Tri247 Newsletter


7th Nov 2013Issue 282

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As the fireworks disappear and the bonfires are now just ashes, November will soon become December and before you know it the new year will be upon us. Before wishing our life away however... we think it is well worth starting to look back on another year in the sport, one which - par for the course in recent years - has been a good one for British athletes. The Brownlee brothers won six of the eight ITU WTS events between them, yet Javier Gomez was still able to pip them to the World Championship title. No problem... Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson stepped up to the mark in the ladies ranking with a Gold and Silver for the year. At Junior and Under-23 level, male and female, across all of the disciplines, the signs for the future are strong too - here is our annual summary of GB World and European Championship Elite medals. The Great Britain Paratriathlon team continue set the standards too, and we recognise their World and European Championship medals too. They say "success breeds success", and that would certainly appear to be true in Great Britain right now.

With our 'history' hat on, the (very speedy!) events of Ironman Florida at the weekend meant a busy Monday for your Editor in updating his extensive iron-stats archive. With three men finishing under eight hours and three women under nine, the definitive 'Sub-8 Club' and 'Sub-9 Club' records took another battering in what has been a record breaking year for both, while kudos is due to GB's Joe Skipper. Tenth place in the race may not grab the obvious headlines, but an 8:17:27 finishing time makes him the seventh fastest British iron-distance athlete in history. A fine effort Joe, keep up the good work.

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Weekend action

Headline results from the weekend include Ironman legend Marino Vanhoenacker back to winning ways at the Ocean Lava event in Lanzarote - always a class act and one of the fastest full distance racers in the World - while the women's race went to Maja Stage. There's a brief report HERE from John Lunt with the full results available HERE.

Pos MenWomen
1st Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 4:22:35Maja Stage (DEN) 5:00:45
2nd Peru Alfaro (ESP) 4:29:08Bella Bayliss (GRB) 5:05:59
3rd Johann Ackermann (GER) 4:33:01Nicole Woysch (GER) 5:17:08

Last Saturday may have been a bit of a write-off for Fay Cripps - the Triathlon England Cross Duathlon Championships that were declared void - but the chance to let off steam in Swinley Forest at the Muddy Mo Run saw her lead the ladies field home over 10k. Lots of very dodgy 'mos' (some of them apparently growing rather that stuck or drawn), and some very brave costumes - none more so than the bright green mankini. Full results are HERE.

The Brooks Hell Runner series opened with Hell up North with over 2,500 getting very wet and muddy indeed. Full results are online HERE.

The Bath Duathlon was won by Richard Hancock (NiceTri) and Daisy Sweeney (Mendip Triathlon), full results for the main race are HERE, you can get the TriStar results through this link.

Ironman Florida saw one of the 'the' fast days in Ironman history, as Victor Del Corral was the first of three men to go sub-8 on a record-breaking day with Yvonne van Vlerken heading a women's field that also saw the top three break nine hours. You can check out our full review of all of the stats HERE. In finishing tenth, Joe Skipper became the seventh fastest GB iron-distance athlete ever - congratulations Joe.

Pos Male Female
1st Victor Del Corral 7:53:12 Yvonne van Vlerken 8:43:07
2nd Andrew Starykowicz 7:55:22 Ashley Clifford 8:49:03
3rd Filip Ospaly 7:58:44 Erika Csomor 8:56:41

Ironman 70.3 Taiwan was hit by heavy overnight rain and switched to a duathlon format - the swim was replaced by a 6k run. Frederik Croneborg (SWE) and Michelle Wu (AUS) took the honours.

Pos Male Female
1st Frederik Croneborg (SWE) 4:01:14 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:28:13
2nd Guy Crawford (NZL) 4:10:10 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:35:55
3rd Hiroyuki Nishiuchi (JPN) 4:19:12 Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:37:56

The Autumn edition of Results Triathlon's Rempstone Roast MTB Duathlon was won by Greg Shrosbree and Sarah Woods (Wight Tri). A full set of results are HERE.

At the Gravesend Cyclopark Autumn Duathlon the individual race was won by Sam Proctor (Dartford WhiteOak) and Elizabeth Williams (Greenwich Tritons). The venue was also the setting for the South East Relay Duathlon and Greenwich Tritons picked up this one with their male team headed by Robert Baker. The fastest women's team was led by Hayley Hawes from East Essex Tri.


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!


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The return of the festive jumper!

It's back! The Tri Training Harder essential festive fun winter warmer jumper for the rest day on the 25th of December. Featuring a swimming, cycling, running snowman (complete with disk wheel!) their novelty winter jumpers come in two colour combinations. Red/black/white and Cream/read/navy.

Secure one in time for Christmas by checking out their website here.

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 Diamonback 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: ride clean

TTH Weekly Training Tip

No, it's nothing to do with drugs... The weather is taking a turn for the worse and, being Britain, that means that the roads will be getting wet and mucky. There's nothing worse than going out for a group ride and ending up looking like some sort of swamp monster with a face covered in road filth because the guy in front doesn't have a mudguard. Be polite: invest in a set of basic mudguards for your winter training bike (no, that beautiful white Cervelo isn't meant to be a winter hack) and keep both your own kit and the faces of those behind you nice and clean.

And, another useful tip, pack some wet wipes in your riding kit - these can not only clean you down a bit but they are really good as a first line of attack in cleaning the grime off your bike as well.



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