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Kernowfest: rock n roll triathlon

TeamBadTriby TeamBadTriJul 21st 2010
A little group of BAD Triers made Hayle their home for the weekend, with race team members Lisa Greenfield racing for BAD Tri/Giant/Moti/2XU and Matt Edwards for BAD Tri/Fred Baker Cycles.

This was the first year of Kernowfest, with an option for Olympic, Middle or Long distance. A small entry list (about 90 in total), but a nice looking course with a swim in front of St Michael¬'s Mount, an undulating bike course and the same on the run. Hayle tri have run many events at longer distances so the set-up was good and well thought-out.

Each section had it¬'s challenges ¬- waves, tides and wind on the swim, hills and head-winds on the bike, and MORE hills and some quite hot sections on the run. Lisa G had something of a mechanical on the bike, jamming her front mech and leaving her without gears at about 20 miles ¬- luckily someone from Hayle tri club was in the area and rescued her with a lift back to the race HQ. A shame for Lisa as she was really strong on the bike, and also ran well on her non-timed ¬'optional¬' run after all the bike faff!

Matt was reasonably quickly into the lead on the bike (though only by passing BAD Tri¬'s own John Wood who had punctured just after the start of lap 2) and held this lead until the start of lap 2 of the run, when the eventual winner stormed past, leaving Matt with second overall.

Overall a well-organised event and with BAD Tri making up about 25% of the middle-distance entry, a good bit of profile raising too! Hopefully it will grow next year and become a South West fixture. The provision of pasties, saffron buns and beer at the finish clearly indicates that Hayle Tri are top bananas and deserve to have this race supported in future.
BAD Tri has sponsored teams for both triathlon and cycling. The aim of these teams is to provide support for athletes within the club at high-performance age-group level and above. As a club we are grateful to those who represent us at this level and understand that it takes a great deal of time, money and dedication. In return for this support, triathletes are expected to represent the team and perform well at the races throughout the summer. Cyclists will be expected to race regularly and place well at local road races and/or support others in the team to do so.
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