See the attachments to the posts for all the event results.


First Summer Series Tri for 2019 a warm one

posted 17 May 2019, 23:22 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

There were no complaints about having to get into the water for the first Tri of the season this morning. It was beautiful! Crystal clear and a refreshing temperature. The swimmers in the group like Ryan Kemp, Scott Burton and Adrian Lydiard were really enjoying the morning in the water. Unfortunately, conditions out on the road were not quite as pleasant with a high humidity and a warm sun breaking through a cloudy sky making the ride and run a sweaty affair. 
In spite of this there was the usual friendly competitive spirit on display on the course this morning and some good challenges between Ryan Kemp and Steve Bemet at the front and many in the mid-field. Some great first up performances by Ally Maclay and Antoine Chenevie and great to see the ladies putting in some good performances! Shout out to Amie Shuttleworth and Sam Holyoake.
Finally, no report would be complete without highlighting the brilliant effort put in by Ian Brownlee who is a bit like the Energiser Bunny - he just keeps going and going. A long serving Dragon who is a great inspiration to us all!

Results of the morning are below:

Cosentino capture! Race to Enlightenment has new men’s winner, while Hudson takes the female race

posted 11 May 2019, 03:37 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

In what was one of the most exciting Race to Enlightenments we have had in many years, Philippe ‘the cunning linguist’ Cosentino, a long standing Dragon, but famous for cavorting with almost all of Hong Kong’s clubs, grabbed the Race to Enlightenment despite a battle almost right to the end. Christina ‘tough but friendly’ Hudson took the women’s race in what was her first victory (though not first attempt) in what is arguably Hong Kong’s toughest hill climb.

Celebrated each year, in or around Buddha’s birthday - the course involves almost 1km of climbing, over just 20km of distance, and always brings out a wide range of competitors, from newbies to Hong Kong (welcome Daniel Blake), to grizzled competitors who have done this race and ridden this course too many times to mention but keep coming back for more (I feel your pain Bo ‘swedish charm’ Kratz, Paul ‘Boomer from the outback’ McMahon, Dana ‘I would rather be skiing’ Guidice). There was also a previous winner Marcel ‘quiet but effective’ Guethoff on the start list - never to be written off. And of course this race always brings out the climbers - those who have perfected their art on Hong Kong’s unforgiving hills, but knows in their heart that this is the mother of all climbs, and that no-one truly conquers the Beast, it’s just a question poking the bear and seeing what you get away with. (Great to see Duncan ‘if I’m in the shade I don’t mind climbing’  Watt, Ollie ‘hirsute’ Whiting, Ben ‘looks calm, but really wild’ Wilder, and Anthony ‘Ironman’ Lam.)

We also had a rare visit from a species rarely seen outside: it’s scientific name redmanus mouradus, but commonly known as Paul ‘Redders’ Redmayne Mourad. Even this rather bearded and jocular darksider, decided that training at home for the past 3 months, needed to be finally tested in the real world. Much as I hate to say it, the bearded phenomenon was to be vindicated in his belief that you can do more quality indoors than outdoors.

There were others from the great and good of Hong Kong’s cycling scene: Ric ‘raconteur’ Shadforth, Jen ‘just married’ Hsieh and of course the Macau motorbikers: Victor ‘Cordabator!!’ Cordoba and Francis ‘cameraman’ Costela - who come all the way from Macau with their bikes and book a hotel overnight so they can participate in Dragons races. I could keep going with the participant list but I know you are dying to find out what happened.

Actually, this race always has a simple script: everyone busts it up the Beast, gets torn apart on the second big incline (after feeling some initial shock after the first one), and the places begin to get settled. Then there is a little bit of jostling for position as some of the more daring descenders see if they can pick up a few spots on the Beast descent on the other side, and then the search for who to hang with, or who to chase, begins as we hit the flat, though rising section to the Prison.

As you hit the prison section and before briefly admiring what it must be like to be an inmate on Lantau to the left, and glancing at the big man sitting at the top of the hill on the right, the second major climb begins to Tai O junction and then upwards and onwards to the final ascent to the Buddha monastery itself.

On this occasion, Cosentino pretty much led from the front, after a cameo performance at the very start from Watt, and slowly pulled away from the field as the Beast began to inflict its customary damage on the peloton.

He maintained and lengthened his lead, with the rest of the field strung out behind him, but no-one should ever write off Marvellous Marcel Guethoff, who put in a phenomenal effort from the base of the reverse beast, TT-ing all the way to the prison and catching Cosentino at the base of the climb.

These two then fought out a two man battle, seeing who could maintain the pace to the top. At this point, the race has only 4km to go but the elevation is about to change from 65 metres above sea level to 420 metres!

It’s a great chance for a climber to get away, but there is a false flat just 1500m from the end when the power merchants - if you have any power left at that point - can push down the hammer and get enough momentum to take them to the top. Cosentino is a climber but Guethoff  - as a triathlete and TT specialst - can produce enough power to heat up a 1000 watt toaster!.

Probably knowing this, Cosentino put in a massive effort just before the last climb to stay away from  the relentless - though probably tiring Guethoff at this point - to claim a great victory and go down in the annals of history as a winner of this race.

Perhaps credit should also go to birthday girl Jane Griffiths, who was at the top, greeting nd taking photos of the tortured faces as they got to the top, as the last piece of inspiration for Cosentino. And who would not feel a last surge of energy to get to the top knowing you have Jane and her husband Rupert (also a previous Race to Enlightenment winner) waiting to greet you? Thanks guys for sharing your staycation with us.

Much kudos must also go to Christina Hudson for winning the women’s race in, who although a depleted field, rode extremely well and came ahead of several of the men.

Congratulations to all!

Final standings:

Philippe Cosentino - 51.43

Marcel Guethoff - 51.54

Ben Wilder - 56.32

Paul Redmayne Mourad - 58.01

Oliver Whiting - 59.11

Bart Pietstryzinski - 1.00.00

David Henderson - 1.00.21

Duncan Watt - 1.00.32

Paul McMahon - 1.01.08

Anthony Lam - 1.01.18

Lionel Visser - 1.01.27

Peter Milward - 1.01.35

Francis Costela - 1.04.48

Gary Halsall - 1.05.05

Bo Kratz - 1.06.11

Dana Guidice - 1.06.43

Sheel Kohli - 1.09.05

Christina Hudson - 1.10.47 - First Female

Glenn Smith - 1.11.37

Jen Hsieh - 1.12.47

Ric Shadforth - 1.12.52 (though he stopped to help Victor Cordoba who unfortunately suffered a flat tyre)

Matthew Laight - 1.13.45

Matthew Walton - 1.16.55

Daniel Blake - no time recorded

Victor Cordoba - DNF

Final Dragons Duathlon of the Season Over

posted 12 Apr 2019, 19:52 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

In a week that started off with us all thinking that Summer had arrived in force and then ended with cool conditions and storms yesterday, it was a timely reminder that we always run our Dragons events unless it is deemed unsafe to even travel to the venue! Suffice to say that this morning's conditions did not tempt anyone into the water much to the disappointment of Adrian Lydiard 😁. As has happened with a number of Dragons events over the years, the morning turned out to be almost perfect for an event, albeit the road surface was very damp and forced us all to exercise caution around some wet and bumpy corners. Fortunately there were no falls and everyone seemed to have a great morning out on the course.
Once again Paul Wright outclassed the field and gave us all a yardstick to work towards for the upcoming Summer Series when the swim leg is sure to mix things up a little. 
Special mention to the 4 Dragons who made the journey over from Macau for the Event this morning. It was great to see you out there on the course and we look forward to seeing you at the Summer Series Events.

Results for the morning are below

Second Winter Warriors a lot of fun

posted 8 Mar 2019, 20:49 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Nine Dragons enjoyed great Duathlon conditions, apart from little bit of breeze, out on the South Bay Road course this morning. 

At the front of the field Paul Wright was relatively unchallenged and looked strong all the way to a convincing win in a time of 1:09:24. Great time for the 2/20/4 course. 

Other strong performers were Christian Wyborn and Sheel Kohli.

Of course the main event is the coffee and muffins that follow and those were clearly enjoyed by all.

Results are below. See you at the ITT on April 6.

Dragons Winter Warriors Duathlon

posted 2 Feb 2019, 02:06 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 2 Feb 2019, 04:00 ]

In hindsight, it was not the wisest decision to hold the first Dragons Winter Warriors event of the Year at the weekend before the Lunar New Year. It meant that there were depleted numbers on show today, with only four starters out of the massed ranks of Dragons who usually do this race. Seems most were either off on holiday, or committed elsewhere. We did however have an additional late entrant and a couple of spectators who also made it down to cheer us on, and even a marshall to keep us safe.

It was perfect conditions for a run-bike-run. The temperature was 18 degrees, dry and overcast, with pollution levels mercifully low.

With no timing device today as the ever reliable iPad app we use was not available, detailed stats are not included in this race report, but the rankings are below. 

Special mentions to Paul 'no longer full time athlete' Wright for taking the honours of the 2km run-20km bike- 4km run and a warm welcome to new Dragon Gerald Posthuma, who put on an impressive display, coming back from last position to take third slot on the final run. A very special thanks to Cora Van Laer who interrupted her 100k ride to shiver at the top of South Bay Road to block the traffic.


Paul Wright
Sheel Kohli
Gerald Posthuma
Adrian Lydiard
Jeff Parker (bike only)

Thanks also to the wonderful Vernette Lydiard for being our most regular spectator and Phil Gann for making an appearance at the start to wave us off and accompany us on the first lap of the bike leg.

It's great to get the season started again!

Tough Swim but Good Pre-Phuket Race at Shek O

posted 9 Nov 2018, 21:30 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

It was not a swim for the feint-hearted so kudos to Yann Kai and others who have recently taken up swimming and had to brave a swell to keep the surfers happy this morning.

In spite of the rough swim, the conditions were great for getting out there and doing a "dress rehearsal" for the main event in Phuket. 

Ryan Kemp is certainly looking hard to beat and, given that the conditions at Phuket are likely to be a little more to her liking swim-wise, Yann Kai Oh will be giving a lot of the ladies a run for their money. 

Results below. Apologies if some are a little muddled. A number of athletes had to leave early. 

Pears smashes the Dragons ITT for the men's Yellow Jersey & Hudson survives a stiff challenge for the women

posted 3 Nov 2018, 23:45 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 4 Nov 2018, 15:58 ]

Overcast and wet conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm for the second and final instalment of the Dragons ITT competition for 2018. 
In a format where the fastest time wins, and you get two races during the course of the year to give it a go, there is a natural tension for the winners of the first race. Ryan 'Big South African' Kemp and Christina 'Canadians are all good' Hudson, with times of 1.13.48 and 1.20.26 respectively, became natural targets, particularly as this was the last chance for anyone to stake their claim to this year's Dragons Yellow Jersey.
And there seemed to be plenty who felt they were in with a shot. In the men's race, the big guns of the triathlon and the bike racing scene showed up. The men not to be messed with included Peter 'here's hoping' Hope, newcomer Alex 'TALL' Stopps, Mat 'I'll swim round the Island later' Pears, James 'please no puncture' Sutton, Rob 'Kona' Turnbull, Andrew 'battered but not broken' Sharkey, Chris 'dangerman' Liu and Jacky 'surprise package'  Leung, While the women's field included Jenny 'I swim best' Barbour, new comer Bessa Odendahl, stalwart Karen 'Veen' Fairley and of course one of the strongest women amateur cyclists in Hong Kong this year, Wynnie 'best Halloween costume' Fung. All were capable of grabbing the yellow, and although all professed modesty about their chances pre-race, it was clear that the incumbents would need to worry given the strength of the field that assembled on the start line on Magic Road
In the men's race, Kemp was not leaving anything to chance and was back to make sure he gave a good account of himself, but in the women's race, a trip abroad meant that Hudson could not attend to protect her position.
The odds of an upset were additionally shortened by the fact that the weather - at 20 degrees - was particularly cool for this early phase of a Hong Kong autumn. Another factor in favour of an upset were the sheer numbers - we had 35 racers show up, in what was record attendance, and an indicator of just how popular this race has become.
Setting off at 30 second intervals kept drafting to a minimum, but it did not matter - the speeds from the start were very high from almost everybody
The last set of riders to leave in particular, definitely had designs on victory. Firstly, in the women's race, last to leave Fung was right in front of all competitors by the middle of the first lap of this two lap course, having eaten up all the slower men as she whizzed by. In the men's race it was more complicated, as some of the earlier starters proved to be very strong, and difficult to catch., while at the back a battle was ensuing among the strong men of the peloton.
Maybe that was the reason that in the end we saw such fast times. The Individual Time Trial is a race where not only do individuals heap pressure on themselves to keep the speeds high - if it ain't hurting it ain't working - but mentally unless you left last you know someone is always chasing and if you were the last to leave, you are the hunter and the rest are the hares!
In the women's race, Fung had to contend with the fact that  she was well in front by 14km of this 48km course, which with no one else to chase, meant that she may have naturally and sub-consciously succumbed to a slowing and conservation of energy, that proved costly in the end.
In the men's race there would be no such luxury. Leung actually became the race leader and was the first to cross the line after 48km, in a display of raw speed and power, but he was by no means the fastest.
The relentless chasing meant that Pears, Kemp & Stopps were moving the quickest round the course. Leaving second to last, Kemp seemed to be traversing the field fastest from the start, moving rapidly through the field by the middle of the first lap, though not able to overhaul a resolute Pears who was almost literally flying round the course, and actually accelerated at the end. Apart from needing to keep Pears in his sights, the other issue Kemp had to deal with was a stubborn Stopps, who started way ahead of both of them, and was not letting either catch him.
Another surprise factor, which was probably on Stopps' mind, was a resilient Sharkey, who surprised everyone (or at least me) by producing unmitigated power levels, that put some of his usual competitors in some relative shade. Indeed, even Stopps couldn't catch Sharkey in what was a virtuoso performance from him.
Great performances were also put in by Hope and Sutton - both part of new HK racing team, Fry Group Unfound - who on this performance look like they can really shake up the Asian cycling racing scene in the future
All this meant that in the men's race, not only did Pears pull out a huge 1.09.11 - and become the only man to go below 1.10 in the ITT this year, but Kemp's time of 1.10.28 was a full 3 minutes faster than his first ITT this year, but still not enough to grab the top spot on the podium.
While in the women's race, though Fung put together a huge performance, clocking a moving time on Strava of 1.20.51, she was an agonising 25 seconds short of Hudson's earlier time.
So a huge congratulations goes to Mat 'Pearsy' Pears and Christina 'don't ask me that at 5am' Hudson for a fine victory and are winners of the 2018 Dragons yellow jersey. Full placings below. Strava times take precedence unless otherwise stated. A special thanks also to the marshalls on the course Chris Gunns and Florian Schneider.

Mat Pears - 1.09.11
Ryan Kemp - 1.10.28
Alex Stopps - 1.11.02
Peter Hope - 1.11.23
James Sutton - 1.12.46
Henrik Pedersen - 1.13.13
Tom Batt - 1.13.28
Andrew Sharkey 1.13.37
Philippe Cosentino - 1.13.54
Chris Liu - 1.15.03
Dan Betteridge - 1.15.07
Jules Doyle - 1.16.06
Jacky Leung - 1.16.14
Rob Turnbull - 1.16.25
Dom Edmondson - 1.17.13
Rupert Griffiths - 1.17.17
Chi Cheung - 1.17.31
Jeremy Borne - 1.17.50
Wynnie Fung - 1.20.51 - FIRST FEMALE
Guy Thomas - 1.22.15
Rob Van Veen - 1.23.13
Antoine Chenevier - 1.23.22 (segment not recorded on Strava)
Jenny Barbour - 1.23.56 (time not on Strava)
Adrian Halkes - 1.25.19
Karen Fairley - 1.25.50
Andy Jepps - 1.27.03
Bessa Odendaal - 1.27.46
Nick Kearns - 1.28.33
Yves Klenk - 1.28.33
Julian Trott - 1.28.44 (time not on Strava)
Ric Shadforth - 1.29.53
Gareth Hirst - 1.30.48 (segment not recorded by Strava)
Moray Taylor-Smith 1.35.05 (segment not recorded by Strava)
Laurent Rosfelder - 1.45.17

Dan Faulkner - DNF


Challenging Swim but a great morning

posted 13 Oct 2018, 00:40 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 13 Oct 2018, 02:00 ]

The cooler weather around at the moment makes it much more pleasant to take part in a Triathlon and the field that assembled at Shek O Beach this morning will testify to this!

Whilst the breeze was fantastic, it did produce some challenging surf to swim in which suited the stronger swimmers in the group. As always some good competition at different stages of the field and a great morning out for all in a welcome visit to a post Typhoon Mankhut Shek O beach which is clearly still suffering. 

Results and some photos below:

Great Timing for SSTR5

posted 16 Sep 2018, 07:03 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

I need to touch wood when I say we are jagging the right days this year to hold the Summer Series Training Races as SSTR5 was the day prior to the day that saw some real devastation at Shek O beach. 

Whilst we missed this, we did have an incident with a member new to the Summer Series having a rather serious accident as result of taking evasive measures to avoid a young child running out on the road. For this reason, the results of Race 3 are a bit of a mess. We had more serious concerns for the safety of a member on our minds. 

Results below:

What a great swim!! - SSTR4

posted 18 Aug 2018, 02:27 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

The best thing about having a week of rain is that the seas are usually beautiful and calm following the rain and this morning did not disappoint!

The full "dirty dozen" contingent showed for the event although the fastest man on the course was a little delayed due to having consumed a little too much good red wine last night. No-one apart from him was complaining as it gave the rest of us a chance to "claim a podium".

As per usual, there were some great individual efforts and some hard fought battles out on the course. Check out the full results below which might not mean as much to those who did not partake as some swapped the swim for another run. (Their loss as it was fantastic in the water!) Others skipped some legs or shortened as required. It is a Training Race so that's how we roll!

We are all looking forward to the next race on September 15th.

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