STG Wrap-up: 18 Feb 2015

Hi All

A belated Happy New Year everyone! A big welcome to all the new members who’ve joined us in January and February. It’s always fantastic to see new faces at training sessions and I hope you’re enjoying everything on offer so far.

Also, a big congratulations to Bruce and Helen Sanderson on the birth of their baby girl Hannah on 12 January. Well done team.

sunday ride


It’s been a while see I last reported to everyone so there’s a bit to cover. This edition of the wrap up includes:

  • A wrap up of the Jindabyne training camp
  • Information on the Triathlon NSW Club Champs to be held in May
  • Details of changes effecting the Sunday ride
  • Info on the swim-bike-run session to be held in March at Malabar
  • STG Triathlon Championships point score update
  • STG race results since I last reported

Good luck to everyone racing at the Huskisson Triathlon Festival this weekend. For those of you not heading south for the weekend, I’ll see you at the regular sessions in Sydney.


STG Training Camp

The annual STG Jindabyne Training Camp was held from 7-11 January and what a camp it was! Everyone who attended was pushed out of their comfort zone at one time or another, whether it was during the 40km uphill time trial to Charlottes Pass or during the track session which was conducted in torrential rain or descending some of Australia’s steepest mountains but everyone also came out of it both mentally and physically stronger athletes. Daniel Buttard was a prime example of this. He already had a sharp 39:58 bike time trial but 3 weeks after the camp he posted a time of 37:42 which was a whopping 2 minute 16 PB. He puts this down to 3 things: 1. The camp 2. Taking a rest day on Friday and 3. Not getting drunk on Friday night.

Aside from the training we got to see some amazing scenery and a decent amount of native wildlife which included a snake or two. We also had plenty of time to relax and enjoy some good company and also to celebrate Fran’s 40th birthday along the way.

A big thank you to Faith’s Mum Di who did everything from driving a support car to cooking meals over the 5 days and also to Alex Rogers who we were lucky enough to have on board as a coach and who also drove a support vehicle most days.

Thanks to all who attended and made it a great camp and I look forward to an even bigger and better camp in 2016!



Triathlon NSW Club Championships – May 2015. Organiser Needed!

The Triathlon NSW Club Championships will be held on Saturday 16 May at Forster and is the last race in which you can gain points for the STG Triathlon Championships (it also counts as two races for the STG Championships).

This event is unique in that you also get to compete for your club. Competitors in each age category are allocated points from 1st place = 30 points down to 1 point for 30th place. Only the first competitor from each club scores performance points but the second and subsequent athlete for each club “blocks” the performance points available to other clubs.

The race consists of a 1km beach swim, a 30km bike and an 8 km run.

We are looking for someone to volunteer to act as Organiser for team STG. This will involve promoting the event to STG members via Facebook, emails, etc. and generally rallying the troops, liaising with Triathlon NSW and potentially organising group accommodation if there is demand for it. If you’re interested in taking on this role please let me know.


Change to Long Rides from March

From Sunday 8 March the long ride session will become an STG Triathlon Club ride. What does that mean? Currently the session is coached by a qualified triathlon coach and is a session you pay to attend via a training pass. From 8 March the session can be attended by any paid up member of STG Triathlon Club regardless of whether they have purchased a Sydney Triathlon Group training pass or not. Rather than being coached, the group 1 and group 2 rides will be led by Ride Leaders. This will be someone who is a member of Triathlon NSW and STG Triathlon Club and who has a high level of experience pack riding with STG.

For this initiative to be successful we require current members to put their hands up to volunteer as Ride Leaders. Once we’ve got a pool of Ride Leaders the plan is to put together a roster for the Sunday rides. All Ride Leaders will be covered by Triathlon Australia insurance and we will put everyone who volunteers through a First Aid course.

If you are interested in being a Ride Leader please email me by 28 February.


STG Triathlon Club Event – Swim/Bike/Run Session
14 March 2015

On Saturday 14 March we will be holding a short course and long course swim/bike/run session at Malabar Beach, Long Bay. This is 1 week out from Ironman Melbourne and 7 weeks out from Ironman Australia so great timing for both these events.

Event registrations will be from 6:00-6:30am with a briefing at 6:45 and kick off at 7:00am

Events planned are as follows:
Short Course Triathlon 1km swim – 21km cycle – 6km run
Long Course Triathlon 2km swim – 63km cycle – 12km run
Open water swim 1km

Course details will be announced on Facebook closer to the date. STG members and their guests are welcome to attend and participate. Cost to non-members is $20 and members can participate for free.

There will be a sausage sizzle starting around 10am and the last long course competitor is expected home around 10:30am. Bring your family and friends along for what will be a great social and training event. This is our first club event in a while and we look forward to seeing you all there in support.

If you don’t want to participate in any of the activities we’d still love to see you there as supporters and volunteers to assist the smooth running of the event. Please contact if you’re able to volunteer.

Owing to this event there will be no brick session or time-trial in the park on Saturday 14th March.


STG Triathlon Championships update

The commentary below is based on results up to Kurnell Race 3 on the weekend.

Please note that if you have an upward pointing arrow by your name you are currently not eligible for the “Champion” title (or prizes) due to you not being a member of STG Triathlon Club so if you want to be in the running, please join the club when you join Triathlon Australia.

The Ladies

In the ladies comp Alex Rudge (4611 points-4 races-1153 average) has rocketed into first place after her outstanding 3rd in age group/top 20 female overall effort at Geelong 70.3. She is followed by Cathy Verry who has moved into second spot (4081 points-4 races-1020 average). Cath’s races this season have included the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii and also the three Kurnell races in which she finished on the podium in all three races. Nice work Cath!
Urs Moloney has already completed 2 ironman races this season and is in third place (3660 points-4 races completed – 915 average).
Leading the podium contenders are coach Faith Geraghty (1148 points-1 race-1148 average) and Ciara Liu (1076 points-1 race-1076 average) who are both training hard in the lead-up to their first Ironman attempts.

The Men

Steve Ellis has put together some solid performances in short course races over December and January including a 22nd place overall in Kurnell Sprint Race 2 and he has now moved into first place (3496 points –3 races-1165 average). He is followed by Gary Maher whose point score remains unchanged since I last did an update (3480 points-3 races-1160 average) and Simon Hatlee who is in third place after strong performances at the Nepean Triathlon and Western Sydney 70.3 (2328 points–2 races-1164 average). Marcello Mazza though still remains hot favourite for the men’s title if he can get the 4 races minimum completed before the end of the season.

If you are not familiar with the rules, below is a link to a page on the website which explains everything.

Below is a link to the updated eligible race list calendar


Race Results


Triathlon NSW Sprint Series
18 January 2015

Name Time
Steve Ellis 1:06:06
Alex Rudge 1:12:45
Dean Ormston 1:14:58
Cathy Verry 1:30:08


Bike Time Trial – 25.5km
31 January 2015




Best previous TT


PB by how much?

Daniel Buttard






Will Walker




Simon Hatlee




Jeff Sapier






Steve Ellis




Gareth Chang






Andrew Elturk






Dean Ormston




Nick Mercer






James Jagodnik





Phil Cameron




Lee Liston




Shelley Maxwell-Smith




Nikki Mercer




Natalie Peters




Cathy Verry




Ciara Lui




Asha Hum






Denise Pereira





Geelong 70.3
8 February 2015

Name Time
Alex Rudge 4:51:18


Kurnell Race 3
15 February 2015

Name Time
Matt   Curnow 1:09:55
Dean Ormston 1:12:40
Andy   Elturk 1:16:17
Jane Robertson 1:21:02
Shelley   Maxwell Smith 1:22:08
Natalie   Peters 1:25:17
Cathy   Verry 1:30:44