Tri247 Newsletter


11th Feb 2008Issue 47

Welcome to the newsletter

So, how was it for you? From our point of view it was absolutely brilliant and many of the exhibitors at TCR08 seemed to share the same opinion. While all the talk of a recession and slumping house prices, higher mortgage rates and sub-prime loans may be grabbing the newspaper headlines there were definitely queues of people at the show who had cash to spend. With TCR being the only exhibition at the start of the year that can capitalise on all the new product ranges it was clear that the triathlon community wanted to get its hands on not only the bargains but some of the latest kit as well.

So, definite kudos to those suppliers like Orca, blueseventy, Triathlon Consultants (2XU and Ceepo), Viners and more besides for making sure that the retailers had new 2008 stock in time - somthing that has been a bit hard to achieve in years gone by. And praise too for the fact that we generally found a very high degree of product knowledge and willingness to share that information throught the whole expo; the nutrition stands were among those that particularly impressed us this year. Triathletes are, by nature, 'heatseekers' (despite Orca giving the name to their new under-wetsuit baselayer, that's actually an IBM term used to describe people who always want the hot new stuff at the leading edge of the technology development cycle). In the trade we've often joked that if you want to make something sell better to triathletes you just need to make it out of carbon fibre and double the price...

Tri247's stand was something of an attraction in its own right with a host of athletes and representatives from the industry stopping by to tell their stories on our now-infamous video couch. A great job by our new Deputy Editor, Annie Emmerson, for handling all the interviews and Cally Mansfield for processing all the video - the results are already starting to go up on the site and there's some great footage in there... ...including the true story of how Wiggle got started in the online store business! We hope you enjoyed the car sticker and the freebies, many thanks to Gatorade for the bottles and Bio Synergy for the drinks.

Plus, from Tri247's point of view, there was a very special highlight at the 220 Awards dinner where we were presented with the 'Triathlon Website of the Year' trophy. It has been fascinating to watch the site grow over the past year and it's very gratifying to get an award indicating that our readership thinks we are getting it right. We definitely won't be sitting on our laurels, there's lots of interesting things in the pipeline for this year. From the whole team, including our dedicated behind-the-scenes voluteers who are still trawling sites to back-fill the results archive for us, many thanks!

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Weekend action

Saturday saw two races in the UK; allabouttriathlon's G3 10k, which was described by one shattered competitor as either too steep to run up or too steep to run down, where the winners were Salim Sobieroj in 0:44:46 and Louise Curtis in 0:50:02. There's a full set of corrected results here.

The second of Saturday's races was the third of Gears and Tears' Monsterman events at Bordon in Hampshire. As yet we haven't seen a set of results, you can check their website here.

While the UK slumbered, some of those from the TCR Show's 220 Awards dinner slumbering more than others, they were racing over the half-Ironman distance at the Geelong 70.3. The winners here were Leon Griffin in 3:56:49 and Mirinda Carfrae in 4:24:27. If Leon Griffin's name isn't familiar it's probably because his previous successes have been mainly in the duathlon field - he won the World Duathlon Championships at Corner Brook in 2006. The usual race commentary and overall results can be found on the IronmanLive website:

Pos Men Women
1 Leon Griffin 3:56:49 Mirinda Carfrae 4:24:27
2 Mitch Anderson 3:58:13 Rebekah Keat 4:27:14
3 David Dellow 4:01:01 Kate Major 4:29:21

Sunday's races started with the For Goodness Shakes Muscles of Steel 10k at Sandown Park where the winners were Stephen Bayliss in 0:33:05 and Bella Comerford in 0:36:23. Full results are here.

The third and final race in the Monikie ABC/SG Baker Winter Duathlon Series was won by James Cusick (Glasgow Couriers/ Bennett Developments) in 1:39:06 and Erni Hamilton (bicycleworks) in 2:04:01. Full results are here. The overall series winners were James Cusick and Anita Hamilton (Fleet Feet Triathletes).

We hadn't listed the Dover Mercury Half Marathon which is organised by Deal Tri Club, but they kindly sent the results anyway. The winners were Phil Anthony (Invicta EK) in 1:10:14 and Helen Wheeler (Folkestone RC) in 1:28:32. A full set of results are here. In the Junior 1500m event the winners were Jack Grundon (Deal Tri) in 4:51 and Rebecca Roddy in 5:55.

The David Lloyd Southampton 5k organised by Concept Sport was won in 0:15:18 by Louis Jones (Newham & Essex Beagles) with Nicola Blandford (Southampton RC) the fastest woman in 0:18:46. Full results are here.

At the first of F3 Events' F3 Dorney Lake Duathlon Series the winners were Declan Doyle in 1:06:02 and Kerri Repshaw (FVS Tri) in 1:15:43. We had heard that Flora Duffy was due to compete but apparently she only wanted to do the bike leg. Full results are here.

Meet the Shop - supported by 2XU

2XU are sponsoring a new section on the site from this week called 'Meet the Shop' which will feature a different retailer each month. First up are Kingston-based Sigma Sport.

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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