The buzz in the sport of triathlon is back. Nearly 6,000 athletes made the annual pilgrimage down to Big Husky last weekend, and everyone was reminded (did we need a reminder?) how amazing it is to get away for a ‘tri-cation’ weekend.
Spectacular locations, wonderful company, earning points for your club in the Forager Triathlon Leagues and enjoying a weekend of fun with friends. What’s not to love?
As the realisation that your goal event is now behind you, it’s not unusual for your mind to wander to the obvious question... what’s your next triathlon trip away?
We’ve got the answer to that question! It’s only 10 weeks till the 2022 Triathlon NSW Club Champs scheduled for May 21st in Forster NSW, and already a huge number of athletes across a record 32 clubs have locked themselves in to race.
The Club Champs is a unique event where you race for your club and earn points for your club, not yourself. It remains the only event in Australia where annual (Standard or Premium) membership is essential to toe the start line.
And a quick check of the current athletes shows that it’s the usual suspects who have made their intentions clear with strong numbers already locked in including Balmoral TC and Balance and UTS.
But it’s Warringah TC who are in the box seat, with 60+ athletes registered and making a clear statement that their 2020 and 2021 success was not a once off, instead, is just a sign of things to come. Warringah TC should be confident but not complacent. Victories are never assured and hard earned in what has become one of the most highly sought-after pieces of team silverware in the sport of triathlon.
However, their most likely competitor remains the Hills Triathlon Club. The Hills Red Army took out victory in Division 1 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the juggernaut didn’t look like slowing down. They were literally unbeatable for a few seasons, taking out both the Interclub and Club Champs double a few years in row.
But slow down they did and this once near unbeatable club has come off the boil, with their results in the last two Club Champs being disappointing to a club who sets the bar so high.
With the Hills Triathlon Club come with their full team? What we know is that if they do it will be clash of the titans with quality athletes across a wide range of age groups and divisions. Word on the street is that they have been pumping up the event internally for weeks now, and numbers for the club are steadily growing.
The biggest dark horse remains the Shellharbour Mariners, from the South Coast. After taking home their maiden piece of silverware winning the Junior Club Champs in 2021 this club is on the grow, conducting one of the strongest and most successful junior programs in NSW, under the watchful and dedicated eye of club coach and president Rob Spicer. Entries are already strong from the Mariners as they have made their intention known that their victory last season was no fluke.
Sydney Triathlon Group (STG) would be bitterly disappointed with their results from 2021 after taking out their division in 2020. Division 3 winners from 2020, and currently sitting on top of the Sydney Premier League ladder by a whopping 25 points, you could put a strong argument up that they are ‘pound for pound’ the best club in NSW in terms of consistency of results and chance to win. They would be supremely confident that they can get back to the summit of Division 2 in 2022.
With the ½ Club Distance, Team’s wave, Fun Wave, Kidz events there is something for everyone.
First release pricing closes at 5 pm on Friday 25th March 2022. For those who haven’t had a chance, check out the wrap up video from 2021.