained well and Shaun tapered down to and then completed the challenging Alpe d'Huez Triathlon on 27th July. The race was made more difficult by the poor weather conditions which held off for the 2.2km swim but then took a hold on the 115km bike and 22km run. The descents on the bike were made treacherous by the rain and the final climb up Alpe d'Huez was extremely tough. The run at altitude was hard and Shaun struggled to get into a rhythm even though his legs were willing!
An overall time of 7hrs 49mins was as good as could be hoped for under testing conditons. A hard race but highly recommended on your list of 'must do' races.
21 October 2010 - Claire and Shaun in Delhi
Claire rode the 29km Time Trial on the Noida Express Highway on 13th October, her second and final event in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Once again, the top quality field was always going to be difficult to compete with, but a PB in terms of average speed in hot, windy conditions was as good as she could have done! A great ride against the best in the world, and even World TT Champ Emma Pooley struggled against the head wind on the return leg. Overall, the Delhi experience was incredible and has inspired her to work even harder for next year. Read about the amazing Delhi experience here.
To see the article from the CAC Sports Games in Puerto Rico, click here.
With the cycling connection in Guyana Shaun and Claire travelled down to Georgetown to meet up with the other 65 riders, both local and foreign who had made the journey to compete in the Tour of Guyana. This is a 5 stage race which covers much of the northern coastal area of the country, raced on mostly flat, fast roads in tropical sunshine.
Shaun took to the start line but Claire followed the race in a team vehicle, a rare reversal of roles! Shaun was going well and was sat at 18th on GC going into stage 4. Then disaster struck when he collided with a parked car and was too injured to continue, but luckily no broken bones. The first aid on hand and the subsequent hospital visit ensured all the bumps, bruises and road rash were checked out and cleaned up. He will return next year to complete the event and look for a high placing.