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Cyclo Sportives

This year's Circuit of Kent cyclo sportive will be held on Sunday 14 September starting from Godden Green near Sevenoaks. You can choose either the 80km or 140km. Proceeds from this year's event will again go to cancer care charities. You can enter on-line at www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk.

Details of all sportives see can be found at www.cyclosport.org. Events are filling fast so don't delay!

Saturday schedule for March


Jon has put together the following schedule for the Saturday morning sessions throughout March.

Timing details etc. can be found on the Running and Cycling pages.


1 March 08:00-09:30 Turbo / run
8 March 08:00-09:30 Run / turbo
15 March 08:30-11:00 Track with video (£4 + track entry) 8.30 - 11.00
22 March 08:30-10:00 Turbo
29 March 08:30-10:00 Run to the hills


Weekend round-up

There were nine out for Phil's cross country run on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed the 11 mile-run which took just under two hours to complete, even Glyn who managed to fall over twice and Angelique who had never run that far before! A cafe stop for a much deserved breakfast followed. There have been requests to make this a monthly fixture.

Phil was joined by 10 other members for the first of his Ironman training rides on a glorious spring morning. Everyone completed the route at an average 25kph (15mph) and there were only two punctures. Despite all Phil's warnings and pleas he was the only one to puncture!

CarlCongratulations to Carl Ferri who came 10th in the Big Cow Duathlon on Saturday. Carl reports that his run splits were faster than in January, but the bike slower. After following Jon's advice, his first transition was much quicker but he couldn't get his trainers back on for the second one! It was all good training
and preparation for the Worlds qaulifier in two weeks. Good luck then Carl!

PeterWe only had one runner at the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon this year. Find out how Treasurer, Peter got on.

Don't forget there are now three bike groups going out on a Sunday (four including the Ironman rides) so, to make the ride as enjoyable as possible for everyone out, please make sure you go with the appropriate group for your current level of fitness.

Launch of triathlontrader website

TriathlonTrader logoThere is a new website called www.triathlontrader.co.uk. It is a classifieds website dedicated to triathletes and multi-sport athletes. So if you are looking to buy or sell any tri-related gear make sure you check out this website.


BrianThis year's Swimathon is being held between 17-20 April and is good preparation for the coming season. You can swim 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k individually or 5k as a team. Brian is going for the Beckenham session on 19th April if anyone would like to join, although there are plenty of other sessions you can choose from. Brian advises, for all potential Ironpeople - after 5k in the pool 3.8k in a lake will be easy!

Social run - Saturday 23 February

PhilPhil will be leading this Saturday's cross country social run. He has plotted the run on RunFinder.

We will meet on the common, see map, opposite the end of Station Hill at 08:30. Parking is available on Station Hill.

Depending on the weather we will either have a winter picnic, bring your own food and hot drinks, or decamp to the cafe for bacon sandwiches and a strong brew of tea!

New members

DylanSelwynKirstenRossWelcome to new members Dylan Gee, Ross Calder, Kirsten Lawson and Selwyn Smith.


Club champs - duathlon

Please note that there has been a change of event for the Club Championship Duathlon event. This will now be the Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon on 26th October.

New Sunday rides

SarahWe are trying to establish a slightly slower group on Sunday mornings. This will leave at 9am from Elmers End and will average 12-14mph, with the aim of being back at the cafe at Elmers End at around 11.30am. Sarah has kindly offered to lead these rides when she's available (2, 23 and 30 March). Last weekend there was just Sarah and Angelique, but hopefully this ride will build up just as the 9.30am ride did when we first introduced it. Please turn up even on the dates Sarah isn't available to lead and hopefully you'll have some company.

PhilPhil will also be leading some longer rides for those training for Ironman or who want a longer, non-stop, steady ride. These will leave at 8.15am on Sundays from Elmers End. Phil has prepared a route for this Sunday (23rd). The average speed will be 15mph with a stop in the café at Elmers End after the ride for a tea. Please make sure you are fully prepared with the following:
Two full 750ml bottles of sports drink; a few sports energy bars and other nibbles to eat along the way; a roadworthy bike with non antique tyres and tubes fitted; spare inner tube; tools and a pump that works!

More details of the Sunday rides can be found on the Cycling page.

Weekend round-up

Where was everyone on Saturday morning for Phil's run session? Although Jon is on holiday for a couple of weeks Phil will be covering Jon's sessions, including the Saturday morning runs. Unfortunately only Greg and Audrey turned up for the run. Hopefully we'll get a better turn-out this Saturday for the social run. Details to follow soon.

Audrey and Cathy both returned to the very hilly, off-road 10k at Bookham with Ruki participating for the first time, on a chilly morning. Cathy and Audrey both got PBs. Results and photos (on Graham Russell's website) are now available.

CPT in action at Bookham 10k - See images at Graham Russell Photography

CPT was well represented at the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon, with quite a few first timers, including a couple of members who had never run that distance before and Karen got a course PB. Results and photos (on Sportcam's website) are now available.

CPT in action at Sussex Beacon Half Marathon - See images at Sportcam


Wednesday night run routes

I've saved another Wednesday night run route. Our routes can be accessed on RunFinder under My Routes. You can access the routes with the following details:
User name - CrystalPalaceTriathletes
Password - cpt123

Route 1 (6.99 miles)
Route 2 (5.35 miles)

Club champs - aquathlons

You may have already noted that due to demand, we are going to have a Club Championships for Aquathlon but instead of using someone else's event in an already busy race calendar, we are hosting our own (for club members only) a little more informally.

The Thursday night swim 19.45 - 21.00 at the Bridge will be hijacked once a month in May, June and July for the Club Aquathlon - a series of three races on:

Thursday 22 May
Thursday 19 June
Thursday 24 July

You must do a minimum of two out of the three races to qualify and your two fastest times will be added together. The male and female with the overall fastest time will be the winner at the end of the series. The event will comprise a 500m swim followed by three laps run round the adjacent footy pitches. The run route will be marked this time to ensure no corners cut (cheating lot that you are....!) and also so the route remains the same for all three events. Cost to enter each will be the usual swim cost (currently £4). Swim will start in waves depending on numbers participating but hopefully a blokes' wave and a girls' wave to get the competition going.

London League - Your team needs you!

Time to wear that club kit with pride and race for your club. The London League is running again this year with all London tri clubs competing for a cash prize (details of which are not available yet!). CPT would like to put forward a team for each event (listed below). The Club has to field at least five athletes including one female and one vet in at least three races in the series to score. All these events (bar our own on 21 September) are open to everyone to enter - please let me know if you have entered any or intend to. The team will comprise the first five from our club over the line if we have more than five competing. For our own race - the team of five plus reserve will be selected by our head coach (Jon H) nearer the end of the season based on your performance over sprint distance this summer. Everyone else will be marshalling and cheering! Note the first event isn't far off so get your entries in asap. Get racing - its what you spend those hours training for! Please let Cathy know if you are doing any of the following races -

The Triathlon London League 2008 will consist of the following 7 races (4 triathlons, 3 duathlons/aquathlons):

Race Date Event Organiser
1 24 March Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon Thames Turbo Triathlon Club
2 4 May Dragonslayer MTB Sprint Triathlon East London Triathletes
3 11 May Morden 6n6 Aquathlon Kingfisher Triathletes
4 13 July Hillingdon Sprint Triathlon Hillingdon Triathletes
5 16 August Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon Greenwich Tritons Triathlon Club
6 21 September Crystal Palace Sprint Triathlon Crystal Palace Triathletes - All members required to marshal. Team to be selected by Jon H
7 26 October Jekyll & Hyde Park Duathlon Serpentine - This event has been chosen as our Club Championship duathlon race for 2008

New members

TimRebeccaTomWelcome to new members Laura Colvin, Tim Symonds, Rebecca Atwood and Tom Sawyer.


Saturday 9 February - training session

JonThis Saturday's session will be a turbo set, coached by Jon H with video analysis of your technique, positioning etc from 08.30 to 10.30 at Crystal Palace sports centre (next to the sports injury clinic under the overhang of the Jubilee Stand). Cost of this extended session at £5 per member. There will be an opportunity to view the video footage in the Clinic at the end of the session, if there's not enough time for everyone to view their footage and receive feedback, another session will be run in the future.

As Bevan isn't charging for this facility, please support Stuart, Bevan's business partner, who is participating in the Marathon des Sables (marathon across the Sahara Desert) this year and looking for charitable donations -there will be a collection box within the clinic - please show your gratitude to our hosts and support this crazy venture, which makes Ironman look like a walk in the park!

See the schedule for future sessions.

Dawn's update from Oz

Dawn down underG'day everyone - Having spent a few days acclimatising to the weather down under I sussed out where best to get some training in. Daily trips (almost!) to a wonderful outdoor 50m pool about an 8km bike ride away have been most enjoyable - even on the days when it has rained. But no wonder everyone swims over here as it only costs about £1.50 a time!!! Plus the water quality is fantastic so you don't reek of chlorine for hours afterwards.

The place I am staying at (Erina Heights) is, as the name suggests, fabulously hilly - the few short runs that I have done have left my calves aching. Similarly after making contact with some guys from the St Hubert's Island Triathlon Club (yes that does spell out - SHIT!) I was put through my paces up some very very steep climbs. The scenery was breathtaking - unfortunately I still have not mastered cycling and taking photos at the same time though! So the photos I have taken don't really do the place justice.

Dawn down underAs most people in the club are at work during the week I was taken on an 80km tour by some of the 'older' members... one of them a spritely 73 who embarrassingly I only just beat up the biggest climb - he left me for dust on the descent... but in my defence he knew what was coming ahead where I was being more cautious! We rewarded ourselves with a coffee stop and I will be meeting up for some longer (but flatter) rides at the weekends with the rest of the club.

Dawn down underI won't rub it in about how hot it is here as apparently you guys are dealing with snow at the moment. I have however just spent the last few hours sunbathing - hee hee!!!

Hoping to take part in the Mingara Triathlon Club's monthly race in a few weeks so fingers crossed I can cope with racing in the heat by then!

See you all soon, Love and kisses

Weekend round-up

There were nine members present for Jon's track and core stability session on Saturday morning. Everyone worked hard and there were still complaints of aches and pains on Wednesday evening!

The 09:30 cycle got off to a bad start, with a puncture before we'd even got out of West Wickham! The wind made hard work of the route round Downe and the group got slightly split up. As a result the Committee have reviewed and updated the advice on group riding for the Sunday rides (PDF).

There was only one result from this weekend, Paul Delicata raced the Watford Half Marathon and was very pleased to get a PB.

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