Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Got the Goods! Interview with Nick Dorsett


Nick Dorsett was dominant on the local scene in 2018, notching overall wins at Salem, Daybreak, East Canyon, and Kokopelli, 2nd's at Echo and Jordanelle, and a 4:24, podium-placing performance at Ironman St. George 70.3. Here he talks about the Utah tri scene vs. other states, his biggest local rival, and whether or not he has the goods to go pro.


Thanks for the time, Nick!

ps. Nick is nearing completion of his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the U, and his dream is to work in the bike industry... if you can help him network with the likes of Enve, Reynolds, Specialized, or others, let's try to keep this guy in state!


What’s your athletic background and how did you get into triathlon? Where have you lived before coming to UT, and when did you move here?


My athletic background is primarily in swimming with some running thrown in as well. I joined a summer league swim team when I was 8 and started swimming year-round a few years after that. Once I hit high school, I ran cross country and swam all four years, also doing track my senior year. I got started in triathlon the summer before my freshman year of high school. My dad and brother wanted to do a race as a team, and they wanted me to swim for them. I thought the experience was so cool that the next year I did the race solo, and have been hooked ever since. I grew up in Washington state, and moved to Montana to do my undergrad. I graduated in 2017 and moved to Utah that August to start grad school.


East Canyon

What races did you do this year, and how would you summarize your season?

I started my season this year racing the Lake Havasu Triathlon, our collegiate conference championship. I went on to do Salem, Collegiate Nationals, 70.3 St. George, Daybreak, East Canyon, Echo, both the sprint and Olympic distance races at Age Group Nationals, Jordanelle, Kokopelli, a draft legal sprint at the Oktoberfest Tri, and Pumpkinman. I also did the Sugarhouse Crit, my first ever road race which was a blast.

What was the highlight and lowlight from all your racing this year?

The highlight of my season was definitely my finish in the sprint race at age group nationals. 4th in my age group and 7th overall was by far the best finish I’ve ever had at a race of that caliber. This was also especially good after the low point, which happened the previous day in the Olympic distance race. I thought I had a chance for an even better finish there, but two flats left me on the side of the road for an hour.


Nick is the reigning Championship Belt holder for
the M2024 age group


What are your race plans and goals for next season?

I’ll be graduating this spring, so most of next season is an unknown for me. Right now I’m planning on doing a U25 draft legal race in Clermont in early March, travelling to Lake Havasu City in mid-March for our collegiate conference championship race, and then racing Collegiate Nationals the first weekend of April. After that we’ll see.

When did you realize you had the goods to shoot for a pro card? Was there a specific race and/or moment when that became a goal?

Not sure I actually have the goods yet! In my very first tri, I remember seeing a local pro flying out of the water and taking off on the bike and thinking “man, I really want to be that guy someday.” As time has gone on, I’ve gotten faster and am seeing that it’s a possibility at least. I’m also pretty competitive, so if I have a chance to race at that kind of level I’m going to go for it.




How would you compare the Utah tri scene to other places you’ve been?

The Utah tri scene is way more vibrant than either Washington or Montana. Not only are there a lot more races, but going to the races it seems like everyone knows each other and it’s clearly a pretty tight-knit community. I’ve also really appreciated everything Wes and BAM have done to help me with getting the collegiate team at the U going. I put out some feelers to see if anyone was interested in joining and he pretty much immediately jumped all in to help us out.

Have you developed any friendly rivalries on the local scene? Who can give you a run for your money at any given race?

My biggest rival this season was definitely Jorge. I was really disappointed to not have been able to race at Brineman, because after seeing his times there I think we would have had a really close race. A few months ago, Colorado pro Ernie Mantell moved here, and after doing some training with him I’m really excited to race head to head next season.

Jorge de Amorim Filho on his way to winning the
2018 State Champs race at Brineman
How far through your studies are you, and what companies do we need to help you network with to keep you in state?

I’m just finishing up my third semester of my Master’s (Mechanical Engineering), with one more to go. Working for a bike company has always been a dream job of mine, and this is a good place to do so, with Enve, Reynolds, and Specialized among others in the area.

What are your 3 favorite local races you’ve done and why?

Of the races I did this summer, I think my favorite was Daybreak. The point-to-point swim there was really interesting and it was probably my favorite run course of all the races. Second favorite was Kokopelli, not sure if that really counts as a local race although it is in the Championship Series. Can’t really go wrong with St. George, it’s just gorgeous. Third favorite race I think was Salem, with a really solid course for each leg.


Salem, site of the State Champs race in Sep 2019,
is open to all abilities and experience levels

Anything else you want to share?

I just want to say that I think everything you do to promote local racing is awesome, and thanks for everything you do. Also a huge thanks to Wes for both his help with the collegiate team and for coaching me. I wouldn’t have had anywhere near the level of success I’ve had without him.




UTAH TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 2019 DETAILS --> SEE POST HERE !!!




Below are links to all the races in the 2019 Championship Series:


Below are links to all Challenger Races:






We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising a few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)




We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.



Monday, November 26, 2018

Utah Triathlon Championship Series 2019 - FINALIZED


Below is a summary of the Utah Triathlon Championship Series for 2019. Please scroll down for additional details as well as registration links. See you at the races!






Overview
  • Like 2018, the 2019 Utah Triathlon Championship Series will consist of 10 local events from March - September, in addition to a State Championship race & party welcoming all abilities and experience levels
  • The State Champs venue rotates annually. TriUtah's Brineman hosted in 2018, with RaceTri's SALEM STATE CHAMPS hosting in September 2019
  • NEW FOR 2019, each event in the series will have ONE distance that counts towards rankings, season awards, etc. For example, the Olympic distance has been chosen as the official series race for Echo.
  • The intent of this is two-fold: 1) it builds prestige for the official series races, and 2) there's less "pressure," no results analysis, rankings implications, etc, for the non-series distance(s). This would be a good option for someone who just wants to come out and enjoy the day, someone coming back from injury, using the race as a training day, etc.
  • We hope that this format will continue to grow participation across the board, as people can self-select races according to their goals and what they want to get out of race day
  • The current breakdown of Championship Series races is 2 Sprints, 6 Olympics, and 3 Halfs
  • In collaboration with RaceTri and TriUtah, we worked super hard to get the Salem State Champs and the Brineman Half on different days... unfortunately it was to no avail due to local city conflicts, but both will be great races.
SALEM STATE CHAMPS!!  (Sep 7, 2019)

Based on 2018 participation, here are the races comprising the Championship Series for 2019:



1) March 30: ICEBREAKER - SPRINT

2) May 4: ST. GEORGE 70.3


3) May 18: SAND HOLLOW - OLYMPIC

4) June 1: DAYBREAK - OLYMPIC
5) June 8: EAST CANYON - OLYMPIC

6) June 22:  THE UTAH HALF 
  

7) July 13:  ECHO - OLYMPIC


8) Aug 10:  JORDANELLE - OLYMPIC
9) Sep 7: SALEM STATE CHAMPS - SPRINT


10) Sep 7: BRINEMAN - HALF


11) Sep 21: KOKOPELLI - OLYMPIC



Structure (same as last year)
  • Similar to European soccer (eg England's Premier League), the Championship Series will include a system of "promotion" and "relegation"
  • This means a max of 2 races NOT in the Championship Series (aka "Challenger Races") one year can be "promoted" into it the following year if they out-draw races currently in the series
  • In that example, the races currently in the series would get "relegated" AKA bumped out for the following year
  • This way, the tri community as a whole decides what races make up the Championship Series any given year… it's up to RD's to promote their races and athletes to support the races they choose


Awards (ditto)
  • Utah Tri Buzz rankings, age group awards, Most Improved and other swag for the season will be based on the Championship Series (average of top 3 races like previous years)
  • We also want to continue driving a local culture of volunteering at races & supporting each other; it's expected that each participant will volunteer at least once (more if you can), and those who go above and beyond will be recognized for their efforts!
  • You don't have to race Salem State Champs to qualify for season awards. However, the rankings system will include a significant points bonus for those who do race the State Champs. This was enough to move the needle at Brineman 2018 in a few age groups!
  • There will also be awards from the host race company for the single day State Championship race

In summary, should be fun!

Below are links to all the races in the 2019 Championship Series:

Below are links to all Challenger Races:





We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising a few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)


We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Utah Triathlon Championship Series 2019 - UPDATE


Although there are still a few details to iron out, we know enough to begin hyping the Utah Triathlon Championship Series 2019!


Overview
  • Like 2018, the 2019 Utah Triathlon Championship Series will consist of 10 local events from March - September, in addition to a State Championship race & party welcoming all abilities and experience levels
  • The State Champs venue rotates annually. TriUtah's Brineman hosted in 2018, with RaceTri's SALEM STATE CHAMPS hosting in September 2019
  • NEW FOR 2019, each event in the series will have ONE distance that counts towards rankings, season awards, etc. For example, the Olympic distance has been chosen as the official series race for Echo.
  • The intent of this is two-fold: 1) it builds prestige for the official series races, and 2) there's less "pressure," no results analysis, rankings implications, etc, for the non-series distance(s). This would be a good option for someone who just wants to come out and enjoy the day, someone coming back from injury, using the race as a training day, etc.
  • We hope that this format will continue to grow participation across the board, as people can self-select races according to their goals and what they want to get out of race day
  • The current breakdown of Championship Series races is 2 Sprints, 6 Olympics, and 3 Halfs
  • In collaboration with RaceTri and TriUtah, we worked super hard to get the Salem State Champs and the Brineman Half on different days... unfortunately it was to no avail due to local city conflicts, but both will be great races.
SALEM STATE CHAMPS!!

Based on 2018 participation, here are the races comprising the Championship Series for 2019:



1) March 30: ICEBREAKER - SPRINT

2) May 4: ST. GEORGE 70.3


3) May 18: SAND HOLLOW - OLYMPIC

4) June 1: DAYBREAK - OLYMPIC
5) June 8: EAST CANYON - OLYMPIC

6) June 22:  TOUGHMAN UTAH HALF 
  

7) July 13:  ECHO - OLYMPIC


8) Aug 10:  JORDANELLE - OLYMPIC
9) Sep 7: SALEM STATE CHAMPS - SPRINT


10) Sep 7: BRINEMAN - HALF


11) Sep 21: KOKOPELLI - OLYMPIC



Structure (same as last year)
  • Similar to European soccer (eg England's Premier League), the Championship Series will include a system of "promotion" and "relegation"
  • This means a max of 2 races NOT in the Championship Series one year can be "promoted" into it the following year if they out-draw races currently in the series
  • In that example, the races currently in the series would get "relegated" AKA bumped out for the following year
  • This way, the tri community as a whole decides what races make up the Championship Series any given year… it's up to RD's to promote their races and athletes to support the races they choose
Awards (ditto)
  • Utah Tri Buzz rankings, age group awards, Most Improved and other swag for the season will be based on the Championship Series (average of top 3 races like previous years)
  • We also want to continue driving a local culture of volunteering at races & supporting each other; it's expected that each participant will volunteer at least once (more if you can), and those who go above and beyond will be recognized for their efforts!
  • You don't have to race Salem State Champs to qualify for season awards. However, the rankings system will include a significant points bonus for those who do race the State Champs. This was enough to move the needle at Brineman 2018 in a few age groups!
  • There will also be awards from the host race company for the single day State Championship race

In summary, should be fun!

Below are links to all the races in the 2019 Championship Series:




We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising a few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)


We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Volunteers of the Year Winners - 2018


We asked around the tri community for nominations for our 2nd annual Volunteers of the Year awards. In no particular order, here were the names we heard the most.

Congrats, and thanks for all you do!




JOSH SROKA
Josh Sroka (right) was nominated by RaceTri & SLTC


ANNA NEMECKAY
Coach Anna Nemeckay is a repeat winner,
nominated by TriUtah

MARK THORUM

MAKINSIE BARTHOLOMEW


MIKE HUMPHRIES




GERALD BRADY

Other nominations, sorry no pics!

KARLA SOUTHERN
TIA DILLMAN
CASEY MERRILL
KAREN HODGES
LAURA HUMPHRIES




We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising a few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)


We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Top Local Racer Awards - 2018


As we showed in our last post, local race participation was up 17% this year vs. last year, which is something everyone in our tri community should be proud of.

Everyone who supported the local scene should pat themselves on the back, although we want to highlight those of you who truly went Beast Mode this season.

All in there were 63 individuals in our database who raced at least 5 of the 18 races we tracked (Utah Triathlon Championship Series & Challenger Races combined - scroll down to see the list), with 25 people racing 6+ times.

For those who raced 6+ times we have an award for you... shoot us a message and let's hook you up with some swag!

ps. in order to help us not miss any of your races, please register using the same name every time!  (Mike vs. Michael, etc, etc). We try to clean those up, but it's tough to monitor for everyone :)


Thomas Risse ain't afraid to throw down!!








In case you're not familiar with the Utah Triathlon Championship Series, these posts explain:

Utah Triathlon Championship Series - summary

Utah Triathlon Championship Series - how it works





We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)

We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.