Great to be back at QT Resort for the 9th year of Tribal Falls Creek Training Camp with an awesome group of committed triathletes and cyclists.
Day 1 was 120km of the Tribal Performance Cycle Coach Stewie McKenzie special workouts ascending at Tawonga Gap and Falls Creek.
With 5 first timers to The Mountains everyone made the 30km ascend to Falls Creek.
Day 2 Another big one 120-180km with Happy Valley, Mt Buffalo and Tawonga Gap. With a recovery swim at Mt Beauty Pool or in the picturesque and cold Kiewa river. A sneaky side track ascend to Mt Buffalo for some more mountain climbing – nice work Liz, Justin and Alex 160+km in the bank.
Check out some of the action today.
Day 3. Tough day at the office for the Tribal Crew today with some forecast wind and rain. We certainly got that as we were ascending Mt Hotham at approx the 20km mark the weather turned for the worst with gale force winds at 60+kph and rain that turned into hail. As the crew braved the crappy conditions with the gale force winds the rain started the safest option was to turn and descend back to Harrietville. Picking up some of the crew in pretty horrendous conditions the others continued encountering a big drop in the temperature, pouring rain, hail, icy slippery roads and tree branches all over the roads. A well earned break at Harrietville till the worst of the weather was over then a great ride back to Mt Beauty. At the bottom of Tawonga Gap we encountered a bushfire a few kms off the main road (lightening strike) that locals were attending. Never a dull moment.
Massive shout out to Alex, Justin, Brian, Michael, Cherie, Michelle, Gabe, Laura and Nerissa. Nothing soft comes out of TRIBAL.
Day 4 The last ride day for most. Options to ride 120km / 100km / 90km / 60km with a variety of descends and ascends of Falls Creek and Tawonga Gap. Starting at Falls Creek to Bright and back via Tawonga Gap. At Bright we were joined by not so little Stevie Menzies and partner Jen Bonner. Stevie showed some great development from last year and posted a big PB up Falls Creek.
With the First Timers – Big Hitters Juzzy and Alex taking a 120km different route down the mountain they clocked up over 600km in the 4 days.
The other Big Hitter was Liz Hall showing her massive improvements over the years (5 time Tribal Falls Creek Camper) Liz gave Alex and Justin a run for their money up the mountains as well as down the mountains over the 4 days with her great power to weight ratio – awesome 4 days by Liz. With Gavin Wright always a consistent 100+km per day.
Other first timers Cherie Beckingham and Michael (Iron Mike) Dye showed their development is on track for Melbourne Ironman with an awesome 4 days of consistent riding taking it all in their stride. These two did not miss a beat with over 500km in the 4 days.
A Massive Shout Out to Michelle Nicholas another first timer to the Tribal Camp and has only been riding for a few months. Michelle is also training for Melbourne Ironman and clocked up a very inspiring 400+km. With some general leg soreness continued on with great courage and determination with a big smile and no complaints. Michelle showed plenty of physical and mental strength well above her cycling experience. Look out Melbourne Ironman…
All time Tribal Camp favourites Gabe Kopke and Brian Price showed there experience on the mountains with an awesome display of mountain climbing with Gabe clocking over 400km and Brian clocking over 500km in 4 days making particular strength gains focusing on his Gluteus Maximus.
Past Tribal members now living in Sydney and past Tribal Campers Jeremy Francis and Laura Buckley stepped up to the plate. Laura Buckley with her no fuss attitude and get on with the job had a ripper camp over the 4 days clocking up appox 500km. Jeremy with Melbourne Ironman looming also got the job done carrying a hamstring injury and over 400km.
It was no surprise on the morning of the 31st before our check out to see Liz Hall doing another Falls Creek descend and ascend with efforts. Keep an eye on Liz at the Cycling Road Nationals and Tour Down Under.
A huge thanks to dozen athletes who attended the camp, a big thanks to QT Resort for adding another 3 bedroom and no extra cost, also thanks Mt Beauty Service Station for the Tribal van clutch fix up.
Another hugely successful camp with plenty of physical and mental challenges conquered by all.
Cant wait for next year…