Tri247 Newsletter


5th Nov 2007Issue 35

Welcome to the newsletter

Something of a different front to the newsletter this week as John, our resident statto, has been digging through the odd facts files. In fact we like the idea so much that we'll try to make this a regular feature on the site - it helps keep him busy as well!! So, three facts you probably should have known:

  • Chrissie Wellington was overall Age Group Champion in 2006 at Lausanne and won the Ironman World Championships (of course you knew that one)
  • Julie Dibens was overall Age Group Champion in 1998 at Lausanne, and won the XTERRA World Championships (you probably knew that)
  • Julie Swail was overall Age Group Champion at both triathlon and aquathlon in 2002 at Cancun ... and won the World Cup in Cancun yesterday (as Julie Ertel) (bet you didn't know that)
  • Julie Ertel was also a member of the silver medal winning US women's water polo team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
  • Richard Allen ran the second half of the Dublin marathon in 1:23:03 (for a 2:35:53) while Lance Armstrong ran the second half of the NYC marathon in 1:23:02 (for a 2:46:43). Actually Lance probably had the better race as he did a negative split by 41 seconds...
  • Massimo Cigana, who finished fifth at Ironman Florida, once rode as cycling superstar Mario Cippolini's right hand man - he's the latest in a line of ex-cycling pros to take up triathlon... ...unlike Lance Armstrong who went from triathlon to pro cycling

On a slightly different factoid tack it's nice to see that the GB performances at Cancun have done some good to the GB standings in the ITU World Cup Rankings. Jodie Swallow jumps up from 85th to 42nd while Kerry Lang's carreer-best finish in eighth lifts her from 70th to 51st. Stuart Hayes also moved up to 12th. What's important though are the Olympic rankings and here the GB girls are still not high enough ranked to get the maximum three slots - if you fancy working your way through all the criteria they are up on the ITU website here.

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Weekend action

Ironman Florida threw up some interesting lead changes but once Stephan Vuckovik and Katja Schumacher has settled down in front on the second half of the bike they were definitely the athletes in control. Vuckovik was obviously a man with a point to prove having been forced to drop out of Hawaii at 30 miles into the bike, suffering from the effects of a bad cold, but Schumacher had the ever-present threat of Nina Kraft, who had missed her slot at Kona through injury. Among the chasers, the potential podium threats of Bryan Rhodes and Bella Comerford both looked to be off the pace at times yet both re-focussed and got themselves back into contention; Rhodes surged from the second group to establish himself in third place while Comerford held steady in fifth and regained some lost time in the closing miles up to T2. Tyler Stewart, in her first year as a pro, rode an astounding 4:47:59 to put herself into contention with Kraft and Nystrom.

By halfway into the run the men's race was led by Vuckovic with Stijn Demeulemeester and Markus Fachbach heading the chase group of nine athletes spread across just six minutes and change. For the women it was Nina Kraft who was now in the lead with Schumacher and Comerford chasing. With four miles to go in the men's race the lead was unchanged but Sergio Marques had run through into second place, Demeulemeester was in third with Rhodes and Bayliss rounding out the top five. The women's race was in meltdown too with Heleen Bij De Vaate running up into second place by mile 18, Tyler Stewart holding in third while Schumacher and Comerford slipped backwards.

At the end the men's win went to a deserving Stephan Vuckovik in 8:21:29 while Nina Kraft made the comeback victory that she's been hoping for since the lifting of her doping ban. British hopes of a podium finish faded with Bella finishing fourth which Stephen Bayliss equalled. However, it was a day that records were broken: Spencer Smith's 2001 course record was clipped by just one second while Katja Schumacher's record was broken by no less than eight athletes - including Katja! Full results are on the IronmanLive site:

Pos Men Women
1 Stephan Vuckovik (GER) 8:21:29 Nina Kraft (GER) 09:05:35
2 Sergio Marques (POR) 8:23:49 Heleen Bij De Vaate (NED) 09:07:40
3 Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 08:26:52 Tyler Stewart (USA) 09:09:18

Australia's first couple of triathlon, Emma Snowsill and Craig Walton, scored a double victory at the 25th Noosa Triathlon. Snowsill was recovering from a virus infection and had only intended to finish the swim but the more she raced the better she felt and she eventually pulled away from defending champion Felicity Abram to win by over a minute. Abram was second and Annabel Luxford was third.

Walton's victory by over three and a half minutes in the men's race was his fifth title in the last six years at Noosa and sixth overall. David Dellow was the surprise runner-up with Paul Matthews in third. Courtney Atkinson, already pre-selected for the Beijing Olympics on the back of his 2007 World Cup season, finished seventh while three-time world champion, Peter Robertson, was well down the field in his first triathlon in six months after recovering from a severe bout of food poisoning. A quick scan for GB athletes threw up James Third in 27th place while Michelle Dillon was a DNS after her run-in with a car. Full results are here.

Out in Mexico at the BG Cancun World Cup Simon Whitfield (CAN) just edged out fellow Canadian Paul Tichelaar in a sprint finish for his third win of the year and tenth World Cup victory with Voldymyr Polikarpenko taking third. Stuart Hayes was the best GB result in eighth with Andrew Johns finishing 23rd. Whitfield's win increases his hold on the world #2 position behind Javier Gomez (ESP) ahead of the last race of the season in Eilat on December 1st where the $250,000 bunus pool will be shared out among the top three men and women.

In the women's race, Julie Ertel (USA) won ahead of Carol Peon (FRA) and Sarah Haskins (USA). If the name Ertel is unfamiliar it's because it is actually Julie Swail who got married - which has obviously boosted her career as this was her first World Cup win and she also won the US Championships this year as well. Jodie Swallow was unlucky not to medal as she just slipped back into fourth on the final lap and Kerry Lang was eighth. Full commentary is on the ITU website:

Pos Men Women
1 Simon Whitfield (CAN) 1:52:05 Julie Ertel (USA) 2:03:22
2 Paul Tichelaar (CAN) 1:52:06 Carol Peon (FRA) 2:03:33
3 Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR) 1:52:08 Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:03:33

At the Haworth Mudman Duathlon the overall win went to a team from Yorkshire Velo in 1:40:22 with individual victories going to Jamie Hutchinson (Leeds and Bradford) in 1:44:02 and Heather Dawe (Crosstrax) in 1:55:55. Full results are available here.

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 the current 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


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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.

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