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3rd Nov 2008Issue 85

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Do you remember back-in-the-day, when a Brit winning an Ironman event seemed an unlikely and distant dream? It was in 1999 that Matthew Belfield (remember him?), won Ironman Lanzarote and the first GB name was chalked up as 'winner' in an official M-Dot race.

Fast forward less than a decade, and between them, Chrissie Wellington (three) and Bella Comerford (five) have won eight this year alone, and between them have 14 career wins! Now we expect - and would have to say, probably rightly so - Miss Wellington is likely to secure something of a clean sweep in most of the year-end awards, but Bella has had a truly outstanding year, which is also worthy of special recognition.

For many age groupers, maybe it's Bella we should be looking to for inspiration? The Chrissie Wellington's and Simon Lessing's of the world, perhaps, as well as having total dedication and drive may also be blessed with gene pools and natural ability that only a tiny percentage of people can ever hope to match. But, it would appear to me that an awful lot of hard work, dedication and belief has brought Bella to where she is today. Rewind to 2001, and Bella was finishing fourth at the Windsor Triathlon in 2:14:10. A good time, but certainly not earth shattering. A year later, and Bella finished 14th in the Commonwealth Games (also in 2:14!), but well over ten minutes back from the podium. Who knew then what we know now?!

Post Manchester 2002, and Bella quickly switched her attentions to longer distance racing, winning Ironman Florida, Embrunman and several other long distance events - she had found her niche in the sport. Since then she has continued to work hard, continued to be successful and developed her abilities, even winning the ITU World Long Course Champs in 2006. And those years of work, progression and dedication have resulted in a 2008 season which, in the absence of you-know-who, would leave her as the outstanding GB triathlete of the year. Ironman wins in South Africa, Lanzarote, UK, Florida plus a second in Austria (British record time), fourth in New Zealand, seventh in Hawaii plus wins at Embrunman and Ironman 70.3 UK represents an incredible year for an amazingly hard-working and consistent athlete. So, while it may well be Queen Chrissie, at the very least it must be Princess Bella in 2008. Happy birthday for Saturday, and good luck with the wedding!

Can the GB domination of ladies triathlon and duathlon continue this week with the Ironman 70.3 World Champs in Clearwater? Helen Tucker (ITU Standard), Chrissie Wellington (ITU Long / Ironman), Julie Dibens (XTERRA), Catriona Morrison (World Long Distance Duathlon), Kirsty McWilliam (ITU Junior) and Sophie Coleman (ITU Duathlon Junior) have almost secured a clean sweep of the World titles so far this year. Only the ITU Duathlon over the standard distance is missing - and Cat Morrison got a silver in that!

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Weekend action

Bella Comerford celebrated her fifth IM Florida win, her fourth M-Dot win this year and her 31st birthday all in one go with a 9:07:49 in Panama City, Florida on Saturday. The men's race was won by Tom Evans in a new course record of 8:07:59. Torbjorn Sindballe was second in 8:17:51 which also broke the previous record. It was a day for breaking records, Tom Evans also demolished the previous bike course record. Sindballe stayed close throughout the bike leg but about 10 miles into the run it was clear that he couldn't make inroads into Evans's growing lead and he actually slowed to a walk for a while before picking the pace back up and hanging in for second place. The ever-racing Petr Vabrousek moved up through the field on the run leg and rounded out the podium.

In the women's race Bella was out of the water in 4th place and the early departure of Nina Kraft with a broken saddle or seatpost saw her take the lead and begin to open a gap on surprise package Rachel Joyce. Joyce is in her first full year as a pro athlete on the Ironman circuit and put in a remarkable performance on the bike coming into T2 just 3:01 adrift. That all changed in the first three miles of the run as Jessica Jacobs started to gain on Bella and moved through from fifth to second but her charge was short-lived as Bella kept the momentum going. The expected challenge from Tamara Kozulina came late in the run and was enough to bring her through into second place but there was no way she was going to catch the now five-time winner on this course.

Once over the finish line Bella seemed very drained, it's only three weeks since her 7th place in Hawaii, and Stephen Bayliss was quickly at her side. He had obviously been out on a bike - he was still wearing the helmet - supporting her through the run. In her post-race interview she said that athletes think that Florida is easy because it's flat - it isn't! At least the next event she'll be attending will have a much shorter distance to cover... ...up the aisle to the altar!

Other British interest in the race was Rachel Joyce's 5th, Toby Radcliffe's 24th place, Rich Brady was 26th and Tracey Horne seems to have DNFd on the bike. Best GB age grouper was Paul Mitchell (40-44) who finished in 9:44:40 and Tri247 contributor Stelios Marcou (he put in a 1:13:13 swim) crossed the line in 11:06:17. You can catch up on the action with text and video on IronmanLive. A provisional set of results is available here.

Pos Men Women
1 Tom Evans (CAN) 8:07:59 Bella Comerford (GBR) 9:07:48
2 Torbjorn Sindballe (DEN) 8:17:51 Tamara Kozulina (UKR) 9:14:15
3 Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 8:23:00 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 9:17:51

Also basking in warmer climes were the athletes racing in the Escape to Bermuda. There's a provisional set of results here, but the headlines are that Matt Reed and Jodie Swallow were the overall winners. Andrea Whitcombe was fifth lady and Richard Allen was 10th. The only other Brit that we can find in there was Chris Farr from Sheffield who was 107th.

Pos Men Women
1 Matt Reed (USA) 1:55:10 Jodie Swallow (GBR) 2:05:56
2 Simon Thompson (AUS) 1:55:25 Sarah Groff (USA) 2:07:15
3 Michael Raelert (GER) 1:55:49 Becky Lavelle (USA) 2:07:25

The Noosa Triathlon is normally well stacked with international athletes but this year's even seems to have been a bit less high profile. Courtney Atkinson and Emma Snowsill were the winners and the only GB-related interest we can spot was Lisbeth Kristensen in seventh place. No sign of AJ, perhaps he was doing the nappy change duty!

Back home in the damp, cold and leaden skies of good old Yorkshire the brave souls who took part in the Haworth Mudman Duathlon saw Andy Peace (Science in Sport) take the win in 1:39:33. The fastest woman was Angela Hannon (Wakefield Tri Club) in 2:10:42 and the team trophy went to the superbly named Skanky Biscuits (Worsthorne MTB Club) in 1:41:11 which was good enough for third fastest overall. A full set of results is here.

As for all the other events; the Celtic Offroad Trial Duathlon, the Methlick Duathlon and the Tyne Aquathlon, there is little news other than TriTalk reports that the signage at Margam Park was a little lacking and everyone seems to have gone off-course for the first run. More news when we get it.

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Trybike Chilly Duathlon final call

There's just over three weeks to go now until the Trybike Chilly Duathlon at Castle Combe and the final chance of the year to win yourself a Trybike TT frame from Pro-Lite. Two frames have already been won at DB Max events this year, the first at the Chilly Duathlon in March and the second at the Mallory Park Triathlon in May; but there�¢ï¿½ï¿½s still one more up for grabs for a top age-grouper on November 23rd.

The Trybike Chilly Duathlon is a two mile / ten mile / two mile traffic-free duathlon race on the Castle Combe Circuit near Chippenham. DB Max will also be show casing their new chip timing system at the event, giving competitors their individual bike lap times in addition to the usual results and splits.

Online and postal entries are available here, or to read about Trybike's latest top offers in conjunction with Pro-Lite click here.

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.

For further details and online entry check out

Calling Event Organisers

DB Max have entered the world of electronic chip timing with their new cutting-edge active RFID system.

The system enables the timing of faster moving objects, such as a speeding triathlon bike (to the nearest 1000th of a second), so for multi-lap bike courses, creates some new and exciting possibilities in producing results. The equipment also detects at an exact point, which makes it suitable for timing elite cycling and multi-sport races.

DB Max are already taking bookings for the 2009 events calendar, so email if you would like more details on the timing service.

Mike Trees at TriCentral's Newton Evening - Reserve a place now!

Mike Trees (former elite athlete and Olympic coach), just back from Kona is the man who has brought Newton Running shoes to the UK. To tell you more about this new and innovative shoe he will be giving a presentation at TriCentral in Manchester on November 13th at 8pm.

To hear all about the technology behind the shoes, training theories, biomechanics of efficient running as well as being given the opportunity to test the shoes out for yourself call 0161 748 1907 or email to reserve a place or click HERE for more.



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