Racing Recap: Wildflower, Duathlon Nationals, St. Croix, and Tour of the Gila

By Jaclyn A.
May 3, 2011 on 12:37 pm | In Sponsorship | 1 Comment

What an incredible weekend of racing! USA Triathlon Duathlon National Champions, Wildflower, Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, and the final stages of Tour of the Gila are just a few of the races where TriSports.com athletes threw down the hammer.

Angela Naeth, Team TriSports, 2nd place Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, new bike course record.

TriSports.com newest elite athlete Angela Naeth traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete in Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. After an overly difficult swim Naeth knew she needed to make up some time on the bike, and that she did! Naeth biked her way from 7th to 2nd place (2:33:47) and beat the bike course record set by uber-biker Julie Diben back in 2007. Current Ironman World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae was only 4 minutes down on Naeth coming off the bike which in the past has proved to be a gap easily conquered. Not today! Naeth ran her heart out, held onto second place, and clocked the second fastest run split of the day with 1:26:16.

Age group athlete Ali Rutledge had a great race as well place 8th in the highly competitive 35-39 women’s field.

Leanda Cave, Team TriSports, 2011 Wildflower Triathlon Champion.

Leanda Cave, one of the most well rounded multisport athletes showed her strength in all three sports this weekend as she was crowned the Queen of Wildflower in the sports most beloved race. Cave exited the water in 4th place and quickly claimed the lead shortly after getting on the bike. Mary Beth Ellis did not let Cave out of her sight the entire day but Cave held on first place to take the win just missing the course record by 8 seconds. Check out this great video of the women’s race. Leanda really makes this sport look effortless!

Mark Tripp of Team TriSports experienced the challenging Wildflower course for the first time in the Olympic distance race. Those hills were nothing for Tripp who was 3rd male overall.

Billy Oliver, Team TriSports, USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship, 6th place age group (45-49), Duathlon Worlds Qualifier.

Team TriSports age group athletes dominated in our own back yard at the USAT Duathlon National Championship held here in Tucson, Arizona. The course featured 2 hilly run courses with virtually no flats, and a deceptively hilly but fast 2-loop bike course.  Kara Middendorf was 2nd female overall, Karin Bivens was second in her age group (65-69), Brian Stover was 5th in his age group (40-44), Elizabeth Waterstraat was 5th in her age group (35-39), and Billy Oliver was 6th in his age group (44-49). All Team TriSports athletes who raced earned spots to be on the Team USA Worlds Duathlon team.

Anna Sander, TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing, 19th GC Tour of the Gila

The women of TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing headed to Silver City, New Mexico for one of the hardest professional cycling stage races in the United States, Tour of the Gila. Tour of the Gila is a stage race consisting of 3 road races, an individual time trial, and criterium that cover 540 km in 5 days. Anna Sanders was TriSports star in Gila placing 10th GC over the first two days and eventually finishing 19th overall against a stacked field of the toughest professional American female cyclists.

Team TriSports (yes, triathletes!) Ryan McGuigan and Mike Montoya tried to see if they could hang with the roadies in Gila and they did not disappoint. McGuigan was 2nd in the Interloop road race, 3rd in the time trial, and 4th in the Gila Monster road race ranking him 2nd overall for the Cat 4/5’s. Montoya’s triathlon background came in handy at the time trial where he was first for the Cat 4/5’s. Not to shabby for some TriGreeks!

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