ITU World Triathlon Bermuda
Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) placed third in a photo-finish at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on Saturday, leading the U.S. women with three finishers in the top 10. The Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course was held in the seaside town of Hamilton with thousands of spectators lining the course to cheer on hometown favorite Flora Duffy. Duffy claimed the win in the women’s race with a dominant time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds. Vicky Holand of Great Britain outsprinted Zaferes at the line, but both athletes recorded times of 2:03:25 to take second and third respectively. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) took fourth in 2:05:40, which, after also placing fourth at the World Triathlon Series opener in Abu Dhabi, was enough to give her the leads in the current WTS standings. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed ninth in 2:07:02.
Coming away with a third place finish at #WTSBermuda after an epic sprint for the line. What a tough race! Bittersweet as I’m happy to be on the podium, but could have used an extra turbo boost or maybe even a fart would have done it in the final stretch. Though the people of Bermuda really gave me so much more energy than I thought I had with their loud cheers. As always lots of learning happened during that two hours plus, but I’m excited to come away feeling like a stronger athlete and excited to add some finesse. #FindFaster #IAmSpecialized #OneDegreeBeyond 📸: @michalcervenyphoto
#WTSBermuda you were one tough course! Excited to be leaving this beautiful island as the @worldtriathlon series leader! 4th overall today... it was very much a team effort out there. I may have been the one racing, but I must give a big thanks to my coach @multisportbrain, @mdsharpe1 and my teammates who have helped me a lot this past month. I love racing and the crowds and cheers out there today were some of the best I have ever experienced. It was awesome to witness @floraduffy win at home and with such a dominating performance. Congrats! 📸: @tzaferes
Three Norwegians swept the podium in the men’s race, the first men’s WTS podium sweep in history. Casper Stornes took the win in 1:54:47, followed by Kristian Blummenfelt in 1:55:08 and Gustav Iden in 1:55:10. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) led the U.S. men’s contingent, placing 11th in 1:56:33 for a career-best WTS finish.
For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, visit triathlon.org.
USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships
Nearly 1,300 athletes from 120 collegiate clubs and over 150 high school athletes competed at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday. All races were changed from triathlons to duathlons (run-bike-run) due to strong currents in the Black Warrior River that were deemed unsafe for swimming. The athletes adapted, however, recording some incredible performances through two days of racing.
The U.S. Naval Academy brought home the overall club title for the first time since 2009, finally breaking Colorado’s eight-year win streak. Colorado took second in the overall club competition, and the University of California, Berkeley, claimed third. Navy also earned the men’s club title, while Cal took top honors in the women’s club competition.
Again UNOFFICIALLY your NATIONAL CHAMPION Team Captain Steph Murphy and future MARINE!!! pic.twitter.com/cT6Hm25ZTE— Billy Edwards (@billythekidtri) April 28, 2018
#ROLLONYOUBEARS Congratulations to Hannah Koski for winning the women’s draft legal title, along with Katherine Hoolihan coming in a close 6th! For the men’s DL, we had an unofficial 3rd place for Jonathan Mckinley and 28th for Prashanth Ganesh! The bears are here to claim TusCALoosa as bear territory. #GOBEARS Video courtesy to @usatriathlon
“First things first, shout-out to the weather,” said Roy Madrid of Colorado, who learned to swim this year but whose run strength was showcased in the duathlon format. “I wasn’t expecting a lot of pressure for me to do well coming in, and then once the swim got canceled it took me about 30 minutes to stop hyperventilating to actually embrace the reality of, ‘Okay, Roy, you can do this. This is where you are, this is where your fitness is, and you can really pull through for the team.’ Madrid was the runner-up in the men’s Olympic-distance race on Saturday and anchored Colorado to second place in Saturday afternoon’s Mixed Team Relay.
We still cannot comprehend how this weekend went for our team. Jonathan McKinley placing 3rd and Hannah Koski winning the draft legal race, placing 4 of our women in the top 10 for the Olympic race, getting the male and female #1 combined award, 3rd place overall, and finally, a WOMEN’S NATIONAL TITLE!!!! Coach Dean Harper always tells our team his signature quote “Consistent Hard Work Over Time.” This is what keeps us going and this is who we are. Here’s some of our favorite race shots from this past weekend! Thank you to @usatriathlon for an amazing race! GO BEARS!
As of April 28th, 2018, our very own DR. BIGSEANYHARRY is a USAT COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPION! Sean has worked so hard and poured so much time into winning collegiate nats this year but was faced with so many different obstacles this weekend with the last-minute swim cancellation and stressful travel situations. However, he still blew away the competition to bring UCSB Tri its first national title in over two decades! He also selflessly drove his younger teammates everywhere they needed to be for the past five days. We love you so much, Sean, and we are so incredibly proud of all your accomplishments. Nobody deserves this more than you.
At the High School National Championships, Drew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned his second consecutive title in the boys’ race. Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.), who crossed the line in third place, was named girls’ national champion after the first and second-place finishers received time penalties. Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles for the second consecutive year, and won the overall team title for the third straight year. The North Georgia High School Regional Team took second place overall in the team competition.
2018 HIGH SCHOOL TRIATHLON (turned duathlon) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS— done with another fun day of racing but this time walking away with knowing how to adapt to last minute changes and decisions. excited to be racing again next weekend 🏊🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️ #wearyoursunscreen • • • 📸: @jnphoto_stills Mrs. Burgett
For complete results from the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/ccnc2018.
IRONMAN North American Championship — The Woodlands, Texas
Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) successfully defended his IRONMAN North American Championship title at IRONMAN Texas on Saturday, covering the 3.2-mile swim, 110-mile bike and 26-mile run in 7:39:25. His 2:34:40 run split was what secured his victory, as he pulled into the lead to edge Russia’s Ivan Tutukin by just 22 seconds. It was Hanson’s third career win at IRONMAN Texas, as he also claimed the victory in 2015. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) also raced well, recording an eighth-place finish with a time of 7:50:56.
Wow. What a day. So stoked to take my third #IMTX title today. What a battle, that took absolutely everything I had. Thank you all so much for all of the support and the cheers out there...I needed every ounce. Incredible battle on the run with @ivantutukin. Huge congrats to @willclarketri for rounding out the podium as well. Unfortunately, due to the bike being 2 miles short, the overall time won’t count as a world record, but I believe the marathon time was a world record for Ironman races. Will confirm. Can’t thank my support crew enough for everything they do, especially @afarmerhanson @dibbo4 @bottrillmatthew. More soon! 📸👉 @talbotcox • • • #northamericanchampion #konaqualified #roadtokona #triathlon #swimbikerun #ironmannews #ironman #battletotheend #teamhanson #jdcrew #teambottrill
In the women’s pro race, Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt took the win in 8:31:04. Two U.S. athletes, Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y.) and Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.) placed second and third respectively in 8:42:15 and 8:43:51. Also placing top-10 for the U.S. women were Meredith Kessler of San Francisco (sixth, 8:47:43), and Darbi Roberts of New York City (10th, 8:59:03).
I am prouder of what I had to do to cross that finish line this year at IMTX than my win last year. I am proud of my ability to mentally get the most out of my body on a rough day. In a high pressure situation I was able to pull out my toolbox we are working diligently at growing, something I couldn’t do this past fall in Kona or IM Arizona. So I can hold my head high and SMILE with the excitement of knowing I will toe every start line in 2018 for the opportunity of success and not the fear of failure. Lots of gratitude for all of the pro women out there that pushed me all day! Huge shout out to the team of people who not only dream BIG with me but MAKE it happen day in and day out, especially my husband Aaron, my coach Jesse @kropelnicki my family and an amazing team of sponsors: @qt2systems @quintanarootri @rokasports @rudyprojectna @gatoradeendurance @ntrecovery @juiceperformer @wattieink @runners_edge @kleanathlete 📸@tessacapistrano
Podium finish today at @ironmantri TEXAS 🍾🥉 .. and what a course // crowd! The energy around this venue is second to none from my experience 🎉. Congrats to @melhauschildt and @jodierobertsontriathlete for the 🥇🥈 spots! . . 🙏Thank you to my sponsors for the support and to @coachtilburs for getting me full-ironman ready after my race in March. . . . Now time for some major chill-axing time a la casa de @leslielamacchia .. then back to Boulder to do some combo of recover + taper on into Monterrey 70.3 🇲🇽 in a couple weeks!
For complete results from the IRONMAN North American Championship, visit IRONMAN.com.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon
Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) and Sarah Haskins (Eureka, Mo.) claimed wins at the 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, coming out on top against a competitive professional field. Lagerstrom took the men’s victory on the Olympic-distance 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run course, clocking a time of 1:45:02. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), crossed the line second in 1:46:38, followed by Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) in third in 1:47:02.
In the women’s race, Haskins broke the tape with a time of 1:58:48. Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) was the runner-up in 1:59:03, and Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the podium in 2:02:20.
ST ANTHONY’S WIN!! Oh man, I’m so pumped on this one. I’ve had this on my list of “win before I die” races and the third time was the charm. If you’ve never been to St A’s, you’re missing out on the best community in the sport. The organizers, homestays, volunteers, atmosphere.. just awesome. Thanks to these two rad guys, @jasonwesttri and @camdyetri for making this a battle. I always have to try and ride close enough to cam to catch him on the run, and far enough from Jason that he doesn’t run me down. Just a blast 🤙 📸 @baycare #stanthonystri #triathlon #argon18bike #powerisking #lovethepain_official
Happy to grab 2nd 🥈 today at St. Anthony’s! Another great battle with @camdyetri and @eric_lagerstrom that made for a great race. Eric rode the house down today. Well done. A pretty solid race all around for me and happy with the day. It’s been a great start to the year so far. Time to keep it going! #stanthonys #stpetersburg #triathlon #podium #swim #bike #run
What. A. Battle. 💪🚺🚺💪Racing @sarahhaskinstri never disappoints! I know she’ll push me to my absolute limit and today was no exception. Plus we are each other’s stunt doubles😉 Congrats to @laurengoss on 3rd! Always fun to race close to home to have support of friends/ family ❤️. Time to recover quick in time for St. George 70.3 this Saturday👊 @triflarellc @361usa @baseperformance #stanthonystri #35years #stgeorge703 #triathlon #swimbikerun 📷 #1 Nate Kortuem #2 @trifuelmonthly
For complete results from St. Anthony’s Triathlon, visit satriathlon.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella
Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) took second place in a sprint finish with winner David McNamee of Great Britain on Sunday at IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella in Spain. Both athletes recorded times of 3:57:47 over the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile course, but McNamee had the edge in the photo finish.
Germany’s Andreas Dreitz rounded out the top-three with a time of 3:58:43. Germany’s Laura Philipp won the women’s pro race with a time of 4:25:29. She was followed in second by Italy’s Marta Bernardi (4:31:29), and third went to Germany’s Daniela Sämmler (1:23:34).
IM 70.3 Marbella felt like deja vu to the first race in a year again. The beautiful Spanish course delivered perfect weather, and extraordinary terrain. . I'd be bluffing if I said I wasn’t worried about the 25Km climb of this course, especially with talent in the front of this race pushing the pace. . There was only one mission: Race smart, and put it all on the course, . Coming off the bike with David was a good marker, and indicator we'd be close on the run. The flat made for a fast run. Proud of my 5.5min/mi avg pace, coming in on the leaderboard on the run, but definitely felt the heartbreak of coming in second. . Congrats to the guys on the podium with me. Marbella put on a magnificent race. Well blocked off, zero interruptions from local traffic, and well executed. If calendars work out, definitely coming back 2019!🇪🇸🌴 . . . 📸Ingo Kutsche
For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella, visit IRONMAN.com.