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Caitlin Roper

Sport:
Triathlon
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
British Triathlon Federation
District:
Harborough
School:
Leicester Grammar School
Achievements from Application:
  • British Elite Junior Triathlon U20 Festival Champion 2016
  • Represented GB in the European Elite Youth Relay Championships

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Harborough District Leisure Trust

Blog

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

My first month in the US!

I have been in the US now for just under a month and I'm honestly loving it!

It has been a huge culture shock, more than I appreciate and the climate is so different too.

I love the team I train with and I'm excited for our first race next weekend!

9th Sep, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

The next chapter of my life...

So I'm about to start the next chapter on my life, 3927 miles away from home...

I've been awarded a Triathlon Scholarship to Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina, in the USA!

I'll studying Environmental Sciences at QU for the next 4 years, racing for the University too.

My GO GOLD funding over the last 4 years has definitely made a massive difference to my training and my performances and therefore what has lead me to this moment so thank you!

Look out for the blogs of my races being from over in the US as the next chapter of my life starts..

17th Aug, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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Elite Junior European Triathlon Championships

As my first major championships as a Junior, I put a lot of effort into preparing, wanting a top 15 finish.

I had a good start, getting clear water but after 200m, the swim turned violent, having my hat and goggles pulled off.

I had a good T1, making up places after the swim, getting with a good group of girls on the bike.

We caught many cyclists over the 20km, by the end forming the third pack.

Going onto the run I felt strong for the first 1km but then started to feel ill, unable to push myself further, finishing 27th.

27th Jun, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Selection for the European Elite Junior Triathlon Championships!

Based on my performance on Saturday, I was slightly unsure as to whether I'd be selected or not for the European Elite Junior Triathlon Championships but I have had conformation that I've been picked!

It was my A goal this season to qualify and with it being my first time at the event, I'm over the moon to achieve it!

This means I have qualified for both my target races and both European championships I am eligible for!

Thank you to Go Gold for your continued and much appreciated support!

18th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Sospan Sprint Triathlon Llanelli Junior Super Series (European Elite Junior Triathlon Championship Qualifier)

Last Saturday was the most important race of my season; The European qualifier.

I had a strong start getting clear water and I was one of the first around the first bouy.

The swim was split so when coming out the water to dive back in, I saw I was at the back of the front pack and so held on so I wouldn't have to catch up over the rest of the race.

Despite one of my elastic bands snapping when mounting, I rode hard up to the front group within 1km.

A tough run saw me hold on for 5th.

More Information: http://www.healthylifeactivities.co.uk/sospansprinttriathlon-llanelli/results

18th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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Pitsford Triathlon

As it was the European Elite Junior Triathlon Championship qualifier the weekend after, I was using it as a warm up event.

With the water only being 11 degrees, the swim was shortened to 500m and so it really became a sprint.

The bike wasn't draft legal and on open roads so I decided to push a good pace but play it safe.

I had lead out onto the bike and only got overtaken in the last 500m.

After T2, I went out strong, holding a solid pace for the rest of the run to take the win.

More Information: http://race-results.info/2017/20170507gobe/?page=coursepage&courseid=1

18th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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The European Elite Junior Duathlon Championships

The first run was a comfortable pace and it wasn't long until we were on the bike.

It was a challenging course but I was in a group and we worked to try and close the gap on the lead 3.

With it only being 4 degrees, I struggled to get my helmet off and so lost 30 seconds in T2.

Take the 30 extra seconds off and that places me 2nd instead of 5th overall!

I had the 2nd fastest second run after the World Champion, which I was pleased with after a tough bike.

More Information: http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2017_soria_etu_duathlon_european_championships/307189

18th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Selection for the European Elite Junior Duathlon Championships

Based on my performance at the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon (British Elite Duathlon Championships) where we had raced the seniors too, I was excited to be selected for the European Elite Junior Duathlon Championships.

This would be my first major championships as a junior!

17th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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Bedford Autodrome Duathlon (British Elite Duathlon Championships)

With open water still not an option due to the temperature, Duathlon replaces the swim with another run.

The first run was a solid pace and I was just off the front girls.

After lap 1 on the bike, I made a break from my group.

Me and another girl cycled through the field until the last 1km where I attacked, going on my own, creating a gap between her and me before T2.

I was tired off the bike but after 1.5km, my legs came back to me and I finish 2nd in my age group.

More Information: http://chiptimingsolutions.com/british-duathlon-championships-2017?tab=Race%20Results#7_E3F8EF

17th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

The Performance Assessment Weekend

This was the Triathlon season opener and indicator of where we were after our winter's training.

The swim was pool based as it was too cold for open water. I had a solid swim, improving by 30 seconds from the previous year.

The race was split so the bike/run was the following day.

I powered the first 5km of the bike, trying to get as far up in the field I could and then when I got into a group, we worked well together.

On the run, I felt strong, consciously thinking about pushing the pace each lap, finishing 4th.

17th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Triathlon season preview

After a successful training camp, at Christmas in Portugal (which my Go Gold money helped fund) and Cross Country season, I was super looking forward to what I hoped was going to be a successful Triathlon season too.

My goals for this year were to qualify for the Elite Junior European Duathlon and especially Triathlon Championships.

Both of which were optimistic but realistic goals and having these clear targets had really helped me stay focused when training as I had something to aim for!

17th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Cross Country season review

6 races of challenging courses and competitors saw the cross country season come to a close.

It confirmed to me that I was in a really positive position off the back of my winter's training and going forward into the Triathlon season.

The biggest lessons I learnt through my XC races was how to race tactically and most of all, that performing to your potential comes with enjoying racing to the maximum.

17th May, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

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English Schools' Cross Country Championships

Being in Year 13, this was going to be my last English Schools' Cross Country Championships and for the past 6 years, had been my favourite cross country race.

I was hoping therefore not only to beat my best result at this specific race but have my best result of the season, as the race was the signing off of the 2016-2017 XC season.

Throughout the race I felt strong, despite having to work my way through the field, as I left the pen 3rd, and surprised myself with 14th place; my best result at this race specifically and the season!

14th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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CAU Inter County Championships (Inc British Athletics Cross Challenge)

Arguably the best attended Cross Country race of the calendar saw a field comprised of the best Under 20 women from across the United kingdom.

The 6km course was very challenging, consisting of tough terrain and multiple undulating hills.

I had a solid start and although at 4km in I was starting to tire, I held on to secure a top 50 finish, coming 42nd overall.

13th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Midland Counties Championships

With the race being run at Prestwold Hall, it was not only good practice for the CAU Inter County Championships (Inc British Athletics Cross Challenge) in 2 weeks time, which would be over the same course, but to see where I ranked in the Midlands.

The race consisted of a very competitive field and saw a fast pace from start to finish.

I was able to stay with the front of the field though and in a sprint finish, caught and over took 6th.

This position promised good potential for the last and definitely the biggest cross country races of the season.

13th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Selection for the English Schools' Championships

Although I knew I had qualified, I was officially selected to race my last English Schools' Championships, representing Leicestershire and Rutland and my school, Leicester Grammar School, for the last time.

As my last ever English Schools' Championships, I was looking to have a good race and beat my best result of 30th.

12th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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Leicestershire & Rutland Schools' Championships

As my last Schools Cross Country race, never mind County Championships, it was my last chance to qualify for the English Schools' Championships, making it a clean sweep, representing Leicestershire and Rutland for all the 7 years I was eligible.

After coming 2nd at the Groby Leicestershire and Rutland Schools' race League, I had to finish in the top 3 to finish to automatically qualify.

What was a fast paced race, saw me finish 3rd overall, enough to automatically qualify for the English Schools Championships.

12th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Selection for the CAU Inter County Championships (Inc British Athletics Cross Challenge)

After the Leicestershire & Rutland County Championships, it was confirmed I had been selected for the CAU Inter County Championships (Inc British Athletics Cross Challenge) representing Leicestershire and Rutland against all the other counties in the United Kingdom.

12th Apr, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Leicestershire and Rutland Cross Country County Championships

As the first cross country race of the new year, it also acted as the qualifier for the Inter County Cross Country Championships so I was looking to put in a good performance.

Racing up with the senior women saw a quick start to the 6km race, the field soon splitting.

My aim was to go out hard and hold onto the front runners for as long as possible though the mud meant by half way, I was already feeling fatigue.

Overall I finished 6th and 2nd in my age group, qualifying for the Inter Counties.

2nd Feb, 2017

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Thank You!

Thank you Go Gold for your continued support- over the years it has truly made a massive difference to my progression as an athlete and success as a Triathlete.

The money has acted as not only financial support but the support of knowing that someone believes in me, which I find the greatest motivator of all.

I am looking forward to my 2017 season, hopefully achieving what I am capable of; one of the reasons I have achieved what I have achieved over the last 5 years is due to my Go Gold funding, helping me maximise my potential.

Thank you Go Gold.

30th Dec, 2016

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

Elite Under 17 European Championships Qualifier

This was my main seasons goal so I was really gonna go for it!

After a dodgy start because no one the far end heard the horn, I was already deep in the swim pack.

I came out further down then I would of liked but had a good T1, making some time up.

No one in my bike group would work so I did all the work in chasing the front group.

In and out of T2, I had to run the quickest I had ever ran.

Over taking as much of the field as I could, I came 5th, one place below qualification.

20th Jun, 2016

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

British Elite Junior Aquathon Championships

On Saturday, the #WTSLEEDS weekend commenced with my race, of a 750m swim followed by a 5km run.

Diving off the Pontoon, I gained clear water and got "onto the feet" of some faster swimmers.

This, as well as my new swimming training and wetsuit (my funding brought,) meant I came out 15th, 10 seconds off 5th and a long run to transitions, uphill, allowed me to make it up to 3rd.

Having the fastest T1 meant I was in a great position going onto the run.

Unfortunately my legs struggled after a hard swim and an undulating course meant I finished 6th.

13th Jun, 2016

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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Mini Marathon Championships (British Elite 3 Mile Championships)

My last time able to do this event, as it only goes up to Under 17 meant that I was going to give it my all!

After managing to get myself to the front of the start line, I had a really strong start, sat in at the front of the field.

Around the 1 mile mark the pace was really pushed and I decided to sit in instead, what was a large front group, as the top girls pulled away.

Overtaking taking people and vis versa, I was determined to finish in the top 30 and after a sprint finish, finished 29th.

13th Jun, 2016

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

British Elite Junior Duathlon Championships

With it still being too cold in the UK for an open water Triathlon, the British Elite Junior Triathlon Super Series got underway with The Windsor Duathlon.

After a strong paced first 5km I had a great T1 leading to me being a member of the front pack.

Moving up an age group the bike is now 20km so the bigger 2nd pack did eventually catch us.

I made sure I was 1st in and out of T2 as the 2nd run was only 2.5km.

As much as I tried, I didn't have the fastest legs after the bike and came away with 3rd.

11th Apr, 2016

Caitlin Roper

Caitlin Roper

GO GOLD Athlete

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France Camp

Without my funding this year I would not of been able to attend my regional camp which allowed me to train with other triathletes of similar or a higher level in the individual sports, pushing me in my training for races later in the season. Thank you Go Gold for your continued support!

26th Dec, 2015

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Partners

  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Age UK L&R
    Sport England
  • County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Safeguarding
    Loughborough University
  • Harborough District Council
    QUEST
  • East Midlands Platform
    Blaby District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Equality Standard
  • Rutland County Council