Tri247 Newsletter


25th Jan 2008Issue 43

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Well, it's possible that you may never see this newsletter as the gremlins are still deeply rooted in our new server and seem unwilling to relinquish their hold on our email system.

However, once it's sorted - and it will be sorted... - we will add these two issues to the archive so you can read them later.

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Weekend action

The annual Lanzarote International Duathlon, organised by Club La Santa, took place on Saturday with the usual mix of pros, age groupers and people having a holiday and joining in for a bit of fun. Joerie Vansteelant won the 5k, 20k, 2.5k race in 00:59:06 (a couple of minutes off his 2007 winning time) with Emilio Montilla Fernandez (ESP) in second and Green Team member, Bob de Wolf (BEL) in third place. The women's race was won by Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) in 1:06:24 with a sprint finish between Mariska Kramer (NED) and Erika Csomor (HUN) being judged a dead heat for second and third places. Full results for the race are here and there are some images on the La Santa website:

New Zealand's warm-up for Ironman New Zealand in Taupo is the Wanaka Challenge, an ironman-distance event that is twinned with the Quelle Challenge in Roth (and another Challenge race in France). Germany's Marc Pschebezin set a new course record in staging a dramatic come-from-behind win in 8:47:49. Pschebezin overhauled a more than seven-minute lead held by Australia's Chris McDonald with just 12km left to run to move to the front while the tenacious McDonald held on to finish second in 8:49:37, less than two minutes in arrears. Australia's Justin Granger, second here last year, took third in 8:54:08 with defending champion Luke Dragstra finishing fourth in 8:58:42. New Zealand's Keegan Williams, the top amateur at Ironman New Zealand last year, rounded out the top five in his professional debut with a 9:05:55 finish.

New Zealand's Gina Ferguson took the women's win after leading wire to wire in 9:33:46, another new course record. American Hillary Biscay, second here last year, took second again in 10:11:17 with Germany's Celia Kuch third in 10:32:39. Wanaka's own Merryn Greenwood, in her professional debut, took fourth in 10:36:21 with Canada's Marilyn McDonald fifth in 10:42:55. Biscay, something of a legend for racing long course on what seems like a monthly basis, entered the race still recovering from arm surgery she had at the end of 2007 - looks like she is going to start '08 like she finished '07! Full results are on the Challenge Wanaka website:

Ironman 70.3 Chile was won by Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) in 4:00:25, beating four-time champion Oscar Galindez (ARG) into second place with last year's runner-up,Santiago Ascencio (BRA), in third. Chris MacCormack retired after puncturing on the second lap of the bike. In the women's race the absence of pre-race favourite Lisa Bentley through injury meant that victory went to Heather Gollnick (USA) in 4:37:02 with Linsey Corbin (USA) in second and Tereza Marcel (CZE) in third place. A full set of individual results is here.

Pos Men Women
1 Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 4:00:25 Heather Gollnick (USA) 4:37:02
2 Oscar Galindez (ARG) 4:03:25 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:38:57
3 Santiago Ascencio (BRA) 4:07:43 Tereza Mancel (CZE) 4:42:27

At the Wendover Multi-Terrain 5-miler organised by Just Racing, the winners were Nigel Marley (Alchester RC) in 0:29:22 and Laura Butt (Chiltern Harriers) in 0:35:44. Full results are here.

Fun2Tri's Swim Run Race aquathlon series at Nantwich's Snowhill Pool had its fourth running on Sunday with the 750m/7.5k race being won by Paul Williams in 0:43:23 with Jacqui Slack coming in second as first female in 0:42:33. The two shorter races were won by Ryan Morris/Carolyn Dooley and Vic Bickerton/Linda Smith. Full results are here.

At the Tewkesbury Aquathlon series' opening race, the winners were Paul Horsfall in 0:19:18 with Caroline Jones (tricoachinguk) taking first lady and second overall in 0:19:50. Full results are 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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