It was a great morning for Canadians racing Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico with a win, a second place and several top 10 finishes. Taylor Reid opened his 2017 season with the win this morning, crushing the course in 3:49:50 with nearly two minutes on runner-up Andy Potts. Reid delivered solid splits across swim, bike and run with a 25:14 swim, 2:02:11 bike and 1:18:18 run. On the women’s side, young Quebec pro Stephanie Roy impressed with a second place behind Alicia Kaye this morning with a time of 4:18:33 in a field packed with half-distance talent.

Canadians Stephen Kilshaw, Jackson Laundry and Nathan Killam also had great races in Puerto Rico this morning, placing fourth, seventh and ninth respectively.

“Super happy, especially because of a couple upsets in 2016,” Reid said after the race, in a Facebook Live post (below). “Today went really well, I came out of the water in about sixth… then basically on the bike, once I made it to the front, controlled it from about mile 25. Ben Kanute gave me a good run for the first three miles, but I built a lead.”

“I am happy with my Ironman 70.3 debut in Puerto Rico,” rookie pro Jack Laundry told TMC after his race. “The field was competitive and that allowed me to learn a lot from the race. I plan to build upon this result with better performances the rest of this season.”

“I had good training this winter and was feeling very good coming in San Juan but still very nervous since there was a lot very good triathletes, namely Helle Frederickson and Tine Deckers,” Roy told us after her race. “Came out of the water with Linsey Corbin and Tine Deckers. I knew I had improved my cycling but was very surprised at being third at the end of the bike leg. I still had good legs and was feeling strong starting the run. I had the best time with 1:22;59 and was able to finish second only 29 seconds behind Alicia Kaye. I had a great race, very very happy with the result and looking forward to Texas in two weeks.”

Top 5 men’s results

Reid, Taylor CA 1 1 00:25:14 02:02:11 01:18:18 03:49:50
Potts, Andy US 2 2 00:23:48 02:04:05 01:19:19 03:51:22
Kanute, Ben US 3 3 00:23:34 02:04:02 01:19:56 03:51:32
Kilshaw, Stephen CA 4 4 00:27:04 02:04:03 01:18:04 03:53:21
Tejada, Raul GT 5 5 00:27:11 02:04:06 01:18:30 03:54:07

Top 5 women’s results

Kaye, Alicia US 1 16 00:25:33 02:17:57 01:30:04 04:18:04
Roy, Stephanie CA 2 17 00:28:39 02:22:09 01:22:59 04:18:33
Frederiksen, Helle DK 3 20 00:25:28 02:22:34 01:26:48 04:19:30
Smith, Lesley US 4 24 00:28:16 02:24:57 01:25:07 04:23:28
Moench, Skye US 5 28 00:28:36 02:23:28 01:30:50 04:27:53