Today we had a good turn out from the team for the popular Giant Duathlon Race 1 held at Al Qudra Cycle Park. The race format is 3km run; 24km bike; 3km run.
There were some top class results all round:
- Zoe Cresswell 1st overall female and 1st in AG F30-39
- Kirsty Sharleen 2nd in AG F30-39 (never off podium under new squad)
- Britt Kjemhus Welander 2nd overall and 1st in AG F40-49
- Marcella Moohan 4th in AG F40-49
- James Cresswell 5th in AG M30-39
- Ulrik Lind 4th in toughest age group M40-49
- Anders Strandberg 6th in M40-49 (moving up to next AG in New Year – watch out chaps!)
- Andy Veall finding form with 13th M40-49 (watch this one over the coming months…)
Zoe and Britt 1st and 2nd overall female and only 26 seconds apart!!!! However Anders has the race of the day… beating Zoe is a massive standout.
The Emirates Road Cycling Club, in conjunction with Trek, have organised a super event – the Team Time Trial around the 49 km loop of the Dubai Cycle Course at Al Qudra, it’s held on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month and has been running since 2014. This year it has gained some momentum over 2015 with 35 teams entering in November, including 10 ladies teams.
Tri2Aspire entered two teams, teams were selected through qualification and roll down following the T2A individual TT in October.
Team a places 5th in 1:08:21 with Team B only 2½ minutes behind in 12th place 1:10:54. Not bad results for a triathlon team. Well done guys!!! 🙂
If you want to know more about the Emirates Road Cycling Club TTT event or register for the next event – go the their website www.ekrcc.com
Incredible running…4th overall instagram @benwalton
He biked 4:54:21… 180km. Just think about that for a moment
A few words from PC himself post race “Such a hard day at the office. A long way from the perfect race but if I’d been offered 9.39 at the start I’d have grabbed it with both hands and headed off to the burger tent. I had such a miserable time on the run I made a pact with myself never to do another Ironman. I think a bit of reflection is needed once the dust has settled and I can walk again. Thanks to everyone who followed me today – no easy task when many of my friend were in time zones 7-11 hours ahead of AZ. Now off for that burger, and maybe even a cheeky beer“
PC came to his senses a few hours later and his Ironman racing career is back on! He knows he can go faster… Which one will it be I wonder?
It was another great day out for the team. The course was a bit different this year starting in Dubai Marina at JBR, which has been the location for the T2A Saturday swims for years, then the bike ended up at Endurance City which meant a lap of Al Qudra – and as usual it was windy and just got windier as the day progressed which meant for a tough day at the office. The run was a great little course on a mixture of road and trail, 3 loops in the desert.
Sellar placed 4th in M35-39 4:42:28
Ben Walton placed 5th in M30-34 5:00:25
Capt J followed strict instructions to stick to IM pace and had a great training session in his build up to IM Busselton M40-44 5:55:46
Men’s team (Tom/Stuey/Anders) placed 2nd in Male Team 4:44:16
Girls team (Colleen/Kirsty/Britt) placed 2nd in Female Team 5:17:36
Piers Constable (PC) has been in the team for four years, in fact we’re on a 4-year anniversary (November 2011). Sadly, PC left us in Dubai last year and moved to NYC but stayed with us as our US contingent (with Super C and part-time real Yank – Big Dog), and if you follow PC on Instagram you’ll know he’s having a ball stateside. PC is also is a prime example of a change is as good as a rest.. but he’s not really been resting has he (can PC ever rest?), racing every month since NYC came out of a deep freeze.
American Zofinger Long Course – 17th May 2015
3rd M40-44 5m/84m/15m = 8:16:59
70.3 Eagleman – 14th June 2015
5th M40-44 4:38:14
NYC City Triathlon – 19th July 2015
2nd M40-44 Standard Distance 2:10:16
70.3 Timberman – 16th August 2015
4th M40-44 4:37:30
Bruce Springsteen concert, Madison Square Gardens, NYC – 10th November 🙂
This weekend… Ironman Arizona – 14th November 2015 Ironman Arizona
Piers is in Tip-Top shape, with Capital ‘T’s’ and don’t think for one second it’s an overnight sensation, you don’t just suddenly become an ‘Elite Age Grouper’ in 6 months – it’s years of consistent training and dedication (and obsession). PC’s tenacity under the guidance of Coach has perpetuated PC’s performance, coupled with his last years training in the fresh air and great training paddock over there in the US… you can just see from snapshots of PC’s life on Instagram the quality training compared to here in UAE (I have great training grounds envy!!!) it has catapulted his performance and I for one am so chuffed for him (and Wendy who in this journey with him).
So… Ironman Arizona, located in Tempe (next to Phoenix) ‘This race stands out as one of the most urban races in North America’.
It’s a fast course… The swim is a one loop in in a lake (and I think PC has a new – Roka, not BlueSeventy? wet suit for the occasion)… The bike is a relatively flat three-loop course… and the run is two loops, flat with a few small rollers.
Last years M40-44 results… something to aim for
PC is excited, Wendy must be ecstatic and we are waiting for the result 🙂 Kill the run Piers, smash it!!! 🙂
This week we see Sellar, Ben, Capt J along with two teams (Colleen, Kirsty, Britt) and (Tom, Stuey, Anders) racing in the first half ironman distance event in the region this season – Dubai International Triathlon
The swim is on our very own stomping ground down at JBR, its a non-wetsuit swim and the water temperature is perfect at this time of the year in Dubai. The bike is one lap starting in Dubai Marina winding up at another familiar place, the Al Qudra Cycle track and finishes at Endurance City. We are just hoping the winds die down, and blow over by Saturday or it’ll make for a tough ride. The run is 3 laps on a new course in the desert so depending on what time you run it has the potential to be hot, hot, hot – nothing new there 🙂
Good luck guys & enjoy… I for one will be watching 🙂
From From 17 starters, 8 won either overall or within their age categories, which made for 13 podiums. That makes 76% of the team who raced yesterday stood up on the dice – not a bad result 🙂 2XU Triathlon SuperSports Race Results
Message from the Coach Well done team – we’ve all worked incredibly hard over the summer for these results. We did some punishing training sets. When your in the middle of hard training blocks, its easy to think your not doing too well. This can be due to fatigue, motivation and comparing yourself to other team mates shredding you on that particular day. I can recall from my own racing days that there has to be sets in training that are “harder” than racing. I asked a few members today how they compared yesterdays bike to some of the brutal sets I have dished out in training. All of them replied that the training sets were harder. Love CP