Another awesome race in the books for the Gulf Coast Tri Team and another 1st place overall for Eric! The team had 9 of the top 15 spots in a really competitive race this year. Great job to everyone!
Complete results can be found here:
Our next scheduled team race will be the St. Petersburg, Florida Top Gun Triathlon. Later that same day the team will race in the Twilight Triathlon in Crystal River, FL.
Last week some of the team raced at the Pensacola Beach Triathlon. Congrats to Eric on another Overall win! Here were the GCTT results:
Eric Larson -- 1st OVERALL
Randy Walton -- 3rd OVERALL
Andrew Rothfeder -- 1st 45-49M AG
Evan Malone -- 1st 35-39M AG
Terry Bailey -- 1st 60-64M AG
Complete results can be found here:
Next weekend we will be racing at Grandman in Fairhope, AL. See y'all there!
Tradition's Triathlon - Biloxi, MS - 4/26/2014 8:00 AM
The lead-up to this 4th iteration of the Tradition's Triathlon was markedly less unnerving as the forecasted temperatures were not in the 30's as they were last year. With the 600-yard swim in Tradition's Lake ruled wetsuit-legal, racers were afforded a strategic choice - buoyancy-boosting wetsuit or T1-time-trimming. It appeared most opted for the neoprene swimwear. Teammate Rob "Philanthropist" Felty, however, was one of the minority who opted out and, arguably, despite his notable history as an aquatic Nittany Lion donated as many extra seconds in the water as he invested in post-race raffle tickets. Imagine Andy Potts not posting the fastest swim on the day.
The bike course is certainly challenging for a Gulf Coast race with about 650' of climb over the 17-mile trek. The race venue is just secluded enough to give the impression that the course is closed to traffic creating a very safe course for aggressive riding (excluding that last sandy, sharp turn into Transition...under no circumstance should any racer attack at this point on the course).
The run course is certainly a break from normalcy for most sprint-distance races. What starts (and finishes) in a serene, posh residential development quickly detours onto an undulating trail (with some portions showcasing the iconic Mississippi mud), which opens up onto the Freeway for a rolling out-and-back. One last pass through the wooded trail and finishers are greeted by the redolent aroma of Waffle House waffle batter.
Every race touts their post-race party as "the best". While I am not qualified to award that title, I can say emphatically that the Tradition's post-race festivities are a lot of fun. A relaxed setting, quality-grub (some healthful options in addition to the usual cookies), and good camaraderie create a backyard-bar-b-que/neighborhood bloc party vibe.
The awards this year were functional - engraved glass mugs. And the Gulf Coast/Pro Cycle & Tri Team collected quite a few occupying eight of the top 10 overall spots. Eric Larson took the top overall spot followed closely by Allen Stanfield, and Sam Hudson rounded out the podium (and topped the Master's division). Also notable was Randy Walton's Grandmaster's win. The only team member who returned home without a mug was Doug Jones who sacrificially donated his 1st Place AG mug after a mix-up resulted in a racer in another division not receiving their hard-earned award. He was not wearing a shirt at the time of donation.
Overall, Tradition's is a great early-season race and certainly worthy of making an annual tradition.
We are very excited to welcome Caleb Earhart as a member of the Gulf Coast Tri Team! Caleb will represent us in the 20-24 AG and has recently won his AG at the New Orleans 5150 and Tradition's Triathlon. His first race as part of the team will be Grandman Triathlon Fairhope, AL. Welcome, Caleb!