220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon May 2019

220 Triathlon is the UK’s No.1 selling Triathlon magazine and brings together all the finest elements of the world’s fastest growing sport in a visually stunning and practical format.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

Last month I was lucky enough to interview Ali and Jonny Brownlee on stage at the Triathlon Show: London. Chatting to them, I realised that one of the main reasons the crowd was hanging on their every word was because of how much we can empathise with them. Ali hated being injured mainly because it kept him from getting out and doing what he enjoys the most. They both love Yorkshire because there’s no better place to train, and the cameraderie they get from local groups helps keep them motivated. They’re both still keen to seek new ways to find those marginal gains, whether through kit or nutrition. Sound familiar? Well, we can’t give you Brownlee talent (sorry!) but we can help you with injury, training and gear this month.…

2 min.
the best triathlon kit reviews

We take gear testing seriously – you need to know that the kit you buy will help you reach your goals in all three disciplines and work as hard as you on race day. Our test team is made up of experienced triathletes, cyclists and runners who test each product that appears in 220 to the max during training and racing, rating it honestly for performance and value. JACK SEXTY A triathlete since blowing his student loan on a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman at Lanzarote in 2016. Ultimate injury-prevention tip? “Don’t go crazy in training as you approach race season; instead build a base that fits in with your lifestyle.” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri five years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she also competes…

1 min.
the big pic

Described as a triathlon that ‘rekindles the pioneer spirit by using the lay of the land to determine the course’, Xterra Motatapu in New Zealand consists of a 1km swim in Lake Wanaka, 46.5km MTB and a 8km mountain run. This year’s event took place on 14 March and was won in a time of 3:39:09.…

3 min.
qualification isn’t working

TIM HEMING Cutting through the spin of tri to address the issues that matter, Tim is a sports journalist who has written extensively on triathlon for the national press. When Minna Koistinen ran down the finish chute in Mar del Plata near Argentina’s Atlantic coast she was elated. The Finn had secured third place in Ironman’s regional championship and claimed an unexpected final qualification berth for the world champs. Or so she thought. In the final reckoning the only available slots would go to race winner Sarah Crowley and Britain’s Susie Cheetham, who overtook Koistinen in the marathon. To make the pill just a little more bitter, the men were awarded four spots including one for Germany’s Stefan Schumacher, a former pro cyclist and convicted doper. “While teething troubles might be expected, this…

1 min.
asics metaride

With the triathlon season nearly upon us and the London Marathon set for the end of April, new running shoe releases are arriving on a weekly basis. Few, though, could be more ground-breaking than the new Metaride, which Asics tout as one of their most important innovations in their seven decades of design. The key tech advancement of the Metaride is the new Guidesole. Developed over two years by a team at the Asics Institute of Sport Science (ISS) in Kobe, Japan, the Guidesole is a “precision-shaped curved sole that works by shifting the body weight forward and propelling runners on to give the feeling of effortless motion.” The effect, say Asics, is proven to offer a 20% saving of energy loss at the ankle joint, giving long-distance runners both performance…

1 min.
3 of the best two-piece tri-suits

UNDER £100 DHB CLASSIC £84 If you’re looking for a budget-friendly two-piece suit, you could do far worse than the Classic from Dhb. The internal silicon hems and the drawstring waist keep both the top and shorts in place, while the material and design are both satisfying. Worth noting, however, is that there are only small pockets and a slender pad for longer races. wiggle.co.uk UNDER £150 ZOOT 83 LTD £145 The stylish 83 has a pure fleece pad for short-course and middle-distance comfort, and there are well-placed pockets on the shorts and top for race supplies. A drawstring waist saves any builder’s bum incidents, while the lack of sleeves helps with arm movement on the swim. And the seamless Italian fabric is top quality. zootsports.com UNDER £200 2XU TRI COMPRESSION £190 The shorts here boast compressive properties…