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18th Mar 2013Issue 259

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You know the season is really starting to kick in when it is worth grabbing a coffee before sitting down to read the weekend roundup...

There was lots of action at home and abroad including ITU Grand Final winners Javier Gomez and Anne Haug - and a fine performance from Jodie Stimpson - some ITU racers proving their abilities over the 70.3 distance, the odd bit of 'über-biking' to victory and athletes of all shapes, sizes and speeds dealing with some pretty horrible weather around the UK this past weekend to get in their racing fix.

So, grab yourself that coffee before working through all of the news and reports in this week's newsletter below!

No let up this weekend coming either with the Ironman Asia Pacific Championship from Melbourne, Australia. The debut 2012 edition was smash hit in almost all regards, and once again an exceptional field is will line up again on Sunday for what might be the strongest long distance field of the year outside of the Big Island.

Significant British interest too - Corinne Abraham will be looking to build on her breakthrough 2012 season, and we've interviewed her about the difference just 12 months makes, and her expectations and hopes for 2013. You can read that HERE - and check in to the site every day this week as we've got a whole host of Melbourne coverage coming your way.

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Results

Weekend action

For a while it looked like Stuart Hayes might have snatched a tactical win at the ITU Triathlon World Cup in Mooloolaba with his break on the bike and then a subsequent second jump away giving him an advantage at the start of the run with the big hitters back in the pack - but the power of Javier Gomez can never be underestimated and the Spaniard took the win 30 seconds clear of Matt Chabrot (USA). Bryan Keane (IRL) had an excellent race, he finished fourth, while Hayes hung in for eighth. The report on the men's race is HERE.

The women raced on Sunday and Anne Haug (GER) kicked clear of Jodie Stimpson with a kilometre to go to take the win but the pair of them were well clear of Emma Moffatt (AUS) and Andrea Hewitt (NZL). Ireland's Aileen Reid was sixth. You can catch up on the women's race HERE.

Full results are HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:54:32 Anne Haug (GER) 2:03:31
2 Matt Chabrot (USA) 1:54:53 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 2:03:53
3 Peter Kerr (AUS) 1:54:55 Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2:04:24

Elsewhere on the ITU circuit, the Sarasota ITU Pan American Cup race had another fine Irish performance with Conor Murphy placing fifth. Lawrence Fanous (JOR) was 13th and Graham Leitch was 26th.

Sam Gardner's 'retirement tour' seems to be working out pretty well and he's clearly caught up on sleep as he turned in the fastest bike at the Tagaman Triathlon on Saipan and finished third overall. Ben Allen (AUS) picked up yet another win, as did partner Jacqui Slack while Rory Downie got the better of Gardner for second place. Full results are HERE and there's a report HERE.

The second of the Salty Sea Dog duathlon series at Boscome was won by Tim McDowell (Votwo) and Joanne Smith, the shorter race was won by Ian Leaver (City of Salisbury R&AC) and Lisa Mortimore. Combined results are HERE.

Sunday's WTC racing kicked off with the Ironman 70.3 San Juan. In the preview we asked if anyone could beat the reigning champions (Tim O'Donnell and Kelly Williamson) and the answer was a pretty clear-cut "Yes"! You can read all about the race HERE. Leanda Cave placed sixth and Jodie Swallow appears not to have started. Full results are on the WTC site HERE.

Pos Male Female
1 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:50:12 Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 4:11:35
2 Bertrand Billard (FRA) 3:51:02 Svenja Bazlen (GER) 4:13:24
3 Tim O'Donnell (USA) 3:51:19 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 4:19:00

The full distance brigade were out in strength at the Ironman Los Cabos in Mexico and while Timo Bracht was clear of the field there seems to have been a major scramble for second and third with just 31 seconds separating Trevor Delsaut and Jozsef Major. Paul Amey was in third place at 25k, had dropped back to fifth by 36k and then disappeared off the radar completely. Tracking the women's race was made harder than normal as perennial podium placer, Erika Csomor, wasn't registering on the timing mats and the commentary team were having to try to pick sightings of her out of the age group traffic. Good job they found her as by 40k she had carved through the field and was 500m clear of Michelle Vesterby although that gap closed and by the finish her lead was less than a minute. Yvette Grice was a little off the pace on the bike and finished 12th.

Pos Male Female
1 Timo Bracht (GER) 8:26:48 Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:35:34
2 Trevor Delsaut (FRA) 8:33:26 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 9:36:31
3 Jozsef Major (HUN) 8:33:57 Lisa Ribes (USA) 9:38:35

First in with a set of results on Sunday, not counting the ITU with their eight hour or so advantage, was the Winchester Duathlon where Ant Gritton was the overall winner while Cecilia Davis-Hayes's sixth place overall gave her the women's title. Results are HERE, the companion novice race results are HERE.

Not far behind was the new allabouttriathlons series of aquathlon races. The first one was based at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Nearly 100 competitors took part and there are a couple of familiar names in the results so it looks promising for the next race which will be in the River Wey in June. Graham Bell had a comfortable overall win while Katherine de Rome placed ninth fastest to take the female trophy. Full results will be posted as soon as we get the splits.

With European Sprint Duathlon qualification status the Oulton Park Sprint Duathlon saw some pretty fierce competition in the sprint race - Peter Ellis (RAF Tri) took the win with a slim 15 second margin over Jimmy Kershaw (OO Tri). Samantha Anserson (Triks / Mi Racing) topped the women's field nearly five minutes clear of nearest rival Holly Ferrar. The standard distance event was won by Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters/Hewitt Cycles) and Sarah May (Calderdale Tri Club). Full results for both races are up on the StuWeb site HERE.

The Pembrokeshire Duathlon hosted the Welsh Duathlon Championships where Alex Matchett (The Tri Shop Bristol) and Catherine Marks took the respective titles. Full results are HERE.

F3's third round of Maxifuel Duathlons and runs at Dorney Lake must have been a tad on the wet side at times - walking the dog in nearby Windsor Great Park was decidely so! The standard distance event was won by Chris Nicholls and Aimee di Marco, the sprint race saw Rory Atkins take the win along with Vanessa Raw while Marcus Francis and Hollie Hindley topped the super sprint distance. Full results for all the races are on the StuWeb site HERE.

Looks like it was a weekend for top athletes to show up at events they might not have been expected at - Lucy Gossage probably had more than 100 metres to go to get home but the Monster Duathlon was certainly local for her. Last week's outing at the Cambridge Half Marathon certainly didn't slow her down much, the rest of the field were 4:30 adrift - a very impressive effort given that second place was Ballbuster winner and 2010 ITU Age Group World Duathlon Champion Vicky Gill. Phil Melling won overall. Results are HERE and we also have a report online HERE.

The Marlow Duathlon results show a win for Carl Ferri (Blue Door Cycles) just ahead of Chris Birch (eaststreetcycles) while Charlotte Harris picked up the female trophy. Reports on the web suggest that the conditions here were pretty grim with mention of people being treated for hypothermia. Skimpy tri kit in March - clearly not a good idea! The results are in a format that we can't easily process, you can see them HERE.

The Derwent Duathlon sent in overall results, splits will follow shortly and we will get them loaded as soon as they arive. Winners there were Rob Baldock and Christine Howard.

GoBeyond Ultra's Mud and Mayhem Duathlon in Thetford Forest has also sent in a set of provisional results, you can see them HERE. The overall winner was Iain Robertson while Kate Scotter took the women's race.

The regular over-winter series of races at the Gravesend Cyclopark saw victory for Jens van den Brande (Tri Sport Epping) and Claire Elms (Crystal Palace). Full results are HERE.

Saturday's Tramore Duathlon in Ireland was postponed owing to roadworks affecting the course and transtion area, a date for the event will be published on the Irish Triathlon site as soon as they have figured one out.

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