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Just a reminder the next pub quiz will be on Monday 6th April at the White Hart in Crystal Palace.
From 8pm, get there 15 minutes before to get a seat.
£1.50 for each player each
Highest scoring team get a round of drinks
Lowest scoring team get a slice of cake
And the chance to win a cash prize through a "play your cards right" stand off between the two highest scoring teams.
I know how competitive a lot of you are, so now's the chance to show us that competitive spirit!
As is tradition there will be an annual Easter Monday social ride on 13th April.
Further details to follow nearer the time, but put it in your diaries now.
The ride will start from the usual location of Elmers End Green. Please get there for 08:50 so we can leave promptly at 09:00.
The ride will take in a cycle around the SE with one stop for tea and cake for 45mins to an hour before heading back to Elmers End. Will aim to be back in Elmers End between 1 and 2pm.
Suse and Greg will lead the ride. This is a social ride so will be at a leisurely pace (average between 12-13mph) and we'll be riding as a group so no one should get lost or dropped.
Remember, as with any ride with the club, you still need to be self sufficient so don't forget your spare inner tubes and levers, pump, food and drink you'll want whilst on the bike, helmet, mobile phone (if you have one) and money for your scones and jam.
Now all we have to do is pray for sunshine and not snow like we had last year!
(and a special prize for anyone wearing an Easter bonnet)
Welcome to new member Lisa Walton and returning member Ben Hylton.
Following discussion among the Committee, it has been proposed that the current practice of altering the times of the Sunday bike rides in April and October cease. This will mean that the current times will stay the same throughout the year. This is 08.30 for the slightly faster group; average 16-18mph and 09.30 for the 14-16 mph group. Assuming there are no significant objections to the proposal, club members will not need to do anything, just continue turning up at the usual time. Hopefully we might see a few more of you as well, especially as the weather improves.
Perfect weather conditions on Saturday 21st for the Spring Ballbuster helped Chris achieve a PB, breaking 4 hours by a nearly 10 minutes! Anthony was aiming for under 3:30 and should have got it but his chain came off three times on the bike which slowed him down a bit! He also realised that the jacket he was wearing acted like a parachute! He also reports 'that the last 1-2 miles are all uphill and absolutely kill your already dead legs'. 'Great weather though - it was great to just die, I mean lie, on the grass in the sun afterwards'.
Berit completed the A20 Pathway Run on Sunday 22nd as part of her marathon training.
Phil led the 09:30 ride on Sunday for a longer than usual, and gruelling, ride along Pilgrim's Way, down to Brasted and up Toys Hill and Ide Hill.
As a Club, CPT are affiliated to the CTT (Cycling Time Trials), members are able to enter open time trial events, as well as club events.
In addition the local cycling clubs run events, details of which can be found on their websites.
Welcome to new member Barbara Mannoukas and returning member Rob Buckler.
This Saturday's coached session will be run circuits in the park with some run drills/technique as well as some conditioning work. Jon will be coaching the session.
Saturday 21 March
09:00-11:00 - meet in the top car park at Crystal Palace
Welcome to new members Simon Evans and Niko Lutener.
There were 11 adults and two juniors at the Saturday turbo/conditioning session. Jon had us working hard on the turbos for almost an hour then we did a circuit training session, with the swiss ball, press-ups, running drills etc. Everyone agreed it was a really worthwhile session.
Quite a few members were racing or taking part in the Burgess Hill Cyclosportive on Sunday, which Haydn described as incredibly hilly. He thinks someone must have driven around the area deliberately picking out the hardest hills to cycle up! Results from the Silverstone, Bath and Hastings Half Marathons and the Sevenoaks 10k can be found on the March results page.
Jason says it was a lovely day in Hastings and the race was quite scenic. Parking was a nightmare, however, so he's not sure he'd go down on the day again. He hasn't been doing as much Marathon training as he would like so was pleased to scrape in just under two hours.
Steve says he struggled through the Bath Half and was a full 5 mins quicker than at the Sussex Beacon… it was really hot as well so he was quite pleased. He's
still very concerned about having to run twice that distance in a little over a month's time!
Phil led the 09:30 group out to Box Hill for a lovely sunny ride and a cafe stop at the top. Frances, Charles and Nick, who hadn't been out on a Club ride for a while, turned around just outside Coulsdon and headed back. Kirsten and I took the top road to the cafe and enjoyed the view on such a bright, clear day. We didn't have long to wait for the others to arrive. There was a massive queue for the cafe with cyclists everywhere! We spotted Katie out doing a couple of laps up the Zig Zag before next weekend's Spring Ballbuster. I hope Jon wasn't in too much trouble for being late home!
Tom competed at the Suunto Winter Duathlon at Dorney Lake on Sunday 15th.
Entries are now open for the the Morden 6n6 Aquathlon on Sunday 10 May. This race is part of the Triathlon London League 2009, where affiliated London clubs get the chance to compete against each other! So get your entries and collect some points for the Club - we need at least five athletes including one female and one vet in at least three races in the series to score.
Details of all the races in the London League series can be found on the January news page.
Thank you very much to everyone who made a contribution, in return for one of the very sticky rice krispie cakes Bruce and I made, to Comic Relief at swimming on Friday at Dulwich Prep and at Saturday's turbo session at Crystal Palace. We raised an amazing £35. So, once again, thanks very much.
Welcome to new member Dan Doyle. Dan will be familiar to those of you who swim at the Bridge on Thursdays.
Send Bikefood your old waterbottle and they'll exchange it for a brand new Bikefood 750ml bottle (rrp £4).
This is the Bikefood bottle exchange:
- You post us your old bottle along with your contact details
- We send you a free bottle
- We cover the postage
- We recycle the old bottle responsibly.
Visit their website for full details.
Two sessions to whet the appetite over the weekend -
Saturday 14th - 09:00-11:00 - Turbo / core / track. Meet on the indoor track with bikes, turbos etc.
All abilities welcome. You can go as hard or easy as you wish, (as long as its not too easy!).
Sunday 15th - 08:30 - Jon will be leading the ride. 3hrs, 18-19mph group, bring food, drinks etc and be honest on your current level of fitness.
The 09:30 ride will leave Elmers End as usual.
Cathie is currently in Australia doing some cycle training for Ironman France. She competed in the Sydney Water Challenge Olympic distance triathlon on 8 March and sent the following race report and photos.
Swells of up to two metres and messy surf saw the 1500-metre swim leg off Wanda Beach, Cronulla, slightly shortened and relocated 800-metres up the beach to ensure a safe environment. Coupled with a flurry of recent shark attacks, to say I was nervous - was an understatement. The organisers had also already decided to move the start time, as all of the attacks had occurred at dawn or dusk. This is when they like to feed apparently - great I thought... bet they'd love a bit of fresh blood - a nice tasty pomme.
Once in the water, it wasn't so much the surf, but the swell. As soon as I got over, or should I say under the waves, and started to swim I felt nauseous. I never believed John P when he said you get sick sea swimming - I was now experiencing it first hand. I suppose the clue should have been in the name, it all became obvious why this race was called The Sydney Water Challenge.
My plan was to try and stay with the pack. I figured safety in numbers when it came to the sharks, although that plan was quickly scuppered, as the surf and swell simply scattered us like pigeons. It was still dark and gloomy and I must have resembled a blubbery seal in my wetsuit as I tried to accommodate the waves. I swam as fast as I could and was happy to be back on terra firma, despite having to run a kilometre back to transition.
Apart from a steep hill at the turnaround point, the bike course was flat and fast, comprising two laps. That said, I was faced with strong, blustery head winds. Luckily for me, this was no problem for a Pinerello Paris, kindly lent to me by Rochelle Gilmore. Rochelle is ranked in the top 20 in the world when it comes to road cycling, so I had to try to do this bike justice. More importantly this was my chance to do a decent time - like when do I ever get the chance to ride a 5 grand bike? I wanted to make the most of it!
There were a few welcome rain showers on the bike leg - whilst most of the riders were being cautious and slowing down - I took everything in my stride - I mean us Brits are used to rain, right? One of the girls almost did a track-stand on one of the descents... (Don't laugh Phil and Brian!) and this was in a no-passing zone. Great, I was stuck behind a learner-rider!
Finally, the run course was 3-laps along the seafront. This was more challenging than I thought as the 10k included a number of hills in Lucas Reserve neatly tucked away from the promenade.
The fastest male home was Charlie Boyle in a time of 1hr, 50min 58sec. And for the ladies, Melissa Vandewater produced a dominant performance to record a time of 01:58:53. The 30-year-old from Balgowlah on Sydney's northern beaches found the tough conditions to her liking.
With a field of more than 700 in the Olympic distance race, this was a slick and well-organised race in a spectacular location. One criticism: I thought that the support on the course was subdued and non existent in places. I heard one competitor on the bike course jeer the crowd shouting, 'come on guys, where's the support?' I'm not sure that us Brits can teach the Aussies much when it comes to sport. However, perhaps the crowd should come to the CPT triathlon and see how the support is really done - loud and proud, and full volume!
Oh, and for those who are interested my results are:
Swim: 23.29 - place 11
Bike: 1.09.04 - place 4
Run: 50.45 - place 13
Place 10/30 - category 30-34 age group.
The new CPT running vests from Foska are now available from Karen.
They are available in 32", 34", 36", 38", 40" and 42" chest sizes. As these are unisex we suggest ladies order one size smaller.
The running vests cost £18 (+ £1.50 P&P if you are unable to collect at a training session).
Welcome to new member Stuart Paterson. Stuart will be familiar to those of you who swim at St Joseph's on a Tuesday and those who attend the Crystal Palace Sports Injury Clinic!
Congratulations to Keith Brewster for an impressive at the Kings Wood Duathlon on Sunday. There were just two seconds between Keith and the second placed man who was overtaken with just a couple of metres to go. Keith is pictured left with his winning trophy. Pete was caught on the start line in his distinctive CPT kit!
Rough surf and blustery winds made conditions for the Sydney Water Challenge in Cronulla, Australia tough going, with the swim having to be shortened and moved 800m up the beach. Cathie rose to the challenge and finished 10th in her age group. You can read the race report on their website. Cathie's race report has been added above.
Mark Thomas reports "Having entered the Early Spring Sportif last year Tim and I thought we would see if all those long winter rides had any impact on our form. I am pleased to report that we both completed the 100km course in 3 hours 44 mins, which for Tim represented a whopping 15 minutes off last year's time.
The sun shone on all 1800m of climbing of the circular route back to Fetcham and
although we were both dreading the final ascent of Coombe Bottom... we made it past the cameras near the top feigning enjoyment. A word of warning... you would think that the camerman would be at the top... but it is a cruel sadistic twist that means that he chooses to sit on the penultimate bend of the final climb. I am sure that this is to capture the faces dropping as one after one they see the hill kick up even more for the final 100 metres.
Bring on Burgess next week!
Oh and no punctures... hooray !
If you fancy an early season tester for next year make a note of the date and web address, it's a bargain at 10 quid".
Please note there will not be a swim at Dulwich Prep on Friday 20th March.
Welcome to new members Felicity Carus, Janette Cross and Emma Snowden. Welcome back to late renewers Katie Dimon and Marcel Garrad.
Here are the photos Audrey took at the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon on 22 February.
The inaugural CPT quiz night, organised and reported on by Suse, got underway at the White Hart on Monday with an impressive turnout of 8 (one of whom wasn't a club member!), but it meant we could neatly divide into two teams and come up with 'amusing' names.
After a bit of a delay, no doubt to encourage us to buy more drinks, and to allow Jim to get there from the wrong pub, the test of grey matter commenced with a picture quiz, which CPT proved quite good at. We did alright on the current affairs stuff as well and only began to slip down the rankings a bit when we all failed to 'spot the connection'. The last round was a bit tricky, as one wrong answer meant you got nil points for everything (which meant my team crashed and burned, mentioning no names, Greg), but Nigel's team held its nerve and went on to secure a very creditable joint second to go forward to the jackpot.
There was £300 up for grabs in a 'Play your cards right' type game, which the winners failed to secure, leaving the potential glory to new boy Jason. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, but his team still got the box of chocolates for being best CPT team. (Dan and Jim, see Jason for your share of miniature crunchies and dairy milk.)
It all begins again on Monday 6 April at 8.00, £1.50 a go, what else you could possibly do that could be more fun on a Monday night?! Let's get the turnout into double figures next time!
There were only three for the first cross-country run on Saturday, Phil, Glyn and Karen. Unfortunately Berit arrived late but did her own run and managed to meet up with us towards the end of her run and met us for lunch in the cafe. Phil received a few apologies so hopefully there will be a few more out for the next run on Saturday 14th March. See the Running page for more details.
Dawn completed the 77 mile Surrey Rumble cyclosportive.
There were seven out for the 09:30 ride which set off from Elmers End for Pilgrim's Way. Unfortunately it was Bruce's turn for his bike to fall apart with his rear derailleur completely shearing off. There was no way Bruce could do a roadside repair so the others continued on their way while I cycled home as fast as I could to get the car and pick him and his bike up. We met up with the others in the cafe at Elmers End for brunch.
The caretaker has complained about bikes being left in the changing rooms last Friday. Can all swimmers please refrain from bringing bikes into the changing rooms. All bikes should be locked up outside.
Please note that the pool will be closed on Friday 10th April (Easter) and Friday 15th May (Open Day).