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Check out Bryce’s race report from the Buxton Bootcamp below, you can race a 6hour or 3hour event , either as a solo or as part of a team.
Gareth and I decided to test our stamina at the Buxton Bootcamp 3 Hour race on November 12th.
The event atmosphere held the friendly vibe that comes with a cross-country endurance race. I felt at ease finding out through the chatter that no-one had done any training and that nobody had been on their bike for the past 6 months. Then the start was counted down… I don’t think everyone was being entirely truthful… as the dust cloud rose along with the race-start tempo.
As always, you can never judge a book by its cover. In the case of Buxton Bootcamp the cover is a kilometre of ascending fire road that is only used at the start of the race before the field is directed into the 14km course that is, in this case, the book. With a majority of the course being single track there are still plenty of opportunities within the course to pass or be passed. The first lap provided a good example of this as everybody settled into their own rhythms or perhaps made some attacks. There was a mix of solo riders and team riders so choosing to attack or defend can make it easy to get lured into a pace beyond the ideal if the other wheel is racing in a different category. But sometimes it can be worth the effort if it means you can hold better momentum through any sections further ahead.
The first 2.5 laps demonstrated how a little bit of work on the ups gained the reward of some flow on the downs, but as the lap count increased the ups seemed to demand noticeably more work. Knowing that the flowing descent through the fern gully was a good place to regain some average speed helped to ignore the sign of cramp and muscle fatigue in the approaching climbs but my last lap become more of a mental game as the physical resources were drained to almost empty.
Despite the course’s best efforts to break our spirits we were both able to complete 4 laps, aided by bursts of encouragement from Peter Hepworth at various points alongside the trails – he popped up everywhere! With one last charge through the fern gully remaining, and a couple of climbs at a pace that seemed only marginally quicker than backwards, my final challenge for the day was to not yield so that the rider I had recently passed could get back in front of me. I was able to hold position, tipping over the crest and down the bermed descent that covered the last kilometre to the finish line.
We each rode our Stumpjumper hardtails that performed faultlessly. Gareth and I had ridden to slightly different plans, but the end result matched – we had a blast and we were well-and-truly done!
Then Peter appeared with the cold drinks, capping off another great day on the mountain bike.
Ed’s note, Bryce finished with a 2nd place in the Master’s category ! Well done mate.
For those who haven’t heard of Xterra its a brand of triathlon that has events all over the world and is a “off road” based event. Generally the events are a 1500m swim, a 30km mountain bike ride and a 10km trail run. You have to qualify to do the world champs by competing in one of the events around the world. Generally by winning your 5 year age group will get you a spot. The World Champs are run in Maui every year with over 800 athletes from over 50 countries represented.
I have been wanting to do the “worlds” for 15 years and have had several friends compete over the years with Lucinda Garnett and Mack Clarkson both getting medals in their age group. A few years ago I decided to get fit so I could have a crack when I had my 50th Birthday [yes mid life crisis time]. Celine and I did the Xterra in the South Island in New Zealand called Motatapu , a longer event in a amazing part of the world in Wanaka. Celine got her spot there while I finished 4th and missed out on the coveted spot. Tim and I then traveled to Rotorua in NZ to race the Xterra there in March , again I finished 4th but this time I got a roll down spot to get my ticket for the Worlds.
Having trained for nearly 12 months with this goal in mind Celine and I both worked on our weakness to give us a shot at representing Australia at the worlds. For Celine it was getting her mountain bike skills up to scratch to take on the challenging course in Maui and for me it was to get my swimming up to a level , one that I didn’t drown and two , be in a better group out of the water as this is so important when you hit the tight single track course as its so hard to get passed volumes of riders out on course.
Come race day in Maui we had ridden the bike course , run the trails and swam at the beach where race start was in the week leading up to game day.
The bike course had been closed for a few days as the Island had been hit by a massive storm that blacked out all the resorts for 12 hours. As the land is on private property the course is only open for a few days a year so the event can use it. We knew we were going to be in for a super tough race after our recon ride, with temps in the low 30s and really high humidity it was going to be important to pace your self for the whole race.
The ocean had been stormy all week with a thumping shore break that had a lot of people nervous about actually getting out past the waves. The bike course had 1100m of climbing in the 32km course, nothing too technical but challenging enough to give confident mountain bike riders an advantage over their road based triathlete buddies. The trail run followed the same single track that the bike leg covered in the first 5km, straight up a twisty climb. Thankfully most of the final 5km was down hill.
Come race day the weather was perfect, 31degrees lite winds and blue skies. The Pro athlete’s went off in the first wave followed by 10 year age group waves, I was in the last male wave with all the female athletes starting 5min behind, both Celine and I had solid swims, I was rapt that I had so much confidence in the water , mainly thanks to my swim Coach Nicola’s swim program and stroke correction classes that I had attended over the last 8months at Watermark pool. The swim course was a M shape with us coming back to the beach after 750m then heading out past the shore break to do another lap. You really had to get the timing right between sets to get to the sand with out getting smashed into the beach.
The ride was a real test of endurance, hot and hilly , some 22% gradient climbs. I decided to hold back early on and push the final 10km of the ride just so I had some energy left for the run. Celine and I had been going up to Smiths Gully over Winter and riding Mt Everard track and the Mt Jerusalem track to work on our climbing strength, it ended up being the perfect prep as we both had good legs up the climbs [relatively speaking given the oppressive conditions]
Having seen a few crashes and plenty of punctures I was careful about passing riders, heading too far off the thin single track lines can be deadly by hitting rocks or huge tree roots. I had crashed riding the downhill track two days before the race so it took me a while to get my confidence up and to go full gas down the fast descents, I really love riding my Specialized Epic bike and had full confidence in my tyres and tyre pressure, 20psi tubeless set up on race day. The final 6km are very deceiving on the map, it looks like all down hill but there was a lot of twists and turns and short sharp pinches to absolutely crush your legs before the final run. I ended up taking a Camelbak drinking system on my back with 2 litres of water and two water bottles on my bike filled with sports drink, There were 3 points to grab water bottles out on the bike course and I used all of them to drink and some to pour over me to cool off. I drunk about 2.5 litres during the ride and had 6 gels.
My energy levels were good and I started the run feeling hot but ok to give it my all on the run. The run was pretty much 5km up on mainly single track trails with rocks and tree roots to catch you out if you were not concentrating. There were drink stations at every 2km which I was so happy for, one cup to wash down a gel and a cup or two of water over the head was the best feeling. Only problem was 50m past the drink station and you were dry and feeling the humid conditions. Heading for home we ran down a narrow and some times steep track along a ridge then across a dry river bed to hit the soft sand at DT Fleming beach, I saw my daughter Adele and asked how her Mum was going , she just said ok, not filling me with confidence I asked my other daughter Elise 200m to go if she had seen Celine and her response was the same, they really didnt know how she was going or where she was in her age group.
Running up the finishing shoot, I was so pumped to have got through the course and felt I raced as well as I could, swim went well, bike I paced perfectly and had a solid nutrition plan that got me to the start of the run with good energy, and my run even though the first 3 km was a real struggle up the steep pinches I ran all but a few hundred meters of super steep tracks. I got one bad hammy cramp after tripping over a tree root on a steep downhill section, but apart from that my run legs are slowing coming back after two years of consistent injuries.
When I crossed the finish line I had my twins there waiting, they had taken pictures while we raced , its not a great spectator event as the course is all out in the jungle and sugar plantations, it was so cool having our girls there to share in the event, we waited for Celine to cross the finish line, she to was pumped to just get through the race , and to conquer her fear of off road mountain bike riding. When I asked how she thought she went in her age group she thought she might of got a place but had no idea after the ocean swim where any of her competitors were, and as she is so new to the off road triathlon scene she didn’t really know any of the race favorites. She was actually more excited that she had ridden most of the course with ease and that she now felt like a real mountain bike rider!
We spent the next 15min reminiscing what we had experienced out on the course with our friend Andrew Noordoff from the Nunawading Tri club. At the finish line they were printing finishing times for each competitor, I saw mine and was rapt with 17th in my age group, I was happy to finish in the top half of my category but to go top 20 was very rewarding after a lot of hard training over 12 months. My finish time was 3hours and 42 minutes.
We got Celine’s times and she couldn’t read the faded print out, she said she thinks she got 2nd, I took it from her and it read 1st in her category, that followed a lot of family group hugs, and all the emotion of doing such an epic event came spilling out in tears and laughter. To have our twin daughters their to see their Mum take a World title [2nd time they had seen it after her Duathlon World title in 2015] was very rewarding and we were happy to show them what hard work and dedication can bring in rewards.
Race maps below
Results from the Xterra World Champs
Pro results Xterra 2017 Maui
We are Closed on Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 7th of November
Saturday 4th 10 am to 4pm
Sunday 5th CLOSED
Monday 6th 9.30am to 6pm
Tuesday [CUP DAY] 7th Closed
hope you enjoy the days off and get out for a ride.
Team TGR athlete Kodey Hodgson had her first triathlon of the season last weekend. The race was a qualifier for the World Triathlon Champs on the Gold Coast. Kodey competes in the 16 to 19 year age category.
Yarrawonga, what a ripper weekend. Filled with so much encouragement, support and happy faces everywhere you looked.
My weekend commenced on the Friday. Parents thought it would be a good idea to drive down on the Friday evening, and look I wasn’t complaining about that I would definitely be struggling sitting in a car for 3 hours then having to race.
Had such a good sleep woke up bright and early, even though my race didn’t start till 1:33pm, I decided I was going to treat it like every other race. Defiantly did not want to over sleep but also was cautious that I got enough sleep too. Had a shower to wake myself up just that little bit more, and then got into the packing and getting ready. Made sure to triple check everything just so I knew I wasn’t going to forget anything that was needed…wetsuit…race flats…rubber bands…talcum powder…goggles…Alpha Keri…tri suit…helmet…drink bottle…towel…bike shoes…and of course my bike. Once that was finished it was about 8:00am; I then rolled out my muscles getting rid of any tightness that I had, Put all my stuff in the car, then parents drove into town to get some breakfast. I on the other hand rode my bike down just to check over all my gears to make sure everything was working smoothly, also wanted to keep my legs ticking over. Once breakfast was finished I rode over to the race venue. Went through a bit of the bike course just to familiarize myself, checked out the mount and dismount point, practiced a couple of times just so I knew how much room I had before the line. Nerves where started to kick in a lot now, got off my bike and walked into the race briefing area. Still had 4 hours to wait, all I was thinking was that’s 4 hours to stress and get even more nervous. Saw the coach so walked over to him; he could see how nervous I was just by my eyes and the way I was standing. He said it’s good, being nervous will boost your adrenaline levels up. Helped set up some tents. Before I knew it I had 3 hours before my race, that little clock in my head was slowly counting down. Wasn’t long now, I got my coach to double check my bike, make sure the tire pressure was good and that the gears were working well. Transition was opening in 10 minutes so I picked up my race pack, stuck all my stickers on and into transition I walked. I started racking my bike, I saw that the girls I normally race with had a different Colour drafting band and where racking there bikes somewhere else.
The men I was racking next to were just looking at me, “you do know you are racking with the 40+ men” I looked at him, all that was going through my head was you have got to be kidding me. They gave me the wrong Colour band, well yay that’s just great. I didn’t realize I looked like a 40 year old man. I went over to one of the officials and explained my situation to him and he helped me sort it all out. I then moved my bike to the same rack as the other girls, set up my bike all over again and then walked out of transition to go and get the right colour band for my bike. I got to the race pack pick up point, and the head coach of TVDP walked over to me. “ I have been looking for you” I looked at him and surely not that cant be a good sign. He then started explaining to me that I am the only senior racing in the School Sports Victoria qualifying race, as the other girls I normally race were all racing in the Worlds qualifying race. He then gave me the option to either be the only senior but set of with the intermediates or go and do the Worlds qualifying race. At this point my mid was just running, going in big loops and I was starting to stress out a lot. My mind set was definitely not in the right spot at this point. Dad said I needed to go and talk to my coach so that he could calm me down a bit because my race was just not going as I planned and I hadn’t even started racing yet. I spoke to my coach and he gave me the best pre race briefing I have ever had, he helped me focus and clam down and understand that this sort of thing can happen to anyone and not to worry about it. We then decided that I would go ahead and compete in the 16-19 Worlds qualifying race as bottom age as well. So I got the right drafting Colour band quickly went back into transition and swapped it over with my old one. My friend Grace was really excited that we were now racing together because we are the only two that are the same speed in the swim so we came up with a good race plan which meant we could help each other but also do really well individually. I love a bit of healthy competition.
It was about 1 hour till my race now, time flies when your having fun they say. The whole ETPA group (my training group) were getting ready to all do a warm up swim together. I went through my usual wetsuit set up. Covered my body pretty much head to toe in Alpha Keri oil for extra help when taking my wetsuit of. Then started pulling on the wetsuit, wetsuit was on and more Alpha Keri was put on the leg and armholes. Cap and goggles were put on and into the water for the warm up we went. Wasn’t as cold as I thought it was going to be, so that was nice. Just before we were getting out of the swim we did a couple of 100m efforts, then hopped out of the water. 15 minutes until race now. Started walking over to the start line with Grace, heart was racing and I was getting very pumped now. Off the boys wave went, and into the water we jumped. My nerves get to me weirdly, at the start line I start to talk a lot to just anyone around me. It was 3 minutes now, race conductor explained that we were then in the starters hands. Next minute you know the gun went off and we started the swim. It was a deep-water start but was only waist deep, wadded out a bit then dove in to start swimming. Of course it was me, what else could honestly go wrong today, well apparently a lot more then I thought. There I am standing up in the middle of the group because my goggles had been knocked off my head. Fixed them up and quickly sprinted up again to try and catch Grace. I suck at the swim, its my worst leg, so I wasn’t hoping to much out of it cause I didn’t want to disappoint myself. I get into a good rhythm pretty quick, which I was stoked with. Started exiting the water and saw that Grace was about 3 seconds in front of me. Running into transition goggles and cap off holding them in one hand and ripping the wetsuit off with the other hand. Get to the bike the rest of the wetsuit comes off and helmet on.
Grab the bike and running towards the mount line, flying mount onto bike and off I went. Grace tailing on behind me, rolling turns everything was going as we planned, until I rolled to the front looked behind me and Grace was no longer there, had to quickly change race plan. But turned out to be better then I thought. Tail wind on the way down, picked up a couple of people made them do rolling turns with me and stay with me cause I knew I was going to need them for the way back. Got to the turn around and started heading back to transition. Picked up two more groups before the dismount line, so was in a really big group now. About 400m before dismount line and I moved my way to the front of the group so that I had a clear dismount. Off the bike I came and into transition. Bike racked, shoes on, helmet off, pick up race band and run out of transition, that’s what I was playing over in my head and it went exactly like that very smooth. Felt really heavy on the run, found it hard to get into a rhythm, just focused on breathing and trying to get just a little bit faster. Got to the turn around, was feeling a lot stronger. Picked up the pace a bit and started heading back.
Saw Grace going towards the turn around, best high five I have ever done was in that race. Last 200m I could just feel the speed of the legs getting faster. Excitement was building, I was almost home. Sprint finish to the line. I was done, my grin was bigger then you have ever seen, so many vibes through the air. Congratulating everyone around you, best feeling you could have. Finished and placed better then I thought I would, which I was happy with, especially after all the muck ups that happened in the build up to the race.
Each October we run events just for women, we love to get more girls cycling. Check out the events below if your keen to get involved. If you know someone who might be interested let them know too, our Pilates classes are super friendly and lots of fun, our bike path ride is a flatish, easy ride along our beautiful bike paths. And for those who want to learn about looking after your bike and pick up tips on some of the issues we have with our bikes out on the road or trails this is perfect for you.
Pilates for cyclist at Topgear Cycles Mondays at 6:30pm October 9th,16th call shop to book a spot Cost $15
Social Bike path ride October 14th Saturday at 8am leaving from the store. Distance 35km medium pace, coffee stop included. Cost FREE just book your spot by calling 98502996
Bicycle Maintenance Clinic October 12th at 6:30pm Come along and join Tim and Peter for a bike maintenance clinic, learn every thing from cleaning and maintaining your bike to puncture repairs and gear and brake adjustment. 1:5hours approx.Cost FREE , please book a spot as numbers limited call 98502996 or email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us for the Amy’s Grand Fondo Gravel ride. We have created a Team that you can sign up to when registering, and if you feel like you want to donate to Celines fund raising page to raise money for the Amy Gillet Foundation please do with many thanks:]
Here are some of the details about the ride….
A new ride option to the event schedule, Amy’s Gravel Fondo is the perfect ride for those who want to take their riding off the bitumen and onto the gravel. Amy’s Gravel Fondo will take place on Sunday, starting and finishing in Apollo Bay and covering a distance of 65 kilometres including 1,500 meters of climbing.
Whilst not a technical course, it will still be challenging, perfect for those who prefer mountain or cyclocross bikes to road bikes.
For more info and registration details check out this link to http://amysgranfondo.org.au/new-for-2017/