Category Archives: Standard Distance Tri

Arundel Triathlon

Well done to Jon Roodhouse on his race at this year's Arundel tri . The event is set in the South Downs National Park and is a qualifier for the 2017 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon. Unlike many other triathlons, the swim for this race is down-river, making an interesting change from a pool or sea swim.

Full details and results available here.

Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Cat
Jon Roodhouse 23:52 1:12:48 46:37 2:25:26 241 35

Liverpool Triathlon

This age group qualifier is a standard distance event in Liverpool City Centre on closed roads with a swim in the Albert Dock.

The water was warm with the largest volume of jellyfish I have ever seen, but they seemed reasonably benign. A fast but fairly windy bike leg was dry for my age group, but wet for some of the later waves so I grateful for that. The run was a fast flat out and back course around the Royal Liver Building and sea front so good for tracking progress against competitors.

It was exceptionally well organized and I would recommend this event for those wanting a big race event.

I noticed Susie Wood on the start list but unfortunately didn’t see her on the day. She seemed to have a great race based on the results.

Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Age
Dave Cracknell 28:20 1:06:55 45:12 2:26:58 236 20
Susie Wood 30:47 1:15:08 50:40 2:43:33 419 6

Full results and website available here.

Bournemouth International Triathlon

The Bournemouth Tri has both Sprint and Standard Distance options. Both have OW swims near the pier (750m/1500m) and then out and back rides (22.2km/38.6km) and out and back coastal road runs (5km/10km).  Helen and Jason took part in the Standard Distance event.

Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Cat
Jason Lloyd-King 14:04 1:11:54 56:07 2:23:53 94 30
Helen Turner 18:34 1:16:36 1:03:24 2:42:10 122 4

Race information available here.

Full results available here.

Deva Triathlon

deva-triathlon-blue 14th June 2015                                                     Report by Alex Woodmason

DEVA Standard Distance National Triathlon Championships: 1.5km, 40km, 10km.

The Deva Triathlon, held in the beautiful Roman city of Chester, was my first experience of a large national event that attracted top competitors from around the country. There were close to 1300 competitors, many of which seemed to be wearing GBR tri-suits!

Although I was the only Trilogicaler there racing, I had travelled up with a couple of friends from a Birmingham based tri club. We arrived on the Saturday afternoon, parked up and headed into the busy registration area. The organisation was great, and before long we were investigating our well loaded competitor packs, checking out the river and transition area. We had also booked onto a coach tour of the bike route, which proved to be a great help for the following day. After the tour, it was back to registration for our pasta party and race tips. The pasta was good, but we couldn’t really hear the tips. However, I think the main message was just to go as fast as you can, for as long as you can!

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Race Day: The Swim …

The River Dee was 14 degrees and brown. That said, even at 8:15am it felt quite pleasant. With 180 people in my group the start line was quite busy, so as soon as the gun went, I pushed forwards to escape the crowds.   The fit of the new Snugg suit was great, and definitely helped me to a time of 19:40 in the water, which put me in 8th position.   A quick jog along the red carpet, past the cheering crowds and tv crews took me to transition – that all seemed quite different to the Cornwall series events!  Transition wasn’t great. Shall I wear socks; shall I wear a top; shall I have a drink?   Far too much faffing and time lost before I decided to just get on with it!

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The bike…

The bike course was undulating, with a few hills, enough to get you out of the saddle. It started with closed roads in Chester, and then headed out into Wales for 15km, and back to Chester. Apparently, there are not many triathlons that go through two countries, so we were told. I held my place well up until the 10km mark, when I started to here the whirring sounds of full disc wheels behind, and powerful cyclists in my wave started to pass. I was passed by about ten cyclists over the bike course, but passed three others in my group. By the end of the bike I was still in the top 20 position, which was my aim.   This transition was better; bike racked and out pretty quickly, with my nice new Brooks shoes on!

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The run …

Three laps of two miles; mentally that’s good – a run 2 miles three times is manageable! Scenically, it’s a great run. Along the riverside and loop back around, over the foot-bridge, past the finish, over the other bridge and back along the river path again.   A little bit of knee pain from an injury was holding my run pace back, so I lost more places during this section, which was a shame as I dropped to 35th in my group. Still, I managed a 42 min time, with a 6.52 min mile pace which was ok.

Overall, I was happy with my finish time and look forward to beating it next year. For anyone keen on doing the event next year, you can see this year’s race on Channel 4, 18th July.

Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Cat
Alex Woodmason 20:22 1:08:31 42:14 2:13:48 212 35

Race information available here.

Full results available here.

Bristol Harbourside Triathlon

bristollogoReport by Jon Roodhouse                                         SUNDAY, 14TH JUNE 2015

This year three members of Tri-Logic took part in the Bristol Harbourside Triathlon. Kathryn Osborne and I in the Standard distance event and Mike Wright in the Sprint. The event is very well organised, incredibly friendly and I would recommend it to all of you. It’s definitely worth doing and also not that far from Cornwall. I can’t speak for the others but I really enjoyed myself even with some of the issues I had. The following is a report on how my race panned out.

Swim

The swim takes place in the Cumberland Basin, part of Bristol's historic Harbour and adjacent to the Brunel Lock and for the Standard distance it was a two lap affair.

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The only way that I can describe the start is like a rugby scrum in water. It took a good 300m or so to even think about trying to swim properly and on turning at one of the buoys on the first lap I was kicked in the face and nearly lost my goggles (it’s a good job the strap was under my swim cap otherwise they would have gone). At that point I couldn't see anything and in the resultant flap I somehow managed to swim into the harbour wall. Once I put the goggles back in place and I got back into the swimming the rest of lap 1 was fine. On the second lap I suffered from open water radar malfunction and this led to me having a number of taps from the support boats telling me to change direction. Useless!!!! I don’t know how much time I lost but as my swimming has been quite strong recently and after looking at my time I think it was a fair bit. Anyway, happy to be out of the water I headed on to the bike.

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Bike

The bike routes for both distances take place on closed roads, under the shadow of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The bike route is principally flat with a slight upward gradient on part of the way out which was also into a slight headwind. On a positive note this meant slightly down hill on the way back with the wind behind you. There were also a couple of technical turns for good measure.

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For my race this was a four lap course and the closed roads presented a great opportunity to stay on the aero-bars for extended periods and I hoped that this would mean a quick time. On lap one I saw Kathryn who was in the swim wave before me and then set about chasing her down. Eventually on my lap three, Kathryn’s final lap I caught and passed her. It was great to have a target to aim for. I said before the start that I would be happy with my bike split if I averaged above 20mph and with an average of 20.9mph I did just that. So I can’t complain about the bike. After a smooth transition I then went off onto the run.

Run

The 10k run was out and back on the River Avon tow path. For the first 2k I felt like I had someone else’s legs but after I got into my running things weren’t too bad. It was so nice to see Chrissie Wellington out on course cheering on the competitors and when she shouted at me to ‘keep pushing you’re doing a good job’ I had no choice other than to try and do just that. I had hoped to run close to 7.20 pace and get near 45 minutes but I just couldn’t find the speed, not even with the encouragement of a living triathlon legend.

Overall

This was a great experience and I will probably be heading back next year in an attempt to beat my time. Well done to Mike and Kathryn.

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Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Cat
Jon Roodhouse 28:31 1:11:54 47:44 2:32:55 79 39
Kathryn Osborne 27:30 1:26:40 1:02:25 3:01:29 245 2

Standard Distance results available here.

Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Total
GC
Cat
Mike Wright 22:20  46:20  38:14  1:57:38 170 20

Sprint Distance results available here.