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1st Jun 2009Issue 114

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The predictable thing this week would be to focus on Alistair Brownlee's fantastic win at the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship race in Madrid yesterday. And, after considerable consideration and thought, the Editor.... can't think of a single reason not to do just that.

Seriously, it was a truly stunning performance. ITU racing may not be everyone's favourite cuppa - there are more than a few 'Ironman fans' on the Tri247 team for a start - but there can be little (objective) doubt, that the ITU Series is the most competitive, in terms of depth around, and the new Dextro Series is the top rank of the sport. Draft-legal, standard distance racing is also, currently at least, the only Olympic triathlon discipline, and yesterday we had a recently turned 21 year-old Brit destroy the world's best. A complete performance, exiting the (non-wetsuit) swim near the head of the front pack, driving the breakaway group on the bike, and then running away from a who's who of the sport. Exceptional, and reminiscent of a certain Simon Lessing in his prime. Compliments don't get much bigger than that.

Of course, this was only Al's first major (senior) ITU victory, and one race doesn't make a career. But, there's never been a shortage of talent in British triathlon, and that performance would suggest that Al has the capacity to join the likes of Chrissie Wellington in making a serious impact on the sport for years to come. The great news is that his younger brother isn't too far behind him either...

We've got a whole host of great offers and competitions on the site at the moment. In conjunction with Les-Stables (www.les-stables.com), we are able to offer you a fantastic one week training camp, including accommodation and coaching, for just GBP 150, at the venue which has already been booked by Triathlon Ireland for their London 2012 preparation, so impressed were they with it on their recent visit. Check out the details below for more details, or see this article on the main site.

It's also the last chance to win yourself a top-of-the-range wetsuit from Zone3 (www.racezone3.com), as our simple to enter competition closes this Wednesday. Check out this article for all the details. Don't miss out.

And there's more! You can also win free entries to the blueseventy GreatBig OpenWaterSwim in conjunction with Human Race, plus a blueseventy transition kit bag. Full details below, or check out this article.

Today (Monday) is also your last chance to win a trip to the Garmin Barcelona Triathlon, courtesy of leading triathlon travel organisers Sports Tours International (www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk). Click HERE for more information.

Good luck...

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Alistair Brownlee - WOW! That just about sums up the weekend. On to the detail...

International News

Big international race of the weekend was certainly the second Dextro Energy Triathlon - World Championship Series race from Madrid and BIG performance of the weekend was Alistair Brownlee's stunning, and decisive win. We have a full report on the men's event HERE and the ladies race HERE, so do check out all of the detail.

"It was the perfect race for me really," said Brownlee. "Everything seemed to go right from the start, I couldn't believe it. I had a fantastic swim next to Vasiliev and he just took me from there. The first two bike laps were really hard as we settled into a good group and someone said we had 45 seconds and I thought 'where did that come from?'; and then when it was 1:30. I couldn't believe it.

"I went off on the run and I thought, 'right I'm going to make this hard after the tough bike' and before I knew it I had thirty seconds. I thought I was going to blow up on that last lap, but it was great to hold on."

The brilliant racing aside, kudos to the ITU for providing some fantastic online race coverage and live timing. A great effort, and two races in, a fantastic start to the new series.

Pos Men Women
1st Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:51:27 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2:05:58
2nd Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:52:14 Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:05:58
3rd Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:52:19 Jessica Harrison (FRA) 2:05:59

Hawaii Ironman in May? Not quite, but Saturday was Ironman 70.3 Hawaii on the big island, and Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander was back at the scene of his greatest victory.

Honolulu resident John Flanaghan III blitzed the swim, to lead out of the water by over a minute - not surprising, since as an age grouper he recorded the fastest swim split in Kona last October, considerably faster even than Benjamin Sanson and Andy Potts that day. Behind him though were the race favourites, Chris Lieto (USA), Alexander (AUS), Luke McKenzie (AUS) and Timothy Marr (USA).

From the off, Lieto was clearly on a mission on two wheels, and blitzed the bike course to take an almost eight minute lead into T2. And yet...it wasn't enough. Craig Alexander out-ran Lieto by ten minutes to take another win, and what is building to be an extremely impressive CV.

In the ladies event, Belinda Granger defeated Sam McGlone in the 'returning from serious injury' stakes to take the win, with age group athlete Rhae Shaw (USA) third.

Pos Men Women
1st Craig Alexander (AUS) 4:02:52 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:33:16
2nd Chris Lieto (USA) 4:05:34 Sam McGlone (CAN) 4:38:02
3rd Luke McKenzie (AUS) 4:11:58 Rhae Shaw (USA) 4:46:08

Fraser Cartmell defended his 2008 win at the Triathy Olympic distance event in Ireland, where they also held a sprint event We have the results for both: Olympic HERE and Sprint HERE. Elena Maslova (Piranha/Wheelworx) was a busy lady, making the podium in both races according to the results!

Olympic
Pos Men Women
1st Fraser Cartmell (Total Racing Inc) 1:46:44 Aileen Morrison (North West Tri Club) 2:07:45
2nd Bryan Keane (BRATS) 1:47:52 Elena Maslova (Piranha/Wheelworx) 2:09:25
3rd James Gilfillan (Primera) 1:49:16 Amy Wolfe (CTC) 2:10:53
Sprint
Pos Men Women
1st Gerry McCabe (Setanta) 58:17 Elena Maslova (Piranha/Wheelworx) 1:02:57
2nd Mark Doyle (Belpark) 58:42 Keira-Eva Mooney (Belpark) 1:04:41
3rd Stephen Earley 59:36 Andrea Hruzova 1:04:56

Argentinian athlete Eduardo Sturla won his third Ironman Brazil title, a clear winner over home favourite Reinaldo Colluci of teamTBB. Petr Vabrousek recorded another Ironman finish and podium - almost certainly the most active pro Ironman racer around. Dede Griesbauer, winner at Ironman UK in 2006 took the ladies win.

Pos Men Women
1st Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 8:13:39 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 9:10:15
2nd Reinaldo Colluci (BRA) 8:28:08 Charlotte Kolters (DEN) 9:18:31
3rd Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:37:18 Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:31:42

Domestic Action

First results in today, arriving at a barely believable 12.25pm - nice job Raw Energy! - were from the Arundel Triathlon. They held three races, and we have the results for the Long, Sprint and Relay events.

Long
Pos Men Women
1st Peter Younghusband (Tri UK/Gatorade) 1:44:25 Fay Cripps (Southdown Velo) 2:06:18
2nd Gary Pearce (Team REP) 1:47:14 Fiona Jamie (Esporta Brighton) 2:11:32
3rd Chris Birch 1:47:44 Claire Fraser (Army Tri Assoc) 2:14:12
Short
Pos Men Women
1st Dominic Chapman 59:55 Niki Treacy (Team REP) 1:03:41
2nd David Risebrow 1:01:02 Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate Tri) 1:05:58
3rd James Stewart (The Tom Hills Experience) 1:01:39 Anita Jones (Brighton Phoenix Tri) 1:11:26

The interestingly named INEOS Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon saw some scorching weather and racing. We have the full results HERE. Norseman winner, and first age grouper at Ironman New Zealand this year, Jenny Gowans (Prologue Bikes.com), was able to secure a narrow win over Edwina Sutton (Optima RT) to add to her impressive long distance CV. Peter Galpin (Pactrac) took the honours for the men. Tri247 columnist Will Newbery (Primera Sport) took fourth, suggesting his preparation for Ironman Austria is right on track.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Galpin (Pactrac) 4:01:15 Jenny Gowans (Prologue Bikes.com) 4:22:35
2nd Colin Lewin (Wildside Tri RT) 4:03:46 Edwina Sutton (Optima RT) 4:23:38
3rd Carle Green 4:07:52 Fiona Strouts (Serpentine) 4:37:58

There was another middle distance event, this time in Devon - the Marazion (Hayle) Middle Distance Triathlon. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Drew (Mounts Bat Harriers) 4:30:58 Jane Fox 5:14:39
2nd Richard Wilder (Les Croupiers Tri Club) 4:32:29 Shirley Yarde 5:32:54
3rd Dermot Galea (Venom) 4:40:17 Rachel Hall (MVH Tri Club) 5:35:43

Urban Race (www.urbanrace.co.uk) had a busy day at the Sussex Triathlon(s), with Sprint, Novice, Relay, Aquathlon and Tristar/Youth races. The results for all can be found HERE.

Sprint
Pos Men Women
1st Charles Pennington 1:08:26 Emily Bright 1:18:17
2nd James Dear 1:11:50 Catherine Linney 1:24:31
3rd Noel Miles 1:12:18 Emily McLoughlin 1:25:46
Aquathlon
Pos Men Women
1st Matt Lambert 33:29 Sally Dalton 39:10
2nd David Washington 36:53 Alison Newberry 45:21
3rd William Page 38:25 Cynthia Washington 55:31

The were both adults and tristar/youth events at the Crystal Palace Triathlon, which formed part of the London Series for both. The adult results can be found HERE, and the tristar/youths HERE, courtesy of Stuart Steele (www.stuweb.co.uk).

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy Male (Thames Turbo/Sigma Sport) 1:03:09 Parys Edwards (Ful-On Tri) 1:08:15
2nd Nick Malynn (Ful-On Tri) 1:03:29 Ruth Hutton (SLH Tri Club) 1:09:21
3rd Matt Chapman (SLH Tri Club) 1:04:17 Susan Fairfax (Crystal Palace Tri Club) 1:15:44

We also have results in for the Leicester Flashman, where Mark White and Claire Scott were the fastest of the day.

Pos Men Women
1st Mark White 59:46 Claire Scott 1:10:54
2nd Bradley Woodward 1:01:19 Elizabeth Collingham 1:13:26
3rd Kieron Grunday 1:03:02 Zoe Smith 1:13:53

Tri247 training camp offer with Les-Stables

Tri247 has teamed up with Les-Stables (www.les-stables.com), to offer readers a heavily discounted one week only offer for a stay at Les-Stables in the Dordogne, France: Wednesday 24th to Wednesday 1st July 2009.

The one week special is available for only GBP 150 per person and includes accommodation and coaching. All you have to do is get there and the rest is just about enjoying this new venue that has been developed exclusively for triathletes.

With it's own 25 metre swimming pool, 800 metre running track, fabulous roads for biking, a great river for open water swimming actually on site and excellent self catering accommodation. Recently selected by Triathlon Ireland for their 2012 Olympic preparation.

For more details, check out THIS ARTICLE, or for bookings and more information contact info@les-stables.com or www.les-stables.com.

WIN a top range Zone3 wetsuit

Zone3, a new British triathlon brand formed by elite triathlete James Lock are offering you the chance to win on of their top-of-the-range Vanquish wetsuits, worth GBP 295 This is the same model that James himself wore to lead out the swim at the Elite National Champs in Strathclyde.

To be in with a chance to win, simply email us your name and contact telephone number to competitions@tri247.com The closing date for the competition is Wednesday 3rd June 2009. To find out more, check out this article.

To find out more about Zone3, and their wetsuit and race suit range, check out their website at www.racezone3.com.

Gordo in London!

There aren't many triathletes in the world recognised simply by their first name, but Gordo Byrn in one of them! For many years, his writing, blogs and coaching advice have been followed by thousands as he charted his progress from 'fat bloke' to sub 8:30 Ironman and Ultraman World Champion. Now, in conjunction with INFINIT Nutrition (www.infinitnutrition.eu), Gordo is in London for one day, Saturday 13th June, for a one day long course training camp. For more details, and to book your place on what is certain to be a sold out event, check out this link.

The Terrapin Sprint, Ladies and Novice Triathlon 2009

The race takes place on Sunday 28th June at Bosworth Water Trust, Market Bosworth, Leics. The swim is 750m (500m novice) open water (wetsuits required). The 21 kilometre cycle takes place on undulating roads around Market Bosworth, while the run is 5km (3km novices) around the lake on grass/paths.

Wetsuits are available for hire from Terrapin, but as they have limited stock please book early. Closing date for entry is Monday 22nd June. More information is available HERE.

Royal Air Force Careers and Triathlon

We've just launched, in conjunction with Royal Air Force Careers (www.raf.mod.uk/careers) and Royal Air Force Triathlon (www.raf.mod.uk/raftriathlon) a new series highlighting how you can combine an exciting and varied career in the RAF with your triathlon and sporting ambitions. Check out our latest profile of CPL John "Robbo" Robinson, and his experiences as a RAF Regiment Gunner.

Follow Tri247 on Twitter!

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Lanson Running Shoe Focus

Check out our new Shoe Focus feature in association with Lanson Running (www.lansonrunning.com). The third shoe to be featured is the Newton Motion, and can be found HERE.

Win Win Win with Human Race and blueseventy GreatBig OpenWaterSwim!

One lucky Tri247.com reader could be in with the chance of winning a fantastic blueseventy transition kit bag AND an entry to the first ever GreatBig OpenWaterSwim at Dorney Lake, Eton - all-in-all worth nearly GBP 100! And that's not all... Two additional runner-up prizes of a free entry to this thrilling new event are also on offer

For more details on this simple to enter competition, check out THIS ARTICLE. Entries close on 19th June 2009

 
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