Junior section - news - March 2010

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Athlete of the day

How many athletes of the day have you been awarded this year?  To find out go to CPT Athlete of the day  Remember you can get a prize when you reach three!  Just see Sara Hoolahan to collect it!

Attendance award

LucAdamThe first three months is done and the winners were ...

Luc in the 11 and under age group
Alex Y in the 12 and over age group

They will both receive star trophies (arriving shortly!) and you may have already seen Luc in his Columbia cycle top.  As Alex already has a Columbia shirt he will be getting a much sought after CPT cap and the cycle top was awarded to Adam as the next best attendee.  Well done to all three of them!

The next three months attendance starts from now, with the first session this Friday, hope to see you there.

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FreyaFemale coaches award

Freya was belated presented with the Female coaches award as she was unable to attend the presentation in January.

Details of the other 2009 club champions can be found on the Club Champs page.


Hillingdon Bike Training Session 14th March

We started off with some road training which concentrated on team riding.  We learnt and, to an extent, proved that riding in a team could overpower a single rider by keeping close together and using each of us to keep the momentum going.  We were for the training session divided into two groups.  When it came to the team time trial, both teams were briefed as to what we had to do and then lined up for the start of the race.  “Go” was shouted and off we went.  The Wiggo’s were, for the majority of the trial in 1st place, but The Cavs clawed back and snatched victory in the final lap.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable and productive session.
Olivia Argent (Cav)

It was a very windy day.  Everybody was trying hard to cycle against the wind. 

We started with the training and were split into two groups.  Group 1 went a bit faster and did more advanced road skills.  Group 2 went at a good pace and covered all the main skills.

When it came to the race, each person was put into either  The Cavs or the Wiggos and cycled half a lap – the cyclist at the back would then pull off until it was left with just one rider for each team.  At the start of the race, the Wiggos were in the lead, but on the last lap the Cavs took it and won with a big celebration from Joe.
Freddie Argent (Wiggo)

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Easter holiday - Changes to training schedule

Please note there is no swimming session at Dulwich Prep on Friday 2 April.

There are no Saturday sessions on 3 and 10 April, and no Tuesday track sessions on 6 and 13 April.

See the training schedule for sessions that are running over the Easter holiday and beyond.

Don't forget we return to the velodrome at Herne Hill on Tuesday 20 April.

Friday 12 March - Swim session

Apologies to anyone who turned up for the swim session at Dulwich Prep. We were advised at short notice that the pool would be closed due to maintenance work. An email was sent to the e-group but we know a few people won't have seen the message in time. Hopefully back to normal on 19 March.

CPT Junior club championships 2010

We have put together a CPT junior club championships for everyone to take part in this year, with the focus on getting along to races and training sessions and having a go! 
All junior members have been divided into two teams and will earn points for their team by competing in the events listed, which include triathlons, duathlons, aquathons as well as run and bike races.  Hopefully something to tempt everyone!
Each triathlete will collect 10 points for their team for competing on the day.  Bonus points will be awarded as 3 for a first, 2 for a second and 1 for a third place in your age group in events involving athletes outside the club and extra points for a team competition at events just for CPT members.
So, events in our Junior club championship series 2010 are as follows, listed in date order.  Events in red are for CPT club members only.
14 March - Team bike time trial at Hillingdon
24 April - Team run time trial at Crystal Palace Park
2 May - Hillingdon Duathlon
23 May - Crystal Palace Triathlon
3 June - CPT Aquathon at The Bridge
20 June - Thames Turbo Aquathon
29 June - Team bike time trial at Herne Hill
10 July - Dorney Lake Triathlon
5 Sept - SLSC Tooting Aquathon
3 Oct - Dulwich 2 mile run
TBC - CPT Duathlon at Hillingdon or Richmond Park TBC
So which team are you on?  The Cavs or the Wiggos?  Remember who is on your team and encourage them to come along.

Alex C
James C

Alex Y
Ben A
James A

Athlete of the Day

As the Athlete of the Day medal continues to be awarded at most of our Tuesday and Saturday sessions, don't forget that once you have received three medals you win a prize!  Since January Harry, Freya and Joe have all received two Athlete of the Day awards, so are almost there.  Once you get to three please see Sara Hoolahan to claim your prize. 

Time time results

Have a look at the Time trial page to see the results from the 2.5k and 5k run on Saturday 27 February and some recent swimming times.

CPT coached cycle training session - 14 March

Great preparation for the Minet Park Duathlon Series and/or the Sprink Bank Holiday Junior and Adult Duathlons on 2nd May 2010.

This will be a coached session for both juniors and adults with a focus on:

We will split the coach time as follows:

1300 -1500  Junior coached session (Juniors should arrive by 1230 to be ready to roll on the track at 1300)
1430 -1500  Adults warm up on track
1500 -1700 Adults coached session

The charge for this session will be £5 per cyclist.

Please could you let Sally know if you are planning to be there to help overall planning.


The circuit is at Minet Park (UB4 0LT) which is 20 miles from Crystal Palace and should take less than an hour by car.

There is a car park at the venue. The access road is currently being worked on so all cars must be parked in the main car park outside Goals (this is very clear when you get there!). There have been some recent incidents of car theft in the area so please do not leave any valuables on display in your car whilst cycling.

Minet Park is quite exposed so please do bring lots of warm layers, energy drink and something to eat. Hot drinks are usually available in Goals.

Remember: Jon and Phil like CAKES!

Cape Verde training camp

Triathlon Training Camp, Cape Verde Islands – somewhere off the west African coast.

Joe’s View
A ‘Holiday’ to Cape Verde
For the February half-term we had found an island in the sun, away from snowy London.  We arrived very late at our accommodation after a mammoth wait in Lisbon airport. Training began the next morning with coach, Wayne, and there was no let up for the next 6 days. Unfortunately nobody else had made it to the Cape Verde Triathlon training camp so there was nowhere to hide as me and my mum were put through our paces. The warm weather was great motivation compared to the rain which would usually greet us in London while the blue sea and sandy beaches were great places to relax. Of course, there was little time to relax as swimming, cycling and running took over. With roughly three tough sessions per day this was definitely a week of train, eat, sleep. The evenings provided time to explore the lively town of Santa Maria and the nights didn’t fail to impress either, as drumming would often carry on until 3:00 in the morning! We left unwillingly after a wonderful, action-packed week but in some ways grateful to go back home, for a rest.

Sally’s View
We blame it all on Joe insisting that he get some open water swim practice in the middle of the winter. We had been getting emails for the last four years from Wayne (Head Coach for Jetstream Tri) promoting his February training camp on the Cape Verde Islands and this year it seemed the answer to Joe’s request. The venue looked delightful, the weather beautiful, the programme demanding and the journey a little complicated but no time difference to handle. For once the promotional material did not disappoint – we were given attentive, detailed and demanding coaching in all three disciplines, as Joe says there really was nowhere to hide! The accommodation was superb and the island a tropical delight. As an introduction to tri training camps it seemed like a very good one to me ….. I came back physically tired but the batteries had been recharged and after a week of recovery in the UK Freezer  Zone I am beginning to feel the benefits of the sun and the training. Highly recommended.

Cape Verde training camp

Richmond Park - Saturday 6 March

We had another very successful training session in Richmond Park in glorious sunshine on Saturday 6 March. Everyone was split into ability groups and spent a while practising hill climbing amongst other skills. The bike session was then followed by some running before celebrating Jon's birthday with a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' and some cake and candles.

CPT at Richmond Park

Want to wear a team Columbia shirt?

The CPT junior section are in proud possession of some brilliant Team Columbia bike shirts... and one could be yours to wear!
How?  Very simply by coming to as many of our regular training sessions as you can!
Here's how it works... the year is split into four, Jan-Mar, April-June, July-Sept and Oct-Dec and two shirts are up for grabs every three months.  One will be awarded to the junior who has attended the most sessions aged 11 and under and one awarded to age group 12 and over to proudly wear for the next three months.
Then it starts all over again, at the end of the next three months the tops are returned (washed please!) and awarded to the best attendees in the two age groups during that three month period.

Only our regular training sessions are included on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and age groups are based on your age as at 31st Dec 2010.
The competition is already underway (Jan-Mar) and with just over three weeks of sessions that can count towards your total don't worry if you are not a contender right now as it all starts again on 1st April! 

Our thanks go to Ron Yee (Alex and Joseph's dad) who secured these goodies and kindly donated them to the club.

Good luck and get training!!!

Adam and Elle modelling the Columbia shirts

London Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to Greta and Alex who both got individual medals at the London Schools Cross Country Championships.

Greta got individual silver in the year 8 girls race and also team gold for Southwark girls. Alex got individual bronze in the year 7 boys and also team gold for Southwark boys. They both now go forward to the National Championships for Team London.

Alex will be running in the trials for Team Lewisham in the London Mini Marathon.


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