Yesterday saw Australian Joe Gambles claim his fourth win at Boulder. He had to fight hard on the bike to do so. The cool waters of the Boulder Reservoir were no problem for fellow Australian Jimmy Seear who swam a blazing 23:06 for 1.9km . Seear won Ironman 70.3 Kansas last week and had a tight group of chasers heading out onto the bike including Gambles who would ride away with a two minute lead around the halfway mark. On the run, Tim Don would work to cut into that lead but Gambles held him off to win in 3:42:13. Don was next to reach the finish line in 3:44:05. Richie Cunningham was third in 3:46:54.
In the women’s race, it was 2012 Ironman world champion Jodie Swallow who dominated from the swim, establishing almost a minute lead on American Laura Bennett and Leanda Cave. Swallow stayed in the lead for the first half of the bike but then was passed by fast charging Rachel Joyce. Swallow managed a super fast T2 to get out of transition ahead of Joyce. In a tough race between the two lead women, Swallow hung on to win in 4:07:37. Joyce was only 1:24 behind and Cave was third in 4:13:03.