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The second to last event for the season tonight, an aquathon at the Yacht Club. See the calendar for details.
We are now thinking about the awards for our prizegiving which will be held on 13 May at the Taupo Yacht Club. The nomination form for the discretionary awards can befound if you Click Here
. Please have theses back by 3 April.
What fabulous weather! And it will be just as nice tomorrow night for the first of our long course triathlons 600m swim, 17.5km bike, 3.75km run. The short course option (200/8.8/1.25) is also available. Make sure you are registered before briefing at 5:45 and for those not racing there are plenty of volunteer/marshalling roles available. Remember to bring your number! We welcome non-members to these races as well (just a $5 entry) and would love to meet any visitors who want to come and join us.
We are pleased to announce a NEW CHALLENGE for everyone, the Famous Five!!!! This year there is just one week to complete this amazing challenge which showcases the amazing clubs and facilities our town has to offer. Those who complete it will be recognised at our prizegiving (perhaps rewarded with scones with lashings of cream - only those who read Enid Blyton will understand...) So what is the Famous Five?? It's is.....
Monday 22 February do the club tri (either short or long course but as an individual)
Tuesday 23 February do the Taupo Cycling Club's Tuesday night cycle race at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
Wednesday 24 February run or walk the Taupo Harriers Starlight 5km
Thursday 25 February do the Taupo Mountain Bike Club summer series mountain bike race (either long or short course)
Friday 26 February do the Friday Night Swim based at the Yacht Club (1km, starts at 5:30PM)
Whew, sounds exhausting but it is do-able and age is no barrier, an 11 year old managed it last year. Pretty cool that we have all these opportunities to race and hang out with lots of like minded people. We are hoping that there are lots of you out there who will take up the challenge. Should be fun!!!
Remember it is Blue Lakes Multisport Festival next weekend and the Huka Xtreme River Swim and Kinloch tri on the weekend of 13/14 February, get those entries in and avoid the late fees!! :)
With the 2016 IRONMAN New Zealand fast approaching on Saturday 5 March, Ironman are looking for homestays to host international professional athletes in Taupo. They would love for Tri Sport Taupo to be involved as the hosts will have an appreciation for the life of a professional triathlete.
IRONMAN New Zealand has a rich history of homestay. This is a great way to be involved in IRONMAN in some way.
They have had a large number of requests this year from pro triathletes all over the world. They would need the information below to find the most suitable match.
Number of nights athlete can stay:
Do you have any pets:
Living situation (eg Alone, Family with children):
Would the athlete be welcome to eat with the household:
Any other notes:
Next Monday we will have an Off-road-MTB-Triathlon at Whakaipo Bay. You can have a look at what the course will be like here
Remember to bring the little ones tomorrow night for the Nippers race at 5;30, its always a lot of fun.
I have put a couple of things on the Coming Up page. One is a swimming programme for races over the summer, they are all within 2 hours drive of Taupo. Also, Taupo Masters Swimmers are also hosting the 2016 NZ Masters Swimming North Island Short Course Championships on 6/7 May: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659189174298984/
. Something us old people could work towards. There is also the Mount Multisport Festival, the advertisements for these appear on our Gallery page. Looks like fun!!
I know you are just looking for some reason to leap out of bed earlyish on Saturday morning so I have just the thing for you!! Club member Pernille (blonde, fast) is taking a spin class at the AC Baths this Saturday (7 November) from 8-9.15am (using their facilities, speed cleats on spin bikes or shoe straps). Everyone, including non-members, are welcome. I think it's $8 if you're a non member so just rock up. This is great training - high intensity and a bit of fun with hits from 90's/80's and 2015! Get your training over early for the 24 degree day, you will be all energised and be able to go home and whizz around those lawns (that are in constant need of mowing at the moment) in no time!!
YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE NOTE!!!! If any of our Juniors are thinking of entering the Future ChampioNZ Festival here in Taupo December 18th - 20th, please note entry fee is due to increase on Monday 2nd November.....so you need to get your entry in this weekend if you want to race in the premier Junior and Youth Tri Festival this coming summer.
Racing is short sharp and fun orientated, if you're between 11 and 15 years of age there's a youth Aquathlon, Open Water Swim, Athletics and Draft Legal Tri for you. The Juniors have Round 1 of the all new National Junior Series to race for!!! This is suitable for any and all of those who did the sessions with Sam last season, let's support this endeavour!!!
If you're a Junior Triathlete looking to race in the events capital of New Zealand this summer - get on over to FutureChampioNZ.com for some important information about this years Tri Festival.
A VERY windy night tonight and I think a few people were put off by that but we had some more new faces again tonight which was great. Sooo many youngsters and man are they fast!! Excellent to see their enthusiasm and improving skills. Results will be up on the website very soon but I hear (didn't see, was too far back in the field) that Cameron Paul blitzed the field and was first home. And still had enough energy to yell "encouraging remarks" to some slower athletes. Thanks. Cameron SHOULD be fast, tomorrow he is off to race (in the pro field no less) at XTERRA world champs in Hawaii. Poor guy, all that sun and sand. We wish him all the best and know he will give it his all. Sam Bradley was first woman in the long course and in the short course it was Ollie Hind and Case Mastney-Jensen who took the wins. The prizegiving was postponed until our next event which is the MTB Duathlon at Craters in two weeks. So best you all turn up there - will send you a reminder before then.
We are still looking for some volunteers to learn the timing system, the more people we can train up the less often each individual will have to do it. We would like to have a (short) brief training session for this in the very near future so PLEASE message or phone or email me to put your name forward ASAP.
Keep an eye on the buy, sell and swap page. We are currently looking for a medium size road bike - think we cracked the small bike request - so go look in your shed and let me know if you have anything that might be suitable.
Happy training and keep an eye out for those magpies - Aratiatia Hill, Kuratau Junction and Hatepe seem to be hot spots at the moment, keep the reports coming in.
Great to see 54 hardy athletes take up the challenge and complete the first race of the new season. There was wind, of course, but it was fine and relatively warm. There was the usual mix of friendly rivalry, hard core racing and out-training efforts so there is something for everyone. Nice to see some new faces :). All the results are up on the results page, thanks to Marcel and his timing team and all the other volunteers who make these nights possible.
We have someone looking for a very small bike - please let me know if you have one sitting in the garage somewhere!!
Look forward to another good turnout next Monday, 19 October. This is FREE ENTRY.. Please register nice and early and be all ready for briefing at 5:45. Happy training.
Welcome to the new season!! The weather is getting warmer and the magpies are swooping so it must be tri time! Check out our calendar at the bottom of this post for all our events.
Our first club night of the 2015/16 season is Monday 12th October, it is a Duathlon (run/bike/run) from AC Baths in Taupo, rego opens at 5.30pm and race start is 6pm, we are usually all finished by 7pm. Please arrive at 5.20 - 5.30pm to get your bikes racked and get registered in plenty of time for the race briefing at 5.45pm so we can start on time at 6pm.
All our race nights are for all ages and abilities - all we ask is that young or inexperienced cyclists are accompanied by someone older/experienced. While some events are off road or at the motorsport park most duathlons and triathlons are on open road, that is the reason for this club rule. We especially welcome people new to the sport and are more than happy to assist you at your first few events. Make yourself known to Club Captain, Debi Woodward, and she will ensure you are looked after. These events are not just about speed, they are a great place to practice transitions etc and meet lots of like minded people.
The 12th and 19th October races are free of charge for everyone so you can either make yourself a member on Monday night or wait until the end of October to become new members.
NEWS NEWS NEWS
Our club endeavours to keep improving our systems and equipment so last year we introduced our new 'live' timing system so that results are immediately uploaded to our website as soon as you cross the finish line, this has been possible thanks to Steve Currie and Marcel Abele who researched and fine tuned the new system and it is working well. It's great to be able to have results instantly and have them available online that night.
This season we have invested in a new club trailer. This will not only be a promotional vehicle for our club, but has storage for lots of our equipment and the side opens up for rego to take place which will save heaps of time setting up on Monday nights. Matt Webber has done a fantastic job fitting it out and is an asset we can all be proud of.
We are happy to share results, links, news etc - just email or PM.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON MONDAY.
Tri Sport Taupo 2015-2016 Season Calender
The cycling session was a real success with about twenty athletes benefitting from a great skills session. Just watch our cornering technique next season!!
The new trailer has been collected and looks tres chic. Matt is organising the fit out and signwriting so we will be looking flash as by October. The calendar is set and we will be duathlon-ing come October so watch this space.
For those of you wanting to try something a bit different over the winter months and learn some skills that will be useful to you as a triathlete why not give CYCLOCROSS a try. There is a low key event on THIS SUNDAY 21 JUNE at 10am at Spa Park. It's just for fun, all bikes and ages are welcome, it's free entry, no transponders, no drama. And to make it even more appealing the organisers have told me that if you are there at 9:30 AM they will even give you a bit of a lesson on what it's all about and some skills to help you master some of the finer points of the sport. Apparently the course this week will suit triathletes as there is a fair bit of running in it so why not rock up and give it a go!! Meet by the flying fox on Spa Park - better than doing a mid-winter dip in the lake!!! For more info there is a cyclocross-taupo Facebook page that you can check out too. :)
Good news!! We have managed to secure the services of David Shore to take a CYCLING SKILLS session on SUNDAY 14th JUNE at 3PM at the VELODROME. (Sorry about all the shouting lol!!). David is a very experienced rider and has raced both track and road at a fairly serious level so he knows what he is talking about and comes highly recommended. This session will be suitable for EVERYONE from the experienced cyclist to the novice so it would be great to have a good turnout. There is currently a club road bike available for loan - contact Kevin Raven on 0272508371
if you would like more information about it.
Hope you all had a good long weekend and are keeping fit through winter sports or the usual swimming/biking/running. There's still a few crazies lake swimming on a Friday night and plan to keep going till the shortest day - 21 June. Feel free to join in, by the BBQ on the lakefront at 5pm. The lake temp is 13.8 so still not unbearably cold.
Remember that spin class will be on again next Monday 8th June starting at 6PM in the Intermediate Hall. Big thanks to the Intermediate for allowing us to use the hall, it's a nice roomy venue so room for plenty of spinners. See you there :)
You asked for it and so we will provide.... The responses to our questionnaire indicated that people would like some skills sessions over winter so the first one will be a RUNNING SESSION on SUNDAY 24 MAY at 3PM. We are lucky enough to have Martin Andrews "volunteer" to take this. Martin has a wealth of knowledge and experience and everyone can benefit from a session like this. We will meet at the Harrier Hut on AC Baths Ave and then head to Spa Park. It won't be a long or particularly strenuous workout as we will be focussing on technique and developing a quick but relaxed cadence so is suitable for EVERYONE regardless of ability or age. And what's more it's FREE. Hope to see lots of you there.
Great turnout at the first Spin Session on. Monday. It will be on again next Monday, in the Intermediate Hall starting at 6PM. There's even music -and no, it's not Kyle singing!!
Well done to those young people who went to the Waikato/BOP cycling champs on Wednesday, some podiums for our members yay!!
As promised we are starting our Winter Spin Sessions on Monday May 11 at 6pm in the Taupo Intermediate School hall (thanks John Kuper for securing the venue). It costs a gold coin and please bring something to put your font wheel on - a book or block of wood will suffice. To get an indication of numbers please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are attending.
Also check out Click Here
as they have a Duathlon series over winter which could be of interest to you.
And remember to keep warm this winter in one of our club hoodies available from Sewgraphic on Spa Road.
Happy training :)
Great prizegiving on Friday night and nice to celebrate with the many worthy winners and acknowledge the successes of many athletes over the last year. The award winners can be found on the Results page. Well done to them all. Having the AGM at the same time seemed to work well and it is great to see some new faces joining the committee. Check out who these are on the Committee page. Their first task will be providing us with a profile so we can get to know them, keep an eye out for this. We had a questionnaire at the prizegiving to help us in planning the next season. If you didnt get a chance to fill out the questionnaire or weren't there on Friday night we still want to hear your views, to download a copy Click Here
Post back to P O Box 292, Taupo or scan and email to email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who made Friday night such a good one.
It looks as though there is support for spin classes to be held over winter so we are organising this and will let you know details ASAP.
Well done to President Denis Lewis and his wife Karen who had a pleasant(??) day yesterday running around Lake Rotorua for the umpteenth time as part of the Rotorua Marathon - great work!!
The racing may be finished but we still have our Prizegiving night on 1 May to round off our season. You should have all received an invite via email but just in case you haven't there is one on the Gallery tab with all the details. Remember it is themed "The Oscars" so dress in all your finery - will we recognise people in something other than bike shorts and wetsuits??? Doors open at the Taupo Yacht Club at 545PM and at 6:30 we will have our (very short) AGM. The younger members will be suitably entertained during this (and no, it's not Fynn doing magic tricks) and then after this there will be some nibbles and then the Awards will be presented. This will be a great night and a fitting end to a stellar season. Please RSVP so we can do the necessary regarding the catering. Details on the invite.
Pretty cool end to the seaon last night with the dress up/choose your order event. Great range of costumes, everyone made a real effort. As promised I have put the sheet for you all to nominate people for our discretionary awards on here, just Click Here
- all the details are on the sheet for where to send it etc. Please contact me if you need any clarification on what the awards are for. These awards will be presented at our Prizegiving on 1 May, kick off at 5;30. More details as to the venue and the theme to follow soon.
Great to hear of the successes of many of our young athletes at Karapiro both last week for the individual and this week for the teams events at the Waikato/BOP champs. The regular racing and training sessions with Sam have sure paid off!
CLUB CHAMPS TOMORROW!!! Hopefully the rain will stay away but even if it doesn't it will be a great night. We are going to be hosting the Tauranga Junior tri squad who will be joining us - great to have them. This will mean we will have a larger than usual field so be there EARLY to register as we will be closing registration at 5:45 and we need to get started bang on 6 with it being a super long course for the old folks too. Thanks to those who have already offered their services for marshalling - I will be needing a couple of kayakers and another 5 marshals to ensure it all runs smoothly so if you could help please come and see me (the loud mouth woman who does the race briefings) as soon as you get there so we can get sorted :). See the calendar for distances and the conditions for eligibility for club titles.
Great to see lots of club members out there in the Great Lake Relay yesterday and some good results. Matt Webber was third in his cycling time trial this morning and only bad luck stopped him from winning by the sounds of it. And Cameron Todd was 9th overall and second Kiwi in an elite race in Australia yesterday. Awesome stuff! See you all at Wharewaka tomorrow .......
Been a bit slack with updating this, apologies. I am keeping the tri sport Taupo face book page up-to-date but I am aware not everyone is on that so will try and be more diligent about putting the info up on here...
Huge thanks to everyone for their efforts at Kinloch. There were loads of friendly faces encouraging all the athletes and this event could not happen without the willingness of our many volunteers. Whole families, people who marshalled then raced then marshalled... It was a big day but a very successful one and some great results for the locals. Thanks too to our sponsors - Smiths Sports Shoes, Huka Cycles and Venture 25. BTW - Kate at Venture 25 has everything you need for swimming and if you mention you are a tri sport member she will give you a good discount :)
Monday 16th February is our charity tri and teams of 2 or 3 will compete over the long course (200/13.2/2.5). Teams can be representing schools, families or businesses and there is a trophy for the winning business. You can still race as an individual as well as in a team and there is also a short course option for teams and individuals. Entry costs $5 for everyone regardless of which race you are in and the money is being donated to the Taupo Family Centre. Check them out on Whanau Taupo on Facebook. There is also a nippers race at 5:30 and a BBQ afterwards so should be a great night.
Youth training continues pretty much every Wednesday with Sam, amazing opportunity for our youth especially with the upcoming Nationals.
The committee decided last night, after a lot of debate and discussion over an extended period, to invest in a new trailer. Matt Webber has done a lot of thinking and by next season we will have a purpose built trailer with a place for everything and everything in its place. Thanks for your work on this Matt!
Good luck to those racing at Takapuna this weekend, we are well represented up there and we know you will be great ambassadors for the club.
Great results were achieved by our local triathletes at the Blue Lakes Multisport festival, check out our results on rats.org.nz. Plenty of podiums for our club members!
Remember it's the Aquathon TOMORROW night at the yacht club. Looking for someone to paddle the safety kayak and of course we always need marshals. Any visitors to town are most welcome to come along and either race or help out, great way to meet like minded people and get some local info.
Its YOUTH TRAINING again at Kinloch this Wednesday at 4pm so make sure you get along to that. We are working on getting an adult session at some stage so stay tuned for more info on that.
We we have someone looking to borrow a bike and wetsuit for Ironman, have put the info on the Ironman page, please contact me if you can help and I will put you in touch.
Results for Monday nights tri tag event will be on the webpage very soon. Congratulations to the team of Kevin Raven, Aana Watts and Josh Yeoman who were the victors by just over half a minute, great effort from them and it is pleasing to see good honest efforts from everyone. Thanks to everyone for your patience while teams were sorted and great to have so many willing volunteers to help marshal.... A neat supportive and social atmosphere :)
Well done to Cameron Paul who was second in his age group at the 70.3 in Auckland on Sunday (helps when you don't get flat tyres) and Tracy Hawkes who was third in her age group. Matt Webber had a stellar race and was 8th in his very large (numbers wise, you are a lovely size Matt) and competitive age group. President Denis Lewis was there working and cheering his fellow Taupo triathletes on - the support was appreciated.
Remember the Junior training at Kinloch on Wednesday at 4 PM. Sam and Cam will be imparting their wisdom to all school age athletes - lucky things.
This weekend is the Blue Lakes Multisport Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There is an Aquathon, open water swims, a sprint tri and a fun run and it's usually a great event and very affordable so if you are looking for something to do this weekend it could be just the ticket.
Mark 14 February in your diary as the day for the Huka River swim, an awesome event and a safe and fun way to have a swim in our iconic river. Entries available at registration each week or the Friday Night swims (5:30 at the Yacht club). Pete Cook has generously donated a free entry to this to the club and we will be giving this away at the Aquathon at the Yacht Club next TUESDAY night. There is two options for this event as per usual - a 700m/3.6km and a 3:50m/1.8km. See you all there :)
Good turnout last night and a beautiful night for a tri. Great to see there are a few visitors joining us for our events and they cleaned up last night - Chris Sanson and Sam Warriner taking out the long course and Adam Francis and Emma Pattinson the short. There is a delay this week in getting the results up sorry, we have had to do them manually this week. They will be on here tomorrow. The was a wetsuit left behind on Monday night, please contact me if it's yours.
Next week is a tri tag relay and teams for these will be randomly selected but in such a way that they should all be pretty even to keep the competition interesting. To help us in this we will be shutting registration at 5:45 and teams will be sorted once registration is shut. Hopefully this will ensure we start at 6pm as scheduled but bear with us!! Remember each team member
(teams of three) has to do a short swim/bike/run so bring all your gear. Please contact me if you need any clarification. These events are heaps of fun and a great social time too, bring a picnic and make a night of it - looks like this weather is here for a while.
A few reminders...
* Youth training this Wednesday at 4pm at the Yacht Club
* Huka River swim is 14 February - this is a cool event so put it in your diary. We will have entry forms on Monday nights and Pete Cook has kindly agreed to give us a free entry which will be drawn as a spot prize at the Aquathon on 27 January.
*Check out the Blue Lakes Multisport Festival on Anniversary weekend - there's something for everyone including the kids and the entry fees are very reasonable. It's a fun weekend.
Enjoy your week :)
Check out the results for the first event on the results page, great to see some visitors joining us for some racing. The lake has got real warm so those doing the Epic Swim this weekend should have a pleasant time - good luck!!
Youth Training will take place on Wednesday 14 January at the Yacht Club from 4-5:30PM. This swim/bike/run session will be taken by Sam Warriner so make sure all you school age athletes make the most of this awesome, free opportunity. The following Wednesday, 21January, there will be a session at Kinloch, (based on the waterfront where the tri is usually held) again from 4-5:30 and this time you get the benefit of TWO great coaches in Sam Warriner and Cam Durno. These two are among the country's best and to get both of them for a free session is amazing, we have got to be the envy of any tri club in the country!!
Next weeks event is a triathlon at Wharewaka, check the calendar for details. Registration will close at 5:50 when briefing starts so please get there early and register so we can start promptly at 6. See you all there :)
Happy New Year!! Hope the festive season has been a good one. As dedicated athletes none of us will have over indulged or missed any training (yeah right) and we are all keen to kick off the new year with an Aquathon at the Yacht Club on Monday night. There is both a short course (250m swim and 2.75 km run) and long course (500m swim and 5.5km run) and both individuals and teams as per usual. REGISTRATION WILL SHUT AT 5:50PM so make sure you are there well before then to register and warm up as briefing will be at 5:50 with the race starting at 6PM sharp. There's lots of visitors round so be prepared to park a wee ways away too. Look forward to seeing a good crowd there. Hope you have all got Gillian's email regarding the Kinloch volunteers and have replied, makes her job so much easier if we can let her know now. See you all Monday :)
Monday night is the inter club challenge and we are expecting a few extras. In order to streamline our operation we have made a few changes to how things go to ensure things go smoothly and safely....
* REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 5:50PM so you MUST be registered by then.
* You will be given your number when you register (so please don't take your own off the rack).
*If you doing the inter club challenge and are the swimmer for another club you still enter as an individual as you will be doing the whole thing and the biker/runner enters as an individual too. If you wish to race as a team i.e. Not part of the inter club challenge then enter as a team as per usual.
* If you are doing the event as an individual AND a team then you CANNOT BE THE RUNNER FOR A TEAM. This is to stop people crossing the line with two numbers as has been happening.
*ONLY competitors must cross the finish line. If you want to support a team mate etc then by all means do so but DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE WITH THEM.
*We do expect younger/inexperienced competitors to be accompanied by an adult, particularly on the bike. The roads are open and there is often a fair bit of traffic around so we like to keep everyone as safe as possible.
*There will be a BBQ on Monday night with a couple of Michelin Star chefs turning the sausages for us and who knows, maybe Santa or one of his helpers will turn up with some treats... There is a couple of extra spot prizes up fro grabs as well as the Smiths Sports Shoes ones so listen up at briefing on how to win them.
*Please see the information published previously about the inter club challenge. Any queries about any of the above please see Debi Woodward who will be race manager and have one of those attractive Fluoro vests on. Or you can phone/text/email 0272863112
We are also pleased to report that the photos that Dale takes (most nights) can now be purchased for the bargain price of $5. The photos can be viewed on Dales facebook page, Dale Robinson Photography NZ and then it's just a matter of contacting Dale so she can send you the digital copy. Dale has even generously decided to donate half of the proceeds to the club. Awesome. We are very lucky to have her talents available to us.
Good luck to all those competing on the weekend and to Issy Sherwood-Clark who is in Australia racing - go Issy!! See you all Monday...
Great night at the club champs last week and we all managed to stay relatively dry. Results are up for all to see, well done everyone, it's never easy in the wind up there. Some good results from club members in the cycle challenge, the MTB challenge, the Ironmaori half and the Aquathon and Tinman at the Mount. Hopefully people will email me some results to put on the website, I don't always get everyone when I trawl through results so best if people let me know.
First tri of the season tomorrow night at Acaia Bay. Please get there nice and early to register so be can load entries onto the timing system. The lake is brisk but not too bad at all really considering the rotten spring we have had. Race briefing will be at 5:45 so make sure you are all organised by then. See you Monday :)
Good luck to those of you doing the Cycle Challenge this weekend - there sure is something for everyone these days!
Club Duahtlon Champs Monday night so be prepared for some fast racing as these are usually pretty hotly contested events. The course will be checked prior to the start to make sure it is only our cones out there and that they are in the right place! Hopefully we can get a few marshals out there too (hint hint). Be there early to check out the maps etc on the Maps etc tab
Cam Durno is offering another run-bike-swim session for the youth of the club as we are aware that many athletes were in Gisborne at the Battle of the Bays last time. This session will be held on Wednesday 10 December at the Yacht Club from 3:30-5:30. The last one was a lot of fun and very informative and even if you went to the last one come along again as there is always something new to learn and practice. Once again this is free to our club members.
Look forward to seeing a good crowd at the Motorsport Park on Monday :)
Tomorrow night sees us up at the Taupo Motorsport Park for the penultimate duathlon. We have a nippers race for the 9-and-under athletes which we will start at 5:30 sharp so please be there by 5:20 to register for this. It's a great spectacle and they do love a crowd to cheer them on. There is both a short and long option in the Duathlon (see your calendar for details or check out the calendar on the website) but the courses are quite different between them so MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE MAPS AT REGISTRATION, ASK QUESTIONS OF THE RACE MANAGER AND LISTEN TO THE BRIEFING CAREFULLY AT 5:45PM.
The Intermediate had a great few days over in Gisborne last week, I hope to get their results up on the website one someone gives them to me (hint hint).
Check out the photo in the gallery of the Volta hi vis jacket, available at Huka Cycles, one of our sponsors. These are amazing, the darker it gets the more they glow, check their video out on their website (just google Volta). Great if you are cycling in murky weather or the dark and what's more the magpies don't like them, reason enough to buy one!!
See you all tomorrow night :)
Russell won 40 plus Sportsman of the Year and Kyle took home a scholarship, Junior Sportsman of the Year, Team of the Year (with Keegan Pooks and Lewis Eccles, the Tauponuiatia-a-Tia College tri team) and the big one, Supreme Sportsman of the Year. Great stuff!! Gillian has written a full report on the WWAUT page. Makes for impressive reading!
Our committee minutes are now up on the web (under "Your Committee") and we would love you to read them! Good luck to those members who are up for awards at the Sports Awards tonight - Kyle Smith, Cameron Paul, Matt Webber, Russell Watts and of course the club itself is up for an award. Will let you know how we get on....
Cam Durno, recently named as a member of TriNZ's High Performance coaching team, is taking a session for our youth on Friday 21 November form 3:30-5:30PM. Based at the Taupo Yacht Club this will be a swim-bike-run session and is FREE. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up some great tips and work with an experienced coach so we hope their will be a good number of you taking up this opportunity.
Looking forward to the first mountain bike Duathlon on Monday. These are always popular so make sure you are there is plenty of time to get registered and check out the course. Registration opens at 5:20, briefing is at 5:45 and the race starts promptly 6PM. You should have got an email about this from Gillian, if you don't seem to be on the email list please contact. Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you Monday :)
I have updated the Hall of Fame with news about three of our athletes. Awesome stuff. Please check out the Facebook page as that is where "quick" messages and news goes.
We will all be keen as to race again tomorrow night after a week off. Make sure you are there nice and early to get registered and warm up. Remember to keep an eye out for people doing nice things and nominate them for the Chocolate Fish Award!
Theres a few updates on the WWAUT pages - keep those results coming!!
The weeks roll round sooo fast don't they? Just a few things about this Monday nights event....
**If you didn't race in an individual number last week please see me by the number box and I will allocate you one. If you were allocated one last week please register as usual and you will be given your personal number by the registration volunteers. All teams please register at the desk as usual.
** Our very own Kenyan, aka Martin Andrew, is willing to do a warm-up routine (I'm seeing can-can routines, plies etc but think he means some jogging) with the JUNIOR members. Please be there at 5.40PM if you are keen to join in for this. It will only be a 10 minute session so you won't get too tired! Please make sure you have registered first. If anyone is keen to do the same with the more mature athletes let me know and I will publicise it.
** We are introducing a new award this week, the Cholcolate Fish Award, for someone who demonstrates sportsmanship/a positive attitude/helpfulness etc during a Monday night event. Anyone can nominate a person and the nominee is not necessarily an athlete, it could be a volunteer or a bystander/spectator. If you want to nominate someone please see Gillian and let her know who you nominate and why.
It was great to see so many competitors last week and I hope that if you noticed a newbie you checked they knew what was going on and gave them a smile. Hopefully the queue for numbers won't be quite so long this week but it is really helpful if people arrive early and get organised so we can do briefing at 5.50PM and start at 6PM on the dot. Look forward to seeing you all there....
Check out the WWAUT page for the latest on our Ironmen.
The season kicked off last night with a great turnout of both new and old (in both senses of the word!) members. Great to see some members returning after being AWOL for a year or two. Huge number of young people rocking up which is keeping the racing for the more mature athletes interesting!! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive but we are always looking for ways to improve so any bright ideas are more than welcome, just chew the ear of any committee member. We hope all the newbies were made to feel welcome and will be back again next week. The new race numbers looked great and it's nice to be able to see who is who with the names on them. Full results and the race report are on the results page, the web scorer results give the age grade winners and full results as per last year will be there by Wednesday night. See you next week :)
Monday nights are upon us! Please make sure you are nice and early to register at the AC Baths from 5.30 onwards. Race briefing will be at 5.50 and start time is 6PM SHARP. This week please collect a number from the Number Table BEFORE registering. We have a new timing system to trial this season and we need to have all the numbers locked and loaded before racing starts. We have an Ask Me person to answer all those questions you have - look out for the Fluor tshirt and the big sign. Please make sure your bike is roadworthy and you have a helmet. We also need a few marshals to assist on the course - either email email@example.com
or see the Ask Me person on the night. Entry to this first two events is FREE but bring some money anyway as if you haven't already done so you can pick your own lucky race number for $5. But wait! There's more!! We have cool new tri-sport Taupo race belts for you to purchase and keep for just $5. That's right - $5 for a race belt. You won't get one cheaper anywhere else!
Good luck to Cameron Paul, Mark Burke and Bevan Docherty, club members taking part in the Ironman World Champs tomorrow. Go hard guys!!
Lots of info on the psycho magpie page and we now have an Ironman page, we have requests from around the world for accomodation, bikes etc so check it out, you might be able to help!
I have updated the WWAUT page with the Kinloch Off Road Challenge results, quite a few of us were out there enjoying the great conditions. We should all be in training mode now for the start of the season on 13 October. Hopefully I have managed to put the calendar on the membership page, bear with me if its not there, I will get there eventually!!
GOOD LUCK to Cameron Paul who leaves on the 18th to train in the warm conditions and smooth roads of Kona. We wish him well for both the Ironman World Champs and the Xterra World Champs (some people are just GREEDY!) and having seen just how hard he has trained over winter a good result in both events is assured. Good luck also to Mark Burke (not a club member yet but he will be this season) and the ageless Neil Fleming who are also both competing at Kona.
Check out the What We Are Up To page to see the great results our athletes had over the weekend. TWO national champs no less!!
Club members Kyle Smith and Ellie Heenan raced in the Aquathon at the World Champs in Edmonton, Canada, today. In hot conditions Ellie finished 9th in her age group and Kyle WON the Elite Under 19 category (and he is only 16!!!). Awesome stuff!! The tri and para-tri are raced over the next few days so go hard Ellie, Matt Webber and Russell Watts. I will post results when they are available. Also best wishes to those racing at the Duathlon champs on Sunday. The club has a garage to store gear/hang out in so the weather won't be a problem whatever it is!!
From now on I will try and put the date I update this site and what it is I have done. That way you don't get bored looking at the same old stuff. So I have pulled over all the results from the old web page. They are in the Results page (tricky huh??) Think you might have to use the alt and arrow buttons to go back to the results page, not sure as I have been doing this all on the ipad which is a bit different to a computer......they are all there though which is the main thing. There is an update on the What We Are Up to (WWAUT) page about our star Matt. And today Matt Webber, Ellie Heenan, Russell Watts and Kyle Smith left our shores for Canada for the World Champs. Our best wishes go with them.
Remember to come out and support/help/ compete at the Duathlon champs on Sunday 31 August and remember to send me news, views, photos etc so I can keep us all informed.
Oh and the season starts with a Duathlon on 13 October at the AC Baths, distances 1.8/10/1.8 or 1/10/1. Registration at 5.30, race starts promptly at 6. See you there!
We now have a Facebook link. I'm not overly technically minded and whatever I have done isn't quite right so when you see the messge on the page click the "open in new window" bit and you will get to the page anyway. Isnt technology marvellous???!!!
Check out the new hoodies on the uniform page. Beeeeeaaaautiful!!
We have heaps of new info on the What We are Up To Page, see who has done what.
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