27 Jun '16: ATC Weekly

New Balance Sale - IM703DBN Survey – Knysna Big 5 Fund Racer

Annual New Balance Sale

It’s that time of the year!  The Annual New Balance Sale is on now and ends on 17 July.  You can visit any of these stores for some great deals:  Canal Walk, Diep River Outlet Store, Kenilworth Access Park and Kuils River Access Park.

Ironman 70.3 On-Line Survey

A reminder to all members who have recently done an Ironman 70.3 event, to please complete our post Ironman 70.3 on-line survey.  Durban wasn’t the only event to be turned into a Duathlon.  The Luxembourg swim was cancelled due to a flooding river and in Pescara, Italy, the swim was called off after the first couple of swim waves had already started, the race was neutralised and re-started as a Duathlon.  The weather remains the one factor that neither race organisers nor athletes have any control over and we fully support cancellation in the interest of athlete safety, even if it is seemingly an err on the side of caution.  It is very short but you can also elaborate as much as you like:
Further down there is a preview of how Triathletes have responded thus far.  The full survey results, along with our Members’ results, will be published in our next monthly newsletter. 


Atlantic Triathlon Club is currently ranked 7th in the World!  This is after only half of our Triathletes who did Durban were actually registered with TriClub.  If you have done an Ironman event this year and have not yet registered, you can still register now and log your points for past events.  The system will automatically find your points for previous events.  TriClub membership is free and it only takes a few minutes to register.
If you have a problem with registration, reply to this email and we’ll assist.

TRAINING:  Details here...

SWIM:  The canal swim will be on Saturday (2 July) afternoon at 16:00.  Note that NEXT week, 9 July, there will NOT be a Canal Swim.
BIKE:  On Thursday mornings we will do a Road Bike Ride from the Point Virgin Active at 06:00.  Out towards Hout Bay and back.  Please bring a proper bike light.
On Saturday we will do a long ride from Point Virgin Active at 07:00.  We will ride for 3-4 Hours, between 80 and 100 Kilometres.
RUN:  Track will be tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 06:00 (Remember your head lamp if it is raining) and on Wednesday evening at 18:00.  Due to the Knysna Oyster festival, we will not have a Club Time Trial in July but Track will continue as per normal.
On Thursday evening we will do a TRAIL Run from the Green Point Cricket Club at 17:30.  Please note the new start time, which will apply for the next couple of weeks while we work through “deep winter”.  This will enable us to catch some of the awesome sunsets we’ve experienced lately.
On Sunday we will do trail / tar run from Clifton 4th beach at 07:00.  We will run up the Glen and around Lion’s Head before returning the same way.  The run will be approximately two hours and we will be back in time to join the 1SOMS Swim.

EVENTS:  Details here...

Knysna Big 5 Sports Challenge – Oyster Festival
Last week we handed back the Big 5 Sports Challenge Club Trophy so it can be returned to Knysna for this year’s challenge, which starts with an 80 or 50 Km Mountain Bike Ride on Saturday.  On Sunday, athletes can choose between the Knysna Dragons Lagoon Nautical Mile and the Knysna Road Cycle Tour.  Members tasked with ensuring that the trophy is retuned to ATC after the Big 5, which concludes with the Knysna Forest Marathon and Half on Saturday 9 July, are listed further down in the email.  We wish all these members good luck and an enjoyable Oyster Festival!
There are already reports coming through of the nasty stomach bug that seems to plague Knysna this time of year.  Please take the necessary precaution to avoid this race-stopper.
Be a Big 5 FundRacer!
For this year’s BIG5, or any of the Oyster Festival sports events, you can become a FundRacer!  The process is simple and you can either:
It’s a very easy process and doesn’t cost anything to register.  All the funds raised go towards the Knysna Education Trust (KET).  KET provides 43 affiliated pre-schools, within the greater Knysna and Sedgefield communities, with the necessary programs, skills development, on site coaching and mentoring, to capacitate educators to deliver quality pre-school education in a safe and stimulating environment.

Other Events:

The Cross Country league resumes on Saturday with the 6th event, taking place at the Nantes Recreational Park, Bridgetown.  Also on Saturday, the Kogelberg Biosphere Half Marathon takes place in Kleinmond.
The Clifton 1SOMS, 1 Mile Swim, takes place on Sunday at the winter start time of 10:00.

Future Events:

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
The organisers of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon have launched the race’s #RunGreen campaign, which urges runners to consider the environment and take the pledge to ‘run green’.  By pledging, participants agree to the marathon’s key initiatives to reduce, re-use, recycle and the ‘Do Not Litter’ campaign.  The marathon was declared climate neutral in 2014 and maintained this status in 2015. 
The marathon supports projects including; Greenpop Urban Greening and Reforestation; The Wonderbag Project; Joburg Waste to Energy Project; and the Basa Magogo Project.
Entries for the Marathon close at midnight on the 5th of September 2016, or when the maximum entry limit of 7000 has been reached. 
See you on the road, track or trail!

ATC Entrants for the Knysna Big 5 Challenge and Big 5 Lite

BIG 5 Challenge Big 5 Lite Big 5 Lite
Brenton Ashby Amanda Bloch Russell Deacon
Davide Del Fante Ariel Rubin Sean Featonby
Dean Hopf Carl May Sharon Marais
Luke Walker Kate Neill William Marais
Marco De Vincenzo Kirsten Hopwood  
Mike Brown Lucy Gauntlett  
Peter Adolphs Madele Van Heerden  
Peter McEwan Mark Cliff  
Piet Viljoen Matthew Glenday  
Simon du Toit Philip Kantor  
Travys Wilkins Robyn Elford