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10th Mar 2008Issue 51

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Good job the weather held off until Sunday night! Not sure about how much fun it would have been to race in winds like the ones that have been blowing round the office all night... ...especially out at Dorney Lake where even the merest breeze seems to make that return bike leg into a struggle. Mind you, they didn't have the nicest of weather down in New Zealand for the Oceania Championships, but more of that later.

It's definitely a mixed bag on the editorial front this week with the second of our Epic Events series taking a look at St Anthony's out in Florida, another race that's celebrating a quarter century this year. And, talking of races that started a long time ago, can anyone help us with the year that Tate and Lyle sponsored an ironman-distance race in Peterborough? None of the collective minds at Tri247 have been able to unearth the date - someone out there is bound to know...

And, talking of racing, it's hard to believe but it's two weeks to go to Easter, the traditional start of the triathlon calendar. Two weeks! OK, so Easter is early this year but unless the weather picks up a bit it could well be a touch on the chilly side. Bob Holloway has some definite thoughts on the subject in his latest column which goes up on the site today.

This week also sees the arrival of Primera as the latest in our Meet the Shop series sponsored by 2XU. The Bournemouth-based store has been serving the South Coast triathlon community for many years both in terms of product, athlete sponsorship and event support and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Exeter Tri Club posted the first set of results on Sunday with news of their Sidmouth Earlybird Aquathlon. Winners here were Steve Ferguson (Packet of Three) in 0:27:57 and Julia Hector (Somerset Tri) in 0:33:44. A reports from the organisers and a set of results are here.

DB Max held the first of their Trybike Chilly Duathlons at the Castle Combe circuit and the winners there were Junior Heffernan (Carrick on Suir TC) in 0:45:50 and Rhiannon Ace (Pembroke Tri) in 0:50:36. A full set of results is here. In the accompanying EAS 10k race the winners were Paul Holley (Newmarket Joggers) in 0:33:59 and Sarah Urwin-Mann (Team Bath AC) in 0:37:48. Full results for that race are here.

Dorney Lake saw F3 Events hold the second of their Winter Duathlon Series with Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford/Exclusive Ranges) winning in 1:04:59 and Edwina Carter (Optima Racing Team) taking the ladies prize in 1:14:59. A provisional set of results for the race is here. In the shorter race the winners were Matthew Myers (Optima Racing Team) in 0:41:28 and Danni Shrosbree (VO2) in 0:45:34. A provisional set of results for the race is here.

At Results Triathlon's Mad March Triathlon the usual set of bib-number order results appeared on their website and we've figured out that Paul Ryman was the winner in 0:47:38 and the first woman was Rosy Murray in 0:55:07. We've re-formatted the data as best we can and a set of results is here.

First set of results through the door on Saturday were from allabouttriathlon's G3 10k race at Guildford. Winners here were Andy Ward on 0:43:28 and Sarah Rollins in 0:47:09. A full set of results are here.

Not that far away on the outskirts of Camberley, Human Race staged the second of their Merrell Mudman events. In the off-road duathlon the winner by a considerable margin was Sam Gardner in 1:43:16 (obviously all that XTERRA racing has made the difference) while the women's winner was Kim Hurst in 2:11:17. Full results and a report from the winner are here. In the accompanying off-road run the winners were Rob Karn (Herne Hill Harriers) in 0:28:54 and Poppy Meadows in 0:35:46. Full results are here.

The main event for Saturday was the Clumber Park Duathlon with its qualifying slots for the World Duathlon Championships in Rimini in September. In the main race the winners were David Vaughan in 1:45:47 while Felicity Hart (thetriathloncoach.com) blew the women's field apart in 1:53:46. A full set of provisional results is here. Elite triathlete Will Clarke (Cambridge Tri) did, indeed, make an appearance at the event but he only did the half-distance race - and won it in 1:05:19. Jill Parker (Tri London) won the women's race in 1:12:01. A set of provisional results are here.

Pos Men Women
1 David Vaughan 1:45:47 Felicity Hart (thetriathloncoach.com) 1:53:46
2 Jez Cox (Planet X) 1:46:03 Michelle Parsons (Tri-UK) 1:57:36
3 Mark Couldwell (2XU TFN) 1:46:55 Vickie Wilkinson (Climb On Bikes/Tri Team Glos) 1:58:05

There was racing on the international scene that, while not directly affecting UK athletes, will have a bearing on who goes to the Beijing Olympics in the Summer.

South Africa dominated the ATU African Triathlon Championships in Tunisia and their results guarantee the country at least one representative in the men's and women's triathlon competitions in Beijing. The women's race was an expected battle between Rabie and two-time defending champion Kate Roberts, also of South Africa, and the two women set the pace early. Rabie exited the water first, with Roberts just eight seconds behind but on the bike Rabie pulled away, putting distance between her and Roberts. She didn't let up on the run, posted the fastest run split of the day and cruised to victory by three full minutes. Roberts held on for silver while Corinne Berg, finishing fourth to Beatrice Lanza (ITA), took the bronze making it a complete South African sweep of the podium. Her victory assures South Africa at least one Olympic spot but it does not guarantee that spot will go to Rabie. In the current ITU Olympic rankings, both Rabie and Roberts are ranked high enough to earn South Africa two Olympic spots for the women but if both decline in the Olympics rankings, South Africa would still retain at least one Olympic spot by virtue of Rabie's win.

In the men's field, all eyes were on defending champion Hendrik DeVilliers. He emerged from the water first but with Kent Horner (RSA) and Emilio D'Aquino (ITA) right behind him. On the bike, Toumy Degham (FRA) rode back into contention with the fastest bike split of the day and so it came down to a duel on the run between DeVilliers and Erhard Wolfaardt (RSA). Despite hammering out the fastest run split, Wolfaardt didn't have enough to overtake DeVilliers who took his second straight African title. Wolfaardt took the silver with Degham third. Brian Jenkins (IRL) was 12th. As a non-African athlete, Degham was not eligible for a spot on the podium so that went to Kent Horner. Like the women, South Africa is assured at least one men's Olympic spot. However, as no individual is allowed to earn their country more than one Olympic spot, DeVilliers' win may raise some questions as he is almost certain to earn South Africa a spot anyway purely based on his own Olympic ranking.

At the OCA Triathlon Oceania Championships in Wellington, New Zealand the big winners were Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Shane Reed (NZL). Their wins give both Australia and New Zealand a guaranteed spot on the start line in Beijing. Moffat crossed the line almost two minutes clear of Annabel Luxford (AUS) with Nicky Samuels (NZL) in third. The two Australians dominated the majority of the race exiting the water in the lead and pulling away on the bike with Andrea Hewitt (NZL) before Moffatt took command early on the run. The victory gives at least one Olympic spot to Australia but it does not guarantee that spot will go to Moffatt. Moffatt's win coupled with the high rankings of Luxford, Emma Snowsill and Felicity Abram means Australia is likely to field a full women's team of three in Beijing.

In the men's event, the story would be whether Australia could come away with a victory and claim a third Olympic spot. The traditional triathlon powerhouse is on the bubble and is currently in a position to only send two athletes to Beijing and their chances were further hampered by the withdrawal of top contenders Craig Walton and Peter Robertson. A group of 15 athletes exited the water close together and headed out in the heavy winds for the bike. Off the bike it quickly became evident it was a day for experience and strength with the wind buffeting the athletes around the picturesque Oriental Bay. Bevan Docherty was the first to surge with only Reed responding and eventually running clear to the adulation of the large pro-Kiwi crowd. Bevan Docherty took silver with James Seear (NZL) in third. Reed's win has secured a starting spot at Beijing for New Zealand he still has work to do to earn a start himself. Jersey's Daniel Hawksworth was a DNF.

Win a Mazda for a year

The team at London Triathlon not only put together very good races, but in conjunction with Riva Digital Media, they also know how to put together a great EPAC. Their exciting Mazda London Triathlon EPAC contains the following:

  • An exclusive triathlon competition to win a Mazda for a year
  • A look back at the 2007 London Triathlon
  • Ones to watch in 2008
  • Tri247 audio track - training and preparation tips

For people taking part at London for the first time the 'look back at the 2007 London Triathlon' section is a great opportunity to get a feel for the race. You'll get a good look at the swim, bike and run courses, and what it will feel like to be there on the day. Their exclusive competition gives you a chance to win a Mazda CX-7 for a year, and an exclusive starter pack. For four runners up there will also be triathlon starter packs worth over ������£500. 'Ones to watch in 2008' gives predictions on who will be the favourites for next year's race, and finally the 'Tri247 audio track' hears Editor, Henry Budgett and his deputy, former international triathlete and duathlete, Annie Emmerson, draw on their wealth of knowledge to bring you top preparation and training tips for this years's Mazda London Triathlon.

To download your EPAC go to: www.thelondontriathlon.com/epac.html

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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