220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon September 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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1 min.
from the editor...

Where were you back in 1989, when a small group of tri enthusiasts put this magazine together for the first time? Were you already a triathlete, running around in budgies and sending postal entries in for races? Or were you still a kid, racing your mates home from school on your Raleigh and little knowing this early bike ‘training’ would one day lead to you taking on an Ironman..? Either way, it’s our great honour to welcome you to this special birthday issue of 220 Triathlon . Inside we celebrate everything that has made the last 30 years memorable, from the early days of tri innovation on p40, to modern-day icons, the Brownlees, on our cover. A huge thank you to every one of you who has supported 220 so…

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. Your own favourite 220 feature “My Lanzarote report. It was my first Ironman and I went to the OTE Performance Centre for testing.” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri six years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she…

3 min.
happy birthday 220 triathlon

The date is 10 June, the day after the UK World Triathlon Series race. The venue? A studio on the outskirts of Leeds, where the 220 team are waiting with a photographer, a table full of party props and a lot of cake. The reason? It’s 30 years since a small team of tri enthusiasts came up with the idea of launching this mag and to celebrate, we’ve hatched a plan with our friends at Huub Design to invite some of the world’s top triathletes to celebrate with us… HENRI SCHOEMAN South Africa’s Henri Schoeman chats about his plans for the year while we photograph him, which include a schedule full of WTS and Superleague races – and planning a wedding no less. “Me and Fran are getting married at home in…

3 min.
ready for iron war ii

It’s 30 years since 220 Triathlon first hit the shelves and almost three decades since we witnessed the greatest Ironman race in history. The Iron War of 1989 has gone down in endurance sport folklore as an iconic tussle between two triathlon icons on triathlon’s iconic stage. Iconic? You betcha. Author Matt Fitzgerald’s even devoted an eponymously-titled book to it. It also witnessed the changing of the guard at the Ironman World Championship. American Dave Scott, the six-time champion and resilient to the last, against his immeasurably talented yet seemingly flawed compatriot Mark Allen, whose previous attempts to crack the Big Island had only exposed his own fragility. Until Allen finally broke Scott’s resistance less than two miles from the finish, there was barely a gel wrapper between them the entire…

1 min.
qsw alcatraz speed suit

QSW (Quest Sports Wear) are a new British brand specialising in multisport wear, with jammers, wetsuits and tri-suits all present in their range. Seen here is the Alcatraz Speed Sleeved Tri Suit, inspired by one of the greatest races in all of triathlon, San Francisco’s Escape from Alcatraz. Plenty of tri-friendly features are present and correct, with flatlock seams, a full-length zip for racing convenience and sizeable open rear pockets for nutrition. Large venting panels on the sides aim to provide breathability, while the chamois is fairly narrow (just 13cm wide) and lean but spongy. Elsewhere in QSW’s debut collection is a Wildflower sleeveless tri-suit, entry-level wetsuits from £120 and a range of custom kit options for clubs. There are also plans afoot for sportswear made from 100% recycled materials. We’ll be…

1 min.
3 of the best trail shoes

UNDER £100 BROOKS CASCADIA 13 £100 For neutral runners who want more cushioning, these 308g numbers hold plenty of appeal. Yet there’s also enough feel for the trails via the responsive midsole. Grip is adequate in the muddy stuff, but less effective on slippery rocks. brooksrunning.com UNDER £125 HOKA ONE ONE TORRENT £105 With a lean 231g weight, responsive ride and plenty of forward propulsion, Hoka target these at trail racing but we’ve happily used them all year for training runs thanks to the 23mm stack height. The price and grip are decent, too. hokaoneone.eu UNDER £150 INOV-8 TERRAULTRA £140 The Terraultra G 260 sees Inov-8 using graphene to add a one atom thick sheet that aims to produce more elasticity and a durability for up to 1,000 miles. Elsewhere there’s assured grip for the minimal 4mm lugs…