Cyclesmith will not offer the Duathlon in 2016. It has been a great run of 29 years; the duathlon has been a huge success. More people are riding than ever before.
Many multisport events are available or planned in our area. Athletes have so many choices, that the field has shrunk significantly. Keeners are going long: training for Epic Dartmouth or ChallengeNB, or tapering for Tremblant 70.3. New athletes are fewer as they can now do a Police Chase or a Tough Mudder, or similar. Multisport is no longer a novelty, like before the Sydney Olympics, and much more a part of our culture. Back when our event was one of the few, it thrived. Now, as we have kept it the same basic race - a run/bike/run without medals and glitz - our event is less compelling. This past June, I would rather have had 100 athletes, than 45. It's the same amount of work for the organizers: getting permits, gathering tables and food, and coordinating volunteers.
Mid June is a great time to ride and race, and our first priority at Cyclesmith in the Spring is helping our many customers get out on their bikes. Organizing the race in our busiest season meant not being fully available to fix bikes and talk to customers.
Cyclesmith may again host another duathlon, but not in 2016, and not in a Spring.
Have fun riding and running. We will see you in the store, on the road, and at the races - new and old. trins.ca/races/schedule
Congratulations to everyone who came out. A big thank you to the many TriNS officials and our customers who volunteered and made it all work. We had fun!
Please let us know if there are any large timing errors as some bibs were missed with the whipping of the wind.
Stay tuned for the 2016 version. It may be held late in September instead of June, a quieter time in the local tri schedule. Many athletes are now drawn to the other events which did not exist back in the early years of this race. Let us know!
|Cyclesmith Duathlon 29 – 14 June 2015, Lawrencetown Beach NS, conditions – big whitecaps|
|Final Position||age gp||Bib Number||Last Name||First Name||Group||FINAL||Run 1||Bike||run2||BIKE+Run1|
|Final Position||age gp||Bib Number||Last Name||First Name||Group||FINAL||Run 1*||Bike||run2||BIKE+Run1|
|* Std Run1 time taken at finish line, but Run1 continued ~1km, so Bike time includes long run down parking lot and back into T1, Sprint R1 to beach hut and back to TZ|
A Duathlon is a Run/Bike/Run or multisport race. Try some running with your cycling.
Held Annually on a Sunday Morning mid June at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park, 30 km east of Halifax harbour on highway #207.
Take Portland Street from Dartmouth. This becomes Cole Harbour Road, which becomes Hwy 207. Keep going until you hit the beach
here is an overview of the first run course, which is along the rail trail, not on the #207
Volunteers are crucial to the success of any event like this. Last year's volunteers have free entry into this year's race. If you would like to help out, let Andrew know - 902-425-1756
early registrants can pick up bib number at Cyclesmith Saturday 9 - 5
Bring warm clothes to the beach. We have requested a warm day with no wind or fog, but ...
Race Day Registration will be under the tent beside the Finish Area, starting at 7:30 am.
There is no bike check, although mechanical assistance is available.
Run 1 into the dunes like Run2 has done for the past several years. We do not run on the Highway.
Description. Start on the rail trail at the east end of the parking lot, and run out and back. Sprint turnround is at 2.5km. Olympic athletes run past this, over bridge at Rocky Run (3.5km), then right onto pavement of Graham's Settlement/Lower Three Fathom harbour road. Turnaround is at 5km, at end of pavement.
Run Finish: run under the banner and onto the board walk, past the transition area, do a U turn and run into transition. Ensure helmet chin strap is fastened, then grab your bike and walk bike through the transition to cones which mark the mount line. You may then Run or Ride your bike along the 80 metres of gravel to the highway. Turn right onto the road. The gravel is often potholed but can be ridden.
Assembly and Race Meeting at 8:30 in the transition area. A 5 minute warmup will be offered after the briefing.
Description: Eastwards on the 207 without turning to the Dept Highways/Public Works (17.4km). Seaforth is at 5 km, Grand Desert at 10 km. Go over the 101 highway and just before Porter's Lake, turn around the cone in the parking lot of the Nova Scotia Dept of Transportation truck garage, and return on to Hwy 207 to the transition. alternate map at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5824760
Dismount just before the transition area, and run your bike around the outside of the TZ. Transition flow is always west to east, it does not reverse as in previous years.
Run 2 is the same route as Run 1, but half the distance. Atlantic View Trail to Turnaround (2.5 km; Water table; sign). Retrace route to finish-line (5km; water table; food).
Sprint race starts at 9am.
Run Start: Out and back on the same route as the Olympic Race, but half the distance. Start just in front of the finish line on Atlantic View Trail. The trail goes off to the east. Water station at the turnaround (2.5km).
Description: Eastwards on the 207 to the Rose&Rooster (10.6 km) in Grand Desert. U-turn in parking lot on right, in front of the mailboxes. Rejoin 207 (left turn across carriageway) and retrace route to TZ (21.2 km).
When not racing, drop by the Rose&Rooster for some great coffee and treats. Sarah and Jeff love cyclists!
After dismounting, run with your bike around the outside of the transition area and enter from the west end. After hanging up your bike in the same spot you started, head out east on the Atlantic View Trail. The turn is at 1.25 km, just past the rocks and Wyndenfog Lane.
This race is sanctioned by Triathlon Nova Scotia and is conducted by Race Officials, or Technical Delegates. The purpose of the sanctioning is to ensure the race is fun and everyone plays fairly. Police and marshalls are on scene, but the road is not closed.
Complete rules are at http://triathloncanada.com/en/page.ch2?uid=Technical
Congratulations to all who participated. Rain, then cold windy fog made for motivated athletes! A couple folks Did Not Show, but everyone who started Finished! Thank you to all who volunteered and cheered.
|Place||Bib||Last Name||First Name||Cat||Overall Time||Run 1 Time||Bike Time||Run2 Time|
|1||349||John Kooto/Matt Webb||Team Jill||OTEAM||01:54:39||00:34:40||01:02:15||00:17:43|
The Saturday deluge and Sunday North Wind added to the challenge of the new longer run. Congratulations to all the participants and another BIG thank you to the many friends and athletes who volunteer their time to help us put on our event.
Cyclesmith has held this race every year we have been open and we are pleased to have so many athletes return year after year. The first two events were held at Kearney Lake before moving to Lawrencetown Beach in 1989. In the '90's, the bike ride was a loop around Porter's Lake and the run was out and back twice toward West Lawrencetown. In 1997 to 1999, the Race was held in Portuguese Cove with a ride to West Pennant.
The race site moved back to Lawrencetown Beach in 2000, and took over the east parking lot. With the rebuilding of the bridge on the rail trail to Three Fathom Harbour in 2003, a trail run option became available.
With increased vehicle traffic on Highway 7, the ride was changed in 2004 to an out and back. It is now easier to see your arch-rivals! ...and to encourage your friends as they pass. The path on the second run was improved in 2011, allowing the second run to be out and back, all on the rail trail, instead of looping around.