February 2017 Newsletter

From the Committee

The club AGM takes place this coming Friday, March 3rd starting at 8pm in The Goat, Sopwell Lane, St. Albans. It would be good to see as many members there as possible, both old and new, to reminisce on the season past, look forward to the coming season, to vote in the new Chair and committee and generally socialise with your club mates

Couple of other reminders and announcements;

  • Annual memberships are coming due and can be paid via the ATW website.
  • Club Kit: Watch out for a post on the forum about a new club kit order to be started after the AGM. It’s a great chance to buy some new kit, in club colours, that will really help you be noticed at your races.
  • Early shout for marshals at the HSV race on May 7th. The HSV events are our biggest source of income and we cannot run these events without volunteer marshals from within the club. It is an “expectation” of membership that members marshal at least one event per year. Please put the date in your diary and contact Dawn Burr to offer your services as soon as you can.

Finally, stay safe out there and see you at the AGM.

The Committee


Winter trainingWith the race season already starting for some of us, there’s still time to build up your core & base endurance by joining the weekly spin and circuits sessions.Spinning sessions are on a Tuesday evening starting at 19:45, and circuits are on a Wednesday evening starting at 20:15, both at Fitness First in St Albans. Free parking in Christopher Place.

Don’t worry if you can’t come to every session as you work within your own level of fitness and flexibility, or lack of it!

New MembersA warm welcome to new members Paul Coffin and Barry McMahon who joined the club in the last month.

Race Results

Respect is due to Gary Kellet whose race result was omitted from last month. Gary raced in the Stanwick Lakes Half Marathon on 27 Nov, finishing 5th overall but more importantly was first Santa. Photo below for proof. Other results from this month are:

  • 5 Feb – Watford Half Marathon: Oliver Smith 01:28:24
  • 12 Feb – Love Welwyn 10k: Sarah Potter 00:45:55, Carol Reid 00:55:05, Pam Duncan 00:57:19,Jenna Pickering 01:06:38
  • 19 Feb – Windsor Duathlon Series Event 2 Standard Distance: Karen Murphy 02:17:34 (1st female)
  • 26 Feb – Ashridge Duathlon Series Race 1 Standard: James Charlton 02:34:29 (1st in AG, 10th overall), Chris Brown 02:39:53, Nick Clarke 02:52:55, Steve Jack 03:42:40
  • 26 Feb – Ashridge Duathlon Series Race 1 Sprint: Mark Taplin 01:17:49 (1st AG, 7th overall), Rebecca Pritchard 01:27:24 (1st AG). Roland Beton 01:28:31 (5th AG), Dani Pruett 01:41:27 (2nd AG), Kate Baker 01:55:48 (4th AG)
  • 26 Feb – Ashridge Duathlon Series Race 1 Super Sprint: Eleanor Standen 00:49:30 (1stAG), Julie O’Keefe 01:11:46 (2nd AG)

Don’t forget to submit your race report on the forum to be included in the club annual competition.

If there are any other results that have been inadvertently missed, please send an email to triforceraceresults@gmail.com so they can be included in a future newsletter.

Race of the Month

The Super League of Triathlon was announced last month. This series will run from October 2017 until March 2018 in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East regions, with the inaugural event taking place later this month on Hamilton Island, Australia. There are five unique race formats, each comprising a 300m swim, 6km bike and 2km run. The three-day event (17-19 March), due to be televised on Eurosport, will showcase the Triple Mix (17th), Equalizer (18th) and Eliminator (19th) formats.

The format of the races are as follows:
Triple Mix: Three rounds with a 10 minute break between each round, run in the sequence; round 1 – swim, bike, run. Round 2 – run, bike, swim. Round 3 – bike, swim, run. Rounds 2 & 3 start as a controlled rolling start based on the finish time from the previous round. Fastest cumulative time wins.
Equaliser: a two part race, comprising a cycling time trial with part two being a pursuit type continuous swim- run – swim – bike – run sequence. The start time of part two being the time difference from part 1.
Eliminator: three rounds of swim – bike – run with a 10 minute break that starts when the winner crosses the line with the top 15 finishers from round 1 progressing and the top 10 from round 2 progressing to round 3.
The potential prize money should ensure a top quality field, it should be exciting.

Not to be Missed
I am sure many of you will have heard of Graeme Obree – the Scottish cyclist from the early 90’s who twice broke the world pursuit record and the world hour record on a home built bike that included parts from his washing machine. The film, “The Flying Scotsman” recorded many of the challenges and travails he faced at that time.There was a more recent film, released last year, called “Battle Mountain” that documented his attempt to break the world land speed record for a human powered vehicle (HPV) in 2013. This film was shown on the BBC in February and is still available on iPlayer, but only until March 9th. It’s only an hour and well worth it.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08c70vf/battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story

Upcoming Races
James has created a spreadsheet on which we can add the races we are participating in for this year. Anyone can add lines for races they are aware of or are racing. A great way to find out if there are any other Tri-Force members at your races. The link can be found on the forum or the Facebook page.

  • 5 Mar – Berkhamsted Half Marathon
  • 12 Mar – Ware’s Cambridge Sportive
  • 18 Mar – Windsor & Eton Half Marathon
  • 19 Mar – Windsor Duathlon Series Race 3, Welwyn Half Marathon
  • 26 Mar – Ashridge Duathlon Race 2
  • 2 April – Lee Valley Run Fest
  • 9 Apr – Chilly Triathlon
  • 15 Apr – Windsor Duathlon Series Race 4
  • 23 Apr – Duston Triathlon, London marathon
  • 30 Apr – Ashridge Duathlon Race 3

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