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17th Nov 2009Issue 138

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Another week, another British world champion! Julie Dibens has been on the triathlon scene for well over a decade now, from winning the World Age Group Championship in 1998, she has now added her fourth senior elite world title courtesy of the Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 Championship on Saturday - doing so in course record time. She can now add that, to the three consecutive XTERRA Maui wins.

There is a familiar symmetry here isn't there?! A certain Chrissie Wellington won the World Age Group Championship (2006), then won three consecutive Ironman World Champs, doing so in a course record time this year, and adding the ITU World Long Course in 2008 to make four elite titles...

I wonder why I sometimes get called statto?!

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Weekend action

Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Champs - Clearwater, Florida

The Foster Grant Ironman 70.3 World Championships proved to be another successful day for Team GB, as Julie Dibens added her second world championship in three weeks (after XTERRA Maui), and her fourth in total (fifth actually, if you count an ITU Age Group World Championship!).

Exiting the swim with the leaders as always, Dibens hit the front on the bike, riding her new Trek Speed Concept machine, like that used by US athlete Chris Lieto in Kona last month. She managed to bike over three minutes faster than former double UCI World Time Trial Champion, and twice Olympic bronze medal winner Karen Thürig (SUI), and led into T2 by three minutes from another Swiss athlete, Caroline Steffen.

Julie has twice finished fourth in Clearwater, and the run has been the Achilles heel in her armour. Despite her third XTERRA World Champs victory three weeks ago, Clearwater has always been her number one priority, and that showed this year. Her 1:24:38 run was easily enough to take the win - in fact, she finished over four minutes clear of training partner Mary Beth Ellis - who repeated her 2008 silver - and she broke the tape in under four hours, a world best for the distance. After the race she said "I put my head down, and ran as fast as I could." On doubling up with XTERRA she said "having three weeks in between made a big difference this year" - in previous years Clearwater has been just two weeks later than Maui. She also praised the supporters on the course, "there's a lot of Brits out there cheering - thank you!"

At the beginning of the run, a British one-two looked quite realistic, as Jodie Swallow was fourth onto the run course, and looking good. However, she had to withdraw halfway through the run, due to dizziness. Still, surely Jodie will be a real threat at this distance over the coming years after her success in Singapore and at the ITU Long Distance Champs this year.

The men's race had a very different scenario, as a whole host of riders reached T2 in very close order, including Phil Graves, Stephen Bayliss, Joseph Gambles, Dann Brook and Fraser Cartmell. However, while there were plenty of Brits in close order, none could go with the pace of the leaders.

Pre-race favourite Matthew Reed (USA) soon hit the front, and looked good. But if Matt looked good, Germany's Michael Raelert - brother of 2008 silver medal winner Andreas - looked nothing short of sensational! Surely he was gong to blow up? No! Recording a staggering run split of 1:09:06, Raelert pulled away to a clear win, as behind him Daniel Fontana (ITA) took silver and Reed held on for the bronze.

Top Brit finisher - as we predicted - was Joseph Gambles in fifth place. Stephen Bayliss was 16th (3:43:35), Fraser Cartmell 20th (3:44:21), Dann Brook 36th, (3:47:37), James Hadley 38th (3:48:11), Stuart Hayes 42nd (3:50:22), Philip Graves 51st (3:51:46). Tom Room 47th (3:57:08) and Joel Jameson 49th (3:58:07). Leanda Cave finished as 13th pro lady in 4:24:16.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Raelert (GER) 3:34:04 Julie Dibens (GBR) 3:59:33
2nd Daniel Fontana (ITA) 3:36:44 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:03:49
3rd Matthew Reed (USA) 3:37:50 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:05:27

Domestic Racing

Ian Mulvey kindly sent in the headline results from the Whinlatter Off-Road Duathlon, where Ricky Lightfoot (Saab Salomon Outdoor) and Rachel Lawrence were the victors. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Ricky Lightfoot (Saab Salomon Outdoor) 1:43:12
Rachel Lawrance 2:17:13
2nd Andrew MacRae (Total Racing Int.) 1:48:36 Angela Brand-Barker 2:18:53
3rd Elliot Gowland (Total Racing Int.) 1:49:06 Molly Whittall 2:25:50

The other off-raod event of the weekend was the Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon from TriFerris ( Courtesy of the speedy time-keeping of Will Whitmore (, we have the results on-site fo the Long race and the Short race.

Long Race
Pos Men Women
1st Lee Rankin (DB Max Tri) 1:09:14
Ruth Bradbrook (BAD Tri) 1:24:53
2nd Paul Davies (Panasonic/Scott UK) 1:12:06 Tracey Haseldine (Team MK) 1:25:39
3rd Phil Blacker (Wyre Forest CRC) 1:12:41 Claire Smith (Swindon Road Club) 1:26:33
Short Race
Pos Men Women
1st Reuben Mansfield (Red Planet MTB) 39:55 Lucinda Neeves (Cheltenham Tri) 47:09
2nd Jordan Frapwell 40:26 Alice Thomas (Cirencester AC) 47:11
3rd Tom Blincowe (Oxford Tri) 41:47 Ann Singal 53:39

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...

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 a special from Pro-Lite: EpoTri Bars at just £39.99 - just a few pairs left!














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  4. Philip Graves podcast interview
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  6. Interview: Dann Brook
  7. Clearwater Image Gallery
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