Angela Naeth returns to racing with win at Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos
Yesterday’s Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos saw some great racing from Canadians. Angela Naeth made her return to Ironman racing after more than a year off due to a serious injury with the win yesterday, blazing through the field for a victory with almost six minutes over the runner-up in 4:19:42. Canada’s Sue Huse, who recently won her first 70.3 race at Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, landed on the podium in third and on the men’s side, Cody Beals overcame some pre-race inconveniences to place third as well.
Miles of smiles today! That was the goal! Happy to be racing again!!! Big congrats @SueHuse and @LesleySmithTri ! Fun! What it's all about!
— Angela Naeth (@AngelaNaeth) October 30, 2016
Podium at #IM703LosCabos! Relieved my hastily repaired bike & my body held together! I need a hug & a margarita. 😌🍹 Thanks @IronmanMexico! pic.twitter.com/c58UCZZgt4
— Cody Beals (@CFBeals) October 30, 2016
Super stoked with 3rd place at #im703cabos today! Congrats @AngelaNaeth & @LesleySmithTri with top 2! https://t.co/ixy0AypPG9
— Sue Huse (@SueHuse) October 30, 2016
“It was so great to be back out on a race course for a 70.3,” Naeth told us after the race. “My goal was to enjoy it and have fun, get back to the roots of why I do triathlon — to push myself and enjoy the process. I did that! The community and support here in Los Cabos was outstanding. Not without a few hiccups, my first 70.3 race back from injury and surgery couldn’t have gone better. Smiles and gratefulness all around!”
Naeth’s 2:20:32 bike split was the fastest of the day in the women’s pro field by roughly eight minutes.
Canada’s Malindi Elmore also placed 10th in the pro women’s field.
Cody Beals suffered a pre-race technical issue when he broke his derailleur on a ride in Los Cabos. While both he and his sponsor Ventum tried to find a replacement part, no such luck was had. Beals managed to make a repair with glue which he said “held up” for the race, allowing him to race well to come in third in behind winner Maurcio Mendez Cruz and Matt Chrabot in 4:00:04. His 2:10:10 bike split was still one of the fastest of the day.
Stephen Kilshaw and James Cook came in 16th and 17th respectively.