A fit­ting trib­ute is­sue this

220 Triathlon Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR... -

month to ev­ery­one’s favourite curly-haired hero, Tim Don. In the week lead­ing up to this year’s Iron­man Worlds he was hit by a car, re­sult­ing in a frac­tured spine and in­stant with­drawal from what could’ve been a stel­lar race.

Back in this is­sue in 2003, he’d just won the World Duathlon Champs and was loving life out in Stel­len­bosch, South Africa: “I live half­way up a moun­tain and my cel­lar’s full of the finest wines – the ma­jor­ity from the vine­yard 50 yards down the road. I’m a lucky boy.”

The interview also touched on Bri­tish Triathlon’s revered World Class Per­for­mance Pro­gramme, with Don wisely sur­mis­ing: “It’s sim­ply fright­en­ing to think how good the cur­rent juniors on the pro­gramme will be in five or six years. They’ll raise the sport to a whole new level.” Three years later, Alis­tair Brown­lee would win the World Ju­nior Champs. The rest, well, you know…

Else­where in the is­sue, Lon­don Tri an­nounced that it would be ex­pand­ing to two days that year fol­low­ing a high de­mand for places; there’s ad­vice on how to ‘bunny hop’ on your bike; and re­ports from Pow­er­man UK, Iron­man Aus­tralia and the ITU World Cup Ja­pan, where GB’s Michelle Dil­lon fin­ished third. A year later, she would go on to fin­ish sixth at the Athens Olympics.

“Don wisely sur­mised that GB’s ‘cur­rent juniors will raise the sport to a whole new level’”

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