While the majority of the team is occupying themselves with silly little one-hour races, Cal Tri alums Brandt Champion and Shelley Harper and current member Erika Erickson sought out a more daunting challenge – Panama 70.3.
The trio found great success. Brandt and Shelley finished first and second in their respective age groups, a promising result for a 70.3 Worlds berth later on in the season. Erika took on the pro field and had a breakthrough race, finishing 10th against world-class athletes. For context, the men’s pro race was won by Javier Gomez. Ever heard of him? KOABD.
For a humorous “race” report that doesn’t actually say much about the race but is an otherwise very fun read check out Erika’s post on her team blog.
Way to go guys!
February 22-23 2014
The UC San Diego Triathlon team gave us a full weekend of racing with a draft legal sprint tri on Saturday followed by the classic non-draft sprint on Sunday. We Cal Triathletes traveled the farthest for this competition (yes Arizona that includes you- your drive is two hours shorter than ours) but by the end of the weekend everyone agreed that it was well worth the journey.
Cal Triathlon’s Spring 2014 Racing Schedule has been determined and finalized!
Races in blue and gold are ones that the team will specifically target (and organize travel and lodging) in the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC) – save those dates! Races marked under “Team Travel” are ones that people on the team usually attend and we will help you to organize carpools down.
|Date||Race||Location||Distance||Race Website||Team Travel?
| February 22-23, 2014 || Tritonman (UCSD)|| Fiesta Island, San Diego, CA|| Draft Legal and Classic Sprint || Link|| Yes
|March 2, 2014||IronBruin (UCLA)||UCLA Campus, Westwood, CA||Sprint||Link||No
| March 8-9, 2014 || Treeathlon (Stanford) || Redwood City, CA || Draft-legal and Classic Sprint ||Link|| Yes
| March 24, 2014 || WCCTC Championships - March Triathlon Series (Cal Poly SLO) || Lake Lopez, San Luis Obispo, CA || Olympic ||Link|| Yes
|April 4-5, 2014 || USAT Collegiate Nationals || Tempe, AZ || Draft-legal Sprint, Non-draft legal Olympic, Mixed Relay ||Link|| Yes
|April 19th, 2014||Kendra's Race (UCSB)||UCSB Campus Point, Santa Barbara, CA||Intermediate Sprint||Link||No
|April 27th, 2014||Davis Aggieathlon||UC Davis Campus, Davis||Intermediate Sprint||Link||No
| May 3-4, 2014 || Wildflower || Lake San Antonio, Bradley, CA || Olympic, Long Course (Half-Ironman), Wildflower Double ||Link|| Yes
by Lauri Takacsi-Nagy
On a surprisingly chilly November morning in what is usually balmy Southern California, two Cal Triathletes, yours truly and the ever badass Kristen Curry, toed the starting line of the Chase The Turkey UCLA Aquathlon in pursuit of glory, omnium points, and what promised to be Lärabars at the finish line.
by Lydia Roth
Nobody wants to get up at 4:30am. I mean, let’s be real… only crazy people get up that early on a Sunday morning. As triathletes, however, we wear the term “crazy” on our sleeves with pride whenever it’s time to head out for a race. On the morning of Sunday, September 29th we headed out for our race, with our “crazy’ sleeves on, in the lovely beach town of Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz puts on a great race, evidence of the fact that a couple of us did the race last year and came back this year for more. This year the race was preceded by perfect weather, a luxury we didn’t experience last year due to an hour-long fog delay. Five and a half hours after our alarm clocks had gone off, our male athletes were sprinting across the sand into the chilly Pacific Ocean. Five minutes later, I felt their excitement as I rushed across that same sand with our two other female athletes to brave the water as well.
by Kristen Curry
There’s something special about that first triathlon. The unknowing of what is going to happen next. The cluelessness of how to set up a transition. The race day morning realization of, “wait.. how do I warm up for three sports at once?” This is why I love the Stanford Treeathlon. It is the start of a new, incredible journey for so many young athletes.
(Note: this text originally appeared in the Daily Californian. The original article can be found here)
By Katherine Velicki
Crammed amid thousands anxious college students from across the United States, 40 brave racers representing Cal Triathlon inched toward the edge of their seats and crossed their fingers last Saturday. It had been a long three days in Tempe, Ariz., for these athletes. Stepping off the plane on Thursday afternoon, they were cordially welcomed to the site of the Collegiate National Triathlon Championships by a scorching desert breeze and hundreds of scattered cacti. Friday was a rest day for most, but Cal’s top male and female triathletes placed third and second in the short, fast and highly competitive draft-legal race.
After weeks of fighting off flu’s and what we affectionately called the “Tri Plague”, a brave few emerged for the first sprint Triathlon of the season. February 9th, on a Saturday morning, Cal Tri loaded up our cars with Gu bottles, Cliff Bars and road bikes and ventured 6 hours to beautiful land of Irvine. Many of our eager travelers were about to embark on their first Tri, excited to claim the title of Triathlete. For the rest of us it would be the first race to an eventful season. Continue reading
An Unofficial Account of UC Davis Aquathlon 2012
I decided I was going to be a Golden Bear on a Monday morning in November 2007. It was November 12th to be exact and I know this because it was absolutely the best decision I have ever made. It marked the beginning of a remarkable journey at Cal that has now given me the opportunity to be part of something incredible: the Cal Triathlon team. Continue reading
On October 28th, only a few days out from Halloween, was the Davis Aquathlon hosted by our lovely farm folk from UC Davis’ Triathlon Team. Given the glamor of the announcement of Nationals in Tempe, AZ and the counting down towards April 13, 2013, it is not surprising that the kickoff race to the WCCTC racing season received due hype from the triathletes of UC Berkeley. For example, the event saw more Cal Triathletes than all other schools combined – UCLA, Standford, and Davis included. Continue reading