One week after claiming the XTERRA World Champion title, Mauricio Mendez (MEX) blasted to victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos yesterday. The twenty-one-year-old triathlon phenom now boasts the 2016 XTERRA World Championship, three XTERRA wins, and two IRONMAN 70.3 victories this season.
“Mau is on fire right now,” said Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza. “The scary this is, and I don’t want to jinx him, I don’t think we’re even close to seeing his full potential. It’s great to see Mau hold his form after winning the world title, when most athletes tend to relax a bit. To beat great athletes like Potts at this distance shows you just how well Mau is racing!”
Mendez started the long-distance race in prime swim form, just a second behind swim leader Andy Potts out of the water; Mendez’s swim split was 25:28. On the bike, Mendez rode with a small lead pack to earn the third-fastest bike split at 2:11:09. As he has done in past races this season, Mendez rocketed through the run, comfortably distancing himself from any competitors with the fastest run of the day (1:13:17, 3:28/km).
Mendez crossed the finish line with a time of 3:52:17, almost five minutes ahead of second place. Mendez officially finished his season in Los Cabos.
“I am happy to end my season on a high note, and am even more excited to for what’s to come in 2017,” Mendez said after his final race of the year. “I am fully committed to the compromise and responsibilities it will take to continue to grow as an athlete and individual.”
Also racing this weekend, Sam Appleton (AUS) finished sixth at IRONMAN 70.3 Austin with the third fastest bike split. At the olympic-distance Noosa Triathlon in Australia, Radka Vodičková (CZE) ran to seventh place. Ben Hoffman (USA) (just weeks after coming in fourth at the IRONMAN World Championship and seventh at the XTERRA World Championship), Tim Don (GBR) and Trevor and Heather of Team Wurtele (CAN) competed at the Island House Invitational Triathlon held for the second year in the Bahamas.
IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos
Mauricio Mendez (MEX) 3:52:17
Matt Chrabot (USA) 3:57:03
Cody Beals (CAN) 4:00:04
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