2022 Season Results
Summer Series Training Race 3
When you sign on for a Triathlon taking place in Hong Kong on July 9, you can't really complain if it is rather warm - right? I think we all agreed that it was really toasty down there at Shek O Beach this morning. In spite of the heat, there was once again a 100% turn out and a great morning was had by all.
Round 1 Results
The first of the 3 events saw newcomer and swim coach Kevin Chow put his stamp on the event. (Apologies for the timing error on your swim Kevin! Check David's time if you want to see how you came out of the water.)
It was also great to see Stephanie Pezot back from Majorca in fine form and enjoying herself out on the course this morning.
Round 2 Results
Many thanks to Toots for doing the scoring for this one. If there are any errors or omissions, you can blame her. 🤣
Round 3 Results
It took a big effort to do all 3 in the heat this morning and and an especially big effort to push hard out there. A special mention to Lucas who set a PB on this course during this round. The result here is not official so Lucas timed it as well
See you all again on August 27 for the next one and out on the bike on July 23rd for the Dragons TTT,
Summer Series Training Race 2
So we have had a week of crazy rain including Red Rain signals disrupting kids getting home from school, localised flooding and even some land slips. In spite of this, the amazing Dragons Summer Series Triathletes turned out in force for the Second of our Legendary Triathlon Training races of the summer of 2022. Some even braved heavy rain showers to ride to the start of the race and a few, names withheld for obvious reasons were DNS's 😉
Many of us were initially sheltering from the rain under the arches at the beach initially wondering if the rain would dissipate and allow us to get any sort of event underway. In true Summer Series event form, the situation rapidly changed and a group of 16 or so enthusiastic triathletes found themselves lining up on the beach just a little after 7 am for a start.
Given the rain and the lower temperature it produced I am sure that many will be impressed with their running time. You can check the results of the first round below:
Round 1 Results
As you can see, we have invested in a new timing system which makes registering and reporting results a lot easier so hopefully we can be a bit more accurate on the timings. This may not have much effect on the outcome of these events which, as you will see from the results are rather predicable at the top of the field. There are, however, some great battles and changing of places going on deeper into the field. Here are the results from Race 2 and 3:
Round 2 Results
Round 3 Results
Seems like we are seeing a few new faces down at Shek O Beach for these events. Please note that the next event for the Dragons is a 70.3 Training Race at Disney. Check details on the WhatsApp Group. The next Summer Series Tri at Shek O will be on July 9. See you there!
Summer Series Training Race 1
There are lots of reasons why this race deserves the moniker of "iconic". It was the race that took us back to some form of "normality" following a period of restrictions that banned things like attending a beach and exercising without a mask. It was the first race we have had in a long, long time where 100% of those who registered were present on the start line in spite of not having to commit $100 to registration. It had a diversity spectrum which included an age gap of 58 years between the oldest and youngest competitor and it was the race in which the amazing but very dated "iTriRace" app developed by former HK Dragon, Bruce Perkins some 10 years ago and installed on a very dated iPad finally rolled over and died! Thus the lack of results below.
The good news is that our friends at Sonic have been using the Webscorer App successfully for some time now so we have one to try out next race!
The morning at Shek O was close to perfect for this time of the year. It was coolish and overcast and the water was clear and a great temperature for swimming. Of course, this meant that the power swimmers in the group including Niek, Waz, Juergen, Mario, Ricci and Lucas made the rest of us realise what trading your swimming sessions for time on the sofa drinking beer does to your times! (Or is the sofa and beer just me?)
The afore-mentioned Lucas is in great form and was never troubled on the course in spite of the flying Dutchman Niek putting in strong efforts in all 3 heats. Note that I do not have the access to the results and was busy trying to snap pics as well as take times so I may have some names confused above. Apologies to Antoine, Ferdinan and others if I have the order out of the water wrong.
We all love these events, not only for the watermelon, coffee and muffins at the end of the event but also for the general encouragement of each other and the friendly rivalries that develop out on the course. It was great to see long term Dragons veteran Ian Brownlee ready to still pull on his tri suit in his 72nd year. Any Dragons out there that feel they may be too old to hit this course should check your DOB prior to the next one. There is always a place for you on the starting line of a Dragons Summer Series as you will not hold up the field, especially if you drop a round or a leg to join back in.
We all know what a challenge the last 2 or 3 years have been but a Summer Series Training Race at Shek O is always a great reminder that we live in an exceptional place with incredible welcoming people from all parts of the world.
We look forward to a great season ahead. See you at the next one!
Winter Warriors Race 1
Congratulations to all who competed in our First Winter Warriors Duathlon during this crazy time of changing restrictions and social distancing.
What a great sunny morning on South Bay road: Seven motivated athletes took part in the first official Dragons event of 2022: the well-known Winter Duathlon speedy format
New joiners Laurent Nguyen and Lucas Vitale set up the pace on the first 2k run but Lucas put the hammer down on the bike and flew solo on his TT until the end of the race.
On the women side, Kylie Cheung who has not raced since 2019 due to her super busy medical student life, really enjoyed her return to the competitive field and finished first female of this event!
Despite the current depressing atmosphere in Hong Kong it was amazing to see this group putting such good performance with great and positive spirit and we hope we can all go back to racing together very soon.
Apologies we could not record overall times, including transitions due to shortage of staff! Splits Results below based on personal recordings.
Please note that, in the heat of the moment and their racing battle Lucas and Laurent took an early turn on the first run hence their super speedy times !
1st run 2km
1- Lucas Vitale: 5:20
2- Laurent Nguyen: 5:23
3- Stephanie Pezot: 7:59
4- Kylie Cheung: 8:03
5- Matthew Threteway: 8:32
6- Gabriel Centurion: 8:49
7- Gerald Posthuma: 9:10
1- Lucas Vitale: 38:12
2- Laurent Nguyen: 39:13
3- Gabriel Centurion: 41:47
4- Kylie Cheung: not recorded
5- Matthew Threteway: 45:28
6- Stephanie Pezot: 45:43
7- Gerald Posthuma: 48:20
2nd run 4km
1- Lucas Vitale: 17:36
2- Matthew Threteway: 17:55
3- Stephanie Pezot: 19:13
4- Laurent Nguyen: 19:14
5- Kylie Cheung: 20:25
6- Gabriel Centurion: 21:40
7- Gerald Posthuma: 24:14
2021 Season Results
Summer Series Training Race 6
Rescheduling a race always results in the folk who originally signed on possibly not being able to make the new date so it was inevitable that we would be a small field this morning. Regardless, all who came and raced really enjoyed the cooler weather and the hot coffee and muffins to follow.
At this time of the year, the Shek O Beach Patrol seem to always want to provide us with a challenge by moving the buoys to random locations. This resulted in the swim being a little longer and tougher than usual but it was great to see the field rise to the challenge.
It was great to be able to welcome some new comers for the last Summer Series event of the season. Hoping that you guys will consider joining us for some more events next year.
Here again are the results as they were recorded this morning. I know of one definite error as Sergio and Niek beat me back whilst I was getting the coffee and I found Niek's name on the list ahead of Sergio's so I inadvertently gave race 3 to Niek. (I am sure Sergio will forgive the error! 😁
It was a great finish to a fun season where we were all glad to be getting some exercise and camaraderie during a challenging time for triathletes who usually enjoying travelling to events in the region.
Let's all hope for the return of international events next season.
Summer Series Training Race 5
What another great morning on Shek O Beach!
Fantastic to have not only the friendly and enthusiastic crew from Sonic join us again but we also welcomed the speedy athletes of TriP. I can't wait to see some of the photos which I will post here when I receive them.
As per usual, I am posting the results in "raw form" meaning the mistakes in timing are all there. You know what happened so you can take them and correct them as you see fit. (I have a sneaking suspicion that Gerald Posthuma did not fly past Tom Elliott on the run doing 26kph to take out first place in the first race. 🤣 Similarly, I am a bit skeptical about the riding efforts of the Chloe/Jai/James team but given the computed speed, it is quite possible that we would not have seen them pass! 🚴💨)
Once again, in the races I did I really enjoyed the company around, even if it involved being passed on the runs! The washing machine effect on the swim was well and truly in evidence with nearly 40 of us taking to the water.
Thanks to everyone for assisting with set up and dismantle and for observing the distancing and ensuring that we did not upset the locals and draw any unwanted attention.
Summer Series Training Race 4
The sun did not shine but given the way it beats down in August, this is a great thing! Yes, we had rain too but it helped more than hindered. It was fantastic to have the great team from Sonic join us this morning. They helped the race feel much more like the True Triathlon Racing we have all been missing! There is nothing quite like being boxed in between two other swimmers and having to work hard to avoid being squeezed out the back. 🤪
It was also good to have to exercise some more discipline in organising ourselves around the racks. Some of us have been getting a bit lazy in our use of real estate in recent races. 😁
Some of the Sonic athletes showed that they are very able swimmers, especially Alfred Siu who came out of the water first in all 3 heats.
Below are the results for this morning in "raw" form.
There are a number of mistakes that I claim full responsibility for. Gigi who graciously took over and allowed me to do a couple of races was a star at timing.
The mistakes I know of are as follows:
Due to trying to keep the rain off the iPad, in race 1, Lisa Pun has a 47 second swim. Overall time is correct. 🤪
Due to some confusion with numbers, Sam Wong has Alfred Siu's time for the swim in race 1.
Due to the battery running out on the iPad during race 3, there are no run and thus overall times for racers after Cedric Poon.😩
Summer Series Training Race 3
We were a smaller field than last time but the conversation and competitiveness was not diminished down on the beach as we started a fantastic morning of friendly but challenging tri racing in Shek O.
Sergio relished the absence of Tom this morning and went on to make this event his. Great effort in conditions that had us all enjoy the swim but appreciate the water and the watermelon at the end. Even the donuts were snapped up by appreciative athletes.
A great effort by all in warm conditions. All results are below in unedited state.
Team Time Trial- June 19 2021
Thanks to everyone for making it a wonderful morning, notwithstanding the bad luck and tacks that took a toll on some teams. Much appreciation for the brilliant marshalls - Yann Kai, Edward, Eddie, Florian and Mary for keeping us all safe and thanks to the sharp photographers out there for capturing the pain/joy.
And on to the winners!
Mens: RCC HKG Team A - Chris Liu, Brian Tam, Daryl Chan and Arthur Ah B with 1:07:09 @ 43.2kph
Womens: Ladies #goneeating - Wynnie Fung, Lenny Leung, Carin Cheung, Ismaela So with 1:16:46 @ 37.6kph
Mixed: RJLOs and Princess Tinping - Leo Lam, Mon Chung, Ray Chu and Jacky Leung with 1:12:32 @ 39.8kph
Complete list below.
Summer Series Training Race 1
What an awesome morning at Shek O Beach for our first Summer Series Training Race for a long time! Concerns about being able to social distance and the threat of the heavy police presence usually associated with traffic control at the beach turning their attention to us kept us away but we are back!
Time prevents me from writing an in depth write up but the results are posted here for everyone to check.
2020 Season Results
Year 2020, Letter to our Members: It Will be Good to See the Back of It
More 2020 Results
(posted 11 Jul 2020)
Another great morning for Swimming Riding and Running down at Shek O beach for another Dragons Summer Series Tri Event.
(posted 7 Mar 2020)
Whilst much of Hong Kong was sheltering indoors hoping to avoid the COVID-19 bug, a keen group of Dragons assembled at 7 am down at South Bay for the second event in the 2020 Dragons Calendar, the Winter Warriors Duathlon/Triathlon.
(posted 1 Feb 2020)
A lot of fun was had at South Bay this morning as a hale and hearty group turned up for the first Winter Warriors Duathlon of 2020.
Summer Series Training Race 1