In their first races of 2016, a trio of elite triathletes represented by Human Interest Group decisively captured first and second podium spots at this weekend’s IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey. Reigning North American IRONMAN 70.3 champs Tim Don (GBR) and Heather Wurtele (CAN) easily dominated the men’s and women’s professional fields to capture their first victories of the year, while Team Wurtele’s Trevor Wurtele (CAN) showed the power of his bike and run by taking second place.
“Big round of applause to Tim and Heather. There is no doubt they are two of the best in the world at this distance. Trevor also needs to be commended for an excellent performance, only a minute behind Tim after steadily moving up through the run,” said the Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza.
“With these kinds of strong and healthy performances early in the season, the athletes are obviously on the right track for an impressive 2016.”
Tim Don Continues Monterrey Streak with 3rd Consecutive Win
Tim Don raised the triathlon bar a notch higher: for the third time in three years, Don took 1st place in the men’s pro field at IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey. Don started the race with the lead pack of swimmers and stayed near the bike’s leading edge to end with a split of 2:04:37. As expected, Don’s speed and stamina as a runner pushed him into the number one spot on the last leg of the race, gaining sizeable distance ahead of the others. Not showing any speed decrease from last year, Don had the fastest run split of the day at 1:12:46 and a final race time of 3:42:53.
Very happy to start the year with a win at IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey. I can’t believe I have raced here 3 years straight to open up my season, great memories and tough racing from the rest of the field I can tell you,” said The Don.
Heather Wurtele Earns Multiple Top Spots
Showcasing her formidable speed, Heather Wurtele delivered a first-rate performance throughout the Monterrey race: fastest bike split of 2:16:149, first off the bike, and second fastest run of 1:22:09 (plus 5th fastest swim at 26:31.) All of those accomplishments gave Heather the momentum to cross the finish line first at 4:08:19, almost four minutes ahead of the closest pro women competitor. The reigning North American IRONMAN 70.3 champion, Heather’s last appearance at Monterrey was in 2014 when she also took first place.
“BAM!! One of our favorite things is having great races at the same event! Thrilled to start the season off with podium finishes at 70.3 Monterrey,” Heather said of her’s and Trevor’s performances.
Steady Bike, Fast Run Advance Trevor Wurtele To Second Place
The other half of Team Wurtele, Canada’s super triathlon couple, Trevor Wurtele started to advance through the pro pack after the swim. On the bike leg, Trevor moved into the lead pack where he stayed until completing the bike with the fastest split of 2:03:22. Trevor’s fast and furious run put the podium in his cross-hairs; he finished the race with a 1:13:46 run, the second fastest among the men and ultimately one minute behind the first-place race time.
Ben Hoffman, On Track For Ironman South Africa
IRONMAN champ Ben Hoffman continued to build a solid foundation for his 2016 season with a top-five performance at Monterrey. Hoffman next travels to South Africa for the IRONMAN African Championships on April 10th.
Focused on his first full IRONMAN of 2016 in three weeks, IRONMAN champ Ben Hoffman also competed in Monterrey and finished in the top five. With good performances at both IRONMAN 70.3 Argentina and Monterrey now under his belt, Hoffman travels to South Africa for the IRONMAN Africa Championships on April 10th.
IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey – Men Pros
Tim Don (GBR) 03:42:53
Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 03:43:53
Matt Chrabot (USA) 03:44:37
Sylvain Sudrie 03:44:51
Ben Hoffman (USA) 03:46:27
IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey – Women Pros
Heather Wurtele (CAN) 04:08:19
Camilla Pedersen (DNK) 04:12:05
Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 04:15:11