USPro Tri Team Update: August Wrap Up!
Well we started out August with a bang at the Steelhead 70.3, which now has a nice pro prize purse for the first time ever and therefore a big pro field! We brought Ryan Bates, John Kenny, Greg Remaly, and Nick Waninger. The swim was a beach start, with some solid waves and swells to battle. This bike/run courses were flat to slightly rolling, but with a stiff breeze on the bike. John Kenny displayed his open water mastery coming out of the water first (ahead of Potts). Greg and Nick had a
great day moving up strong on the bike and finishing with solid runs to place 4th and 6th pro. Ryan was 13th and John 14th. Greg's finish qualified him for the 70.3 World Championships in November!
We then decided that the Spirit of Morgantown half would be a great pro race to dominate! This race is always interesting with a big river swim, part of which goes very close to a dam and into huge currents. Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, the bike course is naturally very hilly and technical. Thankfully the run was flat this year, but still very hot and humid to cause extremely slow finish times. John was of course first out of the water followed by Kevin Lisska, Nick, and Ryan. Kevin and Nick pushed each other well on the bike to move into the lead. Dereck was a bit off the pace after the swim, but hammered the bike and of course had the fastest run split. But no one could hold off Nick, who was on fire and brought home his first pro win! Kevin finished 2nd and Dereck moved in to 3rd. John held strong for 4th, and Ryan finished 6th after some bad mechanical troubles. This was a great day for USPro Tri, taking every single one of the prizes!
The next weekend Chris Tremonte raced Lake Stevens 70.3. He swam with the main group, struggled a bit on the bike, but recovered to have solid run and represent us on the west coast! He also raced the Kelowna Pan Am cup race in Canada, finishing 26th pro and 2nd American.
Dave Kuendig raced in the US Pro Nationals in Alabama, which had a loaded American field. He swam near the lead, and hung tough on the bike/run to finish 22nd pro.
Mike Caiazzo has been recovering from his stellar Ironman Lake Placid finish, so his first race back was Timberman 70.3. He was struggling as you can imagine by racing so soon after an ironman, but Mike is always fast anyway and finished 8th pro. John just barely got pipped in the swim, but held on for a solid 13th.
Kevin Lisska had been working hard toward Ironman Kentucky all summer, a race he also did in 2007. He was not super thrilled with his performance, but still came in a very respectable 19th pro in a race distance that always has a loaded field.
We finished out the month at the Chicago tri, which has the biggest field in any US race. The pro race is also a top notch international field every year. This course is very flat and fast, but the addition of a strong wind made for a challenging bike course on Lake Shore Drive. Greg, Nick, and Chris finished 14th/20th/24th which wasn't too bad considering the competition.
Our guys still have some big races, including several half ironman and ironman races coming up!
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