The new triathlon series and race format kicked off this morning on what appeared to be the start of a beautiful, sunny and hot day in Brandenton, FL. Prior to today’s start, the race encountered many last minute course changes. The swim was changed to a 3 loop course and the bike was change to a 6 loop course because of the lower number of participants, the run is set for a 3 loop race.
Ashley Carusone, a 22 year old amateur from Florida was a surprise as she was the first swimmer out of the Manatee River today leaving all of the pros in her wake. She was holding her own on the bike in 3rd place in front of pros like Bella Comerford and Hillary Biscay until she was hit by a car. Reports say she is ok, but she did suffer a broken jaw. Leanda Cave and Nina Kraft were out in front riding 1st and 2nd. Cave was riding strong and still out in front with a lap and half to go but now Karen Holloway was in 2nd 3 minutes back and Kraft had dropped back to 3rd. Cave was first out on the run and at the 10km mark she had built up a commanding 7 minute lead, this time ahead of Kraft who was now in 2nd place, Holloway dropped to 3rd 9 minutes behind the leader. It the hot and humid conditions Cave continued her lead through the following 20km to become the women's inaugural One O One finisher. Kraft finished in 2nd and Hillary Biscay made up the gap between her and Holloway to finish 3rd.
On the men’s side, Steven Bayliss was the first male out of the water and in the lead on the bike until David Thompson who was 3 minute behind at the swim exit passed him somewhere around mile 30. Thompson stayed out in front until somewhere around mile 45 when Marino Vanhoenacker caught up to him. Thompson who seems to fly on the bike at most races had enough of Vanhoenacker and reasserted himself going in to lap 5. Thompson built up a 4 minute lead on Vanhoenacker at T2. Like Cave, Thompson continued his pace and built up an 8 minute lead 10km into the run. Bayliss who was in 4th place after 10km moved up to 2nd place at the 20km mark but he was still 7 minutes back of Thompson. One of the questions when the race format was first announced was would they break the 6 hour barrier. Well, David Thompson with his commanding lead was on pace to prove it. Thompson becomes the men’s inaugural One O One finisher crossing the finish line in a time of 5:45:45, 9 minutes ahead of 2nd place finisher Bayliss. For their efforts, Thompson and Cave will each get a check for $10,000 for finishing in 1st place. WAY TO GO DKT!!!
Triathlon One O One - Bradenton Race Results:
1 - David Thompson (USA) - 5:45:40
2 - Stephen Bayliss (GBR) - 5:54:40
3 - Nathan Kortuem (USA) - 5:56:59
4 - Paul Ambrose (AUS) - 5:59:50
5 - Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) - 6:03:30
1 - Leanda Cave (GBR) - 6:23:35
2 - Nina Kraft (GER) - 6:31:40
3 - Hillary Biscay (USA) - 6:38:35
4 - Karen Holloway (USA) - 6:42:15
5 - Bella Comerford (GBR) - 6:49:46
For more results and coverage of the race in Brandenton check the Triathlon One O One website (link).
The other race of the day was in St. Croix, U.S.V.I where the pros who decided to participate in shorter distance race were. The St. Croix Ironman 70.3 is the second race in the 70.3 series to be held this year. This race is unique in that it's one of the races that offers qualifying spots for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona. This year the race will have 30 qualifying spots for Kona and 75 spots for the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 race in Clearwater.
The pro field for today's included Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone, the winners of the 2006 Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 from this past November. They faced off against the 2nd place finishers from the Ford Ironman World Championship race, Chris McCormack and Desiree Ficker.
St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Race Results:
1 - Craig Alexander (AUS) - 4:04:52
2 - Richie Cunningham (AUS) - 4:08:56
3 - Chris Mccormick (AUS) - 4:09:51
4 - Marcus Ornellas (BRA) - 4:10:00
5 - Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) - 4:11:14
1 - Julie Dibens (CAN) - 4:29:11
2 - Catriona Morrison (UK) - 4:33:09
3 - Samantha Mcglone (CAN) - 4:39:52
4 - Abi Bailey (ENG) - 4:45:30
5 - Desiree Ficker (USA) - 4:46:43
Other race results from this weekend:
Wildflower Race Results:
1 - Bjorn Andersson (SWE) - 4:07:53
2 - Chris Legh (AUS) 4:08:21
3 - Ben Hoffman (USA) 4:13:32
1 - Becky Lavelle (USA) - 4:35:19
2 - Mirinda Carfreae (AUS) - 4:38:14
3 - Kate Major (USA) - 4:42:26