Tri247 Newsletter


2nd Nov 2009Issue 136

Welcome to the newsletter

A very interesting week ahead - at least for your Editor anyway.

Early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, I shall be departing the increasingly cold UK for something hopefully a lot warmer - all in the name of work. Something new, exciting and BIG is about to be launched in triathlon world, and we are going to be there to bring you the news. I'd love to tell you more, but I can't... mostly because I don't know that much about it myself. Yet. Still, it should be fun, and if someone has to do it... it may as well be me!

Also coming up this weekend is Ironman Florida, and of course that means Bella Bayliss. Already this season Bella has won Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman Austria, Embrunman and Ironman UK, and with five previous wins from seven starts in Florida, she will be a strong favourite to add a fifth iron-distance win to her 2009 race CV, something she also achieved last season. No once can ever accuse Bella of seeking an easy life, so hopefully Florida 2009 will be another great birthday present for her.

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Weekend action

A relatively quiet week on the domestic front, and even that was impacted by the weather.

The Kendall Duathlon was reduced to a 5-mile run when low cloud and rain meant cycling conditions left it dangerous to proceed with the cycle section. The winners of the revised event were Mat Nuttall and Maddy Winzer (National Youth Triathlon and Duathlon Champion). Full results HERE.

Saturday's Team Outrageous Larkfield Duathlon was put on at late notice and a relatively small affair in terms of numbers, however it is the first of a series this winter, so do go along and support the future events ( Full results HERE.

The increasingly popular off-road duathlon scene continued with the Haworth Mudman Duathlon on Sunday. A tough event too, with winner Paul Drinkwater ( - himself an off-road event organiser - taking the win, and being one of just three athletes to break the 2-hour mark. Angela Hannon (Wakefield Tri Club) was the first lady. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Drinkwater ( 1:53:33 Angela Hannon (Wakefield Tri Club) 2:25:56
2nd Seb Ramsay (North West Mountain Bike Centre) 1:58:25 Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) 2:27:45
3rd Jamie Hutchinson (LBT) 1:58:30 Amanda Newham (Ilkley Harriers) 2:30:07

Final event of the weekend was the first of the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlons from First across the line were David Freeman and Joanna Freeman - we're note sure of any relation! Full results HERE.

In other news, while Paula Radcliffe couldn't keep her unbeaten non-Olympic marathon record, finishing fourth at the NYC Marathon, in 10th place and 10 minutes back of Paula was American triathlete Desiree Ficker. Desiree took second place at the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2006 behind Michellie Jones.

Planet-X Best Buys

Once gain those chaps at Planet X ( have come up with some killer deals that are just too good to miss.

In you use the online coupon code "2weeksonly", you can save 50% on Planet X jerseys. That means just £17.50 for short sleeve, or £22.50 for long sleeve for your choice of red or black. Check out stock HERE before it has all gone.

If a jersey is not enough, and you want the bike to go with it can also take advantage of their clearance sale on bikes. Built for either photo shoots or trade shows, these bikes have barely - if at all - been ridden. Remember though, there is only one of each, so take a look at what is on show to see if your dream bike is available at bargain basement prices. Full details HERE.

The Dirty Weekend...

The Dirty Weekend, a series of off-road mountain biking and running races at Margam Park, South Wales, on 28th and 29th November 2009.

The event is open to men and women of all capabilities, and competitors can choose between a duathlon (5k run / 22k mountain bike / 3k run) and a 5k run on the Saturday, and a 50k mountain bike enduro and a 10k run on the Sunday.

Margam Park is the perfect venue, offering world-class mountain bike trails in stunning countryside. What's more, it is only minutes from the M4 near Port Talbot, so is easy to access and has excellent parking and facilities.

The event has been set-up by Men's Fitness magazine following on from the success of their off-road triathlon Rough Track. Men's Fitness has partnered with Tri & Enter events who run the very successful Gower Triathlon and will be running the event on the day. The course has been designed by XTERRA pro Ryan Evans and utilises the fantastic course at Margam.

Find out more HERE.


As the temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in, getting outside on the bike is starting to look a little less appealing than it did during the heights of summer. So, why not blow the dust of the turbo - and crank up the training with some Spinervals! Spinervals DVD's from Coach Troy Jacobson have been used by tens of thousands of cyclists and triathletes around the world to bring turbo training to life, and motivate you to improved performances.

Spinervals are now available in the UK through Triathlon Specific - why not get yours here:, or call 07711 470007 / email for more information.

F3 Events Winter Duathlon Series - Now Open

The four race 2010 F3 Events Winter Duathlon Series kicks off on Sunday 24th January and is now open for entries. The events, comprising of a 5km run / 20km bike / 5km run (plus 2.5km / 12km / 2.5km option), take place at Dorney Lake, Eton and will provide you with some excellent winter conditioning at this flat and fast venue.

All new for 2010 is the introduction of electronic chip timing, plus food and drink outlets, massage and much much more. To secure you place at any of the series race - one event each month from January to April - check out

Special offers from Nice2Tri...

Nice2Tri ( have some fantastic deals on currently which might bring you a little cheer during the colder months. Check out THIS ARTICLE for more information on two specials from Pro-Lite: EpoTri Bars at just £39.99 and Espresso time trial frame at £250.99.














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