The World Cross Triathlon is the ITU’s version of off-road triathlon along the same lines as the X-terra brand of racing with a 1500m swim, a 30k or thereabouts mountain bike and a 10k trail run. The 2016 incarnation was to be held at Lake Crackenback in the Snowy Mountains, NSW. The first time it has visited the Southern Hemisphere. Balmoral Triathlon Club was represented by myself (Michael Taylor) racing for Australia, Alan Burton racing for Ireland, Vince Lauwerier racing for France and Mathias Kienholz racing for Switzerland.
Sport can be fickle. One minute things can be going great and the next they can be upside down. Three and a half weeks out from my second trip to Kona and the Ironman World Championships I was in the best shape of my life and everything was on track.
As well as the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii, there is also the
off-road triathlon champs - Xterra World Champs in Maui. This year
marked 20 years of Xterra and this one turned out to be the most
challenging yet. The distances are 1500m rough water swim, 32km
mountain bike, 10k trail run.
Results for the first club race sponsored by Betar Lawyers
Thanks to Pace Athletic for sponsoring another great run time trial, see your results here.
It may have been a bit grey and choppy but the first swim time trial was still a huge success! Thanks to First National Cremorne for sponsoring the time trial and providing some awesome prizes. Thanks also to Chris from Energy Link for making sure we were warmed up properly and ready to give the time trial our best shot. Thanks to Josh, Jodie and Chris for timing and setting up!
BTC will be proudly represented by a big contingent of athletes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held on the Sunshine Coast on September 4. This race marks the start of the tri season in Australia and will be very hotly contested with over 3,000 athletes from around the world flocking to the sunshine state. We thought we'd check in and hear from our athletes who have trained through winter to be in tip top form for this weekend on what their training strategies have been and how they plan on getting up that famous hill on the new bike course. Good luck team BTC!
Now that the cold weather has arrived, those that did Ironman Australia have had a good 6 weeks to recover and the Club prize giving has been and gone it got me thinking about the off season and what it means to most athletes. The above saying “Summer Races are won with Winter Training” couldn’t be any closer to the truth. However it’s also a time of year that is easy to let slide by without making any meaningful gains and it’s easy to just go through the motions and train for the sake of it. The key to a productive off season is to set yourself some goals so you have some clarity and purpose to what you are trying to achieve. It also makes getting out of bed on cold mornings a lot easier!
How lucky were we with the weather on Saturday Afternoon, the rain held off and we managed to get a few games of bowls in. It was great to see so many of our members join us for our annual awards party, we tried something a bit different this year, a more informal, family oriented afternoon so we hope you all enjoyed it. We certainly had a lot more people attend this year compared to previous years, and it was great to see all the kids enjoying themselves.
Thanks to all our members that took the time to vote and provide the committee with comments on our new Scody Kit. We had a great response, so thank you all.
More than 70% of respondents preferred the Dark Grey base to the White, and Design A (seen below) won over Design B.
At the moment we are anticipating the tri kits will be available in Mens & Womens and in a sleeved one piece, sleeveless one piece and sleeveless two piece (as seen below).
The team have also selected a new cycle kit for the club which will also be available to order via Scody. We are anticipating this design will be available men and women's and both bibs and regular knicks.
Next steps for the committee are to get a sample of the design (just to do a last check) and also sample sizing sent to us (not necessarily in our design) in preparation for people to try on before ordering online.
We anticipate the order being open in July for 2-3 weeks with a view to having the kit at the start of the season (sept), once we have a clearer indication of dates we will update you all via newsletter/FB.
This year we are doing something different for our end of Season Awards Party ! Find out more and register
BTC has a new Partner Peak Altitude Training in the City, offering great benefits to our Members. Peak Altitude Training is a studio located in the heart of Sydney CBD which specialise in hypoxic (low oxygen), high altitude training. The State of the Art facility simulates optimal training levels of altitude (2500m – 4000m) aimed to stimulate and promote physiological adaptations on a cellular level.
The club's young guns have been going from strength to strength in recent years, we have a great contingent of juniors and young people in our club that are performing to really high standards in our sport and showing great dedication to our club and the triathlon community.
For this reason, we have decided to expand our Youth Scholarship for the 2016-2017 season. We will now be offering two Youth Scholarship awards, and Pace Athletic and LeSpit will be joining Energy Link & Square One Physio as supporters of this program.
Committee Member Michael Taylor (MT) shared with us his race report from the extremely challenging Inaugural Australian Alpine Ascent...... which is "designed to be the world’s most gruelling set of single day challenges held within daylight hours"