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NEWMAN VS HATCHER - ELITE TEAM CLASH HORNS

TeamBadTriby TeamBadTriMay 5th 2010
Sunday saw the first head to head for the elite team with Mat and Jules both taking on the early season New Forest Triathlon.

Their respective race reports follow;

Mat Newman - New Forest Triathlon 02/05/2010

"The thought of my first open water swim of the year followed by a wet bike leg in the cold wasnÂ't filling me with enthusiasm to race but fortunately the rain stop about 30 mins from the start. Although cold, the water temperature wasnÂ't too shocking and after the usual jostling for position I settled into the swim and felt reasonable comfortable coming out of the water. Out on the road I struggled to get into the bike leg and never really got going losing a fair chuck of time to those around me. Please to get back into transition and out on the run I finally warmed up and managed a respectable run time of 35:32.25 coming in 7th overall. Although slightly disappointed with my biking the overall experience was a good one amongst a high quality field and with Jules coming in 4th feel we put in a good team performance. Hopefully this will stand me in good stead for the up-and-coming qualifiers"

Jules Hatcher - New Forest Triathlon 02/05/2010

"A great opportunity for an early hit out to see if the miles logged over the winter have done any good! Having done this race last year my biggest concern was going to be the weather. A quick check on the BBC weather page indicated winds of 23mph accompanied by heavy rain. Not the type of forecast I was hoping for. Having said that come race morning the conditions were as good as I could have hoped for. Cool and no rain but very wet roads from the previous 24 hours of downpours.

The swim was approx 1.1K round a water-ski lake. Nothing much to report here, except confirmation that I need to swim more in open water .

The bike was a 36km undulating loop. I rode the first half by myself until I was passed by someone on a TT rocket who tucked in, in front of me and immediately rode straight into a water filled pot hole. His front tyre exploded as his water bottle etc sprayed across the road. I couldn't do a lot except say "unlucky mate" as I passed. A couple of K's later another guy passed me going like a train. I put in a big effort to stay with him and we rode the remainder of the course together. My biggest problem was getting back into the big ring after changing down to get up a small incline. Maby It was the fact I was concentrating on the race but I just did't realise how cold my hands were. I couldn't feel my hands let alone work the shifters (road bike). I had to hold onto the handlebar with my left hand and reach across with my right hand to change gear. Not the safest change in the world but it worked. I finished the cycle in a group of 3, I entered first but came out 3rd (of the group) as my cold hands meant I really struggled to get my shoes on. The run was 10K, mostly off road and quiet hilly.

Having finished my first race of the season it was a good opportunity to blow the cob webs away and switch on to racing again. If you want an early season race to test your form. I would recommend this race, it is well organised and has a friendly informal feel. If you are a old fart like me and have kids in tow, Longleat is perfectally located 1/2 way between Bristol and the New Forest to break the journey up. Failing that if you still have energy after the race and there is a swell running. Europes only artifical reef is located in Bournemouth, approx 30 mins from the race site"
TeamBadTri
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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