The season opening event, the TSC Triathlon, usually provides a gentle introduction to the triathlon calendar …but not this year! Strong Northerlies and fields of seaweed turned the swim into an endurance event and extensive roadworks persuaded some competitors to swap their aero machines for mountain bikes.
The tough conditions perfectly suited last years individual winners Tash Ruscheinski and Antony Spencer who managed to pull out big leads on the swim enabling them to control the race to the end with Tash putting in an exceptional performance on bike and run to beat both the ladies field and most of the men’s field too! Her fast swim also meant that Deloitte took the Corporate Cup back from Appleby’s defeating Ogier in the process.
There were some notable performances in the men’s field with Shane Donovan converting a 2015 last place finish to a second place in 2016 including the fastest swim of the day. Antony Spencer kept his unbeaten run going from 2013 but it may not last much longer if newcomer Vincent Fournier manages to resolve his navigational issues, Vincent producing terrific speed on the run and bike both on course and, to the relief of his rivals, off course too!
The fastest bike leg went to former 5 time triathlon national champion Philippe Leroy making a welcome return after a 15-year sabbatical.
Next race is the BVI X-Tri in Smuggler’s Cove on 12 March 2016.