220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon January 2018

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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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

We’ve learnt a few things at 220 Triathlon after 28 years. Like nobody, but nobody, looks good in a cropped tri vest. Like if you try to consume an energy gel while racing, at least 75% of it will end up on your face. One other undisputed truth is that nothing gets you out training when you don’t really feel like it like a shiny new piece of triathlon kit. Given that we’re in the month where tri training is officially toughest to stick to (parties, family visits, vicious mulled wine hangovers and cold, wet weather) this tip might be even more useful! Luckily for you, in this issue we round up the 25 best pieces of kit reviewed this year (p37). Perfect if you need an off-season boost or…

3 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. ROB BANINO Former 220 dep ed Rob has been riding and racing bikes on and off-road for over 20 years. 2018 goals To escape the turbo and get ready for a summer of MTB marathon relay events. JACK SEXTY A serious triathlete since blowing his student loan on a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman last year in Lanza. 2018 goals To podium at the age-group ITU…

1 min.
the big pic

1 min.
a new way to supercharge triathlon performance

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the classic books and films of the 20th century. In it, R.P. McMurphy fakes insanity to escape hard labour, ends up in an asylum and is subjected to electroconvulsive therapy. It scarred psychiatry for years but a similar technique called transcranial direct current stimulation is experiencing a surge in interest, notably when University of Kent researchers, led by Dr. Lex Mauger, discovered that stimulating the brain by passing a mild electrical current over the scalp increased time to exhaustion of 12 cyclists. Mauger says increased brain activity in the area associated with muscle contraction not only extended endurance but also saw a lower perception of effort. The work follows Red Bull’s ‘Project Endurance’ a few years back, which involved triathlete Jesse Thomas.…

3 min.
the great tri escape

“Saying that tri is an answer is over-simplistic, but it does spark optimism” TIM HEMING Cutting through the spin of tri to address the issues that matter, Tim is also a sports journalist for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. “What we do is hidden away behind big high walls. It would be nice to be seen for some other reason than a hard-hitting TV documentary. Perhaps as a group of sportspeople.” Tim Fowler is a guard from HMP Bullingdon, a men’s prison in Oxfordshire, but also the chair of Her Majesty’s Prison Service triathlon association where he proudly promotes the benefits of multisport. I contacted the 51-year-old because almost every day more troubling reports arise of the prison service’s inability to cope with rising numbers of prisoners and funding cuts. I…

1 min.
3 of the best bike boxes

UNDER £475 EVOC BIKE TRAVEL PRO £469 The Bike Travel Bag Pro from Evoc is our recommended softshell bike box, weighing 8kg and packing down to a manageable size. There’s a Velcro pad that wraps around the frame and also a pair of protective discs to look after the wheels. silverfish-uk.com UNDER £500 THULE ROUNDTRIP £499 The 17kg Roundtrip from Swedish transportation heavyweights Thule has room for a TT bike or an MTB. As has come to be expected with Thule, it’s easy-to-use, there are wheelbags included and also an internal rack that doubles as a workstand. thule.com UNDER £550 BIKEBOXALAN GPRS RACE £530 BikeBoxAlan have long led the way in bike boxes, with the remarkably light 11kg GPRS staying solid thanks to the carbon anti-crush pool. There’s also a GPS tracker included and a host of different…