Corbin captures Canada title

Linsey Corbin is back on top of an Ironman podium thanks to a solid run in Whistler as she wins Ironman Canada,

| July 31, 2017 | NEWS

Linsey Corbin competes at Challenge Aruba in 2016 (and gets some water at an aid station from Sean Watkins).

Linsey Corbin competes at Challenge Aruba in 2016 (and gets some water at an aid station from Sean Watkins).

Photo >Eric Wynn

It has been a self-admitted "tough few years|" for American Linsey Corbin, but today she returned to the top of an Ironman podium, taking Ironman Canada and her sixth Ironman title.

McBride blitzes the swim and bike

Canadian Rachel McBride was first out of the water, flying through the swim 2:28 up on Rachel Joyce (GBR) and almost five minutes ahead of Corbin. Once on the bike McBride, who is renowned for her biking skills, blasted through the challenging Whistler course. Joyce, who was racing in Canada just six weeks after taking the title at Ironman Boulder in the hunt for Kona qualifying points, steadily lost time to the flying Canadian. The rest of the field struggled to keep the gap to McBride to a minimum, with Corbin leading the charge for much of the day in second place.

By the time McBride hit T2 after a 5:06 bike split she held a lead of 7:30 on Corbin and almost nine minutes on fellow Canadian Jen Annett, with Joyce over 20 minutes behind.

Once out on the run course it quickly became apparent that Corbin would likely run McBride down as she was making up about 30 seconds per kilometer in the early going of the marathon. By 17 km the American was in front and stayed there to the finish, winning in 9:17:12. Annett would lose some time to Corbin on the run, but managed to catch McBride to take second, while the swim and bike leader hung on for the final spot on the podium.

Joyce got through the run to take fourth in 9:43:34, earning just under 1,000 KPR points, which she hopes give her enough to return to Kona in October. Canadian Fawn Whiting took fifth in 9:46:07.