Tri247 Newsletter


22nd Oct 2007Issue 33

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Two weekends on the trot and there's a British woman on top of the podium at a World Championships - now that's a situation we would love to see continue through into 2008! Catriona Morrison added yet another medal to her already impressive array; Short Course Duathlon World Champion in 2006, European Duathlon champion this year and bronze medallist at this year's Long Distance Triathlon World Championships as well. And let's not forget Michelle Lee's Silver medal either - for the first time in more than a few years we have strength in depth across both genders and all the disciplines and ages.

Last week's Hawaii celebrations slightly derailed the carefully laid editorial plans for the week - we don't just throw this stuff together, you know! As a result the second part of the Editor's review of the Cycle Show will be coming up this week together with a great piece from Vince Golding on the road back to recovery from his near-fatal crash earlier this year. We've another feature on how altitude, real or simulated, can extend the training cycle with better sleep recovery and there will be a preview of next weekend's XTERRA World Championships in Maui where, believe it or not, there's another British woman in with a chance of a medal. Three weekends on the trot? You never know!

In all the excitement of the headline features and the exclusive interviews you might have missed our new Q&A feature with Simon Lessing and Richard Allen. Each month they set a topic and invite readers to email in questions, this month's topic is Sports Psychology and we'll be taking questions up until the end of the month. You can see the current Q&A feature here.

Tri247 are delighted to announce that they have partnered up with Triathlete Magazine to bring you all the latest news from across the pond and around the globe. For over 20 years Triathlete Magazine has been the voice of triathlon worldwide and routinely brings the best international news and race reporting plus stunning photography to the newsstand. They have also recently launched a digital edition which means you can get your immediate fix of triathlon information sent direct to your inbox and have the printed version sent to your home for a more thorough read later on. For full details on the subscription offer see this page on the website.

In this issue:

Club La Santa

LAST CHANCE to 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

Joerie Vansteelant honoured his late brother's memory the best way he knew how, by winning the ITU's Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in a time that more than six minutes quicker than the rest of the field. His older brother won the race last year while Joerie had finished with a bronze medal. He finished the first leg just seconds ahead of Sergei Yakolev (RUS) but with a quicker transition, Vansteelant took off on the bike leg in what was to be a dominating performance and increased his lead to 5:30 by T2. He retained the advantage throughout the second run leg and crossed the line carrying the Belgian flag.

In the women's field Catriona Morrison was doing roughly the same, establishing a 50 second buffer in the first run and then opening the lead to to Michelle Lee, her nearest chaser, by a further 3:30 on the bike. This lead opened further on the second run to a massive 4:50. Last year's winner, Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED), placed third.

Other GB elites in the race were Michelle Parsons who finished 10th, Oliver Mott, also 10th, Matt Moorhouse in 17th, Dave Brown in 20th, Wayne Smith in 23rd and Matthew Wilson (IRL) was 34th. Tom Lowe was unable to start.

1 Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 03:06:42 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 3:34:56
2 Javier Garcia (ESP) 03:13:03 Michelle Lee (GBR) 03:40:05
3 Koen Maris (BEL) 03:13:22 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 03:43:43

In the age group race the fastest time was recorded by Lee Piercy with a 3:24:29 with Richard Simmonds the second fastest in 3:25:19. The GB medal haul so far, and please note that these are still classified as provisional, are as follows:

Gold: Catriona Morrison (Elite), Lee Piercy (30-34), Stuart McGowan (55-59), Jenny Lloyd Jones (35-39)
Silver: Michelle Lee (Elite), Richard Simmonds (30-34), Mick Anglim (60-64)
Bronze: Chris Taylor (40-44), Dai Roberts (45-49), Susan Blackett (30-34)

The ITU website didn't cover the event live, which we find a little puzzling, but instead you can get the results through the event's own website here: plus we have downloaded a local copy here.

At the Thruxton Mass Attack Duathlon, Concept Sport's end-of-season event, the winners were Daniel McCarthy (University of Surrey) in 1:17:05 and Tracy Cook (North Dorset Tri/Tri-UK) in 1:27:52. Provisional results are here.

At Derby Tri Club's Ticknall Duathlon the winners were Ashley Long in 1:33:41 and Donna Edmondson Booker in 1:48:38. Full results are here.

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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