220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon January 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...

Some endurance challenges are so ridiculously, mind-boggling massive that it’s sometimes hard to comprehend what the average athlete can take from them. I’m thinking in particular of Ross Edgley here, who we joined this month as he completed his 1,792-mile swim around Great Britain. Breaking it down, none of us will probably ever take on a sporting challenge that requires 157 days at sea, 12-hour swims, dodging jellyfish or a disintegrating tongue (ouch). It’s all relative though and if there’s one thing I learnt from Ross, it’s how powerful determination can be when bolstered by passion, humour and an infectious, boundless enthusiasm that sweeps everyone along with you. Read more on p16 and hopefully he’ll inspire you for your next challenge, too!…

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. Top 3 running tracks Going cool with ‘Cirrus’ by Bonobo, Outkast’s ‘B.O.B’ and ‘Translatlantic’ from Quantic. HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri four years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she also competes in swimrun. Top 3 running tracks ‘Right Here,…

3 min.
an olympic contender?

The strength in depth of British women as Olympic medal contenders has never been higher. Led by world champion Vicky Holland, a case could be made for seven women to vie for a place at Tokyo 2020 – all with a chance of a podium. But could Lucy Charles, runner-up in the Ironman Worlds in the past two years, who has never taken part in a World Series race, also be in the mix? “No IM champ has gone on to win Olympic gold. It would reverse engineer the tri mould” The Hertfordshire athlete is just 25 years old and has approached British Triathlon to ask whether the door was ajar for a pilot role in the British set-up. The response was that given the inclusion of the new Mixed Relay, pilots…

1 min.
fizik transiro r1 knit

After a year of development with multiple Ironman champ Michelle Vesterby and the BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team, top Italians Fizik debuted their latest range-topping triathlon shoes, the Transiro Infinito R1 Knit, at the Ironman World Championships in October. The standout feature is the titular knitted-material upper, which boasts an additional water-repellent treatment in a bid to prevent moisture absorption, as well as claims of enhanced comfort, ventilation and quick-drying abilities post-T1. Fastening comes from a pair of Boa dials located away from potential hot spots on the tongue, and there’s a cushioned, flat-seamed collar area said to promote sockless foot entry and long-distance comfort. The outsole, meanwhile, is full carbon and includes a replaceable heel skid plate. Also in the Transiro range are the more affordable Infinito R4 (£110) and R3 (£235). fizik.com…

1 min.
3 of the best jackets

UNDER £150 SALOMON LIGHTNING £130 The Lightning is the most stripped-back of the three jackets here, and is designed to be packable. The lack of pockets is a contributor to the lean 110g weight. You do get taped seams and a clever hood with a double band to stop it blowing down. salomon.com UNDER £175 INOV-8 STORMSHELL £170 Designed for fast racing in poor conditions, this breathable jacket packs away into its own pocket and has fully-taped seams to meet mandatory kit requirements, as well as a layered waterproof fabric. The roll-away hood also has a neat wired peak. inov-8.com UNDER £200 ON WEATHER JACKET £190 Using lightweight fabrics and a clever split design, this stylish jacket is fully-ventilated to stop you overheating. The upper section is coated with DWR (durable water repellent), while a hood with elastic…

1 min.
stay warm on the winter run

1 Canterbury’s Vapodri Printed Leggings (£34) feature the brand’s VapoDri tech to wick moisture away, a mesh waistband for added comfort and support, and a concealed pocket for storing valuables. 2 Craft have long been a reliable option for their range of cold-weather base layers. The Active Intensity (£34) is made from 100% polyester elastic, is bodymapped for optimal body-temperature management and features an ergonomic fit for freedom of movement. 3 The key feature of the Brooks’ polyester Windshield Gloves ($50) is the retractable and weather-resistant windshield to protect your fingers from added chills. The fingertips underneath are touchscreen-friendly and there’s reflective detailing. 4 Dexshell’s versatile Beanie Hat Solo (£22) is both wind and waterproof, and features a micro-fleece liner and the brand’s high thermal rating. A range of colourschemes is also available. 5…