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17th Dec 2007Issue 41

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The event of the weekend for us has to be the one that we didn't even know was happening! The 'Mob Match' between Thames Turbo and Ful-on Tri in Richmond Park is such a good example of how things used to be -- although it's true that when the Editor was a member of Thames Turbo back in the last century nobody ever seemed to want to challenge them to anything... The idea that two or more clubs can get together for a friendly bit of rivalry and have nearly 100 members turn out on a freezing December morning is as good an indication you'll get that the club system is alive and well.

Throughout 2007 we have been supporting another club-driven initiative that's been around for many years: the UK National League. This has been organised by Kevin Robinson for an amazing 14 years and 2008 will see the 15th year of inter-club competition based on individual performances at nominated events. Managing the statistics alone must give him many sleepless nights and it's all done for the love of the sport rather than for any personal gain or glory. Indeed, most clubs don't even seem to know that it exists which is a travesty. So, if you feel inspired to take your club to a new level why not take a look at either of these ideas and see if you can come up with something? Tri247 will be delighted to help you promote the idea and help in any way we can.

Although this is our last full week of operation before Christmas we haven't yet given in to the endless party invites... ...OK, so we're carrying on working because we haven't actually HAD any party invites! We'll even be working on Christmas Day, assuming those mad folk at Team Outrageous remember to send us the results of their open water triathlon before lunch and a decent bottle (or two) of wine get in the way. And, yes, we did say 'open water trathlon' and Christmas Day in the same sentence. This is another one of those quirky triathlon traditions and involves a swim in Leybourne Lake followed by a very short bike and run. In years past the swim distance has been regulated by the water temperature, but we see this year's event is advertised as 60m. Does that mean it's colder or warmer this year? Regardless, good luck to all!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

The Canberra City Half Ironman saw Olympic hopeful, David Dellow, win his second half ironman distance race in seven years. He last won at the distance in 2000 and since then has been racing short course in a bid to represent Australia at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

“There are five or six guys all vying for the last spot on the Olympic team, and I am definitely focussing on making that team. I am currently in good form and plan to give them a real shake up,” said Dellow just after he crossed the line. “I’m surprised at the race today actually. I’ve been injury free for a couple of months and have been training hard, but I came to Canberra this weekend to catch up with mates, as I used to live here, so this is a bonus. It’s been a while between drinks.”

Dellow did 'domestique' duty for the Australia team at the ITU World Championships in Hamburg but today he was his own man and scored a comfortable 2min 23sec victory. Age-group athlete Christian Kemp placed second with pro Klayten Smith in third.

In the women’s race, age grouper Michelle Wu was awarded overall victory on corrected time after starting the race in the 18-24 age group. “I had a great swim today which is normally my weakest leg,” said an excited Wu at the finish line. Racing in her first half ironman distance event, Wu didn’t change her Olympic-distance training program leading into the event, indicating that she could an athlete to watch. Her controlled effort was rewarded with the fastest time of the day, including an exceptional 1:23 run split. Amelia Pearson, winner of the Tasmanian Half Ironman in 2005 and a regular top-three finisher in the Snap Half Ironman series was the first professional home while third place went to another age-group athlete, Emma Major. Full results are here.

Next event in the Snap Australian Half Ironman Series is on February 10th in Geelong where the Snap Ironman 70.3 doubles as the grand final of the domestic series and is also part of the worldwide Ironman 70.3 series.

Pos Senior Men Senior Women
1 David Dellow (Pro) 4:08:40 Michelle Wu (18-24) 4:44:26
2 Christian Kemp (25-29) 4:10:34 Amelia Pearson (Pro) 4:50:55
3 Klayten Smith (Pro) 4:11:03 Emma Major (30-34) 4:52:09

At the third of Fun2Tri's Swim Run Race aquathlon series at Nantwich's Snowhill Pool the overall winner was Claire Beresford in 0:45:03 with Peter Roome finishing as fastest man in 0:46:55. The event also featured two other, shorter aquathlons and the results for all three races are here.

The Kasterlee Winter Duathlon (aka 'Hell in Kasterlee') was won by Jef Vranckx in 7:31:28 with the fastest female being Alieke Griffioen in 9.24.13. There are no results up on the official website (www.winterduathlonkasterlee.be) yet and all we could find was a report in Dutch here.

The Votwo Pudding Catcher multi-terrain run was won by Mark Le Cassick in 0:38:42 with Natasha Swan the first woman home in 0:49:22. Full results are here.

Cyclo sportive events aren't really supposed to be races but the fastest man at the Christmas Cracker was Stuart Robinson in 3:52:14 and the fastest woman was Sarah Warburton in 4:36:04. Full results are here.

Also not strictly a race, more a sort of club versus club thing, but Saturday morning saw a Mob Match between the massed ranks of Thames Turbo and Ful-on Tri in Richmond Park. The end result was a victory for Ful-on Tri and there's a full report on the proceedings here.

Tri247 has places for L'Etape!!

In something of a coup, Tri247 has negotiated a block of 40 places at the 2008 L'Etape du Tour with the UK's official organisers, Sportstours. For those that don't know about it, L'Etape is an annual event where members of the public can ride an official Tour de France stage, complete with all the trimmings, a few days before the Tour itself gets there. It's definitely one of the 'must do' events for any dedicated cyclis and the 2008 stage is in the Pyrenees. It goes from the city of Pau and includes the monumental climb of the Col du Tourmalet (17.7km at 7.5%) before finishing on top of the Hautacam mountain, (14km with an average ascent of 7.2%) which towers above the pilgrim city of Lourdes.

The reserved Tri247 places are part of a three nights (Friday 4th to Monday 7th July) and is aimed at those people who have a limited amount of time to spend at the Etape du Tour. You'll be based at a hotel in Lourdes and will have bus transfers from the airport and to the start. For more information see this article on the Tri247 website. As part of the package, Tri247 will be providing a custom cycle top created for us by Impsport and a goody bag of nutrition from For Goodness Shakes.

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Jim Walker

 

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