NewsLetter 18 October 2016


BIKE RIDE IN SUPPORT OF SIDS AND KIDS – Vikings Group Charity of the Year

SIDS and Kids is our Charity of the Year and on Saturday, 19 November 2016, a gentleman by the name of Ian Cross is embarking on a week-long ride around the ACT and regional NSW to raise funds and awareness.

I’ve been told that on Saturday, 19 November, Ian will be taking off from Canberra and finishing in Braidwood for his first day. After that he will go through Goulburn, Bowral, Wollongong, Huskisson, Ulladulla and finally finish in Batemans Bay.

Vikings Group is looking for riders interested in joining Ian on the first leg of his journey to Braidwood by cycling alongside him and giving him some much needed support.


UNIFORMS – Luke Lowes

As the 2016/2017 season is fast approaching I’m sure members would like to update their uniforms.  We have some great items on sale, for example 50% off one piece tri-suits, 50% off tri singlets & 50% off tri shorts (you can’t get better than that).  I also have cycling gear, running singlets & running shirts.

I also have club shirts which were ordered last year for members so if you didn’t get yours please contact me and I will organise to get your shirt to you.

Contact me on and I can let you know what sizes I have left….you better hurry before everything sells.



A reminder to those Triathletes out there who have yet to renew your membership. Apart for supporting our great club, your membership through Triathlon Australia gets you significant and important insurance benefits while training and racing.



This one is a hill climb from Casuarina Sands to Mt Stromlo.  The TT will start at 8 am and the best place to park is at the foot of Mt Stromlo and then ride about 20 minutes to Casuarina Sands, so please ensure you give yourself enough time to park and get to the start by 7:50am.



AS EASY AS 1-2-3 

What swimming kit do I need?
You’ll just need swimmers and goggles. A wetsuit might be useful and gives you a bit more confidence in the water, but it’s definitely not essential.

And what about the bike?
“You can turn up on a mountain bike with a basket on the front – any type is fine so long as it’s roadworthy.

Stick with what you’re happy with
Don’t get bogged down in detail – you don’t need a tri suit (an all-in-one garment you wear throughout) or clip less bike shoes. Go with what you know and are comfortable with – and you can wear the same trainers for cycling and running.


Put in the work
As well as training for each aspect – and getting used to doing one discipline after another – it’s also crucial to practice the bits in between which are called ‘transitions’. This will be part of your novice program.

What to take
Apart from your kit and bike, the most vital piece of equipment is a cycling helmet. You won’t be able to take part without one – and you must put it on before you touch your bike and then only take it off once you’ve hung your bike back up.

Tips and tricks
Elastic is your flexible friend – a number band you can swizzle round saves time and effort while elastic laces are another big help. But above all enjoy it.



  • Give it a go – you’ll soon be hooked!
  • Get your bike serviced. Any bike will do, but it has to be roadworthy.
  • See if you can borrow an elastic number band; it makes life a whole lot easier.


  • Get bogged down in the detail – it’s about getting out there and enjoying it.
  • Worry if you need a rest – the pool makes it easier and transitions gives you a breather.
  • Think you need aero kit and equipment, anything goes.


Good luck to all vikings competing in various events over the next few weeks. Looking forward to seeing photos and updates on facebook.  See you out there.

Karen and DJ