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!
Over 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 hope you are all starting to plan your Race Calender and have lots of goals and challenges lined up for next season, we have the World Championships in Brigg and also a World Cup Race in Shrewsbury, both races are likely to sell out quite quickly, so make sure you enter early!
IMPORTANT NOTE – The Brigg Bomber on Sunday 26th May and the final World Cup race of the season the Shrewsbury Sprint on Sunday 1st September, both these events have a good history of putting on well organised and well attended races. The last time Brigg was a World Championship race it filled up very quickly with local competitors and when International athletes came to enter, many were disappointed to find the event was full (about 100 entrants).
The Shrewsbury Quadrathlon takes place alongside a triathlon. Both events sell out every year and the quadrathlon has previously been limited to 50 entries.
Entries for both events are now open and spaces are beginning to fill up. Please enter early if you want to take part in either of these races.
Brigg Race: Lincsquad – Brigg Bomber
Shrewsbury Race: SYTri – Shrewsbury Quad
So 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 3rd Deva Divas (ladies only) Quad sold out, with an amazing 50 women now on the start line! Take a look at our 2019 races on our ‘events’ page!
BQA National Trophy Events for 2019
RACE 1 – 26th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – World Championships 1500km river swim/8km river kayak/40km road bike/10km road run.
A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the World Cham pionships so certainly not to be missed, Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day! Entries OPEN
RACE 2 – 16th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad and QuadKidz 800km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km trail run.
This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue, this race gets better each year! 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, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries open soon.
RACE 3 – 30th June – Box End Sprint Quad – National Championships and QuadKidz 750km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km XC run.
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 with excellent camping on site too. This Race has been given the National Championships this year so another good reason to enter! The Quadkidz Race will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries open soon.
RACE 4 – 1st September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – World Cup Race 550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.
This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and is well worthy of its World Cup Status! 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 – 21st September – Awesome Foursome Quad 800km sea swim/30km road bike/10km canal kayak/10km road run.
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!
You must be a BQA 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!
BQA 2019 Trophy Series
26th May – Brigg Bomber
16th June – Dearne Valley Sprint & QuadKidz
30th June – Box End Sprint Quad & Quadkidz
1st Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
21st Sept Awesome Foursome Quad
16th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
14th July Lincs QuadKidz Event
30th June BoxEnd QuadKidz
Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
18th May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
22nd June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad
6th July – Artemis Great Kindrochit Quad
14th July – Deva Divas Quad
Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas … Safe Training over the winter months, and we look forward to a very exciting 2019 Quad Season!
Jean and the BQA Team