LAPD Triathlon Club are gearing up to host their first women’s duathlon program, after receiving funding with the Triathlon NSW ‘Finish Lines not Finish Times’ program.
Known as the friendly club with lots of ‘get up and go’, LAPD are excited to welcome women from Sydney’s inner west, Cumberland and Canterbury-Bankstown areas for the inaugural program.
“The objective of the LAPD Women's Duathlon is to create an opportunity for women in our area to experience multisport event participation without the pressure of a big competition,” says LAPD President Ben Hill. “We want to give them confidence to go on to those bigger events, meet other women with a similar interest in health and fitness and show that this is a sport that everyone can do.”
The program consists of four weeks of training focusing on bike skills, handling, transition practice, safety and some fitness training, led by accredited coach and LAPD Vice-President John Arakelian. These sessions will be run on Sunday mornings from 9-10am during May, leading up to the June 6th LAPD Women’s Duathlon, held at Landsdowne Park.
“We want to give participants enough preparation to have a great experience on the day, but more importantly get them involved in the sport,” explains coach John Arakelian. “We want them to bring their families and get them involved in the sport of triathlon, and show them that the sport caters for all people.”
“Everyone’s triathlon journey is different,” emphasises Hill. “We hope that as people in our area start experiencing and enjoying community focused multisport events, LAPD will be able to provide more opportunities for them to start and continue their triathlon journey.”
Training commences this Sunday, May 9th at Parramatta Park, with subsequent sessions to be held at locations including Newington Armoury and cycle paths and The Crest criterium circuit and athletics track.
Participation in the training program or the Duathlon on June 6th is free, and all you need to take part is a bike in good working order with functioning brakes, a helmet in good condition, comfortable shoes, clothing suitable for running and riding and a positive attitude.