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  • April 10

  • Natalie TriFlorida/Sommer Sports Events What tips would you give a first timer for a Sprint Triathlon?
    about 2 weeks ago
  • Natalie has joined TriFlorida/Sommer Sports Events
    about 2 weeks ago
  • Natalie Signed up for the Sprint Triathlon on May 11. First one ever.
    about 2 weeks ago
  • December 11

  • Slowesttwitch created the group Discount - Corerecoverysuit
    about 5 months ago
  • Slowesttwitch created the group [AS:JOURNALINFO:GROUPNAMELINK]
    about 5 months ago
  • October 18

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Hi E-Dad and Taz!!! Hey Dad, how was the B2B?... I follow GFT on twitter, it's really looking like no wetsuits this year, water temp is over 80 degrees... I already have 2014 in the back of my mind. Missed the last three years due to a bad cold race week, plantar fasciitis, and just plain lack of motivation. I concentrated on smaller local races this year. I'm entered in the Florida Challenge next March, so I'll hold off on a GFT decision til after then. But I'm really hungry for one last shot at it... Good luck to all GFT participants tomorrow, make it memorable!!! Anyone know if St. Pete Mad Dogs are still there?
    about 7 months ago
    • EnduradadRace was great. VERY cold though, I hate cold. race start was 38 and as soon as sun set went back down fast.
      trying to plan what to do next year?
      If up to me GFT, but family wants to go some where new.

      please someone give an update on race for this year.
      10:54 AM October 28
  • SVS OK, as a past/present "TRIBE" member, I wish everyone a very safe event!! I'll be sitting by the roadside, as you cycle by, applauding your efforts. If you think it's me, just yell out "TAZ"!! No prizes, but it will keep you on your toes. HINT... What color is a pumpkin? ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? MORE STONES!! The "TRIBE" battle cries! TAZ
    about 7 months ago
  • October 17

  • Enduradad Slowesttwitch Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. Try compression sleeves. They are a little expensive, but work well. I thought they were a gimmick, but hospitals use them. I wear them at night when I suffer from leg cramps. Look silly, but work well. I have not noticed if they help while racing?
    about 7 months ago
  • October 16

  • Enduradad Good luck to all doing GFT this year! I hope that some of you write a report. I'll be back again next year. Enduradad
    about 7 months ago
    • EnduradadThe count down clock seems to be running out of numbers. Must be almost race day.
      8:42 AM October 17
  • October 02

  • Slowesttwitch Open Triathlon Discussion anybody heard any info on the new recovery suit that is been launched by corerecoverysuit.com hamstrings are still really sore and looking for a recovery
    about 7 months ago
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Review: Power Crunch Bars tic almost all of the boxes for active triathletes
4/14/2014 8:41:12 AM Everyman Tri
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Review: Surge Dynamic Fluid Resistance Training tool is a complete gym is a box
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2014 ASICS LA Marathon Review: 26.2 miles that belongs on your bucket list
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Slots for 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria
4/24/2014 9:12:48 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

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Earlier this month IRONMAN announced that it had chosen Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria to host the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon. The championship race is scheduled for August 30, 2015 and marks the first time that the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be held in Europe.

In a recent interview with Triathlete Magazine, Andrew Messick stated:

"We're going to rebalance all the slots--that's the first thing. Starting with the 2015 qualifying cycle, which starts in April 2014, virtually all North American races will have fewer slots and all European races will have more slots. We're very much anticipating--and engineering in the process--that there will be more qualifying opportunities in Europe for the 2015 world championships than there were in 2014. I would expect--and this is broadly speaking--if it's going to be a 2,500-athlete race, we'll have 1,000 North Americans, 1,000 Europeans, and 500 from Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific. Roughly speaking. We want there to be more local opportunities for Europeans to race a world championship. What we don't know, of course, is the extent to which Europeans are going to go elsewhere to get their slots. What we do see is, for example, a lot of Canadians are pushing to find slots for Tremblant because they want to be able to race a world championship in Canada. I think we're going to see that a lot of Europeans are going to start searching for opportunities to qualify because if you're a European age-group triathlete, being able to compete in a world championship is something that's going to resonate."

With that said, here is the listing qualifying events and slot breakdowns for you to punch your ticket for the 2015 for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

If your goal is to test out the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship course in Europe then start planning your triathlon calendar now with the current listing of qualifying events for 2015.

Year Ironman 70.3 Event Location 2015 Slots
2014 Philippines 70.3 Camarines Sur, Philippines 30
2014 Steelhead 70.3 Benton Harbor, MI, USA 30
2014 European Championship 70.3 Weisbaden, Germany 100
2014 Lake Stevens 70.3 Lake Stevens, WA, USA 30
2014 Timberman 70.3 Gilford, NH, USA 30
2014 Budapest 70.3 Budapest, Hungary 50
2014 Foz do Iguacu 70.3 Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 35
2014 Zell am See 70.3 Zell Am See, Austria 100
2014 Muskoka 70.3 Huntsville, Ontario, Canada 35
2014 Luxembourg 70.3 Region Moselle, Luxembourg 50
2014 Kronborg 70.3 Korgborg, Denmark 50
2014 Sunshine Coast 70.3 Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia 30
2014 Rugen 70.3 Binz, Germany 50
2014 Princeton 70.3 Princeton, NJ, USA 30
2014 Cozumel 70.3 Cozumel, Mexico 35
2014 Augusta 70.3 Augusta, GA, USA 30
2014 Silverman 70.3 Henderson, NV, USA 35
2014 Lanzarote 70.3 Lanzarote, Spain 50
2014 Port Macquarie 70.3 Port MacQuarie, NSW, Australia 30
2014 Austin 70.3 Austin, TX, USA 39
2014 Miami 70.3 Miami, FL, USA 30
2014 Taiwan 70.3 Kentin, Taiwan 30
2014 Mandurah 70.3 Mandurah, WA,USA 30
2014 Ballarat 70.3 Ballarat, VIC, Australia 30
2014 Western Sydney 70.3 Penrith, NSW, Australia 35
2015 Pucon 70.3 Pucon, Chile 35
2015 Auckland 70.3 Auckland, New Zealand 30
2015 South Africa 70.3 Buffalo City, South Africa 30
2015 Geelong 70.3 Geelong, VIC, Australia 30
2015 Monterrey 70.3 Monterrey, Mexico 35
2015 California 70.3 Oceanside, CA, USA 30
2015 Brasilia 70.3 Brasilia, Brazil 35
2015 Texas 70.3 Galveston, TX, USA 30
2015 Malaysia 70.3 Putrajaya, Malaysia 30
2015 Puerto Rico 70.3 San Juan, Puerto Rico 35
2015 New Orleans 70.3 New Orleans, LA, USA 30
2015 Florida 70.3 Haines City, FL, USA 30
2015 St. George 70.3 St. George, UT, USA 30
2015 Busselton 70.3 Busselton, WA, USA 30
2015 St. Croix 70.3 St. Croix, USVI 30
2015 Mallorca 70.3 Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain 50
2015 Pays D'Aix 70.3 Aix en Provence, France 50
2015 Austria 70.3 St. Polten, Austria 75
2015 Hawaii 70.3 Kohala Coast, HI, USA 30
2015 Raleigh 70.3 Raleigh, NC, USA 30
2015 Switzerland 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland 50
2015 Boise 70.3 Boise, ID, USA 30
2015 Japan 70.3 Tokoname, Japan 30
2015 Italy 70.3 Pescara, Italy 50
2015 Eagleman 70.3 Cambridge, MD, USA 30
2015 Cairnes 70.3 Queensland, QLD, Australia 30
2015 Kraichgau 70.3 Kraichgau, Germany 50
2015 Boulder 70.3 Boulder, CO, USA 30
2015 Kansas 70.3 Lawrence, KS, USA 30
2015 UK 70.3 Exmoor, Somerset, England 50
2015 Aarhus 70.3 Aarhus, Denmark 50
2015 Syracuse 70.3 Syracuse, NY, USA 30
2015 Mont-Tremblant 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada 35
2015 Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 Lubbock, TX, USA 35
2015 Norway 70.3 Haugesund, Norway 50
2015 Muncie 70.3 Muncie, IN, USa 30
2015 Vineman 70.3 Santa Rosa, CA, USA 30
2015 Racine 70.3 Racine, WI, USA 30

This listing was published on Ironman.com on April 11th 2014 and is subject to change. Visit Ironman.com or the event website for up-to-date details.
 

SwimOutlet now a USA Triathlon Certified Multisport Retailer
4/23/2014 8:47:30 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

usa-tri-cmr.pngSwimOutlet.com, the web's most popular swim shop, has been accredited by USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body in the U.S., as part of their USA Triathlon Certified Multisport Retailer program. The program provides the USAT CMR certification for meeting specific criteria related to triathlon promotion and product selection.

The certification was granted as SwimOutlet.com has moved more and more into multisport with its extensive inventory of triathlon products and recently signed triathlon sponsorships. This year, SwimOutlet.com announced a partnership with Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker and later this summer will sponsor a triathlon event with the inaugural Oakland Triathlon Festival.

With its prominence and visibility as a retailer in the swimming community, SwimOutlet.com will highlight various triathlon content in 2014 geared towards its customers, including regular updates from Shoemaker, suggested triathlon training programs, race day checklist and expert product reviews.

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The retailer carries a full range of swimming, running and some limited cycling products for the beginner and expert triathlete. USA Triathlon members will receive a discount as part of the USA Triathlon Certified Multisport Retailer program.

Visit www.swimoutlet.com to shop for your triathlon gear.
 

Mission Apolo: Ohno Takes on Ironman World Championship
4/22/2014 2:44:25 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

apoloohno.jpgAfter hanging up his blades four years ago, world-champion speedskating legend Apolo Ohno is making his athletic comeback. This time, the eight-time medalist has teamed up with the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign to take on a training and recovery journey that will culminate at the world's most grueling endurance race: the IRONMAN World Championship triathlon - a 140.6-mile swim-bike-run event in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. Ohno will be challenged to translate his speed and power to a brand new sport, carrying the torch for football legend Hines Ward who successfully put his athleticism and determination to the test at the iconic race last year.

Ohno's transformational journey will be captured in an eight-episode online documentary series, Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK that will show his highs and lows as he transitions from a short-course competitor to a long-course endurance athlete. Fans will be able to watch Ohno's inspiring - and entertaining - journey on gotchocolatemilk.com and will get an inside look at how an effective recovery routine including chocolate milk - the Official Refuel Beverage of some of the most prominent sports organizations and teams in the world including IRONMAN, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, USA Hockey and Women's Ski Jumping USA - plays a critical role in his success.

"For the past 20 years, recovery has been the number one element in my training because that's where you rebound and how your body heals," said Ohno. "Anyone can perform well for one workout, but to do it repeatedly is the difficult part. Recovery, with the help of chocolate milk, is what's kept me in the game. That's why I'm so excited to team up with BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK to take on this challenge because as an athlete, I know you can train and perform only as hard and as fast as you recover. It's time to really put my recovery ritual to the test while training for my biggest race yet. I've always had tremendous respect for endurance athletes and now it's my turn to push myself. It'll be tough but I've never been one to back away from a challenge."

"Apolo is in for one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of his life," said football star-turned triathlete Hines Ward, who finished the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship in 13 hours and 8 minutes. "I wish him all the best - but if he beats my time I may just have to come back and give it another try!"

From :40 seconds on the ice to 140.6 miles in the lava fields

An eight-time medalist and the most decorated American winter athlete of all time, Ohno made his debut in endurance sports with a 3:25 finish at the 2011 New York City Marathon, which is only one-third of the disciplines he will face at the IRONMAN World Championship in October.

After commentating from Sochi during the 2014 Games, Ohno missed the intensity of competition and sought a new challenge. While speedskating and endurance sports both require mental focus, which Ohno is known for, his success will depend on him mastering and combining three sports: swimming, biking and running. He will also need to assess new goals for competition; Ohno will go from finishing first place after :40 seconds of quick intensity and agility to sustaining steady speed and endurance for 140.6 miles among a field of top athletes in the sport.

"We couldn't be more proud to have Apolo as the face of this program," said Miranda Abney, Marketing Director of the Milk Processor Education Program, the group behind the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign. "He's already proven he's one of the world's greatest athletes, but we look forward to showing people what an incredible role model he is as he digs deep and pushes himself to his limit to accomplish this extraordinary goal. Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK is a journey that will inspire athletes and fitness enthusiasts regardless of ability and sport, compelling them to finish strong no matter what goals they seek. We are excited to see what Apolo accomplishes over the next seven months and ultimately how hard he races to the finish line in Kona."

"This program introduces the sport of triathlon to an even larger audience and inspires people to show them that 'Anything is possible,' said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We are excited to see what Apolo is capable of doing. His athletic background, commitment to competition and eagerness to immerse himself in triathlon makes him a great ambassador for our sport. We look forward to welcoming Apolo into the IRONMAN family this October."

Joining Ohno on this journey is Women's Health Fitness Director, Jen Ator, CSCS. An endurance sports novice, Ator will be training with Ohno and chronicling her first-time experience in partnership with the magazine.

"I am inspired by Apolo's legacy and honored to be joining him on Team CHOCOLATE MILK," said Ator. "To cross the most prestigious finish line in endurance sports that so many athletes I admire and respect have crossed before is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."

At Women's Health, Ator oversees and managing the fitness-related content for the print magazine and online platforms and serves as an expert and talent for the brand's online fitness videos. While Ator has dipped a toe in the water, participating in several shorter races, this will be her first attempt at anything close to an IRONMAN. She will juggle a hectic work and travel schedule, family commitments and training to show what's possible when you set your mind and heart on accomplishing something extraordinary.

A team BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK

While triathlon is considered an individual sport, elite and amateur athletes alike know that behind each athlete's success is a support team; a team that encourages an athlete as he or she puts his or her body to the ultimate test and provides encouragement as he or she attempts to accomplish a life goal. Joining Ohno and Ator is a team that is BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK, including:

  • Support crew: Supporting Ohno and Ator are some of the most respected heavy hitters in the sport of triathlon including coaches; eight-time IRONMAN World Champion, Paula Newby-Fraser; and three-time IRONMAN World Champion, Craig Alexander.
  • Training partners: A stacked team including two-time IRONMAN World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae; and six-time IRONMAN Champion, Luke McKenzie, who will share training tips and firsthand experience on the importance of post-exercise recovery.
  • Nutritionists: Many elite athletes and endurance experts say that the fourth discipline of triathlon is nutrition. There will be a team of sports dietitians consisting of Dr. Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD and Nancy Clark MS, RD, CSSD to provide guidelines for overall nutrition and recovery in training and competition.

Follow the journey

To follow the Mission Apolo: BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK program, the science behind the recovery benefits of lowfat chocolate milk, and to check out exclusive training tips and videos, log onto gotchocolatemilk.com, or join the conversation on Facebook/gotchocolatemilk, Twitter @gotchocomilk and Instagram @gotchocolatemilk using #MissionApolo.
 

Leon's Triathlon Adds Body Glove Surge Grand Prix Incentive
4/22/2014 8:50:49 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

leons-bodyglove-grandprix.pngLeon's Triathlon, the world's fastest triathlon, added a new incentive to this year's event, with the introduction of the Body Glove SURGE GRAND PRIX. Scheduled to take place on June 1, 2014 at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, IN, Leon's Triathlon is part of the Chicagoland Tri Series that includes the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon and the ITU World Triathlon Chicago. The Body Glove SURGE GRAND PRIX offers triathletes who compete in Leon's Triathlon and at least one other event in the Chicagoland Tri Series the opportunity to win cash and prizes totaling over $3,000.

"Chicago is tri country. The Chicagoland Tri Series is confirmation of the enthusiasm and commitment of Midwestern triathletes." said Leon Wolek, founder of Leon's Triathlon. "This year we made the competition even more interesting with the addition of the Body Glove SURGE GRAND PRIX. If you compete in Leon's and one or both of the other triathlon events in the Olympic distance, you can win big."

The prizes will be awarded based on the fastest times in Leon's Triathlon and one other event in the Chicagoland Tri Series. There will be awards for men and women for overall fastest times, as well as age group winners. Leon's Triathlon is known for being an innovator. It was the first triathlon to introduce team racing and offer a stand up paddleboard option instead of the swimming portion. The Body Glove SURGE GRAND PRIX only adds to the excitement of the series for participants and spectators.

Awards:

  • • Overall fastest time for men - Prize: $500.00
  • • Overall fastest time for women - Prize: $500.00
  • • 2nd fastest overall time for men - Prize: $250.00
  • • 2nd fastest overall time for women - Prize: $250.00
  • • 3rd fastest overall time for men - Prize: $100.00
  • • 3rd fastest overall time for women - Prize: $100.00

Dr. Robert Portman, chairman of PacificHealth Laboratories, the manufacturer of Body Glove SURGE, said, "Leon's Triathlon is a special triathlon, not only because of its long history of innovation but also its commitment to the military through Team Wired Athletes and Team Red, White and Blue. We are delighted this year to be part of it."

Leon's Triathlon is nationally broadcasted on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

For more details about the Body Glove SURGE GRAND PRIX and to register for Leon's Triathlon go to leonstriathlon.com. For more information about the Chicagoland Tri Series go to: chicagolandtriseries.com.

Body Glove SURGE is the first proven all natural energy. In a head-to-head comparisons vs 5-hour Energy, University studies showed Body Glove SURGE is twice as effective in increasing energy, improving mental focus and reducing fatigue. Developed by a leading sports scientist, the all natural non-GMO formula contains protein, green tea, honey, coconut water and pomegranate. To learn more, visit www.bodyglovesurge.com.

About PacificHealth: PacificHealth Laboratories, Inc. founded in 1996 by two prominent scientists, started with a singular purpose - to help athletes achieve their personal goals. We never lost sight of that mission. Collaborating with some of the world's top nutritionists, biochemists and sports scientists, our research and products have reshaped sports nutrition. Our discoveries help muscles work stronger, faster and longer and are an integral part of the daily training and race regimens of athletes at all levels. However, we are most proud of the simple fact that our products "power your passion." To learn more, visit www.pacifichealthlabs.com.

About Body Glove International: Founded in 1953, Body Glove is a leading, worldwide action sports brand specializing in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories, and technology accessories. The company sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry with such powerhouse names as pro surfers Dusty Payne, Nate Yeomans, Mike Losness, Alex Gray and Holly Beck and wake boarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, Bob Soven, Shelby Kantar and Jeff McKee. Through Reef Check, SIMA's environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove works to preserve the purity of the waters it loves. Body Glove products are sold in the U.S. by a network of independent retailers. Body Glove is also sold in approximately 50 countries internationally.
 

Endurance Nation Announces Inside-Out Sports 2014 Sponsorship Deal
4/24/2014 12:58:37 PM TriFuel

APRIL 21, 2014 — Endurance Nation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Inside-Out Sports that brings discounts on an incredible selection of products for even the most discerning triathlete.

Challenge Roth announces strongest pro field in 30 years of of triathlon in Roth
4/17/2014 1:14:12 PM TriFuel

16 APRIL 2014 - On 20 July, Challenge Roth will celebrate “30 Years of Triathlon in Roth” with the strongest field of pro athletes ever seen at the world’s largest long distance triathlon, joined by 5,500 age group athletes and watched by an anticipated 220,000 spectators.

Middaugh, Duffy win XTERRA West Championship
4/14/2014 1:30:29 PM TriFuel

April 13, 2014 (Lake Las Vegas - Henderson, Nevada) – Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series opener at the XTERRA West Championship around the desert of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada this morning.

It’s the third time in four years Middaugh has captured the West Championship title.

Cycling Cadence in Triathlon
4/8/2014 1:55:29 PM TriFuel

There as been a lot of debate about the appropriate cycling cadence for triathletes. In general, we recommend riding at a cadence between 80-90 RPM at a minimum, preferably over 90 RPM. A great piece of advice we give to our athletes is to increase their cadence up to 95+ RPM for the last 10-20’ without significantly increasing the tension (on the chain) or effort level being put forth by the athlete.

Big guns come out to play in Cape Town
12:00:00 AM ITU News
In its first spin on the ITU World Triathlon Series, Cape Town will not disappoint with the lineup for the men’s race with another classic expected between Jonathan Brownlee and current men’s leader Javier Gomez Noya. While athletes dazzle us with their stamina and speed, they’ll be treated to sights aplenty throughout the 1500m harbour swim, 40km beach side bike and 10km run. Watch the races live here: https://triathlonlive.tv/ Find the men’s international start times here. The rivalry continues While the late withdrawal of Alistair Brownlee, who stated he wasn’t 100% on Wednesday, means that Cape Town won’t add another chapter in the Brownlee brothers versus Gomez book, the battle between Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez is still one worthy of any triathlon fans time. In the past five events they have competed against each other, without Alistair on the start line, it’s been a 1-2 finish. But who holds the upper hand? Well in races where Alistair hasn’t been a factor, Jonathan won Stockholm in 2012, before Gomez claimed the Grand Final title in Auckland in 2012 with a killer sprint. In Yokohama and Madrid last year, Jonathan was on top, but Gomez re-claimed it in Auckland to start the 2014 season.  And then there was last year’s Grand Final in London where Alistair also raced but was forced out of contention due to injury. In possibly one of the best contests between the two, Gomez held on in an another epic sprint to claim a history-making third ITU World Championship. One thing is for sure, if these two start a WTS race, it’s more than likely they will fill the top two podium positions after it. All in all, Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez have come up against each other 18 times in WTS races, for five wins apiece. But it seems like Gomez is the one to beat in Cape Town, with victories over Jonny in the past two events. Hometown advantage Richard Murray is the hot favourite amongst the South African team. He’s the only African to have won a WTS race, which he did in Hamburg in 2012 with scintillating run speed. While Murray is by far the most experienced South African on the start list, up and comer Henri Schoeman is nothing to scoff at. He is coming off a win at the African Championships, in which he demolished Murray with a solid swim, as well as a strong performance in Auckland where he rode with the best of the best. The pair will be joined by Wian Sullwald, who is the only South African to have collected an ITU World Championship,...
Top women toe the line in Cape Town
12:00:00 AM ITU News
In the highly anticipated debut of Africa on the World Triathlon Series calendar, the women’s race again spotlights an impressive field for the two-lap 1500m V&A waterfront swim, which will be followed by an eight-lap bike with constant ocean views and a four-lap 10km run in Cape Town. Watch the races live here: https://triathlonlive.tv/ Find the women’s international start times here. Familiar talent on a new course For the second WTS race in a row, the women’s start list explodes with talent. While the ladies’ lineup is similar to that of Auckland, Cape Town’s course couldn’t be more different. Conclusion? Prepare to see yet another unpredictable nail biter. While Auckland favored strong bikers like Jodie Stimpson, Anne Haug and Helen Jenkins, the course this weekend doesn’t offer those pack-breaking climbs meaning the front group will have to work that much harder to ditch the competition. The change in strategy might also mean a change in the Threadneedle leaderboard, so be sure to tune in to see the leading ladies duke it out. Born to run Whether it’s the men or women’s race, there’s no doubt about it, you’ve got to run if you want a spot on the podium. While Gwen Jorgensen got jammed up on the bike after an athlete crashed in Auckland, the American takes no prisoners when she’s off the bike. Jorgensen will have to keep triple threats like Stimpson, Jenkins, and Emma Moffatt in sight if she wants to return to the top of the rankings, but those gals will need to have rear-view vision if they want to keep blazing Jorgensen at bay. Also don’t forget Jorgensen’s compatriot Katie Hursey, who started strongly with World Cup podiums in Mooloolaba and New Plymouth before a tough day in Auckland. Past meets present After missing a year of competition due to injury, Jenkins roared back into action without missing a beat to collect bronze in Auckland. The medal took her to 11 career WTS medals, making her equal with Hewitt in WTS career podium places. But both are still behind Moffatt, who has 15 career WTS podiums, including five wins. Sarah Groff also reminded the field what she can do when she scorched through the course for fifth place. While these women have history on their side, up and comer Sarah-Anne Brault surprised herself with a fourth-place finish to announce her presence in women’s triathlon. All the women but Hewitt will also be in Cape Town meaning it can be anybody’s podium on race day. Bringing it...
ITU partners with blueseventy
12:00:00 AM ITU News
ITU is pleased to announce it will partner with blueseventy for several stops on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series. blueseventy will become the official swim and wetsuit partner for three of the eight WTS events in 2014 beginning with the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town this weekend. The global wetsuit company will also have a presence at the PruHealth World Triathlon London and the TransCanada Corp World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton. “bluseventy was a natural choice for us in terms of sponsorship, as they are already so engrained in the triathlon community,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “blueseventy understands our sport and the need for top gear in order to produce maximum results.” blueseventy CEO, Tim Moxey, said of the partnership, “With our goal of creating and refining products that empower swimmers to achieve their personal bests, working with the ITU World Triathlon Series allows us to interact with a broad skill range, from pro triathletes to those just starting out. One of the many benefits of this partnership for us is to have another avenue of feedback that will help us create the best products on the market.” Now in its sixth season of competition, the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series will feature three new stops that promise to make this year one of the most exciting to date. This weekend, the WTS will touch down in Africa for the first time ever with the highly anticipated launch of Cape Town on the schedule, while Chicago and Edmonton will also debut as WTS races.  The Series is the pinnacle circuit in the sport of triathlon and is a leading platform to promote an active lifestyle. All eight events are available live on TV to an international audience, as well as streamed online. Lagardère Unlimited Events, the marketing agency of the ITU World Triathlon Series, brokered the partnership. Tim Stemp, Chief Commercial Officer of the WTS said, “The global growth of both the sport and the Series has created a varied and enthusiastic participant base. blueseventy creates excellent products and provides expertise to our audiences to meet their sporting aspirations. We look forward to working together on a global scale.” Click here for more information on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Tri Legends: The British Bulldog
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Birthdays are fun, but they are even more fun when you share them with a birthday twin. Both ITU and 220 Triathlon magazine turned 25 this year. To celebrate their quarter century anniversary, 220 launched a series that profiles the stars of their lifetime. And since that happens to be our own lifespan with many shared triumphs, 220 gifted us with a few of their features. Launching the series is Spencer Smith, Britain’s combative, charismatic and confident three-time ITU World Champion. THE CHAMP Back when the Brownlees were in short trousers and John Major was facing a weekly lampooning on Spitting Image, Spencer Smith was one part of a double act that dominated Olympic-distance triathlon. If Smith’s British rival – the South African émigré Simon Lessing – had the edge in ITU world titles, then Smith ­– the son of a used-car salesman – was a cult hero who provoked more devotion; the Agassi to Lessing’s Sampras. The name Spencer Smith still conjures excitement in fans of tri (he’s one of the few elites to have a biography published), hence being the undisputed choice to start the series. Spencer Smith was born on 11 May, 1973 in West Middlesex Hospital to Barbara and Bill Smith, a former footballer for QPR. Spencer started swimming competitively at four and by 15 had achieved national championship success. But he was already seeking a fresh challenge. Enter Thames Turbo Triathlon Club, the future home of Tim Don and Stu Hayes. Smith would win the National Junior Champs in 1989 – edging Iain Hamilton (now the Outlaw’s organiser) into second at Holme Pierrepont – and the National/Euro Junior double in 1990. In autumn 1990, Bill Black became the man tasked with elevating Smith’s bike and run to his swimming level. Combined with Smith’s famous dedication, Black’s magic soon reaped rewards. A win at the first Windsor Triathlon in June 1991 was followed by 13 more victories that season, including the National Champs at Wakefield, accompanied by a familiar soundtrack: dad Bill shouting “Go on my son!” His tri season finished as a spectator at Ironman Hawaii, with a picture in 220 showing Smith with victor Mark Allen. NON-DRAFTING DOMINANCE 1992 started with wins at both the National and European Duathlon Champs, before taking silver behind Lessing at the 220 Series race in Swindon, which marked the start of Britain’s most famous triathlon rivalry. After powering his way to the front on the swim, Smith would win the...
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