STG WRAP-UP: 17 March 2014

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Shelley and Deb enjoying the Incredible sunrise that accompanied our Wednesday swim session last week

1 week to Ironman Melbourne

1 week to Kurnell Sprint Race 4

3 weeks to NSW Club Champs

7 weeks to Busselton 70.3

7 weeks to Ironman Australia

12 weeks to Ironman Cairns and 70.3

Hi team,

Apologies for the lack of communication since the last update.

Huskisson Tri Festival

Congratulations to all those who raced in Huskisson a few weekends ago as well as those in Wollongong last weekend. There were some great results at both events, more on that below.

For anyone who missed Huskisson, if you haven’t been before then think about it for 2015, it’s a popular event with STG so plenty of support on offer and it never fails as a great weekend away, it’s only 2-3hrs drive from Sydney and is easily one of the best tri-festivals on the calendar.

Apart from triathlons of varying distances, there is an ocean swim and a 5km. Also a 10km run in which STG stalwart Bruce Flaherty won the 60-69 category in a lightning quick 46:23, congratulations Bruce!

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Gareth is back and on form

In the sprint triathlon congratulations go to our seemingly regular podium finisher Alex Rudge placing 2nd in her category. Also a great result for Dean Ormston who appears to defy standard training convention by finishing in the top 10 of his age group without much training, I should add that Deano has been doing triathlon since some members were in nappies so best not try this at home until you too have 12 years of racing notched in your race-belt.

And finally to the long course where we had one of the largest participations ever and so many PB’s. Special mention to Steve Ellis who was the fastest STG’er and 20th in his very competitive age group. Steve managed to run down Marcello Mazza just before the finish chute. Interestingly Marcello had earlier fallen foul of the drafting police and copped a 5 minute penalty on the bike course. Steve’s dad Bryan Ellis placed 2nd in his age-group with another strong performance from the international.

Well done also to Francesca Boase and Amelia Maxwell for finishing under the challenging milestone of 5 hours, Millie finished 8th in her category and I’m fairly certain we’ll see more great results from her in the future.

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Bryan shows us all how it’s done

Wollongong Sprint and OD

Another weekend another race! This one in the Gong last Sunday where Alex Rudge once again climbed the podium in 3rd place having had, by her account, a disastrous race. Nick Glozier also did well finishing in 4th place and Gary Maher mirrored Nick’s exact finishing time yet finished slightly further down in the more competitive 30-34 age group. A very strong performance from Dani Barclay in her first attempt at Olympic distance saw her into 7th place and a strong showing from up-and-comer Jeremy Foote who’s working his way towards 70.3 in Busselton.

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Fran, Faith, Daniel and Marcello enjoying the race afterglow, Huskisson

Results for races

Please let me know if I’ve missed anyone out.

Huskisson Swim Challenge

Nick Cunningham 0:18:13 40-49 (9) Male (39)

Huskisson Fun Run

Bruce Flaherty 0:46:23 60-69 (1) Male (19)

Huskisson Sprint

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Huskisson Long Course

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Wollongong Olympic

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Wollongong Sprint

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3 Peaks Challenge

Finally congratulations to team STG who all successfully completed the grueling 235km 3 Peaks Challenge ride from Falls Creek in Victoria within the 13 hour cut off time. This is now recognized as one of the top 10 single day rides in the world and I highly recommend tackling it in 2015 if you like a big challenge and are undaunted by long steep climbs. If you’re interested take a peak at the video from the day to get a feel for the event.

The following results have been sorted by total climbing time, which is only fair.

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Best of luck to those competing at Challenge Batemans Bay this weekend. And to Faith Geraghty who’ll be riding 500km between Dubbo and Wagga Wagga over 3 days for the Far West Children’s charity. If you’d like to support Faith please visit her fundraising page. Don’t forget to pack the chamois cream Faith!

STG Ride Across the Alps – 13-21 September 2014

STG’s first overseas adventure. The spectacular route takes in many of the famous tour climbs in what will be the trip of a lifetime. Further details can be found on the STG website, a brochure with full itinerary is also available on request.

STG Club Championships Table

The latest version of the STG championship table has been updated to include results from Husky, however not Wollongong as yet. The table can be seen here.

 

Product of the Week

Shammy CreamChamois Cream, Assos or any other recognised brand, smear it over your nether regions and you will thankfully forget all about them on those 235km alpine rides.

 

Sydney Training Weather

A few showers and storms possible in the afternoons over the weekend and more showers later in the week yet lengthy periods of bright sunshine and temps mid to high twenties.

Sunrise: 06:51 (first light 6:26)

Sunset: 19:18 (last light 19:43)

Bondi Water Temp: Sultry 21 degrees

 

See you at training.

Jeff Sapier

Head Coach