Tri Lakes Host their First Triathlon

The 2018 Triathlon Ireland Club of the Year, TriLakes Triathlon Club, will host their first triathlon on 18th August. Thanks to Tri Lakes for sending through the below preview of their race and profile of club member Leo Hynes.

TriLakes Club of the Year_TI Awards 2018

New triathlon on the calendar

Tri Lakes Triathlon is holding its new Sprint Triathlon in beautiful Clonbur, Connemara on Sunday 18thAugust, and would like to invite all TI members to come along and find out just why Tri Lakes was crowned Triathlon Ireland Club of the Year 2018!

TriLakes Sprint Triathlon is based around the quiet Connemara village of Clonbur.

The race starts with a 750m Swim in the calm, clear waters of Lough Mask. 

The bike is 21.3k of undulating Connemara roads, with a couple of climbs (nothing too intense) and some nice fast stretches on the way. The road quality is excellent and the course is a single lap with beautiful scenery the entire way. 

The run consists of only a few hundred metres on main road, and is mostly on quiet boreens before finishing with a stretch of good quality trail along the shores of Lough Mask that leads in to the finish line under the stone arch at Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre.

There will be good support along the way, aswell as hot food, music and showers at the finish. 

This race is ideal for everyone from beginners trying their first full triathlon, to elite triathletes competing for the fantastic first prize (male and female) of a Garmin Forerunner 735XT. 

Pulse Port Beach 2018_Leo Hynes

para-Aquathlon world champion

As well as being Club of the Year, Tri Lakes is very proud to call 2019 Multisport World Champion Leo Hynes one of our own. 

Leo is a visually impaired athlete who claimed gold in the Aquathlon, which involves a one kilometre swim and a five km run, alongside his guide Dave Tilly on 2ndMay this Year. Just four days earlier he had won bronze in the Duathlon event in Pontevedra, in northern Spain. The Duathlon event involves a 5km run followed by a 20km cycle and a final 2.5km run.

Leo is something of a local here in his home town of Tuam, County Galway. 

He has been competing in triathlons for just over a year and finished 13th in Paratriathlon World Cup in Portugal last October.

His ultimate goal is to represent Ireland in the Tokyo Paralympics next year but for now he is happy to celebrate his success as World Champion.

Leo says “It was a brilliant experience over in Pontevedra where I spent two weeks with the Irish team,” 

“I had no idea what I was up against but Dave and I thought that if we could stay close to the British duo in the Aquathlon swim, we’d stand a good chance. As it happened we were out of the water over a minute ahead of them and we had a really good transition so held on to claim the gold.

“I go into every race giving it my all so I was really thrilled to claim two medals. I’ve always struggled with my run out of the three events so I’ve been training really hard and have shaven almost three minutes off my 5km run time, so it’s paid off.”

When Leo returned home from competing, his wife Aisling and Tri Lakes, of which Leo has been a member of for many years, organised a homecoming reception in the local Corralea Court Hotel. 

“I thought we were going up town to meet family and then when the car arrived on the Square I heard all the excitement and shouting and saw the flags and I knew what was going on,” he said.

“Tri Lakes presented me with a hamper of goodies at the homecoming while Coral Leisure made up a beautiful photo collage from the World Championships.

“To see everyone who had come out for me was very special because I’ve had so much support from Tri Lakes, Coral Leisure Centre, all my family, friends and the Galway Visually Impaired Club, which was where I started out, getting back on a bike in the first place.”

Leo Hynes DCT 2018

seven days a week

Leo, who trains up to seven days a week, was straight back in to the gym ahead of the summer season of triathlons.

“Unfortunately the World Championships are not a qualifying event for the Olympics so from June of this year I’ll be trying to get into national and international events that will count towards Tokyo, but competition for places at these events is fierce,” he said.

“But I’m getting fitter and faster, so I’ll keep working hard and hopefully results will go the right way over the next 12 months.

“I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped me get this far, especially Aisling and the kids and my guide Dave who was with me in Madeira last October and at my side again in Pontevedra.”

In the mean-time, Leo is busy training for his own club race, Tri Lakes Sprint Triathlon on 18thAugust, and hopes – along with the rest of the club – to welcome you along also!

Article courtesy of Jacqueline Hogge, Tuam Herald