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Weekly News 5 April 2019

Friday 5th April 2019

Pre Blenheim Swims - Saturday Social Run - Sunday Rides

Well done to everyone that raced at Bicester last weekend, there was a great OxfordTri turnout and some fantastic results. Congratulations to Andrew Thorndyke and Neil Dighton on their overall second and third places, Rachel Bell for her second place and Lucy Dighton for her win in the aquabike. There were also many more members with age group wins and places! Don't forget to log your results for Club Championships!!

Pre Blenheim Swims
A reminder our Pre Blenheim swims are now open for booking. These are ideal for anyone who has signed up for their first triathlon and is worried about open water swimming, or anyone who would like to boost their open water swimming skills and confidence. These sessions are led by qualified BTF coaches and participants are split into confidence and ability groups from total beginners to experienced triathletes to ensure that everyone picks up new skills and no one is left behind. Sessions are just £15 or £50 for all four. You can find more details and book here (

Please help us promote by spreading the word and/or sharing the Facebook event (
(and don't forget to click attending if you're going to help boost the events further!)

Liz will shortly be looking for volunteers to help run the sessions.

Saturday Social Run
Stuart Higgs will lead this weekend's social run around Shotover, you can see the route here (
. Meet Costa Coffee Horspath Driftway, Oxford OX3 7JN at 9am.

Sunday Rides
We have two planned rides this weekend, Nick Wenban-Smith will lead a longer fast ride out to Henley and Rob Davies will lead an Intermediate ride. Watch out for details on Facebook.

A reminder also that Bernard will lead a steady ride next Sunday, 14 April. This will be approximately 25 miles with a coffee stop at a pace to suit the group.


Captains' Corner
As we are starting to get into the race season, please keep us posted on your results for us all to share. It’s a good way to see how you and your fellow members are getting on throughout the season. Even better race reports and photos.

We would like to make this section as interactive as possible so please send any questions to us about anything triathlon related we would be happy to answer them (or if we can’t answer we will find someone more qualified!) Sarah and Dan

This week we bring you an introduction to Time Trialing by Jeff King
Why not try some competitive cycling as part of your training? The Oxonian CC ( series of Time Trials has now started for 2019. They are held every Wednesday evening from April until September. These are club events of mostly 10 miles, with some longer ones in June when the evenings are light enough. They are entry-on-the-day open to all.

They are held on open roads. There are fast courses on the Witney Bypass and on the A420 near Southmoor, good for bagging PBs. Or if you are nervous about riding in traffic the other courses are on much quieter roads. (Or for completely traffic free races check out the Tuesday night events at Weston-on-the-Green airfield organised by Bicester Millennium CC (

For the Oxonian CC events the entry fee is £4. Plus you have to be a member of one of the organising cycling clubs. Day membership of the Oxonians is £2, or £12 for the year. Year members earn points in the TT league! You can join as a second claim member for the same fee and still keep Oxford Tri as your main club if you want to take part in Open Time Trials as an Oxford Tri member.

The details of the Oxonian CC events are on their race calendar. (

Also check their Facebook page ( for notices about cancellations due to bad weather or roadworks.

Arrive at the meeting point about 45 minutes before the event start time, sign on, pay the fee and you will be given a number to pin on your back. Then make your way to arrive at the start a few minutes before your individual start time. The riders set off at 1 minute intervals and no drafting is allowed. There will be marshals and signs but it is a good idea to memorize the course in advance as it is not unknown for riders new to the course to go wrong! A rear light is required for all evening events.

After you finish go back to the meeting point to return your number and wait for the results. Often a few riders will go to a nearby alehouse for some post-race refreshment - Oxford Tri members seem particularly keen on this aspect!

All results will be posted on the Oxonian website. After you have done a few races year members will be allocated a division to race against similar speed riders, and each division has a target time to beat to get promoted to the next division for the following season (and also a time to beat to avoid being relegated).