The 13th August 2016 saw the challenging Bassenthwaite Triathlon held again at the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, on Bassenthwaite Lake. The event hosts a standard distance race each year, and for the 2nd year was also hosting a sprint distance race.
Following the swim, the bike routes for both the Short and Standard distances and run routes are based on the undulating roads around Bassenthwaite Lake.
Mike Evans represented the Yorkshire Vikings in the standard distance race, looking to add to his previously solid Olympic distance performances.
Commenting on the route, Mike discussed the difficulty of the Lake District based event: “they just love hills up there!”. Mike also made reference to his attempts to impress head coach Naiomi Saunders in completing a flying dismount, which turned out to be more successful than his flying mount, which Mike managed to come away with a cut ankle from, having hit the pedal!
As in previous events, Mike came away with another solid time, finishing the race in 02:58:17, with splits of 31:47 swim, 01:24 T1, 01:27:34 Bike, 00:54 T2, and 56:38 Run.
In reality though, the event was probably the least exciting element of the day. The 56:38 Run time could be forgiven for being a little delayed, as Mike took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend Amy Clayden as he came down the finishing straight!
A fantastic result in the race, and much more importantly, amazing news for Mike and Amy. Massive congratulations to you both from everyone at Yorkshire Vikings!