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Crystal Palace Triathlon

Super Saturday dates:

1 June

Super Sunday dates:

12 and 26 May
16 June

Training schedule

Novice rides

A series of led novice rides aiming to continue building confidence, speed and endurance.

13 April
27 April
11 May
25 May
8 June
22 June
6 July
20 July

See the full Training schedule.

2013 Club Championships

14 April: Dragon Slayer (Duathlon)

21 April: Kingfisher(Aquathlon)

9 June: Thorpe Sprint

7 July: Sussex (Middle distance)

11 August: Bewl (Standard)

Find out more about the Club Championships

Forthcoming events

7 April - Paddock Wood Half Marathon

7 April - The Fool's Errand sportive

26-28 April - Swimathon

Thorpe Lake Sprint Series
12 May, 9 June, 21 July,
18 August

2 June - Windrush Aquathlon

9 June - Mid-Sussex Triathlon / Aquabike

9 June - White Oak Sprint Triathlon

4 August - TVT Concorde Sprint Triathlon

2013 news - March

CPT in action


New member

Welcome to new member Robin Scarborough.


Easter Sunday ride

Unfortunately there weren't many takers for Dean's planned ride to Wrotham this morning. Dean reports "Little short on numbers this morning, in fact just two of us! It was a fabulous morning, crisp and bright. Grant and myself enjoyed a 45 mile ride in the sunshine. We can now enjoy our Easter eggs with a clear conscience, confident in the knowledge that the calories consumed will be less than the calories burned (I think ).

Hope you were all enjoying your Easter either in the warm on the turbo or just eating chocolate!

Good luck to everyone representing CPT at the Thames Turbo triathlon tomorrow. Wrap up warm and enjoy.


Richmond 5k

Matt and junior member, Dan, ran the Run Richmond 5k today. Dan got a PB for 5k coming 5th overall. He says he hopes to win next year!


Dave's 100th parkrun and parkrun results - 30 March

parkrun 100Congratulations to Dave on his 100th parkrun and for being the first CPT member to reach this milestone.

DaveDave wasn't presented with his 100 club t-shirt, but the race director did announce that it was Dave's 100th and he got a rousing cheer from his family, CPT supporters and the rest of today's parkrunners.

Dave's family also ran the 5k and his wife, Geraldine, was there to support.

John was today's winner and Lisa was the first lady home. Dean got a PB, Brigit braved the Crystal Palace course for the first time and Karen managed to get round 5k (without going over 30 minutes).

Crystal Palace parkrun
1st John Buchanan 18:54
7th Phil Feldman 20:17
13th Lisa Collins 21:43 (1st F)
19th Peter Mack 22:45
20th Dave Crockwell 22:45
23rd Dean Thurlow 22:51 (PB)
47th Emma Snowodon 25:23
51st Brigit Brown 25:34 (1st time)
52nd Ruki Sidhwa 25:35
53rd Grant Georgiades 25:36
62nd Jilly Dolphin 27:01
77th Karen Ayers 29:42

Audrey just did one lap as she's recovering from injury and felt a tweak. She cheered us on and took photos at the finish.

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.

South Manchester parkrun
150th Ella Fields 27:32

Wimbledon Common parkrun
22nd Jon Horsman 19:51
166th Sheila Horsman 27:09


Celebrate Dave's 100th....

...parkrun. Not birthday!

DaveYes, Dave Crockwell will be running his 100th parkrun this Saturday 30 March. This is an amazing milestone (imagine, 500km of parkrunning!) so please come along, take part, cheer, and generally make a big fuss!

Crystal Palace parkrun
09:00 start

If you have not already registered with parkrun, then what better time to do so? It's a free, weekly, timed 5km run. No excuses!


Return to the Herne Hill Velodrome delayed

Unfortunately, due to the weather, work has been delayed on the Velodrome. We will not return to the Velodrome on 16 April. Sessions will start on 23 April.

There will be swimming sessions at St Joseph's on 16 April at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00.


Weekend results - 23/24 March

Due to the unseasonal weather both the Bicester and Luton Triathlons last weekend were cancelled.

Glyn did the turbo/run Super Saturday, then braved the cold and an early start again on Sunday to do the Hyde Park 20 Miles Marathon Prep Race. Dave was also preparing for the London Marathon but he raced the Cranleigh 21 instead.

According to the race matrix there members were doing other races but were all DNS!


parkrun results - 23 March

Crystal Palace parkrun
31st Ruki Sidhwa 26:29


Wednesday 27 March - Run to the Hills

Calling all runners............ after the success of last week's track session we are aiming to build on this with a "Run to the Hills" theme.

This week's Wednesday run session will focus on long hill reps which help to develop leg strength and improve your anaerobic capacity.

The session will once again be led by Emily and Grant and should not be missed if you intend to improve your triathlon run splits for this season.

All abilities will be catered for as long as you are fit to run!

Meeting time is 19.30 outside the Crystal Palace Station.


Super Saturday - 23 March

CPT training in the snow

CPT training in the snowDespite the snow, 20 hardy adults and juniors turned up for the turbo/run session in Crystal Palace Park. It was good to see some new faces out for a Super Saturday (even if they didn't all run)! We did a 50 minute turbo then packed up and split into groups for a run. Jon took the fast group, Scott the intermediate and Dean the improvers. Thanks to Dean and Scott for coaching in such cold conditions. Coffee and cake at Cadence thawed us out afterwards.

CPT training in the snow


CPT turn out to support Herne Hill Velodrome fundraiser

Suse, Lisa, Selwyn & Grant in action at the RollappaluzaIt was great to see a strong contingent of CPTers out last night (Thurs 21 Mar) at the ‘Spring Opener’ party at the Ledger Building in Docklands.

The event was ostensibly a fundraiser to help secure the future of the site, but it was also an excuse to have lots of fun and mark the start of the track season.  It was organised by the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome - with a HUGE amount of input from Grant and Phil W - and was packed out.

The evening featured an auction of cycling memorabilia hosted by Jo Brand and an exciting roller racing competition laid on by Rollapaluza.

Lisa, Suze, Selwyn and Grant all took a turn on the rollers to see how fast they could hit 500m on a very spinny gear setting. Their faces say it all. Gotta give the girls a special mention for feistiness - not only did they do super quick times (Lisa made the final), they did it wearing their work dresses!

Next velodrome dates are:

29/3/13 - the legendary Good Friday Track Meet. CPT (via Hans Geberbauer) is sponsoring one of the races, so come down if you can.

16/4/13 – CPT Tuesday night road bike sessions begin again.

See you there!



parkrun results - 16 March

Crystal Palace parkrun
34th Dave Crockwell 24:19


Wednesday night runs - Change to time and venue

Please note that the Wednesday night run sessions have reverted to the 19:30 start time. There is also a new meeting point, outside the Crystal Palace Railway Station. The run session on 20 March, will be on the athletics track. Please pay at reception and meet on the track for a 19:30 start. Emily and Grant will be leading the run. More details about a new run schedule to follow soon.


Weekend results - 17 March

A weekend of half marathons and duathlons, with CPT results from the Stafford Half Marathon, Reading Half Marathon, Maxifuel Duathlon, Mud & Mayhem Duathlon and the Gravesend Duathlon.


SCCU Sporting 10 (G10/46) - 16 March - race report

RobReport by Rob Parry

As you'll know from my recent mails, this was my first ever venture into the murky world of time trialling. After posting my entry form and cheque, and crossing my fingers that I hadn't missed the deadline (or some obscure rule that prevented me from entering), it was strangely exciting to receive the confirmation package through the post a week later that contained the map of the route and the directions for getting to the start. Real cloak-and-dagger stuff!

HQ was a village hall down in Oakwoodhill, and the atmosphere was very low key. No queues for registration – just a table with a stack of race numbers, and a start list that you sign yourself onto. A few other competitors had set up their turbos and rollers, so with 30 minutes to race start, I got on mine and spent 20 minutes working up to race effort. At which point it started to rain. A lot. Riding a turbo, in a field, in the pouring rain, was certainly a new experience, and not one that I can say I particularly enjoyed!

Warmed up and ready to go, I joined the queue of riders who were being sent off at one minute intervals. The start is pretty cool, as you get a countdown from one official, whilst another holds your wheel from behind, giving you a helpful push when it's your time to go.

As I set off and got my head down, I realised that whilst I knew the distance and the lefts and rights, I had not thought to check the course profile. It turned out to be quite hilly, with a total ascent of 100 metres over the 10 mile course. The road surface was waterlogged and in pretty bad shape too, with debris and potholes everywhere. I managed to swerve most of them, but one unavoidable hole nearly took me out, and is probably what my rear light is lying at the bottom of now :-) Despite this, the course was fun to ride and well signposted, with countdown markers at every mile. It was when I reached the one mile marker that I remembered the words of Merckx (or Cancellara, or someone) who said something like "if you don't collapse after a time trial, then you didn't ride hard enough". I realised then that I'd been treating this too much like a triathlon! So with no subsequent run to endure, I buried myself for the last few minutes to try and make up some more time. The finish is a little bizarre too – two guys by the side of the road. You fly past, shouting your race number to them, and then just keep on going and cruise the last few minutes on your own back to HQ. 

Back at HQ, and a long wait as the time are written by hand on a poster on the wall. My time of 24:30 was enough for 5th place ,which meant a round of applause and a bottle of wine, and seemingly a lot of admiration from the crowd as the organiser stressed the fact that I was a triathlete (as everyone else was racing for cycling clubs, and I think in their minds, triathletes are all runners who don't know how to ride a bike!). I wasn't too disappointed with not winning, given that pro cyclist Wouter Sybrandy took that honour with a blinding 22:08 ride, but have definitely got the TT bug now, and looking forward to the 25 miler on 12 May. Hope to see some of you down there with me! 

Results on the wall

There were a number of CPT starters on the list unlike Rob they are all fairweather cyclists and all had a DNS!


Another snowy ride

Richard thinks his photo trumps the snow videos! It was taken on Beddlestead Lane on Wednesday morning! Richard didn't realise how much snow there was outside London, otherwise he wouldn't have ventured out.

Richard's snowy ride


parkrun results - 9 March

Bromley parkrun
100th Emma Snowdon 24:50

Dulwich parkrun
1st Alex Yee 16:38
32nd Ron Yee 20:31 (PB)

Gunnersbury parkrun
61st Dave Crockwell 23:56

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


CPT training in Majorca

If you've been wondering why the pools this week have been emptier than usual, it's because a CPT contingent were 'training' at TriCamp Mallorca. Watch a YouTube video of them in action.


CPT Super Saturday snow videos

Ruben filmed some of the Super Saturday ride in the snow on 23 February.

Watch Video 1 / Video 2

CPT ride in the snow


Weekend results - 9-10 March

On Saturday, Peter travelled north for the Dambuster Duathlon.

The Age UK Crystal Palace 10k took place on Sunday, with Greg taking 2nd place, and Suse finishing 4th female.

Charles got a Silver time at the VO2 Sportive, covering 120k.

There were just seven of us out for the Club ride, either the weather forecast or Mother's Day kept members at home! Although we had two leaders, Dean and Phil we decided to cycle as one group.

It was chilly, but not as cold as the BBC had forecast, although it did get much colder the higher we climbed. It was definitely chillier on the downhills and there was a strong head wind.

We rode out to Edenbridge via the Ridge, Godstone and Haxted Mill. The group split at Edenbridge while some of us looked, unsuccesfully, for a coffee shop, then home over Ide Hill. It was approximately 53 miles with some fast flat stretches and a fair bit of climbing!

I know Ruki and Phil were both exhausted by the end of the ride, and I admit to having an afternoon nap after Bruce cooked me a delicious full English brunch!


parkrun congratulations

Congratulations to Alex Yee, a junior member, who was the overall winner of today's Dulwich parkrun. Well done, Alex!

To give our juniors the credit they are due, their parkrun times are no longer being separated on a junior parkrun page but have been added to the parkrun PBs page.

The rest of the parkrun times from today will be added later in the week.


Return to Herne Hill Velodrome - Tuesday 16 April

Yes, CPT will be running the road bike sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome again from Tuesday 16 April - they will run from 18:15 to dusk (or even a bit later when the lighting is fully operational). A lot has been happening on site in the last month or so - the photo below was taken yesterday. There will be an inner junior track and a multi-use games area in the centre. This will provide more capacity and a safer environment for all riders.

The juniors will be coached on track from 18:15-19:30 (sign on from 18:00) and adults will have use of the track on an uncoached, but supervised, basis from 18:15 to dusk+ (but no later than 21:00).

More info to follow but just to whet your appetites. There will still be scope for the adults to incorporate a swim session or two at St Joseph's.

Work in progress - HHV - 8 March


Bike skills session - Saturday 9 March

Due to an event taking place in Crystal Palace Park on Saturday the Crystal Palace parkrun has been cancelled. You could try a different parkrun venue for a change or join the adult/junior bike skills session in Dulwich Park.

This a great opportunity to learn or refresh skills in close riding, scooting, tight turns, braking and more. Get on down with your bike, helmet and water bottle! Details on the training schedule.

The next novice++ ride is on Saturday 16 March, but we are also keen to encourage adult members to attend the Saturday bike skill sessions with the juniors.


New social page

Selwyn, our social coordinator, has been busy putting together a programme of social events to compliment our busy training schedule. He's added a new social page to the website so find out what he's got planned.


parkrun results - 2 March

Crystal Palace parkrun
35th Dave Crockwell 23:49

Orpington parkrun
4th Haydn Whitmore 20:41 (PB)

The parkrun PBs page has been updated.


Training dates for your diary

Please note the following dates for Super Saturday and Sunday training sessions:

Sat 23 March - Super Saturday
Turbo + run session
To be held outside the lock up under the Jubilee Stand at Crystal Palace
09:30 - 11:30

Sat 30 March - Dave's100th parkrun
DaveCome along and run with Dave to celebrate his 100th parkrun (an amazing achievement). If you haven't already, you must register and print out your personal barcode before running a parkrun event.

Tues 16 April
06:15 - sunset
Herne Hill Velodrome sessions start

Sun 12 and 26 May
Bike + swim (times TBC)

Sat 1 June - Super Saturday
(content TBC)

Sun 16 June
Bike + swim (time TBC)


MarilynNew member

Welcome to new member Marilyn O'Brien.


Race results - 3 March

Dave - Spitfire 20 - Sussex Sport PhotographyDave and Glyn continued with their London Marathon preparation, running the Spitfire 20, while Mark and Brigit were beaten by Isaac at the Frank Harmer 10k at Brockwell Park, despite both getting PBs!. You can read Isaac's race report on the Junior news page.

Peter came in the top 10 at the Maidstone Duathlon, where he was beaten by ex-CPT member Carl Ferri.


FHHV Rollapaluza party - 21 MarchGrant, as Chairman of the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome, would like to invite CPT members to their big fund raising Rollapaluza party on 21 March in aid of The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust (the last remaining venue from the 1948 Olympics). There’ll be;

A Static Bike Rollapaluza Racing Competition with great prizes to be won - For those who haven’t heard of or experienced Rollapaluza racing, it’s essentially head to head bouts of sprint cycling on static fixed-wheeled bikes – usually over a simulated distance of 500m. With the winners averaging well over 200rpm, it’s just as fun to watch as it is to participate! Perfect for competitive workmates to settle old scores!

Brilliant charity auction and raffle items including; 2012 TdF memorabilia signed by winner Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish merchandise, designer cycling clothing, cycling inspired artwork, high end restaurant experiences, sportive places and lots more…

Find out more about the auction items and raffle prizes. 

Plus special celebrity guests – comedienne Jo Brand and actor Jimmy Nesbitt.

The venue in London's Canary Wharf can hold almost 800 people and we want to fill it to the rafters with cycling enthusiasts partying, spinning and bidding hard all in the name of a great cause.

It’s free entry to the venue and entry to the Rollapaluza competition is by donation.

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