220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon August 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

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1 min.
from the editor...

With race season (finally!) in full swing, here at 220we’ve been making the most of it already. Over the last month we’ve raced Windsor Triathlon, taken part in a swimrun in Devon and headed up to Leeds for the weekend to support the GB pros and age-groupers competing in the WTS races. There are plenty of major races left in the calendar, though, and if you’re getting nervous about your A-race (or have a PB in your sights), then we’ve got your back this issue. On page 34 we break down 18 of the biggest UK races, including tips on everything from where to rack your bike to how to get the fastest swim split. So whether you’re taking on a super sprint at London Triathlon, or gunning for your…

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. Key tips for racing in the heat “Balance water and electrolytes on long races. Too little/too much could = dehydration/mild hyponatremia.” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri five years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she also competes in swimrun. Key…

2 min.
the big pic

3 min.
mixed relay is mixed blessing

The International Triathlon Union has fought persistently and successfully to add the mixed team relay to the Olympic programme and a third gold medal to triathlon’s lot. The greater showcase is welcome. The International Olympic Committee, while not currently in the habit of axing sports, has needed some persuasion to retain modern pentathlon and wrestling on its roster in recent years, so improving the popularity of tri through the two-woman, two-man contest helps further weave it into the fabric of the Games. “There are warning signs that the mixed relay might undermine the main event” Having been showcased in Commonwealth competition and become increasingly commonplace on the World Triathlon Series, it has few detractors, but what the format receives in plaudits, it also lacks in scrutiny. The mixed relay only works if it…

1 min.
deboer floh 1.0

The brainchild of triathlete and Kona finisher Alex de Boer (also of tri brand Dare2Tri), DeBoer come to the market with just two wetsuits in their range, but they’ve already signed-up multiple Ironman world champs Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf as athletes. There’s the Fjord 1.0 (also $1,499) and the Flõh 1.0 here. Which you choose will be dependant on the types of water you plan to swim in – with the Fjord being suited to water temperatures down to 16°C and the Flõh for temperatures down to 12°C, making it more suited to triathletes wanting to swim for as long as possible in the UK season. So what do you get for your $1.4k (around £1,168) spend? Fancy case aside, the suit has been made from DeBoer’s super-light 44Cell HBF-Limestone WhaleSkin…

1 min.
3 of the best hand paddles

UNDER £10 AROPEC SPD YA2 £8.95 These paddles are superb value, with tough silicone straps that secure your wrist and middle finger. They’re by no means huge, so are suitable for swimmers new to paddles, with a limited level of resistance that won’t strain your shoulders. aropec.co.uk UNDER £15 MP TECHNIQUE PADDLE £13.95 Designed by the mighty Michael Phelps in collaboration with swim brand Aqua Sphere, these paddles are designed to make you focus on technique, by preventing wrist bend and elbow drop and promoting a vertical forearm. michaelphelps.com UNDER £20 ORCA BEGINNER PADDLES £17.00 Aimed at swim paddle newcomers, the shape of Orca’s paddles is thinner at the top for an easier workout. The ergonomic shape fits perfectly to the palm of your hand, while a sturdy adjustable wrist and finger strap keep them in place. orca.com…