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17th Mar 2008Issue 52

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If this is global warming then what the hell is the next Ice Age going to be like? If the forecasts are to be believed we might find out next weekend as it looks like turning cold again... ...which is brilliant for an Easter weekend, the traditional season opener for triathlon. Mind you, Easter isn't normally in March!

With the prospect of two four-day weeks in front of us the schedule will change around a bit so the next newsletter will be with you on Tuesday while the weekend preview will appear on Thursday, together with a great interview with one of the living legends of the sport in this country. No clues as to the identity of the athlete other than to say that you couldn't have missed them from a mile away!

This week also sees our annual look at the tri pack offerings from the major retailers where there has been a lot of change in some quarters over the past twelve months and where there are definitely some outstanding bargains to be had.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

First home with a set of results on Sunday was Worcester Tri Club for the Worcester Duathlon. The event winners were James Ratcliffe (Black Country Tri) in 0:56:51 and Michelle Parsons (Worcester Tri) in 1:02:52, a time that gave her sixth place overall. A full set of results is here.

The North West Regional Duathlon Championships were organised by Epic Events at the Parbold Duathlon. The winners, but possibly not the regional champions, were Paul Roby (Ashurst Bike Club) in 1:23:32 and Louise Kelly (Leicester Tri) in 1:39:33. A full set of results is here.

Cerist Triathlon Club's Earlybird Winter Aquathlon Series came to a climax at the Broddyfi Leisure Centre in Machynlleth when James Thomas took the win in 0:24:18 and clinched the series as well. Junior athlete Kristie O'Connel won the women's race in 0:27:59 while Louise Barker took the overall series title. A full set of results is here and there is a report on the race and the overall series rankings here.

The Cheddar Aquathlon organised by West Country Triathletes saw victories for Matt Parsons in 0:32:06 and Katherine Broomhall in 0:37:22. A full set of results is here.

The North East Region's Hamsterley Forest Duathlon organised by Durham Tri was won by Dave Brown (Team Milton Keynes) in 1:21:58 and Hilary Ross (Durham Tri Club) in 1:43:02. Full results are here and a report on the race is here.

At T2 Events' Essex Duathlon, a race which, according to the winner, took place in 'hacking rain' Jez Cox (Planet X) was first into the dry of the Essex Golf Club in 1:14:19 with Gail Royston winning the women's race in 1:38:26. A full set of results is here.

Tri2xL's time trial format Swim Bike Run event in Loughborough saw wins for Charlie Howick in 0:41:38 and Lynda Rowe in 0:57:10. A full set of results is here.

Votwo's Itchen Valley Dirty Double was won by Team Bike Magic with a team from Thames Turbo taking the ladies proze. There's a write-up on the Votwo site here.

In the international races, Matt Reed (USA) won the Miami Imternational ahead of Oscar Galindez (ARG) and Chris Lieto (USA) with Fraser Cartmell getting into sixth place. Sarah Haskins (USA) won the women's field ahead of Pip Taylor (AUS) and Jasmine Oeinck (USA). There's a full set of results on the Active site. Nothing yet on the Nevis race which has ITU Pan American Cup status but no GB athletes were on the official startlist.

The Mad March Aquathlon in Newport was cancelled, apparently because of limited entries.

Saturday morning didn't really 'dawn' - at least not on the top of Box Hill - as sort of apologetically crawl out of bed with a serious case of grey, damp miserableness. It's all down to the peculiar micro-climate there, a mile away on the other side of the hill it was bright and clear, which gave the start of Human Race's Spring Ballbuster an eerie stillness as the runners vanished into the murk across the field. By the time the leaders emerged from the their first 8-mile circuit of the hill the weather was beginning to lift and by the time the race was done it was almost a pleasant morning - as is the way with Human Race events the rain started as we drove back round the M25!

At the front of the field David Vaughan led the first run home and then continued to develop his lead through the bike and second run to gain a clear win in 2:39:20. Former winner, and perennial top three finisher, Lee Piercy held onto second place while Justin Webb took third. Keith Garbutt took the veterans prize with his fifth overall. In the women's race things were more fluid with Helen Parkinson (Torbay TC) leading the first run into transition but then slipping back on the bike and the run as Lindsey Courage (ATA) moved through to take the win in 3:02:29. Emma Dews (Thames Turbo) was second with Helen Parkinson hanging on in third. We were uploading the data throughout the race to the Human Race site and we also have a full set of results available here.

Also making an appearance in a starring role on Saturday was Hollie Avil, who finished fourth in the English Schools Cross Country Championships where she was representing Northamptonshire. You can read a report here.

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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