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220 Triathlon April 2021

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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from the editor...

This feels like the latest in a series of editor’s pages I’ve written with a photo of me swimming – but I’ll be honest, my swimming has become a bit of a minor obsession lately! Whereas cycling/turbo training and running are always easily accessible, trying to finish the winter swim challenges I set myself, coupled with a seemingly never-ending lockdown, have made the swim time I can get more precious than ever. Far from knocking out sessions, I appreciate every second I can find in lakes – and although I’ve installed a 3 x 2m pool in my garden to swim tethered, it just isn’t the same. Maybe we’ll all come out of these difficult months and into race season ever grateful for the small joys triathlon brings us, as well…

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kú tf1

KÚ TF1 From €10,999 From designers Richard McAinsh and Alex Bok comes the first bike under the new Kú Cycle brand. Promised to “change the sport forever”, the TF1 has revolutionised bike geometry with industry-first components that focus on reducing drag from the front of the bike. Inspired by Formula 1 vehicular aerodynamics, the Fork Air Stream Technology reduces frontal bike area, with a high fork and head tube that’s tucked between the rider’s arms, improving downstream airflow control. For a stronger and more responsive ride, the Steerer Pivot Box moulds the traditional head-tube frame into a closed box with the fork connecting directly to the steerer box. An emphasis on athletic performance translates to a personalised fork length dependant on the rider’s own size. This optimises weight distribution and overall bike fit to…

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insight to global success

Those with a memory for sports documentaries might remember The Impossible Job, the fly-on-the-wall look at England’s calamitous attempts to qualify for the 1994 football World Cup that unravelled faster than manager Graham Taylor’s sentence structure. But not only did it introduce “Do I Not Like That” to the sporting vernacular, it hampered the chance for further access-all-areas exposés. The Premier League was starting to take off and its increasingly wealthy protagonists could see little benefit from risking public ridicule by ceding editorial control to some suspicious-looking creatives with a video camera. “It should attract new fans as well as keeping the older ones spinning along on the turbo” A shame. But yet, a quarter-of-a-decade on, due to the proliferation of broadcasting, the rise of Netflix and Amazon Prime and their willingness to…

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trimtex aero 2.0 tri speedsuit

Nordic brand Trimtex has been around for over 40 years and specialises in customised sportswear, expanding into the triathlon market in 2011. Trimtex’s newly released Aero 2.0 Tri Speedsuit claims to be “the world’s fastest tri-suit” and is primed for long-distance summer triathlon racing. Dubbed as a form-fitting “second skin”, the 2.0 has enhanced ventilation and quick-drying qualities, ideal for multisport use. Other features include structured fabric over the shoulders and stripes across the thighs, these are intended to reduce drag in and out of the water. The chamois pad is optimised for longer distances and developed with Elastic Interface. The wind tunnel-tested 2.0 version has added length to the suit and anti-slip cuffs. Trimtex says that improvements to the suit were developed in collaboration with pros, including Olympic silver medallist Lisa…

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3 of the best arm sleeves

UNDER £20 SUNDRIED CYCLING £20 With SPF40 protection, these versatile arm warmers aim to retain warmth or protect in the heat. An affordable option, the breathable material claims streamlined qualities with reduced seams and stitching. sundried.com UNDER £30 ZONE3 LAVA £29 These fetching sleeves aim to boost aerodynamics with water-repellent material that can also help with grip on the bike. They’re versatile all-year-round, too, as these light sleeves work to regulate body temperature for all conditions. zone3.com UNDER £50 2XU MCS ELITE COMPRESSION £45 Compression giants 2XU use their MSC technology in these sleeves to map muscle geometry and allow the best compressive fit. These arm guards are optimised for performance and reducing muscle fatigue. 2xu.com…

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fa0 220

“I wasn’t too concerned but the next day things gradually got worse. I ended up paralysed down my right side” SPIRIT OF TRIATHLON I’m writing to let you and your readers know of a little-known condition in the young and fit, namely a stroke. Before October this year I thought they were something that only occurred in the old and unfit. I should mention that I have been a triathlete for a number of years and even at the age of 51 I’m generally fit and active. In 2019 I was even an age-grouper at the World Championships, coming 24th. Anyway in October last year my life changed. After a 2hr bike ride with my son, my legs experienced pins and needles. I ignored it as I thought I was just tired. However,…