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Karl Alexander: testing the winter miles
Posted by: karlalexander
Posted on: Monday 24th March 2014

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Regular Tri247 contributor Karl Alexander had a chance to check whether "winter miles will become summer smiles" this past weekend when he raced the third round of the F3 Events Winter Duathlon Series at Eton Dorney.

After a great 2013 season, could he raise the bar and start 2014 off on a winning note?

This Sunday, 23rd March saw Dorney Lake play host to the Round 3 of the F3 Events Winter Duathlon Series. With a selection of distances including super-sprint, sprint and standard these events are a great early test of whether those winter miles will become summer smiles.

This would also be my first race of the year in the colours of Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei and XTERRA Wetsuits.

Arriving at the venue I was parked next to Alice Hector, recent winner of the Israman and World AG Sprint Triathlon Champion, we chatted briefly and I made my way to registration to collect my numbers and timing chip. The registration process was slick and efficient and within a few minutes I was applying race #1 to my bike and kit.

After a quick race brief conducted by Race Director, Martyn Edwards, the claxon got all three events underway.

Immediately a lead pack established comprised almost exclusively of junior athletes from Optima Racing Team. With a strong tailwind I covered the first mile in 5:10 and was about 10 meters or so behind the leading group. At the turnaround, the strong tailwind became a block headwind and I found myself reeling in the leaders.

After 17:56 I had completed the 5km run and was in transition and heading out for eight laps of the bike course. On the first lap I had caught and passed the remaining athletes ahead and was now leading the event but with a long headwind straight the bike course whilst flat was very tough. I settled into a rhythm and set about getting it done.

I competed the 40km bike course in 1:01:46 and was feeling good - it came as something as a surprise when I was joined in transition by Vaughn Moseley who’d had a great ride and was looking focussed and relaxed.

Karl Alexander - F3 Events Winter Duathlon

I was confident that I had the run speed to outrun Vaughn but just in case, I decided to up the tempo and pushed hard. At the turnaround I could see that I had opened a gap on Vaughn and could now see Paul James (Team Dillon) chasing hard in third. I kept my tempo high and heading out on the second lap I could see that the gap had gone out even further. I kept pushing. I was told by Martyn Edwards that I was in third place, he seems to do this to me at races…

I was very confused, no one had passed me on the bike how could I possibly be down in third? Unkown to me, I hadn’t caught everyone on the bike, the first runner home was part of a relay team from AW Cycles and their cyclist was smashing round the course like a boss. As for who was in second, Martyn pointed out Rory Spicer from Viceroys Tri about 300 meters ahead of me. With just over a kilometre to go, it was now or never. With 200 meters to go I was on his shoulder and at the left turn to the finish he went straight on to begin another lap.

I turned and crossed the finish line in 1:59:33 and in first place, second behind the relay team. 2:43 later Vaughn Mosely crossed the line and just over a minute later Paul James completed the podium.

The womens event was won by Fay Cripps with Phoebe Sanders in second and Lizzie Currie (Team NAGI) in third. The Sprint Event was won by Rory Atkins and Alice Hector.

Karl Alexander - F3 Events Winter Duathlon

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