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27th Jan 2011Issue 186

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While racing is pretty quiet in the UK this time of year, international pro racing seems to go on for 12 months of the year, and this past weekend British athletes managed to record podium spots in locations as diverse as South Africa, Lanzarote and Honduras. Check out the reports below. While the big races of the year are several months away yet, an encouraging start to the year all round.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has been in touch regarding our Ultimate 2011 Event Calendar article from last week, which has proven to be very popular - and we hope you will be able to make extensive use of it all through 2011. With over 1,350 events list, the Tri247 Events Calendar really is your one stop shop to plan your 2011 season.

Not long to go now until the TCR Show 2011 (, and we continue out countdown to the biggest show around in our dedicated TCR section. If you want to save money, check out our Tri247 newsletter subscriber offer below, where you can get a pre-booked ticket for just £6.

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Weekend action

Domestic Racing

More quality racing action in the Asics Off Road Series IceMan Duathlon on Saturday. Fay Cripps was able to repeat her win at MudMan, while Jim McConnel was pushed down to second by the ever consistent Colin Dixon. We have a report on the race HERE, along with a first hand account from Jim HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Colin Dixon 1:44:57 Fay Cripps 2:08:55
2nd Jim McConnel 1:50:12 Kate Robson 2:13:59
3rd Sylvain Garde 1:50:35 Fiona Morehead-Lane 2:18:12
Duathlon Relay
1st Hanson 1:59:31
2nd The Sticky Relics 2:08:02
3rd 2 Guys and a Beer 2:22:18
12km Trail Run
Pos Men Women
1st Matthew King 44:51 Claire Weldon 52:13
2nd Jim Thorne 48:02 Rebecca Hoare 53:54
3rd Guy Bowles 48:16 Jennifer Heaney 56:03

The pace was fast and furious too at the Maxifuel Nutrition Winter Duathlon Series from F3 Events at Dorney Lake on Sunday. Hugh McKenzie managed to push Swiss duathlere Stephan Wenk - 15th in the Elite World Champs in Edinburgh last year - into second place, while Bridget King was the fastest lady in the feature race. Full results for this, and the 5k, 10k and super sprint event linked below.

Pos Men Women
1st Hugh McKenzie (PRO-VO2) 1:04:59 Bridget King 1:24:06
2nd Stephan Wenk 1:07:36 Joanna Davies 1:25:06
3rd Nick Shasha 1:07:41 Laura Bartlett 1:25:17

International Racing

Ironman 70.3 South Africa

Britain's Jodie Swallow today kicked off her season in style with a win, as we forecast, at Ironman 70.3 South Africa in Buffalo City. Frederik van Lierde from Belgium prevented us from a full house on the prediction front, pushing our pick of home athlete James Cunnama into second place, despite the fast feet of Cunnama scorching the run course.

As expected, Jodie lead from gun to tape, exiting the water in close contention with the leading men - Csoke, van Lierde, Storm and Cunningham. Tine Deckers managed to close three minutes on Jodie on the bike, but having lost close to seven on the swim, the Swallow lead was never threatened, as she recorded the second fastest bike split. The leading trio of ladies all ran '1:28' half marathons, leaving Swallow a clear three minute margin of victory over Deckers at the line, with defending champion Mari Rabie completing the podium spots.

After a fast swim, Van Lierde (who also lead off the bike in Abu Dhabi last season), used his strength - in some style - his 2:18:18 clocking gaining more than six minutes on pre-race favourite, and last year's second placer James Cunnama. With almost an eight minute lead at T2, the race was Van Lierde's to lose - and he didn't. Still, the fleet-footed Cunnama who is developing into one of the fastest runners in long distance triathlon gave it his best on the run course, pulling back five minutes over the 21km. Ultimately, it wasn't enough, but with an improved swim too he can be well pleased with his efforts for what should be another excellent season for the fast improving teamTBB athlete.

Britain's Toby Jameson finished sixth, matching his performance last year.

Pos Men Women
1st Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 4:06:30 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:39:19
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 4:08:41 Tine Deckers (BEL) 4:42:25
3rd Alesandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:15:16 Mari Rabie (RSA) 4:45:45
4th Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:18:12 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 4:49:51
5th Balazs Csoke (HUN) 4:18:51 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4:51:26
6th Toby Jameson (GBR) 4:19:31 Diana Riesler (GER) 4:56:15

Roatan ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup

Five British triathletes completed their early season South American racing and training tour in Honduras on Sunday at the Roatan ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup. Having already raced in Chile and Argentina over the past two weekends, Adam Bowden and Abbie Thorrington added third placed finishes to their previous runner-up spots (in Argentina and Chile respectively), to bring the total GB medal count to six (one first, three second, two third) across the three early season Pan American series races.

Matt Sharp 8th (2:02:34), Mark Threlfall 11th (2:03:54), Harry Wiltshire 13th (2:04:26) completed the GB finishers.

Pos Men Women
1st Leonardo Chacon (CRC) 1:59:24 Elizabeth Bravo (ECU) 2:21:50
2nd Brian Fleischmann (USA) 2:00:41 Misato Takagi (JPN) 2:23:10
3rd Adam Bowden (GBR) 2:00:59 Abbie Thorrington (GBR) 2:25:16

Lanzarote International Duathlon

Britain's Kerry Lang took the win on Saturday in the Lanzarote International Duathlon, the 5k / 20k / 2.5k event held at the iconic sporting venue that is Club La Santa ( Lang set the fastest splits in both runs and the bike, to finish just over one minute clear of 2006 Kona second placer, Desiree Ficker (USA).

Gregory Rouault of France took a narrow victory for the men, the top four athletes separated by less than 30 seconds after starting the final 2.5km run in close proximity. Rouault won the the ITU Eilat Premium European Cup in November.

Philip Graves set the fastest bike time of the race, but the honour of first Brit in the race went to Benjamin Powell - who works at Club La Santa - and who reported for us on his race at Kona last year.

Pos Men Women
1st Gregory Roualt (FRA) 58:37 Kerry Lang (GBR) 1:06:08
2nd Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP) 58:48 Desiree Ficker (USA) 1:07:21
3rd Tomy Moulai (FRA) 59:00 Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) 1:07:30
4th Jariel Naranjo Vichot (ESP) 59:05 Azucena Lara (ESP) 1:11:28
5th Benjamin Powell (GBR) 1:01:18 Tamar Gonzalez Suarez (ESP) 1:12:29
6th Philip Graves (GBR) 1:01:44 Ruth Brito Curbelo (ESP) 1:16:26
7th Jose Valentin Perez Acosta (ESP) 1:03:16 Hilary Hillhouse (GBR) 1:18:03
8th Jesus Daniel Hernandez Aleman (ESP) 1:04:00 Maria Kalashnikoff (GBR) 1:24:52
9th Michael Schoofs (DEN) 1:04:25 Robin Elizabeth Hilton (GBR) 1:25:01
10th Chris Lemke (GER) 1:04:48 Karen Harding (GBR) 1:28:25


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To find out more about the TCR Show, check out our dedicated show section HERE.

Last chance to enter the Virgin Active London Triathlon

If you are looking to enter the 2011 Virgin Active London Triathlon and haven't already secured your place, then you need to act fast as entry for the 2011 Ballot places closes next Monday (31st January 2011).

Entries are available for Olympic Distance Plus, Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance and Super Sprint Distance events. Guaranteed places are still available for the Team Relay events.

All places will be allocated mid February. Make sure you register by the end of the month.

To register go to

Challenge Vichy: the fastest in France?!

Challenge Vichy ( was recently added to the growing list of Challenge Family events, and it has a mission - to become the fastest triathlon in France!!!

If you are looking for a potentially fast ironman-distance race this Summer, then a trip across the Channel to Vichy could be just what you are looking for - 21st August 2011 is the date for your diary.

Find out more about Challenge Vichy in our dedicated race section HERE, or check out the official race website:

Royles massive wetsuit sale

Royles ( are offering a huge sale on 2010 wetsuits at the moment, up to 50% off some items from your favourite brands such as Orca, 2XU and Speedo. If you are looking for a really great price on some quality kit then pop over to their website to find out what they have on offer.

Check out THIS ARTICLE for full details.

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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