Vancouver’s Rachel McBride and American Andy Potts took victories at Ironman 70.3 Austin today.
The 34-year-old McBride, was fifth out of the water (27:10) but made her way to the front of the race with a dominating 2:22:07 ride. She maintained the lead with a 1:27:23 half marathon to earn the victory in relative ease (4:20:53). Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) closed the gap by a few minutes on the run but came up short for second (4:24:03), and Courtenay’s Tenile Hoogland held tough for third (4:25:07).
1. Rachel McBride CAN 4:20:53
2. Yvonne van Vlerken NLD 4:24:03
3. Tenille Hoogland CAN 4:25:07
4. Elizabeth Lyles USA 4:26:04
5. Jennifer Tetrick USA 4:26:35
For the men, Potts surprised no one by leading the swim (22:34). During the bike, TJ Tollakson crushed the bike course (2:08:12) to take the lead, but once on the run Potts made a slow but steady assault on Tollakson and ran a race best 1:14:06 to claim the win in 3:51:29. Tollakson finished second (3:52:07), and Australian Chris McCormack, the two-time Ironman World Champion, took third (3:55:07). Penticton’s Jeff Symonds finished fourth (3:56:29).
1. Andy Potts USA 3:51:29
2. TJ Tollakson USA 3:52:07
3. Chris McCormack AUS 3:55:24
4. Jeff Symonds CAN 3:56:29
5. Brandon Marsh USA 4:01:50