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10th Sep 2012Issue 238

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Who said you can't win it on the bike?!

It's been a few years (2004 / 2006) since one of the original German über-bikers, Normann Stadler, won at the very top level of the sport - Ironman Hawaii - by crushing his rivals on the bike leg and then hanging tough on the run to take the win. What we saw yesterday at Lake Las Vegas from another German, Sebastian Kienle, at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships was perhaps one of the most impressive performances we've seen in any format of racing for a long time. After losing three minutes in the swim to the best Ironman 70.3 field ever assembled, for anyone else surely that would be game over? Not for Seb, who pounded the pedals to such a degree that he caught and then blew straight past everyone, not one other rider able to come within five minutes of his bike time. That's fine, but it's always been "bike splits for show, run splits for dough". And with Craig Alexander starting the run less than three minutes back, a matter of time before he slipped back through the field? No! Kienle crossed the line a minute clear of twice Ironman 70.3 World Champion Alexander. Stunning. Any chance of a repeat in five weeks time?

It was also a great, if perhaps unexpected, day for Great Britain as Leanda Cave completed her set of 70.3 World Champs medals by taking the gold and with it her third world title in an amazing career which shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. She didn't have the fastest swim. Or bike. Or run. But she did prove what a fantastic triathlete she is.

There's more than one way to skin a cat, and, I'm pleased to say more than one way to win a triathlon. Another British World Champion - at least some things stay the same!

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Weekend action

If you didn't have decent weather this weekend then it must have been because The Vitruvian nicked way more than its fair share. Absolutely gorgeous - although it was a tad fresh (and very dark) at 4am when our day started - and there was a moment or two when it looked like we might have a 'Sherborne moment' as the mist came down just before the start but it was gone in an instant. Great racing too, you can catch up on the report HERE and the results are HERE.

Saturday's racing also included the Maxifuel Openwater Swims at Bray Watersports Lake, results for all those are linked through to the StuWeb site, the last of the Liquid Leisure/OWS aquathlon series (full results HERE) and a bunch of international races which have all been summarised HERE.

Sunday saw even more international racing with the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Henderson, Nevada. Great result for Leanda Cave who took the women's title while the men's race saw an upset for Craig Alexander who could only manage second to the brilliant tactical race from Sebastian Kienle. Check out the report HERE and you can follow Leanda's race HERE.

The Ironman 70.3 Muskoka saw GB athletes go one better as both Tom Lowe and Rachel Joyce topped the podium in emphatic style to set som early performance markers for Kona. We have a race report HERE.

Jodie Stimpson may have been the only GB athlete to go to the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Guatape in Colombia but it was well worth the trip as she topped the podium with a massive near five minute advantage over Maria Czesnik (POL). Crisanto Grajales (MEX) won the men's race. Full results HERE.

Results aplenty from the London Duathlon - check out their homepage HERE. Looks like there's a bit of a wrinkle in some of them as the time for the first run seems to be the time of day rather than the elapsed time so we are holding off on processing them for the database for a bit.

The second of the Big Cow Sprints at Emberton Park near Milton Keynes was won by a certain Mr T Don, now a local resident, in 56:10 which gave him a five and a half minute lead over Tom Vickery (Cambridge Triathlon Club). Stacey Penn (Northants Tri) was the female winner. The event also hosted the Triathlon England National Club Championships - nothing official yet but it looks like Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers and Team MK must be in with a shout based on the first page of the results HERE.

At the Southam Triathlon the wins went to Eion O'Flynn and Anne Portsmouth, full results courtesy of StuWeb are HERE. His crews were busy as they also timed the Bala Standard, a last chance for an Alanya slot for next year. David Bishop (Bike Science Boardman Elite) and Catherine Jameson (GI Tri Bridgtown) took the wins, full results are HERE.

The Newbiggin Sprint was another event blessed with the decent weather, in their case it was to make up for last year's hurricane-hit affair. Philip Aiston (Tyne Triathlon) and Gemma Frost (Ryton Tri) were the winners and we have a report coming shortly with the provisional results HERE. Full results will follow, they haven't stitched in the remote transition times yet.

Pos Male Female
1 Philip Aiston (Tyne Triathlon) 01:07:54 Gemma Frost (Ryton Tri Club) 01:16:41
2 Garry Walker (NE31 Tri Club) 01:08:02 Hannah Bedford (Army Triathlon Association) 01:16:56
3 David Turnbull (NE31 Tri Club) 01:09:01 Becki Newman (Tyne Triathlon) 01:19:49

The two-day Tatton Park Triathlon results are also marked up as provisional but you can get them off the Sports Timing Solutions site HERE.

The Leeds Triathlon offered Standard and Sprint distances and the wins went to Rich Hunt and Emma Hinkles in the former and Philip Goode and Alison Ledger in the latter. Full results will appear HERE shortly.

Results are in from the VLT Triathlon (HERE) and have Alex Fortune and Joanna Freeman as the winners.

The Cheltenham Triathlon site has a provisional results set with Chris Lee and Rachael Bell shown as heading the field - we'll get a full set as soon as we can to confirm these.

The Shetland Sprint was re-scheduled for Sunday as a result of bad weather hitting the original date. We just love the results announcement on their website that "Pete takes home Shetland Sprint title as Gee wins the ladies race - more info to follow". Of course up there everybody knows exactly who Pete and Gee are but we simply don't have a clue so we'll be waiting on that 'more info to follow' for the rest of the detail!

There are LOTS (!) of other results in the UK's number one triathlon results database - click below to find yours. Remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can replay your race in graphic simulation form.


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