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3rd Mar 2008Issue 50

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Another weekend, another Ironman - this time it was New Zealand and there must have been a lot of very happy Kiwis (apart from Bryan Rhodes) at the double result which broke all sorts of records. Triathlon down there is very much a national institution, everyone seems to get involved - we got an email from Ken Maclaren to say that while he wasn't yet ready to go back and do another Ironman he was volunteering for a whole slew of races. I guess it's to do with the size of the community and the international recognition that the sport brings with it; until recently Ironman New Zealand fielded more outsiders than domestic athletes. The British contingent did good with both Bella Comerford and Stephen Bayliss getting a fourth place and Scott Neyedli making it to the top ten.

Not that far away, at least in geographical terms, is Australia where the sport is completely ingrained in the culture. I guess that the support system is even more developed there but, rather than the laid-back all-day racing that is Ironman their weekend's entertainment was the Oceania Cup and the Luke Harrop Memorial. While the Oceania Cup race saw a good gathering of pro athletes doing some fine tuning before the BG World Cup series kicks off in earnest at Mooloolaba at the end of the month, the Memorial race seemed a little low-key this year with no big names in the field. You can get a feel for what it's like to train and race 'Down Under' in Richard Stannard's latest column which appeared today. He's down there with a growing community of Brits who are getting ever-more focussed on the goal that is Beijing. Good tip about the extra knickers, by the way!!

Back to the domestic scene and it was one of the quietest weekends for a a while, we are even waiting for results to come in from two events. However, all that means is that we have had more time to turn out articles for you this coming week - keep checking back to see what each new day brings!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Sunday's racing started with the traditional beginning of March Frost Funday Aquathlons organised by Tuff Fitty. In the main Frosty event the winners were Paul Joldaway (Team Lifestyle) in 0:46:26 and Lucy Bowen (Thames Turbo) in 0:49:42. Full results are here. The shorter Frostbite saw wins for Jow Mason (Amphibians 2) in 0:24:44 and Sarah Wigmore (Amphibians 2) in 0:25:30. Full results for that race are here. The event's organiser, Clive Harvey, has also sent in a report which you can see here.

The third of the Glentress Winter Duathlon Series was the long course race to round out the series. The over all winner was Prasad Prasad who completed the course in 1:32:22 and also took the overall series win. First female was Ruth McGavigan in 1:48:22 and she too won the series. A full set of results is here with a report from the organisers as well.

We don't have a full set of results from the second Chase Race Duathlon but we have heard that the race was won by Joel Jamieson (TF Bath) with Jez Cox (Planet X) in second place and and James Ratcliffe (TFN) third. Full results will be up overnight on the Chase Race website: www.chaserace.co.uk

In a perfect day for New Zealand triathlon, if not in terms of the weather, pre-race favourites Cameron Brown and Jo Lawn got their wins at the Bonita Ironman New Zealand on Saturday. While the weather deteriorated from a perfect dawn to wind and rain in the later stages of the bike and run the racing just got hotter and hotter. Brown took his record seventh victory at the race with a 6:46 margin over Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) after the expected challenge from Luke Bell (AUS), who ran toe to toe with Brown last year, failed to materialise. Bell picked up a four minute penalty on the bike and pulled out on the marathon.

"Last year I couldn't relax at all with Luke pushing so hard but this year my manager, Mark Watson, said to enjoy the day as much as I could," Brown said. "And it was a great day, nothing went wrong, I enjoyed a good build up and everything went smoothly on race day and this is such a great place to race. I enjoyed support the entire day, I always do. Kiwis are great at looking after their own athletes and today was no different, the support was fantastic it was nice to share in some of that excitement for the final few kilometres for a change."

The expected challenge from Kieran Doe didn't last beyond the halfway point of the marathon when Brown went past his fellow Kiwi. A typically brave and front-running Doe held on for third but admitted he never felt comfortable once he led out of the water."I struggled to find any rhythm on the bike and really it was only in the final 40km that I found my cycling legs. I knew my lead off the bike wasn't likely to be big enough but I had a crack and turned out the first ten kilometres in 39:58 but I guess Cameron must have done something like 37 minutes given the way he caught me. At one point I didn't think I would finish."

Frederik Van Lierde was the one to split the Kiwis, the European Long Distance Champion was competing in his first Ironman and was delighted with his runner up performance."I have no experience in this race and before today I have not faced 180km in a race before. The swim was easy, I felt good on the bike and had a good feeling for the race. But on the run I struggled with cramp from the beginning and did not have any rhythm for the first ten kilometres."

Stephen Bayliss was fourth and Scott Neyedli turned in a solid performance in tenth place. Dave Woodgate was 29th.

The women's race resembled Brown's thriller with Bell last year with Lawn having to battle nuggety Australian Kate Bevilaqua all the way, so much so that the Aucklander set a new race record despite the difficult conditions. Lawn entered the Asics run leg of the race with her smallest ever margin over the charging Australian and knew she would be in for a battle after Bevilaqua ran her down in Tauranga at the Half Ironman in January."She is just so quick, has such a high cadence and never stops coming at you. I learned that at the half and since have heard from everyone how quick she is, probably the quickest Ironman runner around at the moment. But Ironman is about being tough mentally too and today I think I was tough. There was simply no way I was going to lose in those final few kilometres, not in front of this crowd, it was like I was running two feet above the ground such was the support I was getting."

Bevilaqua chipped away at Lawn's lead with every kilometre and drew level at the 28km mark before Lawn kicked clear again with 6km to go. Lawn not only picked up a record sixth consecutive win but broke the course record as well. "You can't think about that at all while you are training and preparing, there just isn't time to get caught up in that. But it hit me today and means so much to me to set a record and win for the 6th time, it is just a pity I couldn't enjoy it with Kate pushing me all the way!

"I think that was me at my toughest mentally today and while nothing will match the satisfaction of my first ever win, this was special and proved how strong I am mentally. I didn't let the loss of time to Kate affect me at any point, today was always going to come down to who was strongest over the final ten kilometres." Both Bevilaqua and third placed Emi Shiono (JPN) put so much into the race that they needed medical attention at the end of the race, with neither able to front the post race press conference. Britain's Bella Comerford was fourth.

You can get the full race commentary and results on IronmanLive: www.ironmanlive.com

Pos Men Women
1 Cameron Brown (NZL) 8:24:49 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:16:00
2 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 8:31:35 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 9:20:06
3 Kieran Doe (NZL) 8:33:35 Emi Shiono (JPN)

Part of the Luke Harrop Memorial Weekend, the ITU's Oceania Cup on Saturday saw some good warm-up performances by British athletes. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) took the win in 1:46:56 with Stuart Hayes in second and Maik Petzold (GER) in third. Richard Stannard was sixth and Andrew Johns had an early season opportunity to get some valuable ITU points with eighth.

In the women's race Emma Moffatt (AUS) took the win in 1:57:45 with Felicity Abram (AUS) in second and Emma Davis (IRL) getting a valuable third which should help her towards regular World Cup starts later in the season. Full results are already on the ITU website (www.triathlon.org) and also on the event website: www.usmevents.com.au

Pos Men Women
1 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:46:56 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:57:45
2 Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:47:18 Felicity Abram (AUS) 1:58:59
3 Maik Petzold (GER) 1:48:10 Emma Davis (IRL) 1:59:41

Win with Milk

We all know that re-hydration after exercise is an extremely important part of any training programme, whether you're an elite competitor or simply trying to stay in shape. With so many products on the market it can be difficult to decide which is the most effective. According to research conducted by Loughborough University, skimmed milk aids recovery after exercise more effectively than water and isotonic drinks. So there has never been a better time to make milk part of your exercise regime.

Champion decathlete Dean Macey said: "I can't say it comes as a huge surprise to me that this research says milk is the best thing for athletes, it makes perfect sense. If you want a great, natural drink to help performance then it's got to contain milk every time."

The results indicated that milk may be superior at promoting recovery, specifically re-hydration, after exercise than the competitor products. So next time you're heading to the gym don't forget to pack a flask of cold skimmed milk to ensure full post-workout recovery... To find out more about the research, and other handy fitness tips, please visit www.milkrecoveryzone.com.

Courtesy of the Milk Development Council, Tri247 have five rehydration sports packs to give away, comprising an over-the-shoulder kit bag, an insulated titanium sports bottle to keep your drink cool while you're working out, and a handy gym towel.To enter, answer the following question:

Which post-exercise drink is most effective for rehydration?
a)  fizzy drinks
b)  water
c)  skimmed milk

Email your answer, with your name, address and contact telephone number, to competitions@tri247.com Competition closes 10pm Friday March 7th.

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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