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the plan

step up to Olympic-distance tri with this 12-week schedule

Summer 2013 Issue 56 One sport is not enough

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RACE Harder With the one workout every triathlete needs


speedy tri suits tested

last-minute tricks to run a faster 5k Triathlon put a smile back on my face!

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proven tips

Slash your PB in one week


for gear 4 Tour team bikes new £645 wetsuit 6 top tri saddles

The positive power of tri, p62

Beat your open-water swim fears Quick ways to get your bike race-ready A pro's guide to racing abroad

Eat To win Fuel your body for faster times

Contents Issue 56 / summer 2013

On the cover

44 6 top tri saddles Undercarriage under pressure? Try one of these aero-ready seats

50 new £645 wetsuit The new superhero suit from Zone3 that comes with pro training advice

54 race harder With the one workout every triathlete needs

62 “Triathlon put a smile back on my face” The positive power of tri transformed Verity Westgate’s life

76 speedy tri suits tested Find your best tri suit for any budget – as swum/biked/run in by the team

88 Tour team bikes Buy the pro-ready ride you deserve from four Tour de France bikes

100 Quick ways to get your bike race-ready

Ironman winner Cat Morrison on how to race well overseas in Solved

14 This is Your World Meet six bright young things hoping to set the tri world alight

24 Up to Speed The best new things in tri, from the Brownlees’ own race to the shiny SRAM Red 22 groupset

53 Mailbox Air your views on Triathlon Plus and our great sport

117 Race reports Racing action including Javier Gomez’s middle-distance debut

123 Race Listings 128 Comeback Tales

106 Eat to win Fuel your body for faster times with this no-nonsense nutrition guide


“tri put a smile back on my face” Verity westgate overcame tragedy and depression with the help of triathlon

Richard Allen on the most inspiring triathletes he meets

130 Trew Stories Steve Trew reveals the big hearts behind some fierce public faces


71 Brand New Kit The best gear on test, including the new PoolMateHR swimming watch

great reads

109 Slash your PB in one week

66 Rat Race City to Summit

The science-proven way to cut your training – and your race finish time

Get the low-down on this tough race from Edinburgh to Ben Nevis

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the best new tri gear on test, including this update of the on cloudrunner

Every month

103 Beat your open-water swim fears

Nail your next sprint triathlon by ramping up your run speed

brand new kit

Race your first Olympic-distance tri in 12 weeks with our exclusive plan

Plot your next PB with our essential guide to events around the UK

105 last-minute tricks to run a faster 5k


112 The Plan

Be ready for anything with our checklist of cycling race essentials

Say no to nerves with this expert guide to mastering open-water swimming


110 a pro’s guide to racing abroad


20 speedy tri suits tested

we’ve swum, biked and run in the best tri suits out there to help you find your perfect all-in-one

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race harder

the session that will take you from swimmer, cyclist and runner to triathlete


4 tour team bikes

the pro-ready tour de france bikes you can take home and ride


race reports

business as usual for brownlee at the Itu world triathlon series madrid, and much more

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This is your world

THIS Is Your World

These bright young things are the future of British triathlon


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Words Jessica Bradley Photo / Delly Carr / ITU

Lucy Hall age: 21 Don’t let her cheeky grin fool you – this young lady means business. At just 21 years old she’s already an Olympian with a string of national and international junior titles to her name. She made the jump up to senior level in 2011 and showed the world her huge potential when, in her debut year in the ITU World Triathlon Series, she exited the water first on three occasions (Hamburg, Lausanne and Yokohama). Based in Loughborough and part of British Triathlon’s World Class Podium Potential Squad, her task for the next couple of years is to develop her running speed. If she can bring this discipline up to scratch, we may just have found the heir to Helen Jenkins’ throne.

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This is your world

Matt Sharp age: 24

Photo British Triathlon

Matt Sharp first made headlines in 2011 when he was crowned ITU U23 World Champion, and in doing so proved the depth of the British men’s field. His transition to senior level has gone without a hitch and at his World Triathlon Series debut in New Zealand in April he finished fifth, just one minute behind triathlon powerhouse and eventual winner Javier Gomez. “I was chuffed with the result in Auckland but my performance wasn’t a surprise as my winter training had gone very well,” said Sharp. “It’s given me a lot of motivation and muchneeded points for the rest of the season.” The youngster’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s just been snapped up by the newlyfounded Orbea-Orca team.



FUTURE STARS Georgia Taylor-Brown age: 18

Photo / Janos Schmidt / ITU

Taylor-Brown has sporting blood running through her young veins – her father represented England on the track in the 800m and her mother was a national standard swimmer. She turned heads last year, winning the junior ETU Triathlon European Championships and ITU Duathlon World Championships. Originally from Manchester, she’s studying sports and exercise science at Leeds Metropolitan University and trains with the World Class Podium Potential Squad under the watchful eye of Jack Maitland. The jump up to senior level is always tricky but with no apparent chinks in her triathlon armour, she has ‘future world and Olympic champion’ written all over her.

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