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18th Feb 2008Issue 48

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Hats off to anyone who raced at the weekend - with temperatures like that there was only one place to be - and that was anywhere with an efficient central heating system! At least it was bright and cold rather than being the standard British cold, wet and grey...

And, casting one's thoughts forward to somewhere much hotter and warmer, is Steve Trew who is starting a new series of monthly features on the Olympics and the athletes who might feature in the race for medals. Steve's been to more than a few major events in his time so we can expect some razor sharp insights along with the odd reminiscence or two!

This week also sees the start of a new series looking at major races around the world and bringing you a little of the background behind them. We definitely wouldn't call it a 'bucket list' but there are definitely races here that you'll want to put on the 'before I die' pile. We start with Ironman New Zealand on Tuesday.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

First of the weekend's results is through with Tim Don putting in a strong showing at the South African Championships to take the win in 1:52:29 ahead of Henrik De Villiers (RSA) with Fraser Cartmel in third place. Kent Horner (RSA) was fourth and the Buffalo City 70.3 winner, Raynard Tissink (RSA), rounded out the top five. Ritchie Nicholls was seventh. In the women's race Mari Rabie (RSA) comfortably took the win in 2:09:29 with Ricarda Lisk (GER) in second place and Kate Roberts (RSA) in third. We've extracted the elite results including splits here.

Second in through the system was Exeter Tri's Dawlish Aquathlon, which was a bit disconcerting as we didn't have that on the list... Still, they went ahead with it anyway on what the organiser described as a "b7^%$y cold morning outside in the sunshine" and the winners were Junior Heffernan (Tri England) in 00:25:29 and Sue Walker (Exeter Tri) in 0:32:06. A full set of results and a short race report are here.

Kudu Bikes organised the Kendal Aquathlon which was won by Jon Fletcher (Arragons) in 00:25:13 and Sarah Graham (Arragons) in 00:36:01 in freezing conditions. A full set of results and a report from the organiser is here.

The second race of GogglePedalTrainer's Tewkesbury Aquathlon series the first man home was Andrew Shipton (Stroud AC) in 0:22:17 with Katie Silke (Coventry TC) taking the women's title. A full set of results is here.

The Scots obviously liked the cold because the turnout at the Wee Triathlon put on by No Fuss Events in the shadow of Ben Nevis was well attended. First place went to Nix Team RT in 1:07:03 with Gregor Muir taking the individual win in 1:09:02 and first woman was Sarah Byrne in 1:29:31. There's a report from the organisers and a set of results here.

At TriFerris's twice yearly Cirencester Off-road Duathlon, the full-distance winners were Peter Banham (Wyre Forest CRC) in 1:05:26 and Natalie Trubridge (BAD Tri) in 1:20:25. A full set of results is here. In the half-distance novice event the winners were Steaphen Deadman in 0:37:07 and Catherine Gale in 0:48:26. A full set of results is here.

The third of the Epic Events Winter Training Duathlons took place at Rainford near Liverpool with the fastest times being recorded by Matt Moorhouse in 0:53:55 and Rhian Roxburgh in 1:03:59. A full set of results is here.

The Tri2xL SWIM BIKE RUN, another 'not quite a triathlon' event with a discontinuous set of events, was won by Carl Shaw in 0:34:18 and Leanne Renshaw in 0:44:48. A full set of results is 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 cyclist 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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