Race Report by Tim Quarles
The Multisport race has been on the event calendar in one form or another for each of the twenty years of Tuesday Night Racing. With a paddle to Belcarra, run to Admiralty Point, swim to Maple Beach, then run and paddle back to the Cove, this race tests your overall fitness; but also rewards speedy transitions between each event leg. It was cool to see the different strategies in play; the paramount question for me was, should I swim with my shoes on?
Congrats to Russ Stothers, who won overall with impressive efforts in all three disciplines. Strong challenges from Joel Perkins (2 nd ) and Mike Darbyshire (3 rd ) came up just short. Both wanted to be in the hunt and had opted to race surfskis instead of paddleboards. Past winner, Ty Gee was close behind them in 4 th place.
For the SUPs, it was the trio of Gary Parsons, Tim Quarles (yours truly) and Shannon Bell Parsons (1 st to 3 rd ), finishing within a minute of each other despite see-saw battles across the three disciplines. Shannon and I were able to slowly reel Gary in just before the 5knot can when he discovered he’d left his leash dragging in the water…and we thought we were just paddling fast!
Although many of the regulars were out of town and a few might have been avoiding the smoky air, we had a crop of racers who came out especially for the multisport aspect. The Bagneres family was well represented with Bruno partnering with his brother Olivier in a double, while his son Luc paddled with Joel Jeangard. Also, kudos to Kristin Ohm-Pedersen an ultra-runner from the Kintec crew who dragged a few buddies out.
In total, 35 racers conquered the multisport course including youngsters Oliver Kvick and Max Remmler, each competing in doubles with their dads. Also, in his 20 th year of Tuesday night racing, Tom Hoskins was pleased that his hips cooperated and was able to jog most of the way on the trail – way to go Tom! There were also “just paddle” courses of 4km and 6km, with Liliana and Stephan Bernhard taking the win in the shorter course, while Katja and Jeff continuing their streak of photo-finish wins over Shane Martin…how exciting for the hundreds of fans on the dock!
Some great video from Kim was on display at the Raven post-race, and in case you missed it, you can catch Bob’s live video feed (and commentary) on the Deep Cove Outdoors Facebook page. Although, Viv was not around to take photos, Bob’s video is worth checking out!
Bob enjoyed being a spectator for this one and noted that he’d once asked a top tri-athlete “What’s your best event?”, to which he replied “the transition!” So, because my swim leg is already really bad and transitions are so important, I think I’ll just stick with swimming with my shoes on.
See you next week for Jug Island Time trial #2 and let’s see how much we’ve all improved since the spring. Also, if you want to improve your SUP racing or try out foiling, check out the Zane Schweitzer clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
See below for the Facebook Live Race Video