Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon
The Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon is three off-road triathlons back-to-back, an icon event celebrating the natural side of Canberra
About the event
Swim 1.5km + Mountain bike 36km + Run 18km + Swim 3.5km + Mountain bike 36km + Run 11 km + Swim 1.2km + Mountain bike 23km + Run 13km = Triple-Triathlon
The 234th Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon will be held in and around Canberra on Sunday the 14th of November 2021.
ONLINE ENTRY FOR THE 2021 EVENT WILL OPEN ON SATURDAY 14 AUGUST AT 6AM.
The Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon is the ultimate scenic tour of our national capital, a landmark event on the national multi-sport calendar.
The race can be enjoyed by teams or solo entrants. To attempt the entire course solo is one of the toughest single-day sporting challenges imaginable. Most race in teams, tripling the enjoyment in a celebration of camaraderie, application, speed, strategy and endurance.
Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon
Enjoy the 2020 edition of this famous race
- 0530 Solo athletes
- 0600 Relay Teams
- Until Thurs 14 October 5pm: $180 Solos; $210 T3; $240 T4-9
- After Thurs 14 October 5pm: $210 Solos; $240 T3; $270 T4-9
- Add $25 one-race licence fee (per entry) if not TA members
- ALL entries close 5pm Wednesday 10 November
- Trophies for all Solo finishers
- Trophies for 1st 3 teams in each U50 category & 1st team in each 50+ category
- Registration and briefing
- Mixed teams
- Team replacements
- Role and duty of helpers
- Race start
- Number checkpoints
- Transition compounds
- Aid stations
- Care in Nature Parks
- Course markings
- Road crossings, paths & gates
- Race rules
- Participant waivers
- Contingency plans
- Safety & emegency procedures
- Swim safety
- Wetsuit Ruling on Race Day
- Course cut-off times
- Race finish, awards & results
- Course changes
- Ten highest moments
- Course records – Solo Athletes
- Course records – Relay Teams
For all pre-entered Teams and Individuals, compulsory registration will be between 8am and 4pm, Saturday 14 November at "My Rainbow-Dreams" cafe in Dickson Chambers, opposite the Dickson Post Office, Dickson.
If you have made changes to the composition or order of your team, you will need to have these recorded at Registration. You will also collect race numbers and helpers' passes, get numbers written on swimmers' arms (NOT IN 2020), and collect information on any last-minute course alterations.
To qualify for a Mixed Team award, at least three of the nine legs of the race must be completed by a female team member (ie three females can complete one leg each, one female can complete two legs and another can do one, or one female can complete three legs to meet the minimum requirement.)
Mixed Teams are still welcome to participate if less than three legs are completed by females, in which case they will automatically be entered in the Open Category.
Replacement of team members is allowed, provided the replacement does not alter the category of the team (ie all-female to mixed, or 3-person to 9-person etc). Replacement members must sign the original team entry form at Registration. Also at Registration, names are to be confirmed for each member doing each leg. Changes to this schedule will be permitted on the day, provided transition marshals are informed of the change in advance of the leg concerned.
Individuals- Every individual competitor must provide his or her own helper, who will be issued with an official helper's ID number at Registration. Each helper may only be responsible for one athlete. Individual's helpers may provide assistance of any kind anywhere on the course, with the exception of pacing (ie swimming, riding or running with the athlete for more than 30 seconds), or physically assisting the athlete to move in a forward direction (ie pushing, holding or towing the athlete). Helpers may row or paddle ahead of the athlete during the second and third swim legs (not the first swim leg), provided they stay at least 5 metres clear of the athlete. Helpers may touch the athlete as long as he or she is stationary, and may assist with clothing, equipment (including mechanical assistance), food & drinks, as well as motivational, inspirational and directional advice. Helpers are fully and exclusively responsible for the condition and security of the athlete's equipment, and transport of that equipment from one transition compound to the next. Helpers may not interfere with or impede the progress of any other competitor. To do so will incur the disqualification of the helper's athlete, even if he or she has no part in such interference.
Teams - Teams must provide their own assistance and transport, which must be limited to a maximum of two (2) vehicles. Only members of a team can provide assistance to a team member in the course of the event. All other conditions are the same as apply to the individuals' helpers. Any team member impeding or interfering with the progress of any other competitor or team will incur the disqualification of his or her entire team.
The race will start in three waves, from Dulwa swimming beach at the eastern end of Diddams Close, Lake Ginninderra.
Individual competitors will enter the water at 5.30 am.
THE TIMES FOR OTHER WAVES IN 2020 WILL BE ADVISED BY EMAIL ON FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER.
IN OTHER YEARS – Teams will depart in 2 waves, commencing from 6 am. Please assemble at the beach for final check-in fifteen minutes prior to your start time. Final briefing will commence five minutes before start time.
Upon completion of each leg, it is the athlete's responsibility to ensure that his or her number has been recorded by the timekeepers, before tagging the next athlete or proceeding to the next leg. Swimmers must remove wetsuits where a number is obscured. Besides the transition compounds, there will be several number checkpoints on each mountain bike and run course. These will be marked with a sign, and attended by an official. It is the athlete's responsibility to ensure that his or her number is recorded by the official. Failure to be recorded at a number checkpoint will incur a minimum time penalty of 30 minutes. Locals will be aware of many potential short-cuts, but should remember that to take a short-cut may mean missing a crucial number checkpoint!
Race numbers are recorded at number checkpoints and transition compounds throughout the race. Anyone whose number is not recorded within a reasonable time will become the object of a search (and, if necessary, rescue) mission. For this reason, any individual or team member choosing to withdraw from the event must inform, or have their helper inform either an Emergency Services marshal or a race official at an aid station or a transition compound.
In the event of a team member being unable to complete his or her leg, another team member may complete that leg on his or her behalf, provided race officials are informed of the details and circumstances before the replacement team member proceeds. The resulting split time for that leg will not be credited to any team member, but the team will still be eligible for awards. Otherwise, the team may choose to leave that leg uncompleted and another team member may start the next leg, commencing from the advertised cut-off time of the previous leg. In this case, the team will be allowed to proceed, and other team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for awards.
IN 2020 – EACH TEAM ATHLETE MUST CHECK-IN WITH OFFICIALS AT THE TRANSITION NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO THEIR ANTICIPATED START-TIME.
IN OTHER YEARS – Each team athlete must check-in with officials at the transition 15 minutes prior to their anticipated start-time. The team-member completing the previous leg must complete his or her course and be recorded by officials before tagging the next member, who is then free to depart.
IN 2020 – TRANSITION POINTS WILL SUPPLY ONLY WATER.
IN OTHER YEARS – There will be full aid station supplies at each transition point. These will include water, sports drink, fruit, sweets, First Aid kit, vaseline, sunscreen (all of which are available to competitors only), and either public toilets or Port-a-loo. The transitions from the first and second swims to the first and second mountain bikes will also provide hot drinks.
Access to transition compounds is restricted to race officials, individual's helpers (wearing helper's ID), media and team members involved in the changeover.
Transition compounds will be at the following locations:
Swim 1 / MTB 1 - Nengi Bamir Beach, western end of Diddams Close, Lake Ginninderra.
MTB 1 / Run 1 - bus stop on Antill St, at the end of Watson.
Run 1 / Swim 2 - Henry Rolland Park, Barrine Drive, Acton.
Swim 2 / MTB 2 - Black Mountain Peninsula swimming beach, end of John Cardiff Close.
MTB 2 / Run 2 - grassy area beside Badimara St, Waramanga, near the Tuggeranong Parkway cycle path underpass.
Run 2 / Swim 3 – Nguru Beach off Mortimer Lewis Drive, Lake Tuggeranong, Greenway.
Swim 3 / MTB 3 - grassy area between KFC and Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Reed St, Tuggeranong.
MTB 3 / Run 3 - grassy area beyond the end of Hartigan St, Garran.
IN 2020 – THERE WILL BE NO AID STATIONS ON THE COURSE. ALL DRINKS AND NUTIRITON ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF ATHLETES AND THEIR PERSONAL HELPERS.
IN OTHER YEARS – Aside from the transition compounds, there will be one aid station on each mountain bike course offering fruit, sweets, sports bars, water and sports drink refills (but not bidon exchanges), as well as rudimentary bike repair equipment. Individuals are advised to carry two full drink bidons on their bikes, as well as a full repair kit and 2 spare tyres. Anyone completing the entire course without getting at least one flat will be lucky! There are frequent aid stations on the run courses, though the more inaccessible will supply water only. All aid stations will be equipped with a radio or mobile phone.
Following is a complete list of aid stations:
(FS = Full Service; W = Water only; WSD = Water and sports drink)
1) swim 1 / MTB 1 transition: Bimbi Beach, eastern end of Diddams Close (FS + hot drinks)
2) MTB 1: summit of Black Mountain, bus layby (FS + repair kit)
3) MTB 1 / run 1 transition: Antill St bus stop, Watson (FS)
4) run 1A: summit of Mt Majura (WSD)
5) run 1B: horse logs near reservoir before Hackett Hill (WSD)
6) run 1C: turn-off under power lines between Hackett Hill & Mt Ainslie (WSD)
7) run 1D: summit of Mt Ainslie (FS)
8) run 1E: in front of old AGSO, Constitution Ave & Wendouree Dr, Parkes (FS)
9) run 1 / swim 2 transition: beach at Grevillea Park (FS)
10) swim 2 / MTB 2 transition: Henry Rolland Park, Barrine Drive, Acton (FS + hot drinks)
11) MTB 2: Uriarra Rd crossing (FS + repair kit)
12) MTB 2 / run 2 transition: beside Badimara St, near Parkway tunnel (FS)
13) run 2A: summit of Mt Taylor (W)
14) run 2B: Colquhoun St crossing, Kambah (FS)
15) run 2C: Laidlaw Pl crossing, Kambah (FS)
16) run 2 / swim 3 transition: Nguru Beach, off Mortimer Lewis Dr, Greenway. (FS)
17) swim 3 / MTB 3 transition: adjacent to KFC, Reed St (FS)
18) MTB 3 / run 3 transition: end of Hartigan St, Garran (FS)
19) run 3A: summit of Red Hill, lookout (FS)
20) run 3B: end of Walsh Pl, Curtin (FS)
21) run 3C: Bike path crossing of Dunrossil Dr (FS)
22) finish line / recovery area: (FS + hot showers + hot pasta meal)
Most of the course of the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon is within Canberra Nature Park, which includes Aranda Bushland, Black Mountain Reserve, Bruce and O'Connor Ridges, Mt Majura, Mt Ainslie, Cooleman Ridge, Mt Taylor, Wanniassa Ridge, Farrer and Isaacs Ridges and Red Hill. We are very fortunate to have been granted permission to stage this event through the CNP, especially the mountain bike legs. The authorities of Environment ACT have been extremely cooperative and helpful.
However, please be aware that this event takes place in a public domain. We do not have exclusive use of any of these areas, all of which are used by many people on weekends. Please treat other users with courtesy, especially walkers.
Swim courses will be marked with swim buoys. The markings used for mountain bike and run courses will be detailed at Registration.
Athletes are entirely responsible for their own safety and must give way to all traffic at all road crossings. While marshals will be stationed at major crossings, they will not be stopping traffic, but simply alerting and reminding you to make a safe crossing. Please be patient and cautious. In the context of an all-day event, a short delay at a road crossing may be used as an opportunity for a brief rest.
Athletes must show due courtesy and concern for all users of public cycle paths, including giving way to all pedestrians and recreational cyclists. Competitors are not to 'race' along the cycle paths, and are to proceed at a normal recreational pace.
All gates in Canberra Nature Park and the former Stromlo Forest which are normally locked will remain locked for this event. Where a gate is closed, you may open the gate to pass through, but must then close the gate behind you. Where a gate on the course is locked, it must be climbed.
This race is sanctioned by Triathlon ACT as a member of Triathlon Australia, and is conducted in accordance with Triathlon Australia race rules, with the exception of those rules covering drafting on the bike course. Drafting is permitted in this event.
Please note that all competitors who have entered or have been entered into this event online, whether as individuals or team members, must sign the participant waiver before commencing their respective leg or legs of the race. Copies of the waiver will be available at each transition area.
Any competitor who commences a leg without first signing the participant waiver is subject to immediate and automatic disqualification, and is no longer deemed a participant in the event.
From time to time Canberra’s lakes, like all inland water bodies, may be affected by various natural phenomena such as blue-green algae or bacteria. All of the lakes are tested regularly and rigorously, and are subject to closure if the levels of any potentially harmful organisms rise above certain standard measures.
In the event that any one, two or all three of Canberra’s lakes are closed at the time of the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, all effort will be made to ensure that the event proceeds as a Triple-Triathlon with 3 swims, though distances and courses for all legs may vary. Alternatively the event may be postponed to a later date, with all entries held over to that date, or still valid for any staging of the event within 3 years of the originally advertised date.
The event is being attended by members of Sports Medicine Australia. Trained personnel will be on hand to treat injuries, with 4-wheel drives on stand-by in case of emergencies. Most aid stations and many marshals will have mobile phones. 2 boats will also be patrolling Lake Burley Griffin, in addition to smaller craft.
The most important component of ensuring a safe event is common sense, particularly on the mountain bike courses. Carefully check your brakes and tyres the day before the race. Please exercise care while negotiating all descents, especially if you are unfamiliar with the course, as some sections are really steep and rocky. The time lost through sensible caution is nothing compared to the time lost through a trip to the hospital.
Beware of snakes. In Springtime, snakes are still quite sluggish, being not yet properly warmed up. This is when they can be most dangerous, as they cannot get hastily out of your way, and see no option but to strike. In case of snakebite, remain where you are and alert the next athlete to seek immediate help.
This is an endurance event, where a spirit of mutual assistance will benefit all. No amount of planning can adequately protect a 150 kilometre course through bushland, and many sections are without medical personnel or marshals for several kilometres. If you encounter another athlete in difficulty, please stop to ascertain their condition and lend assistance where possible, and be sure to report the situation to the next marshal you see. The reward of helping another in need will outlast that of reaching the finish line.
Swim caps are compulsory in all three swims, and wet suits are strongly recommended. Swim caps will be provided at Registration for individuals and all Team swimmers. Average water temperature in the lakes at this time of year is 16C - 20C degrees.
Particular care must be taken by individual athletes before and during the second and third swims, as leg muscles tend to cramp in the water after extended use. Take time at the transitions to replenish with electrolytes and fuel, and allow your heart rate to diminish. Thoroughly stretch all leg muscles before entering the water. Race officials have the responsibility to prevent you from entering the water if they feel you are distressed or overly fatigued. Once in the water, keep your legs moving as much as possible, to encourage blood flow. In case of cramping, signal to the nearest craft. You may rest on the craft as long as you need, or on dry land if close enough. It is advisable to practise your run/swim transitions in advance. Be sure to drink at the Commonwealth Place water station during the Lake Burley Griffin swim.
A reminder that this event operates under Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rules (TA RCR).
The Technical Delegate, following consultation with the Medical Director or Event Organiser, may amend the wetsuit determination temperatures for competitor safety reasons.
Water temperature is not the only determinant – air temperature is also considered. This is calculated when the water temperature is lower than 22°C and the air temperature is lower than 15°C. In this case the adjusted value is to decrease the measured water temperature according to the chart in Rule 2 in the TA RCR.
The air temperature at the start of each swim will be taken into account when determining whether wetsuits are allowed OR must be worn.
In November the mornings can still be quite chilly in Canberra, and water temperatures can be cool, so please remember to bring your wetsuit to the start of each swim. If wetsuits are made mandatory on the day anyone not wearing a wetsuit may be subject to disqualification from the race.
All times listed are in 24-hour clock time according to Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which assumes that the race commences with the start of the Solo competitors at 0530.
|Swim 1 - 0700||Swim 2 - 1325||Swim 3 - 1805|
|MTB 1 - 0950||MTB 2 - 1630||MTB 3 - 2015|
|Run 1 - 1150||Run 2 - 1745||Run 3 - 2200|
After these times, there will be no marshals, checkpoints or aid stations on the course, and split times will not be recorded.
Individuals: The only cut-off time which will be strictly enforced is the cut-off at the end of the third swim course. Any athlete who has not started the third mountain bike leg by 1805, will not be allowed to continue. Any athlete starting the final run leg after 1930 must be accompanied by his or her helper with a torch. A sweeper will follow the backmarker throughout the course in a canoe, on a mountain bike, and on foot.
Teams: In the event that a team member fails to complete his or her leg before the designated cut-off time, another team member will be allowed to start the next leg at that time. In this case, the team will be permitted to proceed, and all ensuing team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for any awards.
The race finish and communications HQ is at the YMCA Sailing Club, on Alexandrina Drive at Yarralumla Bay. Updates on competitor positions will be posted here throughout the day, and hot food and drinks will be served to athletes only. Hot showers are available, so remember to bring a towel and soap with a fresh change of clothes.
IN 2020, THE POST-RACE MEAL WILL NOT BE A SELF-SERVICE BUFFET; INSTEAD IT WILL BE SERVED AS A TAKE-AWAY MEAL. LIMITED OUTDOOR SEATING WILL BE AVAILABLE, DEPENDING ON NUMBERS AROUND THE FINISH AREA.
Family members, helpers and supporters are welcome to purchase a meal ticket for the finish buffet, which is complimentary for all competitors with a race number. From 4.30pm the buffet will offer a meal and dessert for $10. Vouchers for the buffet can be prebooked. To ensure all can be catered for, please book and purchase your buffet vouchers prior to the event.
THERE WILL BE NO AWARDS CEREMONY IN 2020. Awards will be presented 'on the fly' as athletes finish the event at the YMCA Sailing Club. Awards will be presented to all individuals who complete the course; the first three all-male, all-female and mixed teams of 3; and the first three all-male, all-female and mixed teams of 4 - 9 members.
Full results, including split times, will be available on this website the following day after the race.
As Canberra's natural and urban landscape is continually evolving, each year there are usually some course changes. Continue to watch this space for updates, and see course descriptions for full details.
Short of going up in a balloon, the Triple-Tri course offers the best aerial views of Canberra available. Check any of the following vantage points for stunning vistas...
1. Mt Majura (1st run course) 888m
2. Mt Taylor (2nd run course) 855m
3. Mt Ainslie (1st run course) 843m
4. Mt Stanley (3rd MTB course) 841m
5. Black Mountain (1st MTB course) 812m
6. Mt Wanniassa (3rd MTB course) 809m
7. Sheaffe Trig (3rd MTB course) 793m
8. Mt Stromlo (2nd MTB course) 782m
9. Davidson Trig (3rd run course) 749m
10. Red Hill (3rd run course) 720m
Male Overall - 10:21:10, Rowan Beggs-French, 2017
Male Over 50 Overall - 11:56:04, David Baldwin, 2017
Female Overall - 11:01:00, Penny Slater, 2020
|Leg||Record Holder-Male||Time||Year||Record Holder-Female||Time||Year|
|1st Swim||Michael Brennan||16:56||2019||Deirdre Grace||20:55||1996|
|1st Bike||Jason Chalker||1:37:22||2002||Jody Purcell||1:54:36||1998|
|1st Run||Paul Smith||1:28:19||1998||Penny Slater||1:46:00||2020|
|2nd Swim||Jason Chalker||47:49||2002||Shannon Proffit||51:11||2013|
|2nd Bike||Rowan Beggs-French||1:42:20||2017||Penny Slater||1:46:37||2020|
|2nd Run||Paul Smith||53:01||1997||Julie Quinn||1:01:53||2013|
|3rd Swim||Michael Brennan||17:15||2019||Deirdre Grace||18:50||1996|
|3rd Bike||Rowan Beggs-French||1:15:31||2017||Penny Slater||1:21:22||2022|
|3rd Run||David Baldwin||1:09:08||2005||Julie Quinn||1:12:24||2017|
|T3 Open||8:09:10||Aspire (Oliver Bourne, Dylan Cooper, Vajin Armstrong)||2012|
|T3 Open All Over 50||10:13:33||Shoklo's Nifty Fifty M50 MkII (Pete Thorley, Martin McGready, Jeff Grey)||2020|
|T3 Open All Over 60||12:45:45||Rad's Rusties||2011|
|T3 Female||10:18:37||Powerpuff Girls (Brooke James, Michaela Watts, Sarah Richardson)||2012|
|T3 Female All Over 50||13:06:54||Nifty Fifty (Rose McGready, Amanda Nott, Elizabeth Bennett)||2015|
|T3 Female All Over 60||15:02:15||Swinging Sixties||2009|
|T3 Mixed||9:07:03||The Wrong Trousers||2002|
|T3 Mixed All Over 50||10:26:35||Shoklo's Nifty Fifty (Rose McGready, Martin McGready, Jeff Grey)||2017|
|T9 Open||8:14:34||The Team With No Name||2004|
|T9 Open All Over 50||9:47:56||Old Hacks (Alex Gosman, Trevor Jacobs, Peter James, Simon Claringbold, Peter Clarke, Rico Fitch, Peter Klein)||2012|
|T9 Open All Over 60||11:15:00||Old Hack Remnants Mark II (Alex Gosman, Peter Igoe-Taylor, Trevor Jacobs, Peter Clarke, Nathan Carroll)||2018|
|T9 Open All Over 70||15:02:35||Rad's Rusties||2010|
|T9 Female||10:16:16||Team Loser Shoes (Kylie Message, Kate Vandenberg, Elizabeth Humphries, Kym Somi, Alex Orme, Aimee Davenport, Elise Burriss, Alice Bates)||2016|
|T9 Female All Over 50||11:23:21||GoGo Girls - The SlipStream Team||2011|
|T9 Female All Over 60||12:38:54||Go Go Girls – The (B)old and the Beautiful (Magaret Hadfield, Annie Broadbent, Clare Wall, Helen Douglass, Peggy Douglass, Cathy Montalto, Elspeth Nichols, Jeannie Douglass, Robyn McClelland)||2019|
|T9 Female All Over 70||15:25:09||Super 70s (Lindy Dunn, Ann Ingwersen, Sue Archer, Brenda Day, Rae Palmer, Diana Schneider, Lindy Dunn Carol Taylor, Carol Baird)||2019|
|T9 Mixed||8:13:51||Under the Radar (Emma Gillingham, Matt McAuliffe, Craig Benson, Jay Vine, Martin Dent, David Medlock, Jasen Higuchi)||2016|
|T9 Mixed All Over 50||10:18:29||Not Over the Hill Yet (Jill Pettifer, Martin McGready, Terry Withers, Richard Haines, Jeff Grey)||2018|
|T9 Mixed All Over 60||13:49:57||Thorns n Roses (Sue Bowden, David Baussman, David Webster, Petrina Quinn, George Kubitzky, Caroline Campbell, John Kennedy, Graeme Patrick, Ruth Baussman)||2019|
|Leg||Record Holder-Male||Time||Year||Record Holder-Female||Time||Year|
|1st Swim||David O'Brien||18:11||1996||Jessica Traficante||19:58||2011|
|1st Bike||David Osmond||1:24:24||1998||Julia Graczyk||1:49:14||2002|
|1st Run||Martin Dent||1:11:11||2018||Emma Murray||1:22:15||2005|
|2nd Swim||Haydn Marsh||36:27||2003||Emma Gillingham||42:08||2018|
|2nd Bike||Dylan Cooper and Jay Vine||1:22:32||2013 and 2017||Michelle Cooper||1:36:30||2017|
|2nd Run||Martin Dent||37:43||2016||Emma Murray||45:43||2005|
|3rd Swim||Jarrod Lee||13:37||2018||Michelle Hunter||15:51||1999|
|3rd Bike||David Medlock||59:33||2019||Melanie Simpson||1:11:58||2011|
|3rd Run||Martin Dent||44:45||2015||Natalie Archer||56:30||2013|
Swimming in three separate lakes, climbing and descending ten peaks, the 150-kilometre Triple-Tri course is an exhilarating exploration of Canberra from every conceivable angle.
Click on a leg to view a course description and map.
|Leg 1: Swim 1.5 km|
|Leg 2: Mountain Bike 36 km|
|Leg 3: Run 18 km|
|Leg 4: Swim 3.5 km|
|Leg 5: Mountain Bike 36 km|
|Leg 6: Run 11 km|
|Leg 7: Swim 1.2 km|
|Leg 8: Mountain Bike 23 km|
|Leg 9: Run 13 km|
Share your stories and photos! The Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon inspires thousands of personal stories. Part of the joy of the event is in sharing these stories. Please submit your experiences and photos to "Triple-Triathlon Stories," GPO Box 3127, Canberra City, ACT, 2601 or email to [email protected]
Select from the following stories to sample a few of the experiences and adventures to be had out and about in the National Capital, in one of the most challenging events to be found anywhere.
Triple-Triathlon Solo Male Finisher's Report 2018, by Kevin Miller
Triple-Triathlon Solo Male Finisher's report 2017, by Andrew Renwick
Triple-Triathlon Solo Male Winner's report 2017, by Rowan Beggs-French
Triple-Triathlon Winning Mixed 3 Team photo-report 2016, by Steve Hanley
Triple-Triathlon Solo Report 2015, by Rowan Beggs-French
Triple-Triathlon Solo 2015, by Warren Evans
Triple-Triathlon Team Report and Photos 2015 "Where's Our Swimmer", by Steve Hanley
Triple-Triathlon Team Report 2015 "HMAS Friendship", by Murray Robertson
Triple-Triathlon Race Report 2013, by Craig Benson
Triple-Triathlon Race Report 2013, by Shannon Proffit
Triple-Triathlon 2011 Report (pdf), by Andrew Renwick
Triple-Triathlon 2011, by Sukhajata Cranfield
Triple-Triathlon 2009 Report, by solo competitor Andrew Renwick
Triple-Triathlon 2009 Supporter's Photo-Report, by Steve Hanley (external link)
Triple-Triathlon 2007 Report, by Steve Hanley (external link)
Triple-Triathlon 2007 Report, by Andrew Renwick
Triple-Triathlon 2006 Report, by Steve Hanley (external link)
Triple-Triathlon 2005 Report, by James Sullivan
Triple-Triathlon 2005 Report, by Julie Quinn
Triple-Triathlon 2005 Report, by Trevor Fairhurst
Triple-Triathlon 2005 Report, by Steve Hanley (external link)
Sharky's Triple-Tri Report '04, by Mark "Sharky" Smoothy
Triple-Tri Report '04, by Geoffrey Pell
Triple-Triathlon 2004 Report, by Steve Hanley (external link)
Sharky's Triple-Tri Report '03, by Mark "Sharky" Smoothy
Through the Wind, the Rain and the Cold: Triple-Tri '03, by Steve Nightingale
Triple Tri Obsession! by Rob Marshall
Thanks to the Bilbys, by Martin Stiles
'02 Triple-Tri Report, by Michael Kerr
'98 Triple-Tri Report, by Paul Smith
The 1996 Triple-Triathlon, by Mark Hutchings
2020 Nov 15thSri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, Sunday 15 November 2020
Family is everything...
The Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon was conceived as a celebration of the natural beauty and auspicious design of Canberra as the ultimate urban setting for the exploration and fulfilment of a multi-dimensional life, a consummate blend of athletic and aesthetic.
Yet over the years, the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon has embodied and revealed something much deeper of Canberra: its heart of humanity and soul of community. This heart and soul shine through the interplay of inspiration, aspiration, appreciation, service, sacrifice and mutual self-giving which permeate and unite the Triple-Tri family. The event itself is the stage on which innumerable dramas unfold; the backdrop against which heroic stories are told; the refrain of a song with a thousand varied verses. While the athletes take top billing, the list of credits of all involved is long, rich and enthralling, embracing all strata of Canberra society, all manner of general and specialised roles, all types of characters and personae. Each is unique, each is essential, each is gold.
At awards ceremonies, trophy-winners invariably thank their family, crew, event organisers, course markers and volunteers – and rightly so. At the same time, none of these supporting actors would have any role to play without the athletes themselves. And each of them, if they were to give their own speeches, would have their own lists of those without whose support and inspiration, their own roles could not have been played. Carrying all from within is an irrepressible undercurrent of love, with outbursts of rippling joy – the characteristics of a family, ready at once to cry and smile together, exulting in each others’ victories, suffering in each other’s defeats, forging together something far greater than any and all of us, ever-deeper, intangible and unknowable; an ever-new, ever-transcending destination. Perhaps this is why some Canberra citizens otherwise unconnected with the race, appear each year at random transition points, not just to watch but to feel, absorb, enjoy and be uplifted.
The female and male solo winners this year are each formidable athletes with outstanding credentials; each first-timer contenders at the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon; and each approached the race with lofty goals, outrageous daring, iron wills and huge hearts.
To hear that a solo woman might complete the gruelling Triple-Tri course in 11 hours would have been well-nigh unbelievable. To watch Penny Slater in motion, to realise that she would finish in 11 hours seemed inevitable. Penny is a superb athlete, a focussed competitor and a humble, gracious champion. Racing head-to-head through the first triathlon with another stellar debutant, Monique De Abreu, it became clear early on, that the phenomenal solo women’s record of Julie Quinn – renowned as Queen of the Triple-Tri – would be under threat. With Monique being forced to withdraw after the long Lake Burley Griffin swim (Monique showed enough to give notice that her Triple-Tri day is fast ripening on the tree, and will definitely arrive in the not-too-distant future…), Penny did not bat an eye to continue her unwavering path to glory. Crossing the line in a mind-boggling 11:01:00, Penny scythed almost exactly one hour from a revered course record – smiling – finishing a mere 6 minutes adrift of one of the legends of Triple-Tri lore, Klayten Smith. Only a handful of elite men have dipped under 11 hours in 25 years of this race: in one beautiful, complete and compelling fairy-tale day, Penny Slater has rewritten the record books and reconfigured our understanding of potential, establishing a whole new wing in the Palace of the Possible.
Trent Dawson is another Canberra gentleman-athlete of consistently high achievements, foremost in the realm of Ironman Triathlon. Without any significant competitions in his accustomed field of excellence looming on horizon, and not being one to retreat into hibernation, Trent embraced a new challenge on his very doorstep – the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon. One significant hurdle would be Trent’s negligible experience on a mountain bike. Purchasing a mountain bike just 2 months before race day, Trent set about pursuing not just the goal of finishing this Herculean journey; he dreamt, visualised and planned exactly what it might take to topple the invincible solo men’s course record. Such courage, conviction and fearlessness in mind, body and heart would power Trent to one of the most impressive solo debuts in all the Triple-Tri annals – a supremely controlled, virtuoso performance yielding a daunting finishing time of 10:46:58. With improved skills on the mountain bike and a few fewer spills, that record may yet be in Trent’s sights…
With numerous other responsibilities this year, including the birth of their second child just 9 weeks ago – and not having raced at all since last year’s Triple-Tri – Klayten Smith entered the event with the least training of any of his Triple-Tri forays. Buoyed by the support of friend-and-rival Michael Brennan (recovering from a recent fracture), Klayten followed his muscle-mind-heart-and-soul memory to fashion a hugely impressive and deeply satisfying 2nd placed 10:55:49. Significantly, Klayten made up 13 minutes on Trent’s lead over the second half of the course. Perhaps if there had been another few legs…?
Though the day had descended into gloom, the scene was brightest, with some of the loudest and longest cheers when Beth Bowen – a few weeks shy of her 50th birthday – realised a long-cherished dream of completing the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, in an impressive 15:35:49. The irrepressible grins and flowing tears awaiting her at the finish spoke eloquently of long hours days months of dreaming training sacrifice dedication. The same mixture of elation and pain, agony and ecstasy were writ large across the faces of each of the unique hero-winners of this epic race, each with his and her own deeply personal yet universal story of glory – Ian Rayson, Scott Donaldson, Ironman super-legend and Winner of the Solo Male Over 50 category, John Hill (13:48:58), Anthony Newman, Mark Hanover, Mark Ware, Ken Rankin, Simon Lauer, Trent Craven, Adam Mort and the amazing Paul Amidy, who soldiered on even when there appeared zero fuel in the tank through the pit of the final run course, to bring home the field in 16:07:55.
TEAMS OF 3 (or 2)
Outstanding team performance of the day was presented by “Shoklo’s Nifty Fifty M50 MkII”, with Pete Thorley, Martin McGready and Jeff Grey aiming to dismantle one of the longest-standing records of the Triple-Tri, for Open Team All Over 50 held since 1999 by “Vintage Vets” (Terry Dixon – still racing in Triple-Tri teams today, Alan Anderson & Kent Williams). Mission successful – with a new and very sleek best time of 10:13:33. Special mention also to “I think we can do this” (Alex Gosman, Peter Igor-Taylor & Trevor Jacobs) who – even though entered in the Open Teams Over 50, are actually all over 60 – finished in 13:07:21.
“Stuff the Puffs” have been an established fixture at the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon for so many years, the origins of their name have slipped into obscurity. It all stemmed from a rivalry with a gun Victorian team in the late ‘90s, with a succession of names inspired by “The Puffy Puffcakes”. With the Victorian team consigned to dusty history tomes, no ensemble has garnered half as many team trophies at this event than “Stuff the Puffs”, represented this year by Ben Buchler, Dave Osmond and Michael Chapman. By the end of the first triathlon, they had established a lead which would only grow as the sun traversed its sky, to take 2020 line honours in 9:11:00. Next team home in the Open Teams of 3 was “DuRT” (Hugh Coppell, Oliver Murray & Tom Bartlett) in 9:53:07, who held another huge lead over 3rd placed “Wait for it, Wait for it, Wait” (Paul Quinn, Etienne Blunstein-Jones & Chris Weenink).
Katie Binstock, Stephanie Way & Lisa Counsell (“2 legs 2 wheels and a wetsuit”) didn’t need any competition in their T3 Female category, to post an impressive 12:44:45 in finishing well clear of most of the men’s and mixed teams.
“JT Multisport White” – Grace Hoitink, James Thorp & Tom Driscoll – carried the torch for the high-performing JT Multisport stable, taking the T3 Mixed category with a classy showing of 10:11:16, from the impressive “Triumvirate” of Emily Stacey, Perry Blackmore & Richard Smyth in 10:33:58, just edging out the fast-finishing “HMAS Friendship” ensemble of Murray Robertson, Jennifer Darmody & Ed De Carvalho with 10:37:18.
TEAMS OF 4-9
“Giant 440 Woodys – 4Pete” and “Aviator’s Beach Club” are two of the most regular and loyal teams at both the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon and Multi-Sport Classic in Jindabyne each year – and they staged a right royal battle on Sunday, with only about 40 seconds separating them at the finish line. The reliable Goulburn ensemble of Rod Smith, Michael Beard, Nathan Frazer, Andrew Dawes, Andrew Öberg, Jaemin Frazer, Lori & Rod McWhirter and Stefan Hesse held off the fast-finishing aviators (Dave Hayes, James Meadley, Daniel Redman, Pete Hansen, Andy Thomas, Sean Davis & Jordan Kelly) to just edge in under the 10 hour barrier and take the Open Teams of 9 category top award with 9:59:43, with 2nd place clocking 10:00:26. Right up with them throughout the day were another favourite local band: “Sport and Spinal Physio” (Josh Tait, Craig & Zoe Honeybrook, Martin Tait, Simon Davis and Imogen Chambers) claiming the remaining podium placing with 10:17:17.
“Campbell Girls” (Alicia Hetherington, Stephanie Boxall, Alida Cross & Raeleigh Rogers) showed that less can sometimes be more, to win the All-Female T4-9 with only 4 members, in a fine 12:34:59; from YAWILs (Young-Aged Women in Lycra) – comprising Megan Keil, Indira Shinn, Georgina Robinson, Lucy Skeldon, Tenaya King & Kate Boulder in 13:27:23. The aptly-named All Over-50 Female collection of “Tri-ing for unprecedented times” took out their division in the more-than-respectable time of 14:05:53. Congratulations to Polly Templeton, Simone Annis, Narelle Patrick, Leeanne Tennant, Rosemary Robinson, Geraldine Cusack, Elizabeth Lowe & Sarah Rainbow!
The largest category of the race is the T9 Mixed, with an always-varied and colourful array of combinations, attitudes and aptitudes with one constant uniting all – enthusiasm for the task! At the pointy end of the field, “The Tortoise and The Hare” (Wayne, Laura & Shaun Lewis, Hannah Walmsley, Alice Wallett, Brendan Johnston, Emily Ryan and Lily Anderson), were covering all bases and definitely left their tortoise at home as they cruised to victory in an arresting 9:48:30. “Results Racing” (Michelle Welch, James Adams, John & Anna McPherson, Michael Reed, Matthew Shadwell, Rob Mudford & Gavin Jeffries) came in next with 10:14:17; while “Team Keeping It Real” (Janelle Ahern, Josh Wilkinson, Nic Moyle, Pete Quinn, Steve Roberton & Teresa Wynter) took 3rd placing with an exemplary showing of 10:23:23. Special mention to the first ever Mixed Team of 9 All Over 70, “74 and Mixed”, who would have established a new course record for this category, but for an unfortunate fall resulting in a fracture for gun runner Susan Archer, for whom we wish a full and speedy recovery!
THANKS TO ALL
Our gratitude to each and every member of the Triple-Tri family, and to the greater Canberra community who either enjoy, admire and appreciate – or at least tolerate – our incursions into their space each year. In particular, we thank Ron Thompson, Commodore of the YMCA Sailing Club, boat drivers Jim Daly & Jonathan Muller and all their members, who have for many years provided on-water assistance for the Lake Burley Griffin swim leg, and whose clubhouse formed such an ideal locale for the finish of the event; to John Birch and members of the Canberra Canoe Club; to Emma and the Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts; to staff of so many departments of ACT Government as well as the NCA; Triathlon ACT Acting Director Emily Stacey and technical officials, in particular Petra Lean and Peter Simpfendorfer; To Andrew Öberg for endless tweaks of the course maps and files, and Richard Smyth for refinements of the MTB oourses; to sweepers and marshals Ellie Barrett, Peter Fogarty, Cassandra Spencer, Jan Melton, Aimee Carter, Paul Mahoney, Geoff Barker, Tim Mather, Geoff Breese, Sally Thauvette, Connie Clement, Caroline Werner, Glenn Theakston, Damir Maksan, Joe Andrews, Nic Bendeli, Kerrie Vaughan; to medical support personnel Mike Corrigan, Rebekah Stamatis, Matthew Sainsbury & Simon Whitehead; to the Project Managers and workers of WSP and Complex Co, who made it possible for us to access and ride through the Namarag Construction site at Coppins Crossing on the second bike leg; to Russ Baker for countless years of technical support and whose customised, amazingly detailed results displays we use to this day; to My Rainbow-Dreams café and to members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Mongolia, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra.
Stay well and stay inspired, family!
2019 Nov 17th22nd Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, 17 November 2019
True, the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon is a race. True, it is an athletic event. True, it is a competition. True, it is superb highlights package of Canberra vistas. True, it is a saga, an ever-unfolding, dawn-to-dusk, city-wide, north-to-south-and-back-to-the-middle, generation-spanning, multi-threaded, infinitely nuanced epic drama-journey-adventure-discovery-tour …
At the awards presentations at the close of proceedings on The Night (of The Day), many athletes narrated and appreciated various facets of their experiences. The soloists all heaped thanks upon their helpers – which we wholeheartedly endorse! Team athletes praised the weather on the day, the course markings, Canberra's unique beauty, the variety and scope of the route, the planning and logistics of the whole event, the food at the finish line buffet (especially the food) … but EVERYONE who took the microphone all spoke from the heart about one universal impression – the incredible support, love and waves of energy and goodwill they felt and received from the volunteers across the whole 150 km route and throughout the entire day from dawn to dusk and beyond.
Their appreciation, admiration and gratitude start with those who manned drinks stations, transition points and road crossings, and beyond to the medical attendants, technical officials, photographers and behind-the-scenes servers from Canberra Canoe Club, YMCA Yacht Club, Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts, Triathlon ACT, Access Canberra, NCA Events team, City Services, Canberra Events team, the great and good athletes themselves, team mates, rivals and arch competitors – and countless others who together are integral in bringing such a uniquely inspiring and fulfilling event together – a true expression and celebration of the heart of Canberra :-)
Bravo everyone and bravo Canberra!
THE SOLO PERFORMERS
Having raced this event, along with the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic in Jindabyne now for several years, Michael Brennan’s curve of progress has been consistently upward and impressive. Having already ascended to the status of winner-champion, Michael rested not on his laurels but sought to ascend to the ever-rarer stratosphere of the conqueror of the self. This year, crewed for by none other than solo course record holder Rowan Beggs-French, Michael’s 10:53:13 bettered his timing from last year by a mere one minute, but with the longer course and running the final leg stricken with stomach issues, his overall performance raised his personal bar even higher. En route to his victory, Michael established new leg records for the both the 1st (Lake Ginninderra – 16:56, a record held since the inaugural Triple-Tri of 1996!) and 3rd (Lake Tuggeranong – 17:15) swims. Everyone who saw or encountered Michael anywhere on the course was inspired and uplifted by his attitude: his cheerful, steadfast determination and tireless self-giving energy and sheer joy of involvement in the entirety and community of the event made us all feel better and happier for being involved.
The winner of the Solo Male 50 and Over category, and 2nd solo outright was the indefatigable Jon Schol in 14:15:05. Jon’s personal journey has been truly remarkable. For one who has faced and stared down an army of setbacks in recent times including injuries, illness and injustice – including most recently being struck by a car while training for this event – which would have sent many into permanent retirement if not a hospital bed or traction – and endured several “non-finishes” at this very race which may have led some lesser souls to question their own suitability for such a punishing endeavour – Jon’s return to the winner’s podium in his over 50s category was a glorious personal and universal triumph. We stand in awe of the sheer dauntless spirit and gigantic sweep of his gutsy effort and achievement.
Next in the Solo Males was a newcomer to this race, Damien Munday, approaching the course and challenges of the day step by step with humility and a quiet, fearless commitment. Any finish in a first-time sortie on this course is an astounding result, and his time of 14:45:50 tells only the surface detail of an ocean of sacrifice and willpower. Respect and admiration from us all, Damien – we look forward to seeing and cheering your return!
Each who came as a soloist to the 5.30AM starting line of the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon has followed an incredible journey. For some, the lessons of this day were not gift-wrapped amidst exultation at the finish line. Sometimes, the wisest and most difficult choice is knowing when to remove oneself from the fray, to stage a tactical withdrawal in oder to rest, recover, learn from the experience and summon one’s resources for a future foray to the summit. Luke Healy and Peter Ward both came to this moment on their respective journeys and took that courageous step. We eagerly anticipate welcoming them both again and to supporting their next ascent.
THE TEAM PLAYERS – TEAMS OF 3
The gun combo of specialists, swimmer Kevin Chan, biker Jack Brand and runner Matthew Berrington – “Almost Functional” – was superbly functional on the day to command the field in the Open teams of 3, winning by half an hour in an eyebrow-raising 8:49:50. Ever-green Triple-Tri favourites, “Stuff the Puffs” (Ben Buchler, Dave Osmond and Matt Crane) returned for their umpteenth podium finish (why do we take such champions for granted? do they really make it look that easy?) to take second place in 9:18:35; with “What the” (Cory Dimmer, Gary James and Sam Moffitt) easing into 3rd in 9:46:05. “Shoklo’s Nifty Fifty M50” (Dick Haines, Marty McGready and Jeff Grey) were right up there with the leading men’s teams in taking out the Open T3 All Over 50s with their impressive 10:48:20.
Among the T3 All-Females, it was again 3 specialists – swimmer Alexandra Grant, biker Alice Patterson-Robert and runner Sasha Lee (aptly dubbed “Speedy AAS”)– who blazed the trail to win in 10:40:14 from 2nd placed “Triple Treat” (Emily Stacey, Katrina Cousins and Leanne Wilkinson) in 11:32:57; with “Is there wine” (Sam Reinhardt, Kaori Ikeda and Alina McMaster) mixing the disciplines to complete the podium placings with a wholehearted all-round 11:49:37.
“Team PTC” (Corey Bacon, Tristan Fuge and Monique De Abreu) mixed up the disciplines, with Corey completing no fewer than 5 legs, en route to winning the T3 Mixed Teams with a quality 10:11:43; from 2nd placed “McAleer’s Muskateers” (Josie Pepper, Ray McAleer and Dave Hardwicke) just a few minutes in their slipstream in 10:16:17; and “Go Contact Team 2” (Jared Tilley, Rodney Forrest and Andrea Forrest) earning 3rd with their 10:44:55.
THE ENSEMBLE CHARACTERS – TEAMS OF 4-9
New boys on the block “Seventy plus” (Lachlan Lewis, Paul Archer, Hugh Moore, Geoff Llewellyn, Hugh Crawley, Kevin O’Keeffe, Geoff Barker, Des Brown and Robbie Costmeyer – a few of whom are over 80), established a new category of Open T9 All Over 70 and duly created its record time of 15:13:50, arriving during the Awards Presentations to steal the show and plaudits from all comers. Their limelight was short-lived however, for they were followed closely across the line – and up the stairs to the awaiting, adoring throng – by another newbie team establishing another new category – the “Super 70s” (Lindy Dunn, Ann Ingwersen, Sue Archer, Brenda Day, Rae Palmer, Diana Schneider, Carol Taylor and Carol Baird) blazed a trail for T9 Female All Over 70 – and for all women, all athletes of any age and ALL humans susceptible to inspiration and sheer joy – emblazoning 15:25:09 as the high-water mark for future aspirants in this division. If these ladies ever decide to pursue other careers (and why not?), may I recommend music hall or show biz? A fantastic coterie of exuberance and prowess, the team were joined at the hip at every transition, everywhere lifting the spirits of everyone, seemingly lighting up all of Canberra in the process. Congratulations and deep respect to both over 70s teams!
In the younger All-Female Teams categories, veteran stalwarts of many Triple-Tris and Jindabyne Multi-Sport Classics, shyly-named “Go Go Girls - the (B)old and the Beautiful” (Margaret Hadfield, Annie Broadbent, Clare Wall, Helen Douglass, Peggy Douglass, Cathy Montalto, Elspeth Nicholls, Jeannie Douglass and Robyn McClelland) set a new T9 All-Female All Over 60 category record in the most impressive time of 12:38:54; while the 1st-placed T9 All-Female All Over 50s “Fab Fit Fems” (Andrea Teunissen, Sue Duckett, Sarah Rainbow, Leeanne Tennant, Elizabeth Lowe, Rosemary Robinson and Cat Riley) cruised home in 14:29:44. Among the T9 Under 50 All-Female teams, “Tri like a girl” (Emma Willett, Elise Palethorpe, Jessica Watson, Cate Dyer, Nikita Crabb Lauren Yee, Charlie Carroll, Sophie Lhuede and Thea Reinhardt) combined beautifully to win convincingly in 11:46:30; from 2nd placed “Triple Tri Brunettes” (Niki Hale, Clare Aubrey, Leah Hovenden and Kate Pennington) with a fine 12:08:21; not far ahead of 3rd-placed “Togs, Dunlop Volleys and a 10 Speed” (Anne Napier, Lucy Hannah, Cheryl Hutchins, Susie Kluth and Annette Braagaard) with 12:14:24.
For several years now, “Under the Radar” have set a high bar for themselves – and established an Himalayan bleep all over the event radar – as the pre-eminent team to beat at the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, invariably assembling a star-studded ensemble oozing speed, experience and class. This year was no different, with the addition of stellar teenage swimmer, Eskandir Gavel contributing all 3 swim legs. Joining “Skinny” and taking the blue-ribbon Open T9 championship as well as line honours yet again in a sizzling 8:24:05, were Matthew McAuliffe, James Minto, Robin Mules, Jasen Higuchi, Craig Benson, and stalwart David Medlock who proved he is not just there as nominal team captain and chief steward, but shaved a few seconds off the old course record for the 3rd bike leg with an astonishing 59:33 along the way – one of the toughest leg records to crack!
Nearly an hour later, “Inward Bound Withdrawal Syndrome” (Jim Trihey, Anthony Newman, Mikey Dimuantes, Julius Feldman, Tim Barnett and Ainslie Pahljina) were outstanding among the remainder of the field with 9:22:11; followed for 3rd by Goulburn’s pride and glory, “Giant 440 Woody’s 4 Pete” (Rod McWhirter, Michael Beard, Nathan Frazer, Andrew Dawes, Andrew Oberg, Jacqui Oberg, Rod Smith and Stefan Hese) in 9:34:23, one of their best returns ever!
“Gary’s Crisis Support Group” (Stewart Wood, Gary Polkingholme, Graeme Lyons and Tracey Josling) were fastest among the Open T9 All Over 50 with an impressive 12:31:42; while “Old Hack Remnants mark III” – Alex Gosman, Peter Igoe-Taylor, Trevor Jacobs and Peter Clarke – renewed their mortgage on the Open T9 All Over 60 category in fine style with 11:51:12 (eclipsing the Over 50s in the process).
“Resultz Racing” have established a formidable presence on the Canberra multi-sport scene in recent times, with another impressive formation of Michelle Welch, James Allen, John McPherson, Anna McPherson, Robert Joford, Matt Shadwell, Paula Curran, Matthew Jackman and David Sitsky taking out the T9 Mixed category in a quality 9:51:52. The blossoming family-inspired, ever-enthusiastic and wholehearted “KAOS”, this year comprising Cassia Cunningham, Rob Allen, Paul Cuthbert, Melissa Clarke, Tom Allen, Elwin Erme, Tara Sutherland and Ella Cuthbert claimed 2nd with 10:14:49; from “The Athlete’s Foot” (Hymne Truter, Kael Hulin, Thien Vuong, Amber Collins and Daniel Carson), impressive with 3rd in 11:00:05 (next year under 11 hours!)
T9 Mixed All Over 60 belonged this year to “Thorns n Roses” – Sue Bowden, David Baussman, David Webster, Petrina Quinn, George Kubitzky, Caroline Campbell, John Kennedy, Graeme Patrick and Rich Baussman – whose 13:49:57 set a new best time for this category which only themselves look likely to challenge in the foreseeable future...
2018 Nov 18th21st Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon, Sunday 18 November 2018
There is no more comprehensive tour of Canberra than the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon. If you complete the whole course, you have seen and experienced a full panoply of views, angles, environs, aspects, perspectives and panoramas of this wonderful living space that is at once capital city and natural playground. If you are fortunate to be graced with a day such as shone for the 21st staging of this epic event, you will have the journey of a lifetime.
Michael Brennan loves the Triple-Tri and doesn’t mind letting people know: his infectious enthusiasm for this race has helped buoy participation and excitement in recent times. After two years where some superb athletes have covered the course even faster than he has, it was a thrill for all involved with the event to witness Michael win the race solo – and fittingly, in a world-class Personal Best of 10:54:24. Michael tackled the first swim as though his life depended on it, leading out of the water by 6 minutes, and never looked back. Physical excellence seems a secondary outcome for this athlete to whom the joy of complete self-offering to the course and the race transcends all personal ambition.
Aston Duncan had hardly ridden a mountain bike prior to this race, and to take second place in 12:34:17 was testimony to both extraordinary fitness and a deep and tremendous willpower. Due to the small field, most of the solo competitors hardly saw each other in the course of the day, relying on their own inner momentum as well as the company of the occasional team. Next home came Craig Johnstone, extremely happy to conquer the course in 13:48:14; followed by Kevin Miller in fading light but bright victory of 15:18:34. Jon Schol didn’t have everything his own way in this long day, and was both tenacious and humble in overcoming all obstacles to take out the Solo Male 50 and Over category in 15:36:02.
Melissa Clarke is another first-time Triple-Tri-er, learning the hard way just how challenging this journey can be. Over the years, many have toed the starting line yet not completed the course. Despite hitting numerous obstinate “walls” after 10 hours, Melissa battled her way to a wonderfully satisfying finish in 15:38:11, bringing tremendous inspiration to all who were fortunate to see her arrive home.
A last-minute change of venue for the first swim in Lake Ginninderra meant the course for this leg was a little shorter than advertised: while this was compensated by the ensuing bike leg being a few kilometres longer, it unfortunately meant that the “record” times swum for this leg could not be officially recognised.
The Triple-Tri is a coming together of spirit and community. During the second mountain bike leg, a group of competitors encountered a member of the public who had an unfortunate fall from the mountain bike. Surrendering the times and chances of their respective teams, four contestants spent 50 minutes helping the injured rider until an ambulance could reach the scene. Our gratitude, admiration and respect to those who put aside their own interests to help another in need: your spontaneous kindness, concern, sacrifice and generosity inspired a wave of goodwill and compassion across the entire field: your example shines as bright as any winner ever could.
Outstanding team performance of the day again went to the elite combination of “On The Radar” (Jarrod Lee, Matt McAuliffe, Martin Dent, Emma Gillingham, Warren Wood, Aaron Farlow, Rob Allen & Craig Benson), whose overall time of 8:17:22 was a full one hour ahead of the next fastest team on the day, and only 3 minutes shy of the record for an Open Team of 4-9 held by “The Team With No Name” from 2004 – though if the first swim had not had to be moved and hence the first bike course had been the “correct” distance, perhaps this long-held record might have been toppled today…
In the course of the day, “On The Radar” also amazingly claimed 4 leg course records. Paul Crake used to hold the records for all 3 run legs, and though Martin Dent has in recent years eclipsed Paul’s times for the 2nd and 3rd run legs, Paul’s incredible 1:12 for the run over Mts Majura and Ainslie had stood since 2000 … until today when Martin Dent blitzed this challenging 18km in a phenomenal 1:11:11. Martin then tagged Emma Gillingham who likewise put paid to a long standing record in the Lake Burley Griffin swim with her new stratospheric mark of 42:08. Jarrod Lee was denied a record in the first swim due to the short course; however his awesome performance of 13:37 in Lake Tuggeranong left spectators gasping. He then tagged his rider, Rob Allen, who took off with such fire and inspiration that the One-Hour barrier for the 3rd bike leg was finally shattered; Rob’s sensational ride of 59:53 has taken this leg into another dimension.
Two overall course records were claimed among the older teams divisions by the “Old Hack Remnants Mark II” (Alex Gosman, Peter Igor-Taylor, Peter Clarke, Trevor Jacobs and Nathan Carroll) whose 11:15:00 beat their own record from last year for the Open Team of 4-9 (All Over 60). The other record to fall was in the Mixed Team of 4-9 (All Over 50), with “Not Over The Hill Yet” (Jill Pettifer, Martin McGready, Terry Withers, Richard Haines and Jeff Grey) who turned in a wonderful display to set a superb new best time of 10:18:29.
Custom-made Triple-Tri ensemble “Stuff The Puffs” (Ben Buchler, Dave Osmond & Matthew Crane) took major honours in the competitive Open Teams of 3 in 9:18:43; with the classy “One of Each, Thanks” (Mark Hareb, Richard Smyth & Peter Wilson) coming next in 9:43:05; and “Krusty’s Crew” (Russell Crockford, Andrew Bryant & Jason Martin) rounding out the podium placings with 10:04:49.
In the All-Female Teams of 3, “Chai Tea Girls” (Niki Hale, Claire Aubrey & Sherston Sheridan) took line honours with an impressive 11:47:22. Special mention to 2nd place “Triple Treat” (Sally Parker, Leanne Wilkinson and Katrina Cousins), whose rider was one of those who rendered assistance to the injured rider in MTB2. 3rd place was taken by “Los Tres Chivitos” (Simone Howland, Alina McMaster & Rachel Venn) who raced with great enthusiasm to record 13:28:21.
The Mixed Teams of 3 was won convincingly in a most impressive 9:38:51 by “Svendborg” (Jacqui & Ben Allen, with Murray Smith), a combination in which each member completed one swim, one ride and one run – a staggered triathlon each. “Wild Chaos” (Carla & Simon Wolnizer, with Lachlan Oakes) came in 2nd in 10:43:02; from “Both Ends” (Paura Birks, Troy Reddick & Jason McCrae) with 10:44:55.
In the wake of “On The Radar”, the race in the Open Teams of 4-9 was for second place, the prize taken at the end of the day in 9:39:27 by the venerable “Aviator’s Beach Club” (Dave Hayes, James Meadley, Daniel Redman, Pete Hansen, Andy Thomas, Sean Davis & Jordan Kelly) [editor’s note: the term “venerable” is used in this context in reference not to age, but to nobility]; followed by the evergreen Goulburn gathering of “Giant 440 Woody’s 4 Pete” (Rod Smith, Rodney McWhirter, Jaemin Fazer, Andrew Dawes, Andrew & Jacueline Oberg, Lori McWhirter, Michael Beard & Stefan Hese) in a spirited 9:48:27. Not content to just race with their younger compatriots (how are the residents of Goulburn called – Goulburnians??), some of the more venerable [editor’s note: here the term is used to refer to age] members doubled up to form an All-Over 50s Open Team, “The Buzz Lightyears” (Angus Taylor, Kerry Baxter, Mark Stutchbury, Rodney McWhirter, Andrew Dawes & Rodney Smith) which impressively took out their category in 11:02:29.
The All-Female Teams of 4-9 was won by “Triple Distilled” (Gabrielle Ho, Jessica Bolton, Isabella Comfort, Michelle Welch, Hayley Achurch, Rosa Bishop, Aine Buckley, Emma Johnson & Keira Doherty) in a sold showing of 12:30:02; just ahead of the 4-person 2nd placed “3 Souths and a North” (Sue Bowden, Sam Rampant, Keri Vaughan & Keri Muir) with 12:41:20; and “Ladies Who Tri 2.0” (Aoife Farmer, Lisa Counsell, Mal Karunaarachchi, Lauren Hendricks & Stephanie Way) rounding out the podium placings in 12:59:33. The All-Female Teams of 4-9 (All Over 50) went to “Fabulous Fifty-something Female FIT Team” (Narelle Patrick, Miche Hodgetts, Sarah Rainbow, Petrina Quinn, Rosemary Robinson, Geraldine Cusack, Nerida Clarke, Belinda Robinson & Robyn McClelland) in 14:42:17; though they crossed the line only after the fabulous finish of the first of the All-Female Teams of 4-9 (All Over 60) of “Tri again W60s” (Margaret Hadfield, Jean Douglass, Sue Archer, Clare Wall, Peggy Douglass, Kathy Sims, Judith Norris, Connie Clement and Carol Baird) who blazed to glory in 14:01:58.
“JT Multisport” (Grace & Ellie Hoitink, Chris Mutton, Wayne Corlis, Joseph Pascall, James Thorpe, Myles Wood, Angela Ballerini & Yoann Colin) took out the Mixed Teams of 4-9 in a slick 9:31:02; after a close day of racing with the lead swapping numerous times with eventual 2nd placed “Magpie Magnets” (Luke Kay, Michelle Cooper, Jen Davis, Matt Georgeson & Natalie Wood) in 9:38:26. 3rd placing was taken by “Team Driscoll” (Rachael McAllister, Blake Nielson, Tom Driscoll, Georgia Holtsbaum & Lauryn Brown) in 10:33:18.
Heartfelt thank yous to all involved in staging this epic adventure: to Sports Medicine Australia for providing medical assistance throughout the long day; to Gai Webster and Triathlon ACT for technical support and advice; to Richard Smyth and Andrew Oberg for helping re-design the 1st and 3rd MTB courses; to the YMCA Sailing Club, Canberra Canoe Club and Nic Bendeli for on-water assistance; to Paul Mahoney and his friend Gavin for sweeping all 3 run legs; and to volunteer helpers from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Auckland, Taupo, Perth, Brisbane, Torquay, Melbourne and Canberra as well as guests from Russia, Mongolia and Korea.
2018 Nov 18thTriple-Triathlon Solo Male Finisher's Report 2018, by Kevin Miller
I have looked at the Triple Tri many times over the years and thought I wonder if I could do that? In all honesty, I thought the answer was very much no, or at best, maybe I could do a chunk of it – turns out I was wrong.
About me - I generally carry a semi ok base level of fitness, but really nothing outside of normal. To clarify, I ride to work a few days a week (16k round trip), a couple of shortish runs, some team sports and a couple of sprint tris over the summer. I write this, as I found it a little daunting reading past race reports and making my own assumptions about how much these crazy fast people must train, probably my own assumption but perhaps useful for people considering giving solo a go. Really, I’m just the guy that will give anything a go to see if I can do it
The plan was simply to see how far I could get. From a ‘pass’ mark perspective, I was aiming for 2 of the 3 triathlons and finish with KFC for dinner in Tuggeranong. Seems a lot less scary to break it down into chunks and then see how the day unfolds. Of course, the optimist in me thought perhaps I could do the whole thing and really this is that story. I have a long version of this, which is largely for me and my memories of the race and a shorter version which is hopefully useful for other people considering doing the race solo.
The Short version;
- People keep asking me things like was it hard, how did you do it, what was the toughest leg etc, things like that – in a way, it kind of wasn’t hard which probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. Don’t get me wrong it was super tough, body parts ached, hills were horribly steep both up and down and it was a very long day, I guess for me it was about training for a planned pace and sticking with it. In my case it was a lot slower than the winners but it was the pace that got me to the finish in one piece – so figure out your pace, train to that pace and just keep chipping away at the distance
- No matter how many hills or elevation metres you cover in training, cover more. If you aren’t sure whether to go left or right in a training session, take the one that goes up the steepest hill. The triple tri hills are mean, even when at the top of a mountain, there are little course deviations to make sure you go to the top of the trig point (just to prove the point I guess).
- Your helper is the most important person in your race, really they are working their butt off all day getting everything where it needs to be, dealing with all the stress, worrying about where you are and that they have done everything expected of them etc. Help your support crew understand what you need from them and make it as easy as possible for them to do their thing. For me this was separate swim, bike, run and nutrition tubs with numbered bags for each leg and a heap of notes but no doubt this is different for everyone.
- Any transition that involves a swim leg takes longer than you think. Putting a wetsuit on and off of a sweaty tired body isn’t a whole heap of fun and is a lot easier with a couple of people. Looking at my race plan I was pretty much bang on schedule with the exception of the last mtb leg and my transitions into and out of swims. Factor that into your race plan.
- It’s a long day and it can be lonely in sections. As a slower soloist, the majority of the field had passed me by the 2nd ride leg. Once the passing dies down, it is largely you, the course and the volunteers (who are great). I was fortunate enough to ride and run with another soloist for the 1st tri but was then largely very much a solo competitor.
- Nutrition is obviously important, I have a reasonably good idea of what I can and can’t tolerate. Transitions were pretty much a smorgasbord of different foods, gu’s and sports drinks for me to take on the go. This helped as there were times were the thought of a banana for example was not going to work but there were several other suitable options to choose from.
- The bits I found the hardest in no particular order were
- Push bike hill; it just stinks no matter how many times you practice on it
- the running climb out of Majura to Mt Ainslie which seems to take forever (but you do get to run down Mt Ainslie and then ‘coast’ to transition after that)
- Standing up out of the water at Acton Ferry and also climbing up the ladder at Lake Tuggeranong; everything just wants to cramp
- The stupid over the fence steps / ladder thing at the back end of the 2nd bike leg. I am so glad no one was around to see my struggle over this
- Running down Mt Taylor, its steep to get up and steeper to come down especially on tired legs
- The second half of the last bike leg, I don’t even know the name of the hills down South but they felt the toughest on the bike legs.
- Going up Red Hill was also tough but you know that the finish line is very much in sight and once you are onto the path on the other side that’s the last of the mountains.
- The best bits
- People are so incredibly supportive of solo athletes. So many random people would offer encouragement throughout the day. The volunteers are constantly friendly, helpful and happy all day. I had a number of family and friends support and cheer me throughout the day. All of this was incredible. Despite finishing 4hours or so after the first finisher I received what felt like a hero’s welcome as I finished which was cool
- I had this weird feeling of just knowing I could do it pretty much all day. I didn’t expect this at all. Once I got going, I kind of just got on a roll and kept rolling all day. I’ve never really noticed this before in anything that I have done but it was definitely an ‘in the zone’ kind of feeling
- Coming into transition and seeing your support crew eager to see you, check you are alright and help you to the next one
- All of the little incidental moments that happen during the day, some are funny, some are weird, some are hard and in reality, the biggest majority of them you just forget but they are all a huge part of it.
So that’s the short version, now the longer version for anyone interested.
Training wise, I tend to get bored and lose focus on any training plans over 6 weeks. After deciding to enter, I pretty much had 12 weeks of focussed training with a 2 week overseas holiday in the middle. Training was set up with the simple goal of building volume and endurance initially with cycling and then adding in running volume and also making sure I could still swim. There were a couple of what I would call mega days which involved multiple legs and transitions, the longest being about 8hrs or so. No doubt I could have done a lot more training, longest training weeks looked like 35 – 40km run, 100 km ride, and 4kms of swimming. In reality, there were only a couple of these and the majority were a lot less. Really it was setting into a rhythm that worked with family life and squeezing in what I could around that.
Having not done a multi event like this before, I found it nuts how much gear I had to pack. I decided to change gear pretty much on every leg. Didn’t have to, but wanted to make sure I was comfortable. The intent was never to race for speed, was really just to see how far I could get and to do that I wanted to be as comfortable as possible.
I hadn’t seen the email advising the bike course change until late Saturday night, “3kms extra for free” or words to that affect – REALLY?. Lake section closures meant we were swimming on the other side of the lake and had to ride a bonus 3kms. Not something to stress over but was pretty sure I was ok without the extra 3km.
The swim was largely uneventful and settled into a good rhythm, had a little bit of trouble finding the last turning buoy but finished slightly quicker than planned time. Bike was set up pretty much on the beach so was out of the water and away nice and quickly.
The 3 bonus kilometres served as a good time to eat some pikelettes and get settled onto the bike. Being a north-sider, I was pretty familiar with this course and had a good idea of where it was hard and less hard. I had covered push bike hill a number of times in training; I have lots of non family friendly names for push bike hill, for me, its an 8 minute slog huffing and puffing, wondering if I will ever get to the top. But what goes up, has to come down and was at Bruce Ridge before I knew it. In my endeavours to maximise speed, I had pumped up my tyres way too much, which really was daft and made a lot of the off road sections harder than it should be. In reality, Im a pretty nervous nelly on a mountain bike and had gone over the handle bars the week before so probably was more self-preservation related rather than tyre pressure. After you get to the top of Lyneham Ridge it’s relatively cruisey into transition. I somehow managed to miss an arrow and rode a little extra picking up a puncture just as I got into T2 (which was magically fixed when I next rode).
A quick bit of food, a kiss for my wife and onto the run, and the profile looks tough (Mental note for next ride transition, if you are wearing knicks over tri shorts for the ride, take them off before you start running). The majority of the first 3kms are pretty steep up hill (Mt Majura) which involved a lot of walking. Legs were feeling ok, maybe a little bitey but still plenty in the tank. I was fortunate enough to have met up with another solo competitor and we ran this leg together. Goal was to average 7min km’s on this leg which pretty much went to plan. Walk up the big hills to save the legs and jog the rest. The summit to Mount Ainslie seemed to take forever and it was starting to warm up, but was good knowing that once we were there it was pretty much downhill to the swim. A ‘nice’ downhill run on the Mt Ainslie path and then the last 5kms or so to the Boathouse for completion of the first tri in 5h20.
Looking back, Im really happy with how this tri went. Tyre pressure and lack of mountain bike skills aside pretty much everything went to plan. Really it was about getting through Tri 1 with enough energy for Tri 2. I probably should have had a bit more electrolyte on the bike but was able to catch that up later in the race.
It is very difficult to put on a wetsuit after moving for 5+ hours. Fortunately my helper group had increased in size so had many hands helping. We somehow managed to get the wetsuit on without my legs locking up and after a quick chat, and drink it was time to swim. This was probably the leg I was least looking forward to, 3.5km of straight swimming – YUCK! My swimming training consisted of maybe 10 swims in total, one being 3kms straight. Theory being that if I could swim 3km without a wettie then 3.5kms would work. The time for this leg was about 10mins faster than I expected and I don’t really know how. Swimming out to the first buoy across the lake seemed to take an inordinate amount of time, and then the next one and the next. My brother was kayaking in front of me (he was the ‘incase I drowned’ guy) – really it was just good to have someone to look at and keep you company to help you finish the distance. I just tried to focus on ticking the arms over and not using my legs (cause they were ready to cramp). Was a good current behind and the wind was helping as well. Got out of the water and started to get changed and then got freezing, couldn’t stop shivering. My poor helpers took turns rubbing my back and arms to warm me up.
Once I was moving, I warmed up pretty quickly. The first 15kms or so are relatively fast across cycle path and fire trails with only the hill at the arboretum to contend with. Was met by my wife on Coppins Crossing Road to top up energy drinks and take some gear before I headed further towards Stromlo. This part is a little draining, it’s not super hard but it’s not easy either and it’s just hot. Once you cross the road into Stromlo it starts to get a bit hillier and then there’s the Stromlo climb itself. There were a number of times I found it made more sense to push the bike up the steep hills rather than burn the legs with so much more still to come. The last 10kms or so around the back of Weston Creek and Cooleman Ridge seemed to take forever but slowly the k’s ticked by and it was time to run again.
Mt Taylor – I honestly didn’t know it was so steep, seemed to go up forever. Coming down felt just as steep and could feel my knees starting to get a little unhappy. As the course levelled out, and it became path, my pace kept improving to pretty much the overall average I expected. Pretty quickly I was back in transition ready to start the last Tri – who would have thought!
Looking back on tri 2, I think I ‘raced’ this one quite conservatively ensuring that I had the energy to get through to the end. That was basically the race plan but suspect there was less time to be taken here (easy to say that now though). I think I felt better finishing the 2nd tri than I did the first which was a really good sign heading into the last tri
So it seems my flippers (arms), in particular my left elbow had had enough of swimming by now. Was doing my best to maintain an easy relaxed stroke but old leftie wasn’t quite pulling his weight leading to a bit of weaving across the lake. Fortunately I had my brother kayaking beside me to try and keep me on course. At the end of this leg you have to climb up a ladder to exit the lake – not fun, but made it out and was rewarded with some Chicken nuggets before the last ride.
Whilst it is the shortest, I think the 3rd bike leg is the hardest, the elevation gain isn’t that much less than the other two and it is ~13km shorter, plus you are knackered from everything else. It starts off pleasant enough with about 6km of bike path but then it’s pretty mean from there on in. A fair bit of hill walking on this one. There were even a couple of down hills I walked as they were pretty steep and didn’t think the extra speed outweighed the risk. This was the only leg outside of transitions that I missed my expected time range. The tunnels at the end under the parkway were super weird to ride / walk through – I’m 170cm and found it tight to go through (and that was walking) but it was cool in hindsight. So onto the last run
Being close to dark, I was allowed my helper / lovely wife to run with me. I probably talked her ear off as had been quiet for such long chunks of the day. Red Hill was steep but we chatted, walked and jogged our way over it. 9 or so km’s in she ditched me to be at the finish with the kids and I had my brother run the last bit with me. It was very much dark from the top of Lady Denman drive to the finish but that didn’t matter. Was able to pick up the pace a little over the last few km’s and was elated to get to the end in one piece
Tri 3 was definitely hard but at the same time you knew that it was the last swim, the last ride, the last 5km etc. I had more pace in my legs after Red Hill than expected and it was cool to know for sure that I would get to the end.
There are heaps of thanks to people when you do a race like this, really it is quite a selfish thing to do and you certainly can’t do it without the support and understanding of your family. I was very fortunate to have plenty of people giving up their time to help me and of course to have an amazing wife that put up with me in the lead up to and during the race. So to all those people, if you have read this far, thank you so so much – I could not have done this without the part you played in helping me (and woo-hoo I did it!).
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