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25th Jan 2008Issue 44

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Just two weekends into the year and the action just keeps getting better! A great result for Fraser Cartmell down in South Africa over the 70.3 distance and the second win in as many weeks for Helen Tucker out in South America. Two tough races and she rockets straight back into third in the GB elite squad in terms of ITU points. And those points really do matter because only the top five will get the automatic option of a start at the three critical World Cup races which will let them get points towards the Olympic selection race in Madrid. Tucker last raced in a World Cup in Mooloolaba last year and missed virtually the entire season with Achilles problems.

The next few months are going to be critical for Britain's elite athletes; both in terms of ensuring their place in the rankings and getting themselves fit and ready for that first World Cup in Mooloolaba on March 30th. With the Southern Hemisphere's racing season in full swing we would expect something of a mass migration to warmer climes for those countries who have yet to decide their squads for Beijing. So, don't be suprised if we suddenly start reporting on races in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa!

Coming up this week is a new column from Craig Doyle explaining why it's been so long since we heard from him last - something about going out with the lads after Hamburg... - and the first part of our TCR Show Preview plus all the latest news as it happens.

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Results

Weekend action

At the Buffalo City 70.3 in South Africa the headline results are that the wins went to Raynard Tissink (RSA) in 4:03:02 and Desiree Ficker (USA) in 4:46:46. GB's Fraser Cartmell led the pro field out of the water in 18:33 ahead of Frederik van Lierde, Brad Storm and Raynard Tissink but had dropped back to fourth after the bike. He pulled back one place on the run to take the third podium slot behind Frederik van Lierde. Raynard Tissink blitzed the bike course, reputedly riding a 56-tooth chainring, and came in with a three minute advantage over van Lierde. Despite having put in the extra effort on the bike, the South African held onto his lead and had a 1:20 buffer by the finish.

In the women's race the early leader on the bike course was Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) but Desiree Ficker (USA) and Sanmarie Wolthe (RSA) were in hot pursuit and by 50k into the bike Ficker was in the lead and never looked like being seriously challenged.

The Ironmanlive website (www.ironmanlive.com) has full timing splits coming live from the race.

Pos Men Women
1 Raynard Tissink (RSA) 4:03:02 Desiree Ficker (USA) 4:46:46
2 Frederik van Lierde (BEL) 4:04:25 Heidi Jesberger (GER) 4:58:50
3 Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 4:10:40 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 5:01:59

Results from the ITU Continental Cup race in La Paz, Argentina have Helen Tucker winning for the second week in a row, which will have done her ITU rankings no harm at all! Apparently it was really hot, she led throughout the bike section and had a near three minute advantage but slowed up on the run. Last week in Chile, Barbara Riveros Diaz was a full minute behind for the run split but this week they were pretty much at the same pace suggesting that the heat and travelling were playing a part. However, the two wins have significantly boosted her ITU points and she is now the third-ranked British girl, which guarantees her a start at the first three World Cups of the season. Final results are on the ITU website.

Pos Men Women
1 Manuel Huerta (USA) 01:53:56 Helen Tucker (GBR) 02:08:01
2 Leonardo Chacon (CRC) 01:53:57 Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 02:10:36
3 Juraci Moreira (BRA) 01:54:14 Shizuka Kutsuba (JPN) 02:10:46

In the Bannatyne's Wellingborough Multi-Terrain Run organised by Just Racing there were three distances on offer. The 15k was won by Ian Day (Ely Runners) in 0:54:37 and Juliette Minter in 0:59:34. The 10k was won by Nick White in 0:35:33 and Louise Prole (Bedfordshire Police/Team MK) in 42:14 while the 5k was won by Richard Smith in 0:18:37 and Mel Newbery (TVH) in 0:19:12. Results are here.

Epic Events held the second of their Winter Training Duathlon series at Rainford near St Helens on Merseyside and the winners were Paul Roby in 0:57:10 and Rhian Roxburgh in 1:05:29. Full results are here.

The first of the Cerist Tri Earlybird Aquathlon series took place at Machynlleth. There's an interesting write-up on Enduroman Steve Haywood's blog; he won the race in 24:16 with his wife Lucy taking the first women's place and second overall just behind him. The full results are here, along with a brief race report.

Deal Tri held the third round of their NCPH Winter Duathlon Series at Fowlmead Park and the winners were Tim Kingston in 0:50:04 and Jill Cliff in 0:55:33. Full results are here.

Saturday saw the first of the G3 10k series of off-road runs, organised by allabouttriathlons and based around Newlands Corner in Surrey, the winners were James Walker in 0:41:36 and Sarah Rollins in 0:46:33. Full results are on their website: www.allabouttriathlons.co.uk

Also on Saturday and north of the Border, the Edinburgh RC Winter Duathlon Series closed out with their third race. Winners here were Blair Cartmell in 0:52:05 and Jessica Wilson Young in 1:00:41. We suspect that news of Blair's win must have filtered down the Prime Meridian to brother Fraser in South Africa! Full results can be found here.

Tri247 has places for L'Etape!!

In something of a coup, Tri247 has negotiated a block of 40 places at the 2008 L'Etape du Tour with the UK's official organisers, Sportstours. For those that don't know about it, L'Etape is an annual event where members of the public can ride an official Tour de France stage, complete with all the trimmings, a few days before the Tour itself gets there. It's definitely one of the 'must do' events for any dedicated cyclis and the 2008 stage is in the Pyrenees. It goes from the city of Pau and includes the monumental climb of the Col du Tourmalet (17.7km at 7.5%) before finishing on top of the Hautacam mountain, (14km with an average ascent of 7.2%) which towers above the pilgrim city of Lourdes.

The reserved Tri247 places are part of a three nights (Friday 4th to Monday 7th July) and is aimed at those people who have a limited amount of time to spend at the Etape du Tour. You'll be based at a hotel in Lourdes and will have bus transfers from the airport and to the start. For more information see this article on the Tri247 website. As part of the package, Tri247 will be providing a custom cycle top created for us by Impsport and a goody bag of nutrition from For Goodness Shakes.

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