American Linsey Corbin and Italy’s Daniel Fontana scored well-deserved early season wins in the stunning back drop of cliffs, deserts and mountains at Ironman Los Cabos in Mexico this weekend.
In the men’s race it was Great Britain’s Stephen Bayliss who was first out of the water in a blazing 45:37, followed by TJ Tollakson in 47:40, with eventual winner Fontana. Fontana quickly moved to the front pack on the bike. Jan Van Berkel eventually put in a surge to post a 4:36:25 bike split and more than a three-minute lead. Fontana’s 2:55:06 marathon proved too quick to hold off and he won in 8:26:15. Bayliss finished second at 8:32:19 and Italy’s Domenico Passuello was third.
Americans Hayley Chura and Katy Blakemore led the 2.4-mile swim in 48 minutes but only managed to hold off Australia’s Carrie Lester and Corbin for a brief period. The two posted 5:05 and 5:06 bike splits respectively. It was Corbin’s very comfortable 3:12 marathon however, that enabled her to catch and pass Lester midway through the marathon. American Lisa Ribes posted the fastest run of the day of 3:02:43 to finish second. Lester earned the final podium spot.
Ironman Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico – March 30, 2014
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
1. Daniel Fontana ITA 8:26:15
2. Stephen Bayliss GBR 8:32:19
3. Domenico Passuello ITA 8:34:18
4. Swen Sundberg DEU 8:38:17
5. Patrick Evoe USA 8:40:13
1. Linsey Corbin USA 9:16:43
2. Lisa Ribes USA 9:20:40
3. Carrie Lester AUS 9:26:35
4. Beth Shutt USA 9:32:28
5. Haley Chura USA 9:33:35