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20th Jul 2011Issue 193

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Well, it really has been an action packed mid-season to date. We've all got used to Chrissie Wellington setting new iron-distance standards, but it was 14 years since Luc Van Lierde set world best figures in Roth... and then they get smashed twice in two weekend's by Marino Vanhoenacker and Andreas Raelert. This weekend is the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt, and the long-awaited debut at the distance of Andreas' younger brother and Ironman 70.3 undisputed number one Michael Raelert. We look forward to that one, and while a third men's world record of the Summer might be a little too much to expect, we hope it's a positive start for Michael and that he can live up to the hype. If nothing else, he needs to finish to secure his Kona slot for October and a chance to go for the one million dollar bonus offered by sponsors K-Swiss. Win your chance to see it in person HERE.

Good luck also to all of the athletes taking in the first of the 'large' iron-distance races of the British Summer at The Outlaw this weekend in Nottingham. It's debut in 2010 was a huge success, leading to a 220 Race of the Year award, and we're sure One Step Beyond will be looking to put on an even better show this time around.

Huge congratulations to Will Clarke for his performance in Hamburg this past weekend, securing his first ITU WCS podium since the introduction of the format in 2009. With a fourth and second already this year, Will will now have his sights set on an Olympic spot next year. With five British athletes (A Brownlee, J Brownlee, Clark, Don and Hayes) all having secured at least one WCS podium finish since the beginning of 2010, that should - in my opinion - put to rest any thoughts, however remote, of utilising a domestique role within the GB Men's Olympic Triathlon team. Come the Summer of 2012 I'm confident that we will have three British men with the potential to secure an Olympic medal. As of now, the bigger question is perhaps will the same be true of the British ladies?

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Weekend action

International Racing

The ITU World Championship Series returned this weekend to Hamburg and a great race it was for Britain's Will Clarke. After fourth place in Kitzbühel recently, he produced his best ever result and secured his first WCS podium position behind Australia's Brad Kahlefeldt. Read our full men's race report HERE and check out the full results HERE. Tim Don performed strongly after a couple of indifferent performances and a seventh place, 25 seconds back from the lead would suggest he is certainly in contention for the big Olympic qualifying race in Hyde Park next month.

There was an all-Aussie, all-Emma clean sweep in the ladies race as the Emma's Moffatt, Jackson and Snowsill took the top three spots, which Jodie Stimpson the top Brit in ninth place. Check out the full ladies report HERE and the full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:44:08 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:53:37
2nd Will Clarke (GBR) 1:44:09 Emma Jackson (AUS) 1:53:44
3rd David Hauss (FRA) 1:44:09 Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:53:44
4th Sebastian Rank (GER) 1:44:12 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:53:59
5th Joao Silva (POR) 1:44:16 Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 1:54:32
6th Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:44:19 Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 1:54:33
7th Tim Don (GBR) 1:44:33 Erin Densham (AUS) 1:54:43
8th Reto Hug (SUI) 1:44:35 Danne Boterenbrrod (NED) 1:54:49
9th Jonathan Zipf (GER) 1:44:44 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 1:54:50
10th Sven Riederer (SUI) 1:44:56 Svenja Baslen (GER) 1:54:52

The big Ironman 70.3 race of the weekend was the Vineman, where the Andy Potts Express continued on it's (almost) unblemished 2011 record of victories. We said in the weekend preview that 2010 winner Chris Lieto "might struggle to make the top three this time around, despite a killer bike leg", and that wasn't meant disrespectfully... but it proved to be true. He smashed the bike course in typical fashion, leading into T2 but his 1:21:27 run was no match for the 1:13:09 of Potts who secured a tight victory over Aussie Paul Matthews.

Tim O'Donnell in sixth, Chris Lieto seventh, Matty Reed eighth, Matt Lieto ninth and Wildflower winner Jesse Thomas tenth shows the depth of field at this one.

It was (yet) another Aussie domination in the ladies event where 70.3 Muncie winner last week Melissa Rollison, a relative newcomer to triathlon from a top level (11th place World XC Champs) took what for many will be seen as a surprise victory. We said last week "Rollison is certainly one to keep an eye on - a former Commonwealth Games silver medalist (3000m Steeplechase) and team bronze winner in the World Cross Country Championships (finishing 11th individually) - perhaps more impressive is her bike speed, barely two minutes slower than Leanda. Having only switched to triathlon last season, the Australian could well be a name we see a lot more of over the coming years", and that takes on even more relevance now.

Two minutes down on Leanda Cave in the water (but ahead of Carfrae), Rollison matched Cave on two wheels before launching a 1:16:28 half marathon - just 3:19 off the pace set by Potts - to secure a big winning margin, over six minutes clear of Cave in second and closer to nine on Ironman World Champion Carfrae. Very impressive. Remember the name - or not, as I suspect you will be reminded of it in plenty of race reports over the next year or two.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:45:58 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 4:09:00
2nd Paul Matthews (AUS) 3:46:27 Leanda Cave (AUS) 4:15:14
3rd Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:47:04 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:17:49
4th Graham O'Grady (NZL) 3:48:56 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:18:24
5th Kyle Leto (USA) 3:50:05 Rachel Challis (USA) 4:21:33

The other WTC event of the weekend was 70.3 Racine which featured a stronger men's field than perhaps I gave appropriate credit for in the preview on Friday. Granted, I hadn't realised/noticed that twice Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander would be at this one at the time of writing!

It was to be an Aussie victory - indeed, a double - but not from Crowie, as Paul Ambrose dominated the race for a very decisive win. Indeed, come the finish and Alexander was back in an uncharacteristic eighth place. Fraser Cartmell continued his return to racing with a fourth place. Chritie Sym took the ladies race for another Aussie gold this weekend.

Pos Men Women
1st Paul Ambrose (AUS) 3:51:50 Christie Sym (AUS) 4:28:54
2nd Tim Berkel (AUS) 3:57:32 Kristin Andrews (USA) 4:33:26
3rd Patrick Evoe (USA) 4:03:14 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:33:48
4th Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 4:04:58 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 4:34:21
5th Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 4:06:28 Donna Phelan (CAN) 4:38:49

UK Racing

The latest round of the Triathlon London League was also the third and final Hillingdon Triathlon Series race of the year. Tim Male (Thames Turbo Powerbar) and Karen Axelsdottir (Optima RT) took the wins in some very competitive racing. Andy Hudson (Kingston Wheelers) completed a hat-trick of wins in the accompanying duathlon event.

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Male (Thames Turbo Powerbar) 1:13:50 Karen Axelsdottir (Optima Racing Team) 1:19:18
2nd Rory Atkins (Optima Racing Team) 1:14:24 Parys Edwards (Ful-on-Tri) 1:19:23
3rd Harry James (Hillingdon Triathletes) 1:15:57 Ruth Hutton (Thames Turbo Power Bar) 1:20:03

The Maxifuel Marlow Swim and Triathlon events from F3 Events ( had a large increase in numbers on Saturday and Sunday in their second year. Saturday evening always seems such a civilised start time for an event, which is when the swim races were held and even your Editor managed to escape the desk and PC to take part ('race' would seem an inappropriate description...). It really is a lovely stretch of river and despite my lack of fitness or speed I really enjoyed my swim in the Thames, even if I was considerably slower than the debut 2010 event. With 750m, 1.5k and 3k options something for everyone too. F3 are offering further OWS races this year on 20th August (Dorney), 3rd September (Henley) and 10th September (Bray Lake) - well worth checking out.

Sunday's Triathlon's were won by Sam Gardner / Kate Mapham (Olympic), and Steve Fell / Louise Grubb (Sprint). Full results links below.

While the Marlow events are new additions to the calendar, the White Oak Triathlon has been a stalwart for well over 20 years on the UK scene. Gareth Evans and Catherine Linney were the 2011 winners.

Pos Men Women
1st Gareth Evans 1:20:27 Catherine Linney 1:27:42
2nd John Pitt 1:21:29 Nicola Groom 1:30:11
3rd Matt Winn-Smith 1:21:45 Sally Mortleman 1:35:32

Graham Lee reports from the Eastbourne 'ardman Triathlon. Full results HERE

"Sunday saw the 1st Eastbourne 'ardman Triathlon take place with 48 hardy souls lining up for what is quite likely to be the hardest sprint race in the region, possibly the country! Mother nature helped out too with a spring tide, gale force winds and a 4ft swell. Wave one contained the males and shortly before 8am they set off for a shortened 500m swim (due to the weather and strong currents.) Two of the turn buoys played ball, but the third wanted to go on to Hastings! The Lifeguard rib rescued it, only for the buoy to get revenge and wrap its anchor line around the prop! The first wave naturally swam towards the stricken vessel and in doing so added about 100m to the swim/T1.

"The buoy was put back in place for the second wave containing the ladies and vets. From the next running of the event footwear will be compulsory for the climb up the beach to T1 as the broken shells had a real go at shredding the feet of at least four of the competitors. Out on to the bike and it was Patrick Hough with an advantage over his club mates Jago Leckie and Stuart Sorrell from Bodyworks XTC. Anna Murawska (B2P) led out the ladies and was unchallenged for the rest of the day. 19km of hills, some with 12%+ gradients and massive winds played a part in making the 'ardman live up to it's name. One member of Bodywork XTC (you know who you are!) caught a tail wind on a downhill junction, overshot and took off over the curb and caught some air, which is impressive on a road bike! The bemused police officer on that junction said he was lucky to escaped without crashing or a penalty! One the last discipline it was 2.5km of severe uphill running, including the infamous start route of the Beachy Head trail marathon. 1km of crazy downhill trail and then for the first time a flat 1.5k section along the promenade to the finish line. The field was very well spread out by the finish with Patrick and Anna taking the wins. Everyone that finished deserved the respected title of an "Eastbourne 'ardman!" Bi-annual race, back for 2013, (hopefully with better weather)"

We also have a report from the Llandudno Sea Triathlon (converted to a Duathlon due to sea conditions) HERE and the Speedo Open Water Series Hampton Court Swim HERE.


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Make it a mile!

The Mencap Mile is a unique chance to swim in open water. The event is open to swimmers of all ages and levels who want to challenge themselves and support Mencap. The event takes place on Sunday 24th July at Dorney Lake. Find out more HERE.

It's also a great opportunity for triathletes to train, and competitive swimmers can compete for prizes which will be awarded to the:

  • top male swimmer on the day
  • top female swimmer on the day
  • top team on the day
  • top fundraiser - the person who sends most sponsorship in by 30 August

Leonard Cheshire Disability launch Tri Together Triathlon

The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has launched Tri Together, a triathlon uniquely designed so that disabled and non-disabled people can take part side by side.

Tri Together is a sprint distance event which allows people to participate as individuals or as a team of two or three people. It has one of the lowest entry fees on the market - just £30 per person. Sign up today and you could take part in this swimming, cycling, and running challenge with your friends and family, while raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

CLICK HERE for more information on this exciting new event.

Register now for the London Duathlon 2011

The 2011 London Duathlon takes place in Richmond Park on Sunday 11th September.

With three different distances on offer, there is something for everyone in the truly stunning surrounds of Richmond Park, including traffic free roads.

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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:

2XU T:2 wetsuit special offer from Royles

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Additional proprietary 2XU features include; Rollbar, Floating Zip Panel, Transition Panel and 39 Cell Front Buoyancy Panel.

Updates for the 2011 season include graduated Velocity Strakes in the front chest panel to offer heightened body positioning and streamlined tracking through the water like never before. Complete with a two year warranty, the T:2 represents exceptional value.

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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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