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220 Triathlon November 2020

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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...

During a normal year, our art team would never let me get away with having such a cheesy photo on my editor’s page, but this isn’t a normal year. Virtual events aside, this may mark the only medal I get at an actual race (depending how the next couple of weeks pan out), so despite the fact I’ve got a river sludge moustache and am holding my tow float like a shopping bag (why?!) I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully, this is the story for many of you as well and from our photo round-up of the best events over the last month (p8) to a report on Helvellyn Tri (p90), this issue is a celebration of (whisper it so we don’t speak too soon!) tri and multisport racing finding ways…

2 min.
the big pic

1 min.
3 of the best bike gloves

UNDER £40 GIANT DIVERSION £39 These ‘Long Finger’ gloves are designed for winter riding, offering both water-repellence and windproofing. Padding in the palms is good and there’s a heavy-duty Velcro wrist tab. giant-bicycles.com UNDER £50 ENDURA DELUGE £49.99 The Deluge are the thickest here, with multi-layers including a waterproof inner and suede-like palm material. Touchscreen fingers and a sweat (or snot) wipe on the thumb are included. endurasport.com UNDER £70 CASTELLI PERFETTO ROS £65 Designed for 6-10°C temps, the ROS offer windproofing and water-resistance in a neoprene build that resembles open-water kit. Minimal seams and fleece inners complete the classy package. saddleback.co.uk…

1 min.
huub design derby county

Huub’s allegiance to their home of Derby is well known since the record-breaking Huub Wattbike track team referred to their training base as ‘The People’s Republic of Derbados’. Now they’ve drawn on the city’s football heritage with the Derby County cycle collection in collaboration with Umbro, inspired by providing the Rams’ staff members with customised kit for charity bike rides. The spine of the formation is the short-sleeve jersey seen here, which features a stylish diamond design and Huub’s ‘Arms Neutral’ sleeves. Three rear pockets and a full-length zipper complete the garment. Rock solid at the back are the bib shorts (£99.99), comprising the midweight chamois pad and elastic grippers, all knitted together by Huub’s 6-Panel Anatomical cut. Finally, upfront there’s a long-sleeve jersey to cope with the congested winter training calendar. Broadly,…

1 min.
from the vault

ON SALE FEB 1991 This issue, we boldly venture 10,811 days back in time to February 1991, the month of ‘Do the Bartman’ and this Pop Art-influenced cover classic from the 220archives (the Brooks advert has retro appeal as well). Elsewhere in the issue, there are features on saddle positioning for triathletes and an analysis of gender disparity and tri, an issue that’s still relevant today (see p38). ALSO IN 1991... Spencer Smith, aged just 18, wins the Portsmouth Tri, one of his 13 race victories that season alone. The Londoner would go on to win the ITU World Champs twice, before finishing fifth at the Ironman Worlds in 1998 – the best British male finish in Kona for another two decades.…

3 min.
all lose in the race to judge

TIM HEMING Cutting through the spin of tri to address the issues that matter, Tim is a sports journalist who has written extensively on triathlon for the national press. The 2004 Ironman World Championship is down in the record books as Natasha Badmann’s fifth victory, but the Swiss was more than two miles down the road when a 35-year-old German by the name of Nina Kraft took the tape. Looking uneasy at her success, it was announced shortly afterwards that Kraft had tested positive for the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin. She was subsequently banned for two years. Kraft gave few interviews, but one to German Triathlon Magazine in 2007 recounted her return to racing Ironman in Malaysia. Despite leading the race on the bike, Kraft explained how she had “no energy, no will”. Where…