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Weekend Roundup (Revised): Fat Bikes, Cross Du, Winter Tri, and Cycling Drama

DirtTRI Weekend Roundup 30-31 January 2016

Winter Triathlon, Fat Bike
Photo – USAT

USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship

The USAT Winter Tri Nationals took place Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota at the King Boreas Winter Triathlon. Fat bikes were the order of the day as the new(ish) snow mountain biking option promises to revolutionize the concept of Winter Triathlon.

Minnesotans Jan Guenther and Joel LaFrance picked up the over all titles. The full story and results can be found on DirtTRI HERE.

ColdAvenger Winter Triathlon


Meanwhile in Casper, Wyoming a slightly different Winter Triathlon took place at the ColdAvenger Winter Triathlon. Again fat bikes dominated athletes bike choices but, unlike the Run/Bike/Ski format of USAT Nationals, the ColdAvenger Tri featured a Ski/Bike/Snowshoe format. If we also consider the ITU’s S3 format of Ice Skate/Ski/Snowshow, Winter Triathlon has a significant issue of unification of format which must be addressed if the sport is to grow. We at DirtTRI are in favor of a Snowshoe Run/Fat Bike/Ski format. Its the most “winter” of the various options yet retains the best flow of sports and is accessible to most athletes.

That said it is always great to see people getting outside and off road for a race in the winter.

Find information and results for the ColdAvenger Winter Triathlon HERE. 

Etten-Leur Cross Duathlon
Etten-Leur Crossduathlon athlete races through a cow shed. Photo – Jaap Lagendijk

Dutch Cross Duathon from Etten-Leur and Feanster

We at DirtTRI are huge fans of the various cross duathlon circuits throughout Europe. They’re great off season training and  look like a lot of fun. We only wish we had more of them in North America.

This week we found a couple of events in the Netherlands. The Etten-Leur Crossduathlon is unique in that the bike and run courses go through a cow shed. It is a cow shed right? Cow house, possibly? Either way find full results and lots of images HERE.

We were very happy to see a deep kids field and a few hundred competitors overall. The event consisted of individual, team, and kids events over 3k/15k/1.5k and 6k/20k/3k distances.

 

 

Polaris Feanster Cross Duathlon
Athletes splash through a muddy start at the Polaris Feanster Cross Duathlon. Photo – John Veenstra

Meanwhile at the Polaris Feanster Cross Duathlon  mud was the order of the day. Strong storms the day before the event left the course saturated and saw athletes powering sloppy condition on race day. Still, like its compatriot event in Etten-Leur, the Feanster event saw a few hundred participants and lots of smiling muddy faces. The Feanster event featured two courses of 7k/19k/3.5k and a shorter option of 3.5k/9k/1.8k.

 

The full distance event was won by Kerst Wind and Trudy Veenstra. Full results and information can be found HERE. 

 

The third event in the Netherlands was the Henschotermeer Games in Woudenberg. The Games include long and short course cross duathlons as well as long, short, and kids cross country runs. Jochem Koren and Jony Heerink won the long course cross duathlons.

Woudenberg also hosts two summer events on July 13 and August 17. Find information and full results HERE. 

3rd Cross Duathlon Blanquefort

Blanquefort, France hosted the 3rd edition of the Cross Duathlon Blanquefort consisting of a 4k/15k/2k cross duathlon. Bastin Desvard and Amanda Coltel claimed the wins in France. Find full results HERE.

Duatlon Cross Alcañiz

Alcañiz, Spain hosted a cross duathlon as well. We’re certain theirs did not include much much or rain. However, we don’t have much information either. Find more at their Facebook page HERE. 

Race #2 of Denmark’s MTB Cross Duathlon Series

Jonas Lemvig and Katrin Meldgaard won the 5km run – 15km bike – 5 km run event in the Fløjstrup Forest. Find full Results HERE.  And follow the series Facebook page HERE for more information and pics from the event.

XTERRA World Champions Take On Inaugural Fat Bike World Championships

Fat Bike World Championship 2016 Crested Butte ColoradoBack in Colorado, Crested Butte resort hosted the first (and somewhat unofficial) Fat Bike World Championships. Fat Bikes have been present in mainstream cycling for about five years but this winter has seen an explosion in popularity and participation. It seems to be universally accepted that a Fat Bike is at the top of any mountain biker’s “must have list”.

Cross triathlon was represented well at the inaugural Fat Bike World Champs. Current XTERRA World Champion, Josiah Middaugh placed 5th in the Elite men’s race saying on Facebook “It was a 5 lap, 30 mile course which was great for about 2 laps. Then the ruts got deep and the lapped riders thick. Next time… wider tires, lower air pressure and possibly training wheels”. 

On the women’s side, former XTERRA World Champion, Julie Dibens won the women’s open event and would have placed top 10 in the women’s elite event.

Find full results and information HERE. 

First “Mechanical Doping” Positive Found at Cyclocross World Championship

In what can only be described as a complete and total abomination to cycling, Belgian U-23 athlete, Femke Van den Driessche was caught using an electric motor during the UCI Cyclocross World Championship.

The full story can be found anywhere at the moment, including the Yahoo front page, Reuters, and literally almost everywhere else.

Why is DirtTRI mentioning this? Well, this is a “game changer” as they say. Unlike physiological doping, “mechanical doping”, as riding a motor bike during a cycling race is being dubbed, is blatant. There is no hiding, a motor was found in the bike and used in the event. These things contribute 100 watts or more of supplementary power, which represents something in the vicinity of a 30% advantage for a woman Van den Driessche’s size. However, the UCI rules amount to a slap on the wrist, a fine and possibly a 6 month ban. We assume the UCI rule’s lenience is due to the fact that the rules were written with things like underweight bikes or too far forward saddles in mind, not blatant and very very beneficial mechanical assistance.

Cyclingtips.com’s Neal Rogers offers a very good synopsis in this article: Opinion: Technological fraud in cycling should bring automatic lifetime ban.

Unlike Lance and all the other dopers who can point to lack of positive tests, false positives, or the “well, everyone else was doing it” excuse, there is not shifting the blame when it comes to motors.

Let us know what you think in the comments and the poll below.

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About Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at dirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 15 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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