There were plenty of races over the weekend to keep The Crank busy.
- The “Put me out I’m on fire” award goes to Heather Wurtele after another brilliant effort to win Ironman 70.3 Calgary. This adds to wins at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Rev 3 Quassy and Ironman 70.3 Panama. Wurtele’s worst result this season has been a fourth place at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.
- Tim Don was supreme in Calgary. The likeable Brit was too good for a hard-charging Trevor Wurtele in Calgary and joins the list of transition athletes who’ve moved across from ITU and taken home a 70.3 title in 2013.
- The ‘Welcome Back Cotter‘ award goes to Chris Legh who, at this stage, has enough points to get across to Kona this season for his swan song.
- Andy Potts is a hard man to beat especially when he gets a bit of a lead going at Ironman Lake Placid. His win in 2012 set himself up for a great top-10 in Kona. Wonder what his repeat dose might propel him to on the Big Island this season?
- Jennie Hansen was red hot too at Ironman Lake Placid with a 3:05 marathon. A great effort given her 1:03 swim time.
- Ronnie Schildknecht has a tough name to spell, but when he gets rolling in Zurich he sure is unstoppable. Win number 7 at Ironman Switerland elevates him to near Cam Brown-like status.
- Anja Beranek finally made good this season and her win at Ironman Switzerland overnight was emphatic.
- There will be a lot of happy athletes today as the first round of qualifiers for Kona are announced.
- Petr Vabrousek is already up to his eighth Iron-distance event of the season. He must be trying to break last year’s number of 13 before he gets to Kona.
- Nice job by Emma Moffatt and Javier Gomez at 5150 Zurich over the weekend. Both will be hot contenders in Hy Vee if they can make the start line with their WTS commitments.
- The ITU World Duathlon Championships got their time in the sun for another year over the weekend. Some very quick athletes out there in that race and great work from Ai Ueda and Rob Woestenborghs on their wins in Cali.
- Cryptic Tweet of the week goes to Macca for this:
- The Aussie sporting scene was rocked by the news that cycling veteran Stuey O’Grady had in fact doped during his career, but just once before the ’98 Tour. The announcement for us was just another sad chapter to that era of cycling. O’Grady’s career now is jeopardised by his admission and whether the remaining races are in fact legitimate or not who would know? And while there are some out there who think we have a soft stance on doping that couldn’t be more incorrect. We support all forms of doping sanctions and testing in an effort to keep sport clean, but also believe, like in the real world, people who serve a sentence have the right to make comebacks. If it’s good enough for life, it’s good enough for sport. What we’d like to see are four-year bans put in place for first-time offences.
- Challenge Vitoria saw Pedro Gomes and Ana Casares claim the win on the first-time course.