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7th Jan 2008Issue 42

Welcome to the newsletter

Welcome back to the first Tri247 newsletter of the year. Although things are still pretty quiet on the racing front we have results from two international and two domestic events to share.

Possibly the most interesting news to break at the weekend, however, was of a race that will now not be taking place. We still have no official confirmation from the BTF but the news is that the BG World Cup race scheduled for Hyde Park has been cancelled owing to difficulties in getting sufficient backing. You can read the whole story here.

Coming up this week is the start of a new series on racing tips for beginners from the coaches at Tri2xL and we have plenty more new content planned for the site over the coming weeks so do keep checking back.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

One international event we didn't mention was the ITU Continental Cup race down in Vina del Mar, Chile - and that was quite deliberate as every time we seem to pass comment on an athlete returning to form from injury somethng nasty seems to happen. However, Helen Tucker put in a strong performance to win the race, her first international victory, by three minutes and so take the first steps back towards getting a regular World Cup start. Helen is also due to race next week in Argentina.

Pos Men Women
1 Juraci Moreira (BRA) 1:50:30 Helen Tucker (GBR) 1:56:14
2 Leonardo Chacon (CRC) 1:50:55 Barbara Riveros Dias (CHI) 2:00:01
3 Manuel Huerta (USA) 1:50:56 Dunia Gomez (MEX) 2:01:59

The weekend's domestic racing seems to have been restricted to the second event in the Monsterman off-road diathlon series at Bordon in Hampshire where Chris Birch took the win in 1:51:06 and Hilana Marais was the first female home in 2:18:27. Full results are here. The Gears and Tears crew also organised an off-road run on Sunday, the Longmoor Lollop, the results for that are here.

In a day which went against form and predictions, Kieran Doe's bold front-running tactics paid off as he took victory in the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman triathlon down in New Zealand on Saturday. The 26-year-old Aucklander outlasted eight-time winner Cameron Brown by 1min 52sec to claim his first title in the 19th running of the popular event that doubled as the official Triathlon New Zealand long distance championships. Doe's hard charging runs have proved successful before, he won Ironman Canada last year using the same tactics, but have never previously delivered on home soil.

"It doesn't always work. You know it has taken me four or five years of hard training and racing to build up the strength where I can really hammer hard on the bike but be able to run well off it," Doe said, "This win means a lot to me. I am definitely more confident after I won at Ironman Canada with the same tactics. It was getting a bit wobbly on the run around the Mount but I managed to hold on." Doe heaped praise to his coach, training partner and current Ironman world champion Chris MacCormack. "He has been an incredible influence and I have learned so much from him. He knows how to make the best of every situation and training with him has made all the difference."

It proved to be a tough day for defending champions in general with Joanna Lawn edged out by Australian Kate Bevilaqua by a mere 10 seconds for the women’s honours. Christchurch’s Gina Ferguson, the current Ironman USA champion, led the women’s race out of the swim but was quickly swallowed up by pre-race favourites Lawn and Ironman Australian champion Rebekah Keat by the 20km mark on the bike. Keat punctured shortly after and was forced out, leaving Lawn out on her own but the two-time winner could only open a buffer of less than two minutes on Bevilaqua after the 90km bike. "I felt quite strong on the first long lap but I was not able to extend it on the two shorter laps when there was a lot more riders on the course," Lawn said.

Bevilaqua had reduced the margin to 1min 30sec after the first lap of the run and passed Lawn on the second. The five-time Ironman New Zealand champion, ranked fourth in the world, showed her fighting qualities by holding the Australian down to just a 10 second margin. Bevilaqua said, "I was really surprised. Last year I finished fourth in every major race and 24th at the world championships in Hawaii. I didn't expect to be second on the bike and from there my whole race plan changed because running is my strong suit."

The results (here) set up an intriguing battle for Ironman New Zealand in March where both Doe and Bevilaqua will once again again take on their more illustrious rivals.

Pos Men Women
1 Kieran Doe (Auckland) 3:56.41 Kate Bevilaqua (Australia) 4:17.54
2 Cameron Brown (Auckland) 3:58.33 Joanna Lawn (Auckland) 4:18.04
3 Nathan Richmond (Auckland) 4:00.04 Gina Ferguson (Christchurch) 4:29.39

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 cyclist 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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