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Scott XTri Series 2012: mid-season review
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Posted on: Thursday 21st June 2012


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The 2012 Scott XTri Series is now underway, the first race being the British Cross Triathlon Championship at Coniston/Grizedale won earlier this month by three-time Olympian Tim Don.

With three more races to come, Paul Davies reviews the series so far and previews the Durty Triathlon, Vachery Triathlon and Ben Nevis Triathlon which will complete the 2012 Scott XTri season.


What a cracking start to the Scott XTri Series we've had so far. Tim Don turned up at the gorgeous Coniston venue, the first round and the British Championships. The swim suited Tim nicely with it measuring a bit over the 1.5km everyone was expecting, which gave him a larger gap than people wanted. The regulars were there but quite a few minutes back. Slowly Tim was being closed down but not enough to prevent him securing a superb victory at the end with Graham Wadsworth capturing second in an amazing sprint finish, getting it by a mere two seconds! Kerry MacPhee won the women's race ahead of Diane Lee in second and Louise Bardsley third.

The show moves on to Scotland and the Scottish Borders on 21st July for the next round at the Durty Triathlon - always a superb race and cracking party afterwards. You hit the hills on the bike straight away and head upwards before tackling the boggy moorland and descending down a rocky gulley (not for the faint-hearted), before hitting transition again to repeat. The run takes you along the gorgeous swimming lake and then upwards too before descending to the finish line towards the beer tent and party. It was a sell out last season so don't miss out.

www.durtytriathlon.com

The Durty Triathlon

The third round is a new race, we managed to get the Vachery Triathlon (more HERE) into the South of England at the last minute, it's on a gorgeous private estate in Surrey with a perfect swim surrounded by trees. The MTB course has been designed by top Xterra Pro Sam Gardner so it'll be a super course no doubt. The run will be fast and fairly flat along the trails so expect fast times, the race hits the long weekend of 26th August.

www.vacherytriathlon.com

Vachery Triathlon

The final round to the series is Ben Nevis, a truly iconic venue on 15th September. The XTri Series is just taking on the half, still a massive race as it's a 950m swim, 45km mtb and 10.5km trail run. The Ben Nevis tri's are pretty special not only because the mountain is the biggest in the country, but the event is in the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

The swim is in the sea loch and the transition area is in the original Fort that gives the town of Fort William its name. The cycle presents riders with a number of challenges, long steady ascents, fast flowing and exposed descents as well as fire road and a tremendous technical section at the head of Glen Nevis and a fast full-on tarred road just to top off the challenge and confuse the tyre choice options. The run does exactly what it says on the tin to the mid-point of Ben Nevis via the rocky tourist route; often steep and challenging it is a proper mountain event.

www.nofussevents.co.uk

You can find a full description and video of the race HERE.

Come and be a part of the fun, you never know who's going to be on the start line. A few more from the road scene? Richard Stannard last year, Tim Don has already this year - who's next?

Don't miss out and get entering. A massive thank you to the main sponsors, Scott UK and Powerbar for helping make the series grow and so much fun. Entries can me made on all the race websites as series entries are now closed.

For all details though head to www.xtriseries.co.uk


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