Cheltenham Triathlon Club
For experienced and aspiring triathletes

Here's my race report from the Bradford upon Avon sprint tri this morning.

After a very early start I arrived at transition about 7am in a beautiful setting down by the river Avon. Surrounded by whippets talking about their lowest gearing and seeing the marshals had 4x4 I began to wonder what I'd let myself in for!

The swim was 750m up and down the river or down and up, anyway with the current to start with. Just before we got in we were told because of the temperature it was wetsuit optional. I didn't see see anyone without a wetsuit and after wading out to the start and acclimatising to the water I could understand why. It's quite a narrow part of the river and space was tight to the turn. The return was straight into the low sun that made sighting very difficult, I could just make out some splashing in front of me and followed that. In the end the current wasn't noticeable and the biggest effort was getting out of the water by beaching myself seal like onto a jetty.

Now for the bike, normally my favourite bit but I was now apprehensive about. The first couple of miles were out of the valley, small chain ring but not too steep. Once on top the wind started to factor and made hard work of the first half. After the turn the ride got hilly and technical, there were two climbs on a par with Bubbs Hill and caution was needed on the descents due to sharp bends and poor roads.

The run however was great for me, flat and along the canal. It had a couple of U turns so I could see how I was doing against my opponents. Finally into the finish to collect my medal.

My final time was 1-21-42 which given I've never done the event before was a PB and as I believe no one else from the club was there was a club fastest as well. Definitely in the hard sprint category, worth a go if hills are your thing, me I've decided I prefer flat tracks.

Julian.

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