Tri247 Newsletter


18th Nov 2010Issue 182

Welcome to the newsletter

Congratulations Jodie Swallow! While much of the online triathlon world seemed more concerned with why she wasn't riding a time trial bike or disc wheel, Jodie was just getting on with business and completely dominating the race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on Saturday, to add to the ITU World Long Distance Championship she won in Perth last year. Fastest swim, fastest run and pretty close to the fastest cycle too, Jodie ensured - with a clear six minute margin - that the title Julie Dibens had won in 2009 stayed in British hands. A fantastic result after a great season.

Men's winner Michael Raelert almost certainly will be seen at Ironman distance soon. After his 2010 season, he is - in my opinion - one of a handful of athletes (Snowsill, Wellington, Brownlee, Carfrae...?) who would be in contention for a 'best triathlete in the world' right now if we were to look across gender and race distance. With a brother who has already finished third and second in Kona over the past two seasons, 2011 could see the German flag back on the top step of the podium in Hawaii come October. I wonder if Jodie Swallow might be there too...

If Jodie is going to take on the Ironman, she'll have a pretty tough task to be top Brit given the success of a certain Chrissie Wellington! Despite the Hawaii illness resulting in her withdrawal from the Ironman World Championship this year, Chrissie goes into Ironman Arizona this weekend with a record of nine races, nine wins over the distance. We spoke to Chrissie recently about Kona, and her 2011 plans, and you can read the interview HERE. With Leanda Cave and Rachel Joyce racing too, what chance a British one-two-three?

We've also got a great competition for you this week - win an iPad! To celebrate the launch of the Speedo TriathELITE i-app (find out more HERE, it's free...). The competition is simple to enter and takes just seconds - go HERE to enter.

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Weekend action

Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Clearwwater

If the Ironman 70.3 World Championships was going to leave town after five years in Clearwater, Florida, then the British long distance ladies were clearly intent on giving it a good send off. From 2010 the event will move to a September calendar date, and a much more challenging course in Las Vegas, but it is debatable whether any of that would have altered the winner this year. Julie Dibens came into the race as the defending champion from 2009, and was hoping to continue the numerical sequence of recent weeks with Kona (third, Ironman World Championships) and Maui (second, XTERRA World Championships) and finishing with top spot in Clearwater again. However, the fatigue from those efforts was always likely to be an issue, as history has shown that Kona really isn't great preparation for Clearwater.

Jodie Swallow however had no such worries - and the form coming into this race race which lead us to say in the introduction to last weeks newsletter with the words "Expect Jodie to go very well..." And she did. VERY well. A superb swim left her with almost a one minute lead on the field, and they never saw her again. Adding the fastest run split, and a third fastest bike split - only 34 seconds in arrears of the best time set by Heather Jackson - and this was a completely dominant performance, reflected in the six minute margin of victory. Fellow Brit Leanda Cave used a strong run to add silver to the bronze she won in 2007. A superb effort in what has been a great season - remember, Leanda also managed to fit in a win at Ironman 70.3 Miami between Kona and Clearwater...and this weekend will race Ironman Arizona!

Fatigue caught up with Julie Dibens who faded in the late stages of the run to finish eighth, but with Lesley Patterson sixth and Emme-Kate Lidbury tenth pro (read her report HERE), the long distance GB ladies took up half of the top ten.

Michael Raelert (GER) was expected - like we said - to take the win, and he did, but he had to work for it. Losing valuable time on the swim, he had to bike hard with Joe Gambles to bridge back to the leaders on the cycle leg. He did just that, but on the run Filip Ospaly (CZE) was putting up stubborn resistance, and the Ironman 70.3 Austria winner stayed with the swift German, expected to join brother Andreas in Kona next season, until around mile eight, until the defending champ managed to pull away and retain his title.

Pos Men Women
1st Michael Raelert (GER) 3:41:19 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:06:28
2nd Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:42:56 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:12:34
3rd Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:44:18 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:13:04

There was also British success in the age group events. James Gilfillan (M30-34) and Alison Rowatt (W25-29) were both the fastest age groupers overall, while there were also gold's to Sophie Whitworth (W40-44) and Tracy Cook (W35-39). Sophie, who also won ETU and ITU gold medals this season won on the same day that she was - in her absence - awarded the British Triathlon Female Age Grouper of the Year award (full list HERE). Check out Sophie's words from Clearwater HERE. Eimear Mullen (25-29), a regular winner on the domestic duathlon and triathlon scene took a silver, and was the second fastest age grouper of the race behind Alison.

Powerman Malaysia

In Seri Manjung, Michelle Parsons took third place in the final Powerman duathlon of the 2010 season behind Radka Vodickova (CZE). It was a Belgian one-two in the men, as Joerie Vansteelant turned the tables on Rob Woestenborghs from the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh (where Rob took silver, Joerie bronze), as Joerie comfortably won his third consecutive Powerman after Muncie and Italy.

Pos Men Women
1st Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 2:40:44 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 3:01:57
2nd Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 2:45:06 Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 3:03:05
3rd Søren Bystrup (DEN) 2:46:29 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 3:12:48

There was high quality racing at the Circencester Off-Road Duathlon where David Roper held off the challenge of Lee Rankin, Garry Hughes and Jez Cox. The ladies event was also close with Claire Smith getting the better of Carla Haines. Full results HERE, and results of the short race HERE.

There was also off-road racing at the Whinlatter Duathlon, where Nick Fish (Borrowdale Road Runners) and Victoria Wilkinson took the top spots. Full results HERE.

Scott X Tri Series launched

After a long anticipated wait the Scott X-Tri Race Series will hit the UK in the spring of 2011. With the backing of Scott Bikes and four of the UK's top event directors it is guaranteed to be THE off-road race series to be involved in.

There will be four races spread across England, Scotland & Wales and with a prize purse of £5,000 from Scott bikes and the prospect of competing on some spectacular courses and in amazing locations, it's going to be a winner for everyone who takes part.

"With over £5000 in Scott prizes to be won, this is a fantastic opportunity to challenge your friends," boasts race manager Paul Davies. "We know you're going to love it!"

For more information and all of the race details go to or check out THIS ARTICLE.

Save 50% on tickets for the London Running Show: 27th-28th November, Olympia

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WIN an iPad

Speedo recently launched the Speedo TriathELITE i-app, the ultimate portal for anyone interested in triathlon. It has been created in conjunction with Tri247, the triathlete's number one website, to bring you all the latest news, events, training tips and Speedo product information to the tips of your fingers. And, it's FREE! Download it now through the App Store.

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ICAN Mallorca Triathlon - Saturday 17th September 2011

The ICAN Mallorca Triathlon 2011 offers both a full and half-ironman distance triathlon in the beautiful venue of Palma, Mallorca. The debut half distance event this year was a great success, won by Spain's top long distance athlete Eneko Llanos, and 2011 promises to be even bigger and better with the addition of the FULL ICAN iron-distance race.

To find out more about the exciting addition to the European event calendar check out the website at, or also see our dedicated event section on the main site.

The International Airport of Son Sant Joan in Palma is situated only 8km from the city and is the entrance to the island of Mallorca. As such, travel by air to the event should be straight forward, for a great end-of-season long distance event and the organisers are keen to attract athletes from the UK to take part.

Total Fitness Bath job vacancy

Total Fitness Bath are looking for a permanent, full-time member of staff to work in their busy specialist triathlon cycle shop based in Bath. You will preferably need to have retail experience and knowledge or experience of the bike industry.

For full details, check out THIS ARTICLE, or contact contact Sarah Rolley on 07875 071892 or at

Christmas at Planet-X

Just because it is getting dark and cold outside, don't let that stop you getting some bike bling ready for your 2011 campaign.

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Wheels come with carbon specific brake blocks and QR skewers and you can buy the PAIR for just £399.99.

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Last chance to enter the Sussex Obstacle Dash

Fun, fun, fun oh and no doubt a little bit of mud and water for good measure!

Race is on the 21st November and you can still enter here

CompuTrainer offering you a better than your money back guarantee!

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Top 10 Article Of Last Week
  1. Swallow home first in Clearwater
  2. An evening with Chrissie Wellington
  3. Age Grouper Report, Clearwater
  4. The new Sigma Sport
  5. 220 Awards 2011: voting now open
  6. BTF Awards: Jonathan Brownlee celebrates 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year
  7. Scott X Tri Series launched
  8. Chrissie Wellington interview
  9. Clearwater report: Emma-Kate Lidbury
  10. UPDATE: New Sigma Sport store opening 12 November

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