Race 25 of 28

22nd February 2014

Twinnies season is almost over, just a couple more races and then all that’s left is the Club Championships and the presentation night festivities

Intermediatiate girls

Intermediatiate girls

Club Championship nominations have opened, for those who have not participated in a club championship event, it runs like this. Your handicap start is gone and its down to a mass start for both male and female. It doesn’t take long for people to sort themselves out in the swim, then the bike leg- we will have police at the both sets of traffic lights to ensure no one gets caught at those bloody red lights, with marshals at Fraser/Amaroo and Woodlands Drive Roundabout. It really is a great finale to the season, so why not give it a go.  For those that still wish to race but not in the championships it will be like any other Saturday morning.

Marg and Hollie

Marg and Hollie

Then, its time dig out your finest clothes and jewels for the presentation dinner. Cost will be $40 per head for members and non-members/partners. For members you ticket has been discounted by $1 for every race you have completed up until Saturday 22/2. Please note there will be not ticket sales at the door, in fact ticket sales will close the week before to ensure we can give numbers attending to the caterers. So get in early.

Breakfast next week


Marshalls for next week
Fraser/Amaroo intersection: Jessica Selleck
Pink X’s: Brandon Copeland
Ash RAB: Peach Sampson
Woodlands Drive RAB: Travis Coleman

Random Draw winners
Kev Bannerman, Tracy Foyster, Stu Crawford, Joe Ward, Dave Proudfoot, Doug Neil, Jim Collins, Jenny Curnow and Colin Last

The Russ Evans Memorial Towel goes to pointscore leader at the end of February, who is Vaughan Skelly, as you can only win this once, it goes to the next person down the list – Will Styman.

February Point score Winner Will Styman

February Point score Winner Will Styman

Dr Bike Roger was up overseeing the method cyclist were traversing the Pink X’s corner and reported back that everyone was going really really well until nearly the last rider turned the corner with the inside pedal down and guess what, that pedal hit the bitumen and got ejected into a half pike before crashing into the bitumen, fortunately no damage to the bike and the rider with a bruised ego mounted the bike and finished the race albeit with a few minor scratches.

Dr Bike Junior Paul talked about ‘Grand Fondo’ bike rides. These rides vary in distance from 60km-260km. He is planning on participating in a couple and is calling for interested parties to jump on board. If you are interested call in an see him at the newest bike shop on the coast @ Coastal Cyclery or see him at the club.

 

Stu Crawford
Twin Towns Triathlon Club

 

 

Race 24 of 28

Race Report 15 February 2014

And the drought continues, this has almost got to the driest season Twinnies has experience in recent times. I don’t hear any triathletes complaining, but it would be nice to see some rain, overnight and all gone before that early morning training ride.

 

Some old heads getting together

Some old heads getting together

Doctor Bike took his tuition to another level and went out prowling around those darned Pink X’s. He rode behind some and offered some advice and guidance He will continue to do this and if anyone wants some special assistance just give him a hollow.

Coach Des was also out on the course warning cyclist of our latest obstacle courtesy of Tweed Shire Council at the intersection of Botanical and Leisure Drive. See last weeks post for a photo. Yesterday was the only day he will be there, if you have friends coming down just remind them to take it a little wide and stay off the white paint.

Simon Bradberry with a smile after popping the Question

Simon Bradberry with a smile after popping the Question

As we approach the final races of the season, next week’s race is the last race that will count towards any discounts for the Presentation Night.  The discounts will be $1 off for every race completed this season. Tickets will cost $40 with your club generously subsidising the night. Guaranteed to be a great night.

Points Score, it has been a tightly fought race this season, fathers v sons, fathers v daughters, wives v husbands and mates v mates. The difference between 1st and 10th place is only 67 points. And between 1st and 20th place is 102 points. Anything is possible, flat tyres, red lights, forgetting to turn up and sleep in or someone has a couple of absolute blinders. Give it your all and don’t leave anything in the tank. Its good to see that we have three intermediates in the top 50 Ashton Saunders(19) Nathan Raksts (38) and Caitlin Jones (50)- well done.  A quick inspection shows that only 5 members have completed every race today this season. Yesterday was the last day Doug will publish the point score, if you missed checking it out, what can I say, Bad Luck,

Milestones
Gerard Robbards accepted membership into the 200 Race Club.

Gerard 200 Race Club Member

Gerard 200 Race Club Member

Random Draw Winners
Brett Shanks, Alex Gilks, Terry Simpson, Nathan Raksts, Jess Selleck, Paul Somerfield, Trevor Lawes and Josh Parkinson

Doctor Bike Junior Paul Woodger spoke on group riding techniques especially when climbing hills.  Remember to only ride 2 abreast, maintain your spacing’s between the rider in front and their speed. There was a photo taken of a unknown rider having a testosterone moment racing up a hill near the packing shed in Cudgen which clearly showed this rider on the incorrect side of the white double dividing lines. This photo was then posted onto a social network site.

Marshalls for next week
Amaroo/Fraser:  Leanne Collins
Pink X’s : James Mournat
Ash RAB:  Phil Salter
Woodlands RAB Simon Bradberry(recently engaged)

 

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, 8th March  8.15 a.m. (after race)

Nominees

President: Val Lambert

Vice President: Julie Bloor

Treasurer: Jim Collins

Secretary: Jenny Scaysbrook

Timekeeper/Recorder: Doug Neil

Committee: Stuart Crawford, Guy Davoren, Vicki Lawes, Warren Copping, Susan Baxter

Stu Crawford
Twin Towns Triathlon Club