Busy Tri Weekend! From Worlds to Wisconsin to Grand Junction and Avon, Standifer 2nd at Worlds!

By Bill Plock

Coloradans were all over the world this weekend, competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in France, to IRONMAN Wisconsin to three different multisport festivals in Colorado– Grand Junction, Avon and Loveland (Boyd Lake).

Boulder’s Rudy Von Berg took 3rd overall in Nice at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships (article here). In the age group category, Boulder’s Caitlin Standifer took 2nd in her 30-34 age group and locals Molly Smith and Elise Lagerstrom cracked the top 100 overall in France.

Locally, the 8th annual Deserts Edge Triathlon Festival took place in Grand Junction offering everything from off-road triathlon, to a road sprint, olympic distances a SUP category, runs only and just about any category possible. All the results found HERE

In Avon, the Avon Fest coupled with the Major League Triathlon offered both amateur and professional triathletes a chance to compete in draft legal and non-draft legal events. 303’s Rich Soares covered the event saying, “Multisport, mountains and music – Avon Fest has it all! The Major League Triathlon features a variety of fast pace racing throughout the weekend. This year saw the additional an age-group non-draft Sprint to the line up of draft legal races, mixed-team-relays, beer mile and 5k. The short formats and course designs made for exciting racing and spectating. Avon’s weather and breathtaking scenery make this a great time of year to race during the day and enjoy live music in the park at night.”

In Loveland, Breakaway Athletic Events’, held the first ever Boyd Lake Bash and gave athletes all kinds of options including a kids race and even a Zumba class.

In Wisconsin, Colorado’s Tim Hola got 3rd in the 45-49 category and 27th overall while his dad Ken, won his 75-79 age category! Well known Denver triathlete Todd Lytle completed his 13th Ironman giving him a legacy entry to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. Boulder’s Lauren Vallee punched a ticket there as well by qualifying in Wisconsin and placed 2nd in her age group.

Congrats to all!

Two IRONMAN Wisconsin Cyclists Hit by Cars

IRONMAN Wisconsin finish line
Photo from original article at http://nbc15.com

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — Ironman Athletes can expect big obstacles, but not many expect a car to get in the way.

“We’ve been doing the Ironman Wisconsin here for many years generally it goes off without any sort of incident,” said Captain Jeffrey Teuscher with Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

But after two cyclists were struck by cars in yesterday’s race, some local cyclists are worried.

“it is scary because its a serious reminder how crashes can be detrimental especially during a big race,” said Zachary Barnes with Wisconsin Bike Federation.

The two accidents happened along the course in Fitchburg and just outside Madison in Pine Bluff.

“We had a section of bicyclists that were trying to go through and the driver went through at the same time of the bicyclists,” said Teuscher.

Read the full article.

An athlete participating in IRONMAN Boulder was hit by a vehicle and killed earlier this year.