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13th Feb 2012Issue 212

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Speculation, chat and rumour. Nothing really new in the world of Lance Armstrong there.

For several years now the 'is Lance coming back to triathlon?' question was asked more than enough times to ... well, get boring. So, official news last week that the cycling legend would be returning, as a professional, to the Ironman / Ironman 70.3 arena at Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Panama did at least put an end to the speculation. Which then unleashed a fanfare of triathlon media news and forum chat. All set up for the race itself to be a let down? Didn't work out that way.

As it turns out, it took Athens and Beijing Olympic triathlon medal winner, Bevan Docherty, around 12 miles of the run course to catch and pass Lance on his supposed 'weak' discipline. But he was the only one that did. Cunningham, Henning, Lieto and more all came up short against the Tour winner who took second on his Ironman 70.3 debut. 1200 Kona Qualifying Points in the bag already, three further 70.3s scheduled and a summer date at Ironman France already announced; it looks odds-on that Mr Armstrong will be on the start line - on merit - at Dig Me beach, Kailua Kona, Hawaii in October. More column inches ahead then.

Is all of this good, bad or indifferent for the sport? Probably all of these to some degree and watching this play out will be fascinating. Fair to say that Armstrong is a 'marmite' character to many and, taking this weekend as an example, there is a danger that his presence can overshadow the whole event, in particular the ladies race suffered massively in terms of coverage.

Whatever happens through the rest of the year though, it certainly won't be boring.

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Results

Weekend action

So, perhaps you think triathletes are a little eccentric? All that swim, bike, run action really can't be good for you - not to mention the stupid distances, an obsession with the letter 'M' being tattooed on bits of your body and the ability to consume awesome amounts of high calorie food and never put on weight. FORGET IT! Triathletes are normal, sensible folk!

Sensible, that is, when compared to the lunatic horde that went out in minus several at Cannock Chase on Saturday morning and did the Brooks HellRunner: Hell in the Middle. As race organiser Paul Magner announced at the start, "Hell has officially frozen over!" The race crew were in the Bog of Doom breaking the ice on Friday and had to do it again on Saturday morning to open up the route.

So, what's mad about a bit of a chilly run? I'll tell you what's mad - someone actually, really, genuinely did it in a 'mankini' (Photo from RandRphotos.co.uk). Certifiable. Imagine doing an Ironman in Alaska in winter? Bet he would sign up for that!

With Saturday's multisport calendar wiped with the postponement of the Althorp Duathlon it was Sunday morning before the first results came in - and good results they were too. Down in the warmth of Geelong, Australia at the ITU's Premium Oceanic Cup Will Clarke put in a great effort and just missed out on the win by two seconds while Liz Blatchford repeated her season-opening form with another third place. There's a full report on the race HERE, full results are HERE, and the top three are as follows:

Pos Male Female
1 Laurent Vidal (FRA) 0:55:19 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:01:35
2 Will Clarke (GBR) 0:55:21 Anna Haug (GER) 1:02:43
3 Tony Dodds (NZL) 0:55:39 Liz Blatchford (GBR) 1:02:58

Meanwhile in the sunshine of Bridgetown, Barbados and also over the sprint distance, the ITU's Panamerican Cup race saw even more Brits in action. Vanessa Raw took second place with Kerry Lang in fourth while Ireland's Gavin Noble was the fifth man home. Harry Wiltshire was ninth, Lawrence Fanous (now racing for Jordan but a familiar name on the GB scene) was 13th just ahead of Ritchie Nicholls. A full results list is HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Daniel Unger (GER) 0:55:32 Lauren Campbell (CAN) 1:01:12
2 Leonardo Chacon (CRC) 0:55:34 Vanessa Raw (GBR) 1:01:47
3 Manuel Huerta (USA) 0:55:36 Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 1:01:53

And then, before a single domestic result arrived, we had an absolute belter of a race at the Ironman 70.3 Panama where sports fans who don't want to read the spoiler will need to read the full race report HERE first. Reporting from the women's race was a bit on the thin side (all the focus seems to have been on Lance) but we have a report HERE and Leanda Cave just missed the podium with her fourth place. It looks like Paul Amey pulled out after the swim.

Pos Male Female
1 Bevan Docherty (NZL) 3:50:13 Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:15:31
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) 3:50:55 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:19:11
3 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:52:59 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:19:34

At TriFerris's re-located Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon Graham Wadsworth (ZeroG/Specialized/USN) took the win with Rachel Vicary the first woman home. Full results are HERE and there's also a set from the half-distance novice race HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Graham Wadsworth (ZeroG/Specialized/USN) 1:00:58 Rachel Vicary 1:13:11
2 Iain Payne (bikecity.biz) 1:02:05 Vickie Wilkinson (Tri Team Glos) 1:16:54
3 Richard Cross (Noah's Ark Bikes) 1:02:29 Leanne Tiley (DB Max Tri) 1:18:16

We don't yet have a set of results from the Chilli Damp Dash aquathlons but they have sent in a race report which you can find HERE.

Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!

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