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23rd Jun 2008Issue 66

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So, how was the weekend weather for you? It was certainly very wet and very muddy in South Wales on Saturday, for XTERRA UK. Still, they are made of strong stuff the off-road crowd, and I'm guessing that only added to the sense of adventure. It didn't seem to stop reigning World Champ Julie Dibens though, who led from the front to takethe win, proving her versatility yet again, after recently running (isn't that supposed to be her weakness?!) to victory at the Switzerland 70.3 two weeks ago.

Stateside, the whole of the GB Olympic squad were in West Des Moines for the Hy-Vee BG World Cup, the richest race in the sport, having previously been heat acclimatisation training in Texas, in preparation for Beijing. While there were no wins this week (the big money going to Australian Emma Snowsill and Dane Rasmus Henning), a third place for Helen Tucker, following second in Madrid and winning the ITU World's in Vancouver, proves yet again that she is back to her best after so long out of the sport with injury. I'm sure the $25,000 prize was welcome too...

Liz Blatchford (fifth) and Alistair Brownlee (seventh) will likely be very content with their finishes, though sickness and food poisoning in recent weeks among the men's team didn't help, as Freeman, Hayes, Don and Clarke all finished outside the top-10. Hollie Avil finished 11th, after missing the front pack on the swim (and only just finishing her A-levels....).

Another 'scorching' location was Nice, the venue for Ironman France. This didn't seem to slow the athletes though, as several course records were broken in the age-group and pro ranks. Ex-Tour cycling legend Laurent Jalabert continued to show his passion for triathlon, not only winning the 35-39 age-group, but finishing 12th overall.

This week, Bob Holloway checks in to report back on his Windsor performance. Were his 'green shoots of recovery' reflected in his result? Check out his column later this week. We'll also report first-hand on Club La Santa, Lanzarote. Of course, everyone knows about it, but believe it or not, some people haven't been... We'll give you the viewpoint of a La Santa virgin! Plus of course all the latest news, reviews and features you've come to expect.

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Weekend action

The big (money!) race of the weekend was without doubt the Hy-Vee BG Triathlon World Cup event in Des Moines. Severe flooding in the area had meant relocation of the event to the Valley Southwoods High School, and even then, only what was described as a "miracle" prevented re-staging of the event as a duathlon. That also appeared to impact the usually excellent Tricast Live! coverage of the race from the ITU, which this time had no audio and restricted video coverage - not that the athletes cared with $700,000 in prize money on the line!

The big winners on the day were Emma Snowsill and Rasmus Henning, with excellent finishes for Helen Tucker (3rd), Liz Blatchford (5th) and Alistair Brownlee (7th). Check out our separate coverage of the ladies and mens races. Full results are available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Rasmus Henning (DEN) 1:54:21 Emma Snowsill (AUS) 2:03:15
2nd Bevan Docherty (NZL) 1:54:29 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:04:35
3rd Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:54:32 Helen Tucker (GBR) 2:05:21

Also on the international scene this weekend was the Lyonnaise des Eaux triathlon, which staged the second round of the the highly competitive French Grand Prix series. The event might have been missing a few big names due to the fact many athletes had decided to go and chase the big money in the States, but there was still a good turn out, with nearly 80 athletes on the startline in the men's race and 70 in the women's race. Sydney's bronze medalist, Magali Di Marco Messmer, took the women's race and the men's race was won by former European Champion, Filip Ospaly. Little brother of Al Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, showed he can mix it with the big boys by finishing very strongly in fifth place, just five seconds away from a podium finish. The rest of the Brits finished as follows: Karl Shaw was 19th, Richard Stannard 20th, Nathan Shaw was 31st, Dann Brook 32nd, David MacNamee 39th, Mark Bruce 53rd, Aaron Harris 59th and Steve Worthington 71st. Jodie Swallow was top female Brit in sixth place followed by recently confirmed Olympian Emma Davis (IRE) in seventh place. Jessica Towl was 13th, Jennifer Cooper 20th, Jodie Lee Stimpson 21st, Rosie Clarke 25th and Natalie Barnard 27th.

Pos Male Female
1 Filip Ospaly (CZE) 52:08 Magali Di Marco Messmer (SUI) 59:01
2 Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 52:10 Ricarda Lisk (GER) 59:06
3 Vincent Yohann (FRA) 52:11 Emmie Charayron (FRA) 59:37

In Nice, France, which holds a long and distinguished history in the sport, Ironman France was won for the third consecutive year by Spanish athlete Marcel Zamora Perez, courtesy of a blistering run split of 2:45, after Mike Aigroz (SUI) had taken the lead on the bike, and entered T2 with a lead approaching ten minutes. Ex Tour de France pro, and now accomplished age-group triathlete Laurent Jalabert proved he can still ride, and despite suffering sickness on the bike leg, recorded the second fast bike split of the day to lead the 35-39 age group at T2. He then backed it up with a 3:13 marathon, winning the age group and ended up 12th overall - go Jaja! For the ladies, Italian Martina Dogana set course records for the bike, run and overall in finishing 25 minutes clear of Katja Schumacher. Pre-race favourite Alexandra Louison finished third, after suffering a puncture late on in the race. Unofficial finishing times below:

Pos Men Women
1st Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:34:18 Martina Dogana (ITL) 9:35:29
2nd Herve' Faure (FRA) 8:41:55 Katja Schumacher (GER) 10:00:59
3rd Patrick Bringer (FRA) 8:45:15 Alexandra Louison (FRA) 10:03:46

There were plenty of Brits racing, and (apologies if we missed you...) among the finishers was Yvette Grice; 9th Pro (10:49:08), Anne Fallows; 11th Pro (12:02:56), Debbie Southwood; winner AG50-54 (11:58:56), Claire Donovan; winner AG55-59 (14:42:48), Nick Holmes: 2nd AG50-54 (10:21:36)

The first of the weekend's Ironman events to finish, and one that even we had missed in our weekend preview was Ironman Japan. It was an Aussie one-two for the men, as Luke McKenzie got the better of Mitchell Anderson. The home crowd has something to cheer though, as Naomi Imaizumi won, just over three minutes up on American Bree Wee.

Pos Men Women
1st Luke McKenzie (AUS) 8:29:11 Naomi Imaizumi (JPN) 9:33:59
2nd Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 8:38:34 Bree Wee (USA) 9:37:12
3rd Hans Muehlbauer (GER) 8:39:48 Sarah Pollett (AUS) 9:54:30

It was certainly a busy weekend for the Ironman organisation, as along with France & Japan, we also had Ironman Coeur d'Alene, in Idaho, USA. It was victory all round for Canada, courtesy of Tom Evans and Heather Wurtele.

Pos Men Women
1st Tom Evans (CAN) 8:34:22 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:38:58
2nd Victor Zyemtsev (UKR) 8:43:56 Heather Gollnick (USA) 9:50:34
3rd Michael Lovato (USA) 8:48:22 Tiina Boman (FIN) 9:55:28

Arguably the toughest event of the weekend was the Accelerace West Highlands Ultra Triathlon. Check out the race report for this 3.5-mile swim, 175-mile bike, 35-mile run epic!

At XTERRA UK, which took place in Afan Forest Park, South Wales, the athletes were greeted by a misty drizzly day, with the rain becoming more persistent as the race progressed. By T2 the athletes were covered from head to foot in mud and the on-site commentator was having genuine problems identifying who was who. Although the numbers may have been down there was a great international turn out and athletes' performances certainly didn't disappoint the few spectators that had dared to brave the dark and murky weather conditions.

With former World Champion, Melanie McQuaid, a DNS (word has it her partner had suffered a bike crash, although reports are that he's not seriously hurt), the out and out race favourite had to be current World Champion, Julie Dibens. She led convincingly from start to finish, second place Anna Bayliss-Scheiderbauer, put up a good fight though and didn't look to be too far behind going out on to the run. By the end of the race though, Julie was well over five minutes in front of the German. The young Nicola Duggan had a strong race and was delighted to finish on the podium in third. The men's race was a lot closer and the current World Champion Conrad Stoltz knew he'd have his work cut out with the fast running french man, Nico Le Brun, also on the startline. Conrad did manage to lead the race all the way until around 5km on the final run, but the frenchman, who came into T2 just a minute down on the South African, looked to be wearing the quicker running legs. The European silver medallist went on to blast the tough final 10km and came home comfortably, with a minute to spare, ahead of the very likeable Stoltz. Germany's Ronnie Dietz finished third.

Pos Men Women
1st Nico Le Brun (FRA) 2:47:41 Julie Dibens (GBR) 3:21:06
2nd Conrad Stolz (RSA) 2:48:37 Anna Bayliss-Scheiderbauer (GER) 3:26:47
3rd Ronnie Dietz (GER) 2:52:12 Nicola Duggan (GBR) 3:33:02

Full results available on site for the Championship event and the Sport distance.

Also on Saturday, the popular Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water saw two very convincing victories. With the fastest bike, run and second fastest swim, Andy Tarry (TFN RT) destroyed the field to win by over seven minutes and set a new course record. Fellow TFN athlete Louise Collins was even more dominant, and had over 13-minutes on second placed Victoria Webb. Full results are available here.

Pos Men Women
1st Andy Tarry 1:54:53 Louise Collins 2:11:42
2nd Carl Shaw 2:02:29 Victoria Webb 2:24:49
3rd Phil Westmoreland 2:03:15 Lucy Hillman 2:25:38

Loughborough Student Jon Worcester romped home to first place on a busy afternoon on the River Arun, West Sussex at the Littlehampton Regatta Aquathlon. Worcester, who just missed the overall podium at the World Sprint Champs in Hamburg last year was a cut above the rest of the field and won by 5 minutes on the multi-terrain course. Team REP's Niki Treacy won by 3 minutes from evergreen Portsmouth triathlete Anne Buckley, whilst Tri-Sport Epping's Brian Longman, Larkfield AC's Ron Evans and Joan Lennon picked up the Vet and Supervet prizes. Full results here

Another swim-run taking place on Saturday saw a quality field at the Ocean Fest Beach Aquathlon in North Devon. Ross Macdonald (Swansea University) took the honours for the men, while Beijing bound Flora Duffy from Bermuda ( took the ladies win. Full results here

Harwich Runners held two triathlons over the weekend. On Saturday, the Harwich Sprint was won by Graeme Knott (1:00:29) and Maryclaire Tweedy (1:11:22). Results on on their website. Sunday's Harwich Standard distance was won by Ben Ward (Larkfield AC) in 1:58:45 and Loretta Sollars (Brat) in 2:07:39. Full results can be found here on their website.

The latest round of the Fast Twitch series visited Marlborough, where the winners were Peter Younghusband (Tri UK - Gatorade) and Tracy Cook, also from Tri UK. Full results are available here. The Mid Sussex Triathlon hosted over 200 athletes in Burgess Hill, and the wins were taken by Paul Holdaway (Team Lifestyle) in 1:01:53, and Trish Stewart in 1:14:54. We have the results available. There were close to 300 athletes at the AXLR8 Wellington Triathlon in Berkshire, where Charles Pennington (47:08) and Katy Granville-Chapman (54:25) took top honours. Full results are available here

The Mazda National Triathlon Ranking Series kicked off this weekend with the Parc Bryn Bach Welsh Championship. Winners, and also taking the national championship honours were Rhys Jones (Rhondda Tri) in 2:04:23, and our May athlete of the month, Rhian Roxburgh in 2:14:39. Full results are available here. Elsewhere in Wales, was the debut of the Cerist Sprint triathlon. We have a report on site, plus full results. Winners was Andrew Southall (59:08), closely followed by son Josh Southall (1:00:06). Ladies winner was Debora Evans in 1:07:28.

The tenth anniversary of the Deva Triathlon in Chester welcomed over 400 athletes to the standard distance event. Provisional results are on their website, and the top finishers were:

Pos Men Women
1st Martin Cain (Manchester Tri) 2:00:33 Helen Lawrence (Unattached) 2:11:44
2nd Paul Skipper ( 2:01:26 Jacqui Slack ( 2:14:25
3rd Lee Szymanski (Unattached) 2:01:30 Nicola King (Tri Preston) 2:19:12

TriSport Epping had a great response to their Jenny Clark Try-a-Tri event in Ongar, with well over 100 entrants. We've got their times here. Also in Essex, the Walden Triathlon was won by Jamie Hinton (1:15:07) and Kate Scotter (1:30:22). You can find the full results here.

Roger Barr reports that "Over 200 athletes from schools in and around the London Region competed in the Thames Turbo Junior Aquathlon held at LEH, Hampton. In contrast to the 2007 event the day was warm, sunny but a little too breezy for one of our Gazebo's. It was lifted off the ground and flattened!". Full results available here. Interesting to note that local athlete Sky Draper (Jetstream Tri) won her third aquathlon this week, after St Albans on Wednesday and Eton College on Thursday...and the other two were adults events!

In other (related) sport, Felicity Hart, best known for her super-fast triathlon bike splits finished sixth overall in the RTTC National 50-mile Championship, recording a time of 1:59:50. Full results are available here for the ladies, and here for the men, where Michael Hutchinson won his 9th consecutive '50' championship, to add to the '10' and '25' he's already won this season.

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