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14th May 2007Issue 9

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A real mixed bag of racing this weekend and an even more mixed bag of weather! The BG World Cup in Richards Bay was a relatively ‘soft’ race in terms of the field taking part (although that in no way diminishes the effort needed to win it) but the weather seriously warm. Here in Europe, the field assembled for the first of the French Grand Prix races was bordering on stellar (and this was a sprint race!) but the weather was really not kind with strong winds and rain causing havoc on the bike course. Indeed, one or two domestic races seem to have suffered even worse with results and equipment being affected.

As we forewarned last week, this newsletter is a little truncated in terms of coverage as we are decamping to the first of the European Ironman races in Lanzarote and next week's issue may well arrive a little later in the week than normal as a result. If you are racing there, and we know an awful lot of Brits are, do stop and say “Hello!” -- we'll be easy to spot as we are all wearing the logo on our kit.

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Weekend action

Starting with the one place there was guaranteed to be good weather this weekend: the BG World Cup in Richards Bay, South Africa. Local star Hendrik De Villiers (RSA) became the first African to win a World Cup race when he took the victory in 1:52:53 with Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR) second and Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) third. De Villiers will be one of the overseas guests at the Corus elite series race in Strathclyde in a couple of weeks time. Olly Freeman, who is obviously adapting very quickly to the World Cup scene in only his second race, just missed out on the podium with 4th, just 16 seconds adrift having made up a lot of ground on the run. These two results boost him to 6th in the World rankings and give him a handful of Olympic qualification points as well. Richard Stannard finished in 35th.

The womens field was pretty much wide open with none of the leading contenders on the startline. The race was won by Kristen Sweetland (CAN), the 2006 World Junior Champion, who broke away on the run to become the youngest Canadian winner of a World Cup race and leaps to third in the World Rankings. Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI) was second with Christine Pilz (GER) in third. Andrea Whitcombe had a disappointing swim which saw her in the chase group on the bike but they never really got themselves organised and she started the run over 2 minutes down with an eventual finish in 16th. (Full results on the ITU website)

Pos Men Women
1 Hendrik De Villiers (RSA) 1:52:53 Kristen Sweetland (CAN) 2:03:32
2 Volodymyr Polikarpenko (UKR) 1:52:56 Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI) 2:03:47
3 Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:53:01 Christine Pilz (GER) 2:03:49

At the first of the Big Cow Sprint Series races in Milton Keynes, Dan Corner (Arctic Shorter Rochford RT) continued his recent run of form by putting over five minutes into his closest opponent. Suzanne Hilton (Greenwich Tritons) took the win for the ladies. (Full results here)

Pos Men Women
1 Dan Corner (Arctic Shorter Rochford RT) 0:57:46 Suzanne Hilton (Greenwich Tritons) 1:10:50
2 Matthew Sharp (Tri Sport Epping) 1:03:23 Carla Fisher (Bedford Traktors) 1:11:27
3 Chris Panayiotou 1:03:31 Ann Knights (Cambridge Tri Club) 1:12:00

The French Grand Prix season got underway at Les Sables d'Olonne on the Atlantic coast just south of Nantes with a duathlon on Saturday. Peter Holmes, the BTF's Media Officer, reports that Tom Lowe and Ritchie Nichols both made the front bike pack after the first run but the multi-lap course along the seafront ensured that by the time T2 arrived a bunch of 40 athletes hit transition together resulting in several incidents where bikes and runners collided. Lowe missed most of the confusion as his chain had jammed 300m out and he had to free wheel through towards the back of the group while Nichols was forced to spend much of the bike at the rear of the pack as he could not find a way through to contest the leaders. As a result, both Brits exited transition with work to do. Benny Vansteelant (BEL) stormed clear to take the win, both Lowe and Nichols made headway and made up ground to finish 13th and 17th respectively. Although disappointed with his final position, Lowe commented that he was in good shape ahead of next week's World Championships in Gyor, Hungary.

On Sunday the triathletes moved into action with a field that included a number of overseas stars who might otherwise have been expected to have been at Richards Bay. Weather conditions were not great, it was quite wet and windy, and the first two athletes across the line were so close our observer couldn't split them so until we see something official it looks like a dead heat between Francisco Gomes Moya (ESP) and Jan Frodeno (GER) with Maik Petzold (GER) in third. Tim Don was best of the Brits in 6th with Will Clarke 9th. Of the other Brits racing we hear that Dann Brook placed well but Stuart Hayes appeared to be struggling in the wet and windy conditions which, according to the BTF website, actually saw athletes being blown over on the seaside bike course. In the womens race, Andrea Hewitt (NZL) held off ex-Brit Jess Harrison (FRA) in a sprint finish while Australia's rising star, Erin Densham, took third. Youngster Holly Avil showed that her rise from the Junior ranks holds much promise for the future by placing 5th while Rosie Clarke was 8th and Vicky Holland DNFd after a crash entering T2. (Full results will be on the French Federation website )

The OWS Aquathlon Series at Liquid Leisure saw wins for Dylan Howells (Thames Turbo) in 30:30 and Sophie Spink in 37:01. (Full results here)

The Tadcaster Triathlon on Saturday saw wins for Simon Brooksbank in 54:48 and Donna Edmondson-Booker in 1:05:37. (Full results here)

Trevor Kingdon reports that his Lydney Triathlon event suffered at the hands of the weather this weekend. On the Saturday, before the race had even been started, the wind had trashed their marquee and one of the volunteers had a small accident by driving across the box of trophies... Sunday morning started overcast but dry and the race got off to a good start with early athletes having dry roads. This didn’t last and the rain soon came! The mens race was very close with only two seconds separating first two athletes. Full results will come later (see the TriCoaching website) but for now here's the top three:

Pos Men Women
1 Jeff Kapp 0:56:11 Emma Gill 1:08.06
2 Nick Slim 0:56:13 Phillipa Le Roux 1:08.46
3 Andy Sexton 0:56:43 Clara Williams 1:10.26

The weather was pretty bad down in Tiverton as well for the Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon - the organiser reported it as the worst he had ever raced in and apologises for the missing splits which are due to the times being washed off the sheets by the rain. Harry Wiltshire won the race but the results show the first woman home, Beverley Straugham, as placing third overall - ahead of Sam Herridge - so we suspect that there might be a bit of water in the system yet... (Full results here) They also ran a Novice race, results of that are here.

The further East the race, the better chance they got of avoiding the rain and at the Waveney Valley Triathlon it held off long enough for Billy Parker-Brown of Tri and Run and Juliet Vickery of Cambridge Tri to claim the winning spots. The race has been on the calendar for 10 years making it one of the more established features of the Eastern Region calendar and this year the 150 places on offer were full within just six days of entries opening. (Full results here)

At the Alnwick Triathlon Tony Dixon ( picked up the win along with Jane Mooney (Alnwick Tri). (Full results here)

Down in the South of England another Dixon was on top form, this time it was Colin Dixon who took the win at RaceNewForest's New Forest Triathlon (maybe he'd been reading our How to succeed...) with Bonnie Webster heading up the womens race. (Full results here)

A long, long way north of the New Forest was the Isle of Bute Sprint Triathlon where Steve Clark (East Fife) and Eleanor Haresign (Glasgow Tri Club) took the honours. (Full results here) They also held a Novice Triathlon, results for those are here.

The Skinfit Triathlon, organised by Derby Tri Club, also served as the Derbyshire Championships. Eugene Grant and Natalie Antkowiak took the race wins with Eugene picking up the local Championship as well and Rachel Smith winning the womens trophy. (Full results here)

Cannock Chase saw the third and final Chase Race Duathlon where wins were taken by Joes Jameson and Julie Moore. (Full results here)

Other results from the weekend which were not yet in by Monday morning were:


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