Stage 3 of the Spanish Grand Tour

Vuelta a España – Stage 3: August 31 – Zutphen – Venlo, 185km

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Cobbles could create some fun on the way to Venlo

Proycling’s Analysis: This stage could change depending on the weather. If it’s fine, the riders will tackle a number of cobbled sections but these will be bypassed if it’s inclement. Apparently, the organisers don’t want to make things too stressful. What’s next? Mid-stage counselling? The cobbles should spice up this flattish stage. A final bunch sprint looks likely.

Culture Vulture: As a key road and rail crossing point of the River Maas, Venlo was badly hit in World War 2, although the Allies failed to destroy the bridges they were targeting in 13 raids. The retreating Germans did the job for them instead.

Local hero: Former Rabobank rider Bobbie Traksel won’t be far from home in Tiel when he lines up there for this stage. The 27-year-old was tipped for big things after he won the U23 Tour of Flanders and has thrived since Vacansoleil started to back what was the P3Transfer team last year.

Vuelta Retro: It’s 30 years since Joop Zoetemelk became the second Dutch winner of the race. Jan Janssen claimed Holland’s first title in 1967.

Neil Stephens says: There’s the cobbled section with 20km to go, so it’ll be the same as the previous day – make sure our guys get through it ok and don’t lose any time. It’s another sprinter’s stage so we’ll let them do what they do best as they won’t get that many chances after this first week.

2009 Vuelta a España stage 3 map

The new Giant FRR school commuting bike is ready for the new term.


This is for the Desert Dog, The Duathlon one hell of a tough event


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Not to be confused with Biathlon.

Duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons. The International Triathlon Union governs the sport internationally.[1]



[edit] Relationships to similar sports

Duathlons are most similar to triathlons, with the key difference being the lack of a swimming leg. Another sport derived from triathlon is aquathlon, which combines swimming and running but has omitted the cycling part.

[edit] Notable duathlons

Two-time Ironkids national champion Kiersten Inserni – youngest winner of the women’s division of the Dirty Du.

The world’s largest duathlon to date is the inaugural London Duathlon, which took place on 17 September 2005 in Richmond Park, Surrey. Approximately 2,500 people took part. The main race consisted of a 10 km run, 20 km cycle ride and 5 km run.

The World’s premier duathlon is Powerman Zofingen, in Switzerland. It’s a hilly 10 km run, mostly on trails, followed by a very hilly 150 km road bike consisting of three 50 km loops each of which feature the feared Bodenburg ascent (scene of Kenny Souza’s famed DNF in a snow storm when he raced in a neon speedo and small tank top), and finally a very hilly 30 km two loop trail run. Mark Allen, six times Ironman Hawaii champion, has been quoted as saying Powerman Zofingen is the hardest race he ever participated in.

The longest continually running duathlon series is still organized by the NY Triathlon Club ( in and around NY City, USA.

With the popularity of extreme sports, a new form of duathlon has become popular in the last few years. Referred to as an off-road duathlon, or “Dirty-Du”, it consists of an off-road or trail run, followed by a mountain bike leg followed by a final off-road or trail run.

The Dirty Du off-road duathlon series, held in Texas, was made famous by Lance Armstrong, who won it in 2003.

The world’s leading transport company, FirstGroup, hosted its inaugural duathlon, the First Monster Challenge, in September 2007. The 120 km team relay event held around the spectacular shores of Loch Ness attracted celebrities like Nell McAndrew, Kyran Bracken, Alastair Campbell and former athletes, Liz McColgan and Sonia O’ Sullivan. The event raised many thousands of pounds for Save the Children.

[edit] Winter duathlon

Winter Duathlon is a take off Winter Triathlon with Run – XC Ski – Run legs. In 2007 various people including Channel Multisport are trying to grow the sport and encourage more people to participate in the hope that Winter Triathlon will be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Another use of the duathlon is in cross country skiing where skiers have a mass start using the classical technique and ski a specific distance (men – 15 km, women – 7.5 km), then change their skis, poles, and boots in a pit stop manner similar to a triathlon, then ski at the same specific distance (men – 15 km, women – 7.5 km) in the freestyle (skating) technique. The winner of the event is the competitor who crosses the finish line first. It was first introduced at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2003 in Val di Fiemme as a 10 km + 10 km event for men, 5 km + 5 km event for women. The distances for the double pursuit were lengthed to their current length at the following world championships in Obertsdorf. This is referred to as a double pursuit.

[edit] Notable Duathletes

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  • Andrea Ratkovic – multiple U.S. National Pro Duathlon Champion titles, bronze medal World Elite Long-Course Duathlon Championships, Dannon Duathlon Series winner, Elite Duathlete of the Year, Rookie Duathlete of the Year, numerous Powerman wins, Oklahoma State Duathlon Champion
  • Benny Vansteelant – winner of the World Duathlon, World Long-Distance Duathlon, European Duathlon and numerous Powerman titles.
  • Catriona Morrison – 2007 Long-Distance Duathon Champion, 2007 European Duathlon Champion, 2006 Duathlon World Champion
  • Koen Maris – 2007 Powerman Duathlon World Champion (10km/150km/30km)
  • Ryan Clements – 2008 Guelph Duathlon Co-Champion
  • Sean Snider – 2008 Guelph Duathlon Co-champion

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. ^ International Triathlon Union: Duathlon“. ITU. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 

Pictures of the FRR century


ffr after the 1st 10 miles


The bottom photograph shows the county line of Buckinghamshire after going through bedforshire 

and hertfordshire. The photo below shows the frr machine at the turn.theturn


You would “pedal hard “to catch up with the ladies below


The latest bike my mechanic Ray thinks i should get,mmmmmm


More archive photographs of FRR


The top photo is of FFR on his 21st birthday 04/01/1981, The second right is the border championship 1500m, the second left is the teviotdale harriers moor race, i won that day, and the bottom is the start of the club championship , the runner in the blue vest [ on the far left]is Colin Hume, the fastest runner from hawick, FRR is on his shoulder also in the blue    stewart

The Don Logan Cycling Club, [health warning] Do no mess with those guys, they are hard as hell and also excellent bike riders road or mountain bike


The top rider is bmfw in the photo below stumpy rider, keep up with them both on twitter, and read their blog “don logan/ cycling , try google FRR

Rare photograph of 1940 Tour de France


Chapeau to the centurion who I meet this morning

I said i would say chapeau to “Tom” whom i meet today heading out of St Albany’s on a century run. Tom if i have your name wrong e/mail me at, with your details and i will correct everything, may the cycling gods look after you. Fun Run Robbiecenturian