Tri247 Newsletter


25th Jul 2011Issue 194

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Another busy weekend, and possibly the busiest weeks of the season coming up with The Virgin Active London Triathlon, Ironman UK, Dextro Energy ITU Hyde Park and many more. If you see someone staring, somewhat tired looking into a laptop then don't panic, it's probably just your Editor trying to invent some more hours in the day. Best bet is to just keep quiet and get him a coffee. Latte, extra hot if you are asking...

So, with more than enough work to live the brand and 'work 24/7', what better than to.... head off on a plane to France for a few days! Just days after one of the best ever Tour de France races passed over the slopes, this week (Wednesday and Thursday) is the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, and once again we'll be there to get the inside track on this amazing event. Looking at the start list and the number of British athletes on it, I guess I'll be seeing many of you there too... that's ok, I drink French coffee too! If you aren't already, make sure you follow us on Twitter, as I'll try and update on progress through both the Long and Short distance races. Jodie Swallow dominated the Long course last year and will be racing again on Wednesday, after the little matter of a 300km ride to get there from Switzerland...

On Friday this week (29th July), in conjunction with Gatorade we're bringing you an exclusive live web chat with the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny. Click HERE to find out more. Your chance to ask them anything. No registration necessary, just come to the site at 1.30pm on Friday!

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Weekend action

International Racing

The Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship may have missed the presence and much anticipated iron-debut of Michael Raelert today, but that didn't stop a German domination of the men's podium. Faris Al-Sultan showed he's not finished yet as a major race winner, taking the European Ironman title leading a top five sweep for German athletes ahead of Luke McKenzie (AUS) in sixth in a race held in cold and tough conditions.

Ending the bike with a huge lead, it looked like a regulation day for Caroline Steffen... but turned into anything but a comfortable victory. Full story HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:13:50 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 9:12:13
2nd Jan Raphael (GER) 8:19:31 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:13:46
3rd Michael Göhner (GER) 8:20:26 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 9:14:14
4th Georg Potrebitsch (GER) 8:22:29 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 9:15:37
5th Stephan Vuckovic (GER) 8:26:03 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 9:18:04

It was 2010 revisited at today's Antwerp Ironman 70.3 where home athletes Bart Aernouts and Sofie Goos retained their titles. First year GB Pro Corinne Abraham ran through to take fifth place after having to make up a lot of time after the swim discipline. You can read her report HERE and our full report on the race HERE. Unfortunately racing was overshadowed by the news that an athlete had died during the race.

Pos Men Women
1st Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:45:37 Sofie Goos (BEL) 4:21:24
2nd Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 3:48:25 Sophie De Groote (BEL) 4:22:40
3rd Marcus Fachbach (GER) 3:54:31 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:26:44
4th Romain Guillame (FRA) 3:55:12 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 4:27:38
5th Sean Donnelly (GER) 3:55:41 Corinne Abraham (GBR) 4:29:23

TJ Tollakson beat of the challenge of defending champion Ben Hoffman to take the title at the Ford Ironman Lake Placid, while Heather Wurtele (CAN) won from the front, her second Ironman win this season and now fourth in total.

Pos Men Women
1st TJ Tollakson (USA) 8:25:15 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:19:03
2nd Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:33:29 Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:34:41
3rd Jason Shortis (AUS) 8:47:18 Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:38:09
4th Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 9:04:16 Jackie Arendt (USA) 9:56:21
5th Daniel Bretscher (USA) 9:07:05 Jacqui Gordon (USA) 10:07:22

The latest round of the TriGrandPrix Series visited Ireland for the Kilkenny Triathlon. Britain's Natalie Barnard, who raced so well in Lisbon earlier this year, took the ladies win with Owen Cummins (IRL) securing a home win in the men's race. Full results HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Owen Cummins (IRL) 1:48:42 Natalie Barnard (GBR) 2:12:49
2nd Raul Amatriain (ESP) 1:52:08 Marta Gallart Penalva (ESP) 2:17:19
3rd Jordi Pasqual Sales (ESP) 1:54:18 Niamh Richardson (IRL) 2:19:26

What sort of race has (briefly!) Ironman World Record Holder Marino Vanhoenacker finishing 12th and Abu Dhabi International winner Frederik Van Lierde finishing 13th? That'll be the (Olympic Distance) Military World Games in Rio de Janiro, Brazil. Full results: MEN and LADIES.

Pos Men Women
1st Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 1:45:00 Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) 1:57:29
2nd Gregory Rouault (FRA) 1:45:05 Carla Moreno (BRA) 1:57:46
3rd Daniel Hofer (ITA) 1:45:42 Maria Czesnik (POL) 1:58:00

22 year-old Matt Sharp won the Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup on Sunday as British Triathlon reports:

Matt Sharp delivered a comprehensive victory at the 2011 Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup on Sunday 24 July.

The 22-year-old from Enfield started his race strongly recording the third fastest swim of the day, although there was a 26-second deficit to swim leader Richard Varga from Slovakia.

On the bike, Matt was determined to bring the Slovakian back into the pack and worked hard in the chase group to reclaim much of the race leaders' advantage. As the athletes embarked on the final run, Varga was quickly caught and the race for the podium began.

Matt delivered a quick run-time that ensured he claimed top spot on the podium, finishing in a time of 01:58.24, with a comfortable 20-second lead ahead of second placed James Elvery from New Zealand.

This victory will give Matt a great boost, before this weekend's Virgin Active London Triathlon, the final race of the 2011 British Triathlon Super Series, where the young athlete is currently lying in second place overall.

Matt wasn't the only British athlete racing in Switzerland, with trigold athlete Mark Buckingham delivering an impressive top ten performance finishing eighth in 01:59.57. Ritchie Nicholls maintained his run of never finishing outside the top-15 in an international race the season, crossing the line in 12th with a time of 02:00.17. Aaron Harris finished in 27th place with a time of 02:03.54.

In the women's race, Lois Rosindale was the highest placed athlete delivering an impressive fifth place finish and time of 02:19.24. Jacqui Slack couldn't repeat her sixth placed finish in last year's event, finishing 11th in 02:20.51. Lucy Chittenden finished in 17th position in 02:27.07.

UK Racing

The Outlaw dominated the weekend's UK racing, with around 600 athletes signed up for the second year iron-distance event.

Close racing at the front of proceedings with a battle royal between the two race favourites Joel Jameson and Hywel Davies. They were in close order for much of the race, both performing exceptionally and smashing the nine hour mark, Joel finally prevailing in a time of 8:47:47, less than five minutes ahead of the multi-talented Davies who can win pretty much any race, over any distance - and can even bend metal bars!

Joel said: “I watched the Outlaw last year and seeing what a great course it was, I decided to take part this year.

“I've not been training as much as I'd have liked because I got married last month and spent two weeks on honeymoon. The lack of training made it really painful at times and I had to really dig deep to pull a win out of the bag. Ultimately, I was happy with the win, but as I regularly compete in ironman distance races, my time could have been better.”

The ladies race was won by an athlete, like Joanna Swallow last year, in her first ever attempt at the distance.

Catherine Faux, aged 23, who is originally from Stamford but currently studying medicine at Sheffield University was the first female to cross the finishing line today. She said: “I'm really happy to have won, I wasn't expecting it, but I've been trying to train as much as possible around university so all the effort has paid off. I've never done an ironman distance before and I was using a borrowed bike, so it feels amazing to finish in first place.

“There were so many supporters out on the route today and the other competitors were all really supportive which made such a distance when the going got tough. I'm already thinking about next year, I'm definitely planning to take part again.”

First athletes across the line, like 2010, was actually a relay team comprising Catherine Jameson, Tom Lowe and Toby Jameson - making it a full house for Team GI Tri Bridgtown and the Jameson family.

Toby Jameson who lives in Oxford, was part of the GI Tri Bridgetown team that won the relay today in 8 hours, 1 minute and 10 seconds. He took on the run, alongside team mates Catherine Jameson who completed the swim and Tom Lowe who did the bike section.

Toby, 30, said: “I'm really pleased to be a part of the winning team today. The course was predominantly flat which really helped to maintain a good pace on the run. Collectively, the team today were really strong and getting ahead on the bike and run sections really helped me to maintain the lead on the run around the course.

“It's the first time I've taken part in the Outlaw and it's been exceptionally well organised. It rivals other big events in the country and I would definitely take part again”.

Pos Men Women
1st Joel Jameson (GI Tri Bridgtown) 8:47:47 Catherine Faux (Sheffield Tri Club) 10:22:51
2nd Hywel Davies (Planet X) 8:52:28 Rachel Hall (Meynell Valley Hunters) 11:31:24
3rd Dirk Beersmans (SP&O Tri Club Mechellen) 9:44:15 Jenny Brown (Rochdale Triathlon) 11:39:00
4th David Francis (Hartlepool 9:45:451 Jo Gundle (PSOF) 11:40:47
5th Brian Mundy (Sheffield Tri Club) 9:50:10 Emma Barraclough (Barracuda Tri Club) 11:49:54
1st Team GI Tri Bridgtown 8:01:10
2nd Team Coates (We Love 9:16:35
3rd Team Lunn (Stamford Tri Club) 9:16:41
4th Royal Air Force 9:17:53
5th Derby Tri Club 9:22:23

We have a report from the latest OWS Aquathlon HERE and all of the weekend results - just click the link below.


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Capernwray Clearwater Autumn Triathlon (Olympic and Sprint Distance) - 2nd October

Hosted at Capernwray Dive Centre on the edge of The Lake District National Park on 2nd October 2011.

The swim takes place in the sparkling and still warm spring fed waters of the Dive Centre, which is possibly the safest and officially the second cleanest open water in the UK.

Find out more here

Win a Fusion Ice Cooling package

Tri247, in conjunction with Fusion ( is offering TWO lucky readers the chance to win a full package from the Fusion Ice Cooling Range of products, a package worth over £260.

To find out more about Fusion Ice and for your chance to win, CLICK HERE.

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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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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Top 10 Article Of Last Week
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  2. Michael Raelert withdraws from Ironman Germany
  3. Rasmus Henning hires Matt Dixon as new coach
  4. The Outlaw Triathlon preview
  5. The Will Clarke interview
  6. Llandudno Tri(Du)athlon report
  7. Speedo OWS Series: Hampton Court report
  8. Win a Fusion Ice Cooling package
  9. Challenge Roth sells out in record time
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