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Baker & Oh sweep 2018 Race to Enlightenment

posted 19 May 2018, 22:19 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 19 May 2018, 23:18 ]

One word: HOT!! If there was one takeaway from this sixth edition of the Race to Enlightenment (RtE), it was that this was the hottest. Looking back at previous races, we have averaged between 22-24 degrees on this race, held each year in May so it is as close as possible to the Buddha's birthday. At this year's race my Garmin hit a maximum of 42 degrees in the sun and an average of 28 degrees for the whole race. Combine that with 75% humidity, the toughest hills that Lantau and arguably all of Hong Kong can throw at you, and this race was tough.

But the hot conditions did not put off some of Hong Kong's finest cyclists from showing up. Representing the Hong Kong Dragons & Project 852 and fresh from Tour of Friendship (ToF) held earlier this month in Thailand, Nick 'ever enthusiastic' Adamus, made a welcome return. With a strong performance at ToF, where he came 2nd overall in his AG in similarly hot conditions, he was a favourite. 

Also coming back for a second attempt was Jon 'cool, calm & collected' Colbaer of the SIRs & Team Unfound. Colbaer is always a dark horse, and from a strong racing pedigree and never to be written off. 

And there was also Kris 'explosive' Guns, the pre-race favourite with a 13 minute Peak under his belt, though a surprise entrance from Martin Lieberz, the friendliest man in the Peloton, and overall winner in his AG at the Tour of Friendship, threatened to upset the form books. Also making a welcome return was 2014 RtE winner Rupert 'the finish line was back there' Griffiths, and Dragons committee member Paul 'Boomer' McMahon.

We also had some debuts. First our Hollywood stars: the dynamic duo of Anthony 'Hopkins' Lam and Ben 'Affleck' Wilder - both recent converts to the Dragons. Stuart '007' Wong of the Tritons, Will 'not so secret agent' Schaffer of the HK Dragons and of course a HK cycling icon, SIR Bo Kratz, founder of our sister club, the SIRs. It was also a first time for Paul 'full time athlete' Wright and also the man of the day, Steven Baker of Team Unfound - an amazing talent and winner of December's SIRs Peak TT.

It was also great to see Hong Kong's strongest female riders show up in force including Christina 'ever young' Hudson, celebrating a milestone birthday and winner of the Tour de Bintan; Yann Kai 'roinkers' Oh a previous RtE winner from 2014; debutant Jen Hsieh; 'Queen' Mary Ho; Wynnie Fung; and of course winner of last year's Race to Enlightenment Cora van Laer, hoping to defend her crown!

With such a collection of talent and the fact that for the first time there were no traffic lights on the race route, expectations were for a fast race and it it did not disappoint. Even in the warm up roll down to the briefing there was some surging at the front by Guns, Lieberz, Baker and Griffiths - perhaps just sizing each other up ahead of the fireworks to come. While the rest of the peloton seemed to be saving their legs. Indeed, it was slightly surprising to see that Cora van Laer and Yann Kai Oh were doing most of the pulling at the front. (Come on gents - where is your chivalry?)

The race itself started quickly. As soon as we turned the corner onto Tung Chung Road, the pace kicked up rapidly, with a strong front group emerging of Guns, Lieberz, Baker and Colbaer with Adamus and Griffiths in hot pursuit and Wright leading a third pack containing Oh, Fung, Lam, Wilder and Sheel Kohli.

As soon as we hit the hill, the splintering began- with Baker and Guns maintaining a very fast pace cresting the Beast in just over 10 minutes, followed by Colbaer, Lieberz, Adamus, Griffiths and Wright. And a little behind was then Fung, Lam, Oh and Kohli.

On the descent after the Beast and on the rollers to Shek Pik reservoir, first Guns and then Lieberz who was descending with Adamus spectacularly punctured and were out of the race. This left Baker on his own with Colbaer and Adamus pursuing. With Guns and Lieberz both gone, Baker was untroubled for the rest of the race, while the battle for second was raging on. Adamus finally managed to catch Colbaer on the undulating flat and then shake him off as he time trialled over the dam at Shek Pik reservoir, ready to hit the last two climbs to the Buddha.  

The three leaders of Baker, Adamus and Colbaer then did not concede anything to each other for the rest of the race and took the top steps on the podium. You might have expected that the same would be the case of the chasing pack too, but the intense temperatures and humidity was beginning to tell on all the competitors. Griffiths was the first to blow up just as he was rounding the corner at Tai O junction, and he was caught and passed by Wright, Oh, Wilder, Lam and Fung. That final climb to Buddha sometimes never seems to end, and Oh in particular put in a fantastic effort coming in just behind Wright to take the women's race and 5th overall. A remarkable achievement, as she is the only competitor in this race to have now won it twice!

Meanwhile behind, the suffering continued as Kohli buckled in the heat and found himself being joined and eventually passed by Wong and McMahon, while the rest of the Peleton limped in a few minutes later, completely spent. 

A remarkable race and some valiant performances and much licking of wounds too.

Congratulations to all participants - and let's all pray to Lord Buddha that he makes it a cooler one next year. Final standings and Strava times below:

Steven Baker - Team Unfound: 54.09 WINNER

Nick Adamus - Project 852/HK Dragons: 56.34

Jon Colbaer - SIRs/Unfound: 59.21

Paul Wright - HK Dragons: 59.43

Yann Kai Oh - HK Dragons: 1.01.01 WINNER 

Ben Wilder - HK Dragons: 1.01.34

Anthony Lam - HK Dragons: 1.02.17

Wynnie Fung - HK Dragons: 1.03.24

Rupert Griffiths - P852/HK Dragons: 1.04.31

Paul McMahon - HK Dragons: 1.04.58

Stuart Wong - P852/Tritons: 1.05.06

Sheel Kohli - HK Dragons: 1.05.56

Bart Piestrzynski - SIRs: 1.08.32

Will Schaffer - HK Dragons: no time recorded

Christina Hudson - HK Dragons: no time recorded

Dana Guidice - EZR/P852: 1.10.55

Bo Kratz - SIRs: 1.12.29

Rob Kushner - HK Dragons/P852: 1.18.42

Jen Hsieh - HK Dragons: 1.18.55

Greg Karpinski - Lantau Buffalos: 1.19.58

Mary Ho - HK Dragons: 1.25.55

Fabrice Peyrin - HK Dragons: 1.31.49


Great Morning for SSTR1 2018

posted 11 May 2018, 22:15 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

After a week of threatening thunderstorms and monsoonal winds, it was no surprise that members were wanting to check the abandonment due to poor weather policy for the first Dragons Summer Series Tri of 2018. They need not have bothered as A. We never cancel unless it is dangerous to even travel to Shek O Beach and B. The morning at the beach was perfect for the event. 

Matthew Pears put his stamp on this event again from the outset ensuring Paul Wright, Ryan Kemp and Richard Greaves had to stretch to stay in the hunt whilst the rest of the mere mortals battled it out further down the field. 

The 3 rounds of the Super Sprint format seems like it suits a good number of members with a range of abilities. We had 21 signed on for this morning although there was some "no-shows" for reasons unknown at time of writing. If rumours are to be believed, we had 3 people doing their first ever triathlon this morning in Floris Holdrinet, Anna Simpson and Trevor Parker who wrote that it was his first event in Hong Kong so probably not first Tri. Special mention also to Yvonne McMahon who took part in her first Triathlon in 12 years!

Something to note for the future. The village continues to be busy in Shek O and this is only going to increase as the Summer heats up. We moved these events to 7:30am to accommodate some members who wanted to catch ferries across from Discovery Bay. As they appear to be AWOL at the moment 😀, we suggest that it might be better to shift the next Summer Series Training Race to 7:00am and maybe even go to 6:30am as the hotter weather arrives. Any and all comments on this change gratefully received via email  or via the chat on WhatsApp.

See you all at the next Summer Series Training Race in Shek O on June 9 or at the Race to Enlightenment next Saturday. 

Dragons 2018 Duathlon 3

posted 14 Apr 2018, 00:25 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

The sultry conditions at South Bay this morning made everyone understand why we give the option of making this last Duathlon of the season one in which you can opt to turn into a Triathlon. Whilst 4 took this option, the remainder settled for the more traditional duathlon format. A great race was had by all with Paul Wright catching Ryan Kemp on the last run leg to take out line honors. 

A strong showing from first timers Yves Klenk and Anne Lim made for a great all round event.

Results attached for interest only. There were bike issues and swim substitutions which mean that these times are really only understood by the athletes who took part. 

Kemp and Hudson take a tough Dragons ITT

posted 6 Apr 2018, 23:47 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

In what were overcast and chilly conditions (by Hong Kong standards), with even a tiny bit of drizzle, fourteen intrepid competitors stepped out to see if they can hit some fast times at the first Dragons ITT of 2018.

Sleeves and even longs had been brought back out of the closet by some, and the wind was clearly up. Some of the weather apps were forecasting an 8 m/s north easterly which clearly meant that when the wind was behind you, it was going to be a huge advantage, but then again, this is an out and back course, and so what the wind giveth, it also taketh away.…..

For those looking to predict a winner, the added complication today was that the field was slightly depleted by the fact that some were still away on Easter/Ching Ming Festival holidays, and other notable regulars were either unwell or tapering for next week’s Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou race.

Still  - to use a well worn cliche - you have to be in it to win it, and there were several very strong looking competitors keen to get some points on the board for the first TT.

In the women’s race, there was the resurgent Christina Hudson, with a Tour be Bintan yellow jersey freshly under her belt, the serial competitor Manon Peters who seems to have a race almost every month at the moment, and newcomer to the scene, and not to be ignored, Kate Gaskell.

In the men’s race, there were also no foregone conclusions to be had. Paul Wright was looking imperious as ever, having last month just won the Asian Duathlon Championships in Malaysia for his age group, while the ever mild-mannered Ryan Kemp, who is rarely seen outside on a bicycle, is known for putting in some punishing sessions on the trainer. We also welcomed to the race Robert Turnbull, who brought with him a fierce reputation from performances at previous races, and Chris Liu of Holiday Racing and 6UO, who was also very capable of pulling off an upset. And of course, we must always give a mention to Victor ‘Cordobator’ Cordoba, who had travelled especially for the race from Macau and had to rush back straight after to perform in The House of Dancing Water.

This race also brought the welcome return of the faster traditional 2-lap (24 km x 2) format - a route which we used to regularly until 2015, when roadworks on the course meant we had to rework to a 3-lap 16km x 3 race.

With the steadiest going off first Jen Hsieh, Kate Gaskell and brand new Dragon, Yves Klenk, led the field off, while Christina Hudson and Wynnie Fung were placed second to last and last respectively, in a race where the fastest always are the last to leave. In the men’s field, Paul Wright, Ryan Kemp and Robert Turnbull were third last, second last and last to leave respectively - with Paul Wright proudly sporting his yellow jersey from the 2017 competition.

Speeds were high from the off and that 8 m/s north easterly meant that speeds of up to 50km/h were reached on Tung Chung Road. From a marshall’s standpoint Kemp and Wright were quickly working their way right up through the field, with Wright holding onto a slender lead. Chris Liu who started quite high up in the grid had also passed several of his competitors and was also homing in on the two leaders, with Victor ‘Cordobator’ Cordoba in hot pursuit.

In the women’s race, it was a similar story, with Christina Hudson distancing herself quickly from her female competitors, not even allowing Wynnie Fung - a huge competitor on the Hong Kong scene, who started 15 seconds later - to even get anywhere close to her.

Kemp’s unrelenting determination meant that his persistence finally paid off, as he passed Wright on the final lap, while Hudson’s hard work on the first lap, meant that there was never much change once she got to the front, though there was a fierce battle for 2nd place, taken admirably by Manon Peters with Wynnie in third.

It was a day when having a TT bike over a road bike gave you a distinct advantage. With gusting winds and cloudy low pressure conditions, getting low and aero was clearly a differentiator in the race.

Congratulations to all who participated. See you at the next one. Massive thanks to the marshalls on course: Gibbo, Adrian, roinkers, Anthony and Sheel.


Ryan ‘mild mannered’ Kemp: 1.13.48 

Paul ‘Wrighty’ Wright: 1.14.08 

Chris Liu: 1.15.13 (self-timed) (Strava moving time: 1.17.48/elapsed time: 1.25.11)

Víctor ‘Cordobator!!’ Cordoba: 1.18.11 

Robert Turnbull: 1.18.55  

Vivek Varadarajan: 1.20.16 

Christina Hudson: 1.20.26  (FIRST LADY)

Dana Guidice: 1.21.03 

Bill Fok :1.25.44 

Manon Peters: 1.25.54

Wynnie Fung: 1.28.02 (Strava moving time 1.25.11)

Kate Gaskell: 1.39.43 (despite going off course with a short stint on the #8 highway!) 

Jen Hsieh: 1.41.05

Yves Klenk: 1.41.17

Strava elapsed times take precedence unless otherwise indicated (

Second Winter Duathlon 2018

posted 16 Mar 2018, 19:32 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Fabulous turn out this morning to farewell long term Dragon Chris Gunns as he makes ready to depart Hong Kong after 12 years. Champagne was definitely in order and made an interesting combination with the coffee and muffins. 
You can see from the results attached below that Iain Veitch was a stand-out winner ahead of Paul Wright and Sheel Kohli. As we all know there are many more individual winners in an event like this. Some of us win by getting out of bed and making it along!

It was bracing in the windy conditions but lots of smiles and cheer in evidence as you can see from the photos.

First Winter Warrior Duathlon Results

posted 9 Feb 2018, 18:32 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Great morning at South Bay this morning and a quality field for the first Duathlon of the Season. Congratulations to Matthew Pears who put in a very strong performance to come home clear of the field. Special mention to Manon Peters who was looking for some more female company out on the course. Hopefully the ladies of the club have put the next event on the 17th into their calendars!

Results are below. Remember that the app is set up for Swim/Ride/Run so the categories for the first run look more useful to swimmers. I am sure you can all work a calculator should you need alternate figures! :)

Dragons King and Queen of the Mountains 2017

posted 13 Jan 2018, 20:43 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Congratulations once again to the true King and Queen of Hong Kong's challenging (and most frequented hills) Olaf Kasten and Yann Kai Oh who for the second consecutive year jointly held the Dragons King and Queen of the Mountains competition. Special mention must in particular go to Yann Kai, who has held the title of Dragons Queen of the Mountain since the competition began in 2013 and so this is her 5th consecutive year of holding the title!

There was also the race for the sub-competitions where the 12 segments are split into three and which are raced by those who are not going for the overall. Massive congratulations to Philippe Consentino, a relative newcomer to cycling, who took all but one of the sub-races, fighting a very determined challenge by Nick Adamus; and to the very plucky Cora van Laer and Christina Hudson for taking the ladies races

Final Results below and for the full results, and to see how you and everyone else did, click here:

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: Philippe Consentino
Female winner of the Grand Tours award: Christina Hudson

Male winner of the Monuments Award: Philipe Consentino
Female winner of the Monuments award: Cora van Laer

Male Winner of the Rouleurs Award: Nick Adamus
Female winner of the Rouleurs Award: Cora van Laer

Male KOM Challenge Winner: Desmond Poon
Female KOM Challenge Winner: Christina Hudson

Dragons/SIRs Christmas Party and Awards 2017

posted 13 Jan 2018, 20:27 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Lots of fun, frolics and a few sore heads the next day marked the customary end of the Hong Kong cycling, running and swimming year at the annual Dragons/SIRs Christmas Party. It is also the night when we hand out awards for all the amazing performances over the year, notable achievements and acknowledge some of the great characters on the scene.

Dragon of the Year (MALE)- Paul Wright
Dragon of the Year (FEMALE) - Yann Kai 'roinkers' Oh
SIR of the Year - Duncan 'I've got watts!' Watt
Most Improved Dragon of the Year (MALE) - Adrian Lydiard
Most Improved Dragon of the Year (FEMALE) - Christina Hudson
Individual Time Trial Winner (MALE over 2 legs) - Paul Wright
Individual Time Trial Winner (FEMALE over 2 legs) - Yann Kai 'roinkers' Oh) 
Race to Enlightenment 2017 (MALE) - Paul 'Goldilocks' Madden
Race to Enlightenment 2017 (FEMALE) - Cora van Laer 
Total Immersion award 2017 (for the most metres swam) FEMALE - Mary Ho (103,041m swam)
Total Immersion award 2017 (for the most metres swam) MALE - Olaf Kasten (458,183m swam)
Big Ring award 2017 (for the most KMs in the saddle) FEMALE - Cora van Laer (7,483km ridden)
Big Ring award 2017 (for the most KMs in the saddle) MALE - Nick Adamus (15, 448km ridden)
Kenyan Running award 2017 (for the most KMs on 2 feet) FEMALE - Yann Kai 'roinkers' Oh (2,409km 
Kenyan Running award 2017 (for the most KMs on 2 feet) MALE - Sheel Kohli (1,457km ran)
Return to Glory leaders - Yvonne McMahon & John Pies
SIRs Rookies of the Year - Rick Shadforth & Matthew Trethewey
Dragons Rookie of the Year (FEMALE) - Manon Peters
Dragons Rookies of the Year (MALE) - Ryan 'Mild Mannered and Big Legged' Kemp & Paul 'The Judge' Sandburg
Loudest person at 5am - Tom 'Loud & Proud' Wright
Beer Mile Winner 2017 - Ryan 'Mild Mannered & Big Legged' Kemp
Wounded in the Service of Duty Award - Dave 'Gibbo' Gibb
Dragons & SIRs mentor award - Sheel Kohli & Bo Kratz (respectively)
Strongest Man over 50 - Henrik 'The Hammer' Pedersen
Batman & Robin 'Bromance of the Year' - Nick Adamus & Justin Baldacchino 
The 'I wonder why he buys jerseys since he posts everything topless Strava Guns' award - Paul 'the Judge' Sandburg
Most Embarrassing Incident (say no more...) - Desmond Poon

Great Conditions for Pre-Phuket Race

posted 10 Nov 2017, 19:35 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Wonderful conditions prevailed this morning for the Final Dragons race of the season, the Pre-Phuket Triathlon. 
A couple of Dragons preferred to pass on the swim and make this event a Duathlon so the results should not be taken as a true indication of the outcome but more of a guide for the athletes.
This is to take nothing away from a great performance from Paul Wright who put in some "stonking" performances both on foot and wheel to leave his mark on this event and to let everyone know he is in top form for defending his "Beer Mile" crown in a couple of weeks. 
Similarly the other athletes on the course put in some spirited performances in some lumpy surf but cool and breezy road. 
A special mention to Braedon Sharp who appeared to really enjoy the course and looks likely to amongst the top finishers next season.
Results are below.

Dragons ITT sees massive field and the return of Guethoff; Wright and Oh claim Yellow!

posted 4 Nov 2017, 00:51 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 4 Nov 2017, 01:48 ]

In the final instalment of this year’s Dragons ITT competition, we saw a huge turnout in perfect cool, dry,  overcast conditions, with some north easterly wind on the course.

A total of 30 riders were at the start in what is one of the most challenging flat TTs in Hong Kong, as its 3-lap course includes a punchy lump in the middle  of the race, that is designed to disrupt momentum, force greater power and eat into your speed.

Among the starters list were some of HK’s most experienced long course and short course triathletes, as well as some very accomplished pure cyclists.

With the likes of Olaf Kasten, just back from a 10 hour Kona; Peter Hope, just returned from claiming podiums in Tour de Chiangmai; and Paul ‘Redders’ Redmayne Mourad, just back from a sub 5-hour  Taiwan KOM Challenge - it was clear anything could happen. Some of the older campaigners were also clearly up for the challenge, with Paul ‘Wrighty’ Wright eyeing the overall yellow Dragons TT jersey, Paul ‘Boomer’ McMahon, who has been in some great form all season, and Henrik ‘The Hammer’ Pedersen who was aiming to keep proving - along with Boomer - that being over 50 is the new 30!!

Pre-race banter also featured some curiosity about some of the newer athletes on the scene, especially around Paul ‘The Judge’ Sandburg, already known for his explosive power and ability to keep hitting and hitting and hitting and hitting. Ryan Kemp, our mild mannered South African who is known for slaying all comers on Zwift. Ed Chadwick of Team Unfound was also making his Dragons TT debut, and known for his ability to put in sustained power over a long distance, and you could never write off Duncan ‘I’ve got Watts’ Watt, who was riding a recently acquired, very mean looking  TT bike, which he freely admitted was faster than he was!

In the end though, it was the always quiet Marcel Guethoff, who slipped into the starting grid almost unnoticed, who upset the form books. In hindsight, that should never have been the case. Marcel won the 2016 Dragons Race to Enlightenment in another stunning race last year, and although he could not retain his title this year, is well known for his work rate and dedication. 

Even in today’s race, he was still behind Peter Hope on the 2nd lap. Indeed, it looked like Peter was going to take a well-deserved victory, but Marcel in the crucial third lap, clawed his way back and overtook Peter who did not seem to be laying off at all!

An amazing victory and an awesome time of 1.09.26 and he is now one of only two people who have ever gone under 1.10 on this course (the other being record holder Fred Clatworthy).

So huge congratulations to Marcel Guethoff for a fantastic race. Also special mention must go to Paul Wright, another highly dedicated (and increasingly decorated) athlete, who having also competed in the first ITT of the year held in March, took the overall victory as the fastest Dragon over two legs, and of course to the ever dominant Yann Kai Oh, who takes the women’s yellow jersey for being the fastest overall lady!

Full results below: ( Strava takes precedence unless otherwise stated)

Marcel Guethoff 1.09.26

Peter Hope 1.11.52

Ryan Kemp 1.12.09

Olaf Kasten 1.12.24

Paul ‘Wrighty’ Wright 1.12.43

Henrik ‘the Hammer’ Pedersen 1.13.06

Duncan ‘I’ve got watts’ Watt 1.14.11

Ed Chadwick 1.15.25

Craig Wilkeson 1.15.33

Paul ‘Redders’ Redmayne 1.17.08 (non Strava time - can someone teach him please??)

Paul ‘The Judge’ Sandburg 1.18.21

Victor ‘The Cordabator’ Cordoba 1.19.37

Dan Betteridge 1.21.08

Vivek Varadarajan 1.21.55 (non-Strava time)

Paul ‘Boomer’ McMahon 1.22.09 (non-Strava time)

Yann Kai ‘Roinkers’ Oh 1.23.21 FIRST WOMAN HOME

Greg Toole 1.23.49

Martin Wrae 1.24.06

Francis Costela 1.24.37

Philippe Cosentino 1.24.xx (non-Strava time as he managed to take a wrong turning…..?!)

Fabrice ‘Fab Triathlete’ Peyrin 1.26.24

Liam Bolger 1.27.11

Anthony Lam 1.27.14

Nick Kearns 1.28.33

Adrian ‘AJ’ Halkes 1.28.35

Jan Walter 1.29.33

Ian Mcclelland 1.30.05

Mark Stanley 1.33.11

James Billingham 1.35.07 (non Strava time)

Todd Bryan 1.45 (non Strava time)

Laura ‘Miss Gordon’ Gordon 1.47.54

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