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31st May 2013Issue 267

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There seems to be a bit of role reversal going on this weekend. As I look at the (hopefully correct, as I'm heading there shortly!), forecast of a weekend of sunshine ahead of a big weekend of domestic racing in Nottingham for the British Age Group Sprint Championships and the Outlaw Half, trying to keep up with the number of big European events been shortened of having swim sections cancelled is becoming a full time job! To Ironman 70.3 Austria last weekend, we can add Ironman 70.3 Switzerland this coming Sunday - plus the ITU World Long Distance Championships in France - as an increasing number of major European Triathlons being converted to Duathlons instead. Racing in Switzerland for the first time (in a triathlon at least...) for many years is 2010 World Time Trial Champion and Beijing Olympic Silver medal winner Emma Pooley. Emma is the subject of our big interview this week, and had some interesting thoughts on the attractions of triathlons versus the world of women's professional cycling. Well worth a read.

One domestic event that did benefit from great weather last weekend was the Grendon Triathlon, and we were there to check it out and have an extensive photo galley online, do check it out if you were there - and make sure you tag yourself!

One international race that shouldn't be too impacted by weather (though does anyone remember the 2008 monsoon?!), is the World Triathlon Series Madrid. The British team is headed by Jonathan Brownlee and Non Stanford who both took clinical victories last weekend in the first French Grand Prix of the season. With twice World Champion Helen Jenkins still out with injury, the emergence of Stanford and Jodie Stimpson as podium athletes at the WTS level has been one of the highlights of the season from a British Elite perspective this year. What chance of twin British victories in Casa de Campo park this weekend? Good luck all.

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Weekend action

The dog has finally given in: 3am is clearly too early for him to have breakfast! In fact it's too early for anything really other than firing up the Nespresso machine and mainlining Ristretto... Yes, it has been that kind of a weekend and despite reports from Powerman Germany that the bike had to be cancelled because of ... wait for it ... SNOW! we have actually enjoyed a sunny and even pretty warm couple of days watching triathletes do their thing. So, what went down?

International Action

Another Brownlee start, another Brownlee win - this time at the French Grand Prix Dunkerque. A British double too with a clear win for Non Stanford and arguably a 'performance of the day' award to fourth placed Marc Austin. Full details HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Jonathan Brownlee 55:03 Non Stanford 1:00:07
2nd Mario Mola 55:17 Andrea Hewitt 1:01:06
3rd Aurelien Raphael 55:29 Jessica Harrison 1:01:06
4th Marc Austin 55:38 Alice Betto 1:01:10
5th Anthony Pujades 55:45 Svenja Bazlen 1:01:15

After that Powerman Germany bike cancellation - yes, they 'just' ran (HERE), Ironman 70.3 Austria, St Pölten suffered from a swim cancellation, making it a bike-run. Full details and report HERE, where Bart Aernouts (BEL) and the controversial Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) crossed the line first.

Pos Men Women
1st Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:22:35 Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 3:49:55
2nd Andi Böcherer (GER) 3:24:45 Eva Nystrom (SWE) 3:51:30
3rd Eneko Llanos (ESP) 3:26:44 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 3:51:35
4th Dorian Wagner (GER) 3:32:14 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 3:56:27
5th Ruedi Wild (SUI) 3:33:38 Julia Gajer (GER) 3:57:00
6th Rinalds Sluckis (LVA) 3:34:48 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 3:57:40
7th Reto Stutz (SUI) 3:35:30 Anja Beranek (GER) 3:57:46
8th Bart Colpaert (BEL) 3:38:30 Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:01:40
9th Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3:38:43 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 4:02:50
10th Georg Swoboda (AUT) 3:38:53 Sophie De Groote (BEL) 4:03:49

Chris McCormack completed his European visit with a win at Challenge Rimini in Italy after racing Challenge Barcelona last week. A tough race with some challenging weather conditions by all accounts. Full results: MEN | LADIES. You can check out the McCormack sprint finish to get the better of home athlete Fontana in the video HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Chris McCormack (AUS) 4:01:57 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:39:34
2nd Daniel Fontana (ITA) 4:02:00 Diana Riesler (GER) 4:41:36
3rd Alessandra Degasperi (ITA) 4:03:41 Camilla Lindholm (SWE) 4:44:32

Fast racing at Ironman Brazil too where both Timothy O'Donnell and Amanda Stevens recorded their first Ironman wins.

Pos Men Women
1st Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 8:01:32 Amanda Stevens (USA) 9:05:53
2nd Igor Amorelli (BRA) 8:19:14 Sara Gross (CAN) 9:08:38
3rd Stefan Schmid (GER) 8:25:02 Jessie Donovan (USA) 9:10:29

Domestic Racing

Saturday's opening shot at Dorney Lake was the Dorney SuperSprint with Brian Glynn (University of Bath Triathlon Club) and Sarah Gailey (Ful-on Tri) turning in the fastest times. Full results for that one are HERE.

Having run a series of duathlons at the venue over the winter months it was time for the Salty Sea Dog series at Boscombe Pier to switch to triathlon format. Sam Durrant and Gemma Marshall set the benchmarks in the sprint distance race (results HERE) while Karl Bonner and Louise Nixon did the business in the supersprint event (results HERE).

We've already done the report on the second of OpenWaterSwim's aquathlon's but the results from the third of the World Championship qualifiers, the RedVenom/Try-it Aquathon held at Hetton Lyons Park, are now available HERE. The venue also hosted the NETT Children's Triathlon but this was converted to a duathlon (results HERE) as the water temperature was too low for the younger ones. You can also find the report and video from the RedVenom event HERE.

Sunday saw the Hercules Triathlon at Welwyn with a choice of distances plus a sportive and a swim thrown in for good measure. All the results are up on the StuWeb site HERE with links in place.

Dorney Lake also had a great mix of draft-legal racing with the BTF Youth and Junior Super Series events showcasing some up-and-coming talent (and removing a fair bit of skin too...) followed by the Wiggle Tri Challenge with sprint, 3Quarter and standard distance races. Full results for all these are linked HERE, we'll get the full files uploaded later in the week.

Arundel Lido has to be one of those extremely lucky venues with a view of historic significance. Like Windsor, there's a great big castle in the background and it's pretty as well. The Raw Energy guys always put on a great event and the winners in the longer distance race were the evergreen Colin Dixon and Anne Sydenham (Chichester Westgate) while Phil Melling (Huub TFN RT) and Susan Parker cleaned up in the sprint. Full results are online HERE.

Castles of a different kind were in evidence at the Irish edition of the Castles Triathlon series - the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon in Galway hosted a range of distances and all the results are on the StuWeb site HERE, along with a full report and pictures HERE.

Off-road triathlon returned to the UK after its tour of the Pacific with the Tear Jerker at Elveden Estate. Doug Hall (Xtri Series) took the win with Kate Scotter (Tri-Anglia) the fastest woman. All the results are HERE, you need to click through to get the splits.

Dorney Lake finished up its second three-day weekend on Sunday morning with around 1,400 people entered for the Open Water Swim series featuring the 'marathon' of open water events, the 10k. Over 220 people completed that one with the fastest times going to Joe Middleton in 2:05:01 and Severine Vielvoye in 2:16:37. Full results for all the distances are HERE.

If you weren't sure about it being a Bank Holiday a quick check on the bacon baguette queue at Hampton Pool would have confirmed it was indeed another Thames Turbo event. Jamie Hinton and Liz Pinches were the winners and full results are HERE.

A large turnout, a European Age Group Qualifier plus the Varsity Triathlon event ensured that the Grendon Triathlon on Sunday was a busy one - and fine weather made it an excellent day. Full results HERE, where Sophia Saller (Oxford University Tri Club) and Nick Bundle (One Triathlon RDS) were the fastest over the Sprint Distance event. We've got an extensive photo gallery form the event online - check it out HERE - and if you are in it, do tag yourself!

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Trident at Newby Hall

The next race to be held at Newby Hall is the Trident Standard Distance Triathlon - 16 June 2013. This is the perfect race if you have been thinking about taking up the challenge of a standard distance. A downstream river swim, flat safe bike and run course. Free entry into Newby Hall after the race for you and the family and free camping also available. So why not make a weekend of it. Find out more here.

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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

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