Tri247 Newsletter


7th Nov 2011Issue 203

Welcome to the newsletter

A week ago we commented that all the interesting events were overseas and it's pretty much a case of déja vu as that's even truer this past weekend. One thing's for sure, GB women rule the long distance racing scene with Rachel Joyce adding her name to the top of the pile at the ITU's World Long Distance Championships. Strange to see cold water and air temperature cause the swim to be cancelled but deserts can get very cold at night and coming out of a 4k swim chilled isn't that great a way to start your long day in the saddle.

You may have wondered what happened to the promised triVIEWER feature on the recent XTERRA Championships... It is coming, we promise, but behind the scenes stuff meant that it had to go on hold for a bit.

Ongoing 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 and I'll send you the bulk uploader which lets you submit a whole year's worth in one go.

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Weekend action

There's a full report here but the headline news from Saturday's ITU World Long Distance Championships in Henderson, Nevada is that the races were run as a time trial start bike/run owing to a combination of cold water and cold air temperatures. That doesn't seem to have stopped the domination of GB women as despite being among the last to start Leanda Cave and Rachel Joyce looked to be the pair to beat despite an early lead by Australia's Nikki Butterfield, two minutes ahead of Joyce after the bike with Cave just behind.

By lap two of the run Joyce moved into the lead, Cave moved into second place on lap three. Joyce recorded the second-fastest run split of the day, just behind Cave, but her better bike leg - 3:33:09 seconds to Cave's 3:36:42 - was enough to hand Joyce the win just four weeks after Kona where Joyce finished fourth and Cave third.

Jordan Rapp, hit by a car on a training ride in California in March 2010 and probably only alive because of help provided by a passing off-duty Navy officer, can now add ITU World Champion to a list that includes winning his comeback Ironman race in Canada and becoming a dad.

Early on, it looked like Denmark's Martin Jensen might be able to go a few places better than the two bronze medals he has already collected at ITU LD when he established a six minute lead on the technical and hilly bike leg. The chase group included defending champion Sylvain Sudrie (FRA), Joe Gambles (AUS) and Rapp with a three minute gap to Michael Raelert (GER). At the beginning of the run it looked like Jensen would be able to hold on, but Rapp had other ideas and by the start of the final lap he had overtaken Jensen and went on to win by almost three minutes.

Scott Neyedli made the top ten with 9th with Nicholas Ward Munoz 13th.

The result means that GB are now the equal most successful nation at ITU long distance world championships. In the 15-year history of the event, Denmark have won six titles - five men's and one women's. Great Britain now also have six, with five titles coming from the elite women's field and one men's. Apart from Caroline Steffen's (SUI) win last year, in a race where Great Britain didn't have any entrants, British women have won the previous four ITU long distance world titles thanks to Chrissie Wellington, Bella Comerford, Jodie Swallow and Cave.

In the age group race we had slimmer pickings than usual with, subject to ITU ratification, just two Silver medals for Tracy Cook (35-39) and Gill Fullen (45-49) while Ireland's Matt Molloy picked up a Bronze in the 40-44 category.

Pos Male Female
1 Jordan Rapp (USA) 5:00:15 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 5:34:15
2 Joe Gambles (AUS) 5:02:57 Leanda Cave (GBR) 5:37:37
3 Sylvain Saudrie (FRA) 5:03:23 Meredith Kessler (USA) 5:40:45

A decade after his first race at Panama City, Ronnie Schildknecht not only won today, he also went sub-8 at the Ford Ironman Florida. Leading off the bike with a 4:19:55 - Florida does have a very fast bike course after all - he then turned in a 2:43:47 marathon to just sneak under the magic 8. That's possibly the fastest official Ironman time ever recorded in North America... And, as if that weren't enough, Jessica Jacobs then produced a 2:53:26 marathon to give her an 8:55:10 win so it looks like we'll have to update all those sub-9 pages as well!

Apologies to Jo Carritt, for some reason she never registered in our pre-race pro listings and neither did Eimar Mullan (IRL) who picked up eighth place in her first full Ironman with a 9:41:58. Carritt appears to have pulled out around half way through the run after making the top ten. We also missed Joel Jameson - slapped wrists all round - who after finishing fourth at Lanzarote and winning the Outlaw in August had a best-ever Ironman performance with an 08:35:31 giving him 11th place which will please his GI Tri Bridgtown team.

Pos Male Female
1 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 7:59:42 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 8:55:10
2 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 8:10:43 Mackenzie Madison (USA) 9:10:21
3 Justin Daerr (USA) 8:18:02 Sofie Goos (BEL) 9:22:21

Chris McCormack may be focussing on the shorter distances these days with an eye to London 2012 but he was clearly the man to beat at the BMW Destination X 70.3 race in Taiwan where he had a four minute buffer over Ironman 70.3 winner Hideo Fukui. Third place went to the runner up in Japan, Shanghai-based Swede Frederik Croneborg. The women's pro field only seems to have featured two and it was the Australian Michell Wu who came home a clear winner.

Pos Male Female
1 Chris McCormack (AUS) 3:54:47 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:31:55
2 Hideo Fukui (JPN) 3:58:44 Maki Nishiuchi (JPN) 4:56:17
3 Frederik Croneborg (SWE) 3:59:35

At the Ironman 70.3 in Port Macquarie it was a first win for Clayton Fetell who led the Australian clean sweep of the men's podium. In the women's race Carrie Lester made good use of her previous knowledge, she won the full distance race here in 2010, but the New Zealand pair of Sam Warriner and Jo Lawn filled out the podium steps.

Pos Male Female
1 Clayton Fetell (AUS) 3:53:29 Carrie Lester (AUS) 4:28:25
2 Tim Reed (AUS) 3:55:29 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:29:50
3 Chris Kemp (AUS) 3:56:29 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:32:27

The ITU's race in Henderson wasn't the only one affected by weather, their World Cup in Guatape suffered heavy overnight rains that brought a landslide which blocked the bike course forcing the race to be reduced to a sprint distance. Conditions during the race remained cold and wet with Carole Peon (FRA) recording her first World Cup victory after second places in Kitzbühel in 2008 and Cancun in 2007. Britain's Vicky Holland finished eighth.

The mens race also went to France with Etienne Diemunsch just holding off Crisanto Grajales (MEX) with another Frenchman, Tony Moulai, taking the Bronze. Moulai was actually all set to take the win but was forced to take a standing 15 second penalty just before the finish as a result of an illegal transition dismount. Full results are online here.

Pos Male Female
1 Etienne Diemunsch (FRA) 00:57:15 Carole Peon (FRA) 01:04:11
2 Crisanto Grajales (MEX) 00:57:22 Tomoko Sakimoto (JPN) 01:04:30
3 Tony Moulai (FRA) 00:57:26 Zurine Rodriguez (ESP) 01:04:37

The domestic scene was very quiet with only a couple of events registered on the calendar. At the Evil Sheriff off-road duathlon it looks like a fairly emphatic win for Carl Shaw, see below. Results from this and the Cheshire Duathlon races are both in the archive.

Pos Male Female
1 Carl Shaw (blueseventy/TFN RT) 1:14:53 Gill Myers 1:29:56
2 Chris Pratt (Spalding Tri) 1:16:32 Amelie Thickitt 1:31:50
3 Tim Doyle (TFN Tri Club) 1:18:35 Clare Clewer (TFN Tri Club) 1:34:11


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