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21st Oct 2013Issue 281

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What a week it's been - is it really just over seven days since the annual (almost!) 'all-nighter' to watch the Ironman World Championships live from Kona? A cracking race it was and two worthy winners in the form of Frederik Van Lierde and Mirinda Carfrae, with Rinny breaking the run course record yet again and setting a new course record for Kona too. Superb racing from Brits Rachel Joyce and Liz Blatchford to complete the podium too.

It's wasn't just the Pro's either, as British and Irish Age Group athletes excelled (you can see all of their results on these links: MEN | WOMEN). The fastest female Age Grouper overall was Great Britain's Catherine Faux, a performance which leads us to call her Catherine the Great(est)!

One week on though and the racing continues - and this weekend it was Stuart Hayes making the headlines with a win in the U.S. and a very nice cheque to show for his efforts stateside this season.

Triathlon isn't all about the elite though - for a great story, check out this 'from coach potato to triathlete' story - and then see if you have any excuses if you've been slacking off a bit of late...

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Weekend action


While some of us are enjoying post-season downtime (wine, beer, food and feet up...the Get out of Shape phase!), plenty more of you are busy racing. Here is a roundup from the weekend, which included a very productive Sunday for 2012 Olympian Stuart Hayes.

International Racing

Great Britain's Stuart Hayes enjoyed a superb finish to his 2013 season - and possibly one of the best wins of his career - by taking victory yesterday at the Life Time Tri Oceanside, the final round of the Life Time Tri Series - read the full report HERE. Full results are also available HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:48:43 Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:34
2nd Eric Lagerstrom (USA) 1:48:55 Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 1:59:53
3rd Cameron Dye (USA) 1:48:57 Lauren Goss (USA) 2:01:42
4th Joe Maloy (USA) 1:49:00 Sara McLarty (USA) 2:02:32
5th Ben Collins (USA) 1:49:49 Jennifer Spieldenner 2:03:19

Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie was, not surprisingly, dominated by Australians and both winners crushed their opposition on the bike to take the wins.

Pos Men Women
1st Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:565:48 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 4:30:49
2nd Sam Appleton (AUS) 4:00:11 Andrea Forrest (AUS) 4:40:54
3rd Joseph Lampe (AUS) 4:01:35 Holly Ranson (AUS) 4:52:52

Domestic Racing - Saturday

The Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire was the venue for Saturday's Althorp Duathlon, held over both Sprint (Results) and Standard (Results) distances - the former also a qualifier for the 2014 ETU Sprint Duathlon Champs.

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Ellis (RAF Tri) 1:08:06 Charlotte Taylor (Warwick Uni Tri) 1:11:42
2nd Ben Cockburn 1:09:17 Gill Fullen (Bedford Harriers AC) 1:14:58
3rd Peter Hawkins 1:09:31 Jennifer Douglas 1:17:02
Pos Men Women
1st Duncan Bullock 2:02:50 Katie Sherwood (Cambridge & Coleridge AC) 2:19:44
2nd Dean Kirkham (Real Fitness RT) 2:05:40 Fran Bungay (Tripurbeck) 2:21:58
3rd Eoin O Flynn (Warwick Uni Tri) 2:06:34 Louise Dobby 2:24:23

The off-road conditions at the Grim Duathlon didn't stop Roger Fowkes (Hillingdon Triathletes) and Sarah Whelan taking the wins in Aldershot - full results HERE.

The Stroud Duathlon at Woodchester Park was another muddy affair, this time the victors were Chris Stuart (Army Tri) and Victoria Wilkinson ( - full results HERE.

While the adults were in duathlon mode across the weekend, there were plenty of kids racing the Helston Mini Triathlon, full results of which can be found HERE.

Domestic Racing - Sunday

The Chilham Castle Duathlon featured Sprint (Results) and Standard (Results) distance events, where the podium finishers overall were:

Pos Men Women
1st Peter Gibson 1:21:34 Hayley Trevelyan 1:36:13
2nd Joel Hodges 1:21:55 Susan Hoskins 1:40:38
3rd Stuart McLeod 1:23:37 Victoria Stirla 1:41:49
Pos Men Women
1st David Irvine 2:20:56 Victoria Kenny 2:28:19
2nd Nic Green 2:23:05 Christine Costiff 2:42:38
3rd Stefan Gremmens 2:23:24 Margaret Hollamby 2:51:23

The popular Thruxton Mass Attack Duathlon saw multiple Ballbuster winner Wayne Smith (Team Feat) taking another win, proving years don't seem to be slowing him down. Another Ballbuster veteran Helen Dyke took the women's top spot. Full results HERE.

Wet weather and a daunting title didn't deter entrants from the Lungbuster Duathlon - Ben Price and Kate McNeill taking the honours. Results HERE.

Sunday's off-road racing was the Black Park Duathlon which saw former XTERRA winner Ian Leitch dominate the field, as did Fay Cripps for the women. Results HERE.

In amongst all the duathlon racing there was triathlon action at the St. Lukes Hospice Triathlon - results HERE - where Ali Henry and Tracy Brown were clear winners.

Check out the rest of the weekend's results on the link below, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!


#GBKONA 2013 Coverage

Improve your mountain bike skills and help raise money for Macmillan

In January Melanie Berry will be trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro to raise money for Macmillan. Like most trips, this means the need to raise a large amount of money. As part of her fundraising she is hooking up with Diamondback pro mountain bike rider Duncan McCann to run two skills courses at Sherwood Pines on Sunday 17th November.

Session 1 is from 10am to 12pm and is aimed at juniors, parents and beginners while the second session runs from 1pm to 3pm and is for intermediate and advanced riders. The cost is £15 with all the money going to Macmillan. To book a place please email and then donate £15 per person on her Just Giving website.

Weekly Training Tip: overnight bike racking

TTH Weekly Training Tip

It may seem like an odd thing to be talking about as the triathlon season ends and we head into late Autumn but lots of Brits race abroad through the winter and the chances are it will be hotter wherever you are going! If you are racking your bike the day before your race, make sure to let a decent amount of air out of your tyres. If the sun is shinning early on race morning, and your tyres are at race pressure, you will most likely find yourself changing a flat on the morning of the race!

And it's not all about heat either: if the weather looks like rain (or even a heavy dew) then it's worth 'bagging' your saddle and rear mech to keep the worst off. Do beware of full bike covers though: they look great until the wind turns them into a sail...

Boardman talks bike, Kona & more

We talked to cycling legend Chris Boardman in Kona his new TT/Triathlon bike, the development process, the Brownlee brothers and much more. Well worth a reading the FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

Ironman UK Mega Montage Video and race coverage

It's one of our biggest and best ever - our Mega Monatge Video highlights of the 2013 Ironman UK - WATCH HERE!

Catherine the Great(est) - how Catherine Faux smashed Kona

Probably the best female Age Group Ironman performance in history? Check out GB Age Grouper Catherine Faux produced a truly stunning performance to win the Ironman World Championship with this IN DEPTH REVIEW HERE.

The Get out of Shape Phase

Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up - Simon Ward looks at end of season recovery and suggest you need to 'get out of shape' - CLICK HERE for more.



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