28 Apr '16: ATC NEWS

A Month of Multisport – Ford-4-a-Month – Win New Balance Shoes


April must have been the best month for Multisport we’ve had in a long time!  With Ironman African Champs, Durbanville Triathlon, WPTA Duathlon Champs, Discovery Duathlon and the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town all delivering hugely successful events in the best weather one can hope for.   ATC members certainly did their part, as individuals or teams, and not only participated in huge numbers but also won many categories at these events.  We are incredibly proud of all these achievements and very excited about qualifying for the Ironman European TriClub Championship Final, to be held at the 70.3 Pula event in September.
Discovery Multisport Weekend
We would like to thank the City of Cape Town for the complimentary Discovery Duathlon entries, which, once again, enabled us to showcase young talent from ATC Development.  Fifteen of our development runners teamed up with riders from ATC, Embark and Songo.Info to contest the Standard, Sprint and Super Sprint Team events.  And our teams won all three categories!
ATC would also like to extend their thanks to SPUR for the complimentary burgers the provided for our development athletes on Saturday. 
Development Coach, Barry Goliath, also got the opportunity to do is first Duathlon, and loved it!   Riders from YEP Clan Cycling, who teamed up with ATC Development for this event in previous years, came back this year to try out the Duathlon as individuals!  YEP’s Vuyo Mavuya and ATC’s Caissa Veeran put ther complimentary entries to good use and both finished second overall and first in their respective open categories.
On Sunday morning, Embark had 32 aspirant triathletes lining up for their first triathlon at the World Triathlon Cape Town.  By the time the Pro Ladies took to the water for the first of two very exciting Elite races, they were all Triathletes!
Embark Beginner Triathlon Program
After a 100% success rate for the Embark first timers at WTS on Sunday, with a podium in the 40-49 age category to boot, the group had their “dis-Embark” get together on Tuesday evening.  All the new Triathletes were full of praise for the group training concept and how this, coupled with attentive coaches Johan Van Den Berg and STeve Attwell, got them through the daunting task of training for a Triathlon and arriving at the race fully prepared.
On Tuesday, 3 May, at 18:00, Embark’s orientation evening for the next beginner Triathlon program will take place at the Green Point Cricket Club.  This time the goal is the Sprint Triathlon at the Freshpak Fitness Festival, taking place in Clanwilliam on 1 October.  Everyone is welcome at the orientation session.  If you have been toying with the idea of TRIing something different and amazing, come and listen.  Visit www.embark.co.za for more details.
This month has also been a rollercoaster of emotions for ATC’ers as the joys and celebrations of achievements at Ironman was mixed with the sadness and mourning the loss of two of our members.
Chantel Rall was first diagnosed with cancer in 2012.  She survived, made a complete recovery and went on to complete Ironman Port Elizabeth in 2014 and 2015, as well as a number of Ironman 70.3 events.  Late last year, Chantel was again diagnosed with cancer and she put up a brave fight for a couple of months.  Chantel passed away on the 8th of April 2016.
Craig Jacobs joined ATC and Embark in September 2012 and was an avid ATC supporter, always ready to lend a hand and never hesitated to celebrate.  Craig was diagnosed with advanced stage 2B/3A oesophageal cancer in December last year and passed away on the 10th of April 2016. 
At the commemorative services held in honour of Chantel and Craig, the beautiful tributes conveyed the great influence they had on family, friends and fellow athletes.  Once an Ironman, always an Ironman!
Chantel Rall Award
On Sunday evening, at the WTS Cape Town after-party, held at Shimmy’s, World Sport made a substantial donation to the #lovechanty foundation and announced the Chantel Rall Award, which will be introduced at next year’s WTS Cape Town event.  The award will go to a participant who overcomes a major challenge or adversity to achieve something remarkable.
Member Personal News
Congratulations to Philip Le Roux and Larisa Smuts, who got married this week.

RESULTS:  Details here...

While that vicious storm was raging in Green Point on Friday evening we thought that, this year, the entire event will be cancelled, not just the swim.  But this proved to be the storm before the calm.  Conditions were perfect all round and the swim route, in particular, was awesome.
Discovery Duathlon Cape Town
Congratulations to the Atlantic Triathlon Club Team, with Dawood Goeiman and Emce Van Zyl, who won the Standard Duathlon in a time of 1:52.  Team ATC Multisport, with Reginald Poss and Nick Turner was the 3rd team home.  Rohan Kennedy (1:59) was third overall, Henry Wolstenholme (2:05) was 2nd in the 40-49 category and Donald Duncan (2:27) won the 60+ category.
In the Sprint Duathlon, the ATC Sprint Team, with Bruzano Britz and Iain Mc Gregor won the team event, followed by the team of Jakob Volmoer and Travys Wilkins (37:41s) in second and the team of Keano Sampanie and Darrin Hofmeyr (38:46s) in third. 
In the Super Sprint Duathlon, the ATC Super Sprint Team, with Adriaan Links and Colin Van Zyl, won the team event in a time of 36:10s.  The team of Shamodean Koonthea and Clive Schulze was second (37.41s) and the team of Chadwin Cornelson and Alistair Chivell (38:46s) was third.  Jaco Wolstenholme won the individual race in a time of 37:37s,
World Triathlon Cape Town
Jean De Villiers won his second Standard Triathlon in a row, in a time of 1:52.  Douglas Burger (2:07) was second in the 40-49 AG; Lara Fury (2:23) second in the ladies 40-49; Leigh Charlton (2:33) third in the ladies 30-39; and Lesyl Potgieter (2:35) was third in the ladies 40-49.
In the Sprint Triathlon, David Durham (1:08) won the 30-39 AG, followed by STeve Attwell (1:12) in second.  Gregory Becker (1:14) was second in the 40-49 AG followed by Samuel Houlie (1:17) in third.  Utah Lehman (1:18) won the ladies 30-30 AG and Craig McIver (1:28) won the 60+ AG.
All the ATC’ers results from the Discovery weekend appear at the bottom of this email.  You can also view their time splits on our On-Line Newsletter
WP Duathlon Championships
Congratulations to Kobus Meyer, who was the overall winner at the WPTA Duathlon Champs, held in Durbanville on 16 April.  Henry Wolstenholme won the 45-49 AG.  Lisa Kaestner was the 3rd lady in the 40-49 AG.  Jaco Wolstenholme won the Super Sprint Duathlon.
Durbanville Triathlon
Jean De Villiers won the Durbanville Triathlon.  Nick Turner won the 40-49 Category with Paul Ingpen in 3rd.   Hanmarie Stadler was the second lady and first in the Senior Category, followed by Angela Van Wyk in second and Michelle Krebs in third.  Sue Van Diggele was the third veteran lady.
Team Atlantic Triathlon Club won the team event with Nicholas Mortley, Bernard Griesel and Dawood GoeimanSean Tait and Daniel Arendse was in the team who came second.
In the Sprint Triathlon, Caylan Bromley was the 3rd lady.
Ironman African Champs
Conditions were great; although the swim was a bit choppy at times; the bike course was (arguably) easier than previous years; and the run was more fun with shorter laps, packed with spectators.  There was no dark, lonely University section, although most participants would have experienced their own dark place at some stage during the day.   But the red carpet is never dark and is always just reward for a hard day’s work.  Our congratulations to all the members who completed Ironman African Champs in Port Elizabeth earlier this month! 
We’d like to thank the supporters who kept the spirits high around the ATC and Embark gazebos all day long:  Lara Browne, Kate Neill, Robyn Elford, Angelique Edwards, STeve Attwell, Genine Manchip, Gert Wilkins, Kiki Neill, Lucy Gauntlett, Jessica Hopley, Sean Hulley, Alexandra Antonakis and Oom Paul & Tannie Kruger.
Congratulations to ATC Ironman Club Champions JD Neill (9:30:47, 5th 30-34) and Genelle Van Der Riet (10:51:38, 3rd 45-49).  These two, along with Iain Mc Gregor (9:46:41, 9th 40-44) qualified for Ironman World Champs and will head to Kona later this year.  Nichol Jordaan (10:14:49), Eugene Lindeque (10:19:41), Dean Hopf (10:26:13) and Brendon Leask (10:58:43) all completed Ironman in under 11 hours.  All the ATC’ers Ironman results appear at the bottom of this email.  You can also view their time splits on the On-Line Newsletter
Atlantic Triathlon Club won Division I of the Ironman TriClub Program at the PE event and therefore qualified for the European TriClub Championship Final in Pula, Croatia, on 19 September.  So if you have been thinking of doing an international Triathlon this year, please pick this one.  All club members who complete the event accumulate points for the club, so the more members we have at the event, the better our chances.
Freedom Swim
Amy Barnes (1:48:26) was the second lady in the Solo Skins category at the Freedom Swim, a 7.5 Km swim from Robben Island to Big Bay.  Nicholas Mortley (1:55:47) was 3rd in the Solo Wetsuit category and did the event to raise funds for the NSRI’s Waterwise program.  Nicolas raised R 15 000 for the program, aimed at making children aware of the dangers around water and teaching them how to be safe in and near water and how to rescue their peers.  You donation of R100 can assist in training a child to be safe in water.  Donations can be made into the following account:  Standard Bank, Branch 051001; Account: 07 819 0835; Reference: Nic Mortley Donation.  You can download Nicolas’ race report from the On-Line version of this Newsletter.
Other Results
At the Cross Country Relay, held in Pinelands earlier this month, the ATC u/19 boys won their race and the u/15 boys came second in their age group.
At the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge, Tanja Mackay-Davidson (2:46) was the third lady in the 25 Km Lite Trail Run.  Caitlin Lewis (2:46) was 4th overall and the first Veteran home.

TRAINING:  Details here...

SWIM:  The canal swim will be on Saturday afternoons at 16:00. 
BIKE:  Tomorrow (Saturday) morning we will do a 3 hour ride, starting from the Point Virgin Active at 07:00.  It will be a 3 hour ride over Chappies and Black Hill to Kalk Bay and back.  With a coffee stop in Kalk Bay
RUN:  From next week we will be back to the normal Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon slots.
Club Time Trial – Lucky Draws
Our club time trial will be next week on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.  The Kelfords Ford-for-a-Month winner will be drawn from one of the runners. 
New Balance will be present to demonstrate their shoes and, in conjunction with the RUN STORE, will give away 1 pair of shoes.  The lucky winner will have a choice of the VAZEE PACE or FRESH FOAM ZANTE.

EVENTS:  Details here...

The long weekend coming up signals the start of “Half Season” with the Constantia Valley Trail Run on Sunday, the Safari Half on Monday and the Slave Route Challenge on Sunday the 8th.
This Sunday’s Clifton 1SOMS Swim will be in the CORE format.  There is also the Run the Vines Trail run on the Nederburg estate.

Future Events:

The Volunteer Wildfire Services annual fundraising trail run takes place on Sunday 08 May 2016 from Deer Park.  The VWS is a 100% voluntary fire service, which relies on donations from private individuals and companies as well as direct fundraising events, such as the Trail Challenge.  All proceeds from the race are spent on protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our natural heritage.  There are 25 Km and 10 Km routes to choose from and entry fees are very reasonable.  To Enter, Click Here
Entries for the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, close this Sunday 1 May.  This year a staggered start will be used, with runners seeded in accrordance with 10 K times.  To enter go to:  To Enter, Click Here
Bike Transport – Durban 70.3
My Logistics is providing bicycle transport for Durban for Ironman 70.3 taking place there in June.  The cost is R1500 return, per bike.  Bicycles are transported in purpose built trailers, as is, so there is no need to box the bike or remove any parts.   To book your bike, please visit www.myvelo.co.za.  Please select Embark-ATC in the “How did you hear about us?” field.
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