Tri247 Newsletter


10th Apr 2012Issue 220

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And it's back. Rebranded for 2012, 'WCS' becomes 'WTS' for the ITU World Triathlon Series which kicks off this coming weekend in Sydney, Australia.

It's an interesting situation - being an Olympic year, you can be sure that there is only one ultimate goal for the very best in our sport this year... and they would not trade that for season-long consistency across the WTS. That said, for any British athletes not called Brownlee or Jenkins, Sydney (and San Diego and Madrid next month), have greater importance than ever, with top performances required to get to the start line for the big 'O' show in August at Hyde Park. The selectors will be watching. Closely.

No Brownlee in Sydney this season, but for Don, Clarke, Hayes, Blatchford, Stimpson, Holland and co., the season really does start here. Good luck guys, race well.

Interesting news for other countries too - notably Australia. Rewind 18 months and it seemed virtually a done deal that Brad Kahlefeldt and Courtney Atkinson would be the first two Aussie men selected for London 2012. And Chris McCormack...surely not? How things change. Kahlefeldt has proved his worth and earned selection, and from the outside, Brendon Sexton appears to have made the grade for position two. For Atkinson though, poor form in 2011 and early 2012 has lead to him withdrawing from Sydney to focus on training. Has a very large barn door been opened for Macca? If it has, you can be sure he'll be looking to slam it shut on Saturday.

What a story that would be.

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Weekend action

Four days of glorious Spring weather to celebrate Easter... Not where we were, that's for sure! After a long dry spell it's back to traditional Bank Holiday gloom and murk with enough of the wet stuff to dampen almost anyone's enthusiasm. Apart from triathletes and duathletes, of course, who seemed perfectly content to swim, bike and run as though it were midsummer.

Friday saw the Radley College Good Fri Tri in Oxford over a 'sprint' (results HERE) and a supersprint (results HERE). Note to self, really must find a new name for the 400m/20k/5k distance - it always used to be called a 'promotional' and it's definitely neither a sprint (750m/20k/5k) or a supersprint (200m/10k/2.5k). Ideas can be mailed in on used £ notes or anything else that comes to hand - Starbucks vouchers are always popular...

Saturday saw an outing to Morocco's Larache ITU Sprint Triathlon African Cup for a clutch of BT hopefuls (see the preview HERE) and the best result was for Adam Bowden in fifth place. Aaron Harris picked up eighth, David Bishop 20th and Mark Buckingham 26th. Lucy Hall was 11th in the women's race with Lucy Smith 27th. Full results are HERE.

Sunday had racing at the Lancaster Duathlon, there's a race report online, with a full set of results HERE. The BSLT Triathlon Series for 2012 kicked off at Galashiels, full results for that are HERE.

Despite the almost continuous light rain there was still some healthy competition going on at the first of the Thames Turbo Series races at Hampton Pool. A lightning quick result for junior athlete, Rory Atkins (Optima Racing Team) meant that even experienced athletes like Jonathan Hotchkiss finished off the podium while Vicky Gill (swim for Tri) blitzed the women's field. Full results are HERE

Pos Male Female
1 Rory Atkins (Optima Racing Team) 0:56:14 Vicky Gill (Swim for Tri) 1:04:36
2 Jamie Hinton (SPB Swimming Club) 0:58:07 Parys Edwards (Ful-on Tri) 1:05:00
3 Matt Chapman (SLH Tri Club) 0:58:14 Ruth Hutton (Thames Turbo) 1:06:50

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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