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220 Triathlon July 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

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1 min.
from the editor...

Don’t let the smile fool you. This month’s cover star, the irrepressable Lucy Gossage, might look happy as she crests the summit of Gaustatoppen to reach the finish line of Norseman, but having done that climb myself, I have some idea of how much it must have taken to get there. Make no mistake, the last 5km of this race gives you a leg-beasting and a soul-crushing like no other – and that’s why it charts in our rundown of the world’s toughest triathlons (p92). So why do we do it? Well, alongside all the pain, comes the elation of racing in some of the globe’s most beautiful places, achieving feats most couldn’t even dream of. Plus in this lockdown year, we need something to look ahead to, so let’s…

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. First thing you’ll do post-lockdown? “A swim at Cefn Sidan Beach in Llanelli followed by a pie and a pint at the local pub.” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri seven years ago. Happiest when in the open water,…

1 min.
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VISIT 220TRIATHLON.COM NEW WEBSITE! If you haven’t noticed already, we have a new-look website. We know, get us! Packed with the same great training advice, tips and plans, it promises an even better user experience and ease of navigation, especially on mobile. Head to 220tri.com and take a look around. DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL EDITION ENJOY YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE ON YOUR TABLET Get all the great advice and expert reviews from the print version of your favourite tri magazine on our digital edition. FOLLOW 220 @220Triathlon /220Triathlon @220triathlon…

3 min.
the world’s greatest tri rides stay inspired to tri!

3 min.
a spot of bother for cheats

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the Covid-19 pandemic has made sport scramble to innovate. But where a boom in online cycle races, tennis tussles and pole vaulting in back gardens might be lockdown placeholders, one area with potential to make a bound forwards is the fight against doping. Given the current environment, a new protocol for testing that’s simplified, less expensive or invasive, more difficult to subvert and produces samples that are more stable and more easily stored sounds fancifully ideological and somewhat counterintuitive. But it might just be in the offing. “The attraction with DBS testing is obvious, the excuses for avoidance less so” The existing whereabouts system, where athletes provide an hour a day for drug testers to drop by unannounced, seems not just inherently flawed, but borderline…

2 min.
“tri helped me get back control of my life”

“I borrowed a bike and just kind of figured out what to do” A year before my first tri, I was in a coma. I came within an hour of dying, and had to relearn everything, including walking and speaking. It was my 35th birthday, and my girlfriend Zoe [Uma Thurman’s stunt double from the Kill Bill movies] had organised a surprise party on the beach with my friends and family near where we live in Los Angeles, it was so much fun. My gift from her was a motorised skateboard-style board. I’d ridden them before on film sets, so I was confident to ride it home, which was maybe a mile away. I was going up the bike lane and a car pulled out on me. I flew off and ended up smashing…