Weekend Wrap Up for July 26-27, 2014

The world was busy racing this weekend on nearly every continent.

Ironman Canada

Whistler, Canada

July 27, 2014
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.

This staple race on the Ironman circuit was heavily contested between the hard charging Belgian Marino Vanhoenacker, and the Canadian superstar and run phenom Jeff Symonds. In the end it would be the Ironman World Record holder Vanhoenacker who would prevail using his sizzling 4:31 bike split to finish in a fast 8:16,  holding off Symonds who was trailing with a blazing 2:40 marathon and finished in 8:25.

The women’s race was a close battle with the top 3 finishing within 6 minutes of one another. It would be Bree Wee of Kailua-Kona who would take top honors at the end of the day though in 9:46, closely followed by Karen Thibodeau and MacKenzie Madison.

Image courtesy: IronmanLive


1. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:16:10
2. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 8:25:22
3. Paul Ambrose (GBR) 8:33:10
4. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:42:59
5. Andrew Drobeck (USA) 8:50:32


1. Bree Wee (USA) 9:46:58
2. Karen Thibodeau (CAN) 9:51:35
3. MacKenzie Madison (USA) 9:52:46
4. Jackie Arendt (USA) 9:59:06
5. Anna Cleaver (NZL) 10:05:23


Ironman Lake Placid

Lake Placid, New York, USA

July 27, 2014
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.

Neo-pro Kyle Buckingham of South Africa who has been on the fast track to top ranks of the sport celebrated his first professional Ironman victory.  He placed his stamp on the race with a combined race best bike and run to finish in 8:38.

Image courtesy: Ironman Lake Placid

The women’s race saw Amber Ferriera march to overall victory in an impressive 9:31 as she made up ground on Kim Schwabenbauer and Lisa Roberts.


1. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 8:38:43
2. Balazs Csoke (HUN) 8:51:26
3. Jonathan Shearon (USA) 8:59:22
4. Ryan Cain (CAN) 9:05:19
5. Vinny Johnson (USA) 9:09:56
6. Nathan Buttrick (USA) 9:14:07
7. Juan Valencia (COL) 9:22:32 (Amateur)
8. Raymond Botelho (USA) 9:23:21


1. Amber Ferreira (USA) 9:31:28
2. Kim Schwabenbauer (USA) 9:38:14
3. Lisa Roberts (USA) 9:40:04
4. Kristen Lemos (USA)9:50:26
5. Leslie Demichele (USA) 10:05:20 (Amateur)
6. Jessica Jones Meyers (USA) 10:06:53
7. Kathryn Thomas (USA) 10:19:46
8. Jennifer Schoenberg (USA) 10:30:57 (Amateur)
9. Rachel Jastrebsky (USA) 10:35:58


Challenge New Albany Half

New Albany, Ohio

July 27, 2014
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / T 13.1 mi.

In it’s inaugural year, Challenge New Albany Half drew a stellar pro field.  This was in large part to an exceptionally good prize purse ($32,500 split equally among the male and female field. First place for each was $5,500).

Erik Limkemann and Meredith Kessler took top honors, and in process setting the bar for next years race.

In the men’s race Limkemann and Starykowicz battled throughout the race, but it was Limkemann who bested Starykowicz on the bike and continued to put time into him on the run finishing in 3:50.

Meredith Kessler continued her dominating 2014 season with a spectacular 4:19 race performance securing her win over Jennifer Spieldenner in front of a hometown crowd.

Meredith Kessler heading out of T2 on run! Image courtesy: Twitter – @Robby_Simpson


1. Eric Limkemann (USA) 3:50:33
2. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:56:16
3. Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:56:35
4. Justin Metzler (USA) 4:00:28
5. Adam Bohach (USA) 4:00:57


1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:19:02
2. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:23:14
3. Jillian Petersen (USA) 4:24:08
4. Haley Chura (USA) 4:29:58
5. Carly Johann (USA) 4:33:01


Ironman 70.3 Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

July 27, 2014
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.

Andy Potts and Rachel McBride both dominated their rivals in convincing fashion this weekend in Calgary.  Potts securing his fourth win of the season led out of the swim not to be seen again. McBride coming off a recent injury was back on top in front of a home country crowd.  She crushed the bike in an amazing 2:13 on her way to a 4:07, smashing Miranda Carfrae’s previous course record by nearly 4 minutes.

Image courtesy: Wattie Ink


1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:43:43
2. Will Clarke (GBR) 3:44:19
3. Brandon Marsh (USA) 3:47:32
4. Jordan Rapp (USA) 3:48:03
5. Grant Burwash (CAN) 3:54:25


1. Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:07:19
2. Mandy McLane (USA) 4:16:12
3. Lisa Mensink (CAN) 4:17:47
4. Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:19:29
5. Amy Marsh (USA) 4:21:13

Tour de France – Paris Finale

The 2014 edition of the Tour de France wrapped up this weekend in Paris. It was the Italian, Vincenzo Nibali  who would be the final wearer of the yellow jersey in a dominating performance.  In a spectacular showing of the French revival of cycling, Jean- Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot finished second and third respectively.  Thibaut Pinot also won the white jersey, or best young riders classification.  Peter Sagan again took the green jersey for the sprint competition.  The big surprise was  Rafal Majka securing the polka dot jersey, or King of the Mountains classification – after nearly being left off the Tour roster for Saxo-Tinkoff.  This is the first ever jersey for a Polish rider.

General Classification Results 

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 89:59:06
2 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:37
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:08:15
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:40
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:11:24