Triathlon Digest: Wednesday, February 4, 1998
Vol. 2, No. 24
Published by Triathlon Central
In This Issue:
* Response to ITU lawsuit postings (from Simon Whitfield)
* Results of Puerto Varas Triathlon, Chile (from Rodrigo Salas)
* Melanie Mitchell answers Jackie Gallagher (from Melanie Mitchell)
* Technical equipment for 2000 Olympics (from Melanie Berry, Speedo)
* Yann Millon update (from Reinhard Standke)
* Triathlon in France (from Frederic Desprez)
* MTB & Triathlon magazine post about Italian triathlon (from Alex
Notes from Katherine:
Among the several new subscribers today are Fiona McLean, organizer
of women's triathlons in Canada, out of Vancouver; Carolina Mery, organizer
of the Pucon International Triathlon in Chile, and Alejandro Peric, manager
of Cristian Bustos.
We have been advised that the new host serving company has been
working on the "Triathlon Digest Vol. 2" problem (no differing dates at the
top), and we should be getting properly dated Digests shortly.
Quite a varied issue ... Thanks to those who posted, and keep the
posts coming, please.
Subject: Response to ITU lawsuit postings
From Simon Whitfield, Athlete.
I, for the life of me, can not understand why people are so anti-ITU, The ITU
provides us the athletes with 10 races a year with good prize money
(comparitively), government funding and the Olympics. I have sat back for a
long time, closed-lipped, and tried to stay out of the crossfire.
But it must be said that the athletes on the ITU circuit are not treated
poorly. There have been mistakes made and heavy-handed methods, but we the
athletes have a World Cup circuit with good athletes and fair races. For a long
time the argument centered around drafting -- the bike leg was considered a
"travel leg." Races like Cancun and other flat, straight courses were not
challenging, but the ITU is changing that. Embrum was fantastic (it sorted me
out), Worlds was challenging, the Sydney race is tough and the athletes are
getting smarter. Ben Sanson and Craig Walton no longer let the race become
huge pack rides; they have changed the nature of races by going off the
The World Triathlon Corporation runs a great race, Hawaii is one of the
greatest races and challenges in the sport, but the WTC isn't helping the
athletes by suing the ITU. What happens when the WTC wins??? WTC gets
their all-important title and we the athletes lose out because the ITU had
to spend its time and money defending against something that I believe
would never happen in any other sport, instead of organizing and funding
the World Cup races.
Publishing the report about serving notice to Les was unfair and portrays
him in a way that is irrelevant to the big picture and the real arguement.
The ITU doesn't get fair press coverage; the whole story is never told.
That's not to say that I know all and see all, but, as Hillary Clinton said
this last week:
"Down south we have an expression, If you find a turtle on a fence post, it
didn't get there by itself. And when I look out at the landscape, I see a
whole lot of big turtles on a whole lot of fence posts. We have to ask
ourselves how they got there."
That really doesn't have anything to do with anything, but I thought it was
funny and as Tinley said, lets lighten up and have fun. The point is. I don't think
the triathlon public should be so quick to pass judgment on the ITU; sit back
and listen to both sides. Just because Mark Allen supports the WTC and the PTG
doesn't mean that they are right. Mark is a legend and that should never be
forgotten, but his opinion is just an opinion and not the gospel (although it
would be fun to hear him sing). Work toward positive change with the athletes
and the sport in mind.
Ten races, funding, good prize money and the Olympics, doesn't sound that
bad, eh (eh; Canadian for ... I don't really know, may have the same meaning
as Australian "Fairdinkum").
From: "RODRIGO SALAS"
Subject: Results, Puerto Varas Triathlon
Here are the results of Puerto Varas International Triathlon on last Sunday
(1 Feb.) in Chile. Distances of 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Cristian
Bustos beats Matias Brain in their first meeting of the season.
1. Cristian Bustos CHI 55:38
2. Matias Brain CHI 55:56
3. Carlos Cremaschi CHI 56:30
4. Juan Pablo Grez CHI 57:02
5. Nik Southwell CAN 57:14
6. Will Vargas COL 59:19
1. Claudia Cortes CHI 1:05:43
2. Ana Maria Lecumberri CHI 1:08:00
3. Pamela Niedmann CHI 1:08:46
4. Alejandra Mino CHI 1:10:09
5. Andrea Rojas CHI 1:11:54
6. Paula Salazar CHI 1:12:09
Next race of the circuit will be in Punta Puyai-Papudo, where US $15.000.
will be the money prizes. More details in www.free.cl/olimpo.
Rodrigo Salas - Chile
From: Mel Mitchell
Subject: Women invited???? Next Year (maybe)
(Here is Melanie Mitchell's answer to Jackie Gallagher's recent question:
Will there be women in the just-announced 1998 Fuji Xerox Triathlon Time
Trial Tour for Australia in May?)
Yeah i received a response for the 1998 Fuji Xerox Triathlon
Time Trial Tour. Next year, oh hum.
We gals just don't cut the mustard and i hope that answers your
query on any women involved, invited ha!, INCLUDED !!!! yeah right.
From: Melanie Berry, Speedo
Subject: Olympic Technical Equipment
Technical Equipment for the 2000 Olympic Games
How do athletes and coaches feel about the thought that, at the moment,
the ITU classes only the bike as technical equipment -- so all race
apparrel will be provided by the NOC. This means that -- not only will
athletes not be able to be loyal to their sponsors, but they may be
competing in a suit that is very slow, and a pair of running shoes that are very
Speedo International Sports Marketing Manager - Beach/Multi Sport
From: Reinhard Standke
Subject: Yann Millon
The Frenchmen Yann Millon, second at the World Duathlon Champs 1997 in
Gernika/ESP, is leading in the IAAF Cross Challenge after 6 of 10 races.
Millon took 12th (9.7 km in 29:16) on Sunday at Tourcoing near Lille in the
north of France. The race had been won by Khalid Skah/Mar in 28:34.
Tri Suisse press officer
From: Frederic Desprez
Subject: Tri in France
I've been in the list since the beginning and I find very
interesting to read all these informations about our sport
(and the comments of some of my gurus!).
I'm a French triathlete (age-grouper). If you are interested
to have informations about the triathlon in France, I may be
able to help (since our federation does not (yet) have a web
site!). I'll try to put the french calendar in my site, as soon as I
get it, either from our 220 Magazine or from the FFTRI.
From: MTB & Triathlon (Italian magazine)
Subject: Italian Triathlon
This is Alex Frosio from the Italian magazine MTB & Triathlon - Multisport.
I would like to know from you guys around the world what you think about
Italian triathlon: our athletes, our competitions, our organizations.
I will wait for an answer on the pages of Triathlon Digest.
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