Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I hope you have lots of goals and challenges lined up for 2018. Get planning your Race Calender send your race entries in early and have a reason to start training! Entering races does wonders for your motivation, and having something to work for certainly helps kick start your training. Plenty of our races have opened their entries, and we’ve even had the 2nd Deva Divas Quad (ladies only) sold out already, with an amazing 50 women now on the start line!
Happy Training Everyone Train Smart and Stay Safe …. Jean Ashley (on behalf of the BQA)
Here’s a quick rundown of our Trophy Races, so get those races in your diary and Enter Now!
BQA National Trophy Events for 2018
RACE 1 – 27th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – World Cup 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 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
RACE 2 – 10th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad 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. 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, the first ‘QuadKidz’ race of the season, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries open soon.
RACE 3 – 15th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race 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. It’s the third 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! After a successful Quadkidz race last year the second Quadkidz Race of the junior series will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries open soon.
RACE 4 – 2nd September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad 550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.
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 1st January 2018
RACE 5 – 9th September – Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon 13km estuary kayak/10km fell run/15km MT bike.
The long-awaited Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge is back for 2018. Last year’s event (2016) was the best yet, & here at Fabian4, we’re already working hard to make sure that next year’s is even better! Where else can you find a well-organised, non-commercial, realistically-priced, serious sea to summit adventure, much of it taking place in Snowdonia National Park. All the profits will be donated, as always, to the Snowdonia Society. Take advantage of the very early bird rate & enter ASAP. What a great Christmas present for your like-minded friends Entries OPEN
RACE 6 – 16th September – National Championships- 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!
BQA Membership is open now for 2018 and is £15.00 per person, we have dropped the U18’s Quadkidz membership to £7.00 to encourage those youngsters to join up, (we still have Family memberships). As a member you are entitled to discount at some BQA races (discretion of the race organizer). You must be a member to race for the ‘GB TEAM’ at the World Championships, 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 2018 If I have your details from last season and wish to do a Bank Transfer please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the details, Thank you very much.
New Trisuits for 2018
One-off Tri Suits are available to order via Godfrey, 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. You can 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, which without a doubt make you go faster!