Two of the more impressive streaks in world triathlon continued last weekend at Ironman UK and Ironman 70.3 Racine. It was a fourth UK title for the undisputed Queen of Bolton while an altered format could not halt the golden run of the reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion in Wisconsin.
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Gossage Does It Again In Bolton
It was a hat trick of wins for Lucy Gossage at Ironman UK in Bolton as she took the title once again at the weekend, and it’s a race she’s now won a total of four times. Diana Riesler finished just two minutes behind Gossage, with Nikki Bartlett rounding out the podium in third.
Brit Hannah Drewett led out the water almost seven minutes ahead of Riesler, with Gossage and Bartlett a further 2:20 back.
With Riesler and Gossage both being strong bikers it was going to be a good race and Bartlett had managed to ride with Gossage in Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire a few weeks earlier.
Riesler made quick work of reducing the deficit to the lead, moving ahead of Drewett by 55km, and just over 20km later, Gossage and Bartlett had moved into second and third.
Bartlett was doing her best to hold onto Gossage all ride, but was losing a few seconds here and there over the distance. At just over 150km Gossage had caught Riesler and moved ahead finishing strongly over the later stages, so that by the time the women reached T2, Gossage had about a two and half minute lead starting the run. Bartlett came in a further two minutes behind.
For the first half of the marathon Gossage and Riesler were running pretty much the same pace with the gap holding at around three to four minutes. Riesler however ran stronger in the last 10km and was clawing back the gap, but Gossage held on to take her third successive Ironman UK win and her fourth overall at the race.
Riesler’s second secured her qualification for Kona. Bartlett ran strong to round out the podium finishing in third, and will have to wait for the second cut off to see if she gets her Kona spot.
Ironman UK 2017 Results
Reduced Format Can’t Stop Lawrence In Racine
For the second year running Ironman 70.3 Racine was hampered by the weather meaning again it was a bike/run. With the swim being cancelled, the athletes were set off individually at 30-second intervals. At least this year the bike course was the full distance.
Holly Lawrence continued her dominating season taking the win, with Jodie Roberston finishing in second and Alissa Doehla in third.
Lawrence’s last race of this same format was Escape from Alcatraz, when the swim had to be cancelled, which saw Lawrence suffer her first defeat of the year finishing in third. However, she was not going to let that happen again and put down the fastest bike split of the day to hold off some fast women on the run. And fast they were, with four women (Robertson, Doehla, Svenja Thoes and Jackie Hering) all running 1.23 of under.
Ironman 70.3 Racine 2017 Results