Rinny Wins Roth
SpeedTeam pro Mirinda Carfrae’s first-go at the legendary crowd-lined course of Challenge Roth proved to be victorious, picking off a stacked field of pro women for a final time of 8:38:53.
Just two weeks after a victory at Challenge St. Andrews, Carfrae’s Roth performance included the second fastest ever Roth run split of 2:53:27, and the 4th fastest overall time on Roth records.
Carfrae came off the bike in 6th place, giving race leader Rachel Joyce a 6:22 advantage coming out of T2. Carfrae deployed her trademark strategy, and one-by-one began to gain places amongst the field. At the 30km mark, she finally caught Joyce, and reminiscent of last October on the Queen K, made her way into first place.
Inspired by loud, record crowds of nearly 220,000 spectators, Carfrae and Roth’s 6,000 athletes were treated to a record-breaking audience celebrating the 30th Anniversary of one of triathlon’s greatest races. “I’ve heard so much about the race hard not to get wound up in the emotion, the last 1km the crowds were amazing and felt myself getting emotional. I felt like I was going to cry,” said Carfrae. She described the Roth experience as “like nothing I’ve ever witnessed.”
Carfrae’s road to 2014 Kona has been one paved in podiums. Of the 7 events she has raced thus far in 2014, she has posted 4th or better in six of them. Carfrae is next slated to toe the line at IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka at the beginning of September. Follow her road to Kona on Twitter @mirindacarfrae.