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220 Triathlon December 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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

Triathletes are nothing if not adaptable. After all, where many just do one sport, we challenge ourselves do to several – and then roll them all into one on event day. We’re open-water swimmers, pool swimmers, cyclists and runners. We do outdoor training and gym training, stretching and strength work. Not to mention practising transitions and nutrition. So with the off-season here, this issue is all about asking you to adapt and find a new challenge to see you through the winter months. My focus will be on cold-water swimming (see more on p38), while others on the team can’t wait to hit the trails again on foot and bike (p68). Plus, in the interests of trying something new, we sent one of the team to be a race marshal…

2 min.
the big pic

1 min.
3 of the best ls run tops

UNDER £40 PROVIZ REFLECT360 LS £34 The execution of the Reflect360 is decent enough, but where it shines is with its reflective trim and logos, which genuinely illuminate when faced with car headlights on night runs. provizsports.com UNDER £50 HUUB DS TRAINING LS £49 A big sell here (apart from the signature of tri legend Dave Scott) are the mesh panels under the arms and down the spine, which neatly add venting to the already breathable fabric. huubdesign.com UNDER £90 GORE R7 LONG SLEEVE £89.99 There’s no escaping the price but we can’t deny that this is a quality garment (and now £55 online). The lean fabric has multi-season appeal, and it’s also designed for backpack use with chevrons on the shoulders. gorewear.com…

1 min.
polar vantage 2

Apple, Coros, Garmin, Huawei… the sports watch market is an increasingly congested one, and that’s before we throw in Suunto and Timex. And returning centre stage this month are the brand who started the wearable tech ball rolling over 40 years ago, Finnish outfit Polar. The Vantage V2 is an updated version of the Vantage V (labelled as “Polar’s best multisport watch to date,” by our testers back in January), and it matches that watch’s battery life of 40 hours in training mode – and lasts up to 100 hours in power saving mode. The big changes are the bike and running Performance Tests, which allow the user to track their progress and personalise heart rate, speed and power zones. When swimming, the 52g Vantage V2 automatically detects your HR, swimming style,…

1 min.
from the vault

ON SALE JAN 1999 The classic two-piece tri-suit shines in this 220cover from 1999 featuring Marc Jenkins training in Australia. The Welsh tri star would become an Olympic hero in 2004 when he was forced to carry his bike due to a broken wheel on the Athens bike course. With his wife and fellow Olympian Helen, Jenkins has just launched a new coaching outfit, Jinx Sport. ALSO IN 1999... The Australian women’s squad occupy the top five spots at the ITU World Championships in Canada, a year before tri’s debut at the Olympics. Yet this short-course dominance wouldn’t translate into gold-medal success at Sydney 2000, with Swiss athlete Brigitte McMahon the surprise winner.…

3 min.
the olympic puzzle

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. There were plenty of talking points in September’s lone ITU World Series showdown in Hamburg, not least whether the event should have been given ‘world championship’ status. Covid-induced vagaries aside, the race also foreshadowed a looming selection dilemma ahead of next summer’s delayed Tokyo Olympics. Not on the women’s side, where newly-crowned world champion Georgia Taylor-Brown working with perennial swim leader Jessica Learmonth looks a good bet to add to Vicky Holland’s Rio bronze. “As for the Brownlees, can they still outrun an emerging list of ITU contenders?” It’s on the men’s team where the conundrum lies, and the prickly notion, that having Alistair Brownlee…