Triathlon Digest: Friday, February 6, 1998
Vol. 2, No. 26
Published by Triathlon Central
In This Issue:
* Comments on ITU-WTC politics (from Ray Preston, Cook Islands)
* Comments on ITU-WTC politics (from James Bonney, USA)
* Vacancy for National Performance Director in Britain (from Phil
* Alessandro Alessandri, continued (from Renato Locatelli, Italy)
* St. George Formula 1 Triathlon opener on Saturday (from Andrew
Notes from Katherine:
From Jack Weiss comes a clarification on Carl Owens' Texas Hill
Country Triathlon which, Jack says, has NOT been cancelled. The race's
status is merely in limbo, pending the acquisiton of a title sponsor. The
tentative race date is September 12, and more details will be forthcoming
from Owens himself once sponsorship has been determined.
From: Ray S. Preston
Subject: Comments on ITU-WTC politics
There are clearly mixed feelings about the World Triathlon Corp versus the
ITU, but whatever view we have, there is one thing certain folks; we cannot
bury our heads in the sand and hope it will go away. If nothing is wrong at
ITU, it will emerge from this fracas clean. If there IS something wrong at
ITU, then it should be dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible.
When the Cook Islands Triathlon Association was first incorporated, we met
some unbelievable opposition. On seeking information from the ITU and
advising them of the problem, Les McDonald finished his reply with these
words, ...."welcome to politics in sport." Well, ITU is an elected body
and, as the old political adage goes, 'we get the government we deserve'.
Remember too, you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't
please all of the people all of the time.
Cook Islands Triahlon Association
From: James Bonney
Subject: Simon Whitfield's comments
I agree that we should not be so quick to pass judgment on the ITU as
progress is being made. However, I do not oppose the postings that allow us
as triathletes to see who and what we are dealing with. If you feel that
only one side of a story is being presented, then let it be up to you to keep the
triathlon group up to date with a counterpoint.
The most recent posting about Les McDonald's avoidance with the court
summons, although comical, provided many readers with some insight into
what kind of a 'man' this guy is. Finally, I am not sure why you are
trying to pass blame of the ordeal off on the WTC, as it was the ITU that
was greedy with the "World Triathlon Championship" title to begin with.
Regardless, I would like to thank Dave Rudnicki for his positive submission in
Vol. 2, No. 25. It is refreshing to see someone write something constructive in
such a positive tone ... aside from fantasy land, do you have any ideas on how to
implement your ideas?
Subject: British Triathlon Association - Vacancy - National Performance
The British Triathlon Association wishes to appoint a highly motivated and
dedicated person to provide leadership and co-ordination for the GB
International Triathlon and Duathlon programmes and to ensure the sports'
continued success at international level.
A minimum of 7 years coaching experience at World or Olympic level as well as
a knowledge of Sports Science and related areas is essential. Excellent
administration skills are also a requirement.
Further details from BTA HQ, PO Box 26, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire,
LE65 2ZR. UK. Tel 44 (0)1530 414234. Fax 44 (0)1530 560279
Closing Date March 3rd '98.
From: Renato Locatelli
Subject: Alessandro Alessandri
In response to the story from Lance Watson about the Italian duathlete
Alessandro "Rocket" Alessandri, I would like to add some more info about
this guy I know very well since we live in the same area. That is Romagna
region, located in the North-East of Italy where hospitality is a must.
If when training you have a rest at a country farm they will invite you to
eat and drink something.
The only one problem could be they drink usually wine, red or white
excellent wine, and you risk to find yoursqueeze bottle filled with wine.
Alessandro is a good ambassador of his country and is also a very friendly
guy. All his aggressiveness explodes in the competition only.
I talk with Alessandro, he is very happy Lance remembers the dinner in
Calais and sends his best regards to all friends of duathlon, looking for a
new exciting season.
Triathlete Magazine, Italy
From: Andrew Fraser, OnLine Sports Marketing
Subject: St. George Formula 1 Triathlon opener
(condensed version of press release)
All of the top competitors in the 1998 St. George Formula 1 Triathlon agree
that Saturday's opening round in Adelaide will determine their fate in
Australia's richest and most prestigious series.
History shows that only one athelte has won a series after losing the first
round - Jackie Gallagher bounced back in the 1997 series after Mel Mitchell
took out round one. Apart from that, Brad Beven has won the first round on
four occasions, and gone on to claim all four men's titles contested.
Michellie Jones won all five events in 1995, while Jackie Gallagher won the
opening round in 1996 and went on to take out the first of her two tutles.
The competitors will contest the gruelling "Enduro" format. For the men,
it's a 500m swim, 14km cycle, 3k run - twice through. The women do a 300m
swim 7k cycle, 2k run, also twice through.
Last year's men's runner-up Miles Stewart joins a field chasing after
Beven, including Greg Welch, Shane Reed, Chippy Slater, Lach Vollmerhause,
Andrew Johns, Trent Chapman, Greg Bennett and Germany's Lothar Leder. Four
of the qualifiers - Bryce Quirk, Peter Robertson, Levi Maxwell and Courtney
Atkinson - are all under 21, and are all making their Formula 1 series
Among women, Gallagher is the hot favourite, well aware of the "young guns"
(Mitchell, Loretta Harrop, Nicole Hackett and Beth Thomson) just behind
her. Further, Barb Lindquist, the American swim specialist, is making her
Formula 1 debut appearance.
An $8,000 cheque awaits the winner of each race.
Contact: Andrew Fraser, mobile phone +61 (0)411 696-333 on race weekend.
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