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3rd Sep 2007Issue 26

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The World Championships are all over bar the inevitable online debates and Great Britain still has a hatful of results to be proud of - even if the big one eluded us this year. For any country to walk away from the top event of the year with a Gold and a Silver in the Juniors, two fourth places in the Under 23 races and three men in the top ten for the main event would be a pretty decent result by anyone's standards. To have a total of 50 age group medals added to that haul is phenomenal and shows just how strong we are in the sport across the board.

It was always going to be hard to repeat Lausanne - getting three Golds across the three mens races was a result that may never again be repeated. To start with, it wasn't the same course - and having watched the live action and the re-runs and seen the still photos I think it's fair to say that there are issues with the Hamburg course that may well have led to some athletes having a poor day through no fault of their own. The swim layout was an accident waiting to happen for the elite men and it's incredible that nobody actually went down and stayed down on that exit ramp. As for the bike course... ...well, thank goodness it didn't rain because that many bikes going round so many tight corners and down narrow, fenced-off streets would surely have resulted in a Tour-style pile-up.

And so, once again, the World Championships came down to a 10k road race... ...but at least this one was worth watching! With Tim Don and then Will Clarke injecting pace into the leading group when it seemed that they were prepared for a tactical approach it made the front runners do what they needed to - attack. Even Gomez seemed uncomfortable with the race being taken to him for a change and, as we predicted last week, the home crowd lifted the Germans to a whole new level. With Tim Don back in tenth place it wasn't going to be his day. With Will Clarke just holding onto Whitfield in fifth it wasn't going to be his either. Stuart Hayes was in between the pair of them and ran the best race of his year but that wasn't going to be enough. No, in the end the best man on the day really did win the race - and Javier Gomez was the first to admit that he had been properly beaten.

All season long the Germans have been quietly preparing for the World Championships and, with it, their chances of qualification for Beijing. They deliberately missed out on the big money at Des Moines - as did Vanessa Fernandes - and they put in the hard work with Hamburg as their main focus. And, with the first two inside the top ten guaranteed their slots, the internal rivalry must have played a factor too. For most of the nations, however, it will all happen all over again in two weeks time when they race the Olympic course in Beijing. The stakes will be just as high, there will be no home turf advantage and there will be several freshly rested faces on the start line as well.

In this issue:

Results

Weekend action

Friday's racing at the ITU's BG World Championships was conducted in a mix of damp and wet conditions but the opening event at least made the sun shine a little bit on the GB camp. Hollie Avil won Junior Women's race in 59:44 (remember, it's a sprint for them) with an 11 second lead over Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) and Rebecca Robisch (GER) a further 16 seconds back. Avil had been in a breakaway group of three after the swim but they were soon merged into the main pack on the bike. Avil moved into the lead on the first run lap and just kept extending that lead to the finish. Kirsty McWilliam was 7th and Jodie Stimpson was 26th.

By the end of the morning GB had a second medal to add to Hollie Avil's Gold as Alistair Brownlee stormed through the field in the Junior Men's race to take Silver after finding himself 53 seconds down coming into the final run. France's Aurelien Raphael won the Gold having found himself in a five man break away group after the swim. In third place, six seconds behind Brownlee, was Vincent Luis (FRA). Jonathan Brownlee was 15th followed closely in 18th by Aaron Harris.

The afternoon races switched to the full distance and in the U23 Women we saw a dominant performance on the bike by Jasmine Oeinck (USA) where she dropped the three other challengers for the lead and built an advantage of 1:04 by T2. You would have thought that would have been enough to guarantee a win but that would be to reckon without Lisa Norden's (SWE) running and by lap 3 of the run the lead had changed. Rosie Clarke was holding third place on the run, gaining time on Oeinck but losing time to Norden, until lap 3 when Renata Koch (HUN) bridged up to run alongside her. In the end it was Norden's victory by 50 seconds over Oeinck with Renata Koch putting in a final burst to drop Rosie Clarke.

For the final race of the day, the U23 Men, the weather decided that it was time to really chuck it down and the bike leg started in torrential rain. Dann Brook was up with the leaders but the athlete train was so long that although Ritchie Nicholls was 1:29 down he was able, with help from Philip Graves who was driving the rear part of the pack along, to merge into a 50-strong main group during lap 3 of the bike. Unfortunately Brook was taken out of the race early, the victim of a crash on lap 5 or 6 when a Chinese athlete hit the deck right in front of him. Large bunches of relatively inexperienced athletes on a tight criterium-style circuit in wet conditions - it's amazing that there were only a couple of crashes!

A couple of athletes made a break for the front and a clear T2 but their 18 second buffer was never destined to last and by the end of lap 1 the strong runners had formed a bunch of nine with Nicholls on the back. By lap 2 it had thinned even further and by the final lap just three athletes were clear with Nicholls and Sebastian Rank (GER) chasing at seven seconds back. In the end it was a home turf victory for Gregor Buchholz (GER) in 1:49:31, Brendan Sexton (AUS) took Silver and Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) finished off the podium. Nicholls finished fourth just five seconds away from a medal which is an excellent performance given his 1:30 deficit after the swim.

At the end of the first day there were two medals in the bag for the Juniors, two cracking U23 performances which sadly didn't result in medals but shows that the GB coaching team is delivering the next generation and they are going to be in contention at the World Cup level for next season.

Saturday morning saw the open or citizen's race and the Elite Women raced in the afternoon. Early on in the bike a group of 13 athletes including Vanessa Fernandes and Sarah Haskins broke away and put a sizeable buffer between them and the chase group which included Emma Snowsill. It's clear that this was part of a USA master plan to get athletes into the top group by hammering the swim (this is a tactic they tried at the Athens Olympics), Fernandes was about the last athlete to make it into that group but then took on the task of driving it clear. Nicola Spirig, who was in the third group, bridged up to the second group around lap 5 of the bike and then began to work at closing down the gap and, in the process, helped to bring Snowsill back into contention. Both GB athletes, Dillon and Whitcombe were pretty much out of contention by this time being the thick end of 2:30 back in the third group.

By the time the leaders hit T2 with Ricarda Lisk (GER), Laura Bennett (USA) and Jess Harrison (FRA) leading out, it seemed like Fernandes might have taken a tumble during the changeover and the second group had closed up to around one minute. Although Fernandes still looked like the odds-on favourite at this point the chase group contained Emma Snowsill, Annabel Luxford and Sam Warriner, all capable of getting themselves back into the medals. However, Fernandes doesn't do anything but run off the front and by the end of lap 1 she was in the lead and had put seven seconds into Bennett and 18 seconds into Moffatt. Lap 2 saw the gap extending to 20 and 44 respectively with Snowsill back in 10th at 1:06 behind.

Snowsill was obviously not interested in just having a top ten place because during lap 3 she had closed down everyone apart from Bennett and was now in third place at 1:08 back from Fernandes with Bennett just in 13 seconds in front. Snowsill couldn't close the gap to Fernandes but she did catch Bennett for second, finishing 1:04 behind Fernandes. As for the Brits the results were something of a disappointment, Andrea Whitcombe finished 25th and Michelle Dillon was 29th.

Sunday saw the age groupers racing in first the sprint and then the standard distance championships, more of this in a moment. The main course, the Elite Men's race, kicked off with what can only be described as a bun fight in the swim. The melee around the swim turn buoys on both the first and second circuits showed that if you weren't at the front then you probably wanted to be somewhere else! Even worse, at least from this commentator's viewpoint, was the appalling scrum at the 1,000m 'in-and-out'. It is entirely clear that the ramp was inadequate to handle the size of the pack and anyone caught in the middle of that must have been losing time.

A groups of four athletes; Potts, Gomez, Belaubre and Poulat, opened a gap over the bulk of the field but by the end of the second lap the train had merged into a group over 50 strong. Throughout the bike there were individual breaks off the front; Bevan Docherty had a pop, Stephane Poulat had another go on lap 6. Throughout it was clear that all the major players were staying clear of trouble towards the front of the field and controlling the pace, much of this work being done by the Australians.

The run didn't start the way you might have predicted, the initial trio of Frodeno, Gemell and Petzold were almost immediately split by Tim Don injecting a major burst to break the group. Will Clarke then took up the lead and stretched the group even further during lap 1 to establish a seven second lead. Clarke's moment of glory evaporated during lap 2 and the even worse news was that Tim Don was going out of the back of the leading group. By the start of lap 3 the lead group was down to Gomez, Clarke, Kahlefeldt, Gemell, Whitfield, Frodeno and Unger. The legendary Gomez burn-off seemed to have been muted by the company! In fact it was Unger who started to pile on the pressure with Clarke losing out and dropping off the back with Whitfield. With one lap to go it was down to a three-man lead group of Unger, Gomez and Kahlefeldt.

We might have called Gomez as the clear favourite and the man to beat but that didn't seem to bother Daniel Unger who responded to the home crowd and moved into the lead until about 1k to go when Gomez found his extra gear and broke clear. Was it all over? Not likely! Unger pushed back and with 200m to go moved past Gomez and ran through for the win to the huge delight of the home crowd. Gomez was clear in second and Brad Kahlefeldt was safely home in third. In the end there were three Brits in the top ten; Clarke was fifth, Hayes was eighth and Don was tenth. Not the result he had hoped for, but defending a world title these days isn't ever going to be easy and with so many countries hanging Beijing qualification slots on the outcome in Hamburg that the competition was even tougher. In case you've never heard of Unger before, he has been in the top 10 at no less than 11 World Cup races and made the podium in one of them (not this year though) but he did place third at the European Championships this year and he was placed 6th in last year's World Championships in Lausanne. His win guarantees him a slot in the German team for Beijing next year.

Pos Men Women
1 Daniel Unger (GER) 1:43:18 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 1:53:27
2 Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:43:22 Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:54:31
2 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:43:36 Laura Bennett (USA) 1:54:37
Pos U23 Men U23 Women
1 Gregor Buchholz (GER) 1:49:31 Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:01:24
2 Brendan Sexton (AUS) 1:49:34 Jasmine Oeinck (USA) 2:02:15
3 Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:49:40 Renata Hoch (HUN) 2:02:41
Pos Junior Men Junior Women
1 Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 0:53:43 Hollie Avil (GBR) 00:59:43
2 Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 0:54:09 Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 00:59:54
3 Vincent Luis (FRA) 0:54:14 Rebecca Robish (GER) 01:00:10

In the age group races the huge GB team did the business as usual and had a massive medal haul -- as far as we can tell by extraction from the results system the following table has all the ones we know of. That's a total (for the age groupers) of 15 Gold, 12 Silver and 13 Bronze.

Men Cat Women
  18-19 Standard: Gold, Rebecca Milnes Silver, Abbey Norman
Sprint: Gold, Jonathan Worcester 20-24 Sprint: Silver, Kate Turner
Sprint: Gold, Keiran Williams Bronze, Nick Buis 25-29

Sprint: Bronze, Danielle Stewart

Standard: Bronze, Emma-Kate Lidbury

Sprint: Bronze, Dave Glossy

Standard: Bronze, Dan Corner

30-34 Sprint: Gold, Sara Johnson Silver, Rachel Hobbs Bronze Karen Axelsdottir

Sprint: Bronze, Men Mitchell

Standard: Gold, Colin Dixon

35-39

Sprint: Gold, Sara Johnson Silver, Michelle O'Rea Bronze, Rachel Rowan

Standard: Silver, Sophie Whitworth

Standard: Gold, Garry Gerrard Bronze, Mark Hirsch 40-44 Standard: Gold, Ruth Hutton
Standard: Silver, Graham Brookhouse 45-49 Sprint: Silver, Dawn Vaughan Bronze, Jane Bell

Sprint: Silver, Paul Gittings

Standard: Silver, Clive Weston Bronze Barry Jameson

50-54 Sprint: Gold, Carole Smith Silver, Julia Hector
Standard: Gold, Robert Novis 55-59 Sprint: Silver, Barbara Davis Bronze, Alison Taylor
Sprint: Gold, Richard File Silver, Alan Churcher 60-64

Sprint: Gold, Georgina Gardiner

Standard: Gold, Sara Barrett Bronze, Barbara Leverett

  65-69 Sprint: Gold, Jane Askey
Sprint: Gold, Peter Norman 70-74  

At the Singapore Ironman 70.3 the wins went to Reinaldo Colucci in 3:49:59 and Belinda Granger in 4:11:23. British interst in the pro field included Stephen Bayliss who took third, Chrissie Wellington who was also third (remember, she raced and won at Ironman Korea only last weekend...) and Andrew Johns who was fourth. There's a limited commentary on IronmanLive (www.ironmanlive.com) together with some photos.

PosMenWomen
1 Reinaldo Colucci 3:49:59 Belinda Granger 4:11:23
2 Ronnie Schildknecht 3:50:39 Mirinda Carfrae 4:17:17
3 Stephen Bayliss 3:54:37 Chrissie Wellington 4:19:18

The star name at the Monaco Ironman 70.3, Chris McCormack, seems to have blown out on the bike leaving the field wide open. In the end it was Marcel Zamora Perez who took the win after dominating the bike and the run with Paul Amey claiming second. James Gilfillan was ninth and Andrew Fargus tenth. For the women, the winner of the first Monaco race, Alexandra Louison, wrapped up her win on the run section. British interest centred on Michelle Lee who placed fourth and Louisa Edmonson who was seventh.

PosMenWomen
1 Marcel Zamora Perez 4:14:14 Alexandra Louison 4:49:43
2 Paul Amey 4:16:06 Sibylle Matter 4:51:30
3 Nicolas Lebrun 4:16:32 Christel Robin 4:52:46

At Powerman Austria the Vansteelant clan once again stamped their mark, on this occasion it was Joerie Vansteelant in 3:05:27. Toby Jameson was seventh. The women's race was won by Michelle Parsons in 3:47:33 but she had to work hard to get there as during the bike leg she was well back in fourth. Still recovering from last week's Powerman Zofingen, she worked her way through the bike field from seven minutes down to hit T2 ahead of the field and then kept on running as hard as she could because she knew her main challenger, Monika Feuersinger, was potentially faster on the run. Full results are available on the Powerman website: www.powerman.at

PosMenWomen
1 Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 3:05:27 Michelle Parsons (GBR) 3:47:33
2 Andy Sutz (SUI) 3:19:18 Monika Feuersinger (AUT) 3:48:38
3 Karl Prungraber (AUT) 3:21:02 Veerle Dhaese (BEL) 3:48:57

First to deliver a set of domestic results was the Perranporth Surf Challenge where Harry Wiltshire proved to be the top man in their 20th anniversary event with a time of 1:47:34 and the ladies victory went to Sam Herridge in 2:03:18. Full results are here.

At the second of the Peel Sprint Triathlons on the Isle of Man the wins went to Andy Cannell (MTC) in 1:14:21 and Eve O'Hare (MTC) is 1:26:09. Full results are here.

The Teesdale Triathlon saw yet another win for Tony Dixon (Hartlepool Triathletes) in 1:23:09 with the womens race going to Jane Mooney in 1:39:02. Full results are here.

At the Big Woody event in the Forest of Dean all appears not to have gone as smoothly as the organisers would have hoped - finding a carnival procession (re-scheduled because of the floods) in the middle of your bike route would probably not be on your wish list for a smooth first running of an ironman-distance race... Hitches aside, the race was won by Darren Treadway in 8:50:36 with Susan Turner turning in the fastest woman's time of 12:35:38. Provisional results (and we have already updated them today) are available here.

The Big Woody crew also put on the Forest of Dean Duathlon on the Sunday for anyone with any energy left! The race was won by a certain Spencer Smith in 53:26 with the leading woman being Nicky Bushell in 1:02:27. Full results are here.

DB Max moved their Rowathlon Series to the Palmer Park Stadium in Reading. The Rowathlon event was won by Nicholas Wyatt in 30:15 and Rose Metalli in 35:39. Great to see Rose making a comeback this year, she and husband Peter used to organise great events under the Banana Leisure banner back in the early 90s. Full results are here. Also on the programme was a supersprint duathlon, this was won by Lee Rankin in 30:51 and Stephanie Brooksbank in 42:39. Full results are here.

Carneddau Triathlon Club held their Llanrwst Triathlon on Sunday and the winners were Stephen Owen in 1:09:34 and Lynwen Harrison in 1:23:09. Full results are here.

One of the most enjoyable events on the late season circuit is the Southwater Park Relays where there's almost as much competition to generate the best team name as there is to win the race. Things seem to have been a little more serious this year as the big guns rolled in and Richard Stannard's 'Two Pints of Nasty' took the overall win with Emma Davis's 'Team Blonde' getting the win for the women. Full results are here and you can find a more detailed breakdown on the Amphibians 2 website: www.a2tri.com

Clacton on Sea celebrated an entire weekend of multisport events. At the Clacton Standard on Sunday the winners were Andrew Fisher in 1:54:10 and Kerri Renshaw in 2:11:32. Full results are here. In Saturday's Off-road Sprint Triathlon the wins went to Dave Copland (Ipswich Tri Club) in 1:20:05 and Jade Edwards in 1:34:49. Full results are here.

The Cockermouth Triathlon has only produced a set of finish times with no splits but the winners appear to be Jon Fletcher in 0:59:32 and Sarah Charnock in 1:08:15. The basic results are here.

The First Monster Challenge results are now online on their website and there's a story on the BBC News website that gives some background information.

Provisional results for the South Coast Triathlon events organised by Vic Bickerton's Fun2Tri should go up on their website sometime Monday, check out fun2tri.co.uk

Book your tickets to Triexpo

If you are planning to make the trip down to Bournemouth at the end of November to the Triexpo seminars and exhibition then you might like to take advantage of the online booking facility that they have set up with our online partner, Active Online Entry.

Triexpo will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the Bournemouth International Center - a familiar sight to anyone who has done the Bournemouth Triathlon, it sits just at the start of the bike route. The event is based around a combination of triathlon focused seminars with Joe Friel as the keynote speaker and includes presentations by Glen Walker and Julie Dibens. The Saturday sessions will be aimed at new triathletes and those competing up to standard distance and the Sunday will be for middle distance and Ironman triathletes.

A full supporting Expo is also planned to provide the opportunity to stock up with end-of-season bargains and early Christmas presents. Full details on the event can be can be found on their website (www.triexpo.com).

Training

Route planning

Have you seen the exciting Routeplanning section supported by Garmin and Motion based? It tells you all you need to know about how planning and preparation can help with getting more information from your training sessions and how technology, if used appropriately, can make that easier and more fun!

With the London Duathlon coming up next weekend we decided to do a 'home run' around Richmond Park to re-create the duathlon route as a Route of the Month. If you want a compact but challenging bike route or if you are one of the huge number of triathletes and duathletes who are planning to give this event a go then check it out here.

Why not send in your requests for which routes you would like to be analysed? Or, perhaps, you would like to ride it for us? We'll even lend you a Garmin Edge! Send your suggestions to editor@tri247.com (and PLEASE, no more suggestions that we do the Birmingham Sprint...)

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