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Alistair Brownlee wins gold at London 2012

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The UK’s chances of winning triathlon medals at the next Olympic games just received a big boost with the news that governing body British Triathlon has won a significant increase in funding for its elite athlete programme.

UK Sport took the decision earlier this week after identifying triathlon as one of 18 Olympic and Paralympic sports with significant potential for delivering medals at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 games.

As a result, elite triathlon’s funding has been increased by around a third to more than £9m for the period 2013-2017, with the majority (around £7.5m) to be used on providing extra coaching to Olympic athletes.

British Triathlon will announce its 2014/15 squad next month, and expects it to include an extra three to five athletes compared to the 17 elites funded in 2013/14.

It’s good news as well for the UK’s paratriathletes, with over £2m earmarked for the country’s Paralympic programme, ahead of triathlon’s Paralympic debut in Rio.

Other sports earmarked for an increase in funding for Rio 2016 include Taekwondo, shooting and hockey – full details here.

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Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team Announces 2014 Line-Up

Posted: January 21, 2014 by kirisyko in SykOtic, Triathlon
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The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team has revealed its full 2014 line-up. Corinne Abraham, Bart Aernouts, Liz Blatchford, Dirk Bockel, Will Clarke, Helle Frederiksen, Sofie Goos, Romain Guillaume, Ronnie Schildknecht and Axel Zeebroek will compete for Uplace-BMC, starting with this Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 South Africa. These 10 world-class long distance triathletes have already collected 39 Ironman titles, 75 Ironman podium finishes and 7 top-10 spots in the Ironman Hawaii. “Last year, we announced our ambition to become the most successful professional team in the sport. We have worked very hard to set up a professional structure and expert support, and most importantly, to attract the talent that makes this ambitious goal a realistic one,” said Team Manager Bob De Wolf.

In 2013, Uplace and BMC Switzerland announced their plans to set up an international triathlon team. Based on the success of the all-Belgian Uplace Pro Triathlon Team (12 Ironman wins and 19 Ironman top-three finishes in 2011-2013), the two companies believe that only the support and structure of a professional team can help triathletes reach and maintain a place among the sport’s elite. Uplace Chairman Bart Verhaeghe commented, “Triathlon is improving and professionalizing rapidly. There is only room at the top for those who can dedicate themselves exclusively to their sport and to continuous improvement.” BMC Switzerland has an extensive track record in team cycling with the BMC Racing Team and the BMC MTB Team. In triathlon, BMC Switzerland only sponsored individual athletes, until now. The move to a team approach is a significant one for BMC Switzerland. “Triathlon will become a team sport, it is only a question of time. We want to be at the forefront of that movement and lead it,” said Andy Rihs, chairman and co-owner of BMC Switzerland.

In December 2013, the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team confirmed that Belgian athletes Bart Aernouts, Axel Zeebroek and Sofie Goos would make the transition from the Uplace team to the new international project. “We are proud that Uplace as a Belgian company can play a meaningful, trendsetting role in international triathlon. But we are even more pleased that Belgian talent will be an important part of this global project,” said Verhaeghe. Team manager Bob De Wolf emphasized that the three had earned their spot on the team on the Ironman course. “Bart, Axel and Sofie have worked hard and delivered outstanding results. That is why they are here today.”

Today, Corinne Abraham, Liz Blatchford, Dirk Bockel, Will Clarke, Helle Frederiksen, Romain Guillaume and Ronnie Schildknecht were finally able to reveal they are also part of the team. With almost 40 Ironman titles between them, this group of big names and high potentials is excited about racing as Uplace-BMC athletes.

Corinne Abraham (UK) celebrated the biggest victory of her career in 2013, winning the Ironman Melbourne: “I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team and I think that it is a fantastic opportunity to be able to work within such a professional and supportive team structure. The experience and expertise that the team have available will be invaluable to the development and performance of the triathletes on the team and I’m excited to see what the future brings for us all!”

Bart Aernouts (Belgium), winner of the 2013 Ironman 70.3 South Africa and St. Pölten and European champion duathlon: “I’m happy to be a member of a team that is so clear in its ambitions and desire to improve. I also see this as a sign that the team appreciates my results so far. After meeting my new teammates at our training camp in Lanzarote and spending two weeks with them, I’m even more enthousiastic! We will push each other to some outstanding performances in 2014.”

Liz Blatchford (Australia) started the 2013 Ironman Hawaii as a rookie and ended it with a 3rd place. She also claimed the 2013 Ironman Cairns and Ironman 70.3 Busselton titles: “I’m truly excited. Everything about this team is so professional with the very best equipment and support. I really believe that working with the team is a huge step to help me achieve my goals in triathlon.”

Dirk Bockel (Luxembourg) finished in the top-10 in the Ironman Hawaii four times in the last five years. In 2013, he also won the Challenge Roth: “It is a very exciting time for me. I finally found the set-up I was always hoping and looking for: a real professional team with great guys and even friends in it. This will help me to produce more wins than in the past and I am sure that success is the only logical consequence of this opportunity given to me by the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. I can’t wait to start my season having that kind of support network around me.”

Will Clarke (UK) wrapped up 2013, his first year as a long distance triathlete, with a 10th place in the World Championships Ironman 70.3 Las Vegas and a second place in the 70.3 races in St. Croix and Lanzarote: “I’m super happy and thrilled to be a member of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team and I can’t wait for the start. Right from the beginning, the organization and professionalism is second to non with big name athletes, staff and sponsors every athlete dreams of working with. I’m proud to be a member and I’m sure that between us all, with the support we have, we can have a great future and take triathlon to the next level.”

Helle Frederiksen (Denmark) comes off a strong 2013 that included victories in the Ironman 70.3 races of San Juan and Miami: “Knowing I am part of the greatest, most professional triathlon team ever assembled in the history of the sport, is one of my proudest sporting achievements to date. It is a very humbling feeling to be selected and part of such an amazing set-up.”

Sofie Goos (Belgium), winner of the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg: “I feel privileged to have witnessed the growth and success of the Uplace team. I am excited about the continuation of that journey with the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon team. The team is bigger and even more professional, but it is also a fun and solid group.”

Romain Guillaume (France) broke through on the international level in 2012. That year he won both the full and half Ironman races in Mont-Tremblant: “I’m really happy and honored to represent the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team. Training and racing with the world’s best athletes will hopefully help me make further progress and get closer to the top athletes in Hawaii. I am extremely motivated! Everything is in place for us as athletes to improve: excellent quality materials, training camps, support staff. The atmosphere in the team is truly exceptional. We all work very hard but in a very good atmosphere. It’s great!”

Ronnie Schildknecht (Switzerland) made it a great 2013 with his 7th consecutive Ironman Switzerland title and a victory in the Ironman South Africa: “I am delighted to join such a professional team and I am sure this approach as a whole will help me to improve on many levels.”

Axel Zeebroek (Belgium), self-assured after winning the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg and the Mallorca OD triathlon: “I am happy and proud to be a part of this beautiful adventure that started three years ago. BMC Switzerland’s commitment shows that the hard work of the Uplace-athletes and staff has been very professional the past three years. It makes me very confident at the start the new season.”

To become the best in triathlon
The Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team is outspoken in its goal to become the most successful long distance triathlon team. Team manager Bob De Wolf is clear in his comments: “Our number one ambition is for all our athletes to qualify for and to be competitive in the World Championships Ironman in Hawaii and/or the World Championships Ironman 70.3. The ultimate goal is to win the Ironman Hawaii. Throughout the season, the team aims for victories in Ironman, Challenge and other key long distance races. We want to be the best team in the world and we want to measure this in results: we want to win.”

Structure & support
Uplace and BMC Switzerland have committed to the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team for a minimum of two years with a clear intention to continue afterwards. Owner and name sponsor Uplace is responsible for the operational management of the team. Its five dedicated departments – operations, marketing, athletic, bike-technical and medical – provide the athletes and their coaches with coordinated professional support. Co-sponsor BMC Switzerland supplies the team bikes (the BMC TM01 is the team time trial bike), on-site race support, and research and development to optimize bike performance in races and in training.

A range of partners supports the Uplace-BMC athletes: Shimano/Pro bike components, Pearl Izumi race and training clothing, Lululemon casual clothing, Continental tubulars, Giro helmets, Tacx bike trainers and drink bottles, fi’zi:k saddles, Sailfish wetsuits, Compressport compression products, Sands Beach Active for warm weather training, BMW Le Couter, Adidas Eyewear, Bakala Academy sports-scientific support, Etixx sports nutrition, Best Swim Centre for an annual Mallorca training camp, Sportoase pool and gym facilities, and Assumax insurance.

Entries are now open for the annual swimming, cycling and running event in March which is open to people of all abilities

Entries are open for this year's Green Park Triathlon
Entries are open for this year’s Green Park Triathlon

People who made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape are being encouraged to sign up for the Green Park Triathlon.

Entries are now open for the annual swimming, cycling and running event in March which is open to people of all abilities.

Organisers say it is the perfect incentive for those who have vowed to take more exercise in 2014 and they can raise money for Sports Relief at the same time.

Entrants can choose to take part in the full Sprint Triathlon, the shorter Funathon Triathlon or form a team to compete in either.

Triathlon coach Dom Dos Remedios, who is organising this year’s event, said: “It’s open to anyone. The Funathon is designed to be achievable for pretty much everybody with a little bit of training.

“However, for people who don’t fancy taking on the whole thing, you can enter as a relay team – we had lots of people doing that last year.

“If you are looking for a fitness challenge, the Sprint distance is challenging enough so I hope there is something for everyone.

“The two main goals are to raise lots of money for Sports Relief and to try to inspire people to get fit.”

Entrants in the Sprint event will have to swim 400 metres – 20 lengths of the pool, cycle 17km and run 6km.

The Funathon consists of a 200 metre swim, 9km cycle and a 3.5km run.

Nuffield Health will be hosting the swimming leg and the running and cycling will take place within Green Park, in South Reading.

All entrants will receive a free eight-week coaching plan and free coached practice sessions taken by official British triathlon coach Mr Remedios.

Nuffield Health Gym will be offering free temporary membership to all those registered in the run up to the event on Wednesday, March 19.

Organisers are introducing an Elite Exhibition Race for the first time this year for 16 local elite athletes to race shoulder to shoulder over the Sprint distance.

The eight men and eight women would compete on behalf of a different sponsor to raise money for Sports Relief.

Every competitor will be expected to raise at least £100 for Sports Relief and there will be prizes for those who raise the most.

About 360 people took part and 52 different companies were represented in the triathlon last year and raised a total of £45,000.

Mr Remedios said: “It’s so amazing seeing everybody compete because everybody’s giving 100 per cent.

“It’s incredibly inspiring, it makes you want to lace up your shoes and do it yourself.”

The Green Park Triathlon is sponsored by Cisco, Costco, DB Max, EOS, Green Park, Green Park Triathletes, My Sporting Times, Nuffield Health, Oxford Properties, Quintiles and the Reading Post.

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  Iron Girl participant Debbie O’Connor, of Canastota, examines the swim course before the triathlon begins Sunday at Oneida Shores in Brewerton. Michelle Gabel |
Syracuse, NY — Registration for Iron Girl Syracuse 2014 is officially open, but don’t wait to register.

Registration for Iron Girl Syracuse 2013 sold out last year in less than 10 hours.

The online registration for the women’s only triathlon opened at 10 a.m.. The event, which includes a 600 meter swim, 30K bike ride and 5K run, will take place on Aug. 3 at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton.

Registration is $125.

This is the sixth year of the event, which has grown in popularity. For more information, visit Iron Girl’s website.

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Cyclocross is a group activity. While the learning curve can be steep at first, tagging along with experienced riders is the best way to pick up the skills needed to hang with ’cross riders, which will have you more ready than ever to break your own bike records when triathlon season rolls around. In addition to providing a fun mental break from an occasionally rote tri training schedule (the beer handouts and heckling make the cyclocross environment feel more like a barbecue than a race), cyclocross will improve your abilities in many important skills that are often overlooked.

What Is Cyclocross?
Sometimes called CX, cyclo-X or ’cross, cyclocross is a cycling race contested over a variety of surfaces including pavement, grass, sand, dirt and trail that forces the rider to cross big obstacles while repeatedly circling a short course.

Benefit: Better Top-End Fitness
Most ’cross races last less than an hour, but they are decided in much less time than that. You have to jam to the front of the pack right from the gun or else the group will leave you behind — moving up from the back is a monumental task. In this sport, even pacing isn’t rewarded.

How to: Developing the punch needed to be in the mix during the first few hectic minutes raises top-end fitness, which ups the ceiling for your endurance performance as well. Just about every cyclocross training ride will force you to hit full-gas without the mental strain of regimented intervals. Don’t bother with a sprint workout plan — just find a group of local cyclocross riders and show up for practice around a course or section of trail.

Benefit: Improved Cornering Abilities
Ripping through unpredictable off-road corners takes (at least) three skills: proper body position, the ability to force the tires into the ground and willingness to test the limits. Riding wheel-to-wheel with off-road veterans is a great way to pick up these skills.

How to: Forcefully press into your outside foot and inside hand while looking through the turn. Trust the bike and rely on the front wheel for traction. All these skills lead to faster cornering and descending on roads as well. And if you misjudge a corner and lay the bike down, dirt is a much more forgiving crash pad than pavement.

Benefit: Flawless Flying Mount
Dismounting the bike and leaping over obstacles is a part of every cyclocross race. You’ll have to master jumping off then back onto the bike just to make it around a course — perfect practice for nailing your triathlon transitions.

How to: Developing the courage to launch off the ground when remounting the bike after an obstacle is the first and most important step to mastering the flying mount. Commit fully. Jump off the ground with one leg and throw the other over the saddle. Land on the inner thigh, then slide your butt onto the saddle. Dedicate a few minutes of each ride to learning this all-important skill until you have it mastered. Once you get comfortable executing a flying mount over mud while half-delirious with exhaustion, doing so after T1 becomes much easier.


A woman from Remenham has completed five sprint triathlons in five months to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Fiona Boyd-Thorpe, who only took part in her first triathlon last year, says she wanted to set herself a challenge.

“I wanted to do something that was going to improve my fitness and it’s really good fun,” she said.

“My birthday is in November and I am getting married later this month so I didn’t want a big party.”

She took part in two triathlons in Stratford-upon-Avon as well as in Henley, Carterton and Bedford between May and September this year.

The sprint event involves swimming 400m, cycling between 23 and 25km and running 5 km.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe, who runs a catering management consultancy, decided to use her challenge to raise money for Macmillan.

“I lost my sister six years ago to cancer and Macmillan were very good in helping her a lot,” she said.

Her fiancé, Clive, decided to join her in her challenge the week before the first triathlon was due to take place.

“We both go to the gym but we aren’t ardent gym goers, we just do what we can,” Ms Boyd-Thorpe said. “It just shows that anyone can do it if they put their mind to it.”

She persuaded her eldest son, Aidan, 21, to take part in the Henley triathlon with her in June but was unable to convince her daughter and youngest son to join them.

Ms Boyd-Thorpe says it is likely that she will continue to take part in triathlons in the future.

“Clive said that we will do some next year but I don’t know if we’ll do five,” she said.

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Daniel James competes in a previous Ian Porteous Memorial surf lifesaving event at Omanu Beach.

Daniel James competes in a previous Ian Porteous Memorial surf lifesaving event at Omanu Beach.

It’s been 18 long years since Ian Porteous took his final, fateful jog along the beach but some of New Zealand’s best surf athletes will again pay homage to him this week.
The Ian Porteous Memorial Ironman is the feature race of the Omanu Classic carnival, sponsored by New World Mount Maunganui, which will kick of at midday on Sunday.

Porteous was a teacher at Mount College, a conservationist, a family man, a marathon runner and a proud Omanu club member. He was just 44 when a massive heart attack struck, on the dune walkway he’d helped construct days earlier near Shark Alley, a day before Omanu’s annual long-distance carnival.
Today, a memorial plaque stands where he fell, while fellow Omanu clubbie Denny Enright decided the 1996 long-distance ironman would be a fitting tribute to his good mate.

Mount Maunganui’s Aaron Jarman won that first event and the race is now a permanent and prestigious fixture on the local calendar.

There are some impressive names on the Ian Porteous trophy, with Jarman, Cory Hutchings, Andrew Newton and Matt Sutton all having tasted success, along with reigning New Zealand ironman champion Max Beattie who won last year.
Jarman (1995 and 1996) and Sutton (2006 and 2009) join 1998 and 2008 winner Damian Munro as the only double winners.
The Omanu Classic is a fast-paced afternoon carnival with $2500 worth of prizemoney and a heap of spot prizes on offer. It features a full range of water events, with board, ski and swim events.
Racing gets underway at 12.15pm, with spectators and supporters warmly welcomed.


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Leg amputation no barrier for athlete

The West AustralianBrant Garvey. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Since he was a child, Brant Garvey has been determined to prove he can do everything able-bodied people do.

The above-knee amputee is completing feats beyond most people with two legs, after breaking a world record in the Busselton Ironman this month.

The 28-year-old’s time of 11hr 49min. 20sec. was the fastest in the world for an above-knee amputee and is even more remarkable given he took up riding and running only about eight months ago.

The wheelchair basketball champion and avid swimmer decided to challenge himself further in triathlons.

“I started running on my every day (artificial) leg, which was very painful, so I eventually raised $20,000 to get a running leg and another for riding,” he said.

By September, the Trigg athlete was in London competing in the world triathlon championships, where he finished sixth in his category and shaved 27 minutes off his first triathlon time.

This month Garvey faced his biggest challenge yet – the WA ironman triathlon event – involving a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a marathon run.

“Nothing compares to the ironman – it’s the ultimate,” he said.

“Getting your body to move in one direction for 12 hours and 226km, it’s a whole new world,” he said. “I loved the entire event.”

He now has his sights set on the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

“When I was younger, it was my way of proving I had a disability but I was just like any other kid,” he said.

“It never occurred to me that I couldn’t do what everyone else did.”

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TriColumbia announced this week registration for its popular Iron Girl Triathlon races for 2014 will open on Jan. 2 at 9 a.m.

The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at Centennial Park has sold out quickly in past years, said Courtney Gaddi, a TriColumbia spokesperson.

“For example, two years ago the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon sold out within four hours of opening registration,” wrote Gaddi, in an email. Gaddi expects registration to “really take off” on Jan. 2.

The Columbia triathlon is celebrating its ninth year in the county and is the most popular Iron Girl event in the country, according to TriColumbia. The race involves a 0.62 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 3.4 mile run.

Suzy Serpico, a Hammond Elementary School physical education teacher, won the race and the $1,700 first place prize in 2013 with a time of 1:23:12.

The cost to enter is $140 for U.S.A. Triathlon members and $152 for non-members. Up to 2,400 women can participate in the race, which has a prize purse of $4,999.

The other race opening registration on Jan. 2 is the relatively new Iron Girl Rocky Gap Triathlon. The event is in its third year at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, MD.

“Our fans have been patient, and now we are thrilled to announce registration for two of our most popular events which empower and inspire women across the region,” said LJ White, Executive Director at TriColumbia, in a statement. “Our team is honored to have the opportunity to provide a platform for all women to journey toward a healthy lifestyle while challenging themselves to achieve something great.”


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Rhyl Marine Lake

A new sprint-distance triathlon will be taking place in the Welsh seaside town of Rhyl next June, featuring a fast criterium-style cycle leg along the seafront.

The open water swim will be held in Rhyl Marine Lake with transition on the quayside, followed by multiple cycle laps up and down the closed road circuit on West Parade along the seafront. Competitors will finish with a run along the new promenade past the new Pont Y Ddraig Bridge.

Race Director Simon Hill said: “The Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival is a new approach to triathlons, making it inclusive and giving athletes of all levels the opportunity to give it a go and take the plunge.

“The criterium-style cycle leg will give spectators the chance to closely witness the excitement of the cycle, and we will be expecting large crowds and quality racing in Rhyl next June.”

Criterium bike races are characterised by being held on a short course, often a closed city centre, with riders needing strong technical skills and sprinting abilities to succeed.

The event will take place on 1 June 2014, and is limited to 500 entrants. It will include a women-only wave, and places cost £50 for individual entries or £60 for team entries.

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