Team GB on Azores Tour!

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Training Camp Smiley Squad!

Six GB Quadrathletes certainly flew the flag in the Azores, John Kavanagh, John Redmond, Clif Odgeres, Mary White, Jean Ashley and Jacqueline Davies, they not only came home with 5 medals and a trophy, they worked extremely hard before the race at a 6 day Training Camp!

The training camp was organized by Lisa and Stefan, and they gave us a fantastic variety of training sessions! Swimming sea and pool sessions, kayak sessions (hampered slightly by a 6ft swell!) bike technique & speed drills, hill reps and long rides. Track transitions and my favorite session of the week a run up a volcano! We also had plenty of interesting theory including Life-Kinetics, Sports psychology and a Beach Team Cup! Our ‘Veteran Bodies’ coped with the pressure really well, considering we were averaging 5 hours of training every day, our minds were most certainly pushed beyond our comfort zones!  We were very lucky on the 5th day, the GB Squad gave ourselves a morning off due to torrential rain, ……  this just gave us extra recovery and made us hungry for Race Day!

Azores_Program_Map if you fancy the camp next year, take a quick look at the Camp programme …. you’ll love it!

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Our journey up the Volcano

The Race didn’t start until 2.00, so we met up for a Sports Psychology talk before hand, this calmed the nerves and after a large coffee we felt we were ready to tackle anything! The weather was just perfect calm, warm ideal race conditions! The six of us supported each other in the build up, all encouraging and ironing out any doubts anyone had about the race …. we were ready the First World Cup Race of 2017 …. and I couldn’t quite believe I was in the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic!

We walked down onto the beach, and into the holding pen, goggles on and ready for action. It was 2 laps 700m, swim out to the yellow buoy and back round a flag on the beach and in again for a second lap. Jacqueline was first out 10.36, followed closely by John K. and Cliff, all under 11 mins, Jean came in just under 12mins, with Mary and John R. around 13.30.

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John Kavanagh

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Mary White & John Redmond

The kayaks were ready and waiting and lucky for us the ‘Terceira Kayak Club’ were helping us launch them, most of us had stable K1’s or sea kayaks so a lot heavier than our own kayaks. The paddle was 3 laps around the bay 4km, after struggling with the waves and swell earlier in the week it was just brilliant to be paddling in the bright blue calm Atlantic!     Jean had the fastest GB kayak split 24.43, and overtook Cliff and Jacq but couldn’t quite catch John K. 25.25, Jacq and Cliff both paddling well came in next around 26.30. John R. was really pleased with his split at 26.10 and Mary too paddled her Ocean going Sea Kayak very well in 29.30.

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Jean Ashley

The run up the long steps certainly warmed up the Quads ready for the 15km MTBike, 2 laps this was going to be the toughest part of the race, climbing up the cobbles to the 300 year old fortress and around the slopes of Volcano Mt, Brasil, steep and relentlessly exhausting. The military who marshaled had been very serious the day before, but on race day they had been allowed to let down their guard, they were brilliant, blowing whistles, waving and shouting words of encouragement they certainly helped me keep those pedals turning! Cliff showed his biking skills and started to move up the field passing Jean and John K, despite having to cope with a broken seat post he still managed a great split 1.03.43. John K. managed to overtake him 1.03.16 and was first Brit onto the run. Jean was in 3rd GB until the 2nd lap, John R. and Mary had both taken cross bikes, and they had excellent bike splits proving that they were most suitable for the hilly course. John overtook Jean 1.07.23 and he had the fastest GB split 1.01.07.

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Jacquline Davies

Jacq, who had shingles before she came out to the camp had started to struggle so she decided to retire after the first lap of the bike. Meanwhile Mary was flying, determined as ever had a superb split 1.04.02.

So into the final 5km run 5 laps, this was absolutely flat, on the promenade which was welcome after the bike course. John K. was first home for GB, his run split 22.45, Cliff was trying his best to catch him and had a great run 21.06, finishing just 5 seconds behind John. Jean ran well 23.02 and started to chase John R. down, she overtook him on the 3rd lap. He ran steady 27.28 and managed to hold Mary off, she again had a really strong run in 23.10.

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Cliff Odgeres

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GB RESULTS                                                                                                                                               Jean Ashley – BRONZE (3rd) Overall – GOLD Vet 50 (2.07.07)                                                                   Mary White – GOLD Vet 60 (2.10.14)                                                                                                         Cliff Odgers – SILVER Vet 50 (2.02.11)                                                                                                           John Kavanagh – GOLD Vet 60 (2.02.06)                                                                                               John Redmond – SILVER Vet 60 (2.08.23)

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John & John Gold & Silver!

It was an amazing race, with plenty of support, and many spectators encouraging the athletes to keep running hard right to the finish. There were plenty of celebrations in the transition area, and the local TV were interviewing and capturing plenty of magical moments on camera! The medal presentations were very special as the GB Athletes took 5 of the Age group places Then efforts of the participants and marshals were rewarded with a sumptuous finisher’s buffet, hearty savories and deserts there were lots of local treats to try!

I am ‘So Happy’ to be part of a Wonderful GB Team, all going home with podium medals. It’s been a tough week of Training and big thanks to our coaches Lisa Teichert and Stefan Teichert who have pushed us hard. Also a Big Thanks to Pedro, the Kayak Club and all those amazing marshals and helpers that made the Race so special! We have met some amazing athletes and friends World Wide … we are so lucky to be part of our World Wide Quadrathlon Family ….. Be Proud Team GB!

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Team Camaraderie … the Smiles say it all!

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Magic Start to 2017 in the Atlantic!

17202957_770503913107379_871330871614746189_nThis year’s Quadrathlon World Cup series started in March on the island of Terceira. This season’s opening event took place last Saturday in the charming Azores. This competition, in the middle of the Atlantic, on a little-known island, offered the athletes a magical insight into the colourful world of the Azores. One of the starters described his impression as “You do not know where you are, it is like a mixture of the Caribbean and Ireland”.

After its premiere last year, the competition this year moved from Praia da Vitoria to Angra do Heroismo with its historic old town, which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. There was also a change from a road bike course to MTB. Both changes were worth it!

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WP_20170309_002From the beach to the bike transition we had some steps to climb before the MTB section (bikes could be hired locally). Then followed 15 beautiful but also very hard kilometers over two laps. From the beach, we went up to a fortress which is over 300 years old. This is still used today by the Portuguese military and much of the route on the slopes of Mt. Brasil is normally closed to the public. Only for the competition was the historic gate opened, which the participants had to go through after passing over a bridge across a moat – spectacular! But also relentlessly exhausting, as there were some steep ramps to cope with. The route was technically easy without big obstacles.
The finale was a 5km run on the promenade over 5 laps. This was absolutely flat, which was welcome after the bike course, and allowed the many spectators to encourage the athletes to keep running hard right to the finish.
At the front of the race there were clear victories for the World Cup winners of the last two years, Enrique Peces (ESP) and Lisa Teichert (GER), each making their ambitions for this year clear. In the women’s race, Lisa Teichert led from start-to-finish giving her victory by a clear distance. Second place was taken by Ruth Diaz from Spain, who came in front of the ever-young Jean Ashley (GBR).

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Among the men, Peces kept in touch with the top two in the swim, Laurent Martinou (FRA) and Stefan Teichert (GER).  It was not long before he took the lead in the kayak and held on to this on the bike. In the run, the Spaniard stayed well clear. Martinou, who lost a lot of time in the kayak, did well on the MTB and was also quick on the road and managed to overtake Teichert.
Age groups were also strongly represented, among others, the 66-year-old Mary White from England put in an impressive performance.
After the medal presentations, the efforts of the participants were rewarded with a sumptuous finisher’s buffet. From hearty savories to deserts there were lots of local treats to try.
The conclusion of many participants was that the competition alone, with its great scenery around Mt. Brasil and the historic old town is worth the trip. Many also used opportunity to take time to train the week before and/or after the race, where the two Teicherts organized a training camp and showed the athletes Terceira at his best.
The organizer, Pedro Barthlemou, was very satisfied with the event, he would have liked to start himself. If he had, then he would certainly have been in contention for victory. He hopes that he will be able to travel to the World Cup at least once later in the year.
Until the next World Cup event in mid-May, there is still some time left to continue training. But then it gets really serious, because in Orf in Hungary the World Championship takes place again over the middle distance.

Results – Men
1. Enrique Peces (ESP) 1:27:08
2. Laurent Martinou (FRA) 31:31:45
3. Stefan Teichert (GER) 1:32:47
4. Ricardo Noval (ESP) 1:36:51
5. David Kunder (GER) 1:37:31
Women                                                                                                                                                             1. Lisa Teichert (GER) 1:40:48
2. Ruth Varona (ESP) 2:02:47
3. Jean Ashley (GBR) 2:07:07

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Born in Hawaii. Made in London.

Amphibia_bannerA Quadrathlon with a slight difference! ‘Michael Burkert’ INTOTRI Founder, is running a slightly different type of Quad, so if you fancy a challenge on a paddle board why not give this a try! INTOTRI will help to share the Quadrathlon Passion by displaying the BQA Logo and a link to our website, so like minded athletes get to see our events too!

Get that ‘Aloha’ feeling with the ultimate Hawaiian Adventure on 11-June at Thames Sailing Club, South West London. Combine the thrill of triathlon with the cool factor of Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP). Beat 1000 + outdoor sports enthusiasts to the finish line or simply enjoy a great day out with friends – Hawaiian Beach Party with Pacific Beats & Treats, Dragon SUP Fun Races and Kids Coconut Races await.

Organised in cooperation with the Hawaiian Tourism Board and some of the biggest brands in water sports, Amphibia – Pool2Shore is a fundraising event. 100% profits to INTOTRI, a charity that changes lives through triathlon with the world’s 1st FREE triathlon series, the ‘parkrun of the triathlon world’.

Sign up solo, as drafting pair or relay team and get your Early Bird Ticket now on intotri.com/amphibia.

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MADCC Kayak Triathlon Training

A good turnout today for the Quad Training Session, and also for the Technique and warm up session which was 9 – 10am. It was a lovely warm warm morning with no wind, a real contrast to the last training day … certainly felt like spring is in the air! A big thanks to John Kavanagh for organizing the session, great back to back training 5km kayak, 22km road (hilly) bike and a good 6km fast flat blast on the Middlewood way!  Transitions were little relaxed … but 100% effort in all the other disciplines! This is a real kick start to joining ‘sessions together’ without the pressure of racing, a real friendly crew and even homemade Cake to finish!

Come and join us for the next training days … see details below!

Keep motivated over the winter months John Kavanagh from Macclesfield District Canoe Club is running a series of training sessions and Kayak Tri’s, here are all the details from John ‘Everyone welcome to come and join in’!

I will be doing a series of short kayak triathlons over the coming months. This is personal training but people are welcome to join me on the understanding that it is not an organised event and that they take responsibility for themselves and their own equipment.

The dates will be Sundays, Nov 20th, Jan 15th, Feb 19th, Mar 19th. Apr 23rd.                      The format will be:
Arriving at Adelphi Mill car park (Grimshaw Lane, Bollington) at 9:00, on the water by 9:15 for a warm up and session of short intervals. Neil and I will also offer advice on paddling technique if wished. This paddling session will take place within about 1km either side of the Canoe Club shed – so anyone joining after we have started will meet up with us quite quickly.
The kayak triathlon will start from the shed at 10:00 with a 5km paddle (out and back to just beyond Bridge 24).
Followed by a 22km cycle ride on mainly quiet roads. I will be happy to ride with anyone unfamiliar with the route. The route can be found at https://www.strava.com/activities/462112534. I can email a .tcx or .gpx file to anyone that wants it.
Then a 6km run, out and back along the Middlewood Way to Bridge 9.
This is an informal non-competitive event and can easily be modified by people to suit their own needs, doing as much or as little as they wish and joining in at any point.
Check the MADCC forum or MADCC or BQA facebook pages close to each date for any late changes due to weather etc.
John K

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Brigg Bomber Entries Open for First Trophy of the Season!

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The Quadrathlon Season is fast approaching and Entries are now open for all our Trophy Series Races.  The first race is on 28th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, which consists of a 1.5k river swim, 7k kayak, 36k bike & 10k run. For solo entries, the event will be the British National Championships, and part of the BQA National Trophy series and also a World Quadrathlon Federation World Cup race so lots of points to be had! It is open to all Athletes, minimum age for standard distance 16 years, parental consent is required for under 18 years.

Team Entries are available too, you can enjoy being part of a Team with a combination of 2, 3 or 4 team members. The winning team will not only take home the Bomber Team Trophy, the winning team members (maximum 4) will receive free entries to the 2018 Keyo Brigg Sprint Triathlon.

Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!

Entries Open Now! 

https://www.riderhq.com/events/73101/keyo-brigg-bomber-quadrathlon/enter

For more information and course details visit LINCSQUAD’s Website

May – Keyo Brigg Bomber Quad 2017

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The New Season Awaits – Are You Ready?

I hope you are all starting to plan your Race Calender and have lots of goals and challenges lined up for 2017!  Get your entries in early and have a reason to start training. Having entered your races it  does wonders for your motivation, having something to work for, kick start your training right now! Plenty of our races have opened their entries, and we’ve even had the Deva Divas (ladies only) Quad sold out, with an amazing 30 women on the start line! Take a look at our 2017 races on our ‘events’ page!

Publication1BQA Membership is open now for 2017 and is £15.00 per person. As a member you are entitled to discount at some BQA races (discretion of the race organizer). You will receive news updates via our monthly email-newsletter (subscribe to this on our website). You must be a member to race for the ‘GB TEAM’ at the World Championships or in a World Cup race, and also to qualify for all BQA prizes in the National Trophy Series. We do need your memberships to help fund our sport. Money goes towards various areas within the organization, one being our website, where we keep you updated with the latest news and events. Our biggest annual outlay is insurance, which we use to cover the races on the British Quad Calendar, without this insurance many of our races would’nt take place. We also affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Association ‘WQF’ so our athletes can race at World Cup Races the World and European Championships. The future of British Quadrathlon is in our hands, so please support the BQA and you will be helping to keep our small sport alive!

You can download the form here membership_form-2017                                                                     or If I have your details from last season and wish to do a Bank Transfer please send me an email: malpasashleys@btinternet.com and I will send you the details, Thanks Very Much.

New Trisuits for 2017

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One-off Tri Suits available to order via Godfrey, are going to be available shortly. Quite a few of us have Tech Tee shirts, race vests, gilets and cycle tops from Godfrey, and we are all very pleased with them. I am working with Godfrey at the moment, they have come up with the design opposite  (A combination of the Godfrey kit and Provision) I am getting a couple made up, so we can show our athletes sizing and fit …. available soon!  You can also have your name printed down the side panel … which gives them a personalized touch, and also enables the supporters to shout out your name and cheer you on!

http://godfrey.co.uk/club/britishquadrathlonassociation

Here’s a quick rundown of our Trophy Races, so get those races in your diary and Enter Now!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2017

RACE 1 – 28th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the British National Championships and World Cup race so lots of points! Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!! Entries open enter now! 

https://www.riderhq.com/events/73101/keyo-brigg-bomber-quadrathlon/enter

RACE 2 – 11th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue. The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, this will launch ‘QuadKidz’ with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries OPEN

RACE 3 – 2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. It’s the second time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding! Options open for Junior Entries contact Mark Pryor for more information- markquadman@gmail.com Entries OPEN

RACE 4 – 3rd September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, an excellent fast, flat sprint race, running on the back of a very popular Triathlon. A great day out with a superb race atmosphere, with lots of support especially on the 3 lap run course around the Showground! A real ‘feel good friendly race’ instigated and organized by one of our very passionate quadrathletes along with SYTri … one not to be missed! Entries OPEN

RACE 5 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! It’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too! Entries OPEN

All links to these races are on our ‘events’ page. I hope I have tempted you …. keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer early bird race discounts!

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Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon Entries Open!

10696348_553771421418009_5299593989977100741_nSimon Hammond from Shoreline Activities has just opened the entries for this years coming races – Bude Shoreline Triathlon on the 18th June and our Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon on the 16th September. The on-line application system is now up and running and that you can get to it by going to Shorelineactivities.foursome.quadrathlon.event

… and just to let you know – No change in entry fees from last year, T-shirts and Chocolate Cake for all competitors…. its a MUST!!!

Hope to see you later in the year …. Simon

Jean Ashley quotes ‘This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, this race in Bude never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers ….  it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race to end the season! Starting in the sea, there’s plenty of hills, a historic canal and amazing coastal views … it’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too! Its the final race in our National Trophy Series and Prizes will be awarded to BQA Members …  Get your entry in and I will see you in Bude!’

 

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Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2017

13165981_1174412145922621_3756759307613839683_nThis is a great warm up to our Quadrathlon season if you fancy a day out down the Montgomery Canal. This Triathlon is a Superb Charity Event, in its 6th year and it takes place on Saturday, 6th May 2017. I have done this event 3 times now and have really enjoyed the challenge, its great pre-race training and a good opportunity to support the Montgomery Canal Trust.

13102610_1174413812589121_8582457332192124513_n.jpgcropAbout 220 athletes/fundraisers start the journey to bike, run/walk and then kayak the 35miles following the tow path of the Montgomery Canal. The journey starts in Newtown and finished in Lower Frankton, 17miles M.T. BIKing, 11miles X.C. running, and 7 miles of kayaking/canoeing, with the majority using Canadian Canoes (in pairs). The more competitive ones amongst us start first at 8.30 (in groups of 6), leaving the ones taking it ‘a bit less competitive’ to start at a more steady pace! I must say if I’d of seen the Tea, Cakes and sandwiches at the transition areas I might of been persuaded to take my time! It really is worth saving the date!

13177494_10205967226810256_874276089444453076_nThe format is the same as for the past 2 years, along 35 miles of the Canal, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections, individuals pairs or teams are all welcome.
CYCLING 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay.
WALKING 11 miles from Pool Quay to Morton.
CANOEING 7 miles from Morton to Lower Frankton.
This is an endurance event, not a race and is a great day out for families with children as well as experienced triathletes. All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.

Entry forms are available at Montgomery Canal Entry 2017                                                                  If you would like to email ‘Maggie Ellis’, Triathlon Entry Coordinator & Friends of the Montgomery Canal for an entry form, or if you have any queries, her contact is Montcanaltriath@aol.com

 

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Happy Christmas and Get Ready for Quadrathlon 2017!

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Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and an Exciting Quadrathlon Season …. Never Stop the Adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure most of you will have time to wear your lycra, and get out for a swim, kayak, bike or run over the festive holidays! Like all the athletes I know, we like to get out in the fresh air for some fun on the trails, or a blast on the river ….. leaving room for more Christmas cake and mulled wine! It’s what makes most of us tick ….. and besides, I bet we will all want to test out our new Christmas toys, with 4 disciplines to master, there’s always something to try out, even if its only new socks!

abdominal-snowmanOver Christmas we might not all have Abs as good as this, but I’m sure once you get your Race plan sorted, and training underway they will soon be well defined!

I have been busy leasing with race organizers over the last few months and we have got a really exciting season ahead. The BQA are so pleased to be launching 2 and hopefully 3 new races to our calender next season. Dearne Valley Quad at Manvers Lake are organizing a Sprint Quad and also running our first ever ‘QuadKidz’ Race, this is great news for our sport and we hope to see lots of youngsters taking up the challenge, age categories from (9 – 12) (13- 15) (16- 18) and only a £6 entry fee for them! It will be so exciting to see ‘our budding Quadrathlete Stars’ of the future in action!

The next new race is the Deva Divas Quad in Chester one very close to my heart, I have been involved in the Deva Divas (Ladies only) Triathlon since it started 10 years ago. My Club ‘Chester Tri’ have decided to let me add a Ladies Quad to this prestigious event. This will be the first ever Ladies only Quad in the World, and its aim is to introduce women into our sport, in an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. It will be my turn to cheer all you Ladies all on …. in ‘True Ashley Style’ …… SMILING is COMPULSORY ….. you’ll just love it!                                                         This race will not be in the Trophy Series, as its ‘Ladies only’ but it has our full support and is affiliated to the BQA. We hope its going to be a big stepping stone which will introduce more ladies into our sport, its on 16th July and all the details are on our ‘Event’s page.

We also have the possibility of another Quad, Reading Canoe Club want to host an off road quadrathlon next year on the grounds of the Mapledurham Estate, we are working with them and at the moment are waiting for a confirmation of a date … so watch this space too!

We are also very pleased to announce that we have 2 World Cup races ‘The Brigg Bomber’ and Box End, so athletes wanting to be competitive in the WQF Series will only have to do just one other race in Europe, you can see the WQF Races on our Events page. The Brigg Bomber will also be our NATIONAL Championships for 2017.

So its time to plan your Race Calender ….. get your entries in and have a reason to start training. Having a goal does wonders for your motivation, kick start your training right now …… I will let you off if you want to leave your first training session it until 26th December!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2017

RACE 1 – 28th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the British National Championships and World Cup race so lots of points! Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!!

RACE 2 – 11th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue. The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, this will launch ‘QuadKidz’ with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine!

RACE 3 – 2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. It’s the second time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding!

RACE 4 – 3rd September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, an excellent fast, flat sprint race, running on the back of a very popular Triathlon. A great day out with a superb race atmosphere, with lots of support especially on the 3 lap run course around the Showground! A real ‘feel good friendly race’ instigated and organized by one of our very passionate quadrathletes along with SYTri … one not to be missed!

RACE 5 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! It’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too!

All links to these races are on our ‘events’ page.

I hope I have tempted you …. keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer early bird race discounts!

Hears wishing you all A Very Happy Christmas, stay fit, stay focused, and be happy! I look forward to see you on the Start line next Season! Stay safe in Training … and don’t forget the Rest and Recover bit too!                                                                                                                     All the Very Best …. Jean, on behalf of the BQA Committee.

The Journey is as important as the result … Never Stop the Adventure!

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Ladies … Who wouldn’t want to be a DIVA!

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Devas Swim Start

I’m so excited to announce, the Great News, I have just had a meeting with my Triathlon Club ‘Chester Tri’ and I can confirm we will be holding a ‘Ladies only’ Quadrathlon along side the Famous ‘Chester’s Deva Divas Sprint Triathlon on 16th July 2017!

The Distances will be 750m Swim, 4km Kayak, 25km Bike, 5km Run. The Quad wave will start at 8.30am followed by the 2 Triathlon waves at 8.40 and 8.50 …. this is a brilliant opportunity for all you Girls who know when 3 disciplines just aren’t enough! Its the Worlds First LADIES ONLY Quadrathlon. Its a real honor to be part of the Deva Divas Race. as it has just WON the ‘British Triathlon Federation’s Race of the Year Award’ the only race to have ever won it twice! Race Organizer ‘Sally Napthan’ and I have decided a Sprint Quad would be a brilliant new addition to our ladies race in 2017, it has been running for 10 years now, so we felt it was time to add another dimension!

Sally (center) at the BTF Awards with the Famous Brothers!

Sally (center) at the BTF Awards with the Famous Brothers!

Its a very friendly race, that runs 2 Triathlon training days for novice athletes, and we will be holding kayak training days with Chester Canoe Club to attract those women who are just dying to have a go at our great sport!

The details are on our Chester Triathlon Website, and I will keep all you ‘GIRLS’ updated. We only have 30 slots, and we are expecting it to fill up Quickly!!

ENTRIES are open go to the Chester Tri website ‘Enter here’ Chestertri.Deva-Divas

SO EXCITED….. Come and Be A Deva Diva!

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