Ventum Athletes Enjoy Early Season Success
Meredith Kessler and Lauren Brandon started the 2016 triathlon season with a bang at IRONMAN New Zealand in Taupo. Lauren, in her debut at the IRONMAN distance, led the swim at a record setting pace and exited the water in second place overall. Meredith, second female out of the water behind Lauren, posted the fastest female bike split (4:56:40) and went on to win the race for the fifth year in a row. Along the way, Meredith broke her own record by an astonishing 9 minutes, chalking up her fourth sub-9-hour IRONMAN.
Meredith Kessler dominated IRONMAN New Zealand for the fifth year in a row
Four-time triathlon world champion Leanda Cave began her second season on the Ventum One in tropical paradise at the Guadeloupe Tri. Leanda had a strong race and earned a spot on the podium with her second place finish.
Leanda Cave at the Guadeloupe Tri (Photo Credit TriMax)
In April, Leanda returned to the beautiful Cote D’Azur, France to defend her title at the Cannes International Triathlon. Leanda took the lead on the bike and never looked back, winning the race with another impressive performance.
Leanda on her way to Victory in Cannes (photo credit: Jose Luis Hourcade)
On the Men’s side, Ventum pro’s used the early season races to shake out off-season cobwebs. Cam Dye and Greg Close kicked things off at IRONMAN Puerto Rico 70.3 on March 20. Cam earned a spot on the podium, finishing in third place. Also on March 20, Matt Chrabot, Kevin Collington, and Cody Beals traveled to Mexico to race IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey.
All three Ventum athletes cracked the top ten, finishing third, sixth, and seventh respectively.
In April, Cody Beals headed south to Brazil to race in the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship. Cody demonstrated the handling capabilities of his Ventum One during the technical bike course in Palmas and finished the race in third place.
IRONMAN New Orleans 70.3, a highly scrutinized early season race, featured heavy winds and rough conditions that caused many participants to DNF. Undeterred, Matt Chrabot sliced through the high winds on his Ventum One, earning a spot on the podium with his third place finish (and the second fastest bike split).
Cameron Dye returned to the St. Anthony’s Triathlon as the defending champion of the Olympic-distance race. Cam’s dominance in the water propelled him to his 2nd consecutive win and one of the top 5 course records at 1:46:46.
Cam Dye racing to another win at St. Anthony’s (photo credit: St. Anthony’s Triathlon)