Thanks for the update RM - sounds like I'll be leaving the TT bike at home this year and bringing the road bike again....although I might swap my cinelli mini bars for a more substantial pair of clip on bars this time.
Have also signed up for Fred Whitton and will likely be riding with a small group from Tri London - we should be pretty visible in the club kit if anyone wants to say hello.
That depends on where you want to represent GB and over what distance.
Qualification for the GB squad for Olympic Distance World Champs in 30-35 age group has traditionally been one of the toughest categories to qualify into. There are 18 places available and on past form pretty much all of them will go to people capable of sub 2 hour (or very close to)over the distance. If you qualify anywhere in the top 25 or so you may have a chance of getting in as a reserve as there are always quite a few drop outs. On past form you might just scrape a reserve place with around 2-05 or so (course dependent).
An easier route is to have a go at the European champs - the squad may struggle to find 18 people who want to race (depending on the date/venue etc) so standard is usually much lower.
Alternatively you could have a crack at the long distance world champs...again fewer people are likely to want to race so standard ought to be lower (again date/venue) dependent.
RM Good point about the descents - I was so busy worrying about the climbs that I'd not really considered what happens when you get over the other side! Have to say that I'm usually quite timid on the descents and so found coming off the Col de Vence a little hairy. The rate at which some people were coming past me suggests either that they had good local knowledge of each switchback or that they had a very under-developed sense of self-preservation! Will be interested to hear the results of your Easter course inspection....
Think I must have seen you on the run - I did gasp the traditional 'go-on serpies'on a number of occasaions but was probably inaudible due to my state or near collapse!
Has anyone turned their mind to bike set up issues for Ironman France yet?
I rode Nice Long Distance last year on a road bike set up with little stubbie Cinelli bars rather than full-on tribars. The set up worked well on the day but with 2500m of climbing in 120km it was kind of a no-brainer to bring a bike built for climbing.
I also keep a time trial bike for faster flatter courses - since Ironman France is not going up the Col de Vence this year and only has 1500m of climbing in 180km I'm leaning towards taking that but would appreciate feedback from anyone who has local knowledge or will be checking out the course in the months to come.
PS I spotted a couple of Serpies out on the run course at Nice Long Distance last year - I'm guessing one of them was probably RichardM?
Simon Clegg, the Chief Executive of the BOA and Chef de Mission for Team GB at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, said: “I am delighted to welcome these athletes into Team GB. Triathlon debuted very successfully in Sydney and the performances of our triathlon squad over the past couple of years suggest that we can be successful in Athens later this year. We wish the triathlon squad all the best as they make their final preparations.”
Graeme Maw, Team Leader for Triathlon at the Athens Games, said: “We are very confident in the Team now selected, with all six athletes having previously demonstrated their ability to win medals in major international races. The nature of the sport allows for many different scenarios on race day, and with proven medallists across the board we should be competitive in many of these. With four of the six - Don, Johns, Dibens, and Dillon – having been through triathlon's Olympic debut in Sydney, we will also be carrying experience to deal with the unique environment.”