Issue #10, April/May 2001
New USA Triathlon Head Coach to Colorado Springs
Libby Burrell of Cape Town, South Africa was chosen as the new National Teams Program Director and arrived here in late February to start her new position. Burrell has been a professor of kinesiology for 12 years at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town. She is a member of the International Triathlon Union Executive Board and was the South African National Teams Coach last year for the Olympics.
Smedley in Formula 1
Michael Smedley (Colorado Springs) went down-under this winter for the KIA Formula 1 three race series in Australia. The “super sprint” format has the athletes compete in a 300 meter swim, 7K bike, and 2K run preliminary heat. Then the top ten finishers proceed to the second round of the same distance after only a ten minute rest. This year’s races had ocean swims instead of the pool set-up of previous years. The second race in Manly Beach had such heavy surf that former world champion Emma Carney had to be pulled from the water. After placing 19th in the 3rd event in Queensland, Smedley came in 22nd in the elite, invitation-only series.
European Winter Triathlons
Jimmy Archer (Boulder) was the sole U.S. competitor in both the European Winter Triathlon Championships and the International Triathlon Union Winter Triathlon World Championships in March. He was also the only American to race the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships last year, where he came in 21st. The regular Xterra racer placed 23rd in the European title event on the 18th. The course was in Tyrol, Austria, and consisted of an 8.8 K run, a16K mountain bike on snow, and an 8.6K cross country ski. His time was 1:37:27. The following weekend severe cold and snow greeted the competitors in Lenzerheide, Switzerland for the World Championship. This race was a 6.8K run, a 12K mountain bike, and a 10K cross country ski. Jimmy finished in 1:43:00 for 22nd.
Bolton Wins His First Marathon
Ryan Bolton raced the Desert Classic Marathon in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 19th. It was his first test of the distance, and coach Joe Friel “wanted me to see what it was like to run a full marathon at close to race type speeds,” said Bolton. It seems to have been no problem, as he won the race with a three mile lead over the next competitor. His finishing time was 2:26:03. “Joe actually told me to go out no faster than 5:45 mile pace for the first three miles,”he said, “I was feeling good, so I gradually dropped the pace down to 5:30s by mile eight or so. Now I have the confidence to run hard at the end of an Ironman.”
Susan Bartholomew Williams and Tim Williams of Littleton had their first child on January 12th. The 7 pound, 12 ounce baby girl they named Sydney Merisa Williams. Susan announced she was pregnant immediately after the Olympic Trials in Dallas last spring. She has been on the national team for five years.
The Dannon Duathlon Series kicked off on March 11th in Florida. The short distance race, 5K/30K/5K, was held in Grenelefe, near Orlando. Boulder’s Eric Schwartz was there, of course, and placed 9th in 1:20:39, four minutes behind the winner.
Andy Ames of Boulder was named the USA Triathlon Male Age Group Duathlete of the Year. A special USAT committee voted on nominated candidates based on their results, distances, and the difficulty of competition in those races. 72-year-old Betty Skip of Boulder received an Honorable Mention in the Female Grandmaster Duathlete division.
Irondale, Alabama – March 25
7. Cam Widoff (Boulder) 2:31:06
McDowell Desert Classic Duathlon
Phoenix, Arizona – February 25
5. Pat Brown (Boulder) 1:29:54
7. Eric Schwartz (Boulder) 1:30:14
Inside Triathlon Magazine Names 12 Coloradans All Americans
Elizabeth Anderson Boulder 20-24
Christopher Peeters Colorado Springs 30-34
Holli Harper Colorado Springs 40-44
Susan Griffin-Kaklikian Castle Rock 45-49
Diane Ridgeway Arvada 50-54
Jean Wood Louisville 50-54
David Rakita Durango 50-54
Dennis West Denver 55-59
Richard Alexander Loveland 65-69
Andy Ames Boulder 35-39
Darrin Eisman Boulder 35-39
Betty Skip Boulder 70-74