Friday, 12 August 2011

We are Team Freespeed, the race team of London bike fit studio Freespeed (, was formed in the run up to Kona 2010. The team has big plans for the 2011 season and beyond and is delighted to announce partnerships that will help to support the continued success of the team.

Virgin Active will be the team headline sponsor. Virgin Active is committed to triathlon – it is the title sponsor of the London Triathlon, the largest triathlon in the world - and is the perfect partner for the team.

Team Freespeed Virgin Active are part of Virgin Active’s efforts to promote triathlon to their gym communities – digital campaigns, blogs, workshops and race appearances are all on the schedule to support this mission. The team will use Virgin Active gyms as training bases and will rely on the great pool at the Fulham club for their swim training.

In addition to the headline sponsor, Virgin Active, we are really pleased to be supported by:

Skinfit - Race kit/technical clothing
Sailfish - G Range wetsuit/swim accessories
Compressport - Compression wear
Clif Bar - Nutrition products
For Goodness Shakes - Recovery nutrition
Blue Competition Cycles - Team race bikes
Prologue Bikes - Servicing of team race bikes

Team Freespeed Virgin Active consists of four triathletes pushing the boundaries of amateur racing while holding down full-time jobs. The team has some great results including:

Tim Bishop: First British age grouper at Lanzarote and Western Australia 2010
Declan Doyle: Four-time Kona finisher and first Irish age grouper at Kona 2010
Jenny Gowans: Winner of Norseman Extreme Triathlon 2008 and age group winner at Ironman races in 2007-2010.

and me

Stuart Anderson: First British age grouper at Kona in 2008 and 2010

We each raced twice over the Virgin Active London Triathlon weekend, once in the VIP relay with teams featuring Richard Branson, Nell McAndrew and Stacey Solomon, and later in the individual races.

The season has started well for the team with overall age group wins at Ironman UK 70.3, mixed team winners at HellRider Duathlon and Las Vegas and Kona qualification. Races on the 2011 team schedule include Challenge Copenhagen, 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, Ironman World Championships in Kona, Ironman Cozumel and Ironman Wales.

Virgin Active London Triathlon also went well for the Team, Jenny won the Sprint on Saturday and The Olympic Plus on Sunday. I came third in the Sub 2.30 elite Olympic distance age group race, with Tim just behind me in 4th.

Next up Tim in Challenge Copenhagen... Go Tim!!

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