May 2016 Newsletter

From the Committee

May is an important month for the club with the better weather and it sees the first of our club organised open public race on Sunday 15th May. We consistently receive high praise from participants and British Triathlon for the quality of the race, and look forward to seeing many of you there as either participant or marshal.

Also during May are the Hertfordshire Club Sprint championships taking place at Stanborough on May 29th (the bank holiday weekend). Last year Tri-Force was just pipped by Hoddesden Tri, so revenge will be sweet ….. BUT, at the present time we only have 9 entrants from the club (last year we had over 30!!) Do not be put off by thinking you will not be able to score points, the points system is such that everyone has a chance of scoring for the club and perhaps more importantly, stopping other clubs from getting a winning score. You can still enter the race here:

It was also good to see so many participants at the first club duathlon of the season and our internal club race, the Where triathlon. Congratulations to all participants, especially the first-timers. The weather was outstanding over the weekend: full race results will be found on the website:

However as you may have seen on the forum / Facebook, there was a serious accident involving Stuart Clark at the club duathlon. Thankfully Stuart, although still in hospital, is making good progress and the overall prognosis for a full recovery is good, although it is likely to take time. Thanks particularly to Kevin Payne who accompanied Stuart to hospital, and to the other participants and timekeepers who stopped to help and ensured that their cars were not towed away or fined. It is worth repeating, that we need to keep an eye out for each other when competing in these events.

Finally, and with the end of winter (hopefully), spinning and circuits have now finished until September …. Thanks to Chris, Angela, Sarah and Lottie for the entertaining, interesting & yes, let’s face it, sometimes painful sessions; as they say, “if it doesn’t hurt, you’re not trying hard enough”.

Happy racing, stay safe, and look out for each other out there
The Committee

Race Results

Please don’t forget to post on the forum which races you have entered and your result. Alternatively email them to  and they will then be published in a future newsletter.

  • 24 April: London Marathon: Claire Kremer 3:11:31, Dawn Burr 3:43:21, Katie Hill 3:56:26
  • 1 May: Milton Keynes Marathon: Paul Adams 2:38:09 (third overall), Graeme McTait 4:01:44
  • 8th May – Where Sprint Tri: Dani Pruett 1:21:38, Pam Duncan 1:24:58. Matt Lamden 1:02:53, Gary Kellet 1:08:25, Graeme Mctait 1:10:48, Michael Cloke 1:11:25, Mick Trotman 1:11:30, Kevin Dean 1:11:34, Roland Beaton 1:12:20, Stephen Honey 1:12:21, Kevin Payne 1:13:54, Sean Jennings 1:18:11.
  • 8th May:  Tour de Essex Sportive (113 mile): Geoff Morgan 7:51:15
  • 8th May – Grafham Water (Standard distance) Paul Hewett 2:09:23
Upcoming Races / Club Events
15th May – HSV Tri
15th May – Club Ride (After marshalling the HSV)
15th May – Chiltern 100 Sportive
21st May – Transition Run/Bike Training
22nd May – Grafman Middle Distance
22nd May – Marshman Half-Iron22/05/16
29th May – Herts Triathlon Club Sprint Championships
29th May – Outlaw HalfThere may well be other events that people have entered. If so, please update the post on the forum so your club mates can look out & shout for you.
For a change I have included a couple of recipes below for portable snacks that are good to stick in a back pocket to keep you going during rides / races. I find that many events just offer sweet sugary stuff at feed stops and the rice cakes in particular, I find a nice change.Bacon Rice Cakes
Adapted from the Feedzone Cookbook by Biju Thomas and Allen Lim. This is an American book hence the measurements being in “cups”.
2 cups uncooked sticky rice (I use Thai rice from Sainsburys)
3 cups water
4 rashers bacon
4 eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Brown sugar
Salt and grated parmesan or other hard Italian cheese (optional

  1. Combine rice & water in a rice cooker or pan, and cook.
  2. Chop up the bacon before frying, then fry. When crispy drain off the fat & soak up excess with paper towels
  3. Beat the eggs & then scramble on a high heat or in a microwave. Don’t worry about overcooking.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice, bacon and scrambled eggs. Add soy sauce, salt and sugar to taste. After mixing, press into a square baking tray to about 1 ½” thickness.
  5. Leave to chill and cool and then cut and wrap individual cakes. I wrap in tinfoil rather than clingfilm.

I find that these only keep for about a week in the fridge, but they rarely last that long!

Date Brownies
Taken from Hannah Grant’s Grand Tour cookbook. Hannah is currently Consultant Chef at Team Dimension Data and was previously the Head Chef for the Tinkoff-Saxo pro bike team.
165g soft dates, pitted
120g toasted hazelnuts
Juice and zest of 1 orange
50g cocoa powder
1 pinch salt

  1. Blend dates to a puree
  2. Add hazelnuts, juice and zest, cocoa powder and salt. Mix together.
  3. Press into a tin and cool for an hour in the fridge before cutting into cubes / squares.

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