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220 Triathlon January 2021

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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

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1 min.
from the editor...

For a smallish corner of the planet, it’s amazing how much variety the UK offers us as triathletes. From soaring mountains to lush lowlands, crystal clear lakes to the roar of the sea, we’re pretty well-equipped when it comes to different natural environments. That, coupled with the fact that many of us may be focussing more on races close to home in 2021 (whether due to choice or restrictions), means this is the perfect time to explore the best multisport adventures on our doorstep (p22). To help in your planning you’ll also find your free 2021 calendar with this issue and, if you are looking for a race further afield, there’s plenty of UK and global inspiration inside as we’ve partnered with the XTri World Tour this year. Let’s start…

1 min.
3 of the best bike lights

UNDER £50 BOOKMAN CURVE LIGHT 3 £34.95 The Curve 3 packs a surprising 220-lumen punch for its minimal size. A USB charge time of 2hrs, battery life of 70hrs in flash mode plus the lack of bolts and fittings add to the commuting and pocket-friendly appeal. bookman.se UNDER £100 CATEYE AMP 1100 £95 Step up in the price and the serious lumen displays come into play, with the AMP projecting a beefy 1,110 lumens on full power. Battery life ranges from 90mins (High mode) to 50hrs (flashing), while charge time is 2-4hrs. zyrofisher.co.uk UNDER £125 LIGHT & MOTION UBRAN 1000FC £124.99 FC stands for Fast Charge and the 1000-lumen number recharges via USB in 2.5hrs. Helmet and multiple bar mounts are included, as are powerful in-built side lights for navigating junctions. Battery ranges from 1.5 to 12hrs. lightandmotion.com…

1 min.
on running cloudflash

It used to be that carbon was the sexy watchword for desirability in the bike market – but as 2020 has advanced, it’s becoming more synonymous with top-end run shoes. On Running are the latest to join the charge and their Cloudflash features a stripped back design but with a carbon fibre-infused Speedboard that, On tell us, is designed to deliver their smoothest, most responsive race-day feel yet. That race emphasis is continued in the upper, which features a single layer of breathable, engineered mesh and no-sew support in the forefoot and metatarsals, which would also make it a suitable shoe to wear without socks for a quicker race day transition. There’s a 5mm heel to toe drop that’s a little friendlier than many minimal shoes if you like a touch of…

1 min.
from the vault

ON SALE MARCH 1994 Minimalist marketing and limited coverlines combine in this issue from early 1994, with the Oakley Zeros’ marketing team and 220 Tri coverline writers (‘France’, Brick goes Psycho’) leaving much to the imagination, unlike the two-piece tri-suit pants on display. Pucon takes the major race report slot and is set to begin the 2021 Ironman season in Chile on 10 January. ALSO IN 1994... Greg Welch becomes the first Australian to win Ironman Hawaii, holding off the returning six-time champ Dave Scott, 42, to break the USA’s hold on the men’s title. Welch broke his collarbone celebrating the win. “I wasn’t going to let a hangover get in the way of a good time!” was Welch’s verdict.…

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scott plasma 6

SCOTT PLASMA 6 From £6,313 Launched over what would’ve been Kona week, the Plasma 6 is a complete overhaul of the existing Plasma 5 – the tri bike of Alistair Brownlee and 2014 Kona winner Sebastian Kienle, two of the sharpest minds in multisport aerodynamics. The new Plasma 6 also follows the recent trend of being specifically developed for triathletes over TT riders and, in contrast to the Plasma 5, isn’t UCI compliant. “The integration of the hydration system, bottle and spares is a huge improvement,” says Brownlee. scott-sports.com…

3 min.
want to conquer im? jog on

There’s much best practice in triathlon, many successful blueprints to follow. But Cameron Wurf wasn’t one of those characters. Wurf’s approach was novel. The outspoken Australian is a former lightweight Olympic rower, who took a sabbatical from the world of cycling to have a stab at Ironman. Almost every Ironman. In 2017 and 2018 every race on the calendar seemed to have his name on the start-list. In both years he started eight full-distance races and they’d play out in similar fashion: Wurf hammering to the front on the bike to be caught at some point on the marathon run leg. “Adam Hansen is set to test Cameron Wurf’s multi-racing plan to extremis” We saw it at the Ironman Worlds in Hawaii in 2017, where he was first into T2 and eventually…