22 Aug '16: ATC NEWS

New TRI Season – 70.3 Pula – Club TT – Ford-4-a-Month


It was such an exciting couple of weeks watching the ultimate athletes do their thing at the Olympics!  Whilst Wayde Van Niekerk’s World Record (43.03) and Gold in the 400m and Caster Semenya’s Gold in the 800m (1:55.28, a new SA Record) will go down as the best performances for SA, the Triathlons were the most exciting races for us to watch!  In the Men’s Triathlon Henri Schoeman (1:45:43) pulled off a brilliant race and what must be the best run of his career to get Africa’s first Olympic medal in our sport.  It was such a surprise and so exciting to see Richard Murray (1:45:50) storming in just after Henri.  Such a comeback from Richard, not just for this race, where he delivered the fastest run split and made up 24 positions, but also for his amazing recovery after a bike crash at the of the WTS Gold Coast race in April left him with a  broken collar bone and wrist.
The ladies, Mari Rabie (1:59:13) and Gillian Sanders (2:01:29) did their jobs splendidly to finish 11th and 23rd, respectively.  It’s a great pity that there is no Triathlon Team event at the Olympics.  Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands, who often trains in South Africa, finished in 10th (1:58:55)
Our Triathletes made us so proud and we think it's going to do wonders for Triathlon in South Africa over the next couple of years.
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ATC Gear in Stock
We have received stock of T-Shirts, Triathlon Kit and Long Sleeved Cycling Jackets and have all sizes available.  The kit can be ordered on-line or can be purchased directly from the ATC Container on Track days.  We have Credit Card / Debit Card Facilities available in the Container.
New Triathlon Season
The new Triathlon Season starts on 1 September.  That means that you will need a 2016-17 License for any Triathlon or Duathlon event taking place from 1 September onwards.  If you are planning on getting a Full racing license for the new season you can already register through Triathlon South Africa: www.traithlonsa.co.za  The Cape Unicity Triathlon Association (CTUTA) is still working with TSA to get the Recreational License added under the WP Registration Screen.  So if you are planning on getting a Recreational License for the new season, hang on for a bit while we get this sorted.
Ironman 70.3 PULA
Atlantic Triathlon Club will be competing in Division I of the Ironman TriClub European Championship Final in Pula, Croatia, on 19 September.  If you are doing this event, please let us know so we can share plans to meet up before and after the event in the special TriClub areas and facilities provided.  We also need to your TSA license sorted out as soon as possible because international day licenses are very expensive and typically cost more than the annual TSA license.
If you are doing the PULA event, please reply to this email.
Monthly Club Time Trial – Ford-for-a-Month
Our monthly Club Time Trial will take place this week on Tuesday (23rd) and Wednesday (24th) and the Kelfords Ford-for-a-Month winner will be drawn from one of the runners. 

RESULTS:  Details here...

Cross County League and WP CC Champs
Our Juniors and Development Team has performed brilliantly throughout the Cross Country League this autumn and winter.  They finished the season off on a high note at the Western Province Cross Country Championships with three Champs podiums, three league podiums as well as three members being selected for the WP Schools Team. 
At the league event held in Elfindale on 12 June, the Men’s 4 Km, Boys u/15, Girls u/11 and Boys u/8 Teams all won their categories!  In the individual categories Jenedean Rudolph (u/9) and Human Beukes (u/9) came second and Ashwin Beukes won the u/8 category.  
At the league event held at CPUT on 24 July, the Boys u/8 and the Boys u/15 teams were second.  The Girls u/11 team won their category.  Human Beukes (u/9) and Ashwin Beukes (u/8) came second in their categories.
At the WP Cross Country Championships, held in Keurboom Park on 13 August, Jenedean Rudolph (u/9) won gold and Ashwin Beukes (u/9) won silver.  Lucca Mynhardt, a youngster who recently joined ATC won silver in the Boys u/11 category.
The final league standings, after eight events from April to August:  Our u/15 Boys and u/11 Girls Teams won their category and the u/8 Boys came second.  Jenedean Rudolph won the girls u/9 league.  Ashwin Beukes (u/8), Human Beukes (u/9) and Daniel Arendse (u/18) all finished third in their respective categories.
The following athletes were selected into the WP Athletics Schools Teams to represent WP at Western Cape Championships:  Daniel Arendse (u/18), Bruzano Britz (u/18) and Owen Jansen (u/15).
Spur Cape Winter Trail Series
On 24 July, in the Long Course event, held on the Paul Cluver Estate, Sean Hulley was 7th overall and Gregory Torr was the 2nd Veteran.  In the Short Course event, Melanie Novitzkas won the Veteran Female category.
On 31 July, in the Long Course event held in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Travys Wilkins was 7th overall and Gregory Torr was the 2nd Veteran (11th overall).  In the Short Course event, Bruzano Britz (3rd overall) won the Junior Category with Daniel Arendse in second (5th overall).  Reginald Poss was the 3rd Open Male and Michael Van Wyngaard won the Minimee Category
On 7 August, in the Long Course event held at the Taal Monument, Sean Hulley was 4th overall and Gregory Torr was the 3rd Veteran and 11th overall.  In the Short Course event, Bruzano Britz won the Junior Category with Daniel Arendse in second.  Adriaan Links won the Minimee Category with Michael Van Wyngaard in 3rdMelanie Novitzkas was 3rd in the Veteran Female category.
On 13 August, in the Long Course event, held in Kleinmond, Sean Hulley was 9th overall and Gregory Torr was the 2nd Veteran and 13th overall.  Emily Aitkin was third in the Open Female category.  In the Short Course event, Melanie Novitzkas won the Veteran Female category.
Sean Hulley finished the Long Course Series in 5th (Open Male) and Gregory Torr as the 2nd Veteran.  Melanie Novitzkas won the Veteran Female category in the Short Course Series.  Our Juniors did not contest the Spur Cape Winter Trail Series this year as they could only do two of the four events, due to clashes with the Cross Country League.
Other Results
On 3 July, David Cooke won the Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race in Knysna.
On 17 July, at the WP Cycling Winter League Criterium held in Burgundy Estate, Bjorn Pienaar, racing for Team Cycle Teknix, won the Category 3 Crit, with team mate, Tyrone de Smidt, taking 2nd place.  On 7 August Bjorn repeated his Category 3 win at the Criterium held in Paarden Eiland,
On 6 August Sally Misplon was the second lady at the Steenberg Trail Run.
On 6 August, at the PPC Riebeeck West Half Marathon, Michael Gombart was 9th overall to receive a gold medal.
On 6 August Michael Eadie came 2nd in his Age Group and 3rd overall in the Strandloper 21 Km run.

On 22 August, at the PUFFER ultra trail run, Cobus Van Den Berg was 12th (9:33) and Caitlin Van Den Berg was the second lady home (9:35, first veteran lady). 


TRAINING:  Details here...

SWIM:  The canal swim will be on Saturday afternoons at 16:00.
BIKE:  On Thursday mornings, at 06:00, we will do a road bike ride from Point Virgin Active.    
RUN:  Track will be on Tuesday mornings at 06:00 and Wednesday evenings at 18:00.  A reminder that this week is our monthly 5 Km Club Time Trial.
On Thursdays there will be a Road Run from the Green Point Cricket Club at 17:30.
On Sunday, we will do a long run starting from the Camps Bay Police Station at 07:30.


EVENTS:  Details here...

A reminder of the Spin for Zopi fundraiser taking place at the Virgin Active in Constantia on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be special 90 minute spin classes between 11:00 and 12:30 and the participation fee of R300 will go towards equipment needed to improve the quality of living for Zopi who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Cortical Visual Impairment.
The Saldanha Half Marathon is taking place from Club Mykonos on Saturday.  Organisers have advised that there are roadworks on the road into Langebaan.  The first Langebaan turn-off on the R27 is now a one-way out of Langebaan.  You must travel another 4.5 kilometres to the Saldanha turn-off and turn left there.  Travel for another 4 kilometres till you reach the Langebaan turn-off.  Take this road and then travel for about seven kilometres until you get to the Club Mykonos turn-off.  This detour will add another five to ten minutes to your travel time.
The Botter Trail Run takes place in Botrivier and offers 21 Km and 10 Km routes.
The Blisters for Bread Walks take place from the Green Point Cricket Club and surrounds.  Walkers will do 5, 10 or 15 Kms in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Association.
The Dirtopia Change of Season Trail Run takes place on the Delvera Farm, near Stellenbosch.  There are routes ranging from 5 to 15 Kms.
The Lourensford Market Trail run, in Somerset West, offers 8 and 13 Km routes.
Out in Khayelitsha there is a 10 Km or 4 Km Road Run from the Mandela Park Stadium.
The Olympic Dirty Double takes place in Kleinvalleij, Wellington, and caters for both mountain bikers and trail runners.  You can go solo and do both disciplines or enter as a relay team (first member does the trail run and second one the MTB).
The WPCA Winter League event is the 125 Km “Slot Van Die Paarl” Road Bike Race, starting from Paarl Windmeul, Paardeberg.

Future Events:

Iqela Slanghoek Triathlon
Slanghoek Triathlon entries have opened!  The weekend offers off-road Triathlons on Saturday 22 October and Road Triathlons on Sunday 23 October.  The Road Triathlon is expected to sell out.  In terms if TSA’s latest ruling on multi-day events you are allowed to enter one Sprint and one Standard distance event on consecutive days.  So you can enter the Long Mountain Bike event on Saturday and the Sprint Road event on Sunday, or vice versa, but not both long events.  More details on:  http://www.iqela-events.co.za
The annual Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience takes place on 3 September in the Blaauwklippen Vineyards.  There are 12 Km and 20 Km runs routes as well as a 12 Km Wine Experience.  Wine Experience participants who swop their usual running gear for fancy dress costumes stand a chance to “win their weight in wine”, the prize is a collection of wine from all participating wine estates.  This year’s theme is: FLOWER POWER

Organisers have offered 10% discount to any ATC Member entering one of the CellartoCellar runs.  To qualify please reply to this email and CC entries@iqela-events.co.za.  Iqela will then sen you a discount code.

MTB Challenge, Meerendal
The Fedhealth MTB Challenge is taking place on the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville on the weekend of 3 September.  This event offers fun for the whole family, with Kiddies races, Short, Middle and Long distance challenges to choose from.  Visit http://www.stillwatersports.com/event/fedhealth-mtb-challenge/ for more details.
Enjoy the Month!