ATAC December 2015 Newsletter
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Welcome to our December 2015 Newsletter. It has been a busy year for the club and planning for 2016 is well underway. We know several members who have their 2016 races planned and as a club we are planning our events as well. More to come next year.

One of the goals for 2016 is to improve our communications and this is starting now, with this Christmas Newsletter. The newsletter will evolve over the coming months to be more focused on race reports, events and more, so keep an eye out for the changes.

In this update:

We hope that everyone has a great Christmas and New Year we look forward to seeing everyone in 2016.

ATAC Leadership Team

Christmas Party

On Friday December 5, we held our annual Christmas party and awards evening. A fun night was had by all, and rather than say any more about this, we will let the pictures tell the story. All of the photos can be found in the Christmas Party album on Facebook. Thanks Anna for the pics.

2015 ATAC Awards

Each year we recognise outstanding contributions and performances by our members at the annual Christmas Party and awards evening, and below are our 2015 awards winners. Congratulations to all and keep up the great contributions and performances.

Club Member of the Year: Anthony Panontin

Anthony is a regular at both the cycling and triathlon events. He volunteered to lead some of the running session when Luis was out. He's a member of the triathalon team, a regular on the Saturday rides and provides a certain flair that helps spice up all the events he participates in.

Other nominations:
Mario Blom
Luis Monteiro

Best Performance Cycling: Peter Hope

For qualifying for the World Masters Cycling Championships and making the podium in several of the local criteriums as well as the local time trial series.

Other nominations:
Sander Boerkamp
Hamish Morrin

Most Improved Rider: Cristian Mihai Bârcă.

Cristian joined last year and took part in some of the more difficult rides - despited being dropped a number of times, he persevered and now he easily keeps up with the Saturday rides. He can be seen leading the group now.

Other nominations:
Derek Ryan
Lorna Wilson

Best Performance - Triathlon: Monica Haydock

For completing her first full Ironman, beating her goal time of under 11 hours - not easy! and smashing it home on the marathon in 3:25. In the lead up to Roth, she placed 4th in the Mallorca 70.3 and earned a spot for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Zell am See-Kaprun where she had an impressive 59th place finish in her age group.

Other nominations:
Keith Leddington
Matt Warnock

Most Improved - Triathlete: Tony Stoffels

After years of underwater travelling, he thought that one sport wasn't enough to get him back into shape so he started all of our 3 favorite ones. He's pretty much in every event we put out there, from cyclocross to triathlons to marathons. In his first 70.3 he finished in a very respectable 4:30 (managing to beat some other experienced ATACers in the process). And he managed a 3h14m marathon even after struggling with some knee injuries. Always turns up to ATAC events to support other members.

Other nominations:
Keith Leddington
Lorna Wilson

2016 Membership is Open

All members, new and existing, must renew their membership in two easy steps. 

1. Please make your payment to ATAC.
ACCOUNT NAME: ATAC Amsterdam Triathlon and Cycling

2. Complete the ATAC membership form and waiver. This information will allow us to print your membership card, which is handy to bring on bike rides, runs, etc in case of emergency.

We are offering two options for membership for 2016. No cycling jersey this year, but the NEW ATAC tee.

€50 – a great offer that includes annual membership plus an ATAC T-shirt (available if you sign up by end Jan 2016, for delivery end of Feb). Small ATAC logo on the front and “KEEP CALM AND ATAC” on the back.
€30 – annual membership fee, this has not changed.

T-shirts are available in Female and Male sizes. Nice fitted cotton style. These will be for sale in the shop in March next year for €25. (The tees look better than our photo.)

ICAN Triathlon Special Offer for ATAC - 20% discount

Next year is the second edition of the ICAN Half and Olympic distances triathlon. This is a great opportunity to race one of the big Amsterdam triathlon events and it's right at our doorstep.

Last year ATAC participated not only with members racing both distances but also with volunteers for the aid stations and with our support tent. This year we hope to be there with an even bigger presence.

Our good deed did not go unnoticed and we got offered a 20% discount for our members. Please let Luis know and he will sort you out. (Email:

All of the details can be found on our MeetUp page as well as where to register.

video teaser of last year's race.
See you all out there!

NTB Triathlon Registrations

You can now register to NTB and race as an ATAC member. When you register through ATAC you also receive a discount on the athletes license fee. 

If you already have an NTB license number and want to add it to our club then we'll need your license number and your date of birth, if you don't have a license yet we'll need some more detailed information. 
Please contact Luis ( for further instructions.

About prices and license types please check the NTB website

ATAC Spring Training Camp

When: Saturday 19th March to Monday 28th March (9 days or 7 nights Saturday – Saturday)
NEW location and this year it will be at “Hotel Belvedere”, in Riccione in Italy. We enjoyed Train in Spain last year, and this year we wanted to include non-cycling partners more, as well as the ability to cater for the variations in ability in our group. With this in mind we moved the location. Hotel Belvedere is meant to be one of the best cycling holiday hotels in the world, and is widely written up and reviewed, and really wants non-cycling partners to join their cycling partners on holiday.

  • The riding is very good with a lot of different groups going out every day, from race speed to 30-40km on hybrid bikes. They can cater for all of our needs
  • There are activities for non-riding partners. A big plus.
  • The facilitates are very good and the food is meant to be amazing!

This trip is cycling focused, and the activities will be structured around cycling, with some non-coached triathlon options. We will have access to a 50m pool, where the Italian Nationals are held the following week.

When: Saturday 19th March to Monday 28th March (9 days or 7 nights Saturday – Saturday)
Given this is Easter weekend, I would recommend flying back on Monday 28th March, 2 extra days.  Tour of Flanders is the next weekend

The prices listed on the Meetup are all inclusive once you are at the hotel. Guided riding, accommodation, all meals and local wines. 

More information on our Meetup.

Mechanics Tip

With winter riding in full swing, and the roads are messy, sandy, muddy and sometimes shitty, below are a few tips on keeping your bike in top running order over the winter months:
  • It is easier to wash the bike as soon as you get back from a ride, before all the shit dries and cakes onto the frame. Maybe even visit a car wash on the way home.
  • A car wash pressure washer is great for cleaning you bike, just keep the high pressure away from the headset, bottom bracket and axles. High pressure + bearings do NOT mix.
  • Wipe and oil your chain if it it gets wet. Doing this regularly will mean if your chain will last longer, and also will not gather as much mud and crap, plus it will run more smoothly
  • Baby wipes are a great tool for touch cleaning your bike. They work like magic on the frame as well as for cleaning the chain.
  • Check your tires for cuts or pieces for glass, and other random stuff picked up from the road stuck in them. With the roads been wet, there is often more random stuff on them, and punctures are more common. Regularly check your tires for small glass and the likes, (not exactly sure what it is sometimes), that may be stuck in your tire. If you have a lot of cuts and items stuck, it may be time to replace the tire, as they go soft, then pick up rubbish from the road, and this causes punctures. You do not want a flat in winter (speaking from experience).
Happy winter riding and see you on the road.

Brief Updates

  • The kit order has been placed and we expect delivery in about 8 weeks. Once we have a confirmed delivery date we will let you know.
  • We will continue to ride all winter, unless the roads get icy. Keep an eye on the Meetup.
  • Anyone can lead a ride, not just the usual suspects. If you are heading out, please post the ride, as it is much easier to ride with friends when it is cold out.
  • The Monday night running intervals are going strong. Keep it up runners
  • Keep an eye on the MeetUp for all of our events. 

If you participated in something worth sharing with your ATAC peers, share your story with Tony Stoffells, the Communications Director. (

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