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220 Triathlon

June 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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IN THIS ISSUE

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from the editor...

We’re spoiling you this issue with interviews from four top athletes. What struck me reading all their stories and tips though, was how it took time for them to find their niche. Female elites Vicky Holland (p48) and Jess Learmonth (find Jess in our free swim special) are both now seeing world champs and podium success in their early 30s after following different sporting paths. GB marathon swimmer Jack Rex Burnell (also in our swim special!) was a pool swimmer until a chance race entry revealed his aptitude for open-water racing. Finally, Ironman champ Patrick Lange (p34) had to try something new in training to hit his long-distance sweet spot. Hopefully this issue will inspire you and you never know – maybe it will help you find your hidden…

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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. Toughest day in multisport? “Getting heat exhaustion at IM 70.3 Sri Lanka, and not even making it onto the run course!” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri five…

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the big pic

ÖtillÖ Swimrun Hvar , on the Croatian island, sees athletes race a total distance of 40km, involving 31.2km of trail running and 8.8km of swimming over the Paklini Islands. The winning pair from Sweden took the tape after 4:51:51. (PIERREMANGEZ) The Bermuda WTS race proved a mix bag for GB’s finest. Jess Learmonth added a silver to her Abu Dhabi season-opener bronze, while Georgia Taylor-Brown finished fifth. But Jonny Brownlee (11th), Non Stanford (13th) and Vicky Holland (15th) just missed out on the top 10. (ITU/JANOS SCHMIDT) Over three days, Challenge Salou, just south of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, hosted 1,050 triathletes representing 40 countries. GB podiumed in both pro middle-distance events, with Emma Pallant and Thomas Davis both taking third. (JOSE LUIS HOURCADE) The 2019 Xterra Asia-Pacific…

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age-group needs a shake-up

Representative age-group racing should be celebrated as a great triathlon success story – at its best when those new to the sport realise they have a talent for swim, bike and run and find a route to sporting achievement. With the categories topping out with the 85-89-year-old age-group in last year’s ITU world champs on Gold Coast, it clearly provides invigorating competition, irrespective of age. It should therefore retain athletes in triathlon for longer, and create camaraderie and a sense of pride in flying the nation’s flag. “It’s not simply the cost, but the impression that a loyal audience is being exploited” Yet its governance is one of the sport’s most thorny issues, and while occasional gripes are unavoidable, sometimes decisions really raise hackles. Such was the case when…

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kask utopia

(THESECRETSTUDIO.NET) The Kask Utopia has been worn to multiple Grand Tour victories by Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and their Team Sky teammates, and it’s now on the market for UK riders. The Utopia was developed after months of research with the now-rebranded Team Sky, which involved wind-tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis against 10 of its aero road rivals (Kask’s drag data showed a six watt saving at 50km/h).Breathability and comfort is reportedly heightened with the nine venting channels and Kask’s new Resistex Carbon padding that offers a 5mm layer of moisture-wicking and quick-drying material. Weight comes in at a lean 235g for an aero road helmet and there’s noise-reducing tech around the rider’s ears for a quieter ride. Five colourways, three size options and Kask’s winning leather…

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3 of the best race-day shoes

UNDER £100 BROOKS HYPERION £90 For such a light shoe (197g), the Hyperion is surprisingly durable, seeing us through intense training sessions and races for a whole season and beyond. The upper is tough, the fit sock-like and the soft heel counter cups your foot well to reduce blisters. brooksrunning.com UNDER £125 NEW BALANCE 1500T2 £110 Boa lacing systems on race-day trainers can be hit and miss, but they truly work on the 1500T2 to produce a secure and comfortable fit. Other tri-friendly features include the heel loop, excellent midsole foam and decent cushioning. newbalance.co.uk UNDER £175 ON CLOUDFLASH £160 On’s flagship speed shoe (249g/5mm drop), with ‘elements’ replacing the traditional foam outsole support for extra energy return. The fine mesh upper hugs the foot well,…

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