Friday, 10 January 2014 21:47

RUMOURS CONFIRMED: BRATs DID GO OFF PISTE

It has been reported that there is truth in the rumour that members of the BRAT club were cited in mountains close to La Tania, France at the beginning of January 2014. Further investigation has uncovered that it was in fact members of BRAT™ (Birmingham’s Rowdy Alpine Team) who were misbehaving in the snow over the New Year period.

Original suspicions that these were BRAT club members were fueled by the near constant representation of BRAT club clothing by one or more members of this gaggle at all hours of day and night. However, the groups’ over-consumption of sugary kids cereal (“Miely Pops”), beers and crepes (in the place of porridge, Hi5 and cereal bars) soon put paid to this rumour.

Other behaviors typical of BRAT club member trips were however noted. These included recklessly travelling downhill at speed, early morning yoga posing, eating vast amounts of food, returning to the UK with collectively more bruises than people, and excessive consumption of Jäger.

The oddity of this collective of kamikaze snow sliders is further revealed in the attached picture and their unique taste in knitwear.  Further investigation into the shenanigans of BRAT™ (Birmingham’s Rowdy Alpine Team) will be on-going….

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Dear BRAT Club, is there any truth to the rumour that the club is about to branch out into alpine multisport events?  Clandestine paparazzi photographers have caught this group of BRATs in a secret training camp at an unknown alpine destination - clearly in training mode.  Training apparently involved a number of disciplines, including free fall, snow bank ascending, hydration and how not to do it, health and safety and alpine language skills.  More information is being sought by our deep cover secret agents, so keep an eye on this website for further information. 

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The BRAT Sprint and Standard Triathlon will once again be held at the West Midlands Water Ski Centre which is just a short drive from Birmingham City Centre. The venue provides a perfect place for beginners who are looking for their first open water race as well as being ideal for the experienced triathlete.

 

*Sprint = 750m open water, 21Km Bike, 5Km Run

The Swim is a 750m open water swim in the water ski lake, with competitors swimming 350M out to the second marker where they will take a right turn and head back to the shore and swim exit. From swim exit competitors will run up a carpeted slip way to a grass transition.

Competitors will start in waves of Male and Female.

The Bike route is a flat 21Km course and will be fast with no hills where you will be rewarded with the effort you put in on this bike leg. The route will be patrolled by draft marshals so please do not draft.

The Run will be around the perimiter of the water ski lakes and so will provide the perfect traffic free run. You will leave transition to the edge of the lake where you will pass the water stand followed by 600m along a flat path. This path will lead to a right hand turn through a large gate where you will find the first and only climb of the run route, Pikes ridge, which is a gentle gradient climb of 300 metres on grass. From here it is a 100 metre flat run where you will start you decent down to the lakes edge and at the bottom of the ridge will be the turnaround point.

The turnaround point will be the top of your first lap. The run to complete this lap will be flat and on grass. This will take you back to the club house where a turnmarker will be situated. From here you will complete the lap again before heading towards the cheering crowds at finish line.

*Standard = 1,500m open water, 40Km Bike, 10Km Run

The Swim is a 1,500m open water swim in the water ski lake, with competitors swimming 750M out to the second marker where they will take a right turn and head back to the shore and swim exit. From swim exit competitors will run up a carpeted slip way to a grass transition.

Competitors will start in waves of Male and Female, as well as divided by age groups.

The Bike route is a flat 40Km course and will be fast with no hills where you will be rewarded with the effort you put in on this bike leg. The route will be patrolled by draft marshals so please do not draft.

The Run will be around the perimiter of the water ski lakes and will entail 4 laps of the course in total to achieve the 10Km. You will leave transition to the edge of the lake where you will pass the water stand followed by 600m along a flat path. This path will lead to a right hand turn through a large gate where you will find the first and only climb of the run route, Pikes ridge, which is a gentle gradient climb of 300 metres on grass. From here it is a 100 metre flat run where you will start you decent down to the lakes edge and at the bottom of the ridge will be the turnaround point.

The turnaround point will be the top of your first lap. The run to complete this lap will be flat and on grass. This will take you back to the club house where a turnmarker will be situated. From here you will complete the lap on 3 more occasions before heading towards the cheering crowds at finish line.

 

Swim, bike and run maps are all available on the 3D Tri website

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