HENNING AND TISSEYRE WIN 70.3 SHOOTOUTS IN CANADIAN WEST
It was the young Aussie professional, Joey Lampe, who lead the men's field out of the brisk waters of Ghost Lake, which lies 45 km east of Calgary. Denmark's Rasmus Henning chased the 23-year-old Lampe to the timing mat four seconds later as the pair established a 1:52 advantage over the UK's Rich Allen. The remaining contenders were well off the pace with Canadian Jeff Symonds (-2:40) running into T1 in fourth, Great Britain's Tom Lowe (-4:02) eighth and the ageless Chris Legh (-4:15) in ninth.
Henning leads field off the bike
At the conclusion of the 93.5 km point-to-point bike course it was a case of the "cream-rising-to-the-top" as Henning led over a pack of four into the transition at Glenmore Park on the west end of the Calgary city limits. Not only was the air temperature starting to climb in the clear blues Alberta skies for Henning, the chasing quartet containing Allen, Legh, Lowe and Symonds had turned up the heat on the bike and followed the two-time Olympian into T2 only mere 0:01 to 0:12 back.
On the run
As Henning forged his way on the scenic run that hugs portions of the Glenmore reservoir and into the Weaslehead Natural Reserve Park, he managed to shake off Lowe and Symonds, who were now running pace in fourth and fifth. However, Legh showed his persistence and hung just off the leader by 12 seconds at the end of the first of two loops of the run. Allen was gamely hanging onto third at this time, and remained within striking distance, only 36 seconds back of Henning.
Legh tough, Henning better
During the final loop of the run, Henning could not let up with Legh constantly in his shadow with just 30 seconds separating the lead pair for most of the final 10.5 km. It was Henning's fastest run split of the day that garnered the two-time Olympian the Ironman 70.3 Calgary title in 3:51:02. Legh confirmed that he has officially overcome his three years of terrible health and injury luck by securing his second podium placing in two weeks in Ironman 70.3 racing, and was on 40 seconds off Henning's winning time. Symonds used his run speed to work his way forward and grab the final podium placing, 1:34 back of Henning.
Professional men's results
1 Rasmus Henning DNK 3:51:02
2 Chris Legh AUS 3:51:42
3 Symonds CAN 3:52:36
4 Rich Allen UK 3:54:00
5 Tom Lowe GBR 3:55:08
6 Shanon Stallard NZL 4:02:26
7 Olly Piggin CAN 4:04:16
8 Derek Garcia USA 4:08:43
9 Brendan Haplin USA 4:10:41
10 Damon Barnnet USA 4:12:10
Canadian's 1-2-3 out of the water
Calgary's own Lisa Mensink led the women up the finishing chute in the swim, with fellow Canadian Magali Tisseyre right on her heels only three seconds back. Canadian's Sara Gross (-1:30) and Melanie McQauid (-1:37) followed, holding down the third and fourth positions, while American's Mackenzie Madison (-157) and Heather Jackson (-2:36) ran up the ramp in fifth and sixth.
McQuaid dominates the bike
McQuaid, a three-time Xttera world champion, showed her biking prowess with the fastest bike split on the day that shot her into the lead coming into the transition. Tisseyre, a superb runner, must have entered the transition relieved to be only 47 seconds behind McQuaid with 21 km in front of them to determine the outcome. The lead pair would have their hands full, though, as Jackson had worked her way to third coming into T2 and was capable of eliminating the 2:24 she fronted the leader.
French Canadian gains early lead
During opening 10.5 km Tisseyre used her quick feet eliminate the 47 seconds she had spotted McQuaid at the start of the run and built up a 47-second lead. Jackson, who had now run her way into second was running at a pace faster than Tisseyre as McQuaid had slipped to third (-1:32) with the remainder of the field out of contention for a podium finish.
Another 70.3 win for Tisseyre
Tisseyre managed to equal Jackson's pace over the final 10.5 km loop and stymie any further gains Jackson made towards the lead. At the end of the day, Tisseyre gamely held on to win the Ironman 70.3 title clocking a 4:17:24 with winning margin of 48 seconds over a great charge-from-behind effort made by Jackson. McQuaid rounded out the podium in 4:23:09, 5:46 off the pace of the winner.
Professional women's results
1 Magali Tisseyre CAN 4:17:24
2 Heather Jackson USA 4:18:12
3 Melanie McQuaid CAN 4:23:09
4 Sara Gross CAN 4:25:18
5 Lisa Mensink CAN 4:26:17
6 Mackenzie Madison USA 4:30:20
7 Haley Copper-Scott USA 4:31:56
8 Danelle Kabush CAN 4:34:29
9 Janelle Morrison CAN 4:35:02
10 Heather Leiggi USA 4:37:05