Ventum Professional Triathletes: Taking On The World
Mooloolaba, home of the IRONMAN Sunshine Coast 70.3, is this year’s location for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race. With over 3,000 athletes qualifying through IRONMAN competitions world-wide, the race had pro and age-group athletes lined up within minutes of each other to tackle a course full of unique challenges.
Former Cairns resident and four-time world champion Leanda Cave — now racing back in Australia for the first time in 10 years — arrived ready for a showdown on her way to the IRONMAN World Championship. In the time leading up to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, Cave and fellow #VentumPro Lauren Brandon took some time to check out the course highlights.
— Lauren Brandon (@lb_brandon) September 2, 2016
Sunday morning (or Saturday afternoon on the US broadcast), triathletes all over the world tuned in to see who the new champion would be on the world stage. In the first leg of the race, Lauren Brandon comfortably led the women out of the water with 29 seconds on the chase-pack that contained Leanda Cave. Once out on the bike course, Brandon kept the pressure on with the 5th-fastest female bike split, coming into T2 in second place. Brandon had a solid finish by running her personal-best race day 13.1 miles to complete her first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
One week later on yet another continent, Ventum Pros hit the start line at the Beijing International Triathlon. From short-course gold medalists to long-course world champions, the start list indicated an impressive race to come.
After a strong swim with the chase-pack, Cameron Dye kept it as no secret that he owns the first 5 miles of any bike course. Quickly, he put the hammer down on his Ventum One and jumped into the front position. Dye’s race best 55:47 bike split gave him a 2-second lead heading out onto the run to eventually finish on the podium in 3rd place.
Back in California, Cody Beals put together a fine tune-up race at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz in preparation for his long-course debut at the ITU World Championship in a few short weeks. The race turned into a battle of wills as a group of 7 battled for positioning throughout the bike course. Coming into T2 just seconds apart, the men headed out onto the run for 13.1 miles of fighting for podium spots. Throughout the run, their placements ranged from 2nd to 7th in a few short miles. Ending the day in 4th place, Cody will be one to watch as he begins long-course racing.
To celebrate being the official bike sponsor of the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Ventum is offering 20% off all apparel (including cycling kits!) from now until race day!