Monday, 25 October 2010

Robyn's E News 25 Oct 2010

Photo: Handicap event at Lake Alex gets underway with a staggered start !

Hi All,

We had a fantastic turnout for our handicap event yesterday at Lake Alexander. Race preparations got under way by brilliant moonlight & most of us came covered in insect repellent to ward of the mozzies.

Thanks to RD Chad Anderson and the many, many volunteers who assisted with this event. The format was enjoyed by all competitors. It was great to be out there seeing not just the "usual" competitors around you and judging by results, many were spurred on to greater effort.


1. Triathlon (24 Oct 10), Lake Alexander, 500m swim, 13km bike, 4km run

Handicap winners:
Male: 1 Tobias Barnes, 2 Ben Poschelk, 3 Andrew Hodges
Female: 1 Shellie Ratahi, 2 Karen Wilson, 3 Megan Kelly

Overall Results are attached.

2. Melbourne Marathon (10 Oct 10), 42km

Male: Japhet Kipkorrer 2.11.01 Female: Mulu Seboka 2.32.20

3. Melbourne Half Marathon (10 Oct 10), 21km

Male: Isaac Serem 1.06.43 Female: Clare Geraghty 1.16.07

Rosie Sullivan 2.03.30
Louise Ogden 2.13.47

4. Gold Coast Half Ironman (3 Oct 10), 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run

Male: Chris Kemp 3.51.59 Female: Melissa Rollinson 4.19.23

Michelle Mitchell 6th Open F 4.30.48

5. Mango Man Triathlon, Kona (26 Sept 10), 1.9km swim, 24km bike, 9.7km run

Male: Stu Fitch 2.00.30


Friday 5 November 2010
Splash N Dash
Waterfront Lagoon
200m swim, 2km run x 2

Race Director: Alison Croser
Registration: Monica Stewart / Nic French
Timekeeping: Simon Cruickshank / Roger Decurtins
Fruit/Ice: David Croser


1. Triathlon Australia's National Techical Committee are seeking your feedback on some proposed changes to the TA Race Competition Rules.

2. Proposed changes are attached.

3. Any feedback to by 15 November 2010

4. If they don't make sense to you .... tell them so.


1. The next event on the junior calendar takes place at Lake Alexander boat ramp on Sunday 31 October 2010. Please be registered by 7.30am ready for the action commencing at 8am.

2. Junior membership is $40 and is available online Please use "Individual" as category and the system charges junior rates by recognising age by date of birth.


1. WANTED TO BUY: Small (41cm) second hand road bike for one of our junior girls. Contact Amanda: 0413 801 357

2. FOUND: Shoes and cap after yesterday's race. Email me if they are yours to arrange to pick up.
3. Items for E News by Sunday 8pm tomorrow please.


1. 2011 Tour de France route has been announced.

2. For those with a mountain biking bent, DORC will be running an MTB Skills Course at 4.30PM on Sunday 31 October at Lee Point. The course is targeted at new / beginner / novice riders and the essential skills of mountain biking. Please help DORC cater for numbers by pre-registering though the DORC website Cost is $10 ($5 for DORC members) which you can pay on the day. Please be early. You will need your bike and normal riding gear (helmet, shoes, spares etc) and be ready to ride at 4:30PM sharp. Chilled water and softies will be available from the DORC trailer.

3. 2011 Mooloolaba Triathlon (27 Mar 2011) entry has reached capacity. USM are now operating a waitlist.

4. Entry for 2011 Noosa Triathlon (30 Oct 2011) will open on 2 November 2011. Entry proceedure for next year's event has changed so please check if you are thinking of signing up.

5. Don't forget to give TA your opinion on proposed rule changes. Please note that these are Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rules. WTC race rules are used for all M Dot events (70.3 and IM) conducted here.

6. As so many of us are entering interstate and international events these days it's probably timely to issue a reminder to always read the event rules.

7. 2010 Noosa Triathlon takes place this Sunday. Jason Jones, Bec Thyne, Chad Anderson, Angelika Hannon & Brian Hannon are in the start list. Anyone else?

Safe Training,

Robyn Stanley
Darwin Triathlon Club
E News

Robyn's E News 20 Oct 2010

Hi All,

Grab a coffee, there is a bit to get through today, including some details of this weekend's block buster handicap event and some rule reminders.


Haven't renewed or taken out your 2010/2011 membership yet?

We encourage you to sign up for membership today at

Darwin Triathlon Club membership fees include state and national affiliation, insurance 24/7 for training and racing in TA sanctioned events and is the best value for money in the country. Not to mention you are joining the best triathlon club in the World (well, we think so anyway).

Membership fees: Senior $110, Junior (19 & Under) $40; Family (2 adults, 2 juniors) $220

Visitors with a current TA membership card are also welcome to participate at our events.

We have a shed load of events between now and 30 June, including Arafura Games Triathlon (it will be a condition of entry that you must be a member to participate in 2011).


1. Ironman 70.3 Austin, 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run

Male: James Gunnama (RSA) 3.53.57 Female: Nicola Spirig (SUI) 4.09.35


Sunday 24 October 2010
Lake Alexander
7am (Registration closes at 6.30am - not registered on time = no race)

500m swim, 13km bike, 4km run

Race Director: Chad Anderson
Registration: Ron Griep / Emma Winterflood
Timekeepers: Emma Winterflood / Volunteer Required
Fruit / Ice: Volunteer required

(Please email if you can assist)

1. The format for this weekend will be a handicap event over 500/13/4. The course will be a familiar one which will be covered during the race briefing. Handicaps have been determined for all members based on performances at club events over the past 6 months over varying distances and disciplines.

The race will commence promptly at 7am and registration will be open as normal and close at 6:30am – this earlier rego close time will enable adjustments to handicaps if required and explanation of the course and race format.

For those unfamiliar with handicap racing - The race will NOT commence with a mass start as usual. Rather, each member is allocated a different start time (which will be available at rego) with the slower competitors being the first to start and the faster competitors going off last. With this staggered start format the end result is that the race comes together towards the finish and line honours is up for grabs for anyone willing to push themselves above and beyond.

This style of racing is intended to be fun, there are many races within races so we encourage everyone to come down and have a race, it will be a great event.

2. Please note: you are required to obey all traffic regulations when competing and this includes stopping at RED lights. We do not have road closure. If our members are reported for going through red lights (as has happened in the past) it can jeopardise our ability to obtain the required permits for our events. It is disappointing that a number of people were seen to go through on the red at the last event ... no repeats please, this reflects badly on our club.

3. No drafting allowed. You must keep to the left at all times, so we should never see riders two abreast unless overtaking.

4. No MP3, iPods etc are allowed. Torsos must be covered during ride and run.

5. Triathlon rules are in place to ensure safety and fairness of all participants.

6. Overall results will also be compiled for this event for purposes of the pointscore calculations.


1. WANTED TO BUY: Small (41cm) second hand road bike for one of our junior girls. Contact Amanda: 0413 801 357

2. Items for E News by Sunday 9pm please.


1. Reporting broken glass, potholes etc on cycle paths is easy online. Just go to


1. Craig Walton (partner and coach of Emma Snowsill) is one of Australia’s greatest triathletes. He competed professionally for 17 years, winning a total of six world cups before being forced into retirement in the mid 2000’s due to glandular fever followed by chronic fatigue. He did make a quick comeback before officially retiring in 2008. He recently announced that he’s coming out of retirement (again) to compete in the Noosa Triathlon at the end of this month and will definitely be one to watch.

2. New Ironman distance event Challenge Cairns will be held 5 June 2011. Further info:

3. Hold the bus. There is court action pending on the Lake Las Vegas date for 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Championships (11 Sept 2011).

4. Our mums to be are all looking fit and healthy. That stork is going to be very busy next year.

5. I'm being asked a lot of questions about qualifying events for the various ITU World Championships events. I've attached the information regarding selection points events for 2011 ITU Olympic, Sprint and Long Course events. It also contains info on the TA Triathlon National Championship which is a three race series format this season. (Please disregard the section dealing with ITU Juniors - NT have no athletes in that category).

6. This info was previously circulated to members via Triathlon Australia. If you did not receive, it may well be because you selected "no email" option when completing your online membership. If that's the case, you can miss important information and announcements so I would encourage you to go back into your personal record and enable emails to be forwarded.

7. Alice Springs is slowly coming back to normal after the Masters Games. It was down to 5 degrees the night before the triathlon and teeming rain prior to the duathlon but both events were run successfully. The Alice crew and all the volunteers are to be congratulated.

8. The sold out Noosa Triathlon is rapidly approaching. Can you believe how quick a triathlon year goes?

Safe Training,

Robyn Stanley
Darwin Triathlon Club