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42                                                                 Tri Club News

   The Iron man returns…
   The Alternative Kinsey Report

  Whatever the rest of the Tri-    the top waiting for ‘Froomie’   puncture and crash (faceplant
  Club is up to in the summer      at Arêtte Pierre Saint Martin)  ouch!... lucky it was grassy or
  Nick Kinsey never ceases to      a short 7hr hike from Lescun    I would have required new
  amaze or inspire by road, cross  that morning!                   teeth!!!) dropped me down
  country, over the Peaks or the   Next up on the multisport       to 84th in 3hrs 44mins. Next
  Pryenees, in such glamorous      racing front, was a summer      time disc brakes and tubeless
  locations as North Yorkshire,    of cyclo cross skills training  tyres!! Respect to John
  The Isle of Thanet or Herne      at the London League            Dowell who completed his
  Hill Velodrome. Why jet          Summer Cyclo-cross Series       25th 3 peaks cyclo X race just
  around the world when the        (like X-country running but     80yrs young!
  fleshpots of Blighty await!      with a bike). Popular local     Last but not least I’ve just had
  Even with the lure of the sun    venues produced keen racing     my first win of 2016... A Race
  bed threatening to dampen        with over 70 vets entering      winner! Yippee! My first race
  the competitive edge of most     the 4 round series, which I     in 2016.
  mad ultra runners, bikers and    managed to win with some        Phil and Paul, the organisers
  swimmers, Nick did not lose      consistent top 5 places and     of Thanets Toughest race,
  his winning touch.               a win in the last race at the   the off road Mountainbike
You may remember that after        Herne Hill Velodrome circuit.   Duathlon, kindly gave me
a tough race in Lanzarote I        This successful foray lead to   bib number 1 (because of
finished the last report with      a moment of madness and a       my past form in the event),
the ‘sun bed beckons’... well      hastily posted entry for the 3  seemingly oblivious to the
it did... pretty much, with a      Peaks Cyclocross Challenge,     fact it was almost 10 years
well earned holiday in June,       a ‘Monumental’ event on the     ago. Thankfully I didn’t let
followed by a walking /            Cyclocross calendar. During     them down... or get cold
hiking trip to watch the Tour      the 61km of off road action,    feet!! It started with a 2.5mile
De France in the Pyrenees in       cyclists climb the peaks        road run, followed by a very
July (see photo with fellow        of Ingleborough (723mts);       muddy 9 mile MTB, and a
‘Heathen’ John McConville at       Whernside (736mts) and Pen-     4.5 mile off road run. I won
                                   Y-Ghent (694mts). Here is my    outright and even just pipped
                                   blog from the day...            the first relay team.
                                   3 Peaks X... Oh such a GR8
                                   day! The weather... The event                          Nick Kinsey
                                   is just stuff of legends! So
                                   tough and technical. I was
                                   up into 65th place before a
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