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


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.

Rough Conditions but we still Managed to Race!

posted 14 Jul 2018, 01:14 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

I have to admit to having to be convinced to head to Shek O beach this morning through the heavy rain showers with a thunderstorm warning in force to hold and take part in the third of the summer series training races. I felt a bit vindicated when I arrived to bands of rain sweeping the beach as the brave crew of Dragons began arriving. 
Hats off to the field of 8 registrants as it was on of the few times I remember when 100% of those registering turned up to race.
We modified the Triathlon to 2 laps of the swim course followed by 2 laps of the run course and ended up doing this twice.
You can see the results below.
Big Thanks to Gibbo who turned up to time both races on a very wet and windy morning. 

Dragons and Dragonettes sweep Dragons Team Time Trial

posted 22 Jun 2018, 23:44 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 23 Jun 2018, 01:21 ]

A record turnout, a new record and the Dragons won!  It is not often in our races that we can say that the Dragons swept the field, but Team Time Trials (TTT) are as much about consistency and pacing as they are about just raw speed.The old cliche of you are as strong as your weakest link holds true in this format more than any other and so it proved today. Those who train and race together the most proved to be the most effective in working as a team.

Of course, as with all our TTTs, this one almost didn't happen. Because we hold them in late June - the start of the Hong Kong rainy season - there is always a risk with the weather. Last year we postponed and the year before there was carnage as the wet conditions wiped out almost half the field. Indeed, in the few days before this year's race, we had been consistently peppered with thunderstorm warnings, amber rain alerts and bursts of rain gusts, which would have made the course extremely treacherous. However a wise decision to make a final call on the morning of the race proved prescient. The rain cleared, small gaps of blue began to appear between the clouds early Saturday morning, and at 5am we called the race on.

In the eight years the Dragons have been holding Team Time Trials, this race attracted the strongest field we have ever seen. Several teams were capable of winning it and there was quite a bit of speculation pre-race about who could win.

Lining up at the start line was the formidable 'Shinkansen' team featuring the ever-explosive Kris Guns, Paul 'Golidlocks' Madden, Nick 'leaving soon (sob, sob)' Adamus and Olaf 'KOM' Kasten - who between them own most of the segments on Hong Kong Island and indeed across most of Hong Kong itself. Definitely the pre-race favourites.

Also assembled were the winners of this year's Hong Kong Cycling Association TTT, Team 6UO featuring Chris Liu, Brian Tam, Ray Chu and Jacky Leung - a well honed and highly effective team, and among the strongest in Hong Kong - but untested on the longer 48km format on offer in today's race.

Under the captaincy of Paul 'can't stop training' Wright, the Dragons men also pulled together the strongest triathletes in the club, with the aptly named D-Team,  that also featured Mat 'Yorkshire bitter' Pears, Ryan 'excellent drafter' Kemp and 'Marvellous' Marcel Guethoff - a formidable triathlete himself who stepped in at the last minute in place of Tom Elliott (an extremely worthy replacement).

Among the pure cyclists, Unfound fielded two teams. The A-team included Dragon double agents Duncan Watt and Peter Hope, alongside 'Big' Dan Falconer and Eka 'Jaggad' Nirapathongp; while Team Bandit featured another Dragons double agent Philippe Cosentino (who learned the route this time), James 'MTB man' Sutton, Unfound bossman Jules Doyle and Romain 'smooth talking' Chappotteau.

The SIRs - who have won this race for the last two years thanks to their secret weapon Henrik 'the Hammer' Pedersen, lined up again with Rupert 'Strava analysis paralysis' Griffiths, Camel 'Lantau Buffalo' Dyrk and Justin 'traitor!!' Baldacchino.

The sole ladies team were the awesome Dragonettes featuring captain Cora 'super swimmer' van Laer, Jane 'I am not fit, but still strong' Griffiths, Mary 'where did those quads come from' Ho and Kate 'new girl' Richdale.

In total 15 teams lined up (full line up here: in what were dryish conditions, with just a little dampness on the roads.

With the Dragonettes going off first and the SIRs as defending male champions last, all the teams departed at one minute intervals, and it was fast from the off.

On the first lap, there was already some places being swapped, but the teams were largely keeping to the order that they set off in.

Wynnie Fung's mixed Team HRCC, surged to the front within the first 6km but with the rest of the field hot on their heels.  

By the time the teams were returning on the first lap, the leaders were Team HRCC, the Dragonettes, Team PAGL Power, Team Anti CPP, Dad Wagon, Team Flanders, The Pacemakers and Team Iggy (who were being blown apart thanks to some super powered surges by Mike Tse and Andres Torres).

They were then followed by the faster teams, who were moving at an appreciably more rapid pace. Team Unfound - Bandit, the Dragons D-Team, Team Unfound - A team, Team Chickenfish (the fastest group of sexagenarians you are ever likely to meet), Shinkansen, 6UO and then the SIRs completed the field.

As expected, it was the second lap was where it all came together and became rapidly clear that the D-Team were moving the fastest through the field - thanks to some monumental pulls coming from Pears and Guethoff, while Kemp and Wrighty were also dishing out the pain.

Shinkansen, who had been passed, were chasing relentlessly, with Madden and Guns in particular forcing the pace, while Kasten and Adamus had looks of pain etched on their faces as they attempted to keep up with their younger team mates.

Team Unfound A were having a great race, until Duncan Watt suffered a mechanical (puncture) and had to abandon. Another casualty was in the all Belgian Team Flanders, with Paul Delwaide being dropped and then deciding that he was better off having a coffee in Tung Chung than completing the second lap.

In the end though the D-team held off all comers, with a deserved victory won out of a combination of pure power and consistency, while the beautifully attired Dragonettes took home the ladies title.

Also a huge congratulations to Marcel Guethoff for breaking the TTT record with a new time of 1.07.10. (

Final standings below:

D-Team (Ryan Kemp, Paul Wright, Marcel Guethoff, Mat Pears) MALE WINNERS
Team Shinkansen (Kris Guns, Paul Madden, Olaf Kasten, Nick Adamus) 
Team 6UO (Chris Liu, Brian Tam, Jacky Leung, Vincent Chung)
Team Unfound - Bandit (James Sutton, Philippe Cosentino, Jules Doyle, Romain Chappotteau)
Team SIRs (Rupert Griffiths, Henrik Pedersen, Camel Dyrk, Justin Baldacchino)
Team Anti CPP (Chi Cheung, Chris Lui, Leo Lam, Pierre Lam)
Team Iggy (Stuart Wong, Mike Fiechtner, Andres Torres, Mike Tse)
Team PAGL Power (Paul McMahon, Andy Wells, Grant Lingard, Liam Bolger)
Team Chickenfish (Andy Jepps, AJ Halkes, Mike Ellis, Jean-Louis Lafayeednay)
The Pacemakers (Anthony Lam, James Byers, Marc Abecassis, James Byers, Marc Geddes)
Team HRCC (Wynnie Fung, Emma Ho, Acura Wong, Jason )
Team Dad Wagon (Thomas Batt, Paul Sandburg, Ric Shadforth, Joel Lieginger)
The Dragonettes (Cora van Laer, Jane Griffiths, Mary Ho, Kate Richdale) FEMALE WINNERS

Team Unfound - A (Ekapak Niraphongp, Dan Falconer, Peter Hope, Duncan Watt) - only 3 finished
Team Flanders (Bruno Accou, Mathias Deferme, Piet Kerchove, Paul Delwaide) - only 3 finished

Great Conditions for the Second Summer Series Tri

posted 8 Jun 2018, 22:58 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

They say that fortune favours the brave and it proved true when the skies parted following a week of incessant rain and provided us with a cool and clear conditions for the second of the Dragon's summer series Training Tri events. 

Around 14 of the 18 registered arrived to find the beach staff hard at work cleaning the plastic and debris from the beach following the heavy rain. In spite of a lot of leaf litter in the shallows, it was a very pleasant swim which clearly suited Adrian Lydiard. A couple of land-loving Dragons decided to substitute the swim with another run leg. We are always happy to accommodate at these events!

Whilst the road was still a bit wet for the first couple of races, it proved to be no hinderance to most although Alex was a little unlucky with his timing on a bus turning in front of him and found himself on the road with a painful looking right elbow scrape. 

In all, it was another great morning of camaraderie with a very friendly and supportive group. 

Many thanks to all who turned out and supported the event. 

Results are attached below. Apologies to anyone who's result is a little mixed up due to timing confusion. 

Paul Mc

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.

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