TT2A racing :: Eton Team GB Sprint QF

How fast time passes, it’s a year since Jimmy, Zoe and me were up in London doing this very same race, Eton Sprint Triathlon – it’s a great course. As always it’s a loaded field for the Team GB hopefuls to qualify to race in the Worlds. This year the Worlds are in Mexico and there’s a game changer for the sprint racing, its draft legal and conventional bikes only.

This year we have Alison and James Grinnell racing. They love ITU racing as does Coach so a great pair to get in the team after ITU Worlds Chicago last year.

I personally am very excited to see them race this one again this year, Alison placed second in F40-44 last year with an outright QF, and James had to wait with anticipation for a roll down place which he got.

Getting in Team GB certainly isn’t a walk up start. This year Alison faces the darlings of British age group racing so she’s got a fight on her hands, and James has former British Triathlete Richard “the Fish” Stannard in his AG which is a bit rum as it’ll make it a tad more difficult to be within the 115% of the winner for the roll down if James doesn’t place top 4 outright.

Alison wave start W40+ @  9:20am (GMT)

James wave start M40+ @ 10:20am (GMT)

Go Grinnells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2016 Eton Sprint Race website & 2016 Eton Sprint Results

TT2A racing :: IM 70.3 St Pölten

We are very excited today to see three of the team take on one of the first races in the 2016 Tri season in Europe in Austria at Ironman 70.3 St Pölten. It’s an interesting course. The swim is in 2 freshwater lakes with a 200m run between, the bike course is not flat by any means. A 1-lap bike course with altitude of 1024m over 90km with two climbs after 25km and 65km just to sap the legs a tad before the 2-lap run along the river Traisen.

It’s very exciting to see Moo, Chicago and Amertime racing again Live Tracking!

Marcella Moohan F40-44 (No.412)

Can’t wait to see how Moo gets on today. She’s been in the the team since 2012 and has raced consistently over OD distance in the local races, no stranger to half ironman distance either, her first being IM 70.3 Mallorca in May 2014, Dubai International Triathlon in Nov 2014, IM 70.3 Bahrain in Dec 2015 and now another race in May… I see a pattern developing here 🙂 She’s certainly in good form on the bike… can’t wait to see this race unfold. Go Moo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glen Osmond M45-49 (No.1759)

The last time I saw Glen was in Chicago last September when he put in a superb performance over the ITU World Championship Sprint Distance finishing 15th in the very competitive M40-45 field. Looks like he’s just moved up an age group too. I know Chicago has been a sprint racer for years but I also know he did pull an impressive performance over the half distance in IM 70.3 Budapest in 2014. Has raced 70.3 previously, dabbling in 2011 in Phuket and interestingly Glen has raced IM St. Pölten in 2011.

Amer Alaily M35-39 (No.1178)

No stranger to this race…it’s Amers 4th outing in St. Pölten. Racing previously in 2011, 2012, 2014. Amer and Glen are long standing pals so it’s good to see them reunited and racing again 🙂 I remember the first time Amer raced here.. not the result he was after with an Amertime on the run, anyway he’s certainly not scared of falling on his sword, and finally cracked it in 2014. We love watching Amer race as you never know what you’re going to get. Have a great race Amer 🙂

TT2A racing :: Vietnam 70.3 ‘Live tracking!’

Today we have a gaggle of T2A over in Vietnam racing just now and it’s very exciting!!! Some great swims by all so far… Kirsty Lewis swam 36, Anders Strandberg 34, Ben 31,Sam McCone 30, and Chris Sellar 29. Whats remarkable is that’s a copy paste for each of them over the recent 1.9km TT’s in the pool… Fab!!

Ben Walton biked 2.33 and 3.08hrs off the bike total with Chris Sellar 2.27 and 3 hours flat start of run. Sellar starts the run in 7th place AG 35-39 with Ben Walton in 12th AG 30-34. Both can run so this could get emotional. Anders biked 2:40 and 3:19 off the bike moved up a place to 10th in AG 50-54.. Sam biked 2:53 with 3:30 off the bike. Both can also run! Just got Kirsty to come in off the bike whilst the others are into their 21km’s of hot trotting 🙂

Kirsty is off the bike 3:06 and 3:47 off the bike total heading out onto the run…

Chris Sellar cementing 5th at 15km marker, top 4 have it sewn up. 5th is a real result against those Aussies racing there. Although… a Spaniard only 1 minute back in 6th. Go Chris Sellar, gotta hold him… with 5km to go!!!

Ben is cruising through the run with 5km to go..

Sellar’s in with 5th M35-39 BOOM!!!! 4:38:56 🙂
Ben’s in…. 7th M30-34 BOOM!!!! 4:46:57 🙂

Still out on the course.. Anders, Sam & Kirsty… all ticking away through the run.. Estimated finish times on current running form Anders 5:19; Sam 5:42 and Kirsty 5;56..

Anders has landed the plane ahead of schedule… in 5:17:45 giving him 5th place in M50-54 😉

Sam’s in held on the a consistent run pace for the back end and came in on 5:41:48 🙂 on 5-weeks training. Well done!!!

Kirsty is in her last 5km on her first 70.3 in Nam 🙂 … Come on girl.. finish it !!!!!

Kirsty is finished in 5:55:59 🙂 Well done [applause] 🙂

Great racing guys!!!! Next stop Durban 70.3 in 1-month!

TT2A racing :: St George 70.3

Piers has been flying the T2A flag stateside in the St. George 70.3 which is the North American Pro Championship Race so as you can expect it was a stacked field. Anyway, Piers came 8th in his AG 45-49 [applause] 😀

St George-Piers Results

Great racing of course but there’s a few things I learn from Piers racing…

No.1 America is massive… I always have to consult the map on the location of his race… This time Utah, so he’s a country mile from Las VegasSt George-Piers Map

No. 2 There are some amazing courses in spectacular landscape out there

St George bike course

No.3 Race times vary wildly on difference courses. Piers is fairly consistent athlete, he swims, he bikes and runs strong. I noticed his overall time was a bit off his usual times. So now I have always learnt to study the course profile and really try to understand the elevations. St. George is not an easy course. Challenging bike AND run 🙂

St George bike profile

St George run profile

St George-Piers Finish

Next stop Australia… or maybe a few more in US first?? Watch this space…

TT2A racing :: 2XU Triathlon Race 3 of 3

It’s the last local triathlon race of the UAE 2015/2016 season. What a race series 2XU Triathlon has been. Let the pictures speak for themselves…

Sprint results…


OD results…


The team in action…

For all the race results go to SuperSports

TT2A racing :: ITU Abu Dhabi

Great results in all distances at the ITU event in Abu Dhabi.

Sprint male placed 2nd & 3rd overall (Thomas and Sellar)
Sprint female place 1st overall and 1st F30-34 (Zoe) and 3rd F30-34 (Colleen)
OD F40-44 1st (Alison)
Maxi F45-49 1st (Britt)

TT2A racing :: TriYas

It was the race of the 40+ in the Sprint at TriYas
Ulrik 1st M41-50 (4th overall)
James G 5th M41-50
Clipboard 9th M41-50
Alison 1st F41-50 (3rd overall)
Q 2nd F41-50 (4th overall)
Moo 3rd F41-50

TT2A racing :: 2XU Triathlon @ Mamzar – Race 2 of 3

Turning into a T2A favorite… It was the boys though that really shook the region up. It’s taken years for make domination again in the region. The girls have been flying the flag so well these past 2 years but today, the boys lead the way.

Male Sprint Race-

1st OVERALL- The kid
2nd OVERALL- Danish Bomber Ulrik
3rd OVERAL and RACE OF THE DAY- Jimmy

1st 40-44’s Stuey on the comeback trail for real
1st 50-54’s Anders
2nd 40-49’s Chocolate Karl
5th 35-39’s Neil VdB
* It should be noted James Grinnell was in the mix overall until a flat cost him…..

Girls Sprint Race-

2nd OVERALL- Alison Grinnell (that’s with getting taken the wrong way and missing valuable time/moral/lead group).

1st 40-49’s- Suzi Q
1st 30-39’s- Kirsty

That’s 9 out of 11 from the team on the podium

Men’s Olympic

1st OVERALL- Chris Sellar (series leader now)
1st 40-49’s- Christian AKA Chiff
1st 30-39’s- Benny

Women’s Olympic

2nd OVERALL- Zoe
3rd OVERALL – Britt

1st 40-49’s- Moo

THATS 15/17 MEMBERS ON THE PODIUM.

With 7 victories…

Hard training pay’s off, from TT’s, T2A Cup and consistency…

TT2A racing :: Dubai 70.3

There was a flurry of excitement among the team when Ironman announced they were coming to town in January 2016, the announcement came at the beginning of December which didn’t give much time to prepare for the 70.3 event, unless you’d just done DIT or IM 70.3 Bahrain. So whilst the long course die-hard’s signed up for the individual event, the rest of the team came together to form teams. T2A had 18 racing in some capacity.

Individual entries
On the individual front we have Capt J, Chief, Benny, Sellar, Britt, and Bollywood racing. I am not putting pressure on this lot as 3 are training for future events with the other 3 in fine form to deliver. However, I want them going in relaxed so not even mentioning names here as Britt, Sellar, and Benny are all chilled and primed anyway 🙂

The teams – 4 squads
Chicks Squad : new comer Alison swimming, T2A stalwart Q, and one of the fastest age group triathlete runners in the World off the bike (sometimes) Zoe running. That’s a scary squad for any of the ladies out there although I am told, a mixed bunch of athletes have formed a chicks team making podium a real cat fight.

The Mixed Squad : with Colleen swimming (and has trained this time), the Viking biking and slowly finding form again, with Kirsty all excited about her 21km run. Kirsty has been training damn hard and like many of us, has the demons telling her she is not ready. That’s usually a sign you are 🙂

Next, the men’s teams with two very fast squads. On paper, the kid, Jimmy and Cavemen look like certain victors over Ulrik, Stuey and Jordo. However, let’s break it down. Who wants to swim against the kid among T2A? Few do but the Danish bomber does not fear him which is interesting as I would 🙂 Jimmy set the 70km solo TT a blaze last month but quietly sitting in the top 5 was also the unsung China 2011 hero, Captain Clipboard. Than we have everyone’s worse nightmare to run beside being the Caveman. Who is the Caveman, you will find out Friday when you see him on a rampage for those who don’t know him. That problem is, he is up against Jordo, a seasoned tough bastard who relishes being in the trenches those last 5000m. So, I think the T2A men’s race may be closer than first appears 🙂

Race Day
The weather conditions on race day were not favourable, unless you liked wind and waves, the Gulf waters were pretty angry and the event organisers were having a few issues tying the swim course down so they had no option but to adapt the swim course and significantly reduced the swim, from the usual 1900m to 500m, which came as a blow to the swimmers, I am sure the progressive swimmers were pretty happy. It was also a rolling race start which lends itself to more of a solo TT than a head-to-head race. The bike course was tailwind for 45km and headwind for the 45km back, with a good lick of sand. There was no escaping the wind on the run either. Tough day out.

Results
1st 45-49’s chicks with a smashing 9-minute victory goes to Britt.
4th 35-39’s hotly contested male category goes to Sellar (1.24 run).
30-34’s Benny snapped his chain, ran 5km bare feet, then ran 1.24 off the bike
Chief, Jeroen, and Andy all raced above what Coach expected as they were always using this race for training purposes.
Men’s teams – we got 2nd and 3rd out of many, including UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait National squads.
Chicks relay – we got 2nd, robbed with swim but the better team won on the day. We shall take that silver with pride.
Mixed relay – we were 8th.

For all results go to the Ironman website