Tri247 Newsletter


20th Jan 2011Issue 185

Welcome to the newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2011 - and to the absence, for most, of all the snow that was with you for much of the past month. That said, the cold and ice still caused a major pile up on my last bike ride. Please, be careful out there. There are gyms, spin classes and turbo trainers available to meet your cycling needs in safety...!

With a new year, planning ahead is always on the agenda and especially so in triathlon where many races are selling out faster than ever. But, how and where do you plan your events? The Tri247 events calendar is your answer.

This is, quite simply, the most complete, accurate and frequently updated events calendar in the sport. We already have more than 1300 events listed for 2011, and the calendar is updated and amended on a daily basis.

Our aim is to list EVERY triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and open water swim race - plus quite a few others for good measure too - that takes place in Great Britain, PLUS a comprehensive listing of all of the major World and European championships events, and major international races.

Events are at the heart of Tri247 and we are always working to provide the very best multisport event resource we can - and this is the number one event calendar in the sport.

To make searching the calendar and finding the events you want even easier, we've produced a whole host of 'ONE-CLICK' EVENT SHORTCUTS to help you find your way around. Pre-prepared searches by Month, Region, Type, Distance, Organiser and many more are all prepared for you. You can find complete listings of British, European and World Championship Events, Age Group Qualifiers, all of the major international triathlon series events and lots more, all at the touch of a mouse.

The TRI247 EVENTS CALENDAR - your ultimate resource for finding events.

In this issue:


Weekend action

Domestic Racing

The Home Nations triathlon seasoned kick off at the weekend - courtesy of the first Leatherhead Indoor Triathlon. We have a report on that one HERE, where David Freeman and Stephanie Robson took the top spots.

Scotland was a metaphorical hot spot for duathlon last weekend, with events in Glencoe - Winter Feast (Results), Edinburgh (Results), Glentress (Results) and Westhill (Results).

The other duathlon of the weekend was at the other end of Great Britain, with the Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon - Adults and Tristars - congratulations to winners Kin Little and Helen Dyke, Full results HERE.

International Racing

After success last weekend in Chile, several of the British World Class Development squad were in Argentina yesterday for the La Paz ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup, as part of their South American tour. Next week, Honduras...

After finishing second last weekend, no such luck this time for Abbie Thorrington who was a DNF - the sole British lady racing - in an event dominated by an Italian podium sweep, headed by Charlotte Bonin.

There was also an Italian winner for the men, Alessandro Fabian taking top spot on the podium from British Tri Gold athlete Adam Bowden, a big improvement on his ninth place last week. Marc Jenkins was fourth, Aaron Harris seventh, Matt Sharp 10th, Mark Threlfall 11th and Harry Wiltshire 21st.

Conditions were shocking for the men, with T2 literally under water judging by these pictures, and indeed the nine lap bike course was shortened to just six laps with water of 10 inches in places on the course making simply riding difficult, and claiming several crash victims.

Pos Men Women
1st Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 1:39:04 Charlotte Bonin (ITA) 2:13:50
2nd Adam Bowden (GBR) 1:40:24 Annamaria Mazzeti (ITA) 2:14:22
3rd Luciano Taccone (ARG) 1:40:31 Carla Elena Stampfli (ITA) 2:15:36


The Ironman 70.3 circuit is already well underway this year - with South Africa this coming weekend - and last week it was the turn of Ironman 70.3 Agrosuper Pucon in Chile. Like the ITU race in Argentina, conditions were awful, to the point that high winds, hail and cold meant that the swim was cancelled, and replaced by a 5km run as the event was held as a duathlon. As with Argentina, there was also an Italian winner too, as Daniel Fontana took the top step of the podium for the men, while Linsey Corbin led a US sweep for the ladies.

Pos Men Women
1st Daniel Fontana (ITA) 3:52:59 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:15:42
2nd Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 3:56:24 Kim Loeffler (USA) 4:21:17
3rd Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:57:17 Heather Gollnick (USA) 4:33:38

Wanaka in New Zealand last Saturday saw the first major international triathlon of the season get underway with the Challenge Wanaka iron-distance event.

The finish times tell their own story - while Challenge Wanaka is certainly not a 'fast' course, even wining male Jamie Whyte (NZL) didn't break the nine hour mark on a day of gusting winds out on the bike course. Whyte finished second to British athlete Jonathan Hotchkiss at Ironman 70.3 Taiwan in November last year, and took the win here ahead of Ironman Western Australia winner Courtney Ogden.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," an elated Whyte - who led out of the water - said after breaking the tape in front of cheering spectators thronging Wanaka's Ardmore St. "I could not have asked for a more perfect race today", later describing the bike course swirling winds as "excruciatingly hard".

Australia's Belinda Granger, the winner of the inaugural Challenge Wanaka in 2007, claimed victory again after moving into the lead when race leader Belinda Harper of New Zealand suffered a crash on the bike with just 40km left to ride. The 40-year-old Granger, racing in her 41st iron-distance race, came through to win in 10hrs 27min, six minutes clear of Kiwi Simone Maier with Christie Sym of Australia in third.

"It was by far the toughest bike ride I have ever, ever done," Granger said. "I didn't think I was going to make it back from Cromwell at one stage. I looked down at my bike computer and I was doing 12 kilometers an hour."

Tri247 columnist Joanna Carritt finished in fourth place, to get her season off to a good start, while her partner Steven Lord appears to have had a good day too - 12th overall, fourth age grouper and winner of M40-49 (10:14:19).

Pos Men Women
1st Jamie Whyte (NZL) 9:03:53 Belinda Granger (AUS) 10:26:17
2nd Courtney Ogden (AUS) 9:07:25 Simone Maier (NZL) 10:32:25
3rd Bevan McKinnon (NZL) 9:07:37 Christie Sym (AUS) 10:36:57
4th Jimmy Johnsen (DEN) 9:16:45 Joanna Carritt (GBR) 10:57:21
5th Josh Rix (AUS) 9:20:32 Tamsyn Hayes (NZL) 11:06:53


Royles massive wetsuit sale

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Win entry to Ironman Germany with XTERRA wetsuits

As part of its UK launch this month, XTERRA WETSUITS ( will select one lucky winner from its “Win an Entry to Ironman Germany” sweepstakes to receive a race entry plus the trip.

CLICK HERE to read more about this great offer, or enter the competition directly at

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.

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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.



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