Tri247 Newsletter


25th Feb 2013Issue 256

Welcome to the newsletter

At both the races I attended this weekend there were really only two topics of conversation. The first was obviously about the weather but the second one was about something else entirely. In fact, by Sunday I was pretty much taking bets on whether the first words someone would say to me were either weather related or "I've signed up for xxx to qualify for the Worlds".

Now, I know that age group athletes have been going to World Championships since, well, forever but I've never experienced this level of interest. People signing up for aqualthlon qualifiers because they know they aren't competitive at triathlon, people desperate to get online for the last of the triathlon slots at Liverpool when they go live in the week of March 11th and even more signing up for the ballot to race in the citizen's event.

You can run your own survey on this next weekend and an ideal venue to do it would be at TS(FKATCR) -- sorry, that's the Triathlon Show (formerly known as TCR) -- which will be at Sandown Park from Friday through Sunday. Remember that if you pree-book entry is free on Friday and you can get tickets online for the weekend, see the story below the main news for details. We'll be there as always along with the rest of the triathlon industry so do drop by the stand and say Hi.

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Weekend action

So, someone's not quite done with the Winter weather yet then... Horizontal snow at the TuffMan on Saturday and even a few flurries at Winchester on Sunday: it gets pretty chilly in the back of a Mercedes Vito, I can tell you! Still, some quality racing all round regardless of the weather - and if you were down in Australia then the sun was shining in more ways than one!

Congratulations to Jodie Stimpson on her win at the ITU's Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships with Ireland's Aileen Reid in third place, check out the main story HERE.

The white stuff was pretty much a pre-requisite for the ITU's Cogne ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Italy and a small but hardy band of GB age groupers picked up two Gold and a Silver medal - a great result in a branch of the sport that hardly gets any exposure in the UK itself. More details in our coverage HERE.

Back to the frozen wastelands of the Pippingford Park Estate for the fourth of Human Race's off-road series of duathlons and trail runs: the TuffMan. Renamed 'SnowMan' for the day, possibly something to do the the mini-blizzard that carried on pretty much the whole morning, it saw a number of the regulars dropping out after the bike with either mechanicals or frozen up bodies. The men's win went to Steve Fergusson, his first of the series, while Freya Martin picked up her second with a total domination of the women's field. Full results are HERE.

Sunday's duathlon action switched to the Castle Combe circuit for the Kinetic-One Chilly Duathlon - we'll bet that one lived up to it's name in spades! Alex Matchett (The Triathlon Shop, Bristol) and Katie Jemima Synge (The Triathlon Shop, Bristol) topped the leaderboard in what seems to have been a pretty close event - full results are on the DB Max site HERE.

Over at Dorney Lake F3's Maxifuel Duathlon series saw wins at the standard distance for Ken Buckley and Lucia Custance while Hugh Mackenzie and Gillian Sanders picked up the wins for the sprint distance. For all the results check out the StuWeb site HERE.

It wasn't all snow - the third of the Bowhill Duathlon events seems to have completely missed out on the white stuff, according to organiser Paul McGreal as they occupied the only bright and sunny patch of central/southern Scotland and were not affected by the snow that hit the Central Belt this morning. Full results are HERE.

Results are HERE for the Yeovil Aquathlon, Lee Pester and Rachel Clay (Wessex Wizards) took the honours there, and you can see the headline results for the Salisbury Tri Club Off Road Duathlon HERE - no splits provided for that one. The results for the Kings Wood Duathlon came in on Monday morning and you can see them 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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London ballot is open

The ballot to enter the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London is open.

You have a chance to take part in this unique event, which gives you the opportunity finish on the same line as Olympic Champions at the London 2012 triathlon venue.

The Open Age Group Race ballot runs until Tuesday 5 March. Entering the sprint distance gives you the best chance of gaining a place but standard distance is also available. CLICK HERE<> to enter now."

Triathlon Show 2013: Tickets on sale and Friday is FREE

This year's Triathlon Show will take place at Sandown Park on the 1st-3rd March, and will again be packed with the greatest triathlon products and services available along with a top programme of seminars, workshops and features.

Whether you are a seasoned competitor, or new to the world of multi-sport, the Triathlon Show is designed for you. Featuring two seminar theatres with presentations from top coaches and athletes, the Zoggs SwimZone to help your swim technique, a 10K Run, Powerbar indoor cycle competition, and over 150 top brands and retailers.

Friday is FREE for visitors who book in advance and full weekend tickets cost just £9 saving 25% off the on-the-door price of £12 - click here to book online. Under 16s go free and there's free car and secure cycle parking.

For more details and venue information visit the website at or, for the latest news visit the show Facebook Page

Alpe D'Huez: discounted entry ends 28th February

The eighth EDF Alpe d’Huez Triathlon takes place this year on Sunday 21st July (duathlon), Wednesday 24th July (long distance) and Thursday 25th July (short distance). The event is incredibly popular with British athletes, and for good reason. If you haven't ticked Alpe D'Huez off your bucket list yet, we highly recommend it.

Entries to the events are still available at discounted rates until Thursday 28th February, so if you plan on racing but haven't entered yet, act soon and save yourself some cash. Check out our feature on the race HERE or our dedicated section HERE.

Tri Together / Bonk Triathlon Facebook competition

Tri Together Triathlon and clothing supplier Bonk have joined forces to launch a competition on Facebook, giving triathletes the chance to win £175 worth of clothing goodies. Click HERE

The New Avenger

This new addition to the triathlon calendar is set in the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall, right in the heart of England, and takes place on quiet roads and paths. Whether you're a first time middle distance eventer or a seasoned triathlete wanting to race in a stunning setting, the Avenger will have something for you. Find out more HERE

Great Escape Challenge

Has your team got what it takes? Hike up rugged trails, bike across mudded terrain and canoe through racing rivers as you take on ten physical and mental team challenges with your workmates. Join us next May in North Yorkshire for in the ultimate out of office adventure. Find out more HERE



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