On May 28th, Michael Woods (Canada’s top professional cyclist) jokingly posted an Instagram video of himself running on a treadmill with the caption: “Ironman 2024???”
The 2018 bronze medallist at the World Road Race Championships is no slouch at running. Prior to his already impressive cycling career, Woods was a standout junior and U-23 track runner who held national records in the mile and 3K track events. He was also a multiple-time national champion and won gold at the Pan American Junior Championships during his early years. Woods went on to run for the University of Michigan but suffered repeated injuries to his foot that ultimately led him to call it a career.
Since joining the WorldTour professional cycling ranks in 2016, Woods has collected a stage win at the Vuelta a España (Spain’s Tour de France equivalent), top-five finishes at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (including a second-place finish in 2018) and a bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships.
Despite showing no signs of rust while running, don’t expect Woods to be making the transition to triathlon anytime soon. The Canadian is a candidate to be named to the EF Education First 2019 Tour de France roster after not starting the Giro d’Italia in May.
This isn’t the first time a pro cyclist has hinted at a triathlon debut. Cam Wurf, former pro cyclist and Kona bike course record holder, hinted that Geraint Thomas would be interested in making the transition to triathlons after he retires from cycling.