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When does an event finish? You choose your race (hopefully using our calendar!), plan out your training, pay your money - not insignificant typically these days - arrange your travel, your kit and everything that goes with it, and then you race. All being well, you cross the line ahead of expectations, and when you eventually recover from the effort, you think "that was good". Is that it? Maybe it finishes when you get that post-race cup of water and a banana? Well, we know that isn't true, because if there is one thing you want - because you tell us and chase us - it's results. What's more, you want them online, and you want them now.
Alas, it would seem, at least as far as the ITU is concerned, that's not important. We've already had one shambles this year. Not much went right with the ITU World Triathlon Champs in Vancouver (we were there, and experienced it ourselves), and it was over a month after the event that the age group results were published. At least at the time of writing this piece (late Monday), it would appear that the age groupers are again second class, as there are still no published results from the ITU World Duathlon Championship this weekend in Rimini.
What is incredibly frustrating, is we know the results ARE actually available, at least in paper form (printed from a computer...), because we've seen them, and even picked up a copy from the press office! The event website has results available for all of the elite races, nicely downloadable in multiple formats - yet appears to be ignoring the age groupers - why? It has managed to publish the team relay results, which took place after the age group events. The ITU site has nothing. Why?
The events took place in the same town, using the same timing system, crossing the same finishing line. Why can't the age groupers have the same service? And it's not unreasonable either. We had more than 25 domestic events on the calendar this weekend, from small club organised 'pen and paper' results to large scale corporate timing-chip based results. Within 24 hours, only three have not already provided detailed result information. Surely it's not unreasonable to expect a World Championship to at the very least, match that level of service?
We've chased the race organisers, we've chased the Italian Federation too. Perhaps no one is listening, perhaps nobody cares. But it's about time someone did. Unless you are in a bubble, the world economy is falling apart, and age groupers spend a lot of their discretionary income supporting these races. Your average triathlete is pretty smart, and there are plenty of other options available and fantastic events to choose from outside of the ITU world. Rant over.
We are now less than two weeks away from the big one on the big island - Hawaii. In the lead up to the race we'll be previewing events, for both pro and elite, and looking at the history, the course, the favourites and more. Check back each day for news, including some amazing video coverage. You never know, we may even bring you the age group results from Rimini too...
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Let's start off overseas this week!
There was World Championship action for both elite and age groups taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Rimini, Italy. The weather for the most part was perfect all weekend, and ensured some fast racing on what is possibly the flattest, least technical bike course it is possible to produce.
Despite crossing the line in second place, a disqualification of Belgian athlete Rob Woestenborghs for dangerous cycling (reported by 'team mate' (!) Jurgen Dereere...), meant it was gold for the third time, and a title defended by Britain's Paul 'Amos' Amey. Certainly not how he wanted to win though, "It's pretty disappointing to win the world championships in this way. (Rob) definitely deserved to win today."
Also defending her 2007 win was Vanessa Fernandes (POR), who took the lead from the start for a clear victory. Adding another medal to her Long Distance gold was Catriona Morrison who took silver.
|1||Paul Amey (GBR) 1:48:00||Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 2:00:51|
|2||Bart Aernouts (BEL) 1:48:07||Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2:02:29|
|3||Sergio Silva (POR) 1:48:36||Ana Burgos (ESP) 2:04:27|
There was more success in the first event of the day, when Sophie Coleman looked supreme throughout in taking a convincing victory in the junior girls race.
|1||Richard Murray (RSA) 0:56:13||Sophie Coleman (GBR) 1:04:01|
|2||Alex Ascenzi (ITA) 0:56:19||Ruth Nivon Machoud (MEX) 1:04:43|
|3||Oscar Vicenzte (ESP) 0:56:23||Barbara Balogh (HUN) 1:04:43|
Ensuring we picked up a medal in all of the elite races, Ritchie Nicholls took bronze in the Under 23 category, which was run alongside the senior races.
||Bojan Cebin (SLO) 1:49:29
||Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) 2:06:08
||Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 1:49:49
||Olesya Prystako (UKR) 2:07:05
||Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 1:53:17
||Morgane Riou (FRA) 2:11:58
More in depth coverage of the elite races, including post-race interviews with Catriona and Sophie, plus event image gallery can be found here. You can also read Cat's race report on her website here.
As indicated in the newsletter intro, our coverage of the age group event is limited by the complete absence of results from Rimini - despite the fact we know they are ready, because we've both a) seen them in paper form on site, and b) the Italian Federation have their age group results on their site. When will the ITU sort itself out, and stop treating age groupers who pay the same amount to race, as second class?
What we do know is that the first female age-grouper overall, by more than three minutes was Emma Dews. Our coverage of the age group event, including the GB medals (that we know of), plus an interview with Emma is on the main site here. Emma was also first age grouper overall in the long distance duathlon champs last month.
There was also ITU World Cup action in Lorient, France. We have a full report on events here. Lisa Norden (SWE) took her first World Cup win, while Cedric Fleureton secured a home win for the French.
|1||Cedric Fleureton (FRA) 1:49:53||Lisa Norden (SWE) 2:02:05|
|2||Tony Moulai (FRA) 1:51:01||Sam Warriner (NZL) 2:02:39|
|3||Ivan Rana (ESP) 1:51:10||Jess Harrison (FRA) 2:02:44|
Saturday's timetable was dominated by the FGS Xtreme Terrain Festival at Hawley Lake near Camberley in Surrey. The full distance triathlon event was won by Colin Dixon in 2:04:23 and Sally Piesse in 2:30:24 while the sprint distance triathlon was won by Jamie Lowden in 1:16:54 and Tracey Haseldine in 1:22:57. The duathlon brigade were catered for with a full distance race won by Henry Brown in 2:07:32 and Kim Hurst in 2:21:27 while the shorter sprint duathlon was won by Tom Underhill in 1:09:18 and Frances Pressner in 1:35:26. The fun didn't stop there as there was also an aquathlon, won by Nicholas Tipper in 1:04:00 and Louise Bardsley in 1:10:44 plus a good old 10k trail run which was won by Phil Jelly in 0:40:18 and Mary Brooking in 0:47:18.
Results for the Cleveland Kids Aquathlon are here, there's nothing so far from the Cairngorm Adventure Triathlon, the other race on Saturday.
Sunday morning and Woking's Pool in the Park saw the fifth and final race in their Aquathlon Series. Winners of the main race were Jason Harris in 0:20:07 and Catherine Ferguson in 0:29:03. A full set of results is here (look for a certain Mr Holloway...) and results for the children's race are here.
One event that wasn't submitted to the calendar was 4Life's Stanford Hall Duathlon. Jez Cox (Team Bike and Run/Alpha) made it three wins in seven days with a 1:13:43 and is now looking to hit a career total of 50 by the end of the season - he's on 47 with four more planned races before he takes a break. The women's winner was Rose Metalli (Newbury AC) in 1:32:27. A full set of results for the adult race is here.
The guys up at Kudu Bikes enjoyed running the Kendal Sprint Triathlon so much they put on another one to mark the end of the year. Winners were Rich Hunt (Kudu Bikes) in 1:04:28 and Corina Lunn in 1:25:39. A full set of results are here.
A big turn-out for Just Racing's Roade Triathlon where the overall winners were Hwyel Davies (Planet X) in 0:55:33 and Tri247's Athlete of the Month, Juliet Vickery (Cambridge Tri) in 1:00:15. A set of results, no splits, is here.
North of the Border, the Mid Argyll Triathlon sponsored by MacQueen Brothers (wonder if that's the same MacQueens who used to print all the targets for the Army...) the winners were Angus Peden in 1:03:26 and Mairi Crawford in 1:11:45. A set of results is here.
The South Shropshire Sprint was won by Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri Club) in 1:11:47 and Grace Chillingsworth (Shrewsbury Masters) in 1:23:08. A provisional set of results without splits is here.
Results are also in from the Ilkley Triathlon. The ladies winner was Kelly Harrison while the men's winner was Jonty Bright.
MIG Events hosted their second Warwick Triathlon this year. Full results are available here - we'll load a local copy soon. The sprint event was won by Andrew Shipton and Katie Silke, and the supersprint by Matthew Dove .and Nicki Dove: we're not sure if they are related!
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NEW Mountain Hardwear Open5 Adventure Race Series
The events are for pairs and solos, with venues chosen to showcase the most spectacular countryside the UK has to offer. Competitors have to visit as many points as possible in five hours by Mountain Bike and on a foot - with many of the points in quirky locations to give competitors that little smile.
The new series starting in November will visit the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, York Moors, North Pennines and the Peak District. Those entering all five events will get a real tour of the country and experience some great views and amazing cycling.
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Tame the Exmoor Beast
Looming large in the calendar is the Exmoor Beast. Now in it's second year, the end of season challenge is looking to improve on last years event. If you are looking for a great way to spend the 2nd of November why not head down to Exmoor. This year the start and finish is at the picturesque Wimbleball Lake, which offers a fantastic venue for the event. There are closed roads where needed and there will be plenty of marshalls with a well signed route to allow you to concentrate on powering across the spectacular Exmoor Countryside.
Find out more here.
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Powerbar Run to the Beat competition winner
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