As it is the end of the season, now is a good time to start getting some long steady miles on the bike. This might be of interest to some of you….
“Wilier’s South Downs 100 Sportive is a fantastic 100mile road sportive along the very best road and climbs the South Downs has to offer. The course sweeps through the quiet country roads of the south downs taking in some challenging hills and breathtaking views. The event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities with options of a 70mile standard and 40m fun route.”
For more details go to the UK Cycling Events page
The results for Littledown have been posted and the points awarded. As this was the final points race I can now announce that Mike has won the club series so well done to him. Although, some might say that Tom did exceptionally well and managed a 100% win rate. I think everyone did very well and I look forward to next years ‘Series’ with a twist. I’ll keep you posted.
There was also a race on the Isle of Wight which some of us competed in. I will post these results soon. If you took part could you send me and e-mail so that I don’t leave you off the results.
Also, if anybody has any photos from the event and would like them put in the gallery please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more thing…..welcome home to all the people home from Austrailia. We all look forward to hearing all about it!
The results are here! Everyone did very well seeing as they travelled the furthest of anybody there. I’ve been told that Dan suffered a crash during the bike and hurt his arm. Due to this he struggled with the run and did not manage the usual Dan Bailey sprint. I’m sure he’ll tell us all about it when he returns.
I did manage to stay up and see quite a bit of the LIVE video on the website. I think I managed to see Mary on her run. What do you think? I’m pretty sure it’s her.
Prior to the big event of this weekend, two members of the team also entered the World Aquathlon (run, swim, run) Championships which took place today.
I am waiting for official news from the team but looking at the results, I can confirm the following;
Andrew Soppitt: 45 – 49 Age Group :- 14th place overall and 3rd Brit – results.
Dan Bailey: 16-19 Age Group :- 17th place overall and 3rd Brit – results.
These are amazing results, especially as the guys will be saving themselves for the big one this weekend, and as we know, both Andrew and Dan are dead quick on a bike!
Watch this space for more news.
I’m going to try and report on all the Sunday rides so that people have a better idea of what goes on. Hopefully this should encourage more people to join in!
Todays ride was led by Brian and Gareth. Before the ride Brian explained the calls made between riders whilst on the road. This helps to keep things safe and running smoothly. He also explained how to ride in a group or ‘Chain gang’.
The ride started from Westgate as usual and headed towards Funtington and then Compton before climbing up and over Harting hill and into South Harting. From there we followed the B2146 to Petersfield. Next stop was East Meon where we climbed Butser Hill. Everybody managed to climb without stopping so well done to everybody! After a short stop to get our breath back we descended into Clanfield and then onto Horndean. A short climb later and the Rowland’s Castle Cafe was very close indeed. The usual sign race then proceeded much to everyone elses amusment and then finally we could all sit down and enjoy a Coffee and slab slice of cake.
With the 2009 World Championship squad out in Australia representing GB it comes with no surprise that the success continues.
Andrew Soppitt has qualified to represent GB at the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Athlone, Ireland in 2010. Even struggling to remove his wetsuit and slipping on wet grass during the run, Andrew qualified 8 seconds behind 1st place in his age group to finish 2nd. Dan Bailey has also qualified for the Standard distance championships as he is defending his Silver Medal!
2010 will prove as busy as 2009 as the members try to qualify for the next world championships in Budapest, Hungary.
I found these useful videos on the ITU website. The ITU ‘is’ Triathlon. The International Triathlon Union governs triathlon all over the world. This website is full of useful information and is shortly going to be upgraded with a new look.
View the videos here
The nutrition section is very useful for people who train as well as a full time job.