Triathlon Digest: Saturday, February 7, 1998
Vol. 2, No. 27
Published by Triathlon Central
In This Issue:
* Further point about ITU-WTC cooperation (from David Rudnicki,
* Update on Bill Smith (from John Lunt, Britain)
* T.J. Murphy's appointment at Triathlete (from John Duke, USA)
* More thoughts on Winter Triathlon (from Alberto Altes, Spain)
From: David Rudnicki in Ottawa
Subject: Further point on ITU-WTC cooperation
(Editor's note: When I edited Dave's message for Thursday's Digest, this
point got set aside. As it's a good one, I have included it here. Please
consider it within the context of Dave's previous posting, which encouraged
ITU-WTC cooperation and appears to have been well-received by Digest
... The sport of triathlon could learn a lesson or two from the World Cup
Mountain Biking experiences.
In the early days of Mountain Biking (which, like triathlon, was
invented in the US) the elite level of competition was the NORBA
circuit (North America only) and was dominated by US riders (around
1988). Then the Grundig World Cup started and the Euro's became
The US competitors who were dominating the sport did
not enjoy the travel of the new World Cups or the Euro's version of
a mountain bike course. The European courses were sometimes too
muddy, not enough climbs and not at elevation and favoured an athlete
with cyclocross background (NOTE: sounds a bit like the drafting
As a result, the US cycling press sometimes criticized the
races in Europe and did not give full credit to the athletes who won
those races. Some US pros and there teams went as far to say they
would only race World Cups in the States and would focus on the NORBA
circuit. This was truly a sad moment because a race would not have
the best pros on the starting line.
I don't know exactly what happened next, but it appears that the
NORBA circuit and Grundig World Cup worked together to promote both
their interests. As a result several of the NORBA races were also
sanctioned as World Cups. The interest of the sport grew
exponentially worldwide, is popular throughout the world and made
it into the Olympics four years before triathlon.
Had this cooperation not occurred, then there probably would have been
some sort of small NORBA circuit in the States or nothing at all, with a
World Cup that never visited the US. Only the big guy knows the answer
to this ...
From: John Lunt, Royal Windsor Triathlon race director
Subject: Update on Bill Smith
Update on Bill Smith, Father of Spencer Smith.
Went to see Bill Smith today in Feltham, West London.
His condition, although not good, is very encouraging, He is walking with
the aid of sticks and is able to move freely out side of the house.
His weight is increasing and is now 13.5 stone (189 lbs, 85kg ). This
weight increase has improved his appearance. He looks better and getting
The 37 radiation treatments have now stopped and there is a period of 6
weeks for recovery.
He and Barbara are in very good spirits , hopefully Bill will be going to
the Gym with Bill Black ( Spencer's Coach) on Monday for some light
He wishes to thank all the people who have sent cards and phoned.
There is still a very long way to go with the treatment and the initial
signs are hopefull.
I will try and update the information as to his progress each week.
From: John Duke, Triathlete magazine
Subject: T.J. Murphy's appointment
February 6, 1998
Triathlete Magazine has announced the promotion of T.J. Murphy to the
position of U.S. Editor. T.J. served as Associate Editor of the publication
for the past two years.
"T.J. has served the magazine well in the past, and I feel he is ready to
take the editorial helm of the publication, "says John Duke, Associate
Publisher. "I believe that with T.J.'s guidance, Triathlete will continue
to expand its role as the leading publication on the sport in the world.
Triathlete is the world's largest and only glossy, newsstand triathlon
magazine, with sister editions published in Belgium, France, Germany, the
U.K. and Italy.
For more information, please contact:
Triathlete Magazine: 619.551.3880 FAX 619.551.3888
From: Alberto Altes
Subject: More on Winter triathlon ...
(Editor's note: Altes is the webmaster for the Spanish federation's website).
First of all I have a request for information on Winter Triathlon ITU World
Cup. I have heard different things over this, but nothing confirmed nothing on
paper ... I would like someone in the ITU or close to ITU to send a post with
complete calendar and dates for the World Cup. If anyone else has this
information, it will work as well.
I want also to start a debate and know general opinion about Winter
Triathlon from "summer" pros, coaches, trifeds, etc. We are starting to hear
Winter triathlon may be included in the Winter Olympic games soon, and that
would make Triathlon the only sport represented in both summer and winter
games ... This is really important for the sport, that's why i want to know what
you think about it. I would like the ITU to work on it some more (although they
are doing it already) but i don't know what the rest of the world thinks.
I hope this can start a series of posts over that issue and maybe we can
get some ITU opinions too.
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