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RTC 25th Anniversary 2nd October

Hi all past and current RTC friends,

Don’t miss out. If you are planning on coming to this momentous night, you better book in now. This night is for all past and present RTC members and friends of the club, no matter how long you have been involved with the club. It will be a great night for the old timers to remember and for newer members to see our history and learn some more what makes our club so special, unique and irreplaceable.

Bookings for the 25th Anniversary Dinner close on the 24th September. No late entries as the venue has to be booked with final numbers and catering finalised. Just 10 days to go to book.

Come and join the club celebrate this great milestone.

Put away the lycra and running shoes, ladies get the frocks out and gents it is time to suit up.

Time to catch up and reminisce about all the great times enjoyed in the Redcliffe Tri Club.

The night will consist of many laughs, great memories and a step back in time on how the sport of triathlon has evolved over the past 25 years.

Date:     Friday 2nd October 2015 (Start time 6pm)

Venue: Golden Ox Restaurant & Function centre, Margate

Cost:   $75 per adult

Includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink on arrival (soft drink, beer or wine), main meal and desert (Menu choices available upon registration, plus any dietary requirements)

$55 per child (under 12)

Includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival, Main meal (Chicken fries and salad) and Desert (Ice cream)

25th Anniversary Table Bookings Seating arrangements for the 25th Anniversary dinner are 10 persons per table. If you would like, but you do not have to book a table for you and your friends please provide the following information:


Limited Numbers: 170 guests, get in early or miss out.

Attire: Semi Formal (No Lycra)

Night includes: entertainment, 25th anniversary commemorative book and lucky draw prizes.

Any questions please contact Danny Hooley  0415043872 or

I hope to see lots of you in just under three weeks,


RTC update 12 August

Moreton Bay Triathlon Festival

The TQ Club Championship race is fast approaching on the 6th Sept at Clontarf. This is a sprint tri for adults, plus races for juniors. The club would love all our members to be there as an awesome way to start the Tri season and to support the TQ race. As a bonus, everyone who races for RTC on Sunday or volunteer for TQ or as a TO will receive their club membership fees back. Entries are open now at:

Rainbow Beach Double Tri

It’s just over a week until the Rainbow Beach Double Tri on 22/23 Aug. If you have not entered yet Phil has provided us with a 10% club discount with the code Red15. All the info is at:


Our AGM is set down for 9th Sept at 7.30 pm in meeting room 2 at the Corso North Lakes, in the same building as the library across the road from the pool. The AGM is a great night to hear what has been happening in the club and the plans for the next year. All committee positions are open for nominations and you can nominate yourself or a friend with their knowledge by emailing Pete at As always, nominations will be taken on the night only for positions with no prior nominations. For further info on the different roles feel free to email or call and I can help you out. I know sometimes AGMs can be daunting as people don’t want to be coerced into taking on roles they don’t want, but we are very lucky with enough people in the club willing to take on committee positions that this does not happen, so feel free to attend with no pressure to do anything you do not want to do.

Positions available are President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and four committee members. My personal wishes for this year are to recruit someone to the committee who has experience or interest in writing grant applications. For the last few years I have been writing grant applications and have been successful with two, but I know we could do a lot better with someone who knew more about grant applications. And we are looking for someone with web design and maintenance experience to look after the club website and Mailchimp. We have been very lucky to have Paul build a new website and move us to Mailchimp over the last few years and now require someone to take over to keep everything going.

Our AGM usually take about an hour or less and then we can have a cup of tea or coffee and chat and it would be appreciated if you could bring a plate of something to share please.

25th RTC Anniversary “Night of Nights”

Come and join the club celebrate this great milestone.

Date: Friday 2nd October 2015 (Start time 6pm)

Venue: Golden Ox Restaurant & Function centre, Margate

Cost: $75 per adult, includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink on arrival (soft drink, beer or wine), main meal and desert (Menu choices available upon registration, plus any dietary requirements) $55 per child (under 12), includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival, Main meal (Chicken fries and salad) and Desert (Ice cream)

25th Anniversary Table Bookings Seating arrangements for the 25th Anniversary dinner are 10 persons per table. If you would like to book a table for you and your friends please provide the following information:
• Attendees names to be seating at the table.
• Email to Suzi McLucas,


Limited Numbers: 170 guests, get in early or miss out.

Attire: Semi Formal (No Lycra)

Night includes: entertainment, 25th anniversary commemorative book and lucky draw prizes.

Any questions please contact: Danny Hooley or 0415043872

Rebel Sports and Amart Sports community club programs

There is a great program offered by Rebel and Amart where clubs receive credits according to how much money is spent by members. We use these credits for vouchers for prizes and to buy equipment for the coaches to use during sessions. These programs are easy to join, you just need to sign up and indicate that your club you are supporting is RTC. To sign up or if you are already a members to allocate your club go to both programs at: and

Peaks Challenge Gold Coast

Last weekend was the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast and we had a few members participate. I asked Yvonne Vos to write a short report for this email and a longer one which will go onto Facebook as well, thanks Yvonne:

For the uninitiated, the Falls Creek Three Peaks (Victoria) extended the series this year to the Gold Coast and Cradle Mountain (Tasmania). All three courses are 235kms with 4,000+ mtrs of climbing.Riders gathered at Metricon Stadium, Carrara at 5:30. The skies were clear and it promised to be an awesome day. It was almost 11 degrees as waves started leaving at 6am. No doubt speedy Rob Cordle was at the front somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.
From 1191 entries, 236 didn’t make it to the start line. A further 88 riders DNF’d. Some through mechanical failures as gears slipped getting up the likes of Henri Robert Drive, where many walked up. 9% of entries and starters were female. I was proud to be one of them and received plenty of “Girl Power!!” shouts from the side lines, which off course had to be reciprocated with a “Woohoo!!”.
Rob came in at an impressive 8:40:53. Well inside the 12 hour cut-off. Will Morris and Darragh King finished the day in 11:22 mins, whilst Laurence Kinne and I finished in 11:28 mins. It was a long day in the saddle, but despite personal challenges, such as headache, head cold, sore feet, sore butts, under training (work gets in the way) and nervousness, we all finished and can proudly wear a finisher shirt only given to those who actually complete the course within 12 hours.

State Government Get in the Game grants

RTC is registered for this grant which provides $150 to people aged 5 – 17 to use for club and training fees. The current round closes on 30 September or when all the vouchers have been allocated. Everyone can apply now, it’s a bit of work getting the application completed but worth it I think. I’m about to apply for Carter, Tanner and Hadley and that will work out as their memberships and nearly a year of Monday night track sessions paid by the grant. For more info and to apply go to:

MBGP photos

The photos taken at the MBGP by Andrew can be found at:

Saturday Coffee Club Rides

For those new to RTC we do our long rides on a Saturday morning. We meet at the end of the car park in at North Lakes Shopping Centre (just up from the Coffee Club) at 5.45am ready to ride from 6am. If it is raining keep an eye on the RTC facebook page and we will post around 5.15am if the ride is to be officially cancelled. If cancelled you may still ride however it is NOT an official RTC ride.

For those who are new there are a number of groups riding with speeds to suit everyone so come along and try it out. Make sure you have a rear light as it is still dark when we start at the moment. In RTC we obey all road rules and never ride more than 2 abreast at any stage. Safety is our utmost concern and we like tor respect the car drivers and they will in turn respect us.

Juniors (Route as per Gai)

Older juniors – Normal Loop

F Troop – To be Advised + Coffee

Normal Loop – 2 groups depending on pace.

Long Ride Group Hills – Out Winn Rd to Dayboro, back via Eatons Crossing Rd. 2 groups.

Upcoming sessions and events

Noosa Brick – this Sunday 16th
There is a ride/run at Noosa this weekend. Meet at the park where they have transition, Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Parade at 7am ready to ride. We will ride out on the course to Garmin Hill, from there those who want to ride a little further can go out the Noosa-Cooroy Rd and return, whilst the others either another tour of the hill or head back to town . All together for a run of up to 8kms on the main part of the run course when we get back. Because they haven’t yet published where the swim will be, we will leave the swim up to you this time. We hope to know where for the next one and will organise a brick with a swim then. Can those coming let Nana or Louise Lambrianides know please

16th Aug TLC Fun Run North Lakes
22-23 August Rainbow Beach double triathlon / Straddie Double Triathlon
23rd Aug Brick Suttons
29th Aug OWS + Run Mooloolaba
30th Aug Sunny Coast Marathon
30th Aug Worlds 70.3 Championships Austria
6th Sept Moreton Bay Triathlon
13th Sept Mooloolaba 70.3
19-20th Possible RTC camp
27th Sept Brick Suttons

If you have any questions regarding coaching please contact GB at If you have any questions regarding club stuff you can email me at

Have a great weekend and week.

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RTC Weekly update 7 Aug

Well what an absolutely massive weekend we have just had in RTC. If this is any indication of how busy this year will be then hold onto your hats, there is plenty of fun headed your way. As you are reading this I will be taking some time out to relax and refresh ready for the big season ahead (and at the same time running a spectacular marathon around Angkor Wat and the amazing heritage listed area it is based in. That means there are a few other coaches on board this week so enjoy their coaching and thankyou to them for stepping to cover sessions. Now onto the weekend just gone. Lets start with Saturday.


We ended up with over 150 people coming from all around SE Queensland to race and hopefully win some prize money. The course this year was reversed from the previous 2 and James had decided to throw in the big hill on the first lap of the run each race which was a great surprise for all athletes. The short course went off first and despite the extra hill the racing was still tight into the first transition. In fact the racing remained tight for the whole race Adam Gordon just holding out the rest of the field to take out first place. Brianna Mackie took the lead in the final run leg to hold off second place also. I think fastest RTC on the course were JordanW and Tricia B. In the long course / Enduro the racing stayed much the same with the same names winning again. In RTC I think Tim Limmer held onto win with Tricia again taking the girls. It was very close and if I have it wrong my apologies. Overall there were 70+ racing the short course and 60 in the long. In the 7-11yrs there were huge numbers of RTC racing and congratulations to each one of them. The results are up on the club Facebook page, please check your results and if they seem incorrect or your name isn’t in them, please email and we can sort that out.
After the short course then our little ones got to have their turns. This is an opportunity for our youngest family members to earn their medals and be cheered on by everyone else. This race can best be described at times as ‘organized chaos’ but because the whole emphasis is simply on having a go and having fun then it doesn’t matter. The kids smiles certainly told the whole story.
Overall the racing was fantastic. There was huge support of each other out on the course and special mention to both Seth and Ed O who stopped during their races to help out others who needed a hand on the hill. A lot of the feedback was about how friendly and supportive everyone was out there so great work RTC.
There were so many who helped out I couldn’t name them all so thankyou to everyone. From cutting up of fruit, manning (or womaning) water stations, marshelling on the course, timing, numbering, setting up the course and dismantling it at the very end etc, etc the help was amazing. So many just turned up and asked what they could do to help, then jumped in and gave a hand. Thankyou to you all. I do want to single out though 5 names who were there from the very start to the very end. Danny Hooley, Kenny A and James were responsible for the course and to keep the racing moving which they did an awesome job of. Add to this Gai and Beth for their work with the entries and the timing and we have an awesome team. I would like to again though make second mention of James for without his vision and drive this race would simply not go ahead. We are a club that is much richer for having him leading it.


The awards afternoon went off in a completely different format and it was a great afternoon. We had over 100 RTC members there with lots of little ones running around playing organised and disorganised games. Presentations were held then back to the games until the food was ready. It was a different format for us and we would love your feedback on what you thought, and how we could improve it for next time. Our main focus this year is our 25th Anniversary night. Tickets are selling fast and numbers are limited so make sure you get yours and don’t miss out.
In terms of presentations though here is a list of all who received awards.
Club Champion Aggregate Male > 40 Simon Nendick
Club Champion Male Aggregate < 40 Jordan Wilkes Club Champion Female Aggregate > 40 Natasha Gilmour
Club Champion Female Aggregate < 40 Michelle Ryan Open Male Champion Stephen Parnell Open Female Champion Alysia Brown Junior Male Champion Elliot Schultz Junior Female Champion Tahlia Fletcher Para-athlete Champion Debbie Wendt Presidents Award – James and Catherine Braga Stuart Lines Memorial Award – Helen Sprott Jnr Encouragement Seth Bright, James Lee Adult Encouragement Award – Chris Scoles, Tricia Cooke, Cameron Roper, Steven Nurse, Leanda Robbins Outstanding Achievements – Leon Colbert, Clinton Millar Most Improved Jnr – Jacob Caruana Most Improved Female – Karen Reardon Most Improved Male – Geoff Oliver Coaches Award Jnr – Ewan Tanner Coaches Award Adult – Kirstin Leech North Lakes Pool Awards Jnrs – Ewan Tanner, Taylor Lee Active Kids – Coen Cooke Bribie Race 4 – Short Course Tom Grieve, Tilly Barrett, Allan Grieve, Kirstin Leech Bribie Race 4 – Sprint Distance Todd Spackman, Suzy McLucas, Jason Murphy, Leanda Robbins Redcliffe Olympic Distance Rob Cordle, Suzy McLucas, Simon Nendick, Julie-Ann Dillon Ironman Port Macquarie Swim – Benita Greiner, Nathan Wilson Bike – Nathan Wilson, Yvonne Bayliss Run – Michael Greiner, Yvonne Bayliss Overall – Nathan Wilson, Yvonne Bayliss Special MENTION – Those who represented RTC at worlds this past season Fiona Buckland, Carl Buckland, Kirstin Leech, Leanda Robbins, Debbie Wendt, Clinton Millar TQ State Series – Age Group Winners Stephen Parnell, Lynn Davies, Sophie Burger Phew. As you can imagine there were lots of awards given out. Congratulations to everyone who received an award and well done on your achievement. Looking forward to seeing you all racing for RTC this season again. NOW ONTO OTHER NEWS TRI QLD NISSAN CHAMPIONSHIPS You should all have read an update about the Tri Qld Championships and change of format for this coming season. Make sure you have a read of your email so you understand these changes and how you can gain points for the racing that you usually do. This next race is the duathlon this Sunday at Springfield. Good luck to everyone racing. The TQ Club Championship race is a sprint tri at Clontarf on Sept 6th and everyone who races and volunteers for RTC will receive their club membership back, entries are open and filling fast according to TQ. WEEKLY TRAINING Friday 5.30am Swimming North Lakes Pool Friday 4.30pm – Junior Swim / Run North Lakes Pool Friday 5.30pm Easy run – North Lakes Pool (6min/km pace) SAT 6am Long cycle Coffee Club at Northlakes (in the shopping centre) SUN – Brick session at Mooloolaba. Meet at Loo With a View at 5.30am for a 2hr cycle. Swim will be at LWAV at 8am followed by a run. You will be in Dave and Carl’s hands for this session. Especially designed for all those racing long course this season SUN 4PM - Trail Run Bullocky Rest. Meet at the top car park at 4pm MON -7am – NL Pool is closed till 8am so no official swim set. There will be an Open Water Swim at Suttons Beach at 7am if you can come. Suitable for all distances. (For those who have Monday off of course) MON PM - Track session John Oxley Reserve. 4.45pm juniors / 5pm adults TUES 5.30PM – Swim North Lakes Pool Wed 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool Wed 4.30pm – Juniors running North Lakes Wed 6pm – Adult speed run set Murrumba Downs – Cnr Dohles Rocks Rd and Russell St Thurs 5.15am – Recovery Cycle – (M & M) 35km Red Dog Kallangur Thurs 5.30pm - Swim session NOrth Lakes Pool. This recommences this week Thurs pm – Jnr Windtrainer / Run (see junior email for details) Friday 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool Friday 4.30pm – Junior Swim / Run North Lakes Pool JUNOR Upcoming Races •Sunday 9 August - TQ Duathlon •Sunday 16 August - The Lakes College Fun Run •Sunday 6 September - Moreton Bay Triathlon - Clontarf (this includes races from 7 years old) The races highlighted above are the ones Gai would like to see all juniors doing to get their season started and is included in your racing strategy for Regional Triathlon in November. If you have questions about any of the sessions (including whether the session is suitable to your child), please contact Gai. She will respond within 24 hours. You can ring or text on 0434563920, email or facebook message me. Gai Grieve - RTC Junior Coach 0434563920 / Sunny Coast 70.3 By popular demand the brick session set down for Saturday 8th Aug has been moved to Sunday 9th Aug. There is a change of format. Everyone will meet at Loo with a View at 5.30am ready to ride for 2 hours. Then time to change in wetsuits ready for a swim starting at 8am followed by a run over 2 laps of the hill. Everyone is welcome to participate however is especially targeted at those racing the ½ Ironman at Sunshine Coast or one of the others this season. Sun 9th Aug is the Triathlon Qld duathlon championships and normally we would not have a session that clashed with that. However with the change in the format of the TQ races this year we are holding this session on the same date as we are running out of available Sundays. If you have planned to do the Duathlon we would rather that is your priority and you do a brick session at another time. 25th RTC Anniversary “Night of Nights” Come and join the club celebrate this great milestone. Date: Friday 2nd October 2015 (Start time 6pm) Venue: Golden Ox Restaurant & Function centre, Margate Cost: $75 per adult, includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink on arrival (soft drink, beer or wine), main meal and desert (Menu choices available upon registration, plus any dietary requirements) $55 per child (under 12), includes tapas in the garden & complimentary drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival, Main meal (Chicken fries and salad) and Desert (Ice cream) 25th Anniversary Table Bookings Seating arrangements for the 25th Anniversary dinner are 10 persons per table. If you would like to book a table for you and your friends please provide the following information: • Attendees names to be seating at the table. • Email to Suzi McLucas, Tickets: Limited Numbers: 170 guests, get in early or miss out. Attire: Semi Formal (No Lycra) Night includes: entertainment, 25th anniversary commemorative book and lucky draw prizes. Any questions please contact: Danny Hooley Mob. 0415043872 UPCOMING CALENDAR 9th Aug TQ Duathlon 9th Aug Brick session Mooloolaba. Cycle / Swim and run 16th Aug NL Fun Run 22-23 August Rainbow Beach double triathlon / Straddie Double Triathlon 23rd Aug Brick Suttons 29th Aug OWS + Run Mooloolaba 30th Aug Sunny Coast Marathon 30th Aug Worlds 70.3 Championships Austria 5th Sept Moreton Bay Triathlon Juniors 6th Sept Moreton Bay Triathlon 13th Sept Mooloolaba 70.3 15-19th Sept World Aquathlon, Short Course and OD Championships 19-20th Possible RTC camp 27th Sept Brick Suttons FINALLY Have a great week everyone. If you have any questions regarding coaching please contact GB at If you have any questions regarding general club chit chat contact James at Have a great weekend and week. Mary

RTC MBGP & Presentations this weekend

Hi all,

We have a big RTC weekend fast approaching with our club Duathlon on Saturday and Presentations Sunday so brace yourself for lots of cheering, racing and good times.

So far we have 87 people registered for the Duathlon which is awesome and with plenty of entries this week we should get past the 130 people we had last year, so if you have not entered yet, get to it. On-line entries will close Friday evening and we will accept entries and changes Saturday at the track but no race timing will be able to be provided. Looking at the race categories; we have 21 in the 7-11 year old race, 24 in the Short, 23 in the Long (one team) and 16 in the Enduro. And out of the 87 entries, 35 are RTC members so thank you for supporting our club event. All the details are on the club website, Facebook page and previous emails. Also thank you to everyone who is sharing the FB event with your friends, it has been great to have our club event fill most of my feed the last few weeks. Can I just ask everyone on FB to share the event one last time this week, just go the club page, click on events and then the MBGP and there is a share button.

The first race starts at 11.15 and we will start setting up at 9.30 and would love any help you can offer before or after the event. In particular would there be anyone who can tow the club trailer from Redcliffe to Lakeside Saturday morning please and take it at the end? Please let me know if you are able to do this.

Sunday afternoon starting at 2 at Aurora Blvd Park in North Lakes is our club presentations. We will start with some fun on the football fields, maybe some touch football, cricket and red rover, plus some games for the younger people. Award presentations will start at 3 and then we will have dinner. This is a no cost event open to all past and present members and your families so I hope lots of you can make it. There is a FB event where you can indicate your attendance so we can provide enough food and drinks, or email me please. All you have to bring is a chair or picnic blanket, and a plate of salad or dessert to share and wear cloths to run around in if you want. Just one request, before I  hire a battery powered PA system, would anyone have access to one we can use please, if you do can you please let me know before Thursday, thank you.

See you on the weekend,


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Free RTC membership for 15/16 season

Hi all,

TQ announced last week about the changes to the TQ Club Championships from a five race series to just one race on the 6th September at Clontarf and to encourage as many RTC members to participate and help the club have an awesome start to the season the club is going to refund club membership to everyone who races this race.

Being the weekend before the Sunshine Coast 70.3 and lots of you attempting to make the Australian team to complete in the WTC 70.3 Worlds the following year at the Sunshine Coast this race might not be your early season A race, but it might be a good change to have a hit out and test your equipment or position or build some speed a week out from the 70.3.

You do not need to do anything special, just join TA and RTC as normal and after the race TQ will send me a list of everyone who competed and nominated RTC as their club and we will refund your membership.

The club is looking for more ways to get us all there racing so if you have any great ideas feel free to email or text or FB message me (I have still not worked out how to use snap chat so don’t snap me).



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Weekly update 19th May

Hi all,

This week Mary and Ironman Dan are in sunny/warm Canberra at the AIS doing their high performance triathlon coaching course (formally known as a level 2 triathlon training course).  It has been many years since TA ran a level 2 course and lots and lots of coaches have been waiting for this one so our club is super fortunate to have two of our coaches attend. We hope you are both having a great time and looking forward to you both returning with lots of awesome training methods to help us all better our performances.

This Sunday from 11 to 2.30 is the TQ Family Fun day at Roma Street Parkland. This is a good event put on by TQ and they have some activities for children to do like a jumping thing and climbing thingy plus lots of awards are given out, but i don’t think anyone is winning a car this year. We did not have many from the club there last year as it was the same day as Port, but the year before we all had a great time when we did have lots attend. We will try to have the tent there and also some food and drinks for everyone. From TQ:

Location is the Lake Precinct. Please see attached the map for the entire Parklands. There will be a drop-off area on the road area closest to the words “Lake Precinct” written on the map below.

–          Clubs are welcome to bring their tents however they cannot be pegged down. You may need to bring weights or sandbags if it is likely to be windy. Tents can be dropped off and set-up from 10.30am.

–          Clubs can bring their own food and drinks (including alcohol). There is no glass allowed and responsible consumption of alcohol is encouraged.

–          Feel free to bring the soccer ball or cricket set etc.


In a few weeks on June 7th is the Queensland Half Marathon. Organised by by RTC life member Phil, this fantastic run in the past has been held at Doombem but this year looks even better with a one lap half around Sandgate. Check out the website for more info.

It’s just under four weeks now until Cairns Ironman so there must be lots of tied and sore and cranky people in the club. Who is racing? Can you please let Mary know so we all know who to avoid for the next few weeks? For the full we have Cheyne, Kelvin, Craig B. And for the half – Denise, Philly, Dan Hutch. Anyone else?

SATURDAY CYCLING – Leave the Coffee Club at North Lakes at 6am. I hope everyone enjoyed last weeks rides or if you missed them, here they are again:

F Troop – Caboolture Boat Ramp and return.

Hilly Ride  – Winn Rd, Dayboro, Optional Mt Mee and back via Dayboro Rd.  Approx 60km

Long Ride – Out to Nudgee and back via Sandgate Rd and returning via the waterfront

Short Ride – Normal Loop

Make sure you have back lights for the start of the ride, and bring a water bottle and spare tube etc so you can find someone faster than you to change your flat tyre should you need it


Friday – 5.30pm – Friday Run Group.  Leave North Lakes Pool at 5.30pm.  2 distances to choose from –  Nice and easy approx 6min/km pace

SAT – Long Ride – Coffee Club at 5.50am ready to leave at 6am

SUN 11am to 2.30 pm TQ Family Fun Day @ Roma Street Parklands

SUN 4PM – Trail Run Bullocky Rest.  Meet at top carpark ready to run at 4pm.

MON 5.30AM – Swim North Lakes Pool

MON PM – Track session John Oxley Reserve. 4.45pm juniors / 5pm adults

TUES 5.30PM – Swim North Lakes Pool

Wed 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool

Wed 4.45pm – Juniors running North Lakes

Wed 6pm – Adult speed run set Murrumba Downs

Thurs 5.15am – Recovery Cycle – (M&M+ T&T) 35km Red Dog Kallangur / Scarborough

THURS 5.30PM – Swim North Lakes Pool

Friday 5.30am – Swim North Lakes Pool

Friday 5.30pm – Run North Lakes Pool

I let you all know a few months ago about a state government grant we received to build a club base. In the last few months I have applied for a council grant and also applied to council for some land to build our base and it looks like we will be able to build at Aurora Playing Fields in North Lakes. We are currently working with council on the design and just waiting for some final approvals and will hopefully start building in the next few months.

Club events coming up are the:

  • Duathlon at Lakeside on 1st Aug;
  • Club presentations will be held in August as we use the duathlon results for RTC Club Champion. Check out the club website for a list of all the awards;
  • And most importantly, this year is the clubs 25th anniversary and we will be celebrating this on Friday 2nd October. More information will follow on this.

I think that is all from me. Stay safe everyone.


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01 May RTC update

Hi all,

I just woke up after sleeping all day post night duty and there seems to be lots of ground water around, has it been raining much?

A lot of events have been cancelled due to the bad weather, so far:

1. TreX/TQ Off Road Tri- goooone;

2. Mt Mee Marathon- goooone;

3. Saturday morning RTC rides- goooone;

4. Gold Coast Challenge – goooone, but that was due to not making enough money, not the rain;

5. Port IM- still on and hopefully will remain as a full IM; &

6. Corporate Tri at Gold Coast- still on i think, but could just turn into a wading race.

This week we had three RTC Juniors racing at the National Schools tri in Sydney, congratulations on great individual and team races Jacob Caruana, Elliot Schultz and Tahlia Fletcher.

This weekend we have lots of members at Port for the Australian IM, we can all follow them at: Maybe today or tomorrow someone down there can post a list of competitors to the club social page, Jules or Mary with race numbers so we can easily keep up with you all. The entire club is behind you all racing and supporting and wish you all a great day.

Last week was rough for a few club members and families with the tragedy in Nepal. We are very blessed that Olivia, Justin and Jason are all safe. It was wonderful to see the support shown on the social media from club members and thank you for the regular updates posted. In times like this it is very evident that a club like ours is so much more than just a place to train for events.

The club has recently welcomed a new corporate supporter and I would like to thank Greg and Tina Heaney from Clark Rubber Rothwell for your support. Next season all club members will receive a voucher to use at Clark Rubber Rothwell, plus Greg and Tina will be offering super deals to RTC members. Thank you again Greg and Tina.

Hope everyone stays safe over the coming days and please if anyone gets into trouble and needs some help and you have phone or internet, post to the club social page and I am sure you will get all the help you need.



Exciting RTC news

Hi all,

I hope everyone is doing ok and managing some training in our glorious weather.

After a couple years of trying, this week the club received a fair size grant from the Qld Gambling Fund (same grant as we received for the trailer) to build a storage shed/clubhouse and we are closing in on finalizing a deal with council for some land to build on. This is great news for the club and all the members as it will mean the club can continue to grow and continue to help lots of people to improve their health and fitness.

The club committee have some ideas on how we could best use this grant to help you all and grow the club, but we would love to hear from you any other suggestions.

I would like to take this chance to think the club committee for all the time you give the club, the missed or shortened training sessions, and the time you may have spent earing an income or spending with your families. Thank you Danny, Peter, Gai, Nanna, Radish, Dan, Mark and GB. And also thank you to all the coaches in the club for everything you do to help people achieve their goals.

Finally, if you have not had a look at the club website for a while, take a look some time as Paul and I have been busy adding info. Under the ‘About’ tab we have added the RTC Vision, Mission and Values and also a page on the club awards. Again, if there is something you cannot find on the website please let me know.

Stay safe and upright,


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RTC Weekly update

HI all,

October already. How did that happen?? This year is flying by and the triathlon season is about to go crazy. Just a reminder in case you wanted to know:

10 sleeps till the TQ Olympic Distance Race

17 sleeps till Gatorade 1 and Port Mac 70.3

24 sleeps till Bribie 1

31 sleeps till Noosa

38 sleeps till the All Schools Race at Kawana

And the list goes on….


Well done to the 35ish who came up to Noosa for the second of the Noosa Brick sessions last Sunday. It was awesome to swim / bike and run the course with such a keen group of athletes and see them work through their fears about different parts of the course. Thanks to the coaches for giving up their time and helping out and thanks to the 3 water safety we had who paddled alongside in the river. Great morning followed by an awesome breakfast and then home for a nap. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

The last of the pre Noosa bricks is on Sunday 19th October for your last chance to try out different sections of the course. F troop will be heading up on Sat 11th October if that suits you better. More details next week.


Well done the RTC juniors who attended the jnr development camp at Runaway Bay on Thurs through to Saturday. It was a busy but very informative few days and I had the privilege of spending time not only with RTC athletes, but with 96 athletes and 25 coaches from squads all over queensland. The behaviour and manners from the RTC athletes was exceptional and they were a credit to their families and to the club. Well done juniors and well done to TQ for putting on such an initiative.


The next race in the State Series is Sunday week but online registrations close at 11:59PM on Sunday the 5th of October 2014.To register online go to the triathlon qld home page and follow the links.

Late entries will be available online from Monday 6th October to Midday Wednesday 8th October or until all allocations exhausted, however late fees will apply. It will be great to see heaps of RTC athletes competing over the weekend. The Junior Draft Legal races are on Saturday afternoon and the beginner / short and OD races on Sunday.


Don’t forget to read the email update you received from el presidente on Tuesday morning as it contains important information about the upcoming OD race, and an upcoming Open Day at NL Pool amongst other things.

Breaking news concerning the pool open day on Saturday 11th Oct. If you are thinking of buying a new bike anytime soon, Avantiplus North Brisbane are looking for two RTC members to hang out at their tent during the morning and in return they will give you an extra special deal on your new bike. Contact Jerrod if this interests you at


The beginners course is almost half way through but it’s not too late to join in some sessions. The next brick session for you is this Sunday morning 6.30am at Suttons Beach alongside the Short and Long course athletes. All are welcome to join in. We will look at Open Water Swim skills, transition skills and practice a few small tri’s.

Bring your togs, bike and running shoes (and anything else you think you may need. For this beginners course you don’t have to be a RTC or TQ member. When you contact us we will give you a code to register with TA and that will give you insurance coverage just for the 7 weeks. Come and tri it out and bring your friends along also.

For further details on this session usually you would contact Dave directly on 0420 363 660 or on email however he is away in Bali for a week so contact Mary on 0409 002 082 or


Gai is away enjoying some rest and recovery with the family so juniors are welcome to join in with any adult session for this week. Check your weekly update for details of all of your sessions.


Back by popular demand there will be a 15min core session prior to swimming Wed and Friday mornings at the park opposite North Lakes Pool. Kirstin will take this session and it will be free. A great opportunity to do that extra bit of core work to get stronger. You will need a towel and mosquito spray. Starts just after 5am.


The Thurs arvo crit track sessions have started again at 4.30pm at the Nundah Crit Track – Hedley Avenue, Nundah. This session is suitable for juniors and adults and all are welcome.


Saturday 4th Oct – 6am Long cycle – Leave the carpark opposite the Coffee Club at North Lakes at 6am. Be there at 5.45am to be organised. Routes later in the email.

Sunday 5th Oct – Brick sessions at Suttons Beach at 6.30am. All welcome – juniors / adults / beginners / experienced / short course and long course. There is something for everyone.

Sunday 5th Oct 4pm Trail Run Bullocky Rest. Meet at the top carpark ready to leave at 4pm. Out and back course which suits all abilities.

Monday 6th Oct – Pool Swim North Lakes Pool 5.30am.

Monday 6th Oct – Both juniors and adults are doing an Open Water Swim at Suttons Beach starting at 7am (not 6.30am as written in the jnr update). Everyone is welcome and we will go over open water skills including sighting, group swimming, drafting, swimming around buoys etc. There will still be a pool session at 5.30am focussing on Stroke Correction.  You are most welcome to bring your shoes and do a run after the swim.


Don’t forget the Bribie series has opened and you can enter now. Go to to enter or for more details.


5th Oct – Brick Suttons Beach 6.30am

8th Oct RTC Committee meeting

11th Oct – Hawaii IM / F Troop Noosa Brick

12th Oct – TQ OD Race Redcliffe / Toowoomba Marathon / Colour Run

19th Oct – Port Mac 70.3 / Bris – Gold Coast Cycle / Gatorade 1 / Noosa Brick + Beg brick

25 – 26th Oct – Bribie 1 / Bloody Long Walk

2nd Nov – Noosa Tri

8th Nov – Open Water Swim + Run Spot X (Petrie Paper Mill)

9th Nov – All Schools Triathlon Kawana (States qualifier for Juniors)

16th Nov – Brick Session / Gatorade 2

23rd Nov – Hervey Bay 100 / Kingscliffe Triathlon

29th Nov – Open Water Swim + Run Spot X

30th Nov – Tri Pink Sun Coast

6-7 Dec – Bribie 2

7th Dec – Busso IM, Gatorade Raby Bay

SATURDAY RIDES ( time to get back into the hills)

Ride A: 100 / 80km Toorbul. Head out to Toorbul via Morayfield / Caboolture. Do some TT efforts (depending on your program) and return the way you came.

Group B: Same as group A but at a slower pace and will miss the TT.

Ride C : 60km. Winn Rd and back. Gentle rolling hills is a great way to get into some hill riding.

Ride D: 50 – 60km Normal Loop the normal way. Option to return home via Elizabeth Ave.

F Troop Ride: 40km + park run North Lakes. There is a small group leaving at 5.30am to get some km’s up before return to the Coffee Club ready to pick up the other riders at 6am. Short ride finishing at the Park Run at 6.50 ready for a 7am start. After run breakky at the Coffee Club.


Don’t forget you must be a financial member of Triathlon Australia (TQ), or be a member of Cycling Qld , Cycling Australia or in our beginner program to come riding on a Saturday morning with us. Any calls phone 0409002082 or email James

Ride Etiquette: A REMINDER FOR ALL RIDERS OF SOME OF THE FINER POINTS OF GROUP RIDING (in case you missed it last week)

Just a reminder that if you are riding in the group you must never be more than 2 abreast at any stage. And by 2 abreast we mean that you should be able to touch the person beside you with your arm outstretched, not just wave at them. This takes practice but is really important in a group setting. This is especially noticeable when you stop at lights and everyone pulls up beside each other causing the group to sometimes be 4-5 wide until the light turns green. Limit it to 2 wide.

When riding 2 abreast do not overlap / underlap wheels. Ride directly behind the person in front and trust them to call what is happening. You don’t have to be right up on their wheel if you don’t feel comfortable there, but don’t sit out to the side of them as it makes for a messy group which becomes a danger especially with cars.

No TT bars when in the pack. You are able to use your TT bars / aero bars if you are on the front of the group or riding solo behind the back, but when you are riding in the group you need to be on your handle bars so you can reach your brakes quickly should you need to.

The front of the group will call out obstacles eg glass, rubbish, parked cars etc and it is the responsibility of all the riders behind them to make sure the message gets all the way to the back of the group. The middle part are the important messengers to keep everyone at the back safe. The back of the group call out what is coming from behind eg car / bus and again the middle of the group need to pass that message up the group to the front.

Mobile phones are not to be used while riding. Not only is this rude and dangerous, it is also against the law. Stop to answer your phone but if you are going to do that, don’t make the rest of the group wait while you chat. Obviously urgent calls are the exception.

No ear phones, ipods or other devices in your ears (hearing aids and earrings excepted). This is a Safety issue and then you also can’t hear me sing to you.

If you intend to turn around early make sure the group leader knows beforehand so they aren’t waiting and waiting for you to arrive only to learn that you have gone.

When taking your turn at the front of the group, don’t speed up. Keep the same consistant pace. Don’t ride off the front of the group (this is also poor group etiquette) and check occasionally to see you haven’t dropped the group. Try and spread out taking turns at the front amongst the whole group so everyone learns what to do. Put the newer / less experienced riders next to someone who is experienced and teach them what to do. Experienced riders don’t be afraid to talk to the newer riders in the group, especially if you see them doing something wrong. It is not just up to the coaches to comment but if you see something on the ride you are on, then deal with it nicely and straight away. We all need constructive comments at times.

Endura orders

Radish is placing the next order this week to be available by the Moreton Bay Tri. Orders need to be placed on the club website by Tuesday please at

Okay I think that is all. As always if you have any questions about up coming events or training please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help you out. Either contact GB (director of coaching) at or myself as per details below.

Have a great night and a great long weekend everyone. We have quite a few camping so enjoy your rest and relaxation.

Mary Jackson 

0409 002 082

RTC club update

Hi all,


It’s just two weeks till the second race of the TQ Club Championships and one of our home races, the Moreton Bay Tri. This is a really good, fast and flat race held at Clontarf on Oct 12 and it would be awesome to see lots of RTC people racing and supporting. TQ are also asking for people to help out on the day and this year all volunteers earn one point towards the TQ Club championships. If you are not racing and wish to help out, please email Tony at TQ. Plus, all the TQ Club Championships races and our own Moreton Bay Grand Prix go towards the RTC Club Championships awards, so go on and enter.


On the same weekend on Saturday morning Oct 11 between 8 and 12 is the North Lakes Aquatic Centre open day and we have been invited to participate. The coaches and committee are still finalising our plans for the morning, we will be running a swim session or two starting at 9.30 am and a run session and Paul is doing a wind trainer session, all as demonstrations to the public. We will also have our tent up with some people there to promote our club. We are looking for some people to participate in the sessions and be present on the day. If you are keen, can you let GB know and please wear your club polo shirt and any other club gear you have during the demo training sessions.


Triathlon Queensland have a couple of courses coming up which may interest you. There is a Technical Official course in Brisbane on Dec 6th and a Triathlon Coaching course on March 21/22 2015. If you think you may want to become a TO or a Triathlon coach, the club will assist you achieving these qualifications. All the info is on the TQ webpage.


A month ago TQ approached me to ask if we would like our club race, the Moreton Bay Grand Prix to one of the founding races in proposed club Duathlon championship series next winter leading into the TQ Duathlon at Springfield on August 9th. Tonight I met with Toowoomba Tri Club, Club Croc Tri Club and Tony and Rachel from TQ and started the planning for this series. I believe this is awesome for our club and our event and being a part of this series will really help us grow the Moreton Bay Grand Prix and our club. Dates are still being finalised for the three races, but it looks like our race will kick the series off on June 20th. The big change for us will be the addition of a third event for 7-11 year olds. The three clubs now have to come up with a name of this new series, please email me with any suggestions. I will keep you all updated with details as they are worked out.


During the last six days I have done three swims, a run and a ride so I’m officially in training for Noosa according to Cheyne’s jokes this morning so I might see you at some sessions and hopefully the weekend after next at the pool open day and the Moreton Bay Tri.


0412 172 996