Team GB on 2017 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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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!

 

World Cup Series Round-up 2016

As is often the case, this season had its ups and downs but throughout there were great performances from all athletes, both in the overall categories and in the age groups. So, to celebrate their efforts and achievements, here is a review of the 2016 World Cup season.
The format of the World Cup was the same as in recent years. A total of eight races were available, of which the best four scores count. Those who completed more than four races also received 10 bonus points per competition. The World and European Championship races were included in the series and these scored an extra 20 points for each position.
After the results from 2015 another dominant season was expected from Enrique Peces (ESP), but it was at the World Championships races, but he found he could not win every event, especially when Gergö Badar was present. The young Hungarian ‘Gergö’ secured the World championship titles (middle and sprint distance) with some great performances. Unfortunately, these were his only races and he finished sixth in the World Cup Series.

The European Championship titles were both successfully defended by the Spaniard ‘Enrique’, who went on to take first place in the World Cup. An exciting duel for second and third place was anticipated between Leoš Roušavý (CZE) and Stefan Teichert (GER) but as the season progressed a third contender made his presence known. Ferenc Csima, a Hungarian, had a strong second half of the season, winning two of the last three races and took second place in the overall. Just behind him, Teichert secured the third podium position with a victory in the last race. Roušavý, who had many strong races, unfortunately went away empty handed this year. It was great to see how these three fought hard for every second and every point right up to the end of the last race; always with friendly respect for each other as – as is customary in quadrathlon.

Amongst the men Enrique Peces has quite a number of victories, in the Hall-of-Fame he is currently in third place. However, the great Miroslav Podborsky (CZE) has probably set an unbeatable record with his 45 medals (32 of which were gold).

Even though Lisa Teichert dominated the women’s field, it was gratifying to see that there was great competition behind her. Especially as some of the strong competitors are youngsters. Laura Csima (19, HUN), the daughter of Ferenc, secured second place. It was a very close the battle for third place where Magdaléna Koberová (16, CZE) was placed just before Kata Balázs (16 years, HUN) and Fanni Bodolai (21 years, HUN). If these athletes continue to be
active in Quadrathlon then we can look forward to more exciting contests in the years to come!

Lisa Teichert has remained undefeated in quadrathlon this season and further extended her sequence of victories. She is now the most successful female quadrathlete of all time! (If you include the first three places at World Cups and European Championships, as well as the World Cup final score). Her record now beats Šárka Skalická-Zimová (CZE), who dominated the late 1990s and early 2000s.

It was pleasing too see that, even though there were two races fewer than in 2015, the number of participants in all the competitions remained the same. It is also great that 11 athletes participated in at least four events and kept many of the age groups competitive up to the end. Twelve nations were represented, more than in previous years. Particularly notable were the Hungarians who put their stamp on the cup this year. Already mentioned, are Badar, plus father Ferenc and daughter Laura, but there are also another six more Hungarians in the top ten men and women, so a force to be reckoned with next season!

Congratulations to all winners and placed athletes, both overall and in the age groups. Certificates for printing can be found on the WQF website http://www.quadrathlon.com/p/world-cup.html

2016 Final Results http://www.quadrathlon-online.de/ergebnisse/2016/16-w-cup.pdf

The WQF wants to create an incentive for people to enter more competitions, so a change was introduced for this year, ‘A glass globe and/or a medal are only awarded to those athletes who have completed at least three races’. Additionally, the WQF is a small association, and has to manage its finances carefully.
The overall quality of the events was at a good level, and the organizers made great efforts to give the minority sport of Quadrathlon a great stage. Unfortunately, two events (in Poland and Sweden) had to be cancelled. However, from Hungary and Germany, thankfully stepped in at short notice to take on World Cup status for their races. Plans for the 2017 season are being made and will be announced in the next few weeks. As a hint of what may
be to come, we hope there might again be a long distance race!

Stefan Teichert

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Quadrathlon Season 2016 BQA and WQF Races Confirmed!

Hi Quadrathletes,

The News you have all been waiting for … I now have all our British Races confirmed, and also the World Cup Races too! Thanks to all involved ‘behind the scenes’ hear in GB and in Europe, for getting our Race Season organized … all we need to do now, is enter the races!

I hope your all feeling motivated and ready for action. The Race Season is getting closer, so if your wanting some dates for your diary’s hears a reminder and an insight to our BQA Trophy Events for 2016!

I am so pleased to announce the ‘The Brigg Bomber’ will be hosting the EUROPEAN Championships, and that Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will be our NATIONAL Championships! 

RACE 1 – 29th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – EUROPEAN 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 the first World Cup race too 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 – 12th June – South Yorkshire Quad – This race is hopefully going to host the British Championships in 2016, so its an ideal chance to learn the course and try the lake and its surrounding area out …. check out this excellent Water Park its a lovely venue, and would be great if you can support this new race, organized by a very enthusiastic group of kayakers and triathletes.                                                  

RACE 3 – 17th July – Box End Sprint Quad – 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 first 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 – 4th 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 … not to be missed!

RACE 5 – 18th September – Fabian 4 Mountain Tri – This race promises to be back with vengeance and it will certainly challenge that inner self! Superb scenery, tracks and trails brilliantly organized by very friendly like minded athletes, it will certainly boost your adrenalin and you’ll have an amazing sense of achievement when you cross that finish line ….. exit your comfort zone and enjoy!

RACE 6 – 24th September – Awesome Foursome Quad NATIONAL Championships – This is one of our longest running etablished 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!

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

I hope I have tempted you ….  Please keep you eye on our the ‘events’ page as some race organizers may offer Early Bird Race discounts and BQA Member Discounts! Happy Training and Racing 2016 …  and don’t forget your BQA 2015 membership, we would love your support again Membership_Form 2016  ….. THANKS Jean Ashley

If your are looking to Race in Europe these are the World Cup and Championship Races

RACE 1- 15th May – Orfü, HUN – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MIDDLE DISTANCE

Race 2 – 29th May – Brigg Bomber, GB  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS MIDDLE DISTANCE

Race 3 – 5th June – Wasserstadt, Hannover, GER – World Cup Middle + Distance

Race 4 – 25th June – Tyn nad Vltavou, CZE – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT DISTANCE

Race 5– 30th July – Šamorín, SVK  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT DISTANCE

Race 6 – 20th August – Polskaman, POL – World Cup Middle Distance

Race 7 – 10th September – Linköping, SWE – World Cup Middle Distance

Race 8– 17th September – Oslo, NOR – World Cup Middle Distance 

For links to the races visit our ‘events page’ or quadrathlon4you.com/events                            for all the race information.

 

World Cup Series 2015

The last major championships in the Quadrathlon World Cup Series took place in Lake Balaton in Hungary at the end of August 2015. The temperature soared into the 40°C mark giving organizer Adam Schmuck and his team lots of work to keep the competitors cool and the race as hot as is ever required for a sprint distance race. We certainly haven’t had any conditions as warm as that at any of our races this year ….. but you never know we still have 2 races left in our British Trophy Series!

We’ve had 2 World Cup Races as part of the WQF Series, The Brigg Bomber, and Box End a Big Thank You to ‘Lincsquad’, Dave Hinch and his Club and to ‘Quadrac Racing’ Mark Pryor and his Team for putting on these races for us. The BQA affiliate to the WQF, but in addition to that these clubs pay an ‘extra fee’ to enable them to add their races to the World Cup Circuit, we are very grateful to them as it gives our British Athletes a chance to get WQF points on the World Circuit.

The WQF Series has now been finalized and we have some British Winners. 1st wins a Crystal Globe and a  Gold Medal and 2nd and 3rds Silver and Bronze medals.

Congratulations to
Mary White 1st F60
Margaret Huyton 3rd F60
John Kavanagh 1st M60
Julie Dimaline 2nd F50
Jean Ashley 3rd F50
Phil Holden 2nd M40
Isabella Jenkins 3rd FU23

Full Results – Full 2015 WQF Results

More information about the World Cup Series from the following sites –

quadrathlon4you.com

World Quadrathlon Federation

 

World Sprint Championship Samorín 2015

On 1st August Phil Holden and Robert Jefferies raced in Samorín, at the World Sprint Quadrathlon Championships  – 0,75 km swim – 20 km bike – 4 km kayak – 5 km run.

Conditions were very hot, approaching 30’C by the end of the race. Water temperatures high resulting in a non wet suit swim! Rob finished 4th in the Mens U23 category just missing out on a medal, finishing in 1.37.26. Whilst Phil also having a great race came 5th in the Vet 40 category in 1.34.57. There were some top class athletes racing and the standard of competition was extremely high, so a huge well done to Rob and Phil for flying the flag for GB Quadrathlon.

Here is Phil’s Story – Months of planning and the four full days of driving to get here are finally over. 80 smart looking bikes and kayaks are lined up ready, and a mass of bodies gather in the small lagoon beside the Danube.

The water’s surprisingly cold as we hang around waiting for the gun. The sun is hot but there’s a keen south-easterly breeze.Eventually they give up trying to get everyone five metres back to the line, and just set us off with no countdown. Missing the familiar buoyancy of the wetsuit, I try to settle into a rhythm. Swimmers are on a broad front, my one potential draft is zig-zagging everywhere so I go into a big space… looks like a large pack up there at the front. After the turn it’s more of a line, 2 or 3 wide, and a push for the jetty.

It’s the bike next, and we run up the steep grass embankment to the tarmac path along the Danube and mount up. I set to and go chasing, on the only leg where I have any real chance of gaining places. After a short section we turn back into the wind. Fortunately the torsos of these strong Czechs and Slovaks offer more windage than mine, so I creep up a dozen or so places. I count the people ahead as they go back the other way, I’ve got up to 34th. We turn again tightly by the ferry over to Hungary, and fly back with the following wind. Watch for the odd nasty hole and lumps in the tarmac, and overtaking cyclists coming the other way. I can’t catch any more.

Scuttle down the bank and round to the lagoon to my Kayak .. Gingerly paddle away, this felt so much harder after the biking …… With four laps it’s impossible to tell who is on which. Stylish paddlers (lots of them, including Rob) speed by, and there are a few sea kayaks to get past, I’m not comfortable in the waves. But as well as fatigue, confidence gradually builds with laps survived, and the lake is quieter now, I even manage to win a little personal sprint battle down the last back straight before reaching the jetty with relief. Great cheering as I land, but they are looking the other way – a Spaniard has just run across the line to win the race!

Excited commentary on the PA momentarily exceeds the flow of pumping dance music. A young Hungarian woman seems to have a short time penalty in the box and then races up the bank and off, as I start to plod behind with legs feeling like lead. The run is an unforgiving out and back on the tarmac, it must be around 30 degrees now. Some cool water feels good on my head, but this is hard and I haven’t much left to give. A man flies past looking fresh, then we catch the Slovak second placed woman and make the turn, I stretch my longer legs and overtake the petite Hungarian, trying to nail the move with a sustained push. The next guys are quite far ahead. I gain on them as one overtakes the other but we’ve run out of road, it’s gasping down the bank, onto the mat and there’s the line!

Now where, oh where is that cold shower?

Great Report Phil, thank you for sharing it with us all … and Congratulations, a very tough top class competition no medals this time, but it certainly sounds like a great experience and brilliant trip! (Jean BQA)

British Quadrathletes take on the World 2015!

The BQA have got a few athletes  flying the GB Flag and heading to Europe over the next few weeks. I just want to wish them on behalf of all our members safe journeys and great racing in the 2015 World Championships, and lets hope they bring back some medals!

Phil Holden

Phil Holden will be travelling to šamorín, Slovakia to take part in the World Sprint Quadrathlon Championships on 1st August – 0,75 km swim – 20 km bike – 4 km kayak – 5 km run. Phil is in his 3rd year at Quadrathlon and has improved so much over the last year he is in great form having finished 3rd overall, 1st V40 at the Brigg Bomber and 5th overall at Box End 2nd V40, all the best Phil have a great race in Šamorín!

Rob Jefferies

Robert Jefferies is also going to šamorín, he has just got back from racing in Europe for the GB Wild Water Race Team in the World Cup. He has come back very motivated and is looking forward to the World Sprint Race!  He was our U23 Quadrathlon Champion last season, we wish him a great race and we hope Phil and Robert have a successful trip and good too see them flying the GB Flag!

Mike Mason, John Kavanagh and Mary White will be travelling to Wolsztyn, Poland where the World Middle Distance Championships are taking place on 22nd August – 1,5km swim – 40 km bike – 8 km kayak – 10 run. Once again all 3 athletes have been training and racing very well this year.

Michael Mason

Mike Mason had a very strong Overall Win at the Brigg Bomber this year, he is a top class paddler, as well as being very nifty at the other 3 disciplines too! He was looking in top form at Box End having a head to head race with Adam Norfolk when his rear mech broke, a great shame but Mike will have put this behind him by now, and will be very focused and will be strong going into the World Championships.

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh has gone from strength to strength since he took up Quadrathlon 2 years ago, a very good swimmer, a very keen paddler his biking and running have just got even stronger and he’s been winning the Vet 60 categories everywhere! He came 5th overall at the Brigg Bomber, he went to Hannover to race in the World Long Distance Quadrathlon winning Gold V60. At Box End he had a very strong race came 9th overall behind some top class athletes and winning Vet 60. Just before he goes off to the Worlds he’s doing another tough race The ‘Bolton Ironman’ with his training buddie ‘Ned Price’ we wish them both a great Ironman and all the very best to John on his trip to Wolsztyn!

Mary White

Mary White took up Quadrathlon last year, she has had some amazing results since she began, Mary a good all round athlete with a ‘true grit’ attitude has improved so much over the past 2 years. In the V60 category she is up there with the all the other younger Ladies … she trains with her brother John (above) and her twin sister Margaret …. True Inspiration to us all! She is in fine form coming 5th overall and 1st V60 at the Bomber, she was 3rd overall at Box End and 1st V60 … but showed her bike strengths by flying around the course on her cross bike with a time faster than alot of the men! Good Luck Mary I know she’ll love flying the GB Flag!

Long Course 2015 World Championships in Hannover

It was great to see several of our BQA Members take a trip over to Hannover for the Long Course Quadrathlon World Championships which took place on 7th June. It consisted of 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 20km kayak and 21km run. In the Men’s event Thoralf Berg (GER) won in 6.55 with Leos Rousavy (CZE) in 2nd 7.00, and Lisa Hirschfelder took the Women’s title in 8.33.

Ned Price

A Big Congratulations must go to all our BQA members that raced and finished in this ‘very fine race’ in really hot conditions! Well done to those that came home with medals – John Kavanagh took Vet 60 Gold (8.52) and Ned Price took Silver in Vet 50 (8.53). Roland Maclarg came home in 8th Vet 40 (10.02). We also had a two man relay team racing –

Russel Breyer

Russel Breyer and Steve de Boltz from Ipswich Tri Club. They finished 6th (7.51) Russel’s words were ‘It was tough enough doing just half of this event, so I absolutely take my hat off to John, Ned and Roly doing the whole thing…and to Mary White for her category win in the sprint event on the Saturday. I really hope WQF run this event again, it was cracking fun!’.

Congratulations to Mary 4th overall in the Sprint and 1st in her age group Vet 60 (1.56)

 

If anyone has an photos of the GB athletes please send a few to me … Thanks! (Jean)

Full Report, photographs and vidios, plus the results can be found hear link http://www.quadrathlon4you.com/profiles/blogs/2015-world-long-distance-quadrathlon-world-championships-hannover

More Photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/132789053@N06/sets/72157654240604182/

Thanks to John Kavanagh for his report

Wasserstadt Quadrathlons
While making plans for the forthcoming season before Christmas, going to Hannover in June for a world championship quad seemed like a good idea. So Ned Price, Mary White and I got our entries in early, before the price went up. There were lots of race options over two days, different triathlon distances and a sprint quad on the Saturday, more triathlons and a long distance quad on the Sunday (each with a relay team option). Mary entered the sprint and Ned and I opted for the long event. As we drove the 400 miles or so across Europe on the Friday we were a bit concerned about the temperature, 35°C – thank goodness for air conditioning.
The weekend was a little cooler, but at 25°plus it was still a lot hotter than we had been used to. On the Saturday morning we had time to look around and check out the bike course before Mary’s race. This involved a 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run and 4.2km paddle (and a final 300m sprint back to the finish). She was very pleased to finish under 2hrs (1hr:56min), being the 1st lady in the 60-69 year group and beating quite a few (younger men).

Ned and I had a 7:15 start for the 3.8km swim in a deep, wide and seemingly clean canal. An Ironman distance triathlon set off 15mins before us so it was encouraging that we were able to overtake some of the tail enders from this before we were out of the water. There was a 500m run to the bike transition but the organisers had provided matting for us to run over, then it was out onto 3 x 30km laps (mostly flat) for the bike course. The roads were closed in the direction of travel and police were at all the junctions and lights to ensure we had a clear ride. The kayak transition was another 300m from the bike transition so we had to put on running shoes to get there for 5 x 4km laps. Each lap had 4 turns but as the canal was wide these could be paddled around easily (unlike the Macclesfield Canal we use for training!). The run continued from the kayak get out for 2 x 10km laps of flat running but then there was final sharp uphill bit to take us to the finish.
Ned and I had a good race, I was well ahead after the swim but he overtook me on the 2nd lap of the bike. I just managed to catch and pass him on the kayak and had about a 1min lead going into the run. He caught me after about 5km and we were together then for a long time before I managed to get a slight lead. We were both very pleased to finish under 9hrs (John 8:52, Ned 8:53) and to find that I was 1st 60-69years and Ned was 2nd 50-59years. Also over from GB was Roland Maclarg (10:02) and, in the relay race, Russel Brewer and Stephen de Boltz from Ipswich Tri Club who did two disciplines each in 7:51….. John Kavanagh

And also thanks to Roly Maclarg for his report too

This was the first time I have done a long distance quadrathlon.
The brief at the start was in german and english by Peter the organiser, so we all understood the course.
It was a good swim in canal, two laps, with a slight current on outward leg, I should have gone for swim day before to find this out, as I would of stayed closer to bank on first and third leg and in middle of current for second and fourth leg.
The Bike consisted of 3 laps 30km each, one little hill, on closed roads in direction of racing, well marshaled through out. Excellent tarmac, one 100m section had just been resurfaced had to be a little careful. Police were out in force waving competitors through red lights and holding back traffic at traffic junctions.
I struggled on the kayak, 5 laps. My boat is a little wobbly and as fatigue started to set in and I found there was quite a lot of wash from the other kayakers to contend with.
The Run was 2 laps, a good course, though I would have preferred a bit more shade in places, it was getting very hot by this point in the day. It had been hot all day, and I had forgot sun cream ‘big mistake’. My second lap was slow, the heat had got to me, suddenly started feeling hot and then cold, I had drunk plenty through out the race, there were plenty of feed stations on bike, kayak and run, and lots of supporters cheering us on!
Overall this was a good event, Peter the organiser did a superb job running the Quadrathlon, along side half and long distance triathlon gave sufficient competitors to justify putting on a Closed road event …. Roly Maclarg

This certainly sounds like one for the diary in the future!

National Trophy Series 2015

Hi Quadrathletes, I hope your all feeling motivated and ready for action. The Race Season is getting closer, so if your wanting some dates for your diary’s hears a reminder and an insight to our BQA Trophy Events for 2015!

RACE 1 – 24th 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 the first World Cup race too 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 – 21st June – South Yorkshire Quad – This race is hopefully going to host the British Championships in 2016, so its an ideal chance to learn the course and try the lake and its surrounding area out ….. check out this excellent Water Park its a lovely venue, and would be great if you can support this new race, organized by a very enthusiastic group of kayakers and triathletes.                                                  

RACE 3 – 12th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup – 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 first 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 – 6th 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 … not to be missed!

RACE 5 – 13th September – Fabian 4 Mountain Tri – This race promises to be back with vengeance and it will certainly challenge that inner self! Superb scenery, tracks and trails brilliantly organized by very friendly like minded athletes, it will certainly boost your adrenalin and you’ll have an amazing sense of achievement when you cross that finish line ….. exit your comfort zone and enjoy!

RACE 6 – 19th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running etablished 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!

I hope I have tempted you ….  keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer Early Bird Race discounts and BQA Member Discounts! Happy Training and Racing 2015 …  and don’t forget your BQA 2015 membership, we would love your support again  THANKS Jean Ashley

If your are looking to Race in Europe these are the World Cup Trophy Races

RACE 1- 2nd May – Ibiza, Spain EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Middle Distance

Race 2 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber, GB World Cup Middle Distance

Race 3 – 30th May – Xtrial PernstejnCup, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 4 – 7th June – Wasserstadt, Hannover, GER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONG Distance

Race 5 – 21st June – Tyn nad Vltavou, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 6 – 12th July – Box End, GB World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 7– 1st August Šamorín, SVK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Sprint Distance

Race 8 – 22nd August, Polskaman, POL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Middle Distance

Race 9 – 30th August Balaton Sprint, HUN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sprint Distance

Race 10 – 5th September, Quadrathlon Ratscher, GER World Cup Middle Distance      

Visit our Events page or quadrathlon4you.com/events for all the race information.

 

World Cup Series 2015

The World Cup 2015 season will certainly be exciting with a total of 10 races. There are three new races in the World Cup this year – Boxend (GBR) and Bystřice nad Pernštejnem
(CZE) each with a MTB. Hannover (GER) for the first time since 2010, will be a World Long Distance Championship Race. All these new races have taken place in recent years with great success.  The four best results for the World Cup will be counted as in recent years. Collecting points will require tactical planning with plenty of races on offer, with extra points for athletes that race in an International Championships (World/ European) plus bonus points for over 4 races.

The Overall and Age-Group winners will win the elaborate crystal globe, and the top three finishers overall and in age groups additionally get high quality medals. This should create a further incentive and competition for places.

The World Cup Trophy Series

RACE 1- 2nd May – Ibiza, Spain EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Middle Distance

Race 2 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber, GB World Cup Middle Distance

Race 3 – 30th May – Xtrial PernstejnCup, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 4 – 7th June – Wasserstadt, Hannover, GER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONG Distance

Race 5 – 21st June – Tyn nad Vltavou, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 6 – 12th July – Box End, GB World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 7– 1st August Šamorín, SVK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Sprint Distance

Race 8 – 22nd August, Polskaman, POL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Middle Distance

Race 9 – 30th August Balaton Sprint, HUN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sprint Distance

Race 10 – 5th September, Quadrathlon Ratscher, GER World Cup Middle Distance      

Visit our Events page or quadrathlon4you.com/events for all the race information.

The appointments and the WQF Congress took place over the last few weeks, there were no changes and therefor the next two years, the positions are
Václav Marek (President, CZE)
Steve Hook (Vice-President, GBR)
Silke Haren Berg (Chairman of the Technical Items GER)
Stefan Teichert ( Secretary, GER).

Amendments to the WQF Rules for 2015
World Cup races which an International Championships are to  be evaluated with more points, as specified – Every place is upgraded with 20 extra points. So 120 instead of 100, 110,
instead of 90… 21 instead of 1 point.

Athletes that have finished more than 4 World Cup races in season, get bonus points. There
are 10 bonus points per extra race – As total extra points: 5 races 10points, 6 races 20points, 7 races 30points, 8 races 40points, 9 races 50points and 10 races 60points.

The WQF wish all athletes a good and injury-free preparation, see you in 2015!
Stefan Teichert

Brigg Bomber 2014 Top of the World!

What an amazing day for British Quadrathlon, the BQA are extremely  grateful to Lincsquad for putting on a fantastic race, truly worthy of World Championship status! Everyone I spoke to has been blow away by how much effort had been made by Lincsquad, along with the support from the sponsors and the town ‘Brigg’. Believe me it was a very wonderful World Championships, every single athlete was made to feel so special! There were so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, everyone loved it Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!
BE PROUD LINCSQUAD, you have certainly given the BQA and British Quadrathlon the best BOOST we have ever had!!

Male Winners World Champ Steve King
Female Winners World Champ Sharon Colley

 

 

 

 

 

 

The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male and female athletes coming from Czech and Germany to defend their titles. Team GB (BQA members) took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had their strongest and biggest Team ever, a huge thank-you to all 36 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your support (your BQA memberships), we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.

As in true BQA style our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, who are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important to us, it is also made up from members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! The BQA wish to thank every single member of the Team, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon back on the World Map!

We’ve had some amazing Results, Congratulations to Steve King and Sharon Colley who are the 2014 World Champions! We also hold a host of Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB ….  Thank you all so much!

A Friendship in the making Lisa and Jean

World Champion – Steve King + Vet 40 GB
2nd -Tom Stead + Junior under 23 GB
3rd – Leous Rousavy CZECH
4th – Adam Norfolk GB
5th – Mike Mason British
Vet 40 World Champion – Steve King GB
Vet 50 World Champion – Nigel Unwin GB
Vet 60 World Champion – Paul Belcher GB

World Champion – Sharon Colley + Vet 40 GB
2nd – Lisa Hirschfelder GER
3rd – Claire Moran GB
Vet 40 World Champion – Sharon Colley GB
Vet 50 World Champion – Jean Ashley GB
Vet 60 World Champion – Mary White GB

A special mention to 3 family members that raced, John Kavanagh (7th Vet 50) and his 2 twin sisters both competing in their first ever Quadrathlon, Mary White and Margaret Huyton coming 1st and 2nd in Vet 60 age group, it was a very special moment when Margaret crossed the finish line, she may of been last, but in many eyes she was ‘first’ truely inspirational! Also Jack Garner lead by Peter Chappill finishing his first full distance Quadrathlon … another winner!

These are the main results, but I am sure every single one of you are very pleased at what you have achieved. I know you have all put in plenty of training, which isn’t easy over four disciplines especially through the colder months. Many of you may have had moments of doubt, but I hope your all very proud and you can reflect on your ‘World Championships’ … And now Bask in Your Glory’ and look forward to planning your next race!

Keep moving Forwards … Jean, and Ian (Smith) GB Team Coordinator

See Full Results Brigg World Championship Results

TV Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=disgZZNfQko

GB TEAM (BQA Members) Role of Honour 

MALE World Champion + Vet 40 Champion – Steve King
2nd + World Champion U23 – Tom Stead
4th Adam Norfolk
6th Steve Clark
3rd Vet 40 – Mat Stephenson
World Champion Vet 50 – Nigel Unwin
2nd Vet 50 – Ian Smith
13th Best Newcomer – Dr Bryce Dyer
3rd Vet 50 – Nigel Crowe
19th Best Vet Newcomer 4th Vet 50 – Nick Dallimore
4th Vet 40 – Andy Childs
8th Vet 40 – Phil Holden
5th Vet 50 – Duncan Pearson
World Champion Vet 60 – Paul Belcher
7th Vet 50 – John Kavanagh
10th Vet 50 – Russell Breyer
11th Vet 50 – Adam Younger
12th Vet 50 – Edward Roberts
12th Vet 40 – Steven Dolby
14th Vet 50 – Nicholas Price
16th Vet 50 –  Tim Deykin
4th U23 –  Adam Ingleton
16th Vet 40 – Lance Ball
17th Vet 50 – John Redmond
18th Vet 50 – Stephen Cannings
19th Vet 50 – Tim Down
18th Vet 40 – Mike Waters
2nd Vet 60 – Ian Hipkins

FEMALE World Champion + Vet 40 Champion Sharon Colley
3rd – Claire Moran
World Champion Vet 50 -Jean Ashley
World Champion Vet 60 -Mary White
2nd Vet 50 Caroline Dallimore
4th Vet 40 – Vicki Watson
3rd 30 – 39  – Deb May
2nd Vet 60 – Margaret Huyton

Race Report

By what some would call typical British weather-Brigg North Lincolnshire put on a wonderful World championships (middle distance). Quality field of Top athletes and hardened masters!

After a false start – where the whole field was brought back, saw the nervous field start and a group of three form with Favorites Steve King, Tom Stead and German Stefan Teichert who strung the field out with a one minute lead at the end of this river swim.

Adam and Michael

After a very quick transition we saw King take the lead and with one of the fastest kayak splits to build a lead going into the bike. Teichert positioned himself well in second, but then had to let Mike Masson go into second place. 4th saw fastest paddle Adam Norfolk (GB) and the 5th Leoš Roušavý and youngster Stead in 6th.

On The bike King was steaming along and only built on his lead. Tom Stead On the bike was just a Machine and rode himself into a chance of a top placing with a bike time four minutes faster than anybody else. Behind saw Teichert, Rousavy, Norfolk, Masson and Steve Clark (local man) fighting out for the Podium.

In the run we saw King cruising and enjoying the win-although Tom Stead chased hard and showed he is the talent for the future finishing only 14 seconds down. Roušavý completed a good race to finish third.

The ladies race saw Favourite Lisa Hirschfelder come out of the water two minutes ahead. But then in the kayak we saw Sharon Colley paddle an incredible time that only five men could top. Also British lady Claire Moran put in a top paddle performance to move in to second place.

On the bike Hirschfelder caught Moran and cut the lead down from Colley. Colley pushed on hard in the run and kept her lead. Lisa (GER) put in a great performance to finish 2nd and GB finished on the podium again with Claire Moran’s top performance. Veteran athlete Jean Ashley gained on Claire Moran on the bike, but they both had similar run splits so Jean came home in 4th, but 1st Vet 50. With Sarah Allars having a superb run coming home in 5th.

In the Mens Vet categories we had Mat Stephenson (V40) being chased down by Nigel Unwin (V50) and Ian Smith (V50) all fighting for places. Mat came home 3rd Vet 40, with Nigel 1st Vet 50, just holding off Ian Smith. It was great to see 2 of our original Quadrathletes in the Over 60’s catagory. Ian Hipkins and Paul Belcher both have been racing Quads since they originated. Paul won the Vet 60’s and finished a very creditable 21st overall.

Some excellent racing by all age groups, Lincsquad did a sterling job to make a fantastic race and will deserved the title world championships. All good for the future of the great sport.