Please find attached results from Race 2 of the Dirty Triathlon Series at Lawson.
The weather gods were bored on race day- from being sunny and humid in the morning as the course was being marked, the day turned cloudy later on, to steady rain just as the race got underway with a little storm activity thrown in, yet by the time the race was over for most, the rain had stopped. Highlight of the evening for the organisers was the amount of mud that covered each and every competitor at the end of the race, it would have been easier to have just rolled in the dirt at the start and be done with it.
Several competitors from December had been talking up their subsequent training on the course, but conditions on the night didn't lend
themselves to fast times. Of eighteen repeat offenders from the prior race, seven were faster than last time, with Stephen Tomczyk improving by six minutes from three weeks ago. Stephen, you could open a side business selling whatever you have for breakfast.
The winning times were also quicker than last time, with both first and second place- Glenbrook's Paul Robertson and Springwood's Phillip Bardsley-Smith- beating the old course record. After the two of them left the water together, Phillip's mountain biking strength had him finshing the ride a minute ahead. Paul had better running legs however, passing Phillip and finishing in 55 minutes 19 seconds.
Blaxland triathlete Andrea Oracki was first woman in a new course record of 1.12.06, a minute ahead of December winner Jo Boyd who
improved on her previous time but was unlucky to encounter a skillful rival. Andrea also beat her chivalrous partner Rodney Forrest by six minutes.
Domestic rivalry was a theme of the evening with father and son Neil and Ryan Davies also competing, Ryan having a stellar race to come third overall and Neil tenth. Harry Aubrey and mother Carolyn returned, Harry stayed on his bike this time to finish eight minutes
ahead of his mum, plus Jenyne Debeck and Renee Ferris competing as a mother- daughter relay team.
Local bike shops would have done good trade today repairing broken chains, damaged tires and worn brake pads but happily there were no spills of note. A quick thanks to the dedicated family and friends who turned up to spectate and cheer on their loved ones- you really add to the atmosphere of proceedings.
Special mention to the Panthers Tri Club who provided us with the bike racks for the event. Panthers also have a series of club races over summer and these can be found at http://www.pantherstriclub.com.au
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See you on January 19th!