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19th Jul 2013Issue 271

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Did you make it? If you did, congratulations - you really have earned it! What am I talking about? Qualification for the Great Britain Age Group team for the 2013 World Championships in Hyde Park this September of course.

The British Triathlon Championships Liverpool this past weekend brought the curtain down on what has been, by a long way, the most competitive serious of domestic Age Group races in the history of triathlon in the UK. I've had the pleasure of watching and/or working at more than half of the 'Road to London' qualification series of races across the Aquathlon, Sprint and Standard Distance qualifying disciplines, starting back with the Bedford Aquathlon in early May. Prior to Bedford the primary concern was would the water be warm enough to even swim in - how things change, as in Liverpool athletes were worried whether it would be a non-wetsuit swim! The depth of field at Box End that day was very strong - but little did we know that it would be just a glimpse of what we were in store for...

Having done all of that hard work, please do make sure you are keeping up to speed with the qualification payment deadlines, roll-down procedures and the like - yes, timescale's are quite tight and over the next two or three days you will have a small window in which to pay to secure your place, so do ensure you don't put your commitment and investment to waste by not following the correct process!

Will there be a 'legacy' from what we have seen this year? Clearly, the attraction of a home World Championship event is huge (for financial reasons, if nothing else), and it is unlikely that we will see as many athletes seeking to qualify for Edmonton, Canada next season. Despite that, it is my opinion that the British Championship races in Nottingham (Sprint) and Liverpool (Standard) this year have significantly raised the profile and status of that title which is something that - qualification race or not - I hope we will see repeated in 2014 and beyond.

And to all of you who have raced - whether you qualified or not - thank you for efforts, it has been a pleasure following you.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

All's well in the world! There's a bloke doing some bike ride in France who's togged out in yellow, some other bloke swatting flies in South West London seems to have broken a seventy-odd year dry spell and two Brits have shown the rest of the world that riding bikes up hills very quickly is something that triathletes can actually do very well. Oh, and it's lovely and sunny too. In fact it's a bit too warm for comfort... Bzzzzzrt... Flicker...

All's still well in the world! There's a bloke doing some bike ride in France who's still togged out in yellow, there's a bunch of Brits dressed up in long trousers showing the Australians how to play our national game and a whole bunch of Brits have shown the rest of the world that we really are quite good at all the different triathlon variations - even when they change the course from the test event to make it harder. Oh, and it's lovely and sunny too. In fact it's way too warm for comfort...

But, unlike last week, my nice shiny new computer doesn't seem in the least bit bothered and is running cooler than the water from our mains tap. Apologies for the gap in proceedings from this half of the editorial department - all I can say is that Apple's Time Machine is a miracle of software engineering and, even though it took six hours to re-build the terabyte of data it had backed up my new machine is now exactly back to the point at which the old one parted company. Even down to still having the first paragraph of last week's newsletter sat waiting in the buffer for me - awesome!

Now onto the racing...

One of the iconic events of the sport took place on Sunday in the form of the iron-distance Challenge Roth. The course is know for fast times and fast racing and didn't disappoint this time around either. Luxembourg's Dirk Bockel had the greatest race of his life to smash his way onto the all-time sub-eight hour list, while Switzerland Caroline Steffen just got the better of Yvonne Van Vlerken and Julia Gajer as that trio added themselves (yet again!) to the ladies sub-nine hour equivalent. We've got a report on the men's race HERE and the women HERE - along with these very funky 360 degree images! A strong performance an a huge PB time from Yvette Grice to take sixth position too.

Pos Men Women
1st Dirk Bockel (LUX) 7:52:01 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 8:40:35
2nd James Cunnama (RSA) 8:04:13 Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) 8:46:22
3rd Timo Bracht (GER) 8:08:18 Julia Gajer (GER) 8:51:04
4th Markus Fachbach (GER) 8:12:13 Katja Konschak (GER) 9:04:14
5th Miquel Blanchart (ESP) 8:13:25 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:09:00
6th Konstantin Bachor (GER) 8:17:55 Yvette Grice (GBR) 9:18:42

We've got all results uploaded for the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships at Den Haag (Elite, Junior, Age Group, U23, Para) and there's a roundup of the age group medals HERE, where Lesley Paterson added 2013 Elite Silver to 2012 Elite Gold while 'Caveman' Conrad Stolz made it three consecutive ITU Cross Champs wins. We've got full report from the event HERE as well.

Pos Men Women
1st Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:01:38 Helena Erbenova CZE 2:22:11
2nd Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:01:52 Lesley Paterson GBR 2:27:25
3rd Brice Daubord (FRA) 2:02:37 Chantell Widney CAN 2:30:43
4th Kris Coddens (BEL) 2:03:04 Renata Bucher SUI 2:34:16
5th Gonzalo Tellechea (ARG) 2:03:15 Jacqui Slack GBR 2:36:44
6th Tomas Jurkovic (SVK) 2:03:30 Riikka Kelja FIN 2:38:19
7th Victor Del Corral (ESP) 2:03:53 Carina Wasle AUT 2:41:23
8th Ben Allen (AUS) 2:05:18 Brigitta Poór HUN 2:41:36
9th Paul Embrechts (BEL) 2:07:06 Saskia Elemans 2:42:07
10th Diederik Scheltinga (NED)2:07:15 Amandine Galindo FRA 2:49:01

The British Triathlon Liverpool Festival (results are all HERE) may have been boiled down to a single day but the overall response seems to have been positive - read our report HERE - and there's now another happy bunch of qualifiers lined up for the World Championships in London in just a few weeks time. And the very next day Triathlon England rolled out its Middle Distance Championships at Cowman, results HERE, with Stephen Harrison and Tracey Cook (Primera) taking the overall wins.

The Ripon Triathlon saw a field of nearly 700 compete over standard distance at Ripon Racecourse. Winners here were Harry Springall (Richmond Tri Kudu) and Abey Lawrence (York Triathlon), full results are HERE. We think we've found the secret of the event's success though... ...it's sponsored by the Black Sheep Brewery and they do produce a very fine brew indeed - Riggwelter would be my personal choice but in this heat a drop of nicely cooled Golden Sheep would do just fine. Wonder if that's what the Brownlees drink... ...assuming alcohol ever passes their lips!

A tad further north was the Ullswater Triathlon (results HERE) where James Douglas (Arragons) and Sarah Kenny (Manchester Tri Club) took home the trophies.

For the second year the Jenson Button Triathlon took over part of the Luto Hoo estate to raise funds for his chosen charity. With its qualifier heats and wooden spoon races as well as the finals everyone has the chance to race twice and the action is fast and furious. Gavin Noble led the way in the final race with a slender advantage over Bryan Keane and Lawrence Fanous taking third. Current hot topic India Lee stormed the bike to make up time on Emma Pallant with Hannah Drewett in third. Full results of the finals are HERE - along with a report on the successful fund-raising element of the event HERE.

Those looking for slightly longer distances had F3's Maxifuel Marlow Middle Distance which saw an emphatic win by Tom Burkinshaw in the men's race but what can only be described as a rout by Outlaw Half winner Carol Bridge in the women's race - her advantage was over 30 minutes! Full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

The Orchardleigh Triathlon (results HERE) saw Justin Robins (Team Tri UK) and Katie Hellier (Wells City Harriers) claim victory while at the Buxton Triathlon (results HERE) honours went to Terry Greenwood and Hannah Peel (Sheffield Tri Club).

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!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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