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17th Mar 2014Issue 296

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There's an old expression: to draw a line in the sand. It's a decision point, with lots of historical military references, with one party setting out its claims and the rest, knowing that crossing the line will result in some form of conflict. Looks like there was a fair bit of that going on this weekend...

At Mooloolaba Mario Mola (ESP) set about making his mark with an 18 second win over a field containing half the top ten WCS athletes - and that's an 18 second win in a sprint race where you'll normally get half the field crossing the line in that sort of gap. Mola isn't Javier Gomez (yet?) but it's pretty clear that he's intent on following his fellow Spaniard's example and with those 2016 qualification points all important from May 15th at Yokohama, it's easy to see him setting up his campaign to be on the Spanish squad for Rio.

While there's plenty of sand in Australia - it's a vast country - it got a bit overshadowed by the sand in Abu Dhabi. And the Brownlee brothers were also clearly intent on drawing their own line in the sand as well. It must be a bit depressing for the rest of the ITU elite athletes, apart from Gomez, that the brothers have emerged from their winter layoff clearly fit, injury free and able to dominate an over-distance race under conditions that were distinctly on the warm side.

Next weekend it's the turn of Javier Gomez to set out his stall at the New Plymouth World Cup race, again over the sprint distance. Absolutely no pressure there then...

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International racing aplenty on Saturday with, timezone-wise, the ITU leading the way with the World Cup Series race in Mooloolaba. Run as a sprint this year the wins went to Mario Mola (ESP) and Gwen Jorgensen (USA) with a strong performance from Tom Bishop in sixth place with Adam Bowden finishing 38th. Full results are HERE

Pos Male Female
1 Mario Mola (ESP) 00:54:18 Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 00:59:55
2 Richard Murray (RSA) 00:54:37 Katie Hursey (USA) 01:00:10
3 Sven Riederer (SUI) 00:55:04 Ai Ueda (JPN) 01:00:14

The desert heat of Abu Dhabi made the longer race something of a case of the survival of the fittest (or at least those with their wits about them to run the right way) and wins went to Tyler Butterfield (BDA) abd Melissa Hauschildt (AUS). Jodie Swallow went awry on the bike rather than the run and the extra distance put paid to her hopes of a podium and she had to settle for fourth. There's a full report HERE.

Under the radar owing to an admin oversight was XTERRA Philippines, a race that Dan Hugo (RSA) chalked up as his third straight win of the season so far after Ben Allen (AUS) had a run of punctures and a crash. Renata Bucher (SUI) led the women's field home with Jacqui Slack in fourth with Daz Parker 23rd.

Over the shorter distance - that's if you call a 100Km bike a short distance - the Brownlee brothers demonstrated that even the best of the 70.3 athletes don't get much of a look-in when they are in town. Joint winners and four and a half minutes clear of the field, looks like the injury worries are behind them and the winter training has been thorough! Mark Buckingham was sixth and Georgie Rutherford missed out on a day in the mud at Trailman to pick up fifth in the women's race. There's a full report on the shorter race HERE.

Pos Men Women
1 Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 3:12:21 Svenja Bazlen (GER) 3:34:51
2 Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 3:12:21 Annabel Luxford (AUS) 3:46:02
3 Ruedi Wild (SUI) 3:16:56 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 3:46:49

Domestic racing on Saturday was the sole preserve of the series final of Human Race's Off Road Series, the TrailMan at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells. James Walker won the duathlon ahead of Colin Dixon and Roger Fowkes while in the women's field it was another battle between Rebecca Hoare and Samantha Aplin with Caitlin Brown rounding out the podium. The series results are still being finalised and will be up on the Human Race website shortly, event results are HERE.

Tim Don has clearly found his stride at his new favourite distance of half-ironman (or 70.3 if it's a WTC-branded job). At Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Monterrey he may have given up a few seconds on the bike but the trademark run is still serving him well and he put three minutes and change into the field which, these days, is a pretty emphatic win over that distance. Canada's Heather Wurtele picked up the womens race.

Pos Male Female
1 Tim Don (GBR) 3:46:59 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:07:47
2 Francisco Serrano (MEX) 3:50:17 Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 4:13:35
3 Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:52:22 Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:15:17

The Oulton Park racing circuit has long been a regular Autumn and Spring haunt of duathletes and Sunday's standard distance race produced wins for Matt Moorhouse (Athlete Matters) and Jenni Muston (Wakefield Tri Club). The sprint distance event went to Jimmy Kershaw (OO Tri) and Sian Edwards, full results are on the StuWeb site HERE.

The Winchester Duathlon offered two distances, the sprint went to Fernando Zorilla and Victoria Waight, results are HERE, while the novice race was won by Elliot Lassiter and Emily Slavin, results HERE.

Olympian and Dame, Kelly Holmes, clearly has a multisport future if she wants it. After a couple of outings at Dorney Lake in recent weeks she pitched up at the first race of the Portsmouth Duathlon Series and came a very decent second behind Alison Wilson. The male winner was Tom Higgins, full results are HERE.

The Marlow Duathlon results are up showing an overall win for Sam Blanshard (Hillingdon Triathletes) with the women's victory going to Claire Valance. Full results are HERE.

The Pembrokeshire Duathlon enjoyed the fine spring weather and a record field of 119 starters with Welsh junior talent Deri Stewart (Celtic Tri) and Rhiannon Middleton (Cardiff Tri) the winners. There's a set of results HERE.

A provisional set of results for the Mud and Mayhem Duathlon at Thetford is online HERE showing wins for Steve Giles and Fay Cripps.

Results are also in for the Leigh Junior Aquathlon (HERE) and the UK Fire Fighters 2UP Duathlon (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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Tri Kudu store opening

On Saturday 29th March at 10am Tri Kudu will be officially opening their impressive new 2400sq ft retail store with Sam from Bikanic (top mechanic) at 3 Mercury Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4TQ on the Gallowfields Trading Estate. With the Tour coming to these parts Tri Kudu is launching in a prime time for cycling and multisport in the North of England.

Team Tri Kudu athletes Calum Johnson, Maddy Winzer, Harry Springall, Para Athlete Craig McCann and top age group athlete Mark Flannery will be in attendance at the launch. There will be a WattBike challenge event with a Castelli cycling jacket up for grabs for the winner and the first 100 customers through the door will receive a Tri Kudu goodie bag. Everyone will be given a raffle ticket for the chance to win a star prize. Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the day so after you've taken on the WattBike challenge you can have the pleasure of enjoying a hot dog or sharing a coffee in great company.

48-hour offer on training holidays

On Saturday 22nd March at 7am, Tri Training Harder will be running a 48-hour training holiday offer on the remaining holiday places for training weeks in April and May. The offer is sure to set you up for a great season of training as they are offering a free physiotherapy screening (worth £60) with their in-house physio, Mike Primmett, for each booking made during the 48-hour period ending on Monday 24th at 7am.

The perfect training holiday offer for beginners to top level athletes - Tri Training Harder. Specific beginners weekend runs from 15th-19th May 2014.

Sports nutrition workshop

This Thursday, March 20th, Renee McGregor, a Sports Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian at the University of Bath will be presenting a 45-minute interactive workshop at Total Fitness Bath followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. The workshop will run from 7pm to 8pm and is being priced at £15 per ticket - a 75% saving on the normal £60 cost.

Topics being covered include: why is nutrition important, how to achieve body composition and performance gains, nutrition solutions around your training needs, recovery requirements, bone health and hydration.

Call 01225 444164 for tickets or pick them up at the store.

Win a F.I.S.T. bike fitting with Ten-Point

Ten-Point are the UK's first and only F.I.S.T. bike fitting service - and to celebrate are offering one lucky cyclist or triathlete a free bike fitting (worth £150) through their Facebook competition app.

Interested? Find out more here: http://www.tri247.com/article_12536.html.

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