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Oxford Tri News - 27th January 2017

Friday 27th January 2017

Monday Headington swim –  Radley pool closure – Membership renewal - Eynsham Volunteering - Age Group racing – BTF Membership and insurance - Sunday rides


Another cold week of training in the bag and even some racing last weekend at Windsor Duathlon with excellent debut results from Rich Gibbs (7th overall in Supersprint) and Malcolm Nisbet (13th in the Sprint event). And another busy sub zero session at the track last night – thanks to Katie King for joining Nick on the coaching front we can now offer sessions to even better suit all speeds – so if you haven’t been before then come and give it a go (even our Women’s captain made her debut appearance at the track last night...!)


Headington Swim back to Normal

Just to confirm that Headington pool is open again and Monday’s swim session is going ahead as normal.


Radley Pool Closure

As some of you will be aware, Radley College pool is closing for major renovation work from the end of March to the end of July. We have managed to secure a Saturday afternoon slot (3.30 – 4.30pm) at Barton pool from the end of March through April and May so we hope that this will not impact members too much. And of course we should be back in the lake in May, with additional coached sessions planned there.

Membership renewal

For all 2016 members that haven’t yet renewed your membership – you have until this Tuesday 31st to renew. From February you will no longer be able to book or attend sessions. No nice new bright red membership card = no more swimmity swimmity - Please don’t put your coaches in a difficult position! Renew here:

Eynsham Duathlon Volunteering

You’ll be hearing plenty more about Eynsham duathlon and we hope many of you will enter and race – but we also need around 15 volunteers for time keeping, marshalling etc so if you don’t plan on racing please do consider helping out.  Volunteer sign-up here:

Or race entry here:


Age Group Racing

Have you ever wondered how you might progress your triathlon career? For many tri-athletes the opportunity of representing your country through age group racing is a realistic and achievable challenge. Some of our club members and coaches have successfully represented their country already – I’m sure they would be happy to offer advice but talk to your Captains in the first instance or take a look at this link for more info:


BTF Membership and personal insurance

Just a word to remind members of the benefits of BTF (British Triathlon) membership (currently £40 with club discount). You will save money on all BTF affiliated events as you won’t need to buy a day license but perhaps more importantly your membership gives you 3rd party liability and personal accident insurance for training and racing as well as free legal advice. While BTF membership is not compulsory we do strongly recommend it and you should be aware that there is no insurance cover through the club for members, affiliated or not.

For more details on the benefits of BTF membership and how to join follow this link:


Sunday Rides

This Sunday we have three planned rides going out – meeting at Oxsrad as usual for Grand Depart at 9.15. We will have Intermediate 1 led by Nick Wenban-Smith, Intermediate 2 led by Dave Broadribb and Steady led by Bernard Calnan. We hope to offer a series of five or six more Steady rides after this week, so if you’re looking to get back into bike fitness or group riding this would be a great series to join. Bernard’s Steady ride should take in a coffee stop at the excellent Milk Shed at Weston on the Green!

And for Nick’s Intermediate 1 ride – details here:

If you’re new to the club or new to group riding, all of our rides are friendly and inclusive and no one will be dropped – however we do offer different speeds of ride to suit a range of riders. If you’re not sure which ride suits you best just turn up a little early and ask one of the leaders – they will help you out. Loosely – we categorise as below:

Intermediate 1, 24 – 26 kph (15 – 16 mph), typically 70 – 90k (45 – 55 miles).

Intermediate 2, 21- 24 kph (13 – 15 mph), typically 65 – 80k (40 – 50 miles).

Steady, 19 – 21 kph (12 – 13 mph), typically 50 – 60k (30 – 35 miles)

Normally your ride leader will post some details and perhaps the route on Facebook a day or two before the ride – feel free to comment or ask questions here!

Speeds and distances are not absolute and will be adjusted to suit the group or conditions. It is important to stress that these are not coached sessions and you must make your own decision if conditions are safe and suitable for your own experience. Always come prepared for weather conditions and you should bring food and drink as well as spare tyre, pump and basic tools.

Sometimes we also offer faster and longer rides on a more informal basis or feel free to organise your own and post in the Facebook group. Faster riders are welcome to join slower rides but please don’t push the pace and consider downloading the route so you can push on ahead if you want.

After a couple of cancelled Sunday rides we hope this Sunday we will have better luck! The forecast is milder with some risk of rain, getting heavier later. Keep an eye on Facebook posts for latest information or rides are going ahead but may be shortened to avoid the worst of the rain!


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Have a great week!



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This Week’s Program

Fri 27th               7 p.m Swim @ Kidlington - fully booked – wait list available

Sat 28th             No sessions

Sun 29th            9.15 a.m Club Rides from Oxsrad

Mon 30th             8.30 p.m Swim @ Headington School – fully booked – wait list available

Tue 31st              7 p.m Run Headington hill training and Turbo @ Oxsrad

Wed 1st             7.30 p.m Swim session @ Radley College and 9 p.m @ Barton, space available @ both

Thu 2nd              7 p.m Run session @ Horspath track

Fri 3rd                7 p.m Swim @ Kidlington pool