Tri247 Newsletter


22nd Feb 2011Issue 187

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A weekend spent pretty much on the sick bed with a constant, loud and painful cough "which sounds more like a dog barking" can really get you down. A complete lack of training as a result, and upcoming race targets crossed off the list has made the Editor a little frustrated over the past week! On the positive side, plenty of spare time left to watch the World Cup Track Cycling from Manchester... which of course included the men's kierin event. The typical masterclass from 'Sir Chris' in this instance was overshadowed by the crash carnage left in his wake, and more specifically, the freak injury of Malaysian rider Azizulhasni Awang - who managed to somehow end up with a nine inch splinter right through his leg...OUCH! Having watched that, I think I'll stick with my virus and cough thank you very much...

That aside, not too much happening in tri world. Well, Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack not returning to Kona this year as he is going to have a crack at the Australian Olympic Team for 2012 aside... didn't see that one coming! Macca is not a man to set himself easy challenges, but having done pretty much everything else in his career, he is taking his last possible chance.

Another living legend of the sport is three-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington and we chatted to her during an extremely hectic schedule at the TCR Show recently. Check out the video HERE.

Be sure to check out our great competition in conjunction with ZipVit below - you can win race entry and £500 towards travel expenses for one person to race in either Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, New York City Triathlon, Washington DC Triathlon or Chicago Triathlon this Summer. Simple to enter too - don't miss out on your chance to enter.

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Weekend action

Domestic Racing

The Winter Feast Duathlon in Scotland on Saturday saw wins for Mike Bond and Hannah Barnes - who finished second overall. A full report and results can be found HERE.

Round two of the Cerist Tri Earlybird Winter Aquathlon Series was once again won by James Owain Llyr, with Helen Davies the first lady. Full results HERE.

Michelle Noble of Results Triathlon ( reports from the Rempstone Roast MTB Triathlon: "the sun shone, the mud was deep and the race record was obliterated!!

"Kim Little was in the lead from start to finish smashing the record previously set by Iain Payne to finish in 1.27.36. Iain finished 2nd and Jon Clemas finished in 3rd place. The ladies race was won by Liz Pillans, with Samantha Toop finishing strong in 2nd place.

"Kim won the series with Jon finishing second and Marcus Williams finishing 3rd. Helen Dyke won the ladies series with Samantha Toop finishing second - they can be identified wearing Rempstone Series Hoodies sponsored by Ridge Builders - a big thank you to Kevin for sponsoring the series!"

You can check out the rest of the weekend results on the links below.

International Racing

Takapuna National Triathlon Series, New Zealand

Great Britain's breakthrough female ITU athlete of 2010 Vicky Holland has started 2011 in good style by winning the Takapuna National Triathlon Series race in New Zealand, repeating her win at the same event last season.

Nicky Samuels (NZL) had gained a one minute breakaway on the bike in the 500m/16k/4km event, but Holland was able to catch her, and also get the better of regular ITU podium finisher Andrea Hewitt.

Bevan Docherty was able to utilise his famed sprint (see this video if you need to know more about what he is capable of!), and once again it was fellow Kiwi Kris Gemmell he pipped at the line to take the win.

Pos Men Women
1st Bevan Docherty (NZL) 43:57 Vicky Holland (GBR) 49:07
2nd Kris Gemmell (NZL) 43:58 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 49:11
3rd Ryan Sissons (NZL) 44:40 Nicky Samuels (NZL) 49:15

Australian Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships

News in from the Australian Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Geelong, where several Australian-based Brits have been testing out their early season form.

World Champion Emma Moffatt, and 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Brad Kahlefeldt took the honours in what looks like a pretty competitive race for an early season (at least in terms of 'European season'...) event.

Will Clarke took fourth, with Liz Blatchford fifth in the ladies race. Will can be very happy with that performance, after a late 2010 season dogged by a horrific abscess on his hip, all starting from a bike crash. Check out the pictures HERE (scroll down), if you can face it! The complications from the crash were so bad he had to cancel his own honeymoon, plus he made further changes to his training environment by joining the Team Dillon crew in Australia, under the guidance of two-time Olympian Michelle Dillon. A solid race, early in the year after all of that should provide a nice confidence booster that things are on track for an extremely important Olympic qualifying campaign.

Blatchford's fifth place came just a week after finishing a close second in tough half-iron distance race, her tired legs from that contributing to defeat in the three-way sprint for third place. Like Will, a nice marker for the season ahead. CLICK FOR FULL REPORT

Pos Men Women
1st Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 53:53 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 58:48
2nd Laurent Vidal (FRA) 53:58 Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 59:09
3rd Brendan Sexton (AUS) 54:03 Emma Jackson (AUS) 59:42
4th Will Clarke (GBR) 54:12 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 59:44
5th Cameron Good (AUS) 54:23 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 59:51

Desert Classic Duathlon, Phoenix, USA

Leanda Cave had one of her best ever seasons in 2010, and started 2011 in winning ways too at the Desert Classic Duathlon in Phoenix. We'll see her soon - and second placed male Jordan Rapp - racing at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon next month.

Pos Men Women
1st Nathan White (USA) 1:26:35 Leanda Cave (GBR) 1:40:36
2nd Jordan Rapp (USA) 1:26:38 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 1:41:05
3rd Lewis Elliot (USA) 1:27:29 Christine Jeffrey (CAN) 1:44:22

Rev3 Costa Rica

The Rev3 Triathlon Series kicked off it's (pro) racing year with an Olympic Distance event in Costa Rica, which featured a fair number of (primarily) North American pro's in the line up, with a few Aussies for good measure! Fittingly, home athlete Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica (who recently won the ITU Pan American Cup race in Honduras), was a comfortable winner ahead of US athletes Manny Huerta and Brian Fleischmann. Kelly Williamson, an Ironman 70.3 winner last season took the win from Ironman specialist Kate Major.

At the time of writing, finishing times were not available...

Pos Men Women
1st Leonardo Chacon (CRC) Kelly Williamson (USA)
2nd Manny Huerta (USA) Kate Major (AUS)
3rd Brian Fleischmann (USA) Annie Warner (USA)


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Race for Marie Curie Cancer Care this Summer

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Find out more about Marie Curie and Triathlon events HERE.

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.

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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