Taormina takes 2nd another way in Corner Brook
Taormina takes 2nd another way in Corner Brook
July 21, 2002, Corner Brook, Newfoundland (www.slowtwitch.com):
U.S. elite triathlete Sheila Taormina is used to having her arch-rivaland best tactical friendBarb Lindquist in the race, where they swim and run themselves to a big lead heading into the run. That's the way it's been over the past year on the world circuit, and Lindquist has generally gotten the better of it during the 2003 campaign.
Top athletes like Lindquist are starting to taper in preparation for the LifeTime Fitness Triathlon in two weeks, and Taormina was left to fend for herself this past weekend in Corner Brook. She therefore decided on a different strategy, and swam and rode with a group of six. That whittled to five as fellow American Olympan Joanna Zeiger got tripped up in transition and fell.
Taormina and Canadian Jill Savege ran together in front for five of the six laps before Savege surged forward for the victory. Susan Williams, yet another on the very deep American women's contingent, finished third. Savege won the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 26 seconds. Taormina (Livonia, Mich.) was timed in 2:05:59 and Williams (Denver, Colo.) reached her very first World Cup podium in 2:06:21.
American Doug Friman likewise found himself without his regular tactical mates. Friman was alone as his KINeSYS teammates were racing on the other side of the continent, in Newport Beach, California. KINeSYS is the one team that actually employs team tactics in ITU racing. Friman proved he doesn't need help, however, as he outran Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield to place third. At 32:01 Friman had the fast run of the day with another American, Seth Wealing, running the third fastest split, 32:31, to take 5th. Altogether the United States had five men in the top 10.
The U.S. women now hold the top three spots in the ITU world rankings, as Barb Lindquist (Victor, Idaho) is first, Laura Reback (North Palm Beach, Fla.) is second and Taormina is third.
Lindley, Whitfield take Corner Brook
July 23, 2002, Corner Brook, Newfoundland (www.slowtwitch.com):
American Siri Lindley defended her crown at the ITU World Cup in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on Sunday, while Canada's Simon Whitfield showed he's on great form after a crash derailed his early season with broken wrists and a broken collarbone.
In the women's race, American Laura Reback was first out of the water with Lindley and Canadian Sharon Donnelly within striking distance, according to an account of the race provided by the ITU. They worked together on the bike, eventually gaining a slight advantage over the chase pack by T2. Lindley used her super footspeed to power away from the pack and take the win.
In the men's race, it was France's Stephan Poulat who was first out of the water and onto the testing, hilly bike course, shadowed by Whitfield and France's Olivier Marceau. The lead bunch also included former Kona champ Luc van Lierde of Belgium, American Hunter Kemper and Aussie Chris Hill. Marceau broke away on the third lap, eventually gaining 56 seconds by T2. Whitfield began reeling him in on the run, moving into first and then losing the lead temporarily to defending champion Martin Krnavek of the Czech Republic. Krnavek eventually came fourth, with Kemper surging to take second behind Whitfield, with New Zealand's Bevan Docherty in third.
Athletes at Corner Brook also were eligible for more valuable ranking points than usual at ITU World Cup races, as the governing body designated the Corner Brook race as a "prestige" race. It was apparently an effort to shield Corner Brook from the new Minneapolis race to take place a day earlier--and the allure of its rich prize purse.
Peter Reid's demise greatly exaggerated
April 8, 2002, Tuncurry, NSW, Australia (www.slowtwitch.com):
It had been widely circulated that Peter Reid called it quits after this weekend's disappointment in Forster. It wasn't his retirement from the race that made headlines, but from the sport entirely. The Australian Associated Press wrote, in part, "Canadian great Peter Reid today retired from ironman triathlon after failing to finish the Australian championship at Forster on the New South Wales mid north coast.
"The 32-year-old said he had simply lost the desire to win.
"'I retired from the sport today. I just don't have it anymore,' Reid said.
"'When it came time to dig deep, I didn't have it. It's been like that for a while now.
"'It's time to get a job ... I've only finished one race in the last two years.'"
But a cooler head prevailed when the firey Reid had time to contemplate. He wrote to his website's (peterreid.com) readers later that weekend
"Ironman Australia, the place where I first won an Ironman race, almost put me in retirement. Yeah! Almost! After spending most of the night thinking about yesterday and last year I have come to certain conclusions. The first is that I never got over the pain and suffering that I went through during those last few miles of Ironman 2000. I really suffered and part of me doesn't want to ever go through that pain again. I thought if I trained harder than I had ever trained in the past that I would never suffer again in a race because I would be so far ahead of my competition. Well that led to a year of over training and not having any strength during my races in 2001. This year I held back a lot during training sessions because I did not want to get into that over training mode. I also realized that I am having trouble digging deep in races. My mind just doesn't want to hurt. I need to find a way to get through this mental block to get ready for Kona. It is going to take little bit of time to figure things out; BUT, I am not yet done!"
Suddenly, Lindley can't be beat
July 30, 2001, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Siri Lindley made it four for four in July by winning the International Triathlon Union World Cup race Sunday in Corner Brook, Canada.
Lindley had already run three ITU races in July: the ITU World Cup in Toronto (July 7), the Aquathlon World Championship in Edmonton (July 18) and the World Triathlon Championship in Edmonton (July 22).
In Corner Brook, the Boulder, Colo. resident finished the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run in 2:03:16, 37 seconds ahead of U.S. teammate Barb Lindquist, who was second. Wieke Hoogzaad of the Netherlands took third.
Lindley left the cold Corner Brook water in third behind Lindquist and Loretta Harrop of Australia. The three formed a tough lead group on the bike, and Lindley put down the hammer on the run.
"I love Canada," Lindley said after the race. "This is one of the toughest races I have ever done in my life; I really felt like I was pushing as hard as I could the whole way. But it was worth it to be able to race for the crowd here."
Americans Susan Bartholomew Williams finished eighth and Alison Hayden was 17th.
Martin Krnavek of the Czech Republic won the men's race in 1:52:52. Nick Radkewich, the lone U.S. entrant, made his first World Cup appearance of the year, finishing 11th in 1:55:54. (Thanks to USAT's BJ Evans for this report).
Swimmers outfoxed by runners at Edmonton
July 23, 2001, Edmonton, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Spills joined thrills as rain brought slippery roads to the ITU World Championships in Edmonton today. Australian contenders Chris McCormack and Nicole Hackett were among the worst afflicted, with their injuries causing both to abandon. "It was so slick out there, it was hard to stay upright," said fellow Australian Michellie Jones.
"Sheila, we need some upbeat music" said Tom Keough, ITU board member, to race Director Sheila OKelly over his radio. The women athletes were making their way to the start under a downbeat steady drizzle. And the warm water of Hawrelak Park meant wetsuits had to be left in the changing tents.
US swim speedsters Jennifer Guttierez and Sheila Taormina surprised few people by leading the first lap of the swim. On the second lap, they were joined by Joanna Zeiger, Barb Lindquist, Laura Reback and Australians Nicole Hackett and Loretta Harrop, the latter exiting the water in first place.
As the six headed out on the bike with a 40 second advantage over the chasing masses, including Michellie Jones, the rain began to pour in earnest. They worked together on the first lap of the bike to put more time into the rest of the field. But the early crash, with Hackett hitting the ground face first, also brought down Taormina. It splintered the lead group and the final laps saw the main group stick together, with Canadian run specialist Carol Montgomery in a chase pack over two minutes back.
Siri Lindley and Michellie Jones had worked their way to the front of the pack prior to T2 and with her running shoes on, Lindley took off. Only Jones was able to go with her initially, before falling behind half way through the first of three run laps. Meanwhile Zeiger and Kiwi Rina Hill were running stride for stride in their race for the podium, a race won by the American with several KM still to run.
"This is the greatest moment of my whole life" said a beamming Lindley after the race. "I would never have believed theyd be saying `World Champion, Siri Lindley". Describing her all-out approach to the run, Lindley added "I was running for my life. All I knew is that I just wanted to go as fast as I could. If I had blown up at the nine KM mark and just fallen down it wouldnt have mattered."
"You appreciate things all the more as you get a little older," said a gracious, smiling Jones. "As long as I can still be there competing, Im happy." Zeiger meanwhile, has Ironman Lake Placid to look forward to only one week away. "I prepared for my season knowing I had these two races back to back," she said. "Short distance training really helps me with my Ironman racing and long-distance training gives me a really good base," added Zeiger.
New Zealander Hamish Carter led the men out of the water. He would later fade to 46th place. Two packs formed early on the bike and it was clear to the stragglers that they would have a hard day: Dmitry Gaag (Kazakhstan) was among them and he dropped out after only one of the six laps. Chris McCormack fell on the first lap but quickly remounted and after the two groups came together, he launched an attack with Great Britains Richard Stannard. Australians Miles Stewart and Peter Robertson were successful in their attempts to bridge up to the leaders. The Czech Republics Martin Krnavek was not. Both Stewart and Krnavek would pay for their brave efforts on the run.
With all four riders taking pulls on the last lap of the bike, the leading pack put enough distance into the main field to neutralize the threat from runners like Canadas Olympic Champion Simon Whitfield.
Perhaps inspired by Lindleys example, Robertson sped off on the run as if the course was only 5K, not 10. McCormack, troubled by road rash and soreness pulled out. A chase pack formed on the run, headed by Whitfield and Spains Ivan Rana came together as Stannard and Stewart faded. With 2K remaining, Chris Hill launched the surge that would deliver second place, while Craig Watson posted the split of the day to run into third.
"I just felt great," said Robertson after crossing the line. "I feel I had a smart race, not letting anyone get away on the bike. I knew I had to dominate on the run and thats just what I did. I knew I had a good enough lead to hang on, he added." Robertson runs with small sticks in his hands to improve his form and Age Group athletes the world are expected to soon be seen turning up to run training sessions with their own pieces of wood.
After missing out on the Sydney Olympics, Chris McCormack takes home only "road rash and disappointment" in his own words. He can be expected to exact his revenge in this seasons remaining big money races. Spencer Smith had only one thing to say of his return to a draft-legal World Championships: "Bollocks."
Molina's view on Bowden's racing
July 21, 2001, Christchurch, New Zealand (www.slowtwitch.com):
Triathlonlive asked Kona champ and tri-legend Scott Molina about the ability of his pupil Lori Bowden to race so well in just about every race she enters.
"The thing about Lori," answered Molina, "that all triathletes can appreciate is she knows how to patiently work through a plateau in her racing and training.
"For Austria she was hoping for some good weather to give her a chance at Paula's fastest IM time. She was looking at something well under 8:50. It didn't happen with the thermometer spiking at around 35 degrees celsius but she went there with specific pace goals in mind and trained for a PR.
"The downside of having gone 9 hours so many times is that its very hard to get up for doing it one more time. Its just like when Grip was getting ready to go back to Kona to try and win for the 5th and 6th time. He always went through the struggle of knowing that after all was said and done he might not top previous performances. All that incredibly hard work just for the same result at best. When you've set your standards that high the chances of even staying at that level become poorer and poorer, especially when you begin to approach your mid thirties.
"Lori is ready and willing to work to break through her plateaus. The other thing that bears a mention is her ability to avoid illness or injury. Over the last four years she has fronted up to every single IM she's planned on doing healthy and injury free. How many top pros have that kind of record? To me it really shows her commitment to doing all of the little things right. She takes responsibility and control over her health. Its so easy to have the attitude that injuries and illness are just part of the game at her levelwhere you're just below the red line so often."
Top swimmers plot tactics for worlds
July 20, 2001, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
The fastest women swimmers in the field for the ITU Triathlon World Championships this Sunday, July 22, were plotting tactics to ensure a clean break in the opening minutes of the race.
Triathletes from Australia and USA formed a core group in deciding pontoon positions during the secret selection of start order at the athlete briefing yesterday afternoon.
Olympic Gold medallist in 1996 for swimming, Sheila Taormina (USA), together with swim specialists Nicole Hackett (AUS), Loretta Harrop (AUS) and Barbara Lindquist (USA) planned to begin the race according to a strategy that would help them to maximize any advantage during the 1500 meter swim.
This group have been capable organizing an impressive team time trial style cycling formation and have previously worked efficiently together for the 40 kilometer bike leg to make a decisive break on the remainder of the field.
Concerned about the opening swim is Olympic silver medalist Michellie Jones of Australia. "I've got to have a very fast first 100 meters," Jones told Triathlonlive. "That is where I get dropped if I don't watch out."
The weather may have a part to play in the outcome of the race. Beginning in Hawrelak Park Lake, it cannot be determined until the morning of the race if athletes will wear wetsuits for the two-lap, 1500 metre swim. The water temperature has varied in recent days, dependent upon the sunshine and rain and has hovered close to the 20 degree Celsius ruling on legality of wetsuits. (Thanks to ITU for portions of this article).
Carney and Smith in, Lessing out of worlds
July 16, 2001, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Former world champion Simon Lessing has withdrawn, while fellow titleholders Emma Carney and Spencer Smith have been confirmed for the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton next week, July 22.
Five time World Champion Lessing was confirmed today as unavailable for Edmonton, citing a late start to the season and an ongoing achilles tendon problem as reason he cannot attempt to win a sixth world title. Following the Olympic Games Lessing took a break from training and the injury caused problems with his later than usual race preparation.
"Simon isn't ready to race at World Championship level," explained Performance Director, British Triathlon, Graeme Maw. "He was behind schedule throughout April and May, putting him a month behind his plan to win the title."
Meanwhile, the British team has been buoyed by the allocation of Smith as one of 12 international wild card entries from the International Triathlon Union for the event. As the winner of the world title in Manchester in 1993, Smith has expressed a strong commitment to a greater plan to race at the 1992 Commonwealth Games and the Athens Olympics.
"I haven't raced ITU events since '94 for the World Titles," said Smith before his departure from Bath for Edmonton. "I'm excited to be back on the circuit. I can't wait to race and the goal of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2004 Olympics are pretty has got me feeling committed."
Under a selection cloud Carney was uncertain of her position on the Australian team, after she was forced to withdraw with a calf injury from the ITU Pizza Hut World Cup Triathlon in Toronto on 7 July. The race doubled as the final selection race for the Australian team and the Australian selectors were able to place the two-time world champion within selection rules.
"Emma Carney was selected based on the Selection Policy having a fall back position," stated Tim Wilson, Australia's National Executive Director. "That is if six are not selected after Toronto World Cup, then the next highest international ranked athlete [is chosen]. "
The 1994 Wellington and 1997 Perth World Champion, Carney, who last year won the Edmonton ITU race, is now training with the Australian team in Alberta. She has prepared for the ITU World Cup and World Championship season in her hometown of Melbourne and counts a national Duathlon title amongst her successes this year.
Joining a formidable women's team including defending World Champion, Nicole Hackett and former World Champions Michellie Jones and Loretta Harrop, this race will be Carney's eighth consecutive World Title race for Australia. (Thanks to the ITU).
Reid hits the skids under Carmichael, returns to Frey full time
July 13, 2001, Vista, California (www.slowtwitch.com):
"Well, 2001 is definitely not going my way," wrote Peter Reid on Wednesday to his websites forum readers. "It has been a very frustrating season so far. I tried some new training techniques over the winter hoping to reach another level of racing. I trained harder and longer than any other winter and spring. Instead of getting faster I have gotten a lot slower and been sick a lot."
After an early season of frustrating races, Peter Reid has decided to abandon his tactic of using a pair of coaches -- as he's done the past year-and-a-half -- in favor of just his one longtime coach Roch Frey.
It is well-known by those close to the two-time Kona champ that Reid is an overachiever, and if there is anything at which he'd like to overachieve in particular it is the cycling leg. Reid is an avid cyclist, competes in several bike races each year, and perhaps his reverence for the exploits of the world's bestin particular Lance Armstrongled Reid to Armstrong's coach and guru Chris Carmichael.
But those who view Reid's progress up close say it's been hard to watch him attempt to do Armstrong-like workouts while also juggling his "day job" as a triathlete. Frey himself--currently in China training the Chinese national Mild Seven adventure racing team--has apparently tried with little success to get the work-a-holic Reid to tone down his intense training schedule on the bike and strike a balance in triathlon's three activities (four, if one can call "rest" an activity). Apparently, Reid has finally gotten the point, and he's willing to accede to Frey's logic. Reids message to his forum readers continues:
"I have decided to return to working with Roch Frey as my full time coach. The plan for me is to take some time off of training kind of like a mini off-season and then build all the way up to Hawaii using the old training methods that have worked in the past. I am off to watch 4 stages of The Tour and then watch Lori race Ironman Austria."
Those who view the sport from up-close know that Peter Reid is imbued with long-course talent very few possess. Luc Van Lierde is the only one considered to have Reid-like natural abilities, and while both have won Kona twice, Reid has shown greater consistency than has the Belgian. But Reid is also exceptionally driven. While everyone agrees that he is a delightful, amiable, and approachable, those who've spent time with him in close quarters also say he's unusually affected by bad workouts and tough patches in his training. This has been one of those times, and Reid's hiatus from long and hard mileage is seen as a welcome sign by those Triathlonlive interviewed for this story.
A long-time and respected triathlon coach who chose to remain anonymous said, "Carmichael is known for his very tough workouts and strict dietary regimen. It would be a marvel if any triathlete could stick to a Carmichael plan while also continuing to run and swim. Lance Armstrong only has to cycle, and he's got a sea of doctors, chiropractuers, soigneurs, and therapists at his beck and call. Peter has nothing near that. Triathletes are known to push themselves to the brink, and well past it, and sometimes they don't see it until it's too late. I'm glad Peter's got the wisdom to see the signs early on, while he can still pull himself back."
The interesting question is whether Reid's hiatus might just be enough to let those long, hard miles set inwhether with a bit of R&R Reid's legs and lungs might benefit from a delayed reaction. We'll know come Kona time.
Aussies taking Edmonton very seriously
July 10, 2001, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
It wasn't long ago that Australia ruled the world of short-course triathlon with an iron fist, in both men's and women's categories. That was almost ordained, once the shift began in earnest toward draft-legal racing. While Aussies are no slouches on the bike, their prowess as swimmers and runners has been historic.
Funny things happened on the way to the podium in the last year or so, not the least of which being the lack of gold around the necks of Aussies at the Sydney Olympics. Team selectors for Australia were a bit red-faced at the way both men's and women's squads were chosen. On the women's side, it took months to decide who would be on the team. As for the men, it seems they may've left the best fellow clean off the team altogether, based on the performance of Chris McCormack over the past 15 months.
There seems to be a corporate will to get back what Aussies no-doubt believe is rightfully theirs: a hegemony over the top of short-course world cup and world championship racing. To that end, Emma Carney, Loretta Harrop, Miles Stewart, and host of others are now in Red Deer, Alberta, spooling up for the "worlds" 12 days from now.
Located smack inbetwen Calgary and Edmontonsite of the triathon world championshipsRed Deer is home to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, a long way away from anything Australian. It is also the home of Shawn Skene, an age-group triathlete well known to long-time Canadian triathletes. Canucks may consider their friend Skene aiding and abetting the enemy, as he plays tour guide to Australia's finest. He'll take them on a 4-hour bike ride this Wednesday.
Included in that group will be Nicole Hackett, at 23-years-old already the reigning world champion in triathlon. She's in excellent form, having finished third last week in the Toronto world cup race. But she and her teammates Loretta Harrop and Michellie Jones were roundly beaten by a pair of Americans in TorontoSiri Lindley, who had a magical swim, and Barb Lindquist. That's not the sort of podium arrangement Aussie women are used to.
Not currently training in Red Deer, but just as focused, are a pair of San Diego-based Aussie athletes, Michellie Joneswho lives in Carlsbadand Chris McCormack, anchored this summer at the home of San Diego neo pro Kelly Rees. They'll be flying up to Edmonton on the Wednesday before the race. McCormack has been hot as a pistol this year, but he'll have his hands full as well, with Canadian Simon Whitfield and Brit Simon Lessing. In a sport and with a format in whichprior to this yearanybody could win on any given day, Simon, Simon and Chris have separated themselves from the pack. It would be an upset if one of these did not take the top spot in Edmonton.
Whitfield knocks Macca from top podium spot
July 8, 2001, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto served as host for the showdown between the two men whove separated themselves from the pack this year: Canadas Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and Australias Chris McCormack, winner of just about everything else. Also along for the ride were Aussies Greg Bennett and Miles Stewart, Kiwi Hamish Carter and four dozen other regulars of the draft-legal ITU circuit.
As the athletes gathered for the swim, a thunderstorm rolled in and lightning delayed the start. Thirty minutes later the athletes dove into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario to emerge only 18 minutes later in a huge group. Most favorites were present, but McCormack had some trouble getting onto his bike and had to struggle to get into the first pack.
Few were prepared to do any work in this group, with the notable exception of Miles Stewart. While most were napping on the bike, Stewart attacked several times but was unable to create a gap. One favorite who had surprisingly missed the first pack was Greg Bennett. He was trailing the lead group but working hard to catch up.
McCormack was visibly agitated with the groups lethargy. No amount of verbal abuse was going to change anything, though, so he moved to the back of the pack. There he spotted Bennett 200 meters back, and he dropped back to help Bennett bridge up.
As soon as they rejoined the leaders there was a brief discussion with Stewart, who subsequently attacked again. When he was caught Whitfield decided it was time to wow the crowd, and he took off with Kiwi Nathan Richmond in tow.
Initially the main pack seemed to be in shock. Such a move was not expected from arguably the best runner in the field, but soon a reaction followed in the form of the trio of McCormack, Bennett and Stewart. This is what McCormack needed Bennett for, and his plan worked beautifully as they joined the two leaders and the five entered transition with a 26-second lead over dangerous runner Hamish Carter. The main pack was 40 seconds back and no longer in contention.
The five leaders ran together for most of the first 2.5k lap, but when Whitfield surged only McCormack could answer. Stewart followed 10 seconds behind, and Bennett and Richmond would quickly tumble out of the top 10.
From behind Peter Robinson set an unbelievable pace, and in fact caught Carter. Together they joined Stewart for a moment before they both blew in the last 500 meters.
Meanwhile up at the front McCormack and Whitfield had been running shoulder to shoulder in perfect tandem, even passing each other drinks as they ran through the aid stations.
But with one lap to go Whitfield decided it was time to cease the niceties, and McCormack had no reply to his surge. Whitfield continued to demonstrate his short course acumen with a dominant performance. He did it just in time for the world championships later this month, which will also take place in his home country. Stewart rounded out the top three.
In the womens race, an equally large group exited the water, but through some confusion in the transition area only eight emerged in the lead group. They were Siri Lindley, Laura Reback and Barb Lindquist from the USA, Sharon Donnelly and Tereza Macel from Canada, Loretta Harrop and Nicole Hackett from Australia and Joelle Franzmann from Germany. Strangely, Sheila Taormina was not in this group, and found herself 1:20 behind early on. Throughout the bike leg she would stay in that position, riding with different athletes who fell into and out of her group.
Olympic silver medallist Michellie Jones found herself way behind after the swim, and although she tried hard to bridge the gap, all she accomplished was that her group picked up one rider after another who didnt make it into the lead pack. This increased the size of her group, but not the strength of it. Going into T2 she was three minutes back.
The most important crash of the day was that of Loretta Harrop, who took down Reback, Donnelly and Franzmann. Macel almost went downin fact she rode over Rebacks bike and legbut through some miraculous bike-handling skills managed to stay upright. After half a lap of chasing, Macel rejoined the three remaining leaders Lindley, Lindquist and Hackett.
Despite the extra care now taken in the corners the four were not seriously challenged and they rolled into T2 together, still a minute ahead of Taormina, who was now in the company of crash victim Reback. Harrop wound up another minute and a half back, shaken but not stirred, and determined to keep going.
Out of T2 Lindley immediately took the lead with a blistering pace, with Hackett in second and Linquist third. With a comfortable lead over the Jones group, these three knew that the podium was theirs, and the only thing to change before the finish was that Lindquists resurrection put her past Hackett and into second.
Macel, more known for her swimming and biking strength, faded to 12th. Behind them Jones ran through the field, but 10 kilometers werent enough for her and she finished fourth. Loretta Harrop ran a gutsy race despite her road rash to round off the top five. (Special thanks for this report to Cervelo's Gerard "Shaken, not stirred" Vroomen)
Spooner over Bowden by a nose
June 26, 2001, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
The New Balance half-Ironman's field featured a hot start list. Melissa Spooner, Lori Bowden, Tara-Lee Marshall, and Holly Nyboall with Ironman wins on their resumesbattled it out. Top runner and duathlete Lucy Smith was there to keep them honest in the run.
Spooner opened with a great swim and then settled into a strong pace on the bike. She came into transition a few minutes before Bowden.
As expected, Lori cruised to the fastest run split among the women, and closed the gap.
The two were side-by-side coming toward home, and sprinted for the tape. Spooner just did manage to eke out the win, and both finished with the same time, 4:36:17. Lucy Smithreturning to racing after giving birth in 2000showed that she is returning to form with a very solid 3rd place finish.
Watson-trained athletes shine in Victoria
June 18, 2001, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Victoria-based athletes trained by tri-coach Lance Watson shone bright at the JDS Uniphase Triathlon, as Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and Amerian early-season phenom Laura Reback scored a pair of wins.
Whitfield was a close second coming out of the water with another Watson protege, Greg Bennett, of Australia taking the lead. The two were together in the bike ride until the fourth and final lap when Whitfield took over. Bennett was never able to overtake the Olympic Gold Medallist, as Whitfield kept a strong pace in the run and broke away after the third lap to win in 1:49:36. Second place went to Bennett in 1:50:00.
The U.S. men also posted strong finishes, as Joe Umphenour (Seattle) placed fourth, Andy Kelsey (Cupertino, Calif.) fifth and Michael Smedley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) eighth. Andy Johnson of Boulder, Colo., was 10th. Umphenour and Smedley are both resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Laura Reback (North Palm Beach, Fla.) also made Watson look good with a powerful performance in all three of triathlon's disciplines. She, Becky Gibbs (San Jose, Calif.) and Taormina (Livonia, Mich.) swam away from the field, and further teamed on the bike to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Reback pulled away from the others on the run, winning in 2:03:58. Gibbs outran Taormina on the run for second place in 2:04:57, to Taormina's 2:05:20.
Olympian Taormina has been slowed over the winter by an IT-band problem. Two weeks ago in Shreveport Reback beat Taormina by two and a half minutes, and the Victoria race shows Taormina is regaining her form.
As for Reback, the Floridian said of her Victoria, BC, training base, "I love it here, the training is great. I didn't realize the bike course was as hard as it was. I really enjoyed it quite a bit. It was easy to break it up." (Thanks to USAT's BJ Evans for help with this story).
Peter Reid sports a new ride
March 21, 2001, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
It is well known that Ironman champ Peter Reid is not just the sport's best ultra-distance male triathlete, he's a bike geek. He loves bike racing and even bike collectingnot as a hobby, or for profit, he just likes having more and more bikes in his garage.
He's about to have some more. While in recent years Reid has ridden very well on Specialized M4 road models, he's now a company man for Trek. This bike maker is very selective in whom it chooses to sponsor, at least among pro multisporters. Trek's headliners have been Mike Pigg and Karen Smyers for a decade or more. Now you can add Reid to that spare list.
He'll be riding neither OCLV models nor Trek's tri-specific Hilo series. Hell be using the same sort of bikes the Posties use for time trials. "I am psyched," says Reid. "For my Ironman races I will be on a custom built aluminum bikesame as Ekimov's Olympic gold ride. I am going to Trek on April 2 to meet the gang and get fitted for the custom frame700c, of course."
Peter Reid the field sprinter
January 18, 2001, Victoria, BC, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Peter Reids tentative triathlon race schedule includes Wildflower, Escape from Alcatraz, San Jose Triathlon ("Time trial format," he says, "Very cool"), Ironman Germany, Chicago Mrs T's, Hawaii Ironman, Xterra Championships, Half-Ironman in Mexico (where Reid had an unfortunate accident last year while running), and Laguna Phuket.
But thats not his entire race schedule. Just his triathlon race schedule. Like a growing number of elite triathletes, Reid intends to begin his season with a bike race or two. His major interest is in racing the Redlands Classic in March.
"I actually do about 4 or 5 bike races a year," says Reid. "I am a roadie at heart - it is my true love. I think one of the reasons that I do well at Ironman is due to my love of the bike. You got to ride a ton to do well at Ironman; hence, you got to love the bike. Last year I won a field sprint at one of the big races up here in Canada. I was so psyched until I got my check for $200."
Bike racing might not represent a big payday for Reid, but its a thrill a lot of triathletes cant pass up. And Redlands is the big kahuna for roadies on the Pacific Coast. Its not easy to get a team into the event, and Reid is scrambling to find a team to hop on right now. "Redlands. Im still trying to get on a team. Probably happen at the last minute."
Triathletes have raced in Redlands before. Several years ago a team made up almost entirely of multisport athletes started the race and finished well up the field. That team consisted of Mark Montgomery, Jurgen Zäck, Kenny Souza, and Mike Pigg, among others. Pigg fared the best among the multisporters.
Several other elite athletes around the world, when asked about racing plans for 2001, mentioned that bike racing was in their plans. Southern California pro Erik Burgan makes bike racing an integral part of his early season fitness, and Tucson bike devil Jimmy Riccitello is much feared in the local peleton around the Southwest. Sheila Taormina has also expressed a desire to get much better on the bike, and intends to race bikes as a way to make that happen
Bowden finds a coach
January 2, 2001, Victoria, BC, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Her husband, twice-over Kona champ Peter Reid, has been coached for most of the last decade by Roch Frey. Lori Bowden, though, has preferred to do her own thing. "In the past I have always done my own training plan," says Bowden, a Kona champ herself. "Peter's sort of looked it over and helped me change things." Bowden would take advice from this person or that, and says Ironlegend Scott Tinley, "helped me a lot in the past as well, mostly with advice."
But several months ago Bowden came under the wing of another Big-4 legend, Scott Molina. "When I read an article earlier this year on [Slowtwitch.com] that Molina was helping Kerry Classen, I was really interested in what he had to say. So I sent him an email asking if he would help me out. He didn't think I really needed any help in the coaching side of things, but that maybe he could help out more as a mentor. I think it might have been July when we first started emailing back and forth."
Molina awed the charmingly unpretentious Bowden ironic considering the consensus greatest triathlete of the decade of the 80s has a similar reputation as a disarming, down-to-earth person. "He tried hard to get me to call him...but I prefer to email...he's too intimidating! I think I would be afraid to talk to him if I ever saw him in person. I don't know what I'd do! Ha!"
That notwithstanding, the two entered a coach-athlete relationship, which has suited Bowden fine. "It's easy to relate to him for a lot of reasons. I probably frustrate him, as there's a lot of simple things I don't do, that I know I should, like running on a track; wearing a heart rate monitor for workouts; taking vitamins. Anyway, it's good for me to have someone to report things to -- keeps you on track with the workouts. And a neutral person to talk to about life in general."
Montgomery wins BC cross country title
November 2, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Carol Montgomery, Canada's top triathlete, always said she was a runner first. On Saturday, she ran her first race -- and won since crashing out of the Olympic triathlon exactly six weeks earlier.
This time, there satisfaction of finishing included a title: British Columbia cross country champion. Running 20:49 for the 6,000-meter race at Jericho Park, her 5:35-per-mile pace netted her a win by eight seconds.
"I just needed to start racing again to get my confidence up and get over the devastation of the Olympics," Montgomery told the Vancouver Sun's Wendy Long in an October 30 article. "That's why I decided to come out. Just to enjoy it again and have fun."
Montgomery was a very late entry in the field, surprising even her longtime running coach Marek Jedrzejek. She made the decision to race on Thurday, after a strong session at Vancouver's Stanley Park.
She has been hampered since the Olympics with a bad hip, an injury from her spill on the bike in the Olympic triathlon. That, and a broken wrist, kept her from starting the Olympic 10,000m event, for which the double-sport star had also qualified.
She told the Vancouver Sun: "I took some time off and it didn't get any better, so I just decided to start running. It hasn't got any worse, either. I've just been icing it and taking anti-inflammatory."
Back in Canada, everybody's in awe of Whitfield
September 18, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Simon Whitfield's Olympic-winning performance is barely two days old, but back home, the Canadian media is all over him. Dan Rishworth, a longtime triathlon supporter and owner of the triathlon shop Enduro Sport in Toronto, offers up a sampling: "This is just a summary of the print coverage from the last two days in the Canada's three most circulated newspapers," he says.
In the Toronto Star, Sunday: - cover photo and story, "Canada's golden boy" - full cover of Sydney 2000 section, "Simon says 'gold'" with two articles and a large photo inside
In the National Post, Monday (no Sunday edition): - cover photo and story, "Our hero heard the cry of a nation" - masthead of the Olympics section, "A golden chase" - two page colour photo spread inside, "Feat that will never fade"
In the Globe & Mail, Monday (no Sunday edition): - cover photo and story, "'True Canadian' boosts his sport" - cover photo of The Games section and story, "Canada's champion free spirit" - inside photo and story, "A golden moment touches Whitfield"
"Being part of the sport, I can see it is obviously a big deal," Rishworth adds. "But I am amazed at the effect that it has had on the general public. I have received calls and emails from friends and family who related how intense the emotion and excitement of Simon's winning sprint was for them.
"It seems clear that regardless of anything else, Simon Whitfield has put triathlon on the map in Canada. Peter Reid and Lori Bowden's Ironman Hawaii wins didn't even register in comparison to Olympic gold.
"We will have to wait to see the impact on participation the Olympics have, but already we have been busy today with triathletes calling and coming by the store just to share in the community and excitement of Canada's Olympic triathlon victory."
Canada's Mike Vine wins XTerra at home
August 13, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Crossing the line and waving the Canadian flag, Victoria's Mike Vine fittingly claimed his first-ever XTerra win on his home turf at the Whistler resort.
Vine retained his lead in the Nissan XTerra Points Series by virtue of five second-place finishes and one third. He won by more than three minutes over Kerry Classen, a frequent winner in XTerra events.
Vine, 27, was seventh out of the 65-degree water at Los Lake, 1:41 behind Classen. On the 26-km bike course that featured 1,400 vertical feet of climbing, rocks, roots, and a crossing of the fast flowing, Vine picked off the leaders and ended up with the fastest bike split. Classen took three falls on the bike, so was unprepared to catch Vine on the 10-km trail run.
In the women's race, Colorado's Kerstin Weule tok her fourth straight XTerra win. Australia's Jody Purcell placed a typical second.
Walton makes it three at ITU World Cup-Corner Brook
July 30, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Australia's Craig Walton has a more important date this summer -- the Olympics on September 17 -- but this race rated quite high on his personal schedule, too: He won, for the third year in a row, the ITU World Cup at Corner Brook.
He took a huge lead out of the swim onto the bike, but the large chase pack couldn't catch him. He cruised to a win in 1:55:54, leaving second place for one man he will meet again in Sydney, Canada's Simon Whitfield (1:56:06). Venezuela's Gilberto Gonzalez (1:56:14) was third, rounding out his Canadian tour of three races since July 8.
Women's winner Barb Lindquist also won unchallenged. She had a 40-second lead out of the water, extended her lead to one minute on the bike, then was followed on to the run by Sharon Donnelly. But USA's Joanne Zeiger put on a tremendous run to race into second by the finish, where she collapsed. Donnelly, Canada's top hope, was passed into sixth place.
Ex-Canadian coach Pat Kelly fighting cancer
July 26, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Patrick Kelly, once one of Canada's top triathlon coaches, is now struggling to overcome a grapefruit-sized tumor in his hip as he battles cancer for the second time in his life.
The first time, he was a swimmer for the University of Victoria in the '80s when he fought a benign necrotic brain tumor. Now, he is living in Los Angeles, working out 45 minutes a day and undergoing the latest cancer-fighting treatment for slow-growth tumors.
In his prime, Kelly worked with many of Canada's best-known pros. Among them: - Carol Montgomery (former world champion); Andrew Macmartin (World Cup champion and three times the national champ); Sue Schlatter (retired pro); Erik Myliimaki (1991 world junior champion); David Smit (Commonwealth Games junior champ in 1992 in Auckland) and David Kirk (Ironman Canada champ 1986 and professional through the 1980s). He also worked with Mike Vine, the 27-year-old who is currently leading the XTerra series, and who was one of Kelly's young guns in his early days.
Kelly was also Canada's first national team coach at the Orlando World Championships in 1990. Before that, he and his brother Wayne, a former Olympic swimmer, formed the first-ever University of Victoria Triathlon Club in 1985. They subsequently formed an elite team in Victoria in 1989, the Tri-Kinetics Racing Team.
"Pat has helped many of Canada's previous stars during their time at the top," Dave Smit said in an appeal to the triathlon community on Wednesday. "Many individuals benefitted hugely, in my opinion, from Pat's help, and all at no financial cost to them. Pat never charged anything for his coaching services, except enough to cover stationary and office expenses.
"Pat has been working in Japan since 1991 because he needed to make a living. He gave so much to his athletes, but never asked to make a living doing it."
Now, Smit says, it's Kelly's turn to receive help.
"Pat is a fighter," Smit said. "Right now he is in Los Angeles, spending $US 2,500 per week for a radiation hyperthermia treatment that is shrinking his tumor. This treatment is the latest cancer fighting treatment for slow-growth tumors, but may not be covered by Medicare and is expensive.
"Pat has also, for the last two years, followed a macrobiotic diet. He has incorporated meditation and yoga while exercising 45 minutes daily. He has done what he can to save himself from surgery. To have surgery would be similar to losing his legs. He has so far, as per the MRI's, been able to reduce the size of the grapefruit tumor significantly.
"Pat is really low on funds. His brother Wayne (a former Olympic swimmer) has set up a trust fund with many of Pat's friends contributing, in order to pay for the treatment while in LA.
"I am asking that if there are people out there who know of Pat, have met him, or would simply like to donate money to this trust, please contact either me or Wayne."
To contact Wayne Kelly, phone 250-370-2421 or email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
To contact David Smit, phone 250-308-0991, or email (mailto:email@example.com).
To contact Pat Kelly in Los Angeles, phone 310-398-4037 or email
Adds Smit: "Any help to this gentleman's cause would be greatly appreciated."
Canadians lead the turnout for ITU World Cup-Corner Brook
July 25, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Fifteen Canadian men, and eight Canadian women, are leading the start lists for Sunday's ITU World Cup-Corner Brook.
Three of the four who will be racing in Sydney will be there: Simon Whitfield, Isabelle Baird and Sharon Donnelly. But Canada's No. 1, Carol Montgomery, will be absent.
So will most of the world's top female triathletes, aside from two Americans also racingn in the Olympics (Jennifer Gutierrez and Joanna Zeiger), plus Barb Lindquist and Siri Lindley. With just 23 women from eight countries, it's the ITU's second-smallest World Cup field yet. The World Cup field at Tokyo last week had 14 starters and nine finishers.
It's hard to figure why, in this pre-Olympic summer, the World Cup fields are thinner than ever. Perhaps the answer lies with the world's federations, many of whom are no longer budgeting to fly their best around to all the races in pursuit of world-ranking points -- now that the Olympic fields of 50 men, 50 women, are virtually set.
The men's race will be led by Australia's Craig Walton, the two-time winner here since the World Cup first landed in Corner Brook in 1998.
Here are the full fields:
- Men from Argentina (1): Oscar Galindez
- Men from Australia (3): Greg Bennett, Eamon Nunn, Craig Walton
- Men from Bulgaria (3): Serguri Elison, Mixail Gladuhov, Raisa Kapitonets
- Men from Canada (15, over the ITU's host-country limit of 12): Julian
Dorais, Mathieu Dube, Steven Dyke, Jocelyn Gascon-Giroux, Chris Jamieson,
Stefan Jacobsen, Sebastien LaFlamme, Philippe LeDuff, Simon Malo, Brent
McMahon, Curtis Ready, Jan Sebastian Rioux, Nik Southwell, Stefan Timms,
- Men from Czech Republic (1): Jan Rehula
- Men from Great Britain (2): Craig Ball, Marc Jenkins
- Men from Greece (1): Vassilas Krommidas
- Men from New Zealand (1): Shane Reed
- Men from Portugal (2): Miguel Casimiro, Luis Diego Santos
- Men from Spain (7): Clemente Alonso, Jose Barbany, Eneko Llanos, Hector
Llanos, Xavier Llobet, Jose Merchan, Ivan Rana
- Men from USA (9, over the allowed 8): Erik Burgan, Ryan Bolton, Brooks
Clark, Doug Friman, Andy Kelsey, Abe Rogers, Cyle Sage, Monte Still, Joe
- Men from Venezuela (2): Camilo Gonzalez, Gilberto Gonzalez
- Women from Canada (8): Isabelle Baird, Sharon Donnelly, Isabelle Gagnon,
Alicia Kaye, Tereza Macel, Samantha McGlone, Donna Phelan, Natasha Yaremczuk
- Women from Denmark (1): Marie Overbye
- Women from Great Britain (1): Michelle Dillon
- Women from Jamaica (1): Iona Wynter
- Women from Japan (1): Akiko Hirao
- Women from Netherlands (1): Wieke Hoogzaad
- Women from Spain (2): Mariel Blanco, Ana Burgos
- Women from USA (8): Sarah Baker, Jennifer Gutierrez, Siri Lindley, Barb
Lindquist, Michelle Palmisano, Laura Reback, Jessi Stensland, Joanna Zeiger
Cleveland, Macel take their first Canadian titles
July 23, Corner Brook, Newfoundland (www.slowtwitch.com):
In a country brimming with triathlon talent, Jamie Cleveland and Tereza Macel came away with the titles in the Canadian Championships, conducted Sunday as the lead-in race to next Sunday's ITU World Cup-Corner Brook over the same course.
Fredericton's Cleveland picked up his first title when he won in 2:00:15, eight seconds over Barry Foster, on a day marked by rain and cool conditions. Cleveland had been the third Canadian last year in the Championships, when they were conducted in Edmonton.
Women's winner Macel won her first title by 15 seconds over Donna Phalen. It was the highlight of what has proved to be her breakthrough season, internationally. Earlier this year, she placed fifth in Amakusa, Japan; second in St. Kitts; and sixth in St. Croix. A year ago, she was the 9th Canadian in the Champs, which was also an ITU Points Race won by USA's Barb Lindquist.
In the age-group races, Vancouver's Murray mcCutcheon (2:09:45) and Kingston, Ontario's Caroline Chouinard were the fastest of the 200 who were racing for 2001 World Championships slots.
Tri-Fest 2000 concludes next Sunday with the 19th Corner Brook Triathlon, plus the 3rd ITU World Cup-Corner Brook.
Edmonton perfect for timing of Olympic triathlon news
July 19, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
It is by no coincidence of the calendar that the ITU Congress convenes at Edmonton exactly one year from now, on Friday, July 20, 2001.
For between July 13 and 16, 2001, when the IOC holds its 112th Session in Moscow, Russia, the future of triathlon as an Olympic sport will be announced. Thus, whatever that decision, it will be delivered to the ITU Congress at Edmonton "hot off the press." (The World Championships follow on July 21-22).
The ITU has long held out that triathlon's place in the Olympics is not secure at all beyond Sydney. The ITU says that the IOC's decision whether to give triathlon a permanent home on the Olympic program, for Athens 2004 and beyond, is entirely dependent on the execution on September 16-17 of the first Olympic triathlon in Sydney.
Also at that July 13-16 session, the IOC will announce the host city for the 2008 Games. There are 10 applicant cities currently, and the final candidate cities will be announced by the IOC on August 28.
According to the Toronto bid's website, from the 10 applicant cities, the IOC may choose as few as two or as many as five cities as finalists for 2008. The competing cities are Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Cairo, Egypt; Havana, Cuba; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; Seville, Spain; and Toronto, Canada.
Montgomery gets Olympic place for athletics, too
July 15, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Canadian women have competed in two Olympic sports before -- say, for a Winter Olympics and a Summer Olympics. But never has a Canadian woman competed in two sports in the same Olympics -- which is what Carol Montgomery intends to do.
Montgomery was confirmed for Canada's triathlon team last month. She was confirmed -- after an appeal -- to run the 10,000 meters for Athletics Canada last week.
The news came on Wednesday, four days after her devastating win in the ITU World Cup at Toronto.
The Canadian Press reported that "Carol Montgomery will be the first Canadian woman to compete in two different sports at the same Olympics after being selected for the 10,000 metres on Wednesday."
Montgomery, runner-up in the ITU World Triathlon Championships in April, ran her Olympic A-standard qualifier on the track also that month. But in Athletics Canada's final Olympic-selection race in June, Montgomery missed the mark when lapped runners remained on the track and caused confusion. She appealed, won, and now joins Tina Connelly as Canada's female entries in the 10,000.
Toronto World Cup run course was short
July 14, Toronto, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
The event director for last Saturday's ITU World Cup at Toronto concedes that the 10-kilometer run course measured short, with runners missing 40 to 60 seconds depending on their pace.
The course turned up extremely fast times for the winners. Simon Lessing ran 30:00, and Carol Montgomery ran 32:32 -- only 18 seconds slower than her all-time best on the track, 32:14 from April, that gave her an Olympic A-standard qualifier.
Last Monday, in the race's official press release, event director Barrie Shepley called it "the fastest World Cup triathlon in the world." On Friday, he conceded that the course was shortened by about 200 meters the night before the race for television purposes. But he downplayed the significance of the short course, which occurred in the first ITU World Cup that followed the ITU World Championships in April, for which women ran only 8.5 kilometers.
"When the location of the finishing gantry was moved over at 8pm on the night before, the extra 20m wasn't added onto the end of the turnaround (which runners circled eight times)," Shepley said. "The TV cameras needed a better angle. If there is any issue, its 100 percent on my shoulders.
"I made the decision completely and in my fatigued state (of working days and nights to prepare the race) did not tell ITU or anyone else. I made it 100 percent."
In defense of the fast times, Shepley noted that the course was extremely flat and protected from wind. Moreover, he said, the best runners in the sport were in the race.
Runners ran the length of a 1,250-meter stretch and back, for four loops, or 10 kilometers -- minus the distance lost when the finish line was moved up.
Two short courses in a row, just months in front of the Olympics, renews the call for the ITU to implement rigid rules when it comes to course measurement -- particularly for its own World Championship and World Cup events. Shepley believed he had a 5 percent margin of accuracy to play with -- which, compared with what that IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) allows in its technical manual, is laughably lax.
For example, the IAAF's Rule 240 (3) states: "The length of the course shall not be less than the official distance for the event ... the uncertainty in the measurement shall not exceed 0.1% (i.e. 42m for the Marathon) and the length of the course should have been certified in advance by an IAAF-approved measurer."
Lucky Americans fill out the Toronto World Cup field
July 7, Toronto, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
An unprecedented 15 US men will take part in Saturday's ITU World Cup-Toronto -- seven more than ITU rules allow from a single country.
USA Triathlon executive director surmised that the extra allowance for the Americans was due to the smaller-than-expected field. Further, he noted, with the race falling beyond the May 1st date for Olympic-qualifying cutoff, and with a lack of clarify yet on the Olympic-qualifying system for 2004, the additional American men can be justified.
But Locke isn't complaining, as the ITU's bending of its own rules makes for opportunities for some up-and-coming Americans to gain World Cup experience.
Noted Mark Sisson, the ITU secretary general: "Normally that's the rule when the events are "oversubscribed" (to the ITU limit of 75 men, 75 women). With fewer athletes entering, as some peak for Olympics and with the value of future Olympic-qualifying points not yet determined, the field may occasionally be opened up by invitation from ITU."
The extra Americans face a field that features the world's No. 1 and 2 men, New Zealand's Hamish Carter and Kazakhstan's Dimitry Gaag. Britain's Simon Lessing, lower-ranked but the unofficial favorite for the Sydney gold medal, is making his first ITU-race appearance this year.
The women's field, 24 racers from Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Jamaica and the USA, includes Australia's Michellie Jones and Canada's Carol Montgomery.
Here are the full fields:
Women from Australia: Emma Carney, Tracy Hargreaves, Michellie Jones -
Women from Canada: Isabelle Baird, Sharon Donnelly, Isabelle Gagnon, Samantha McGlone, Carol Montgomery, Donna Phelan, Liane Teplitshky, Natasha Yaremszuk - Women from France: Beatrice Mouthon, Isabelle Mouthon
Women from Italy: Edith Cigana, Silvia Gemignani
Women from Jamaica: Iona Wynter
Women from USA: Candy Angle, Jennifer Gutierrez, Callahan Hatfield, Lauren Jensen, Siri Lindley, Barb Lindquist, Amanda Pagon, Sheila Taormina
Men from Australia: Greg Bennett, David Clark, Chris Hill, Marc Lees, Levi Maxwell, Chris McCormack
Men from Brazil: Juracy Moreira, Leandro Macedo
Men from Canada: Jocelyn Gascon-Giroux, Sebastien LaFlamme, Philippe LeDuff, Brent McMahon, Curtis Ready, Jean Sebastien Rioux, Stefan Timms, Simon Whitfield
Men from Czech Republic: Jan Rehula
Men from Denmark: Ricky Jorgensen
Men from France: Philippe Fattori
Men from Great Britain: Simon Lessing
Men from Greece: Vassilis Krommidas
Men from Italy: Stefano Belandi, Alessandro Bottoni
Men from Mexico: Eligio Cervantes
Men from New Zealand: Hamish Carter, Brent Foster, Shane Reed, Bryan Rhodes, Craig Watson
Men from Philippines: Arland Macasieb
Men from Sweden: Jonas Colting
Men from Trinidad: Jason Gooding
Men from Ukraine: Dimitry Gaag
Men from USA: Eric Bean, Ryan Bolton, David Bonetti, Jim Carothers, Kevin Carter, Scott Curry, Doug Friman, Andy Kelsey, Hunter Kemper, Victor Plata, Abe Rogers, Cyle Sage, Michael Smedley, Monte Still, Tim Watson
Men from Venezuela: Gilberto Gonzalez
Bowden, Reid to headline Ironman Canada
June 28, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Not that he needs a Hawaii Ironman qualifier to get back in the field at Kona in October, but Peter Reid has just announced he is racing the Subaru Ironman Canada on August 27.
He is also committed to racing Ironman Austria on July 23. He was intending to race the first Ironman California on May 20, but was a last-minute non-starter with an injury that hadn't fully recovered.
Reid immediately becomes the favorite in the field, which also includes Americans Chuck Veylupek, the 1999 winner; Troy Jacobson, Brent Imonen and Ryan Huckaby.
By racing in Penticton, Reid and Lori Bowden - also recently committed to the race - will attempt to be a winning husband-wife pair. The two managed that feat - a first in Ironman history - when they both won at the 1999 Ironman Australia.
Bowden has supported Ironman Canada for years, and has been its female winner for three straight years now. Her competition should come from American masters Lee DiPietro, Canada's Julie Curwin and Barb Scatchard. Also racing are Monaco's Jody Cross-Merckx and Americans Teri Duthie and Amy Hollingsworth-Caldwell.
Reid's best race in Ironman Canada came in 1996. He was second behind Thomas Hellriegel's record-setting win.
New Balance "Half" benefits from Ironman Canada close-out
June 25, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (www.slowtwitch.com):
Just like the four American half-Ironman qualifiers for the Hawaii Ironman have all closed out early, the New Balanace Half-Ironman is benefitting from the same kind of Ironman-envy that is sweeping North America.
The fifth annual race, Sunday near Victoria, British Columbia, filled out its field sooner than ever before. Of the 500 competitors over the 2k swim, 87k bike and 20k run, 132 of them have indicated they are keen to gain one of the 25 qualifying spots for the closed-out Ironman Canada on August 27.
Top elites include Jamie Cleveland, recently relocated to Victoria from Ontario; former winner Greg Timewell; and 1999 winner Mike Flegel. Flegel beat the previous course record by more than five minutes last year with a time of 3:53:27.
New Zealander Tara-Lee Marshall, last year's winner and course record-holder, is also returning. With her 4:27:18, Marshall beat Lori Bowden's previous record.
Said race director Norman Thibault: ""We're going to see some excellent competition. The field includes some very experienced athletes, but as we know, anything can happen over this distance. And that's what makes a long-course race so exciting."
For the fourth year, the race is one of eight in the Triathlon BC New Balance Provincial Race Series. It's also the BC Long-Distance Championships. Steve King and Tony Davies will provide the on-site announcing.
Montgomery on hold for Olympic athletics bid
Canadas Montgomery is Olympic Trials qualifier in athletics, too
Montgomery wins her race against time in Rio
Edmonton now an International Triathlon Festival
Canada's Athletes of the Year: Bowden, Whitfield
Jo-Anne Ritchie, the three-time world-championship medalist for Canada, will be honored at the 2000 Triathlon Canada Awards Banquet in Victoria, British Columbia, on February 26.
"Amputation averted" sounds like an unfortunate headline for anybody, but Carol Montgomery considers herself the world's luckiest triathlete.
The hugely successful XTerra off-road triathlon series will go global in 2000. In an announcement on the website, Team United reveals 12 dates, including events in Canada (Whistler, British Columbia) and England (Dunster Castle, Exmoor).
Twelve men and 12 women have been named to Triathlon Canada's National Triathlon Team for 2000. They are: