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24th Jul 2013Issue 272

Welcome to the newsletter

It's that time of year again - coming up this weekend is the Virgin Active London Triathlon at ExCeL, the world's largest triathlon. Hopefully the current stunning weather can hold out for another few days and a great weekend of swim / bike / run action awaits, based at the London Docklands venue.

Every year something approaching 40% of the London Triathlon entrants are first-timers to the sport, a staggering statistic in itself, but also a very important one. While the sport is improving in terms of mainstream awareness and accessibility, events such as the Virgin Active London Triathlon provide a pathway and entry point for 'potential' triathletes to cross that threshold and take on their first event. And for many, it will be the first of....many. If you are going to be making your triathlon debut this weekend, best of luck to you.

Triathlon can at times be a complex sport, and when you add in the elements of the world's biggest event then the opportunities to mess up your day multiply. To help, we've updated our How to Succeed at the Virgin Active London Triathlon feature, our guide to help guide you through the day and make the very most of your race day experience. Even if you are a London veteran, don't rely on past experiences - there are some course changes in 2013.

Check out the site each day this week as we countdown to London...

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

It feels like it's Groundhog Day again... There's a British cyclist wearing yellow in Paris, nice job Mr Froome and the Sky team, a bunch of British guys wearing long trousers are spanking the Australians again and the GB elite triathlon squad kindly gave up a couple of slots on the podium so that the rest of the world didn't feel left out in Hamburg. Several years ago I (and a lot of others) used to think that the old ITU World Cup series was pretty boring and formulaic but that's changed beyond all recognition. A significant part of that change has been down to the Brownlees and their honest approach to racing. Saturday's Brownlee/Gomez showdown in Hamburg actually turned into a Brownlee on Brownlee showdown with a no holds barred race for the win -- hopefully we'll get to see more of the same in Hyde Park... The Team Triathlon event on Sunday was already pegged for a GB win but a prospective penalty for Alistair Brownlee was overshadowed by Non Stanford crashing on the bike and ending the team's chances, full story HERE.

While events in Hamburg dominated the international attention this weekend, there were plenty of other interesting races too. We had British athletes making impressive debuts over the standard distance, an Ironman World Champion winning again and two British long distance women continuing their road to full recovery after a long period away from racing action with injury.

International roundup

Our coverage of the ITU World Triathlon Series Hamburg is all linked below, do check out the final Brownlee sprint:

Pos Men Women
1 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 51:05 Anne Haug (GER) 57:21
2 Alistair Brownlee (ESP) 51:05 Non Stanford (GBR) 57:35
3 Javier Gomez (ESP) 51:14 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 57:36
4 Richard Murray (RSA) 51:42 Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 57:40
5 Mario Mola (ESP) 51:46 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 57:41
6 Sven Riederer (SUI) 51:50 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 58:03
7 Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 51:53 Emma Jackson (AUS) 58:12
8 Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 51:55 Anja Knapp (GER) 58:18
9 Ryan Sissons (NZL) 52:00 Hanna Philippin (GER) 58:19
10 Jan Frodeno (GER) 52:02 Alice Betto (ITA) 58:20

Report and video from ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships -- an exciting event which unfortunately saw Non Stanford crash out -- online HERE.

Pos Country
1 Germany 1:17:55
2 New Zealand 1:18:14
3 USA 1:18:19
4 Australia 1:18:33
5 France 1:18:49

In an ITU weekend dominated by events in Hamburg, some encouraging results in Geneva for the 'next generation' at the ITU European Cup in Geneva. The still Juniors athletes Gordon Benson and Marc Austin raced in their first standard distance events and both made the podium too - a fine effort from two athletes who regular readers will note are increasingly producing great performances in big races. Their development into senior athletes has several years to go yet - but currently they appear to be heading in exactly the right direction. We'll continue to keep an eye on them.

Pos Men Women
1 Aurelien Lebrun (FRA) 1:57:37 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:13:51
2 Gordon Benson (GBR) 1:58:38 Anne Tabarant (FRA) 2:15:19
3 Marc Austin (GBR) 1:58:49 Charlotte Morel (FRA) 2:15:37
4 Anthony Pujades (FRA) 1:59:11 Maria Ortega De Miguel (ESP) 2:17:12
5 Andrea Salvisburg (SUI) 1:59:45 Celine Schaerer (SUI) 2:18:18

Great to see Cat Morrison's return to form, fitness and racing continue with third place in a very close race at Ironman 70.3 Racine. Mixing it at the front with such class athletes as Angela Naeth (CAN) and Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) can only bode well for the second half of her season. Having spent so long on the sidelines with injury, she deserves it.

Pos Men Women
1 Martin Jensen (DEN) 3:47:05 Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:15:00
2 Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:48:34 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:15:51
3 Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 3:51:22 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 4:16:04
4 Tim Reed (AUS) 3:53:21 Barbara Riveros (CHI) 4:18:41
5 Paul Ambrose (AUS) 3:53:28 Haly Chura (USA) 4:22:24

Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander (AUS) edged away from Luke Bell on the run at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens to take a narrow win, while Meredith Kessler did the same to Melanie McQuaid (CAN) - though in her case, to a more than five minute victory margin.

Pos Men Women
1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:55:23 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:18:05
2 Luke Bell (AUS) 3:55:59 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 4:23:22
3 Elliot Holtham (CAN) 3:59:40 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:33:42
4 Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:04:44 Jeannie Seymour (RSA) 4:36:41
5 Matt Lieto (USA) 4:07:13 Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 4:42:30

"Super fun to race today. It hurt but in a good way. Knee and foot felt ok!" - so said Julie Dibens after the XTERRA Mountain Championships. She, like Cat Morrison mentioned above, has missed so much time out of racing due to long term, serious injury. Julie finished seventh in Beaver Creek, Colorado. FULL RESULTS

Pos Men Women
1 Josiah Middaugh 2:08:00 Shonny Vandlandingham 2:29:51
2 Brabden Rakita 2:13:56 Danelle Kabush 2:31:39
3 Ben Hoffman 2:14:20 Kelley Cullen 2:33:38
4 Cody Waite 2:15:38 Suzie Snyder 2:34:02
5 Ryan Ignatz 2:16:32 Emma Garrard 2:36:25
6 Kyle Leto 2:17:31 Flora Duffy 2:38:07
7 Dan Hugo 2:21:31 Julie Dibens 2:38:32

Domestic racing

We highlighted the Vachery Triathlon as an event to watch and the racing there certainly didn't disappoint. With the Vachery Pond warm enough to take a bath in wetsuits were deemed 'optional' for the middle distance event and banned for the standard and sprint races. And that was at 7am... After a deceptively overcast start to the morning the sun broke through and by the time all three races were getting into the run section the sun was scorching. Rhys Davey lead out of the swim with a comfortable buffer over Joe Skipper but the two-lap bike included a small lump called Leith Hill and Sam Gardner's local knowledge saw him start to make inroads before the two lap run took its toll on both Davey and Gardner allowing Skipper to build a six minute lead at the finish. The women's field was a bit harder to track after Lucy Gossage dumped her chip in T1 but one thing was clear from the off, the girls were set on kicking an awful lot of butt! Lucy took the win in sixth place overall with Holly Lawrence hard on her heels and Susie Hignett rounding out the podium places with just Phil Westoby getting into the sandwich. Charles Pennington (Royal Navy) took a confident win in the standard distance ahead of the evergreen Colin Dixon with Louise Fox (Thames Valley Triathletes) topping the women's field. Full results HERE for all three distances.

Vachery Triathlon Middle Distance 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Joe Skipper 3:48:20 Lucy Gossage 4:04:22
2nd Rhys Davey 3:52:07 Holly Lawrence 4:04:30
3rd Sam Gardner 3:53:28 Susie Hignett 4:07:24

Vachery Triathlon Standard Distance 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Charles Pennington 2:05:20 Louise Fox 2:23:15
2nd Colin Dixon 2:08:42 Nicole Walters 2:28:36
3rd Anthony Baker 2:15:30 Faith Cripps 2:33:22

Vachery Triathlon Sprint Distance 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Lee Cook 1:02:00 Claire Cunningham 1:10:01
2nd Ben Osborn 1:04:25 Georgina Hellier 1:11:00
3rd Andrew Hailey 1:04:52 Colette Kitterhing 1:15:49

Another hot weekend of action at Dorney Lake, this time under Votwo's Gatorade Eton Dorney banners. Pierre Roblot (Team MK) and Anna Jenkins (Oxford Tri) took the wins at standard distance and you can check out all the results HERE. Votwo have a midweek race at the venue this Wednesday and with the weather looking to cool a bit it's an idea way to break up the working week - you could even grab a drink at the Pineapple afterwards but do please park responsibly if you do...

Portsmouth Triathletes celebrated 25 years by re-introducing the Waterlooville Triathlon, once a staple of the South East club racing scene. Despite facing a number of high profile local events clashing with the date and a subsequently reduced field the event saw Peter Campbell (Portsmouth Triathletes) and Ruth Thom (Salisbury Tri Club) claim victory in what one hope may be a revival of the race for future years. Full results are HERE.

Not quite in the quarter century club but an established race nonetheless, the Wilkins Kennedy Grays Triathlon clocked up thirteen years. The organisers dropped in a set of results (HERE) along with this brief report:

"The Grays Triathlon was full many weeks before the closing date with a mix of novice and experienced triathletes. An overcast morning didn't dampen the atmosphere as the athletes were encouraged throughout the bike and run sections by the enthusiastic volunteer marshals from East Essex Triathlon Club. As the morning progressed it was clear that there was going to be a hotly contested male and female race. Paul Hart from the host club, competing in his first Grays triathlon, held off the challenge from the top athletes from neighbouring clubs to win the male race by 24 seconds in a time of 56:48. The ladies section was equally well contested with East Essex Triathlon Club captain Zena Shean fending off the challenge from fellow club member Anna Meggitt by five seconds. Zena's daughter Hannah Shean, competing in the youth category is quickly catching her mother and is certainly an athlete to watch for the future, as is Christian Gray who had another excellent race easily winning the Male Youth category."

Doubling up on an existing event is a well-proven way of attracting a new crowd - although it's usually done the other way round to fill out the field! The Cleveland Steelman has been around for many years so the Double Steelman was a whole new venture and the first solo competitor over the line was Phil Coulson with Melanie Langer the first woman - the race was actually won by a home club team. Full results are HERE.

Dengie Events offered standard and sprint distance options at their Maldon Triathlon. The standard was won by Pete Dyson and Anna Ferguson (Serpentine), results HERE, while the sprint saw victory for Adrian Berry (Team Awesome) and Jane Archer (Finish Strong Racing), results 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!

FULL WEEKEND RESULTS LISTINGS

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