Race Report: Alpe D’Huez Long Course Triathlon

Below is a race report for the Alpe D’Huez Long Course Triathlon and is written by Premier Tri member David Rees. The views expressed are his alone!


So here I am eight days out from the toughest race of my life and I’m faced with a dilemma. Namely, which end of my convulsing body to aim at the toilet. It turns out that if your ‘mate’ offers you an opportunity to partake in 3.6km swim race down the Thames as a ‘warm-up’ it may not be the benevolent act first figured. And so it was that having two more days ‘rest’ than originally planned and with an enhanced distain for Thames Water avec Rats Urine I set off for the Alps with Premier Tri super star Ellie Dorman and interloper and aforementioned ‘mate’ Barry Crane.


The views almost make the gruelling cycle worthwhile

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Safety First, Safety Second

With the nights well and truly drawing in and the cold weather on its way it felt a good time to remind you all of the importance of good kit and being wary whilst cycling on the roads. The Highway Code states you all need lights and appropriate clothing and also states that whilst it is OK to ride two abreast you should “ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends”. We all know car drivers can be impatient and a little inconsiderate at times but we must do all we can to help ourselves too!

Also, check out this video of bike trials rider Martyn Ashton demonstrating his skills on a Team Sky issue Pinarello Dogma. Amazing stuff and well worth a watch.

Finally, well done to Dave, Harry, David, Zoe and Vicki who took part in the Richmond Parkrun on Saturday. Some outstanding performances given the conditions including three Premier Tri members in the top ten. Results can be found from the Park Run website.

Age Group World Championships New Zealand – Race Report

Below is a race report from Laura‘s first (of hopefully many) race representing GB at the Age Group World Championship on the 22nd October 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Pictures of her competing can be found by clicking here to access our Facebook site. 

So I’m now one week after the biggest race of my triathlon career and have so many things to reflect on. The race was TOUGH. That came as no surprise but I’m not entirely sure I was prepared for the ferociousness of the field and the difficultly of the course. That aside it was an experience I will never forget and it’s left me hungry for bigger and better things next season.

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