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Triathlon champ done in under an hour

By JESSICA MUNDIE
Published March 28, 2007


Ironman champion and professional triathlete Nicole DeBoom (Team Skirtsports) won Sunday's Subaru Women's Triathlon at Fort DeSoto Park in 59 minutes, 25 seconds.

DeBoom, 35, of Boulder, Colo., was the only competitor to go sub-one hour for the sprint distance triathlon (750-meter swim, 16-kilometer bike, 5K run).

Local favorite Christina Noodstar (Team Hersports) of Tierra Verde stayed in her backyard and used her power on the cycling segment, sprinting to second place in 1:02:14

The four-city national series is a female-only triathlon, with stops in San Diego, Calif., Naperville, Ill., and Washington D.C., and it benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

DeBoom's Skirtsports team gave out Lycra skirts attached to cycling shorts, which were worn during the race by top locals, including Patty Farese.

Another professional who made a surprise appearance in the triathlon was Colleen Cannon (Specialized/Women's Quest Team) of Steamboat Springs, Colo. She led the pre-race training runs for dozens of excited tri-newbies.

Triathlete Enee Abelman, of St. Petersburg, recently traveled to Italy with Cannon's Specialized/Women's Quest Team, as they ate, drank and cycled their way through the most picturesque regions.

"Athletes like Colleen Cannon show how much fun you can have in your European cycling travels," Abelman said. "She's such an accomplished athlete, with a sense of fun, and the women's groups are a blast.

"I brought my daughter, Hallie, on one of her trips, and we highly recommend cycling through Europe with friends. I'm glad people in St. Pete got to meet her last weekend."

Among the local division winners at Sunday's event: Angelica Compton, 15, Clearwater; Melissa Miller, 25, Wesley Chapel; Amy Keener, 31, St. Petersburg; Cindy McBride, 46, St. Petersburg; Ashlie Nalls, 24, Lutz; Kim Stoddard, 52, Madeira Beach; Lindsay Bell, 58, St. Petersburg; Annette Frisch, 67, St. Petersburg; Katie Knight-Perry, 72, St. Petersburg; and Jackie Yost, 79, Treasure Island.

Palm Harbor's Cindy Horrocks, 30, won the shorter Supersprint event (.375 kilometer swim, 10K bike, 2.5K run) in 40 minutes, 59 seconds, followed by Beth Andersen and Allison Raleigh, both of Riverview.

ESCAPE FROM FORT DESOTO TRIATHLON: Race organizer Fred Rzymek spent Sunday morning working to provide safety on the bike course at the Women's Triathlon.

Rzymek said he has received hundreds of race entries in the past week for the Fort DeSoto Triathlon, set for April 14 at Fort Desoto Park.

The race distances are swim .5 mile, bike 10 miles and run 4 miles. Awards are top five in age USAT division.

Check out www.escapefromftdesoto.com or call race director Joe Fernandez for details at (813) 874-7223.

SPRING CLASSIC: St. Petersburg Bicycle Club will host the 19th annual Spring Classic April 15, 8 a.m., at Tony D's, 304 7th St. W. in Palmetto.

This ride is not a race, but rather a popular tour along the gently rolling roads in Manatee County. Helmets and properly working bicycles are required. Visit your local bicycle shop for a safety check and a spring tuneup if needed.

Rides will consist of 60-mile, 35-mile and 25-mile routes. Tech support, maps, refreshments and prizes are among the goodies included in ride registration. To learn more, log on to www.stpetecycling.com or call (727) 510-9098.

JOIN THE MAD DOGS: As the Gulf temperatures move above 70 degrees, more than 100 members of the St. Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club have taken the plunge at the Wednesday Night Open Water Swim at Pass-A-Grille Beach, 6 p.m.

Members and friends swim with wetsuits and do the optional running and cycling workouts. At sunset, food and socializing cap the evening.

For ongoing activities, check www.stpetemaddogs.com or call the St. Pete Mad Dog hotline at (727) 582-1910.