Tri247 Newsletter


15th Oct 2007Issue 32

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What a weekend! In an absolutely perfect moment of planned stupidity the Editor slipped off down to Dorset on Friday night. No problem, he said, we'll just cover the swim from there and then head back to London and pick it up at the end of the bike - what can happen? Yeah, right! That'll teach him... And so, in penance, he got to stay up all night to watch it through to the bitter end with Pete 'Dinky' Dalkin crossing the line with just six and a bit minutes to spare. Bet he asked for a slice of apple pie! Great effort, Pete and we'll see you at Lanzarote in May.

Most of us managed to get to the Cycle Show last week and check out the latest and greatest that the bike world has to offer for 2008. We'll be covering the show in detail through this week but it seems to have been pretty successful in terms of attracting visitors. A couple of the major brands were missing, notably Cannondale and Giant, and some of the 'new' stuff had already been seen through trade briefings but it's clear that most bike makers now regard triathlon as a legitimate market and are making sure they have at least one tri model in the catalogue. It's all too easy to get a bit jaded; just how many carbon fibre monocoque framesets can one look at before spotting two that are identical other than the branding? Fortunately there were some stand-outs as well to make it worthwhile looking carefully.

In fact, looking carefully and spotting the good ones could be a bit of a theme for this weekend! And Tri247 has a great new deal that will enable you to do just that. Triathlete magazine is legendary in its coverage of events like Hawaii with great on-the-spot reports and fantastic photgraphy. As part of our efforts to bring great deals to our readership we've negotiated a discounted rate on both the classic printed magazine and their new online delivered digest version. Check out the details here, newsletter subscribers are seeing this before the offer goes live on the website, and get hold of the world's best triathlon magazine at a bargain price.

In this issue:

Club La Santa

Win a trip to the Volcano Triathlon with Club La Santa

Two almost unbelievably lucky Tri247 readers could be off to spend seven nights at Club La Santa next year with flights, bike transportation and entry to the Volcano Triathlon on May 3rd 2008. How about that as a way of motivating your winter training?

The Volcano Triathlon has been growing in popularity every year, this is the 24th running of the event, and it is now firmly established as a top quality race. The 1.5k swim takes place in the protected seawater lagoon at Club La Santa with a two-lap, 40k bike course through the amazing volcanic landscape of Lanzarote before the two-lap, 10k run which finishes in the main stadium. The scenic course and the fantastic atmosphere have made it a favourite event of many Brits, with hundreds of elite and amateur triathletes taking part in the event.

You can find out all about the competition (which is only open to UK residents) in this article on the main Tri247 website.


Weekend action

With the Ford Iroman Hawaii World Championship dominating the headlines this weekend you might expect us to be talking about age groupers making the top ten... ...and we will! But, there's a bigger story to tell and that's of a first-year GB pro athlete winning the race. And, no, Scott Neyedli didn't but Chrissie Wellington did!

Rather than repeat the whole race coverage, which is already online here, we though that we might look a little closer at just where Chrissie has come from. An accomplished age group athlete, she won her age group at the 2006 ITU World Championships, she took the plunge and turned professional in February 2007 after a trial visit to Brett Sutton's training camp in Leysin. Since then she has placed second at the Mekong River Asian Cup, won the Subic Bay Asian Cup, won the Alpe D'Huez long course (she was only entered for the short distance...) and then won Ironman Korea just seven weeks ago to get her Hawaii slot. Did she feature on anybody's radar? No! Not least because, as the IronmanLive commentators remarked, winning Korea doesn't really indicate that you'll win Hawaii - it's a late season race that, apart from the heat and humidity, hasn't exactly been a key indicator of potential in the past.

So, do we have a new Ironman star in the making? Well, anyone who wins at Hawaii gets star status irrespective of anything else - she'll be the face on the target next year in the same way that Michellie Jones was this year.

Was her performance a fluke like Luc Van Lierde's rookie win? Again, as the commentators remarked, fear of the known is often worse that fear of the unknown although we cannot ever recall seeing such a relaxed and controlled winning run where the pace barely changed and, if the figures are correct, a rookie got within 40 seconds of the all-time women's run record (Lori Bowden's 2:59:16 in 1999) and is only the second woman ever to go under three hours - corrections by email to please...

Would she have won if Michellie or Natascha had still been in the race? Impossible to tell, of course, but if she had run the same race as she did without them her 9:08:45 tops Badmann's 9:09:30 in 2005 and Jones's 9:18:31 from last year so there's a distinct possibility that she would still be the champion even if they had raced.

After Chrissie's win at Korea the Editor wrote this: Whilst nobody can deny that Scott Neyedli won Sherborne or that Chrissie Wellington won Korea - or that for anyone to win an Ironman race is a major physical achievement worthy of significant respect - that single win doesn't in any way indicate that professional riches will be heaped upon them any day soon. If you need confirmation you only have to look at Bella Comerford, the other British winner in recent weeks. With five wins and several podiums on her palmares she has yet to hit the big time in terms of sponsorship or product endorsement. For athletes like these, winning is when the payday comes and they keep racing to keep paying the bills. The sad reality is that, for most professional triathletes, they would probably be better off working in an office or driving one of those buses... ...but, to a committed athlete, the money isn't why they do it. For that kind of attitude you probably need to be talking to a footballer! It will be very interesting to see how her fortunes change in the coming months - her kit was noticeably devoid of any sponsorship apart from, we think, that of the bank where she used to work.

We also have a full and exclusive interview with Chrissie when she spoke to Simon Ward after the race. You can also watch her finish on the IronmanLive site's 'Watch me finish' feature here.

Only two GB men beat her, Scott Neyedli and Nick Saunders, and we probably had the best overall pro performances since, well, probably ever with Leanda Cave hanging in for eighth and Yvette Grice turning in a respectable 10:37:51 as well. In the age group race the best performance was Jo Carritt's fifth in the 30-34, then Scott Balfour's seventh in the 60-64, two ninth's for Penny Edwards (50-54) and Fi Ford (35-39) with John Mergler getting 10th in the 45-49 category, apparently with a broken foot! We also scored the last official finisher with Pete Dalkin sneaking in with 6:30 to spare. Peter Norman and Arnaud Picut missed the 17 hour cut-off and we would love to know why Declan Doyle had a 51 minute T2... UPDATE the bandages at the finish tell the story, apparently he crashed on the bike and the time was spent patching him up for the run.

Elsewhere in the race, and you understand that we are just cherry picking here, it was probably a race too far for Hilary Biscay who we watched to 20th place in her eighth ironman-distance race of 2007; she was second at both Sherborne and Wisconsin and also comes from the Brett Sutton camp, and Laurent Jalabert just has to learn to swim better; he came out the water in 1145th, motored his way up to 105th on the bike and then ran a 3:10:08 for 76th place - who says cyclists can't do triathlon well?

Pos Men Women
1 Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:15:34 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 9:08:45
2 Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:19:04 Samantha McGlone (CAN) 9:14:04
3 Torbjorn Sindballe (DEN) 8:21:30 Kate Major (AUS) 9:19:13
4 Tim DeBoom (USA) 8:22:33 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:26:47
5 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:23:31 Rebecca Preston (AUS) 9:26:55

The other major international race this weekend was the final of the Lifetime Fitness series at the US Open Triathlon in Dallas. Only a couple of GB Pros were on the startlist, Paul Amey and Julie Dibens. We don't have the full results yet but Julie did phone through to say that she had ended up with second place behind Sarah Haskins. Mirinda Carfrae was third and an ailing Emma Snowsill was fourth - apparently the rumour is that she's not been well since Beijing. (There's a lot of sickness about this weekend...) In the men's race, Greg Bennett sewed up the series and the massive $300,000 bonus cheque with a win ahead of Filip Ospaly and Bevan Docherty. James Hadley, one of the Team Bath athletes was 14th and Paul Amey was 19th. Full results and splits are on the US Open website:

Back home in the not quite so pleasantly warm waters of a lake, the Forest of Dean Sprint saw wins for Jon Rawlings (Tri Team Glos) in 1:03:10 and Hazel Owen (Tri Coaching UK) in 1:17:41. Full results are here.

The White Oak Tri Squad put on the Fast and Furious Duathlon with victory going to Chris Neal (Larkfield Tr) in 1:08:30 and Suzy Sivapitchai (Tri Sport Epping) in 1:19:09. Full results are here.

Down in the New Forest the Avon Tyrrell Short Duathlon was won by Lee Piercy (Primera) in 1:03:35 and Laura Southwold in 1:15:43. Full results are here.

The Devon Duathlon saw wins for Jon Parkinson (Torbay Tri) in 1:25:40 and Helen Parkinson (Torbay Tri) in 1:32:59. Full results are coming, we hope, but there is a list of finishing times on their website.

The Marlow Striders ran a test event for their planned Marlow Duathlon and, apart from needing to sort out the way they do their results, seem to have done a good job in attracting a quality field. Jez Cox (Planet X) took the win in 1:35:05, ten minutes ahead of regular rival Ian Birch, while Jenny Shorrocks (Handy Cross) also had a fairly comfortable win in 1:51:35. Full results are here.

One of the bigger running events of the Autumn is Human Race's ASICS Kingston Running Festival and in the 8.2-mile race the victories went to Tom Kingsnorth (Thames Harriers) in 0:45:19 and Angela Hibbs (Claremont RR) in 0:50:32. In the 16-mile race the winners were Tony Lashmar (Victoria Park Harriers) in 1:34:25 and Laura Cowley (Herts Phoenix) in 1:41:05. Full results will go up on the Human Race website ( later today and as soon as they are verified we'll load a copy in the database.

Buy a book for charity

Steve Trew, Tri247 columnist, coach extraordinaire and TV commentator/guru has another string to his bow; he's also an author. While you would expect him to write about the sport from the point of view as a coach you might be surprised to discover that he has actually written a couple of triathlon novels as well. While the first of these, A Long Day's Dying, is now out of print, Steve has a number of copies of its sequel, Moment of Suffering, which he's doing a really great deal on.

The book should sell for a tenner but Steve will sell it to you for just five pounds (including p&p) and a pound of that fiver will go to charity. If you fancy a copy (or two) send your cheque (payable to Steve Trew and with your name and address on the back) to Steve at 144 Fox Lane, Palmers Green, London N13 4BA and he'll send you a copy.

Book your tickets to Triexpo

If you are planning to make the trip down to Bournemouth at the end of November to the Triexpo seminars and exhibition then you might like to take advantage of the online booking facility that they have set up with our online partner, Active Online Entry.

Triexpo will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Bournemouth International Center - a familiar sight to anyone who has done the Bournemouth Triathlon, it sits just at the start of the bike route. The event is based around a combination of triathlon focused seminars with Joe Friel as the keynote speaker and includes presentations by Glen Walker and Julie Dibens. The Saturday sessions will be aimed at new triathletes and those competing up to standard distance and the Sunday will be for middle distance and Ironman triathletes.

A full supporting Expo is also planned to provide the opportunity to stock up with end-of-season bargains and early Christmas presents. Full details on the event can be can be found on their website (


Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

For October's Route of the Month we decided to re-visit a classic cyling route, the Box Hill circuit, but this time we took the cameras out for a full visual as well as re-writing the text to get it completely up to date. Ideal coverage in preparation for the legendary Ballbuster Duathlon coming up in November, it also makes a great starting point for a day training in the Surrey Hills.

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to


Shoe advice

Did you know Tri247 has a Shoe Advice section supported by Saucony?

Every month one lucky reader gets a free pair of trainers by having their shoe question published as the "Question of the month" -- why don't you send in yours and you too could be sporting some great new footwear.

Have you got any questions about running shoes? Then make sure you email them in to and we will get the experts to answer them online!



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