All posts by Micheal Pearce

Junior Bike Skills – Mar 15th 2015

We had loads of eager athletes taking part in our junior club’s bike skills’ training session on March 15th in Greystones Harbour.  Our coaches put our young athletes through the paces, with tons of new tips being picked up by all. Well done guys!  We’re looking forward to seeing these skills being put to practice in some races this summer.  Great to see so many new faces there too!!

Wicklow Tri Junior Events – December 2014

We had a great end to 2014 with 2 really enjoyable events for our junior members:

 

Duathlon Training Day – Corkagh Park

It was our first time to hold this event at the fantastic Corkagh Park in Clondalkin. Although it was extremely cold, thankfully it was dry and bright. It was also the first time we invited outside members of other clubs to participate and we received very positive feedback from them.
We had the Under 8’s dash which was a 400m cycle followed by a 200m sprint. Following this was the 8-10 years which was a 400m run/1500m cycle/400m run. Next up was the 11-12 years event which was a 400m run/3750m cycle/400m run. And then last was the older members who did an 800m run/3750m cycle/800m run. Well done to all who participated.
Afterwards we enjoyed some hot chocolate and home-baked goodies which helped warm the bellies!
All participants received medals and it was fantastic to see our own members do so well. I hope you all learnt a little about what competitive racing is like!

 

Swim Gala – Greystones

We had a bigger number of participants this year for our annual swim gala which was great. Members were divided into waves based on their ages and each wave did a front crawl race and then a breast stroke race.
All participants received a certificate and the first 3 places received a prize.
Afterwards he had a Christmas party in one of the rooms with music, party food and a presentation. There were plenty of spot prizes too and of course chocolate Santas. It was a great way to end the year!
We would like to thank all the bakers, the helpers, the marshalls, the volunteers, senior club members, the coaches and the committee members for a stellar job done this year with all the training and the races.

Wicklow Tri Junior Duathlon – 7th Dec 2014

The junior section of Wicklow Tri Club will be holding a fun duathlon for young athletes aged 7 to 15, in Corkagh park on Sunday December 7th. Registration will take place at 11.30am, with the race starting at 12 noon.

Corkagh Park is an ideal location for a duathlon as it has an enclosed cycle track with a really smooth surface. There will be 3 waves to cater for all age groups and we may even have a little race for some of the younger siblings.

Invites are open to junior members of other clubs, so we’d love to see some of them joining us as well.

To register your child, please email WicklowTriYouths@gmail.com, by Dec 1st, with your child’s name, age on Dec 31st 2014 and the name of their triathlon club.

To help cover our costs for the day, we are asking for a €5 donation from each participant.

As usual, competitors will be asked to present their TI cards or sign a guest sign-on sheet on the day.

We hope to see lots of you there, for what promises to be a great event.

Smiles Galore as Junior Training Resumes, 7th September 2014

Wicklow Tri Club’s junior members kicked off a new season of training last Sunday, with a trail run in Kindlestown Wood. It was great to see so many eager athletes taking part in glorious sunshine, so well done to all of you. We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of new members throughout the 2014/2015 season, so if you have a child aged 8->15 who’d like to join us, please contact WicklowTriYouths@gmail.comWicklowTriYouths@gmail.com for more details.

Loughrea Junior Triathlon National Championships, 3rd August 2014

Two WTC junior members competed in the  BSM national triathlon championship in Loughrea, Galway on the 3rd August.   It was a fairly tough course- a choppy lake swim and technical bike course.

Our first junior was in the 7-9 group and was first to race. The lake was warm but quite choppy. Most of the competitors dolphin-dived and ran. Not a lot of swimming!  The bike course was up a hill then down another hill round the turnaround and back up the hill! She crashed at the dismount line with a few others and got quite a shock. But she picked herself and her bike up and continued the race with tears in the eyes and managed to get 3rd place and on the podium. Well done for not giving up!

Our second competitor was in the 10-11 age group. Here the competition was extremely tough. The swim section was out to a buoy around it and on to a second buoy and back in the other side of the jetty.  He got a great start with his head down and was out near the head of the pack.  The going got tough with the waves and the crowd of swimmers around the buoy.  He finished the swim saying “that was horrible”. However once on the bike he had a smile on his face and then it was on to the run with his trade mark sprint finish.  He finished 19 out of 50 in his age group which he was more than happy with and despite the swim loved it.

This is a great race for the juniors to do although the competition is quite fierce. But it’s very well run and easily do-able as a day trip from Wicklow. All finishers get a medal and goodie bag and there are very nicely presented trophies for podium places. The club is very welcoming and we will hopefully be going back next year.

Bray Wheelers Underage Interclub League 2014, 8th July 2014

Below are the dates and locations for this year’s Underage InterClub League, which is run by Bray Wheelers.

There are five races in the series, for different age groups, with time trials and handicapped races. All are welcome!!

The league has road, grass, circuit, mountain bike and track racing, with a prize presentation afterwards, with medals for all participants.

The clubs that take part are Bray Wheelers, Sorrento Cycling Club, Wicklow Triathlon Club, Orwell Wheelers, plus others.
Race Schedule
Mon 21st July 2014 – Road Race, 7.15pm in Ashford on Cullenmore Bends (NB: please note new location – middle R’bout)
Mon 28th July 2014 – Grasstrack Race, 7.15pm in Shanganagh Park
Mon 4th August 2014 – (No race due to Bank Holiday)
Mon 11th August 2014 – MTB Race, 7.15pm in Ballinastoe
Mon 18th August 2014 – Circuit Race, 7.15pm in Corkagh Park
Sun 24th August 2014 – Track Race and Skills Competition, 2pm in Track in Crumlin
Mon 25th August 2014 – Slideshow, Refreshments and Prize Presentation, at 8pm, Bray Wheelers Clubhouse

Kids of the West Triathlon, Carrigaholt Co.Clare, 29th June 2014

Fantastic race report from one of our junior members, following his recent success at the Kids of the West race in Co. Clare.  Congrats from all at Wicklow Tri!

“I really like Kilkee because I go there every summer to stay in my Nanny’s mobile. It was really busy with thousands of people in the town for Hell of the West. There were lots of Wicklow Tri people in transition and they were all together beside the band stand. The weather was really hot on Saturday and the triathlon was brilliant. John Darcy and Liamo won their races so I wanted to do really well for Wicklow Tri Club too on Sunday.

After Hell of the West my Dad changed the saddle and handlebars and pedals on his bike so I could fit on it and I spent ages practising my cycling. I love road bikes! On Sunday morning we went to Carrigaholt for the Kids of the West race, it is the next town to Kilkee where the dolphin watch boats go from. I got a big surprise because Rose and John and Anne from Wicklow Tri Club were there. Rose told me I could do really well so I wanted to win. There were loads of people setting up the course and transition so I got my bike and runners and stuff all setup. The 11-14’s had a long swim so they all had wetsuits on and I wanted to wear mine but Dad convinced me that I didnt need mine for my 50 metres swim.

I was very nervous before the start because my race had 43 entries and lots of them were wearing tri suits and had really nice bikes in transition. The tide was very far out and the water was shallow.

We all walked out to the start. When the race started I tried to swim but it was very shallow. I did some dolphin dives like I saw them doing in the 11-14 race and then saw people running in the shallow water. Everybody started running so I did too. I was around the top 10 into the transition and put on my runners, helmet and glasses as fast as I could.

Our cycle was 2km and was steep up hill like the Hell of the West. I had a big smile because I was able to fly up the hill and passed out about 5 or 6 people before we did our U turn. Coming back down the hill I went as fast as I could go. When I got back to the transition Rose and John and Dad were at the bike line. I tried to stop a bit fast before the line and went over the handlebars! I was OK and the bike was OK so I just got up and went as fast as I could.

I was tired from the cycling because I went as fast as I could. There was a guy in front of me so I ran up behind him and stayed there for most of the running. When we got back close to the finish I ran as fast as I could. I passed the guy out and everybody was clapping and cheering at me and telling me to sprint for the finish because I was third. I was so happy to finish third but was so tired I couldn’t breathe and felt sick!

Everybody was really nice to me for finishing third and I felt very proud. We all got medals and then there was a presentation of trophies. I was presented with my trophy by Aaron O’Brien who won the Hell of the West triathlon and who is the National Champion”.

GK