Monday, May 2, 2011

A Big Weekend of Racing

Big Update below on a huge weekend of racing. blueseventy athletes in RED..

Congrats to all our athletes who raced over the weekend .


Jesse Thomas, a 2002 Stanford steeplechaser who is in his first year as a triathlon professional, shocked the men's field with a come-from-behind victory at the 29th Wildflower long course triathlon Saturday. After two second place Wildflower finishes, two-time ITU world champion Leanda Cave held off a strong charge by Mary Beth Ellis by 7 seconds to claim the women's crown at the challenging, classic half Ironman distance test in Monterey County, California.

1. Jesse Thomas
2. Clayton Fettell
3. James Cunnama
4. Matt Lieto
5. Chris Leigh

1. Leanda Cave
2. Mary Beth Ellis
3. Magali Tisseyre
4. Tenille Hoogland
5. Virginia Berasategui

Catriona Morrison has evidently figured out St. Croix. The Brit has now prevailed three times, this her quickest, only the second woman to break the 4:30 barrier. In so doing, she bested her likely toughest competitor at the 70.3 distance, Mirinda Carfrae. Reigning Ironman world champ Carfrae was 3rd, behind Canadian Angela Naeth in a breakout race.

Ukrainian Maksym Kriat has found moving from short course to 70.3 racing to his liking. Last year's Mooseman and 70.3 Augusta winner nailed down his biggest career victory, besting Luke Bell who lead from the water in blueseventy helix and for the majority of the race.

1. Maksym Kriat (UKR): 4:11:43
2. Luke Bell (AUS): 4:11:59
3. Richie Cunningham (AUS): 4:15:50
4. Patrick Evoe (USA): 4:15:51
5. Alessandro Degasperi (ITA): 4:16:24
6. Romain Guillaume (FRA): 4:24:31
7. Gabriel Raff (ARG) 4:29:03 (M25-29)

1. Catriona Morrison (GBR): 4:29:28
2. Angela Naeth (CAN): 4:32:07
3. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS): 4:36:01
4. Leslie Patterson (GBR): 4:39:09
5. Kate Major (AUS): 4:41:33
6. Amy Marsh (USA): 4:52:31
7. Jacqui Gordon (USA): 4:59:24


It's the biggest win of Pete Jacobs' career and oh how Jacobs would've liked to have it with countryman Craig Alexander in the field. But the 2-time Hawaiian Ironman champion was a late scratch due to a persistent cold, so Jacobs will have to wait another day to win an IM with Crowie trying to run him down..
But Crowie's pull-out didn't mean Jacobs could coast—New Caledonian Patrick Vernay was seeking his fourth Aus IM title here at Port Macquarie.

But Jacobs built too big a lead, outriding a very strong cyclist in Vernay on a slow and windy day. Jacobs had to survive a charging Vernay today, and his 2:58:46 marathon was just enough and a little more.

Caroline Steffen was likewise winless at this distance before this weekend. It appeared here chances were in jeopardy—twice—with flat tires, but whenever she had two tires full of air she methodically pulled away from challengers. In the end she won comfortably.

1. Pete Jacobs (AUS): 8:29:28
2. Patrick Vernay (New Caledonia): 8:35:50
3. Jason Shortis (AUS): 8:46:07
4. Scott Neyedli (Scotland): 8:47:16
5. Courtey Ogden (AUS): 8:49:56
1. Caroline Steffen (AUS): 9:29:54
2. Amelia Pearson (AUS): 9:38:23
3. Kirsten Molloy (AUS): 9:43:55
4. Nicole Ward (AUS): 9:49:23
5. Erin Spitler (USA): 10:08:33


Athletes chasing Ironman Hawaii qualification points—most of them Australians—had to think strategically this weekend. Race the Port Macquarrie 70.3 and recover quickly, or go for the gusto at the longer race. Many chose the half-distance, no doubt in some part due to the difficulty in earning sufficient points at the full distance race.

Consequently, the 70.3 boasted a field almost as good as did the full. Early leader Bryan Rhodes lead from the water in his blueseventy helix but got caught by Joe Gambles who hammered the bike and never looked back, holding off a closing Tim Berkel to take the win. Ageless Kiwi Cam Brown came home third.
Lawn pummeled the ladies in all three legs, posting the fastest swim, bike and run splits. Aussie Madeleine Oldfield had a balanced race to finish second, near enough to taste the lead all day long but never close enough to get it.

1. Joe Gambles (AUS): 3:58:15
2. Tim Berkel (AUS): 4:01:40
3. Cameron Brown (NZL): 4:03:22
4. Christian Kemp (AUS): 4:04:11
5. Tim Reed (AUS): 4:04:54

Bryan Rhodes was first from the water, finishing 7th overall.

1. Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:29:36
2. Madeleine Oldfield (AUS) 4:37:24
3. Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:41:10
4. Belinda Granger (AUS) 4:43:53
5. Elly Franks (AUS) 5:00:31

Challenge Fuerteventura
Ramus Henning proved too strong at Challenge Fuerteventura leading out of the water and then holding off a strong Martin Jensen for the win.
The women's race was also close with local athlete and Spanish Long Distance Champoin Eva Ledesma finally breaking away on the run to take first place in 4:47:14, two minutes ahead of Erika Csomor ( HUN) who came in in 4:49:19. Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) rounded out the podium in 4:53:28.
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Men's Results
1. Rasmus Henning (DEN) 4:12:59 First from the Water
2. Martin Jensen (DEN) 4:14:01
3. Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 4:14:33
4. Jons Djurback (SWE) 4:15:59
5. Daniel Halksworth (GBR) 4:16:18

Women's Results
1. Eva Ledesma (SPA 4:47:14
2. Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:49:19
3. Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 4:53:28
4. Emma Ruth Smith (GBR) 4:57:35
5. Sonja Jaasveld (NED) 5:05:35

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