Four Triathlon Wins; Contador Braves a Wild Tour
The last few days represented a banner weekend for Zipp athletes, who took four triathlon wins across the globe.
Ben Hoffman, who won Ironman 70.3 Boise last month, followed up with another 70.3 win in Muncie, Indiana on Saturday. The Colorado native came out of the water in third position, and quickly got to work on his signature bike leg, passing the two leaders in short order. In the same way he won last month, “The Hoff” buried the field with the fastest bike split on the day, riding the new Firecrest 808 front wheel and a Super-9 disc rear. Getting off the bike, his legs were still fresh enough for a 1:18:31 half marathon, and he took the win by over five minutes. The gap he had over second place was larger than the gap between the next six finishers.
Across the Atlantic at Ironman Switzerland, Swiss native Karin Thürig is took the win on her home course. Thürig is retiring at the end of the year, and making big waves in her farewell season. This past October, she set the bike split record at Ironman Hawaii, and used that form to great effect on Sunday at Ironman Switzerland. She flew through the bike leg riding the Zipp 808 Firecrest front with a Super-9 Disc rear, recording the best split on the day and riding into T2 with a four-minute lead. She expanded that lead on the run to finish more than eight minutes ahead of second place.
Meanwhile, at the GP Lyonnaise des Eaux in Paris, France, the Brownlee brothers to what they do best. For the second time this year, the brothers went one-two, Alistair taking the win with brother Jonathan just behind him in second. The Brownlees ride the 404 Firecrest tubular during their explosive bike splits, which leaves their legs fresh enough to hit the ground running faster than any of their competitors. The Brownlees have been having an absolute blockbuster season and will be racing in Hamburg next weekend for the ITU World Championship series race.
And finally, at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Zipp athletes Matty Reed and Sarah Haskins represented Zipp and took the top spots on the podium. Both Sarah and Matty have won this race for three years in a row. Reed was on the 808 Firecrest front with a Sub-9 disc rear, while Haskins rode a 404 Firecrest front with a Sub-9 rear.
In all, it was a stellar weekend for Zipp athletes, ripping up courses all over the planet.
On the cycling side, the first week of the Tour is finally over, and hopefully the overwhelming series of crashes is too. Most of the riders are licking their wounds and glad for a rest day. Already eighteen riders have abandoned the race, and Alberto Contador is lucky not to have been among them. The Spaniard was part of several crashes, and his work is cut out for him in the mountains. But with the help of the veteran Saxo Bank-Sungard squad, watch for “El Pistolero” to set off some fireworks once the Tour turns uphill.