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15th Mar 2010Issue 153

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Well, that was quite an experience. The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon had launched all guns blazing in November last year. A new distance, big money and the prospect of a truly world class elite field had been promised. And, a few minor teething issues aside, you would have to say that was a pretty spectacular debut.

I was fortunate enough to spend the past five days in Abu Dhabi, based at the official race hotel along with almost all of the elite athletes, and got to see all aspects of the race first hand. There was a real excitement about the event in advance, and that was coming from the athletes as much as the Press. It was new territory for all, nobody really new what to expect but everyone was going to give it a good go. The sight of competitors racing their bikes around the truly stunning Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit was a sight to behold, and all of the athletes I spoke to loved it. St. Croix has "the Beast", and in just one running of the event, the F1 circuit in Abu Dhabi looks set to become the iconic element of the 200km course.

While this was one of the highest quality fields outside of Kona, there were still a few notable absentees who might well have been in the mix for the win. After a successful debut, we can well imagine that an even stronger field may be attracted next year as there may be a few athletes out there not wanting to miss out on the fun in 2011.

There were also quite a number of British age groupers racing in the short and long races. If you fancy an overseas, early season event in the sun next year, Abu Dhabi really should be one for you to consider. For all of our coverage of the Abu Dhabi event, including the inside track on racing as a pro at the sharp end courtesy of Dann Brook, check out the dedicated race section.

Elsewhere, all of the weekend news and results are in our roundup, plus check out the newsletter features below, where you can save a whopping 50% at the Lucozade Sport Shop.

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Weekend action

International Racing

The big - in all senses - race of the weekend was the debut Abu Dhabi International Triathlon (, and if you have been reading the site over the past few days, I'm pretty sure you will know about it now. Your Editor was on site for the race, plus we also had the pleasure of Dann Brook's diary in the days leading up to the event, plus his race report. You can read the full race report HERE, see images of many of the top bikes HERE, plus a lot more in our dedicated race section.

Eneko Llanos and Julie Dibens - despite a puncture - were the big winners, and Leanda Cave (second) and Fraser Cartmell (fourth) will also be extremely happy with their day.

Unfortunate Brit of the day was Team Abu Dhabi Triathlon member Rachel Joyce, who after a brilliant swim, exiting the water with Dibens, Cave, Zelenkova and Macel slipped in T1, and sliced her foot open very badly on the chainring. She has been in touch - from hospital:

"It all happened very quickly and I guess the lesson is less haste in T1. I'm still in hospital as I severed two tendons in my foot. Had surgery yesterday to join them and have another tomorrow to close wound up. They left it open as it's deep and quite a bit of muck got into it. Shows how sharp a chain ring is - the consultant said it looked like an incision done by a scalpel!".

Having seen how the ladies race panned out on the course, I've no doubt that Rachel could well have secured a top finish here in her new 'home'. Best wishes on your recovery Rachel.

Pos Men Women
1st Eneko Llanos (ESP) 6:34:47 $50,000 Julie Dibens (GBR) 7:08:25 $50,000
2nd Dirk Bockel (LUX) 6:35:30 $20,000 Leanda Cave (GBR) 7:12:23 $20,000
3rd Rasmus Henning (DEN) 6:36:07 $15,000 Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 7:18:23 $15,000
4th Fraser Cartmell (GBR/SCO) 6:36:12 $10,000 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 7:21:01 $10,000
5th Frederik van Lierde (BEL) 6:36:31 $7,500 Carrie Lester (AUS) 7:23:04 $7,500

After a stacked pro field in Abu Dhabi, the equivalent at Ironman China looked very light in comparison. That wasn't helped by the DNF of Chris McCormack (due to food poisoning). Still, multiple Ironman winner Luke Mckenzie added to his CV with another victory, while Amy Marsh (USA) from TeamTBB took the ladies title. Full report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:41:15 Amy Marsh (USA) 9:52:45
2nd Jozsef Major (HUN) 8:52:29 Nicole Leder (GER) 10:02:58
3rd Jens Groenbek (DEN) 9:17:06 Heidi Jesberger (GER) 10:08:52

UK XTERRA specialist Sam Gardner has been in great form during the early UK season races. On Saturday he had his first opportunity to test out his winter conditioning on the international stage, when he was defending his 2009 win at XTERRA Saipan. It was another successful race, and another win for the off-road specialist as he just held of Canadian Mike Vine to take the win. Here is the full report from the XTERRA team ( Sam now heads off for the road-based 'Tagaman' triathlon, before it's back on the dirt at XTERRA Guam in two weeks time.

You can find a full report HERE.

Pos Name Age Country
Final Time
1 Sam Gardner 33 Windsor, England
2 Mike Vine 35 Victoria, B.C., Canada
3 Jason Chalker 35 Sydney, Australia
4 Takahiro Ogasawara 34 Tokyo, Japan
5 Michael Hiscott 26 United Kingdom
Pl Name Age Country
Final Time
1 Renata Bucher 32 Lucerne, Switzerland
2 Shonny Vanlandingham 40 Durango, Colorado
3 Mieko Carey 31 Saipan, CNMI
4 Emma Smith 28 United Kingdom
5 Daz Parker 42 London, England

Domestic Action

There was plenty of racing action at one of the 'homes' of triathlon and multisport in the South East, Dorney Lake, this past weekend as F3 Events ( had two days of racing.

The results, courtesy of Stuart Steele ( are available for Saturday's Sparks Half Marathon (HERE), and the Sunday 5km (HERE) and 10km (HERE).

They also held the third F3 Winter Duathlon of the series, and results are available for the main race (HERE) and the shorter/novice event HERE. In the main race, Hugh Mackenzie was a clear winner over Phil Holland, with Kerrie O'Conner Forth finishing as first lady.

Stuart also had time keepers at the Peopleton Duathlon, and you can find the results HERE, where a top-3 of James Ratcliffe, Lee Rankin and James Gilfillan would suggest some pretty swift racing took place. For the ladies, Michelle Parsons got the better of former Olympic cyclist Ceris Styler.

The Parbold Duathlon featured the challenging Parbold Hill, with Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters/Hewitt Cycles) and Kelly Crickmore (Chester Tri Club) securing decisive victories, in what was also the North West Regional Champs. Full results HERE.

The Grizedale Off Road Duathlon was a brand new event, dominated by Julian Hatcher and Hannah Phillips (Darlington Triathlon Club). Full results HERE.

Also staying of the roads was the Glentress Duathlon, and we have a report, and full results from that one HERE.

Plenty of aquathlons taking place too, with the Thornbury Running Club Short (results here) and Long (results here) events taking place on Sunday. Two events also at the Exmouth Aquathlon (Standard and Novice), while the NUTS Aquathlon wasn't a reflection of the style of the race...NUTS = Nottingham University Triathlon Squad....! Full results HERE, where 220 Age Group Athlete of the Year Nick Dunn was a clear winner.

The Wee Triathlon in Scotland is so popular...they hold it on Saturday and Sunday! Full results - Saturday and Sunday.

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Mud and Mayhem - March 21st

Entries are still available for the Round 2 of the Mud and Mayhem Off-Road Duathlon Series. The race takes place in Thetford Forest on Sunday 21st March, and entries are available HERE.

Previous races have attracted Sam Gardner (report HERE) and Tim McDowell (report HERE), plus athletes of all abilities looking for mud and fun.

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Windermere Triathlon is GO!

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How to Open Water Swim With Rich Allen and Nice2Tri

The second instalment of Nice2Tri's Triathlon clinics with Elite Triathlete Richard Allen will be coming up in May. With only 20 slots available, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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