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Third Summer Series Tri in July

posted 15 Jul 2017, 00:27 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

You know if you are fronting up for a race in Mid July that you can expect that it will be warm and that some of the field will be missing due to the holiday season. Bearing this in mind, we had a very keen, high quality field rolling out of bed and heading to Shek O beach for a great morning of Swimming, Running and Riding.
Iain Veitch put his stamp on this from the outset with a blistering 26:51 in race one. Suffice to say he did not drop the pace by much in any of the other 2 races. Andres Torres was the only one to attempt to take the race to Iain. Not sure what happened in race 3? Andres did not pull a 20:09 race out of the bag but I was not doing the timing so I can't explain this at this point. :) 

Great to see the girls out in force this morning! Also great to see them giving many of us guys a run for our money.

The results are uploaded below. See you at the 4th event next month.

SIRs Dragons Canyon take Dragons Team Time Trial 2017

posted 24 Jun 2017, 00:01 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 25 Jun 2017, 06:47 ]

The SIRs Dragons Canyon team, comprising Henrik 'the Hammer' Pederson, Nick Adamus, Justin Baldacchino and Andrew Sharkey took another great victory, against the odds, in this year's Dragons Team Time Trial. The win, in what were unusually ambiguous weather conditions for Hong Kong (i.e. hot and sunny in parts, interspersed with showers and a real downpour towards the end), was by no means emphatic though. 

The hot favourites for the day, the Hong Kong Pistons (Paul 'Goldilocks' Madden, Daniel Betteridge, Philippe Consentino & Jules Doyle) chased the SIRs Dragons all the way to the end, while the relatively new Unfound team (Ed Chadwick, Steve Baker, James Sutton & Duncan Watt) were also hot on their tails.

But the SIRS Dragons victory did represent a partial defence of last year's Dragons TTT, where The SIRs again held off a strong field in extremely difficult weather conditions and Pederson was one of the representatives on that team. And even more impressive was the fact that the winning team probably also had the oldest average age!

After being postponed for a week, and as a result, with slightly depleted numbers, nine teams were still able to line up for this year's Dragons TTT, including an entry from the new force on the HK road racing scene, the redoubtable CCN Foil (Joe Lee, Craig Wilkeson, Camel Dyrk & Andres Torres - who was drafted in at the last minute), who were also capable of pulling off an upset.

The Pistons however were the favourites. All their riders had done extremely well in last week's Hong Kong National's road race, and Madden had taken a great victory at this year's Dragons Race to Enlightenment. However, it was clear as the race unfolded that the SIRs Dragons were never going to make this easy!

All going off at 30 second intervals, with the slowest heading off first, it initially looked like the SIRs Dragons team (who as defending champions went last) were never going to catch the Pistons, but with the determination of some of the wily seniors on the team, and some considerable mental strength, they slowly ground their way in front of the Pistons by the end of the first lap -  but then found it hard to pull away.

By the second lap, the SIRS Dragons, the Pistons, CCN Foil and Unfound were all battling away , and in danger of breaking the no inter-team drafting rule, but on this course, the relentless pace, the unforgiving 48km distance, and the heat and rain that comes with bike racing in Hong Kong in late June were all going to take their toil.

Behind them, team Last Minute (Billy, Kevin, Rockson and Jay) were working to catch up, while Diamond Dogs (Paul 'Boomer' McMahon, Chris' Gunnsy' Gunns, Dave 'Gibbo' Gibb and Stefan Rust) were in their own mini battle with the Terriers (Ashley Dyer, Phil Shirley, Jonathan Perrin & Neil Galliford). Why both the 'Diamond Dogs' and the 'Terriers' chose canine names and ended up themselves in a dog fight (pun intended) was pure coincidence! While the ragtag 'Dodgy Darksiders' (Paul 'Redders' Redmayne Mourad, Max King, Andy Wells & Grant Lingard), were vying to break up the party - and in fact ended up doing so.

The third lap of the 3x16k course was the inevitable decider. Racing on open roads always has its challenges, and so it was just on this crucial lap that a taxi decided to come between the SIRs Dragons and the Pistons, forcing the Pistons to slow up and creating a big enough gap that allowed the SIRs Dragons to increase their lead. Similarly team Unfound were undone by an unfortunate flat tyre, suffered by James Sutton, which ended their team's bid for the race, plus a slip at the last roundabout resulted in a tumble for Duncan Watt. Fortunately he suffered only some road rash. But those incidents gave CCN Foil third place  and determined the eventual outcome of the race.

It was a great day of racing in mixed weather conditions, and tough competition pretty much all the way down the field. Next year, we will increase the intervals to one minute to eliminate any 'accidental drafting'.

Well done to all those who took part and in particular to our fantastic marshalls: Pat Gorta, Janine Denning and Laura, who as usual risked life and limb to stop traffic from intervening in the race!

Full results below (times of 4th rider where available taken from Strava segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/11550505?filter=overall)

SIRs Dragons Canyon - 1.11.19
Hong Kong Pistons - 1.11.49
CCN Foil - 1.12.57
Last Minute - 1.17.33
Diamond Dogs - 1.19.26
Dodgy Darkside Riders - 1.19.44
Terriers - 1.22.06
What? It's Draft legal?! - 1.31.38 - FEMALE WINNERS (Yann Kai 'Roinkers' Oh, 'Queen' Mary Ho, Manon Peters & Siobhan McHenry)
Unfound - (only three riders finished) - 1.14.17

Second Summer Series Race Results

posted 9 Jun 2017, 21:52 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 10 Jun 2017, 21:42 ]

What can I say beyond HOT and yet despite this, we got a new course record with new member Mathew Pears, dominating from start to finish! We had 18 athletes on the line - some of whom had traveled as far as DB to get to the south side of HK Island, so extra kudos for them.  We also had some giants of the scene competing including Pears, Andres Torres and the two Oliviers (Courret and Baillet).

 The results speak for themselves, the water was clear, the bike was fast (though increasingly crowded as Shek O became busy) and the run was just HOT.

Well done to all those who participated and in particular to Mat Pears. 26.49 is now the time to beat!

Full results are posted below.

(Adrian Lydiard raced a swim-run (no bike) on the course and Sheel Kohli did a run-bike-run (no swim). So please discount their results)


Great Start to the Summer Series Races

posted 19 May 2017, 22:34 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

I lack the eloquence of Sheel to be able to type a great race report for this morning's first Dragons Summer Series Training Race of the season but hopefully the results will speak for themselves. It was a great and very competitive field who assembled at Shek O beach in a light rain that keep the temperature down on the run. 
Toby Chu definitely outclassed us all at the front of the field but there was a lot of rivalry taking place behind him.
Interestingly, a lot of the activity responsible for peak heart rate was happening in the carpark - if you weren't there then ask someone who was! Suffice to say it made for an interesting morning :)

The results of the 3 Races are attached to this report. Apologies to anyone who's time may be slightly out. We did the best we could. 

We look forward to seeing you all again at next month's race on June 10.


Paul Madden grabs Race to Enlightenment 2017

posted 12 May 2017, 23:14 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 16 May 2017, 11:48 ]

In one of the toughest fields ever gathered, it would take a special race to win this year's 6th edition of the Dragons Race to Enlightenment, and Paul Madden (Hong Kong Pistons) did not disappoint. Lined up under overcast conditions, with the threat of rain (which thankfully did not appear) was a formidable field including a late surprise entrant from New Zealand Jack Carruthers (CCN Foil), Kris Guns (Hong Kong Dragons), defending 2016 champion Marcel Guethoff (Beyond the Line), and of course the dynamic duo Batman (aka James King of SIRs) and Robin (aka Paul Redmayne Mourad of Hong Kong Dragons). 

There were others also threatening to make an impact include HK cycling veteran Ed Cluer (Colossi) - a very welcome blast from the past - Aron Akesson (making a moonlight appearance representing Sverige), Henrik 'the Hammer' Pederson (Hong Kong Dragons) and Jon Colbaer (SIRs).

In contrast to previous years, this time there was no hanging about, and as soon as the peloton hit Tung Chung Road, the pace picked up with riders contending for position before the Beast climb. The pace was high even as the peloton climbed onto the Beast, and a strong but large front group emerged containing Madden, Carruthers, Guns, Batman, Robin, Guethoff, Colbaer, Cluer, Craig Wilkeson (Lantau Buffaloes) and Pederson.

As the Beast steepened (2.5km at average 10%), it started sorting out the men from the boys. Colbaer was the first to lose the wheel, before Pederson also succumbed. One by one, the Beast started opening gaps between the riders (it also helped that HK's helpful constabulary were also on hand to deter non-permit holders heading to South Lantau,  and at the start drove past us with megaphone blaring requesting us to keep single file)!

At the top of the Beast, the race positions were getting sorted, with a clear group of three riders emerging, containing Madden, Guns and Carruthers with the rest of the peloton in hot pursuit. The dry conditions allowed for some high speeds down from the other side of the Beast but the rolling section before the reservoir did not see much change in position. It would be left - as it always is - to the final climb to the Buddha. Of course on the way, we all had to negotiate traffic lights and roadworks, while trying to keep the crank turning at a 7% gradient, but at Tai O corner, Guns, Carruthers and Madden were still ahead of the field, and clearly eyeing each other, As the final ramp to Buddha emerged, Madden and Carruthers had put a little distance between themselves and Guns, but it was left to Madden - 200m from the top - to put the hammer down, cresting the top at just 8 seconds in front of Carruthers, and becoming this year's deserved winner, with the fastest time ever recorded during the race, and leaving him second overall on the segment behind the formidable Olaf Kasten.

Full listings below, and the segment times are here: https://www.strava.com/segments/3616961

All times are taken from Strava. 

1. Paul 'Goldilocks' Madden - Hong Kong Pistons (love those helmet straps 'pigtails' in the picture Paul) 51 minutes 10 seconds
2. Jack Carruthers - CCN Foil (still a teenager!!) 51.18
3. Kris Guns - Hong Kong Dragons 51.31
4. Marcel Guethoff - Beyond the Line and 2016 defending champion 53.13
5. James 'Batman' King - SIRs 56.36
6. Craig Wilkeson - Lantau Buffalos (no time recorded on Strava)
7. Paul 'Robin' Redmayne Mourad - HK Dragons 56.57
8. Ed Cluer - Colossi 58.26
9. Jon Colbaer - SIRs 58.32
10. Sheel Kohli - HK Dragons 1.03.21
11. Daniel Betteridge - HK Pistons 1.04.26
12. Paul 'Boomer' McMahon - HK Dragons 1.08.25
13. Cora Van Laer - HK Dragons  & FIRST WOMAN HOME 1.09.18
14. Dave 'Gibbo' Gibb - HK Dragons 1.13.05
15. Chris 'Gunnzy' Gunns - HK Dragons 1.13.26
16. Christina Hudson - HK Dragons (no time recorded on Strava)
17. Matthew Laight - HK Dragons 1.13.53
18. Robert Kushner - HK Dragons 1.14.50
19. Gareth Hirst - HK Dragons 1.19.22
20. Ben 'Weekend Vice' McCarthy - HK Dragons (no time recorded on Strava)
21. Aron Akesson - Sverige   (no time recorded on Strava)

Dragons Winter Warriors Duathlon/Triathlon Race

posted 7 Apr 2017, 21:49 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 7 Apr 2017, 22:09 ]

Great turnout for the last Dragons Winter Warriors of the year, before we go into full triathlon mode from next month. For this race we traditionally offer the choice of opting for either a 2km run for the first leg or a 300m swim, and most chose the latter. It's the new members that are ruling the roost and after Jeff Parker's win last month pipping Olivier Courret to the line! This time Toby Chu led from start to finish, chased all the way by Paul Wright, but never really in danger. A commanding performance from Toby. Congratulations! Of the 10 competitors, 7 decided to swim while only 3 chose the duathlon option, which was won in emphatic fashion by Yann Kai Oh. Well done to all who participated. Full results are below. For those who did the duathlon please substitute the swim time given in the spreadsheet with your run time. Huge kudos also to John Pies who is now the front runner for Dragons Marshall of the Year as he employed flashing lights to stop oncoming traffic. Thanks also to Pat Gorta for being our time keeper  extraordinaire!

Dragons WW South Bay Duathlon March 25 Results

posted 26 Mar 2017, 19:25 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 26 Mar 2017, 19:27 ]

A big thanks to Dave "Gibbo" Gibb who marshalled and timekept so that a keen field of 13 Dragons could race off on a great morning for running and riding at South Bay.

Some "technicalities" ensued so take some of the times on the attached results with a "grain of salt". They do show that there were some great challenges out there on the day. The results are attached. 

Once again, the coffee and the muffins were well received.

See you at the next event on the 8th of April!

First Dragons ITT of 2017- Clatworthy breaks the all-time record!

posted 10 Mar 2017, 20:47 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 10 Mar 2017, 21:22 ]

Cool and overcast conditions greeted us for the first Dragons ITT of the year - but the real story was the wind! Indeed, it was probably one of the windiest days we have seen for this early season 48km ITT race and it was the talk of the post-race banter. 

While there was a lovely tailwind up the hill towards the service road (Cheung Tung Road), that was where any wind benefit ended. There were buffeting sideways winds all the way up to the turnaround point, and once the turn was made, it was pretty miserable all the way back to Disney, with an estimated 30-40km/h headwind all the way back along Cheung Tung Road.

This race always attracts an impressive field, and this year was no different, with 23 riders lining up at the start. Henrik Pedersen (who led almost the entire way at the last ITT in November) and Andrew Sharkey (another ITT regular) were both in racing fit form with Cape Epic round the corner, and the never to be discounted Paul Wright (3rd in November), James King (for only the second time in his life riding a TT bike), Thomas Batt and Damian Barrett (making a comeback!) were also in attendance. There were also some new faces too, with the hugely impressive relative newcomer, Matthew Pears putting an appearance and almost pulling off a shocking upset!

The ladies also produced a decent contingent. Female course record holder Yann Kai Oh was ready to impose herself on the field, while also Mary Ho and Cora van Laer, also proclaimed they were ready to put the marker down on their early season form.

But it was Fred Clatworthy that took the race in truly emphatic fashion. It is sometimes easy to slip into hyperbole, but in truth to win this race against this field would have been impressive enough. Clatworthy not only was the fastest man on the course, he won in extremely difficult racing conditions - and by taking the course record, which was last set in November in a far more benign racing environment - proved that he is still racing at a different level. Not only that, but he was also the first across the line, even though, thanks to his customary 'just in time' approach to racing, started 2 minutes after the rest of the field were already off.

Special mention should also go to Matthew Pears. Starting to make an appearance on the scene, he is a talent to watch. He managed to hold Fred off for most of the race and was only passed in the final lap of this 3-course loop. Another great talent emerges in the the 852!

So massive congratulations to Fred for a stonking win and a new course record (which I think will take some beating now), and of course to everyone else who took part.

And major gratitude goes to Pat Gorta for marshalling and physically stopping traffic at the turnaround, making sure everyone was safe!

Times are below. (Strava times take precedence, otherwise I have used times given to me. Send through any amendments to info@hktriclub.com) (Segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/11550505?filter=overall)

1. Fred Clatworthy           1.08.05 - NEW COURSE RECORD!!
2. Matthew Pears             1.12.09
3. James King                  1.13.12
4. Damian Barrett             1.17.08
5. Andrew Sharkey          1.17.41
6. Thomas Batt                1.18.36
7. Paul Wright                  1.18.52
8. Olivier Baillet               1.20.13
9. Bill Fok                        1.23.47
10. Dave Gibb                 1.23.58 (no Strava time on the segment)
11. Yann Kai Oh              1.24.28 
12. Tom Wright                 1.26.18
13. Ross Milward             1.26.43 (no Strava time on the segment)
14. Robert Kushner          1.29.04
15. Liam Bolger                1.30.16
16. Jan Walter                   1.32.34
17. Adrian Lydiard             1.32.45
18. Mary Ho                      1.35.05
19. Chris Lillingston-Price 1.40.52
20. Ahmad al-Dardiry       1.55.36

Liam Cohen-Ruhle No time recorded
Henrik Pedersen DNF
Cora van Laer     DNF



 

First Winter Warrior 2017 Results

posted 24 Feb 2017, 19:02 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Kudos to the 10 keen Dragons who braved the cold and a little light rain to have a wonderful morning of racing at South Bay for the first Dragon's Winter Warrior Duathlon Race of 2017.

All had a great morning and Pat's hot coffee was especially popular at the finish as were the muffins!

Big thanks to Adrian Venette and Tom for assisting with timing and marshalling.

Results below - still in Triathlon form so ignore timings for the "Swim" but the order and overall times are correct. They are left in this form so you can compare times for the next one and measure your improvement!!

See you at the next one!

Dragons King of the Mountains competition 2016

posted 12 Dec 2016, 22:43 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Congratulations to Olaf Kasten and to Yann Kai Oh for winning this year's the annual Dragon's King of the Mountains Competition. It was particularly hard fought this year with the top slot in the male competition changing hands a few times as Kris Guns and Olaf duked out on the climbs of Hong Kong. 

We also introduced for the first time this year a series of sub-categories, which took all the segments and subdivided them into three separate competitions. Aptly named the Rouleurs, the Grand Tours and the Monuments. it meant more of us were able to compete for top honours in the competition. 

Final Results below and for the full results, and to see how you did, click here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DW7MAaUV-lIXBkPuVj7J-p13Fa_Kk_cLdeq_wNmBTXQ/edit?ts=584f4fd6#gid=477619550. To familarise yourself with the rules again, see the KOM page

Dragons King of the Mountains: Olaf Kasten
Dragons Queen of the Mountains: Yann Kai Oh

Male winner of the Grand Tours Award: Kris Guns
Female winner of the Grand Tours award: Wynnie Fung

Male winner of the Monuments Award: Rupert Griffiths
Female winner of the Monuments award: Jane Griffiths

Male Winner of the Rouleurs Award: Nick Adamus
Female winner of the Rouleurs Award: Jane Griffiths

Male KOM Challenge Winner: Andrew Sharkey
Female KOM Challenge Winner: Tani Burge

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