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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.

0412 172 996

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 Duathlon this Saturday

Hi all,

Our club race, the Moreton Bay Grand Prix is only four days away and it’s looking to be a great day of fun and challenging racing. The weather prediction is for a perfect racing temperature of 22 and for showers after we all go home, so that will be awesome.

The day will start  at 10.30 for anyone who can come early and help us set up the race track and transition. Registration will open at 11.00 and racing will kick off at 12.30. There is a cafe at Lakeside Raceway for all your food and drinks during the day.

Fabian, aka Pix is going to be our race announcer. You might remember Pix as the MC at last year’s presentation night and luckily Pix has not changed his mobile number so feel free to text or call if you would like a shout-out during the race.

There will also be a few companies attending and showing us their gear. Avantiplus North Brisbane will have a bike mechanic for any last minute repairs plus they are bringing some super specials with them. Phil and The Run Inn will also set up a little shop with some great priced gear. Tim from Yakima will also be showing off their latest car and bike racks, which I use and have not lost a bike yet. Nick from Skin Strong will have a stand showing and selling  his products and will also be racing with us.

Race numbers are looking great with over 90 entered so far. I’m guessing most of you are waiting a bit closer to Saturday to enter as there are only 35 RTC members entered so far out of 340 in the club. It would be great if you could enter in the next day or so to give me a better idea on how much stuff I need to buy and bring on Saturday  please. Enter here.

As always, feel free to call or email with any club or race related questions.


0412 172 996