Tri247 Newsletter


4th Apr 2012Issue 219

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It's time - almost - for a breather. With the Easter Bank Holiday ahead, the racing action this coming weekend is relatively light according to the race calendars. That said, we are barely in April and it feels as though we've already had some fantastic racing through the first quarter of the year.

Highlight so far? For me, probably the first Ironman Melbourne and the brilliant performances of Alexander, Brown, Steffen and Joyce. It's always nice when a race promises a lot, comes with all of the hype and then - in most peoples eyes anyway - exceeds expectations. The 2013 edition sold out in four minutes and fifty seven seconds, so there are plenty of athletes out there who agree.

We've got something of an Australian theme going on this week, nice timing with the UCI Track Cycling World Championships taking place this week in ...Melbourne! Cycling legend, and now triathlon supporter through his bike brand, Chris Boardman is in Australia and we had a chance to pose some questions to him, and as always with Chris, got some informative and interesting answers. Well worth a read - check it out. As well as Chris, we also questioned Kona 2011 second placer Pete Jacobs, and new Boardman Bikes recruit Josh Rix, Plenty more great interviews already set up for the next few weeks on the site too, so do make sure you visit us daily.

So, we're more than grateful for a little rest this weekend ...because the week after, it's Aussie time again, as Sydney kicks off the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series! Bring it on.

In this issue:


Weekend action

International Racing

Well, last week your Editor put out his predictions for the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas on Sunday. The result? From a prediction viewpoint, moderate... but who cares, it was great racing! You can read the separate reports from the men's race HERE and the ladies HERE where US athlete Timothy O'Donnell and Kelly Williamson won the day.

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:47:40 Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:13:27
2nd Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:48:03 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 4:18:47
3rd Ronnie Schildknect (SUI) 3:48:49 Amy Marsh (USA) 4:20:16
4th Michael Raelert (GER) 3:50:08 Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:22:03
5th Stephane Poulat (FRA) 3:52:35 Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:25:27

A day prior, Andy Potts took his fourth win at Ironman 70.3 California, where XTERRA-specialist Melanie McQuaid secured her win courtesy of a flying bike leg. You can read the report HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Potts (USA) 3:54:03 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 4:19:13
2nd Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:55:11 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:21:57
3rd Jessie Thomas (USA) 3:55:22 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:23:40

First result in of the weekend was from the Saipan Tagaman Triathlon, where UK-based Frenchman Cedric Lassonde and GB's Jacqui Slack took the honours, completing their four race Asia-Pacific tour. Report HERE / FULL RESULTS

Pos Men Women
1st Cedric Lassonde (FRA) 2:52:26 Jacqui Slack (GBR) 3:18:42
2nd Ben Allen (AUS) 2:52:46 Carina Wasle (AUT) 3:22:54
3rd Jens Buder (GER) 3:11:09 Mieko Carey (SPN) 3:24:05
4th Will Kelsay (USA) 3:12:44 Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:26:01
5th Gabriel Lombard (SPN) 3:18:25 Ai Hirano (JPN) 3:51:19

Quarteira, Portugal was an important race for the British Juniors racing at the Quarteira ETU Junior European Cup, the event acting as qualifying for the British Junior team for the Eilat European Championships. The British girls took 3rd/4th/5th through Sky Draper, Sophie Couldwell and Georgia Taylor-Brown respectively, with the top three boys being Grant Sheldon (2nd) Gordon Benson (5th) and Marc Austin (6th). Full results on the Junior race HERE, and the senior European Cup event HERE where Aileen Morrison (IRL) took second, Non Stanford sixth and Lois Rosindale tenth.

The TriStar series kicked off 2012 with the stunning surrounds at TriStar Nevis. Full results HERE where Olivier Marceau (SUI) and Amy Klohner (USA) were the 2012 winners.

Domestic Racing

Organiser Will Whitmore reported from the Stephen Graver Duathlon "Julian Lings was too strong for Wayne Smith and led from start to finish to take the £200 cash prize. Wayne pulled it back on the bike a little but Julian was class all round. Likewise in the female race, Leanne Tiley led from start to finish to win the by over a minute and knock 4 minutes off the course record. Stunning weather!" Full results HERE.

We followed Matt Molloy last year en-route to Ironman Austria, and - despite a self-inflicted crash in Abu Dhabi (!) - he is in good shape for 2012, winning the USN Duathlon at Dorney Lake this past weekend where the first lady was USN Ambassador Gayle Vickers. Results HERE for the main race and HERE for the SuperSprint.

The 1485 'No Frills' Duathlon always seems to get positive reviews from athletes, and it gets one from us too... for submitting such a) swift and b) nicely formatted RESULTS! Mark Morgan followed up his win at Clumber Park by taking over 2 minutes out of the course record, while Helen Russell was first lady.

Plenty more results in the database as always - more reports very soon - but click through on the link below for detailed results from the weekend!

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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