If you’re thinking of doing your first triathlon in 2020 now is the perfect time to get started. Naas Tri Club have a dedicated training plan starting on Feb 17th, to get new members ready to do their first triathlon at Tri-Athy at the end of May.
This novice training group will gradually introduce new members to swimming biking and running though our weekly coached training sessions and ensure you’re ready to confidently take on your first triathlon.
We’ll be holding an Introductory Evening on Thurs, 13th Feb in the Gaelscoil, Piper’s Hill, Naas at 7:00pm. Feel free to come along or for more information please contact Wayne Carroll – email@example.com
The Galco Naas
Duathlon is the traditional season opener for Triathlon Ireland. It has also
become a very prestigious event this year as it was also the start of BMW
National Duathlon Series and we also had the honour of hosting the National
With a very competitive mens’ field it was no surprise that the first run leg was fast and furious with 7 athletes coming in almost as one. Alex Van Buttingha Wichers, Patrick Peters, Luke Thompson, Matthieu Proffit, Marc Flavin, Jonathan Nangle, Joe O’Connor, all came into T1 in contention and it took the bike leg to separate them. Marc Flavin came into his own on the bike and came back into T2 with approx. a minute to spare which he held to come home on his own followed by Matthieu Proffit and Emmet Kelly.
The young guns were
right to the fore all day. In the 16-17 age group Ralf Bodamer took the honours
coming in 8th ahead of Alex Van Buttingha Wichers while in the 18-19
age group James O’Shea came in first ahead of Luke Thompson in 11th
and 13th places overall.
In the womens’ section, Ciara Wilson got away to a flying start ahead of Elizabeth Carr, Natasha Kelly, Rachel Smyth, and Jennifer O’Sullivan. A little further back Ellen Vitting, was biding her time and surged forward on the bike leg to give Ciara a scare in T2 but Ciara’s run speed was enough to pull away on the final leg to take the win ahead of Ellen with Elizabeth Carr taking third.
While these have
become very competitive events at the sharp end, it is equally important to
recognise that they offer a huge number of age-group athletes the chance to go
out put their training to the test and for novices to try out their first
multi-sport event. Congratulations go to all those who braved a sharp January
morning to take part.
This is the second time the para-duathletes have come to Punchestown and they really add to the sense of occasion. All have their own individual challenges but still put in some amazing performances. Donnacha McCarthy, partnered on the tandem by Bryan McCrystal came in first after a blisteringly quick bike leg, followed by Tojo Lazarri and David Eccles. Cassie Cava was the first woman home followed by Rosemary Sweeney. Unfortunately, Leo Hynes and Mark Millar had mechanicals and couldn’t complete. We wish them all well for the rest of their season, especially those hoping to make it to the Para-Olympics this year.
Race 2 – Sun, 23rd Feb 2020
BMW National Series
Race 3 – Sun, 29th Mar 2020
BMW National Series
Intervarsity Duathlon Championships
Kindly Sponsored by:
€25 for single race entry
€62.50 for entry to all 3, (one-off registration)
One Day Licence can be purchased on the day for all non-TI race participants