The unofficial season closing race in the streets of Los Angeles' famed Brentwood district took place last Sunday. Team Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW was able to take the win with a massive attack by Kayle LeoGrande. This is the first Brentwood Grand Prix victory for the team in its four year history, on what many consider one of the hardest course of the schedule. That win, coupled with Charon Smith's win at The Dana Point Grand Prix and Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, gives the team its first win of all 3 queen races in one season, and quite possibly the first time it has happened in Masters competition.
Profile Design SpeedTeam pro Justin Daerr clinched his first IRONMAN victory at the inaugural IRONMAN Boulder.
The race quickly became a virtual two-man duel between Richie Cunningham and Boulder native Justin Daerr. Despite being no stranger to the podium, with several top 3 finishes at banner events such as IRONMAN Lake Placid, Challenge Wanaka and IRONMAN Texas, as Daerr himself put it – the win “was a long time coming.”
Daerr emerged from the water roughly 3minutes behind Cunningham, but was able to hang closely on the bike with the two posting practically identical bike splits of 4:24:48 and 4:24:56 respectively.
The sun beat down on the beautiful Boulder Creek two-loop run. While fellow competitors faded, Daerr held a steady pace and put down the only sub-3 hour run split of the day with a strong 2:59:41. Daerr posted a final time of 8:20:26 – over ten minutes ahead of the second place finisher.
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.
Just 4 weeks off of a stunning 2nd place performance at IRONMAN Texas, SpeedTeam/TwentyFour pro Julia Gajer ran away with the victory at Challenge Kraichgau.
Kraichgau featured a thrilling duel on the run course, with Gajer and eventual 2nd place finisher Gina Crawford running together for 14K, neither slowing the pace. In the final few meters, Gajer pushed the pace to escape Crawford’s sights and clinch her 3rd podium of 2014. “It was for me probably the hardest race I’ve ever contested in the Kraichgau,” said the winner minutes after her victory.
Profile Design and Challenge U.S. events are proud to announce their partnership for the 2014-15 race season. Profile Design has been named the official bike course sponsor for Challenge U.S. races, which include Challenge Atlantic City, Challenge New Albany and Challenge Rancho Cordova. Profile Design will be supporting Challenge athletes with the knowledge, tools and equipment needed to perform their fastest on the bike – including the new TwentyFour Series wheels.
Proving to be the superstar that she is, SpeedTeam pro Kate Bevilaqua conquered a loaded field to take the win at Ironman 70.3 Busselton. With two second place finishes in Busso, Kate arrived to the start line thirsty for the win - and took it in spectacular fashion.
Bevilaqua exited the water in second position, and rode solo for most of the day through Busselton’s Tuart Forest. A small group of women caught her with 15K to go on the bike, sending her into T2 alongside two prime competitors. Her rocket ship 1:25:13 run sealed her victory by nearly two minutes.
“I threw caution to the wind and went for it at the beginning of the run, hoping my fitness would allow me to get across the finish line first,” said Bevilaqua. “It did - and I'm over the moon to come away with the top podium position!"
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