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24th Oct 2011Issue 201

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Crisis, as Supertramp once questioned, what crisis? The Sunday business sections ran with the story that Wiggle, a determined trend bucker and shining example of what can be achieved in a niche market, is considering either a private equity sale or even going the whole hog and floating on the Stock Exchange. Current valuation of the business? A trifling £200 million which isn't bad for an operation that started off life out of the backroom of a cycle shop in Portsmouth testing the online waters by selling stuff that definitely wasn't cycle-related. With sales over the past five years quadrupling to £86.8 million and profits up 43% to £10.2 million there's obviously a lot of mileage in us 'mamils'. (Ghastly marketing-speak for 'middle aged men in Lycra...)

So, if cycling is the 'new golf' according to the Chief Executive of Wiggle's current owners, Isis Equity Partners, what does that make retired pro cyclists like Lance Armstrong? Regular readers might have noticed a common theme in these newsletters about older athletes turning in exceptional performances and Lance is definitely proving that he's game to have a serious go at the XTERRA circuit. Fifth at the US Championships and then up with the leaders out of the water in Maui and into the lead for a substantial portion of the bike with only a major spill at the end taking him out of contention. Press reports have him saying that he knocked himself silly and his personal Twitter feed says that he cracked his helmet and can't remember much about it so finishing at all is pretty special. One could easily have seen him place top ten and top five would have been a possibility based on his previous XTERRA run split. Golf? Nah, way too gnarly for that!

And, thanks to all the organisers who submitted events to the calendar last week but please keep them coming as there are plenty we haven't seen yet. The quickest way to get things into the calendar is to fill in the event form but it you've got a mass of races then please email me at editor@tri247.com and I'll send you the bulk uploader which lets you submit a whole year's worth in one go.

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Results

Weekend action

Glorious running weather in Richmond Park on Saturday morning for the Women Only Shock Absorber 5k and 10k runs - and one of the best bacon rolls we have enjoyed all year! Almost worth the lengthy wait in A&E but that's a whole different story...

Saturday also saw the Grim Duathlon down in Aldershot and while the good weather may have tamed the mud a bit the event seems to have lived up to its reputation. Wins for Julian Sandford (B2P) and Donna Tew, full results are online here.

Pos Male Female
1 Julian Sandford (B2P Triathlon Club) 01:27:02 Donna Tew 01:46:05
2 Fraser Sim (Killer Creative) 01:31:37 Anita Hibberd 01:46:14
3 David Dougall 01:31:44 Katie Miller 01:55:19

Sunday started pretty much the same way that Saturday ended, bight and breezy with duathlons all over the place. At the 1485 No Frills there were wins for Mark Morgan and Samantha Anderson. Full results are here and there's a race report and some images up on the site now as well.

Pos Male Female
1 Mark Morgan 1:09:40 Samantha Anderson 1:24:44
2 Anthony Harper 1:11:41 Helen Talbot 1:25:51
3 James Turner 1:13:24 Deborah McMahon 1:26:23

Concept Sport's Thruxton Duathlon saw a class field headed by Lee Piercy who took the win from Daniel McCarthy with Chris Birch in third. The ladies race was won by Helen Dyke. Full results are here.

Pos Male Female
1 Lee Piercy (Performance Cycles) 1:14:21 Helen Dyke (Exeter TC) 1:29:55
2 Daniel McCarthy (blueseventy/TFN RT) 1:15:53/td> Charlotte Saunders (Pure Motion Cycles) 1:30:04
3 Chris Birch (EastStreetCycles) 1:18:17 Michelle Wright (Stamford TC) 1:31:39

Highlight of the weekend was the XTERRA World Championships in Maui with a number of Brits in the running for the pro field. Richard Stannard had a great swim but must have been a bit shocked to find Lance Armstrong not far off his shoulder - you can read more about the race here - but the best performance of the day went to Lesley Patterson who took the title in a thrilling last mile dash that saw her overtake Melanie McQuaid. Sam Gardner was the best-placed Brit in 11th overall. Full results are here.

Pos Men Women
1 Michael Weiss (AUT) 2:27:00 Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:45:59
2 Dan Hugo (RSA) 2:27:33 Marion Lorblanchet (FRA) 2:48:08
4 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2:28:26 Helena Erbenova (CZE) 2:51:51

Elsewhere on the international front was the Ironman 70.3 Austin which saw Paul Amey take third place while Fraser Cartmell was seventh.

Pos Male Female
1 Michael Raelert 3:47:48 Jessica Meyers 4:29:15
2 Ronnie Schildknecht 3:49:48 Mandy McLane 4:34:40
3 Paul Amey 3:52:36 Caroline Gregory 4:38:28

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