Wednesday, 16th February 2011
High score in first duathlon of the season
Last weekend saw the first race of the local Duathlon season. The race was held in Clonea Strand, just out side Dungarvan, and it was a spectacular event showcasing some of the best roads and sights that Waterford has to offer to triathletes. The day began with a great turn out from Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club and unprecedented weather, with everyone eagerly anticipating the 5Km run - 20Km Bike - 3Km run.
As the gun went off at the start of the race it was Tipp men and Carrick Tri-Club members, Kenny Curran, up the front and leading out the bunch of enthusiastic Duathletes, and Eddie O'Donoughue, leading the casing pack of runners. The run brought athletes over quiet roads to the beautiful views of Dungarvan harbour, and back around to clonea strand. Then it was onto the bike for a series of short climbs as riders headed in the direction of Stradbally before turning back. While Kenny continued to push hard at the front, he was being hottly pursued by fellow club mates Eddie and Gerry, as well as competitors from Ennis Tri-Club, Waterford Tri-club and Cyclists from Dungarvan. Unfortunately Tramore man Gerry lost time on his bike due to loose handle bars, a lesson learned for all: if you adjust your bike to fit in a car, remember to tighten it all up again! Further behind at the back of the race there may have been some compromising of the rules as Carrick girl Yvonne chased to catch up with the rest of the racers and engaged in some drafting to pull her way back up through the pack, but we'll keep that secret. Training in Clonmel Area - Swimming: Clonmel Town Pool, Sundays 6pm to 7pm. Coached sessions focusing on stroke and technique with Swim Ireland coach. Group Cycling: Sundays, 10:30am. Meet at Clonmel train station. Typical distance is a 50 Km loop. Don't forget a helmet. Running: During February Clonmel AC host a 4 k road race on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Entrance is Euro 4 and there are nightly prices. Meet at St. Patricks Road just off by-pass. Great way to monitor training progress.
Training in Waterford Area - Swimming: Newtown School Swimming Pool, Wednesday 19.30 to 21.00, €7.50 for coached session. Group Cycling: Sunday 9.30am. Meet at Petrol Station at Whitfield Hospital. Running: Tuesday 18.30, €3 Coaches Session with James O'Sullivan, meet Mill Lane Ind Est, off Tramore Road.
Waterford Duathlon races open online
Waterford Triathlon Club are holding 2 duathlon races again this year (5k run, 20k cycle, 3k run) with our 1st race being held on Sat. 12th March in Butlerstown and our 2nd race in Fenor on Sat. 9th April. Both of these races are on the Triathlon Ireland calendar and under TI rules and last year attracted over 160 athletes from all over Ireland for each race including a great entry from local athletes. Entry fee for each race is €20 or if you enter both races at the same time you can get it for a discounted price of €35. Pre-entry is strongly recommended as we will only have limited entry on they day. On-line entry to these races is now open through our website www.waterford-triathlon.com where you will also find full race details.
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