Duathlon Race Report from one of our sponsored athletes Renee Baker
After three months training in boulder, Colorado I was feeling fit and fresh ready to roll for the state Duathlon championships.
It involved a 5km run, 21km ride and a 2.5km run. The gun went off and there were the top 5 girls running very quick!! The slowest first 5km was a 19.40 so it was fast. I settled into a good pace and ran into 4th before the bike leg.
Onto the bike and I knew I could catch a few. First lap down and I caught jaz hedgeland and I felt strong into third. I knew stephanie and Rachel were in front by at least a minute and I knew I could catch Stephanie. I pushed hard for the last two laps but still couldn’t see her.
Off the bike and onto the last run and I could see first and second. But they were too far ahead. I knew tineke was on my heels so i regained focus and ran a strong 2.5km to finish a comfortable third.
A great start to the 2012 season. Big thanks to Cyclemania for all there support in my training and racing.
One of our sponsored riders, Troy Main has been performing well overseas and had his professional Triathlon debut. An awesome result in 7th – see his report below
Zurich 5150: Professional Debut.
Top 10 Professional Males:
1. Andrea Salvisberg(Swiss)
2. Ivan Kalashnikov (Russ)
3. Alessandro Degasperi (It)
4. Nikolay Yaroshenko (Russ)
5. Anton Chuchko (Russ)
6. Mark Threlfall (Gb)
7. Troy Main (Aus)
8. Lukas Salvisberg (Swiss)
9. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)
10. Mark Nolan (Ire)
On Saturday the 14th of July I debuted in my first 5150 triathlon race and placed 7th within the Professional category. With a lot of money up for grabs, a course that suited me and a great result at Skinfit Sempachersee triathlon the weekend earlier I was extremely excited to have a real crack against the stacked-field. Zurich was also going to be the first race in Europe that I planned to tapper for.
I have been working extremely hard on my swim, so I tried to match myself against the other guys early, unfortunately I didn’t know at the time, I was racing against some of the top swimmers in the sport and found myself hitting a wall and thus falling off the pace around the 1km mark. Unfortunately after this I didn’t seem to be able to get into any sort of rhythm through-out the remainder of the race as I felt tired, powerless and heavy through-out the bike and run. None the less I pushed as hard as I could for the rest of the day and I have defiantly found the style of racing I want to continue in.
Over-all I shouldn’t be too disappointed, this one result now has me ranked 125th in the World Triathlon Cooperation (WTC) points. For the first time since I have been here I will now have a weekend-off racing (7weekends of back-to-back racing) and will line up on the start line again in Nyon on the 4th of August .
Thanks for all of the support in helping me make my dreams become reality.
Wayne is in Europe for 3 months assisting Cameron in his training and management. There are a few videos and photos taken of their exploits. Wayne is his Manager through Lion Sports Management.
Here is the latest gallery of images from the end of July 2012 with Wayne motorpacing Cameron and Travis as well as a few of our exploring the wonderful scenery and trying to stay somewhat fit…
The first of the videos can be seen HERE
Today I got to ride in the team car for Cameron in Tour De Suisse Prologue. Well what a really cool experience and one to not forget too quickly. Cameron had spoken to me hours before the start and was happy to finish inside the top 20 riders if he rode well.
It started off pretty easy really, the car pulled up at the point where I get in. Then bikes started coming off the roof rack and Cam’s spares get put on. The next minute Neil Stephens gives me one of the other riders bikes and says “hold this mate” so I stand there holding the bike…………………for a while! Then Cam rolls up all ready to roll and I am still holding the bike while he and Neil discuss the final points on the course as it has dried up considerably. It goes something like this “ mate you can really lay it through that tight corner as it is dry and oh you should avoid the drain on the inside of that corner and swing wide through the tight uphill corner as you will go the long way round but carry more speed. Stay seated Cam as long as you can. Yep got it Neil!”
I was so proud of the way Cameron was relaxed and focused on the task ahead. All the boys I manage are cool under fire and it shows in their performance. It is very different from the weekend warriors we usually see running around nervous and going pee every second minute like me! Haha
Anyway its 4 mins to go till Cam rolls off the start line and I am still holding the bike. He rolls past and I slap him on the back, no words were necessary just calm support and encouragement.
Finally someone takes the bike and Neil drives off to keep up the order of cars, with some wheels still rolling along the side of the car haha. I kiss Melissa goodbye and we are finally down the start chute alongside Cameron.
Up on the start ramp they are already counting down for Cameron’s departure. 5,4,3,2,1, GO GO GO
It starts with a viscous uphill and cam finds himself a good rythym. He gets to the top of the intermediate checkpoint and he is only 11 seconds down on the fastest time so far. A good start! He looks composed and not going too hard but yet riding to within a few beats of his absolute maximum.
We top the hill and descend like demons trying to keep up with Cameron. He is flying with speeds in excess of 80km/hr on tight little roads. I am desperately trying to maintain my video of him through the front windscreen and all while I am rolling around the backseat!!
He nips the corners and tucks down as low as he can get to keep the centre of gravity low, so crucial to cornering quickly! We can see that he has almost caught his minute man from lampre!! Bloody hell he has made 1 minute on the bloke in less than 7.5 km! We enter the final corner at tremendous speed, I am thinking,” please don’t bloody well come off mate” Neil literally has the car screeching through that corner and slides it through opposite lock. Then comes the classic comment of the day. “ Did you like that Wayno?” “I did Neil” “ well all that noise of the tyres sqealing will give him adrenalin, gee him up a bit” bloody hell you reckon?
So we come to the end of the TT and Cameron placed 5th at that point. By the end of the day it was good enough to finish him in 15th. That is a very good start indeed as it is not his best course to suit his ability. He lies within a comfortable distance of the leading GC rider.
So we head off to the big mountain day tomorrow where we will see if Cameron can move up the leaderboard with a solid ride. The race finishes on the 17th. I will keep you posted. His goal is to try to finish inside of the top 10. After the Tour De Suisse ( which is one of the biggest races in the world ) he will have a little break for 5 days and we are headed to the costa brava to play golf and relax before heading into a very tough training block to prepare him for the tour of Spain ( 3rd biggest race in the world ). He has been told that he will be the main rider from Green Edge to race for a high place overall. This will be a new experience for Cameron and he will do his best to get some experience for the coming years when he hopefully become one of the leading contenders for the tour de france. That’s all a long way off but that is the plan.
Wayne Evans – Cyclemania Owner
Manager Plan B Racing Team
Lion Sports Management
We recently had our Staff Christmas get together consisting of Go Karting then out for dinner.
Go Karting was at Wanneroo Kart Hire where the guys drove the Super Fast Carts. It was 2 hours of heat laps with a few spills. Richard won the night. Everyone had a great time.
Dinner was at Leopard Lodge in Carabooda, an African restaurant that does great steaks. Nick was the only one who attempted to receive the Leopard Lodge Certificate of Achievement by finishing the 1kg Elephant Rump in one sitting. It’s always the skinny guys…
Head Mechanic Richard Greaney and his wife Marina have recently returned from a 3-month self-supported cycling adventure in the Kimberley with a fresh perspective on what bike touring is all about. “Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time talking to cycle tourists and servicing their bikes and I thought it was about time I tried it for myself,” says Richard. “Marina and I have always wanted to explore the top end of Australia and, because of our love of mountain biking, the Gibb River Road seemed the natural choice.” Richard and Marina plotted a route that saw them ride 3,000km from Broome, up to One Arm Point and across the Gibb River Road to Darwin – with almost two thirds of the trip done on unsealed roads.
According to Richard the harsh road conditions on the Gibb such as corrugations, rocks and water crossings were all challenges to consider when choosing and customising their bikes and BOB trailers. “We knew we’d be pushing weights of up to 60kg so after a lot of thought we chose strong 29″ bikes and then added Thudbuster suspension units to the seatposts and upgraded the suspension on the BOB Yak trailers.” Marina’s vote for the Best Part Award was the Rohloff internally geared hubs which made changing gears a breeze.
When asked what the highlights of the trip were, Richard and Marina both agree it was the many opportunities to see and do things they’d never done before. From remote bush camping, washing in cattle troughs and catching barramundi it was an adventure from start to finish. And after meeting numerous cycle tourists along the way who had been riding around the world, they also learnt that the Gibb was by far the most demanding road on the cycle touring list! On that note, here are Richard’s top 3 tips for touring the Kimberley:
1. Give yourself plenty of time;
2. There’s no such thing as too much planning;
3. There’s no such thing as too much suspension when you’re on the Gibb