Time Trial Series 2018

Welcome to our Time Trial Series 2018. Tri-Lakes Triathlon Club has been running this very popular event since 2010. Below is some general information, explanation of scoring system and maps and details for each time trial.

What is a Time Trial

A Time Trial is an individual race against the clock. It is also known as ‘the race of truth’; there is nowhere to hide, no-one to draft off, just you, your bike, the clock and the beating of your heart.

You will automatically get your personal best (PB) time in your first Time Trial and that is your target to aim at the next time. First and foremost in a Time Trial, you’re racing against yourself and over the 5 weeks, you will hopefully see a big improvement in your TT times. However, there is also a leaderboard; the person with the fastest time wins the race (see next page for more on the scoring system)

Even though the TT’s are a competitive series, (more so for some than others!), it is also a very sociable event, with refreshments and a chat after each race.

How does the scoring work?

  • The timing for the TT’s is taken very seriously. There is plenty of competition throughout the whole participant list, not just for the top places.
  • The event is scored as a series of 5 races with the best 4 results for each competitor included in the final point score.
  • Points are scored based on how close each competitor comes to the winning time at each event – by doing it this way the different environmental conditions, course lengths, and locations are neutralized in the scoring system.
  • The scoring calculation for each event in the series works as follows: The winning time at the event gets 1000 points. For every other participant, their score is calculated using the fraction of the winning time relative to their finish time.
  • For example, if the winning time was 30:00 minutes and another participant finished at 31:15 minutes, the winner gets 1000 points, the runner-up gets (30:00/31:15 x1000) = 960 points.
  • Simple as that!



General Information

  • Sign on each evening from 6.30pm with the first rider off at 7.30pm.
  • Riders leave in 30-second intervals from a starting ramp.
  • Please call out your race number as you cross the finish line. This is VERY important,
  • Every participant will receive a Tri-Lakes buff, kindly sponsored by Murray Timber
  • Employees of our sponsors may enter free of charge on their designated evening.
  • Please stay safe whilst cycling. The TT’s take place on open roads. Obey the rules of the roads and listen to the marshals.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Gary Higgins – Applegreen

CBE – Claremorris

Murray Timber Group

Walshe’s Pharmacy – Tuam

Door Motion – Tuam

Leafe and Bean – Tuam

Monkey Business – Galway

For further info feel free to contact Murt Cooney (087)8159121 or Petrina Mitchell (087)9089393.



Garmin Connect

Why not join the TriLakes Garmin Connect Group and link your training with fellow athletes.


Source: Garmin Connect

Swim Etiquette

  • Never get in an occupied lane if another is empty.
  • Never get into an occupied lane without letting the person/people already swimming know you are entering. Do this by dangling your legs into the water or standing to the side at the end of the lane when they are turning.
  • If there is only one other person in the lane, the lane can be split with each person taking half the lane. But you *must* explicitly agree on this. Otherwise, assume lane/circle swimming.
  • Once a third person joins, circle swimming must start. Make sure both people know you are joining.
  • Circle swimming is dictated by the fastest person present, not the slowest, biggest, or first in. Take note of the swimmer’s speeds before you enter. The direction is often pool specific. Check for direction signs or ask.
  • Do NOT turn or push off in front of faster swimmers. Faster swimmers should allow slower swimmers as much time as possible before starting.
  • Tap feet to pass. The person whose feet are being tapped moves out of the way to the corner at the lane end. Do NOT speed up if you are being passed.
  • The slower swimmer in front must move to the side of the lane end to allow faster swimmers to pass. Allow them to turn at the centre of the lane wall. If there are more than one, allow all faster swimmers behind you to pass.
  • Do NOT start swimming immediately behind another swimmer. They will not know you are there when they are turning. Injuries will result.
  • Swimmers resting at lane end should stay as far to the side of the lane as possible.
  • If the lane has a few swimmers doing long-axis strokes (front crawl, backstroke) do NOT do short axis strokes (Breastroke, ‘fly)
  • Be polite. Communicate. Do your best to explain the etiquette. Remember most lifeguards don’t seem to know these. Most pools don’t have them posted.

Cycling Etiquette

When riding either solo or in a group, it is essential to respect certain rules, both for your safety and the safety of others – that includes all road users.

Some other unwritten rules for Club Cycling you need to make sure you are aware of:

  • It is important to be on time for club spins, be there 10 minutes before start time.
  • It is compulsory for all riders to wear a helmet!
  • Be aware that everything you do has a knock-on effect on everyone behind and beside you.
  • Obey the rules of the road at all times – This includes NOT BREAKING RED LIGHTS and ensuring that the group is in the correct lane.
  • Group rides in two abreast formation – we are entitled to ride two abreast. Never take up more of the road than is needed and never cross the middle lines.
  • The frequency of groups rotation depends on the size of the group, weather, pace etc. A group leader will often signal when to move up.
  • When you come through for your turn do so smoothly and close to the rider you are taking over from. Rider on the inside should ease the pace slightly to let other rider through.
  • Don’t half-wheel – when you come to the front of the group, keep the pace consistent and match to your riding partner.
  • NEVER freewheeling at the front, this causes riders behind to bunch up & clip wheels, especially on downhill sections.
  • Follow the wheels and don’t let gaps open when the formation is changing.
  • If you are struggling to close a gap, wave the rider behind you through.
  • Do your fair share of work at the front. If you are tiring, stay back rather than disrupt the rhythm of those who are working nobody will mind, if there are strong cyclists willing to work let them, don’t tire yourself out when starting out.
  • Signal that you are the last man in the group, or if you are sitting-on/missing a turn.
  • When you hit a hill, maintain your effort level, not your speed.
  • When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel to closely. Many riders lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle which causes sudden deceleration.
  • If your not a good climber yet, don’t worry we all climb at different paces throughout the climb and will re-group shortly after the hill.
  • Practice taking/replacing your bottle without having to look down so you keep a straight line.
  • Mistakes happen when cyclists are tired and under pressure. So if you’re getting tired then you are better sitting on the back of the group.
  • When someone has a puncture, mechanical or falls back on a climb, continue on at the same effort and turn around when safe, picking up your colleagues and continue on your original route. Make everyone aware of this before heading out.
  • Always carry the tubes, pumps, food and tools you need to look after yourself and your bike.
  • Lights should be used day and night during the winter months for your safety
  • Respect other cyclists by using at least a rear mudguard during winter training spins.
  • If someone is repeatedly making mistakes, tell them discreetly towards the end of the ride. If it’s you being given constructive criticism then try to learn from it.
  • Bringing a phone is always a good idea you never know when you might need it – however mobile phones should not be used whilst riding in the group.
  • Stereo headphones should not be used on any group rides.
  • Aero-bars should not be used on group spins, as they make it unsafe.
  • Clean your bike – It prolongs drive-train wear and reduces the likelihood of mechanical problems.

Whats App Group rules

The Whatsapp group belongs to everyone!

If you’re looking for a training buddy or have a query or want to share some info, feel free to use it.

It can be a great starting point. However, there are over 100 people listening so keep it to the point!

Then if your chat is going into a long thread, you can move off this rather large group chat and finish discussion elsewhere.

So if you see a query unanswered, it’s usually because the person was contacted privately, not that no-one responded!

Here are some simple tips to follow:

  • Keep an eye on the time, people work on shifts and have kids don’t text before 9.00 am or after 10:30 pm.
  • If your message is just for a few people PM them we don’t all need to know the conversation.
  • Don’t use it as a running commentary of your training blog.
  • Always keep to the purpose of the group! Don’t share irrelevant messages about other topics.
  • Don’t be offended if others leave. Not everyone wants the same information.
  • Do politely excuse yourself before you leave a group.
  • Do not have one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
  • If a message asks for a positive response like an RSVP, don’t reply in the negative. Only say if you are able to attend.
  • If someone asks a question and you don’t know the answer don’t respond with “I don’t know”. Just wait for someone who knows the answer to reply
  • Do not discuss weight, size shape of anyone, bikes are ok though, remember what you find funny may scare other people off.
  • Banter is not an issue as long as it is Club/Event relevant without being insulting, but keep it short, if necessary move it to another group.

Joey Hannan coming up!

Joey Hannan Triathlon Limerick Sunday 29th April

This Triathlon has always been a big favourite of Tri Lakes.

Because it’s on early in the season and also has a pool swim, it appeals to many, especially those new to triathlon.

Because we can’t have the same people winning all the prizes!!!! this time we will have ‘Predict your Time’ awards.

Whoever gets closest to their predicted time wins the prize! Regardless of how slow or fast, you are!

So, to be in with a chance to win, guess your finish time and send it to Fiona (086)3855254 or Anne Marie (087)7954993 or if you’re brave enough, post it on WhatsApp!!

First Aid Course Saturday 24th 

We are holding a First Aid course on the above date from 9.30 to 4 pm.

Free for all club members.

There are 10 places on offer, on first come first served basis. Only a few places left.

For those who did this course in 2016, this expires after 2 years.

Contact Adrian (087)2736995 or myself, Anne Marie on (087)7954993 to book your place.

St. Patrick’s Weekend Club Cycle

On Monday 19th March we are holding a club cycle.

Meeting at the Car park in Cong at 10 am.  50k easy-paced cycle.  This is a social outing, not a training event!

For those that want a longer cycle, there will be a group meeting in Headford at 8:45 am at The Angler’s Rest and cycling to Cong first.

Lunch afterwards in Lydon’s Pub, Cong. We would love to see lots of members out, especially some of our newer members.

No-one will be left behind!

To give us an idea of numbers for lunch, please let us know if you intend coming along.

Fiona (086)3855254 or Anne Marie (087)7954993 or Whatsapp group.

Knockma Duathlon 2018

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Alan Duggans