Craig “Crowie” Alexander, Radka Vodičková, and Heather Wurtele are emerging as this year’s triple threat as each took first place at challenging and competitive IRONMAN 70.3 races this weekend. At IRONMAN 70.3 California, Team Wurtele’s Heather confidently moved through the Oceanside course crowded with pros to take her second victory of the year, while Alexander ran to his second 70.3 win and Vodičková captured her first top podium spot of 2016 at “blowtorch” hot IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya.
“No matter the conditions or competition, Crowie, Rads, and Heather always perform and set a high bar for others,” said Michael Cardoza, director of The Human Interest Group.
“Winning Oceanside against several other super strong athletes shows how Heather is building from her momentum in 2015, and it’s great to see Rads stepping onto the top podium spot after multiple second-place finishes. We’re really impressed with the way both of these girls raced this weekend.”
“And Crowie continues to school all of us about how to win. He has additional work outside racing this year and it’s nice to see him balance that with training and racing and still perform at the top. He’s so efficient and smart in his race preparation, that it allows him to still win races at his age. So many valuable lessons to be learned for pros and working amateurs alike. It was great to watch him in action and get the win, even in brutally hot conditions.”
Another 1st Place Win in 2016 for Team Wurtele’s Heather at IRONMAN 70.3 California
The reigning IRONMAN 70.3 North American champion Heather Wurtele is blazing through her 2016 season after another victory this weekend at IRONMAN 70.3 California. Coming two weeks after capturing first place at IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey, the victory at Oceanside, against other top-ranked triathletes in the world including Caroline Steffen, shows that Team Wurtele’s Heather is primed for a stellar season.
Wurtele left the swim in ninth place (27:05), yet by the time she rode into T2, Wurtele had moved to the front of the race after steadily passing others. Her bike split of 2:22:17 was the fastest time. In trademark fashion, Wurtele ran strong and fast with her competitors unable to catch the Canadian. Wurtele’s final race time was 4:16:17. This was the second victory for Wurtele at IRONMAN 70.3 California in the past three years.
“I love racing, big competitive races, because you really have to give it your all and get the most out of yourself! As always, Oceanside didn’t disappoint. I gave it all I had, and was thrilled to come away with a win,” Wurtele said only minutes after the race.
At IRONMAN 70.3 California, Trevor Wurtele and Sam Appleton finished in the top 10 among a stacked men’s professional field with Wurtele taking 7th and Appleton 8th.
Alexander and Vodičková Stay Cool And Calm to Win IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya
Despite feeling that he was “racing under a blowtorch,” three-time IRONMAN world champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander saved his best for the last leg of the race to win his second IRONMAN 70.3 race of the season.
Alexander demonstrated controlled pacing as the race got underway under the Malaysian heat: he had the sixth fastest swim among the pro men (25:26) and fifth on the bike with a split of 2:08:52. With his energy conserved in the humid conditions, Alexander was able to power up a strong and fast run, propelling him across the finish line a full three minutes ahead of his younger competitor and fellow Aussie Josh Amberger. Crowie’s run time was 1:17:32, giving him a first place race time of 3:55:36.
As she has demonstrated so far this year at IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong and Subic Bay, Radka Vodičková starts fast and stays fast throughout her races. Her swim time of 27:02 was the second fastest among women’s pros. Vodičková also scored the fastest time on the bike portion (2:23:57) despite a strong challenge from Liz Blatchford.
Off the bike, Vodičková opened up an insurmountable distance with a run time of 1:28:59. The Czech decisively crossed the finished line four minutes ahead of second place thanks to her combination of the fastest bike and run times; Vodičková’s final race time was 4:22:16. The victory allowed Vodičková to reclaim the IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya title after winning the inaugural race in 2014.
“No words needed. Very happy to win today in Putrajaya ! Congrats to all my competition,” Radka said as she rushed to the airport following the race.
IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya – Men Pros
Craig Alexander (AUS) 03:55:36
Josh Amberger (AUS) 03:59:05
Stuart Hayes (GBR) 04:01:25
IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya – Women Pros
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 04:22:16
Liz Blatchford (AUS) 04:26:05
Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 04:36:18
IRONMAN 70.3 California – Women Pros
Heather Wurtele (CAN) 04:16:17
Caroline Steffen (SWI) 04:17:39
Heather Jackson (USA) 04:18:32