On Feb. 1st, Cody Beals, the 2018 Ironman Mont-Tremblant champion, announced that he’ll compete at the 2019 Ironman World Championship. Beals qualified for the world championship thanks to his win at Ironman Chattanooga in September – his second full-distance win in as many races.
The world championship in Kailua-Kona will be Beals’ focus for the season. “I’ve gradually become confident that I have the physiology, guidance and support team to be a contender, if not this year then eventually,” says Beals (Instagram post).
To prep for the world championship, Beals will race Ironman Mont-Tremblant – eight weeks before Kona. “How could I resist defending my title at Mont-Tremblant,” says Beals (Instagram post). “Mont-Tremblant is my favourite race on the circuit for so many reasons: les Québécois, the community, the volunteers, the course, the coverage and the atmosphere.”
Having now announced two races for 2019, Beals is expected to release the rest of his season plans in the coming weeks. “Kona will be a focus of my season, but not the singular focus.”
Over the past five years, Beals has quickly become a favourite on the 70.3 circuit. In 2018, Beals won five races – three Ironman 70.3 events and two Ironmans. At Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Beals beat Lionel Sanders and set the bike and overall course record. He followed up his debut Ironman win with another first-place finish at Ironman Chattanooga.