Spring MTB Duathlon 2016
Hopefully you have been motivated by the spectacle of the Olympics and are now ready to push yourself to your own limits. Well, we have the perfect event with the first of the Spring mountain bike duathlon's on Sunday 28th August.
The event website can be found here. You can enter as an individual or team and there are both long and short options for you to tackle. Please enter early (you can always select 'pay at event') so we have an idea of numbers in advance.
The event will start at Conifer park this year due to no suitable course on the eastern end of the island with all the logging that has occurred. Please arrive for registration from 8.30am. There will be a compulsory race briefing at 9.45am with the race starting at 10.00am
Half Ironman news from Ashburton
Nelson results from last weekend's Half Ironman in Ashburton, prepared by Carol Cooper
It was a very chilly 14deg swim in Lake Hood with all the fresh snow on the mountains.
Thankfully the sun was shining to dry us out a bit on the bike & run. It will be quite the opposite in Busselton in 4 weeks time.
Carol Cooper 5.21.19 1st 40-49 3rd overall
Donna Shaw 5.37.34 2nd 40-49
Kim Waddell 5.31.12 3rd 20-29
Debbi Bamfield 6.04.31 3rd 50-59
Sue Scott 6.27.27 Debut HIM
Yvonne Shaw DNF
Alan Bryson 4.39.42 3rd 30-39 7th overall
Eric Wylde 5.02.47 2nd 50-59
Richard Bamfield 5.04.34 3rd 50-59
Mark Corlett 5.26.43
Graeme Sellars 5.45.15
Stuart Hague 6.25.50
Tomorrow, Sunday September 28, sea swimming gets its very early season launch with the Blue September 600m swim. The distance is significant because of the 600 men who are hit by prostate cancer every year. Did you read this story in yesterday's Nelson Mail? - click here
Entry to tomorrow's swim costs $5, but donations in addition to this have already climbed into the hundreds of dollars, so bring your donations along too.
The swim starts at 10.30am and you can sign up at the venue - the Nelson Yacht Club. Leave time to get organised and remember that daylight saving starts tonight - put your clocks forward when you go to bed. There'll be a booby prize for the first person to turn up an hour late.
After the swim, the showers will be hot and there'll be a prizegiving and barbecue, thanks to sponsors Placemakers and their man on the spot (and person to beat tomorrow) Matt Hansen.
By the way, swimmer Jody Keefe-Laing was the winner of the MS Ford Blue September 5k run and he'll be gunning to make it two from two.
Sea swim workshop
Michele Surcouf is one of our most enthusiastic sea swimmers and has been swimming through the winter. Michele also hosts the adventureswim.co.nz website where you can find out about all the informal sea swims that take place through the year. Become a member (it's free) and follow the activities of other sea swimmers.
Michele has been in touch with English open water swimmer Adam Walker, who is offering to run an open water swim camp in Nelson. Read all about it here.
Our website guru Tamara Cartwright has been working on a new-look site for this summer. There's still a bit of work to do, but the new site is functioning and you can enter for the coming season through it (or through the old address). Check out the new site - click here With a bit of luck this is where tomorrow's results will appear
Swim in Samoa
Every year, an increasing number of our swimmers travel to Samoa for the Pacific Swim Series and the Samoa Swims. Our favourite travel expert, Andrea Livingstone of Wildside Travel has come up with an amazing prize, to be awarded during this summer sea swims season. The prize is a package for two people to travel to Samoa, stay for eight days and swim in the Samoa Series. There'll be more details about that later, but in the meantime, read about the Samoa Swims - click here
Migym Mountainbike Duathlon, Race Three
Just two weeks away, on Sunday October 12. The venue has been changed to the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park, which will make for a more difficult race, but one that is very exciting. There'll be some hard work on hills, but for a very short time. Most of the course is undulating and fun with downhills that aren't too intimidating and are never steep.
Distances: Short course 3km/5.5km/3km. Long course 3km/14.5km/6km
The run section starts with a stiff uphill, then undulates until a short climb to the top of Kimi Ora resort, then a descent through the complex.
The bike course is shaped a bit like a magnifying glass, with a wiggly handle. First a sharp 500m zigzag climb to the main undulating 4.5km circuit. Those on the short course then descend to transition, while those on the long course do a further two 4.5km laps before wiggling back down to transition.
The second run duplicates the opening section, with those on the long course doing it twice.
Hayden Squance has prepared a lovely map so you can practice on the course. As usual, the run is described in red and has red arrows, bike is described in yellow and has yellow arrows. For map, click here
If you'd like to trial the course next Sunday, October 5, Hayden and Charlie Squance will show you around. Meet at the Mountainbike Park at 11am. If you plan to join in this session (or are thinking about it), please let Charlie and Hayden know so you can be contacted in case of any change to the plans - email firstname.lastname@example.org
The course will be marked out on the Saturday afternoon prior to the race. If you're planning to go over the day before to try it, or just to be there early on race day and need accommodation, try Kaiteri Lodge - there's a bunch of us staying there and we'll get together for a cheap and cheerful meal Saturday night.
Blue September swim, Sunday September 28
A good chance to see how that winter training has been going. The Blue September swim is a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The swim will be roughly 600m to honour the 600 or so men affected by prostate cancer each year. The event (it doesn't have to be a race) starts at the Nelson Yacht Club on Wakefield Quay at 10am.
You can enter online - click here - or you can enter at the yacht club from 9am Sunday. It only costs $5, but why not download the donation form on the entry site and gather more funds from friends, family and workmates.
Migym duathlon series, race three, October 12
It's been decided to trial a new course at the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park for the final race of the series. Feedback from this event will help decide whether this location will become a future venue for club events.
You can expect a tougher course - basically uphill for just over 2km, then downhill. There's a couple of short uphill sections that'll have you searching for a lower gear and probably a few people will choose to walk up these. Downhills are mostly easily manageable - there's just a couple of points where the corners are tight hairpins, but they're not scarily steep. Mostly, the bike course is undulating and fun to ride.
The run course of 3km is more testing than Rabbit Island with a tight uphill to start.
The course throughout is lovely bush and exciting to ride or run through.
Distances will be:
Short event - 3km/5.5km/3km
Long event - 3km/14.5km/6km
Times remain the same. If you've entered all three and can't make this new venue, please email email@example.com and we'll arrange a refund. If you haven't raced in the first two, this is a great challenge and brilliant opportunity to ride on some of the best trails in the region. Entries, click here
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