This weekend kicked off the US triathlon season and was a busy race weekend across the continents, including Ironman South Africa, Ironman Australia, Oceanside 70.3, New Orleans 70.3, and Pan American Continental Championships.
Oceanside 70.3 always has one of the deepest fields as it’s the first chance in North America to test your skills and claim a Kona slot. This year was no different; however, in both the men’s and women’s races those athletes typically termed “short course athletes” would show us how their speed pays off even in half-ironman distance events. Both Miranda Carfrae & Matty Reed set new run course records. AVIA athlete, racing for teamTBB, Erika Csomor finished in 4th place.
For complete results, check out: http://www.ironmancalifornia.com/
New Orleans 70.3 is a new race for 2009. Perhaps it was a chance to travel somewhere different, the Lousiana cajun & creole cooking, a flatter course, or an easy way to grab a World Championship slot. All of the above holds true, except the ease to gaining a Clearwater slot. New Orleans is giving Oceanside a run for their money. In it’s inagural year, the field included Ironman World Championships, ITU World Champions, Zofingen Champions, Olympians, and a diverse field by age, specialty & nationality. Natasha Baddmann of Switzerland and Brent McMahon of Canada claimed the winning titles. AVIA athlete, Joanna Zeiger finished 3rd in a time of 4-hours 22-min. Saul Raisin, also representing AVIA completed his first half-Ironman distance event. Congrats Joanna & Saul!
For complete results, check out: http://www.ironmanneworleans.com/
Pan American Continental Championships held in Santiago, Chile, proved successful for the AVIA sponsored LUNA Pro Team. Catharine Pendrel rode off the front and won by 5 minutes over her LUNA teammate Georgia Gould who finished in 2nd. Chloe Forsman rode aggressively despite crashing and dealing with damaged bike parts to finish in 5th in the U23 race. Because of the large amount of UCI points available at the Continental Championships, Catharine’s win made her the number one ranked riding in the world. Way to go! Watch for the LUNA Pro Team to compete at Sea Otter on April 18-19th.