Aussies Joe Gambles and Melissa Hauschildt (pictured) took out the IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder titles at the weekend.
For three consecutive years, Gambles has owned the IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder course. Now a Boulder resident, Gambles' strong showing on the bike and fastest run split of the day earned him another IRONMAN 70.3 title and is a good sign as he builds for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in September.
In the women’s race it was another impressive performance by Melissa Hauschildt, as she significantly outperformed everyone on the bike and run to capture the win.
Aussie's impressive showing
It was the Aussie youngster Jimmy Seear who upstaged the veteran chase pack of nine by over a minute, exiting the water in 23:18. The chase pack included contenders Bryan Rhodes (NZL), Callum Millward (NZL), Greg Bennett (AUS), Paul Ambrose (AUS), Joe Gambles (AUS) Leon Griffin (AUS) and Ben Hoffman (USA).
Completing the 56 mile ride, Seear held a tentative lead of 17 seconds over the elite group of four that had Gambles, Ambrose, Bennett and Millward bearing down him at the start of the run. Seear succumbed to the pressure early on the run to the two-time IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder champion who had scrabbled to the lead in the first mile of the run.
No one could match Gambles' pace during the first half of the run as Bennett (-1:06) and Millward (-1:56) both slipped off the back, but still firmly held down the second and third positions as the remainder of the field fell out of podium contention.
Gambles does it on the run
Gambles' race best 1:14:30 run sealed the deal for his third consecutive title win and another year of bragging rights with a finish time of 3:44:41. Bennett was solid all day and came up 1:43 short to claim second in an elapsed time of 3:46:23.
Millward’s superb performance today was also a victim of Gambles' dominance, finishing off the podium with a 3:47:53, 1:56 off the leaders' finishing time.
Stevens and Cave lead early
Amanda Stevens' (USA) dominance in the water was once again on display at the Boulder Reservoir. Stevens' 24:49 swim nudged out the 2012 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 world champion Leanda Cave by three seconds as the pair made their way to transition. Amy Marsh (USA) was next out of the water under a minute back, while one of the pre-race favorites, 2011 IRONMAN 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) exiting the water in sixth place.
Hauschild shows them how it's done
Over the course of the 56 mile bike, Hauschild went to the front of the race and held 2:53 and 5:46 advantages on Stevens and Cave as the trio entered T2 and pulled on their running gear.
Over the opening half of the run, Hauschildt more than doubled her lead over Stevens (-6:27) and stretched out her advantage to 9:28 over Cave who was still holding down third. No one could come close to matching Hauschildt’s eventual 1:22:38 run split as she went on the capture the title in Boulder with a 12:51 winning margin over Cave, who ran past Stevens in the late stages of the run to take second place with a time of 4:17:26. Stevens came in 33 seconds after Cave to claim the final podium placing.
Men's results - top 5
Women's results - top 5