Black Sheep Brewery Ripon Triathlon 2016

Date Event: 9 th July 2016
Time Event: 1:00 pm start
Location: Ripon Racecourse, Ripon, North Yorkshire,
Race name: Black Sheep Brewery Ripon Triathlon 2016
Race type: Standard Triathlon 1500 metre open water swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
Your name: Yannie Duveen
Other Bassetlaw Triathletes present: Matt Horsfield, Gaz Hughes, Simon Herbert, Matt Shaw,
Mark Bringloe, Richard Cafferata, Gavin Toulson, Matan Duveen, Yannie Duveen. And Team
Bassetlaw: Stephen Chambers, Rob Brewin, James Gregory

This Triathlon has seen some fantastic times. Matt bounced bag from a fall the weekend before
and coming first in his age group followed closely by Gaz coming second. Mark saw a big
improvement to last year and for Richard, Yannie and Matan it was the first time doing a standard
distance triathlon with Yannie finishing 5 th in her category.
But whether it is your first one, second or more regular completing a triathlon is always a massive
achievement.
Race description, weather, atmosphere:
Ripon triathlon is a good race and has been going for a few years and many from our club had done this
race a few times. However for me this was the first time and the first time doing a standard distance
triathlon and with a weather forecast of rain and strong winds this was not going to be an easy race.
Although the wind was strong which was very much noticeable on the return leg of the bike section, we
were lucky that the rain held off.
With an afternoon start there was no need to camp but instead a good night sleep the night before was
very much appreciated. Arriving at the race course we found a great well organised and supportive
atmosphere throughout the day. Volunteers were friendly and smiling especially noticeable out on the run
course.
Ripon is a standard distance triathlon, a 1500 metre open water swim, 40 km bike and 10km run.
The swim took place in the race course lake, situated in the middle of the race course. Although a lot of
weeds, it was clean and warm water. The swim was a simple out and back swim going round an island at

750m and then returning back to T1 and because the temperature was 20 degrees wetsuits were optional
with the majority swimming in wetsuits.
There were in total 9 waves starting with 6 minutes apart. From our club we had people starting in wave
1,2,3,4 and 9.
The bike course was new for us all as it had been changed from last year. It was an out and back along the
A1 and if it wasn’t for the strong wind this would have been an ideal course for a fast 40km ride. But no
such luck the strong head wind made the return of the bike ride hard and exhausting work.
The run took us out on a mixture of roads and paths along some quiet lanes of Littlethorpe and along Ripon
Canal towpath a flat and fast 10km course.
The course had 2 water stations along the route and local residents provide cooling down showers with
hose pipes along the way which was very much appreciated by many.
All in all this Triathlon was a great experience with some great results and I am looking forward to repeating
this next year.

Author: BassetlawTriAdmin

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