Sunday 27th July saw tremendous results from Jackpot Racing athletes in Zurich, participating in Ironman Switzerland on a challenging course. Five Jackpot athletes shone in the Swiss climes with outstanding performances:
Eddie Howarth, 10:09:18 – 49 in age category (35-39), 224 overall
Mathew Pears, 10:33:35 – 40 in age category (25-29), 392 overall
Neil Midgley, 10:48:57 – 108 in age category (30-34), 524 overall
John Swallow, 12:59:49 – 211 in age category (45-49), 1620 overall
Gary Simpson, 14:09:00 – 262 in age category (45-49), 1917 overall
Congratulations to you all – it was great tracking you from afar!
Andrew Whiteley meanwhile raced to first place at the Bedford Classic Triathlon, working hard on the bike after catching two ‘outrageously fast swimmers’, winning in 2:02:49, with a massive lead of over 4 minutes of second place! Fantastic going Andrew! Looking strong below!
Post script: Jenni Muston took part in the 5k swim in Nottingham – the 5k measuring 3.4m (!) was completed in 1 hr 37 mins – timing chips failed – no official results.
The ITU issued the following statement on Friday 18th July
“To all National Federations, ITU would like to make you aware that its Executive Board has approved a change to the Competition Rules which will see the ITU Sprint Distance Age Group competition at the World Championship move from a “drafting-illegal” to a “drafting legal” competition. The Standard Distance competition will remain as a “drafting-illegal” race. The enforcement of this rule will go into effect at the Grand Final in 2016.”
From this can we infer that all sprint triathlons will allow drafting? Or, at the very least, in preparation for the finals, will qualifying triathlons be draft legal?
It has always seemed odd that the pros are allowed to draft but age-groupers can’t. Usually, in the world of sport, it is the pros that get the more difficult situation. However, drafting virtually takes away one of the three disciplines. You’ve only got to look at the pro races to see how difficult it is to get away from anyone on the bike when someone’s allowed to draft you. At the recent European champs three bike groups became one before the end. If the likes of Alistair Brownlee can’t put time into others on the bike, then us age-groupers don’t stand a chance. On a personal level, I see this as taking away my main weapon, and a bad day for the sport 🙁
On another front, have the ITU thought this through in terms of safety? There were enough crashes at Kitzbuhel to fill the local hospital, and that was without drafting. Methinks there’s going to be a whole lot of broken collarbones before this rule is reversed.
David Bishop raced his way to second position in the Jenson Button triathlon on 12th July 2014.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Jenson Button (yes, he of Formula 1 fame) Tri is fairly unique in that you race twice in one day. In the morning there are three eliminator super-sprint races, with the top athletes from each wave racing again in the afternoon over the full Sprint distance.
This is how the race went in David’s words…
“I have always wanted to do this race – I loved F1 and Jenson Button, and I loved the super sprint / sprint eliminator format. There was a decent field in the end, including the likes of Chris McCormack and Will Clarke. I was expecting a tough race. I managed to get myself easily enough through the heats and even had a chat with one of my sporting heroes; Jenson on the run. He is a real nice guy and that was easily one of the highlights of my day.
“The final came around and I knew it was going to be tough race. The swim managed to separate things up a little and a small group of four got away on the bike, including myself, Will Clarke, Carl Shaw and Cameron Milne. It was a non drafting race, but the nature of the course (hilly and technical) meant that the TT boys couldn’t get away.
“We all the hit run together and Myself and Will soon had a lead. I was feeling good so pushed the pace on leading the majority of the 5k. With 300m to go I tried to surge and drop Will, unfortunately he was able to counter my move and push on again himself. At this point my legs were beginning to fall apart and Will went on the beat me by just under 5 seconds. I loved the race. I got to race alongside three athletes I really look up to… Jenson, Will and Macca. It’s not often I will get to do that again. The day was a really enjoyable day as well, so to finish 2nd place topped off a great weekend!”
Jackpot Racing claimed many of the top places at Ripon triathlon on 12th July, 2014.
A hot Saturday afternoon’s racing saw Andrew Whiteley claim second position with Jonny McLean, still smiling after his gold in Kitzbuhel, coming home in third position.
Off the podium, but still performing extremely well in a strong feild at the sharp end were Ton van Rossum coming home in fifth place following another outstanding bike performance and Colin Hill in 10th. Both athletes had expressed concerns over knees, ankles, calves and other leggy bits, so to finish in such good positions is even more amazing.
Mika Brown was the first man out of the water in 18:45, but was still chicked by 25 seconds. This was Mika’s first ever Olympic distance race and perhaps his inexperience and the 25 degrees heat lead to him blowing up. “I loved every minute of the race,” said Mika, “can’t wait to do it again”
Jenni Muston, JR’s sole female member, succumbed to her haematoma. Probably not helped by Chris Gorse punching it in the car on the way to the race in a desperate attempt to finish ahead of his beau.