BGY at the 2014 JLL Property Triathlon
23 July 2014
The 2014 JLL Property Triathlon was held on a very sunny 4th July; for the US it was their Independence Day, but for us six BGY teammates, it was our day to take on this fantastic challenge. The event was held in the beautiful location of Dorney Lake in Windsor. With some pre-race worries about the weather conditions we happily arrived on Friday morning, sunglasses on, and bathed in the warm sunshine.
Once the BGY Bullets and BGY Flyers registered and collected our race chips, we headed to the largest transition zone I had ever seen. Placed just outside the spectacular setting of the Dorney Lake Clubhouse, it accommodated thousands of bikes. The day’s event consisted of a 750m swim, followed by a 21km bike ride, and finished off with a 5km run for the two BGY teams taking part.
With the bikes racked, the BGY six headed to the start area, fashioning the brand new BGY kit. The two Irish champs, Conor and Eoin, took on the swim after weeks of training in a London lido. Before we knew it they were in, swimming straight into clean water, narrowly missing being kicked and punched by the masses. They powered around the course and came out in a great time.
This released the team’s cyclists, Justin and myself. Justin was out of the blocks early, followed a couple of minutes later by myself. Foot to the peddle, we flew off the line, over taking as we puffed around the four lap course. After figuring out the course on lap one, we both pushed on the next three, fighting the acres and gaining speed.
Moving from bike to run smoothly, Liam and Joe headed out for their two laps of the course. The boys went off at a great pace and before we caught our breath from the cycle, Liam was back! We saw Joe approach not long after. With the finish line in sight, we screamed him home. On Joe’s completion, Liam realised that he had completed one lap, instead of the two. So unfortunately, after already crossing the finish line, the BGY Bullets had to abstain with a great time of 1.04. The BGY flyers finished the Triathlon in 1.16, coming in a fantastic 52nd out of all 400 teams.
Overall, the Property Triathlon was a great day and an amazing event for the BGY teams! We look forward to the next sporting challenge…
Words by Paul Motley – Architect.