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24th Mar 2008Issue 53

Welcome to the newsletter

Time is an odd thing. This Easter was the earliest Easter any of us will see in the rest of our lives (if you are interested in why, see here) and it also meant that I paid a visit to one of the earliest races that I ever did - I have t-shirts from both 1989 and 1990 races at Hampton Pool. As some of you may also know, I helped out in organising those races for three or four years with Dave Arlen back in the early 90s while Thames Turbo was a melting pot for a lot of the great and good triathletes produced by this country; Spencer Smith, Tim Don, Stuart Hayes and more besides.

OK, so an awful lot has changed in the intervening years but, in an essential way, those races are still there to serve the same purpose they always did. Even Pete Moysey would recognise them, 20+ years on from when he started them as a run/bike/swim affair for a handful who showed up on Bank Holiday Mondays. And, unlike many other events that have grown, or withered, along the way, the races still have that club driven, community backed feel. Many of the staff at the Pool are still the same as they were 17 years ago when I was involved. Many of the faces in and around the race were the same; Mike Morris, Dave Wardle, John Clark, Steve Newell and I'm sure there were one or two more who I've forgotten. One of the few things that has changed is that the pool's changing rooms have been reversed and it's still hard to remember to turn right instead of left!

Websites, on the other hand, are all about change! Even though it's only a short week, there will be plenty going on; we have the start of a new series on sports psychology, there's another article due from Mark McKay on riding in groups (for training, of course...) and there another in our essential bike mechanics series. Plus, next weekend is the start of the ITU's World Cup season down in Mooloolaba and there's a massive contingent of Brits down there hungry for medals. So, plenty to look forward to then!

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Monday started crisp and bright with ice on the transition racking at Hampton Pool for the Thames Turbo Triathlon but 333 brave souls decided that they were still up for it with just 91 opting for either a lie in bed or a spectators view from the cafe with a hot drink and one of the legendary bacon rolls. And it was cold! Not that you would have noticed judging by the lack of clothing that some of the competitors were wearing... The brightness soon disappeared and the wind picked up to put a bit of extra chill into the air, plus the odd snow flurry to really make those of us in warm coats feel slightly smug. With conditions like this it was inevitable that the rubber wouldn't stick to the road and at least a couple of athletes came down on roundabouts but we don't think any serious damage was done.

The winner, and the only person to get under the hour, was Dan Corner (Shorter Rochford Exclusive Ranges) in 0:58:20 with the fastest woman being Edwina Carter (Optima Racing Team) in 1:06:06. Full results (still provisional) are here.

The only other race on our calendar for Monday was the Steyning Duathlon organised by Raw Energy Pursuits, a race that also forms part of the National Ranking Series. No results as yet, we'll add them to the system as soon as we get them.

Sunday's races started with Deal Tri putting on their annual Spring Aquathlon for both adults and the tristar categories. In the main race the winners were Phil Anthony (Downlands) in 0:35:42 and Jill Cliff (Deal Tri) in 0:40:52. A full set of results is here. Results for the Tristar categories and the Youth/Novice race are here.

GogglePedalTrainer's third Tewkesbury Aquathlon saw wins for Thys Davey (Tri-UK) in 0:22:02 and Katie Silke (Coventry Triathletes) in 0:25:50. A full set of results is here.

The Goodwood Duathlons, organised by Portsmouth Triathletes, took place in what their website describes as "appalling weather conditions". Winners in the Long race were Dan McCarthy (Trisport/Surrey Uni) in 1:40:27 and a name that we haven't seen for a while, Juliette Clark (Belgrave Harriers) in 1:55:49 - hopefully this marks a return to regular racing for her. Full results are here. The Short race was won by John Stoddart (University of Bath TC) in 1:07:01 and Leonie Stewart in 1:17:57. Full results are here.

Missing in action so far are results from the Boclair Aquathlon organised by Glagow Triathletes - we'll keep checking and add them to the archive as soon as we have them.

From the report of the Tranent Sprint on the Edinburgh University Triathlon Club's website you can gather that it wasn't a whole lot of fun up there on Saturday with 25mph winds pushing the deep rims all over the road. Winners were David McNamee in 0:59:25 and Mairi Crawford in 1:11:09. A full set of results is here.

Gears and Tears finished off their fifth Monsterman Series of off-road duathlons at Bordon with the fourth event on Saturday. No reports yet about the conditions but the winners were Calyton Payne in 1:44:59 and Lucy Kershaw in 2:14:37. A full set of results from the race are here. The overall series winners were Andrew Boyd and Lucy Kershaw, see the Gears and Tears website for the full breakdown.

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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