Tri247 Newsletter


26th Nov 2013Issue 285

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Sometimes things just make sense. When it comes to swimming, I'm like many a triathlete that originated from a running background...not exactly exceptional in the pool! I also find it hard enough to do one stroke properly, let alone try the 'others', and yes, the pull buoy is most definitely my best friend! As a triathlete, should I even try backstroke or - gasp - butterfly? For details not just on why, but how, check out this great article called the Triathlon Medley from Dan Bullock. Now Dan doesn't think that perfecting any of the other strokes is your route to triathlon (Front Crawl) success, but he does make a very reasoned, logical and balanced argument as to how elements of those strokes could and perhaps should be a regular part of your training at this time of year. It's well worth a read if you are looking to add some variety to you Winter pool time.

As it is that time of year, and you well earned off-season might well be coming to an end, we also looked this week at getting back into shape. After a few weeks off it might feel a little harder than you hoped or remembered, but don't worry, Simon Ward has some solutions to help get you back on track.

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Hopefully the effects of delivering a massive interview to John Levison weren't too much of a strain for Dr T as she was third on the podium at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon! There are quite a few GBR identified athletes in the results - we're guessing most of them are living and working in the region rather than just making the trip for the race.

Pos Male Female
1 Ruedi Wild (SUI) 2:34:41 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 2:45:24
2 Massimo Cigana (ITA) 2:36:44 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:46:53
3 Simon Agoston (AUT) 2:38:46 Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 2:51:02

The slightly less sunny shores of Gosport saw the first of the Winter series of Salty Sea Dog duathlons and Peter Campbell (Portsmouth Triathletes) and Emma Underwood made their mark in the sprint distance, full results HERE. In the Supersprint distance the wins went to Jack Loveday (Optimus) and Gemma Fromage-Crawford, results are HERE.

The Cerist Aquathlon was the last race in their season-long series of events and saw wins for Dylan Jones and Anita Saycell. Full results are HERE.

There was tough competition at Castle Combe yesterday at the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Duathlon, held as part of the 9Bar Chilly Duathlon at the racing circuit.

First across the line for the men was Oli Mott (Cardiff Metropolitan University), but he would shortly afterwards be disqualified for incorrectly racking his bike in T2. That meant that the win went to the current World Under-23 Duathlon Champion Richard Horton, who just 12 hours or so earlier was collecting the British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year award in Birmingham. With five athletes in the top eight finishers, Loughborough University were the clear team champions, alongside Richard's individual gold.

The women were lead home by Charlotte Taylor (University of Warwick) - a World AG Champion in London - ahead of Sophia Saller and Vicky Johnston. Current World Junior Duathlon Champion, Georgina Schwiening was fifth. It was a team gold for Loughborough in the women's event to complete the double. Full event results are HERE.

Pos Men Women
1st Richard Horton (Loughborough Uni) 42:26 Charlotte Taylor (University of Warwick) 48:31
2nd Chris Carter (St Mary's University College) 43:14 Sophia Saller (Oxford University) 49:23
3rd Samuel Wade (Cardiff Metropolitan Universtity) 43:27 Vicky Johnston (Loughborough University) 49:27

The podium from the open event was as follows, full results are HERE

Pos Men Women
1st James Coleman (Performance Cycles - Enve) 44:08 Sian Edwards 49:24
2nd Alan Murchison (Winchester & District AC) 44:54 Maria Powell 51:45
3rd Ben Price (Kinetic-One) 45:11 Nicole Walters 51:50

Results of a different kind at the British Triathlon Federation awards evening, see the full report HERE, where the headline honours went to:

British Triathlon Female Age-Group Triathlete of the Year - Gill Fullen
British Triathlon Male Age-Group Triathlete of the Year - Brian Forster
British Triathlon Female Elite Duathlete of the Year - Lucy Gossage
British Triathlon Male Elite Duathlete of the Year - Richard Horton
British Triathlon Female Elite Triathlete of the Year - Non Stanford
British Triathlon Male Elite Triathlete of the Year - Jonathan Brownlee


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!


UK Challenge

Brought to you by the organisers of the London Triathlon and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon, the UK Challenge is the UK's leading corporate multi-sport event which delivers powerful business benefits for you and your organisation. Click here to find out more!

UK Challenge

London Duathlon 2014 entries are open

London Duathlon was a sell-out this year and saw thousands of individuals achieve their #duathlete title. Be sure you're part of the world's best duathlon in 2014 and enter today. This run-bike-run event offers four individual challenges, all racing through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park on closed roads. Need tempting? Watch the video.

Click here to find out more and get your place

Triathlon Plus Show: TriRadar Performance Zone and Running School sessions on sale

The Triathlon Plus Show takes place from 13th-16th February 2014 at Excel, London. One of the features of the show is the TriRadar Performance Zone, which features workshops, biomechanical analysis and more from The Running School and the Surrey Human Performance Institute. Tickets for each of these sessions are now available - and we have a unique Tri247 reader discount.


Jobs at Ribble

Ribble Cycles, the well-known mail order cycle business, are recruiting. They currently have vacancies for an Online Marketing Manager and a Digital Graphic Designer.

For full details of the current vacancies at Ribble visit:

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. CHECK THEM OUT!

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

Weekly Training Tip: be seen

TTH Weekly Training Tip

It's hard to know where we stand as cyclists these days... On the one hand there has been a massive spate of accidents involving cyclists which has been getting widespread press coverage and on the other hand there are politicians saying it's statistically safer on two wheels... One thing is for certain: as the nights draw in and we face a commute (or even a training ride) that is likely to be in low light conditions we need to be seen. Brighter, reflective clothing works - black lycra just makes you even more invisible - and a decent set of lights for evening rides is a must. Modern LED lights are a marvel and make a great Christmas present idea for someone.

It's worth also thinking about using lights in the daytime. The laws for cars have been changed to require daytime running lights and there's no earthly reason why cyclists shouldn't have them as well. Anything that catches the attention of a driver (or pedestrian) and makes them pay attention to the fact that there's a cyclist on the road has to be a good idea.



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