Tri247 Newsletter


11th Nov 2013Issue 283

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It's not often (ok, it's never happened before!), that you get provided with a quite amazing view of the London skyline for a bike launch, but that's what we were treated to this week when Boardman Bikes held their Elite Series range reveal on the 31st floor of Centrepoint. As well as a tech-fest of bikes (you can see them all HERE), we also got to sit down and talk 'tri' with 2012 Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs. A very interesting, informative and insightful conversation it was too. Pete may have performed well below expectations last month, but he expects to be back on all cylinders and winning in Kona "several times" more before the end of his career. He had some particular thoughts on exactly what it takes to win the Ironman World Championship too - we'd highly recommend setting aside a few minutes of your time and watching the interview to find out more.

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Weekend action


International Racing

Ironman 70.3 Mandurah doubled as the Australian Pro Champs, but it was the in-form and pre-race favourite from New Zealand, Terenzo Bozzone, who would cross the line in first place. Annabel Luxford managed to inflict a rare 70.3 defeat on World Champion Melissa Hauschildt in Cozumel in September, but she would not be able to repeat that as the dominant Hauschildt also ensured that the favourite tag on the female side would also be reflected on the top step of the podium.

Pos Men Women
1st Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:42:59 Melissa Hauschilldt (AUS) 4:03:46
2nd Tim Berkel (AUS) 3:44:31 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 4:07:15
3rd Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:45:02 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:10:20

Showing 'bounce-back-ability' of the highest order, just a week after setting the fastest Ironman bike split in history and finish second (and under eight hours) at Ironman Florida, Andrew Starykowicz (USA) used another punishing bike split to set up victory this time around at Rev3 Florida, held over the half-iron distance. Great Britain's Tim Don ended his first season over the longer distances with a seventh place finish. The ever busy Meredith Kessler (USA) added another win to her CV in the women's event.

Pos Men Women
1st Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:47:50 Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:11:48
2nd Ritchie Cunningham (AUS) 3:49:46 Lauren Goss (USA) 4:16:46
3rd Eric Limkemann (USA) 3:50:05 Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:21:20

Domestic Action

OK, so the RG Active Winter BallBuster's required transiting of Box Hill five times is something of a silly way to spend a Saturday morning but, unless those lined up at the start (plus all the usual late arrivals trying to register and rack in the time it takes a CEO to go "three, two, one") had been studying the forecast as carefully as the crew, a bit of a shock was in store. A cool, clear overnight had robbed the air of any warmth and then the rain started... What had been a beautiful Autumnal view across the North Downs turned into a grey, damp and chilly cloud. The retiree rate was highest among those who had paid least attention to the "think about your kit" message - and even included Wayne Smith who was making an attempt on the long-standing course record of 2:34:40 set by Garry Gerrard back in 2001. At the line it was Andrew Greenleaf (Serpentine), appropriately wearing #1, who came very close and, given nicer conditions might well have done it - as it was it's two from two for him as he won last year's event. Clare Miller had a fairly comfortable lead in the women's race - her closest chaser was the all-female RG Active team. Full results are HERE.

Saturday's off-road offering (although judging by the state of our kit after BallBuster it was borderline there in parts!) was the Evil Sheriff Duathlon in Sherwood Forest. Karl Webster (Derbyshire Police) was the winner with Fay Cripps (Southdown Bikes) picking up the women's trophy - Fay's having a great start to her winter campaign. Full results are online HERE.

Sunday's Anglian Water Duathlon organised by Nicetri Events at Grafham Water was also a qualifier for the ETU Sprint Duathlon Championships and there may be a new star rising as Keiran Savage, still listed as a Youth, took the win ahead of Phil Holland (Team Corley Cycles) thanks to two outstanding run legs. Jessica Earp led the women's field home, full results are HERE.

Also keeping to the tarmac rather than the slippy stuff was the Hillingdon Autumn Sprint Duathlon where David Knight (Hillingdon Triathletes) took the overall win for the home team with Sophie Kirk (Imperial College Tri Club) leading the women's field. Full results are HERE for the men and HERE for the women.. The results for the TriStar event are also available HERE.

The Delapre Abbey edition of GoBeyond's Mud & Mayhem Duathlon recorded wins for Rob Parry (Crystal Palace Triathletes) and Claire Shea-Simonds (Racetime Events) with provisional results on their website HERE. The 10k trail run victories went to Michael Salisbury and Jemma Burke, results are HERE and we have a report from the event HERE.

Off-road again in the Lake District for the Whinlatter Off Road Duathlon where Andrew Douglas (The Bike Tree) and Julie Fewster (Gibbs World Domination) took individual titles with the team prize going to Hume / Wrigley from Keswick Bikes. Full results are HERE.

The off-season is a great time for athletes to try something a bit different - and for organisers to experiment too. A week or so we had a paddleboard triathlon and Sunday saw the South Yorkshire Canoe Triathlon where Robert Jackson and Angela Hannon were the first to take wins at this new hybrid. Full results are 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!


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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/Navy/White and Cream/Rad/Black.

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 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: socialise

TTH Weekly Training Tip

Despite the growing numbers of triathletes joining clubs and going on training camps - not to mention racing - the winter months can be a rather more solitary affair. There's riding alone on the turbo trainer, those long solo runs to build an endurance base for next season and those technique sets at the pool. And, for those with an early-season iron-distance event on their schedule, it can get a little lonely at times. But it doesn't need to...

With all the cool tech we have at our disposal these days there's no reason not to share what you are doing with others and, in return, share their experiences too. And we're not just talking the obvious Twitter and Facebook here. Why not share your training runs and rides with others through one of the many upload sites like Garmin's Connect or Polar's Flow web service and more besides. Triathlon is a worldwide community and it's amazing the amount of resource that's out there - you just need to socialise a bit to find it.



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