Tri247 Newsletter


26th Nov 2007Issue 38

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So, how was the TriExpo in Bournemouth? Probably the most honest answer would be that it was genuinely interesting - the idea of ensuring that there were top-level speakers to present the seminars was definitely a winner. We have no idea how much they had to pay to bring Joe Friel over but, whatever it was, it was well worth it. Quite apart from being a legend through his books, he's actually a very fine presenter (the two don't always go hand in hand...) and was seemingly never short of an honest and direct answer to any question. We managed to get the best part of an hour chatting to him on the Sunday and as soon as we can translate our nots we'll be posting a feature.

Having a headline act is good, but you also need a competent set of support acts and, by all accounts, the rest of the presenters all delivered. We simply couldn't sit and listen to them all but certainly Julie Dibens' talk on the Sunday was an enlightening look at a pro athlete's lifestyle while there was excellent feedback on the bike fitting session later that afternoon as well. The area in which we feel things need to change a little is the balance between the expo and the seminars. While there weren't many exhibitors there; Primera, FDA Sport, Infinit (with super coffee!), VO2 and a handful of others, there was very little time between sessions to get into a discussion and then rush back to the next session. We think the organisers have recognised this and we suspect that next year's programme will be arranged differently. And, yes, they have already said that there will be a next year.

So, full marks for a brave first attempt and, as far as we can tell, the overall reaction seems to have been that the seminar side was very positively received. On the trade side we suspect that it will have been more of a marketing exercise than a retail one but, given the rapid growth of Primera in the last year or so, we guess that they will be happy to have supported it and spread the word. A very nice range of hardware to drool over; BMC, Cervelo, Kuota, Cannondale, Dalkin and Litespeed plus turbos from Tacx. Plus there was kit from all the usual suspects like 2XU, Orca and Linebreak - all of whom provided support staff to help get the message across. So, next year, do make a note in the diary and take the time to visit - although whether it will be in Bournemouth or somewhere a bit more central is currently undecided.

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Weekend action

Saturday's Merrell Mudman seems to have been a seriously tough event; the 7.5k run was won by Brent Jones in 35:11 with Joanne Billings claiming the women's title in 40:06 but it's the duathlon times that tell the story. Daniel Brent (Serpentine) took the victory in 2:00:40 with Emma Smith (BRAT) hoisting the women's trophy in 2:17:12. We hope to have a report and some pictures later, full results are available here.

The Burntwood Aquathlon was won by Tom Watts (Birmingham University) in 22:35 with Helen Russell (Redditch Triathletes) the fastest lady in 27:38. The event also included a Tristars race and all the results are available here.

The DB Max EAS Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe was won by Aaron Morris (BUSA - Bath) in a new course record of 42:54 with Robyn Golding (BAD Tri) having the fastest women's time of 51:09. The supporting EAS Chilly 10k run was won by Rob Whalley (Bristol & West) in a new course record of 31:04 with Kate Goodhead (Bristol & West) winning the ladies race in 37:21. Special mention to Oli Mott who came second in both the duathlon and the 10k races. Full results for both events are on the StuWeb site and local copies will be uploaded later.

At the Moorland Mayhem off-road duathlon the winners were Andy Whitworth (Meltham AC) in a 1:09:18 and Angela Hannon (Wakefield Tri) in 1:19:40. The organisers report that the few days rain last week made the conditions very wet and muddy on a course that takes in just about every type of terrain under foot and tyre, including a tunnel with a stream flowing through it. Andy Whitworth led all the way winning by just over two minutes from Philip Taylor (Rossendale Harriers) who chased very hard to close the gap that opened on the first run while Angela Hannon beat last year's winner, Holly Page (Halifax Harriers) by over three minutes. Full results for the race are here.

Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show filmed the event and one of the competitors, Doris Shawcross who has previously run the Dublin marathon, for a future screening on the show.

No results yet from the F3 Duathlon and 10k at Dorney Lake.


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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