Racers from Cambridge University Triathlon Club achieved an outstanding early season victory over Oxford at the inaugural Varsity Duathlon (run-bike-run) race at Milton Keynes last weekend.
Alex Young (St John’s) led the men’s race from the start, setting a blistering pace in the first 4.5 km run, followed by a very slick transition into the 13 km bike course. Producing another rapid run in the final section, he finished over two minutes ahead of the next athlete. The rest of the Cambridge men put in strong performances, resulting in a team victory over Oxford by a large margin. Freshers Matt Halliday (Clare) and Matt Jones (Homerton) raced particularly well, indicating that CUTriC’s ongoing recruiting drive is now paying dividends.
In the ladies’ race, the Cambridge team vastly outnumbered Oxford, and showed no mercy in inflicting a crushing defeat on them. International Ironman level triathlete Lucy Gossage (Downing) won by nearly five minutes, despite being more accustomed to taking part in far longer events! CUH&H stalwarts Polly Keen (Murray Edwards) and Emma Figures (Lucy Cavendish) branched out from running to include cycling in their repertoire as well, and took second and third places to fill the podium with Cambridge athletes.
CUTriC can make some confident predictions from this early season success, and will undoubtedly use their victory as a solid platform to build on and prepare for Varsity Triathlon in June.