On Sunday 19th February a 40 strong team of OUTriC competitors and supporters headed to Dorney Lake for this year's edition of Varsity Duathlon. With the event held over a Spint Distance course of 5km/20km/5km, the world class rowing venue provided an excellent location for top quality multisport racing as well as a friendly, closed road environment for novices competing for the first time. As always the day saw a fantastic display of talent, grit, determination and smiling faces from all the OUTriathletes, and we were rewarded with some great results to show for it.
Last year's winner Tom Lewin defended his title in fine style, with David Pearson recording the fastest bike split to take 2nd place. Newcomer Joe Bowness stamped his mark on the top end of the men's team with an impressive 4th place, sealing a convincing victory for the men's Blues. The men's seconds also took a comfortable win with strong performances from Andres Noe, Angus Young and Joe Kidson. Competition to make it into the seconds was tough, with Ali Nicklin and Kirill Mikhaylov close behind. They led the Mob Match charge, although the result went Cambridge's way - an outcome we will definiely look to overturn in the summer following last year's domination on the men's side.
On the women's side Lizzie Sandham took huge margins off her time from 12 months ago to claim 2nd place overall, although Cambridge took the women's Blues team win as many of our top women were unable to compete. These absences did not dampen spirits however, as our women's novice contingent reached heights the club has not seen before in both their numbers and enthusiastic approach to racing.
Well done to all involved and thanks to the day's helpers, in particular our dynamic duo of comedy captains Fergus & Lucy for looking after everyone and their bikes.