8 Jan '18: ATC NEWS

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Happy New Year – WCTA AG League Results – ASA Licenses –  Training Programs – Triathlon Information Evening


We wish all our members a Happy New Year!  We trust it will be active, prosperous and wet!

ASA Running Licenses

We should be receiving 2018 ASA Licenses this week and will send out a notification once these are available.  2017 ASA Licenses will be valid till the end of January 2018.  Before collecting your 2018 ASA License, please follow the procedure outlined below:
1)       Renew your ATC Membership (if you have not yet) and order the 2018 license.
2)       Register / Update your details on asa.saclubs.co.za
3)       Download the “Member From” from the ASA Website.
4)       Sign and scan the form and return to us via email or hand it in when you fetch your number.
NOTE:  The on-line form on asa.saclubs.co.za site is still the 2017 form.  Until that is updated, please download the 2018 form the link below: http://athletics.org.za/2018-licensing-form/
A more detailed and illustrated procedure is attached to the on-line version of this newsletter.


Training Programs & Orientation

Join us on Wednesday at 7pm at the GPCC Club House (after track), for an insight into the sport of Triathlon with Iron lady pro Annah Watkins, as well as a chat with Kelly Stoltz about nutrition for endurance sport.  Following this will be the orientation for the upcoming triathlon season and the coaching offered by Embark. 
Embark has several coached group training programs starting in January.  These programs are proven springboards for great improvement, better results and a more enjoyable race day:
Ironman 70.3 Durban (3 June 2018) – the program starts on 10 January 2017 and there will be an orientation evening at the Green Point Cricket Club at 19:00.
Ironman Africa Champs (15 April 2018) - the program starts on 10 January 2017 and there will be an orientation evening at the Green Point Cricket Club at 19:00.
Two Oceans Half Marathon (31 March 2018) - the program starts on 17 January 2017 and there will be an orientation evening at the Green Point Cricket Club at 19:00.
Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (31 March 2018) – this program is already running but you can still join in.
Beginner Triathlon – This is an ongoing program, which requires no previous experience with Triathlon and you can join in any time to get ready for events such as the Discovery Triathlon World Cup, West Coast Warmwater Weekend or the Walker Bay Extreme.
Embark has various branches:  CAPE TOWN:  Atlantic Seaboard (City), Northern Suburbs, Blouberg, Southern Suburbs, Somerset West; JOHANNESBURG.  The new UPINGTON branch staring in February!  You can join any program and train at the venue that best suits you.
Embark was initially started to guide first timers through the process of completing a triathlon and has grown and evolved to offer intermediate and advanced training for experienced athletes too.
For more information on the above programs, please visit www.embark.co.za or contact steve@embark.co.za.

Tour to Barcelona

In May, we are going to Ironman 70.3 Barcelona to compete on the European, Middle Eastern and African Ironman TriClub Championships!  ATC will be competing in Division II.  The Tour will take place from 17 to 21 May 2018 (the race is on the 20th) and you are welcome to plan a longer trip around these dates to spend more time in Europe before, or after, the event.
The Tour Package includes:
4 Nights’ Accommodation in a 4-star Hotel.
Breakfast Daily
Loungers and Towels at a private beach.
The Ironman 70.3 Race Entry.
Group Touring Kit
All Tourism Taxes
NOTE that Flights are not included but we can assist with arranging this as well.
If you are interested in coming along, please reply to this email.

Member Personal News:

Jaysen and Jo Golding welcomed the next addition to their family on 18 December.  Jack Robert Golding arrive at 3.7 Kg and healthy.  Congratulations to the Golding family.
ATC founder and Chairman, STeve Attwell, turned 40 on Wednesday 4 January!  Congratulations STeve and all the best for the new Age Group and decade.

RESULTS:  Details here...

WCTA Age Grouper’s League

The Western Cape Triathlon Age Grouper’s League point standings, for all events up to the Ironman 5150 NMB, have been published on the NEW WCTA WEBSITE!  For the latest standings and all WCTA / CTUTA Licensed athletes results at events during this season, please visit the result page here:  http://wctriathlon.co.za/results/
This League is sponsored by ATC and will include all TSA / CTUTA sanctioned events within the Western Cape as well as events further afield, in which a considerable number of WC Triathletes participate.  Points are allocated on the following basis:
We determine the average time to complete the event for each 5-Year age group (official ITU / TSA Age Groups).  If you complete the event in your Age Group’s average time, you will receive 500 points.  For every 1% that your time is faster than the average, you get an additional 10 points, up to a maximum of 1000.  For every 1% that your time is slower than the average, we deduct 10 points, down to a minimum of 100 points.
Please note the following:
We do not necessarily receive results from race organisers for each of the official Age Groups.  Some events only have 10-year age categories or even just juniors, seniors and vets.   For some events we have therefore estimated the average times for the official Age Groups.
Published point standings are provisional to give licensed athletes a chance to verify their results.  We will finalise results before the end of the season to determine the league winner.
Only your top four results will count towards the final league.  We will determine this once results for all league events have been received.  
Only holders of a valid 2017-18 TSA license will qualify for league points.  All 2017 TSA Licenses have now expired so if your TSA number, as shown on the results, does not end with a /18, your points will expire before the league is finalised.


Lomond Off-Road Triathlon

The inaugural Lomond Off-Road Triathlon was held on 16 December 2017, on the Lomond Wine Estate within the beautiful Walker Bay Fynbos conservancy.    In the long-distance event, which consisted of a 1.2 Km Swim, 30 Km Mountain Bike and 12 Km Trail Run, Rudolf Visser was 3rd overall (2nd 18-24) and Michele Krebs was the second lady home (1st 18-24).  Alexander Krebs was 3rd in the 25-29 Category.  Kobus Meyer, doing the event on a bike borrowed from CTUTA, won the 40-44 category.  Andre Brand won the 35-39 category, Deon Bruwer was second in the 45-50 category and Andrew Barends was 2nd in the 50+ category.
In the short distance event, which consisted of a 400m Swim, 15 Km Mountain Bike and 6 Km Trail Run, Morne Theron was 3rd in the 40-44 category and Caylan Bromley won the 18-24 category. Melani Jansen was third amongst the 35-39 ladies.
All ATC’ers results can be viewed here.

New Year’s Clifton Mile

Zac Ellis won the non-wetsuit category in the New Year’s Mile, held at Clifton 4th beach.  Naor Lombard was second in the wetsuit category.  Arne Van Rensburg won the ladies wetsuit category.

TRAINING:  Details here...

ATC Training WhatsApp Groups: 
SWIM:  The canal swim will be on Friday mornings at 06:00.  Please arrive in good time to park at the Silos, walk to the start and be in the water by 06:00.  We start as soon as the SUP is in the water.  No one will be allowed to start after 06:10.  All swimmers must please sign in before the swim and sign out afterwards.
BIKE:  On Thursday morning, at 05:30, we will do a road bike ride from Point Virgin Active. 
On Saturday morning we will do a road bike ride, starting from the Point Virgin Active at 05:30.  It will be a 4-hour ride over Chappies and Black Hill to Simons Town and beyond.
RUN:  We will have a Track session on Tuesdays at 06:00 and on Wednesdays at 18:00.  Sessions will be on the Green Point Athletics Track unless events are taking place there.  In that case, track will be at the Green Point Cricket Club (across the road).
The ATC Container will be open before and after Track sessions.  Running licenses and gear can also be collected from the sign in desk at the Canal Swim on Friday mornings.

Ironman Training Research Project

Darryn Berry is a qualified Physiotherapist working in Nelspruit, studying a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise through UCT.  He is doing a 12-week study to determine the impact of training load on injury and illness in athletes training for an Ironman event. If you are training for Ironman African Champs and would like to be part of the study, which commences on 15 January, please contact:  darrynberry1@gmail.com

EVENTS:  Details here...

This Sunday is the Bay to Bay run from Maiden’s Cove to Hout Bay and back (30 Km) or just one way (15 Km).  We will be set up on the field at the finish line after the event for license (if available) and gear collection.
There is also the Dirtopia Resolution Trail Run on the Delvera Farm on Sunday.  Next week the Wednesday Nite runs kick off with the Dan Luyt 15 Km run in Durbanville.


Discovery Get Active Weekend

The Discovery Active Weekend, taking place over the 10th and 11th of Feb, will see the Discovery Triathlon World Cup (SwimCycleRun) and the Discovery Duathlon (RunCycleRun) happening on Sunday 11 February at the V&A Waterfront.  This year, there is a new addition to the line-up, the Discovery Retro Run, on Saturday, 10 February at the Green Point Common.  Put on your leg warmers, bobby socks and neon’s bring along your Yoyos, moustaches and head bands and join in for a sunset fun run through Green Point, Sea Point and Mouille Point, followed by live entertainment.
There are various distances in each of the above events that make it totally doable no matter what your activity levels were over the festive season!  You can do as little as a 2.5 Km run, or complete the full course that the Pros will be racing on.
Entries for the Standard Distance Duathlon have already sold out, so you are advised to pick your event(s) and enter ASAP.  For details and to enter, please visit:  http://www.triathlon.capetown/

Cape Town Cycle Tour Substitutions

On-Line Substitutions for the Cape Town Cycle Tour open on Monday 15 January and close on 23 February.  Please let us know if you have an entry you will not be using.


Old Wetsuits for Shark Spotters

Do you have an old wetsuit you are not using anymore?  If so, please donate it to Shark Spotters for the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net crew.  The crew works long and hard during the summer season to deploy and retrieve the net by hand every day.  This creates a lot of wear and tear on their wetsuits, which are essential for their job.  If you have a wetsuit you can donate please get in touch through the Shark Spotters Facebook Page or drop it at their Information Centre on Muizenberg beach.
Have a great 2018!