Newsletter 20 November 2017

Last Saturday

Our events held on Saturday 18 November were held in very wet conditions which made things more difficult for competitors.  See results page.  Once again, the timing equipment stopped working for the Tri Mite events because of moisture in the system, so there are no split times for our young members.  A big thank you to the volunteers who recorded times manually.

Kawana Event

One of our members, Jeanette Annette, came sixth in her category in the Kawana Triathlon last Sunday.  Another great effort!

General Meeting

There is a general meeting of the club  on Wednesday 29 November at the pool from 7pm.  All members are welcome to attend.

Long Race

This  Saturday’s race is a long event starting at 5.45am.  Please send me a message via email or phone message before Thursday 23 November if you wish to change the distance from what you did last time the club had a long event.

Trimites will also be competing in a long race but they can simply indicate the distance in which they wish to compete on the morning of the race. The Trimite long distance is an extra lap of the pool, an extra circuit on the bike and an extra lap on the run.  Tiny Trimites do not have a long race.

There are no handicaps. Each participant completing the long course will receive five points for the point score competition, while those completing the normal distance receive two points.

Kingscliff Triathlon

The Kingscliff Triathlon will be held on Sunday 3 December.  Our club had been asked to provide volunteers to help conduct the event. We will be asked to assist in the transition area.  We still need more volunteers, so if you can help please contact me ASAP.

Remember “Don’t say Die, Just Say Tri”

Chris Goudkamp

Events Coordinator

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Long events explained

When Are the Long Events Held?

The long events are usually held on the last Saturday of the month. This season’s Long Events will be held on 28 October, 25 November, 23 December, 27 January and 24 February.

Distances

Senior Long:   750m (15 laps) swim, 21km (3 loops) cycle, 5km run (2.5km turnaround)

Intermediate Long:  500m (10 laps) swim, 14km (2 loops) cycle, 4km run (2km turnaround)

Competitors who decide not to enter long distance events can still compete at the normal distance.

Starting Times

The Senior Long and Intermediate Long start at 5.45am (Seniors at the shallow end, Intermediates at the deep end).  There is an option to start at 5.30am for those who think they need extra time to complete the distance.

The Normal Distance events start at 6am. Intermediates at the shallow end and Seniors at the deep end.

Sign on Time

Competitors must sign on at least 15 minutes before their starting time.

Points

All competitors that complete the long distance event receive 5 points in the point score competition, while those that complete the normal distance receive 2 points.

Note: These are not handicap events.

How to Enter

A week before the long events, competing members will be asked to indicate whether they want to enter the long distance event or the normal distance event.  Nomination sheets will be available. Members can also let the Events Coordinator, Chris Goudkamp, know by sending a message to 0408 669 174 or emailing cgoudkam@bigpond.net.au by the Thursday prior to the event.

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Super skills weekend for Xane

Tweed Valley Triathletes member Xane Bowen attended a Triathlon Queensland junior Skills Camp, held at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, on September 23-24.

The camp, featuring many of the region’s best junior triathletes and led by Triathlon Queensland’s Gold Coast regional coaches, featured four skills workshops and a super sprint race afternoon.

Fundamental skills were the focus and were built into super sprint racing which involved a repetition of bike skills and transitions at high intensity.

Xane has also been proving he’s a talent, his commitment through winter earning him the skills and fitness to perform very well. Training among top athletes was an inspiration for Xane, who could see the work he is doing has purpose and potential rewards.

He did 50 to 60 mounts and dismounts over the weekend, ingraining safe technique and speed.

His highlights for the weekend included a mixed team relay, a format that will be featured in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and is now an Olympic gold medal event. Each team member completes a mini triathlon, then tags a team-mate. Xane and his three team-mates, including national representative Lachlan Jones, blitzed the field.

The next Triathlon Queensland development event will be held in November. Visit the Junior Development page on Triathlon Queensland’s website for details or contact Brendan Murray (coach@kenshoteam.com) or more information.

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Junior development camp on September 23-24.

Triathlon Queensland is holding a junior development camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre on Saturday September 23-24.

Participants aged 5 to 23 are invited to register for the four-session camp to build training and racing skills.

Click here to find out more.

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TRYstars sessions in October

TRYstars Flyer 2018

Children aged 7 to 12 are invited to participate in a four-day school holidays triathlon training program at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah.

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Tri before you buy

TRI BEFORE YOU BUY Flyer

Get an eight-week taste of Tweed Valley Triathlete events before committing to purchasing an annual licence.

Open to anyone who hasn’t been a member of the club or Triathlon Australia.

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Season opener for 2017/18

A new season of Tweed Valley Triathletes club races begins on Saturday 23 September, with a slightly extended cycle leg set to shake up the Senior Open event.

A two-lap cycle course has been adopted for this summer, adding four more kilometres for a total of 14km of riding.

Competition will begin with qualifiers for the first two Saturdays, setting competitors’ initial handicaps for the season. Pointscore races will then start on 7 October.

Juniors races will also begin on the first Saturday of October, with many juniors keen to practise the skills they have learnt during TRYstars training.

The weekly club races are based at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Murwillumbah each Saturday, with Seniors and Intermediate racing held from 6am – slightly earlier for a handful of longer events. Tri-mites racing starts at 7.30am.

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Cycle Fit

Jeff Collier offers Cycle Fit classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Click for more information – Spin Fit Promo.

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Pool Entry

For this season, all competing TVT athletes will be able to enter the pool on Saturday for $3.00.

The new fee applies for all members from Tri Mites, to Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.

Thanks TRAC Murwillumbah.

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Qld Championships and Latest News

The TVT colours were flying around the course at last Sunday’s sprint championship event by a small but very successful team.  This was the Club’s first excursion as a group and we even had a team tent for the first time.  As a TO on the course, it always gives me a thrill to see a familiar but sweaty face doing what we all enjoy.

We were vastly outnumbered particularly by the “cast of thousands” from the Brisbane based clubs but the team’s fantastic efforts were rewarded by these impressive results in their categories, all within or very close to a top ten finish:

  • Brian Alderman second
  • Julie Webster fifth
  • Tracey Stinson sixth
  • Tahlia Hall ninth
  • Tony Hall eleventh
  • Jeanette Annett fourteenth

 

The come and try day is this Saturday at the pool 7:00am, all welcome and Chris will be in charge – I will be in Mooloolaba at the 70.3.

Our first TryStars session for this season will see another 24 young triathletes graduate tomorrow at East School.

First qualifying event is the 19th; you must have your TA membership renewed before you participate.

Best wishes,

John

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