Mont-Tremblant lived up to its expectations as a top quality race venue. The caliber of athletes on the men’s and women’s side did not disappoint either. The 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships arguably had the most stacked field of professionals ever assembled at one event at this distance.
On the men’s side there were 5 to 8 athletes that could have come away with the win but I don’t think the top 3 surprised anyone. Javier Gomez, recently won ITU World Championships was looking to add another title to his resume and he did just that. Jan Frodeno, an Olympic gold medalist has proven he can race long course as well. Jan pushed the pace all day long with Gomez at the front of the race, but he didn’t have enough in him and had to settle for 2nd. Rounding out the podium was HIG athlete Tim Don. Tim stayed in the front pack of riders for most of the day and ran very smart to take third. There were a few athletes out in front of Tim during the first few k’s on the run but Tim knew they went out too hard trying to keep up with Gomez and Frodeno.
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 3:41:30
2. Jan Frodeno (DEU) 3:42:11
3. Tim Don (GBR) 3:44:38
4. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:46:03
5. Nils Frommhold (DEU) 3:46:25
6. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:46:34
7. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:47:07
8. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 3:48:05
9. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:48:20
10. Will Clarke (GBR) 3:48:44
On the women’s side there were probably 10 women who could have won on the day. In standard fashion, Jodie Swallow lead out of the water and pushed the bike as she always does. A woman on fire right now with 2 Ironman wins and 2 70.3 wins in the 7 weeks leading up to the event is Daniela Ryf. Ryf found her way to the front of the bike and did not look back from there. Swallow hung on for a very solid second place. Heather Wurtele (HIG athlete), who is known for her bike strength, put in the fastest run on the day to real in several athletes to take 3rd on her home soil. Also, a notable HIG mention is new client Radka Vodickova, who took 6th in her first 70.3 World Champs.
1. Daniela Ryf (CHE) 4:09:19
2. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 4:11:43
3. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:14:55
4. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:16:03
5. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 4:17:03
6. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:17:47
7. Lisa Huetthaler (AUT) 4:18:16
8. Svenja Bazlen (GEO) 4:18:48
9. Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:19:52
10. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:20:38