Adding some heat to northern hemisphere races, Heather Wurtele (CAN) won the inaugural Challenge Iceland long-distance triathlon and Radka Vodičková (CZE) followed with a second-place finish, while Trevor Wurtele (CAN) claimed third place at the full IRONMAN Canada this past weekend.
“It’s great to see these athletes showcase their strengths in different terrains around the world. Kudos again to Heather, Rads, and Trev for always delivering strong performances regardless of race locations,” said Michael Cardoza, Human Interest Group Director.
“They were all impressive. Trevor has now stood on the podium four times this year and is looking strong for the end of year races. I’m excited to see him race at the World Champs again after taking last year off from the events. This is Heather’s fifth win of the season, including the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship, and Radka shows why she’s earning a formidable reputation as a long-distance competitor. Both should be in good physical and mental zones as they prepare for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. I wouldn’t mind seeing another 1-2 finish in Mooloolaba in early September.”
At the debut of Challenge Iceland, Team Wurtele’s Heather and Radka Vodičková set the standard for future champions on the Nordic long-distance course.
Heather demonstrated why she was the victor in four previous races. She pedaled to the fastest bike time among the pro women (2:28:26) and then called up on her leg speed to stay in the lead during the run. Heather crossed the finish line first with a time of 4:24:00.
“What a day at Challenge Iceland! Tough course with so much beauty: Both the people and the landscape. Loved every minute of it,” Wurtele stated just after the race.
After exiting the swim in the lead pack and having a solid bike leg, Vodičková earned the fastest run of the pro women with a split of 1:23:46. This year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya champ solidly took second place about four minutes ahead of her closest competitor.
Also racing Challenge Iceland, IRONMAN 70.3 South American champ Tim Don (GBR) took 4th place with a final time of 4:08:04. Don had the second fast swim (24:13) among the pro men.
Team Wurtele’s Trevor started, stayed, and finished as one of the top three contenders throughout IRONMAN Canada. Following eventual winner Andy Potts in the swim with a 49:50 (1:17/100 m) split, Trevor pursued Potts on the bike, setting the second fastest bike split with a 4:41:17 time. The race order remained the same during the run with Trevor clocking a 2:55:53 marathon and crossing the finish line in 3rd place with a final time of 8:30:25.
Trevor’s podium finish in Whistler joins three second-place finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 races this season: Mount Tremblant and Victoria, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico.
“Can’t complain with 3rd today! Raced strong and didn’t do much wrong. I’ll take it,” Trevor Tweeted after his podium performance.
Challenge Iceland (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1 km run)
Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:24:00
Radka Vodičková (CZE) 4:28:21
Haley Chura (USA) 4:32:14
Andy Potts (USA) 8:20:23
Pedro Gomes (PRT) 8:27:31
Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:30:25
*All photos of Challenge Iceland from Arnold Bjornsson.