Results

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Pre Phuket Event Results

posted 9 Nov 2019, 04:44 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

On a glorious morning by any standards in the world, a smaller than usual crew turned out to do their final race like hit out before venturing down to Phuket to test themselves in the often brutal conditions dished up there.

First out of the water, and on the run and on the, you get the picture was the unstoppable Ryan Kemp followed closely by the rest of the field. In cooler conditions bike times were fast although Deborah's time may be a little quicker than it should be given she missed a crucial detour via BWB on the way back, oops! Then on the run, Amie showed why she could become a very good triathlete if she could get those bike times down a bit, putting in the second fastest split of the day. Go girl!

Good luck to everyone heading down!

Two final dates to put in your calendar, Beer Mile, Wednesday 11 December and our end of year party Saturday December 14

Dragons Comittee

Pears and Hudson retains Dragons Individual Time Trial 2019

posted 2 Nov 2019, 00:53 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club   [ updated 2 Nov 2019, 01:38 ]

On a beautiful sunny morning, in perfect racing conditions with low humidity and even a cool breeze, 17 men and women lined up for the final Dragons ITT of the year. This race is a classic. It is two big loops of 24km each (https://www.strava.com/segments/17332182) on a virtually flat stretch of tarmac. Total elevation on the 48.1km segment is 31m - barely noticeable. There is no long hill to push up, there are no long downhills that can speed you up. This is about how much power you can put out over 48km, or about 70-80 mins. Its length means it is a course ideal for triathletes who train to hold power for hours on end than road cyclists who are trained to surge and dart, but the road cyclists have done damage here in the past. It is an interesting competition between the two disciplines. There is no hiding. Strava is the ultimate arbiter. It is on this course that souls are bared, truths are told and you realise who you really are (ok - that's a bit much, but I love a bit of drama!!.)

Every year, we race it twice - once in the Spring and once in the autumn. The Yellow Jersey is awarded to the fastest time recorded in the year by a Dragon out of the two races. From the Spring race Paul Madden delivered an amazingly quick 1.06.44 to take the Strava record (the pre-Strava record from 2011 is owned by the late Colin Robertson, with 1.05.59), but the fastest Dragon was Duncan Watt with a time of 1.12.33, while among the women, the never ageing Christina Hudson had produced a time of 1.20.14. These were the times to beat to get Yellow. 

And lining up to do so, we had some formidable athletes. From Hong Kong's Team Unfound, back from big success at the Masters Tour of Chiang Mai bike race - the big men had gathered. The slightly built, super fast Ekapak, the similarly svelte Steven Baker, the wily strategist James Sutton, the pocket rocket Philippe Cosentino, the power purist Alex 'Stoppsy' Stopps and big burly Josh Grindrod, who had come all the way from Macau. From the Dragons contingent, the formidable Mat Pears was leading the challenge, joined by the understated Nick Kearns, the 'never say die' Cora van Laer and the wonder lady Wynnie Fung. From our sister club, the cool, calm swede Bo Kratz was flying the colours of the SIRs, while we also welcomed a healthy contingent from Discovery Bay, including Dan 'Car Park Warrior' Mullins, Olivier 'Swim-Run' Baillet and his much better half Ann Lavandon. Dangerman Chris Liu rounded off the start list, a perenniial danger in all these races and dominant in HK's local racing scene.

Going off at 30 second intervals, the ladies led the way, while the fast men waited till the end, As the 2018 Yellow Jersey winner, Pears lined up last, with a crowd of Unfound favourites ahead of him.

On lap one, Grindrod from Macau had surged to the front and seemed to be gaining ground. Pears also was making up huge gains, but not without a fight as Eka, Sutton and Stopps were all fighting tooth and nail to gain ground on the chasers and the men in front of them. In the women's race, the imperious Wynnie Fung was embarrassing the mid-pack men who were fast realising that lining up behind her might not have been the smartest move. By the end of the lap, Grindrod had what seemed like a huge lead, but it was equally clear that Pears, who had started more than two minutes after him had put in some very fast riding, and recorded the fastest lap split at 33 minutes 39 seconds for 24km, with Grindrod in second at 34.17, while Eka was also taking no prisoners at 34.53. Pocket rocket Cosentino unfortunately had to retire with two punctures in quick succession and did the rest of his race in a cab.

By lap two it was clear that Wynnie was the clear favourite to take the women's race though perhaps not the yellow for the year, but the men's race was not so clear cut. Though Grindrod was out in front, Eka was chasing in second and Pears was moving fast - but not fast enough to catch them. This was going t mean that by standing at the finish and seeing who rolled in first would not be an indication of who rode fastest. Pears was clearly slowing but was Grindrod and Eka also slowing? it was tough to tell.

Strava is final and tells the story. Pears had just done enough to hold on and keep Grindrod and Eka at bay. Wynnie stormed the women's race, but was not able to overhaul Christina Hudson's previous time from the Spring race to claim Yellow. So a well deserved victory goes to Christina Hudson, who wins the women's Yellow Jersey for the second consecutive year, and to Mat Pears who beat Duncan Watt's time from the first race to also take a second consecutive Yellow Jersey.

It was a fantastic event today - as ever, and while the victors grab the limelight, there were valiant performances put in by everyone. Special mention should go in particular to our newcomers, both from Lantau: Scott Ramsay and Michael Kyprianou, who we hope loved the experience and will be back for more, Massive thanks should also go to our marshalls, all of whom would have given the competitors some serious concerns, had they decided to compete, instead of helping keep everyone safe. So big thanks to Guy Thomas for slowing down traffic coming off the #8 Highway, to 'Vivdog' Vivek Varadajaran for standing at the service road entry and exit point and facing off against the construction lorries, to Nick Adamus and Adrian Halkes for blocking buses at the Pak Mong village, and of course to Kris 'trippel' Guns, who made me ride at 350 watts because apparently it is good for me!!

Final placings below (all times are Strava, unless otherwise indicated)

Mathew Pears 1.08.35
Josh Grindrod 1.09.37
Ekapak 1.10.08
Alex Stopps 1.10.50 (somehow managed to avoid being recorded on Strava) 
Chris Liu 1.11.57
Steven Baker 1.12.42
James Sutton 1.12.48
Olivier Baillet 1.15.45
Daniel Mullin 1.19.56
Wynnie Fung 1.22.49 (Winner of the women's race)
Bo Kratz 1.26.26(1.15.02 moving time)
Scott Ramsey 1.26.46
Cora Van Laer 1.27.00
Nick Kearns 1.28.07
Anne Lavandon 1.28.38
Michael Kyprianou 1.28.54

Philippe Cosentino DNF

Another Great Morning for a Race!

posted 18 Oct 2019, 21:37 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

I don't imagine that there were too many Dragons members in bed this morning. 
This is the time of year when Hong Kong puts on its best weather for any form of activity you can do outside. Given that events like the Moontrekker were taking place overnight and many were taking the opportunity of getting some challenging hill rides into their legs ahead of the Taiwan KOM next Friday, it was little surprise that we had a small but able field for the last of the Summer Series Training Events at Shek O Beach.
Steven Bemet put his stamp on this event early and demonstrated that he is going to be in good form for Phuket. 
Although Benjamin Darde relishes running down athletes with his speedy legs. Should Benjamin ever find the time to work on his swim and ride, we are all going to be in big trouble!
Special Mention also to Dave Gibb who looked strong in a return to the 3 discipline event for the first time since his Phuket accident last year kept him out of action for a while. 

All times and Places are on the spreadsheets below.  

September SSTR5 - Crystal Clear Water

posted 13 Sep 2019, 21:47 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

Only a small field turned out to be treated to some crystal clear water for the September Summer Series Training Event. It was definitely a treat for the swimmers as the sandy bottom was visible for the entire swim. Many of the "old-timers" amongst us could not remember too many days like today for water clarity. If you are planning a beach swim today, do not miss it!

In spite of the small field this morning, there were still a lot of competitive battles taking place in different parts of the event which saw everyone get a good workout in what was still quite warm conditions on the run and ride. 

Ryan Kemp was again uncontested at the front of each heat but newcomers like Luke Jones and Niek Niens showed that none of us can be complacent out there. 

A very unfortunate calf injury took Simon Porter out of the first heat. We all wish him a speedy recovery. 

Full results for the 3 heats below.


August SSTR4

posted 16 Aug 2019, 21:38 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

We could not have asked for better conditions for the 4th of the annual Summer Series Triathlon Training series this morning. 
The rain fell early and then held off till well after the event ensuring that we had relatively calm, dry and cool conditions to contend with for the 2km swim, 8km ride and 2km run X3.
The field had a great range with some good competition at almost all levels although Ryan Kemp was not made to work too hard to claim his front spot!
The results are below for those who want to check out times. They are unaltered so for those who "mixed it up a bit" I will let you get from them what you will.
See you all at the September event. 

July SSTR3 - Warm but Worth It!

posted 13 Jul 2019, 00:38 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

You never know who is left around HK in mid-July so it was great to see a hale and hearty turn out of Dragons for the 3rd Tri Training event of the season. 
Thanks to all who showed up on a warm morning to compete in the usual friendly spirit of these events. At least I can testify to the water being refreshing. 
A shout out to Gerald Posthuma who braved the course for the first time on a challenging morning.
The results of the event are posted here. 
A few folk skipped out of some stages or modified sections - you know who you are so I will leave it to you to get what you can from the results.

Team Unfound found what it takes to claim the annual Dragons Team Time Trial

posted 23 Jun 2019, 04:15 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

We had a great annual Team Time Trial on Saturday 22 June with 7 strong teams signing up, for what is always a much anticipated event in our small but competitive cycling community.


An early morning recce however revealed the sudden appearance of traffic lights on the service road to Tung Chung and so a last minute decision was made to change from the advertised fast and furious 2-lap course of this 48.8k TT to a still fast, but slightly hillier 3-lap course for the same distance.


It made for an interesting challenge, as no doubt team strategies would have been devised based on two laps; and the harder 3-lap route means negotiating an extra set of inclines, an extra set of roundabouts and an extra set of u-turns, inevitably meaning a lot more loss of momentum.


As usual, the teams that gathered ranged from the carefully honed, super competitive to those hastily cobbled together by four guys looking for a bit of fun o a Saturday morning. 


Of the more serious teams, we had Team Unfound featuring the near unbeatable Paul Madden as well as the always imperious Steve Baker, the highly experienced Peter Hope and ‘can’t stop him on a TT bike’ Alex Stopps.


But facing off against them was no mean challenge from Team 6U0, which included Chris ‘ponytail’ Liu, Vincent ‘pocket rocket’ Chung as well as super cool Ray Chu and Jacky Leung.


Also not to be underestimated were the wittily named 3wKG (3 watts per KG!) team, Andrew  Sharkey’s Team Barbarians (who despite losing a team member the night before) still managed to bring four very strong riders together and Team Chickenfish (Adrian Halkes’ always interesting concoction of strength, roadcraft and experience).


There were also fun teams like Brett Gage’s ‘Four New Friends’ who were exactly that! As well as the ‘Three Dragons and a SIR team” though unfortunately last minute cancellations meant that only one Dragon and one SIR turned up at the start line. And of course Marc Abecassis’ Les Tonton Flingeurs - a quad of Tritons, resplendent in their orange colours.


Going off at 45 second intervals Team 3wKG led off the teams and held their lead right until the last lap, putting on an amazing display of tenacity, speed and strength. Clearly a miscalculation by the guy in charge of seeding to let them go first (…now I wonder who that was?) Perhaps the aero helmets and disc wheels should have provided a hint!?


The one Dragon and One Sir Team went next, followed by Les Tontons Flingeurs, The Barbarians, Four New Friends, Chickenfish, with 6UO and Unfound the last to leave.


It is always interesting watching this event, because usually on the first lap, not much happens as all the teams maintain their positions and the process of attrition only becomes evident in later laps.


This time was different however. Team 6UO were rapidly making their way up the field even on the first lap with Team Unfound in very hot pursuit. In addition, The Barbarians and Les Tonton Flingeurs teams seemed to be merging and both were in danger of being disqualified for not maintaining a distance between each other.


Meanwhile the Dragons and SIR duo team were already going through separation.


The surprise package came in the form of Four New Friends however - a team that had come about when Brett Gage asked for people to come together to join him and experienced campaigners Bart P, Anthony Lam and Vincent ‘Cordobator’ Cordoba answered the call.


In fact if there was to be a prize for performing like a team in the face of all odds, Four New Friends’ definitely gets it. They rode together seamlessly, checking distance and pacing between them and ensuring they acted as a unit. They put together a fantastic race and definitely should think about riding together more regularly.


In the end of course, any team with Paul Madden or Chris Liu on it was always going to be at the pointy end and so it was with Team Unfound and Team 6UO fighting it out in what was a very close performance between them.


Only seconds divided them at the finish - but with Strava GPS files always being the final adjudicate, Team Unfound just pipped it.


Great fun was had by all - despite the last minute course change - and congratulations to all teams for their performance on the day.


A special mention must also go out to our marshalls who excelled in keeping everyone on course and safe.


Full course and team placings below 


3-lap course: https://www.strava.com/segments/11550505?filter=overall


FINAL PLACINGS


Team Unfound

Team 6UO

Team 3wKG

Four New Friends

Team Chickenfish

Les Tontons Flingeurs


DNF or incomplete teams

The Barbarians (who stopped midway to gallantly help a fellow rider unconnected to our event who was in a road traffic accident)

A Dragon and a SIR (incomplete - although Euan Matheson did a great solo ride)

Summer Series No.2

posted 8 Jun 2019, 02:49 by HK Dragons Triathlon Club

In another warm one, 15 Dragons turned up to do battle not only with each other but also with the heat in Shek O.In the first one Ryan Kemp got out of the water with Simon Weller, who flew past the fourth buoy so fast he didn't see it and ended swimming further than everyone but that was the last anyone saw of Ryan, storming away on the bike and run. Despite his best efforts in the second and third to "not win" by swimming slowly, swimming further and taking longer in transitions, no one came close. Come on Olaf and Pearsy where are you guys? Ryan's head will grow to big.

The rest of the mere mortals however got stuck into trying to chase each other down like Steve "I have a blister and need to come back and put on one sock" Bemet taking Simon Weller on the line in the last one or doing battle with the heat. Jon "I thought I was going to die in Phuket" Waite was supposed to relay with wife Amie in the last one but he didn't look so good after number two.

Some swapped swims for runs and some runs for swims but that's how these events are supposed to be. Do what you feel comfortable doing and have fun.

Results attached


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


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