Tri247 Newsletter


10th Nov 2009Issue 137

Welcome to the newsletter

Last week I mentioned I would be away somewhere "hopefully a lot warmer" for a new launch in triathlon world. Well, as you may well have seen during the week that was the launch of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (, set for Saturday March 13th 2010.

With $250,000 of prize money on offer - including $20,000 to age groupers - you can be sure that this will be a popular event with the elite. I'm also certain that it will prove a huge attraction to athletes of all abilities. The innovative 'long bike' section (3k/200k/20k, or 1.5k/100k/10k), makes it a challenge for all, yet without quite the battering than an iron-distance event will deliver to the legs courtesy of a marathon run. For Brits, I'd say it is a perfect distance in preparation for your summer Ironman. You can be fairly sure it will be warm!

While out in Abu Dhabi I got to visit the brand new Formula 1 circuit that saw the conclusion of the F1 season just days earlier. As well as being a stunning arena, the bike course of the new race includes the circuit - twice for the long distance - of what has become an iconic venue after just one race. The organisers are aiming to make this an 'instant classic' from day one, and with the commitment I witnessed from the Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority to the event, there is little doubt that this will happen. The swim starts from the beach of the Emirates Palace Hotel, the bike course takes in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (a quite staggering structure), and the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, while the run finishes on the Corniche through the Heritage Village. With five-lane highways completely closed to traffic too, if you are looking for a destination race to kick off 2010, you have to consider this one.

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Weekend action

Big domestic event of the weekend was the 20th anniversary Tri and Run Ballbuster Duathlon at Box Hill, Surrey.

Reigning champion Wayne Smith (read his 2008 report HERE) took the title again, 10 years after his first win on the infamous course. Previous winners Rich Hunt and James Gilfillan took second and third. For the ladies, it was Anja Heijnan ( who took the win, almost seven minutes clear of Liz Wynn (Serpentine RC), who had a similar cushion over Gemma Farrell. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Wayne Smith 2:40:41 Anja Heijnan ( 3:11:48
2nd Rich Hunt (Kudu Bikes) Tri Club 2:42:48 Liz Wynn (Serpentine RC) 3:18:25
3rd James Gilfillan (Primera Bournemouth) 2:44:35 Gemma Farrell 3:25:49

There was also duathlon action at the Hillingdon Autumn Sprint, held at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. Home club athletes won both ladies and men's races, with Roger Fowkes overcoming a small deficit on the first run to power through on the bike, and hold of Noah Knock (Victoria CC) on the final mile run. 14 year old sensation Sky Draper celebrated her birthday weekend in some style. After winning the Chiltern League under-15 XC event on Saturday, she was a class apart, choosing to race in the ladies race on this closed road circuit, rather than the Tristar 3 race which she is still eligible for. Well over a minute up after the first run, she ended up almost three and a half minutes clear of Kate Everley, who is the reigning European Age Group Triathlon Champion (20-24). Full results: MEN, LADIES, TRISTAR/YOUTH.

Pos Men Women
1st Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) 39:29 Sky Draper (Hillingdon Triathletes) 42:55
2nd Noah Knock (Victoria CC) 39:44 Kate Everley 46:21
3rd Mark Edwards (Hillingdon Triathletes) 40:32 Becky Hewitt (HPU) 47:44

International Racing

Ironman Florida usually brings good news for Bella Bayliss (five wins from seven starts), though this time she had to settle for third place. As you can read on her blog however, she was frustrated at alleged drafting, saying "It would have been interesting to have seen the result of this race yesterday if it had been a race with no age group men in the way." The win went to Sofie Goos (BEL), who was also the winner last month of the Challenge Barcelona iron-distance event.

In the men's race, Estonian Kirill Kotshegarov was a new Ironman winning name. At 23 years old, we think that makes him second only to Philip Graves in terms of youngest male Ironman winner. Regular Tri247 contributor Nick Saunders took fourth place, and kept his excellent run of top-10 Ironman finishes in place. A great effort, considering the car crash he was involved in earlier this year.

Pos Men Women
1st Kirill Kotshegarov (EST) 8:24:29 Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:08:38
2nd Maxim Kriat (UKR) 8:26:51
Tamara Kozulina (UKR) 9:12:47
3rd Massimo Cigana (ITA) 8:28:04 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 9:13:52

Not surprisingly, the Huatulco (Mexico) ITU World Cup race wasn't exactly a who's who of ITU racing, with the vast majority of World Championship Series racers long since finished their seasons. We have the full ITU reports (Men HERE, Ladies HERE), where Matt Chrabot (USA) and Ai Ueda walked away with the spoils. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Matt Chrabot (USA) 1:57:22 Ai Ueda (JPN) 2:12:47
2nd Ruedi Wild (SUI) 1:59:32 Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 2:13:13
3rd Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 2:01:02 Jessica Harrison (FRA) 2:13:29

Calling all Clubs and Event Organisers!!

British Triathlon would like to remind you that if you want your club or event details listed in the British Triathlon Members’ Annual Handbook you need to have completed the online registration process by Monday 16th November 9am. The Handbook is distributed to over 10,000 active triathletes and duathletes across the country and is a great way of promoting your event. Any entries received after the after this time will be too late to register their details for inclusion in the 2010 Handbook.

You can follow these links to register either your club or event:

We would also like to remind you that your club registration fees need to be paid at this time as well, and event organisers must also pay a deposit.

Should any event organisers or club officials have any problems registering their club or events, please email
or call 01509 226161.

Planet-X Best Buys - Lights!

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

Make sure you are seen this winter, by investing in some quality lighting for your bikes. Check out THIS ARTICLE for some burning hot offers on lights and much more. You can save over £40 on their 'commuter bundle', and get yourself a Crops headlight, battery charger, batteries, TWO tail lights and a reflective LED vest for just £59.99. More HERE.

Alternatively, take advantage of their price drop on Airbike high power rechargeable lights 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.

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...Look & Giro

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 Look Keo Carbon Pedals at just £99.00 and the Giro Monza Road Cycling Helmet for just £55.99.













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