The Crank likes what he saw in the big weekend of racing

From impressive racing in Chattanooga to a comeback in Wisconsin and a photo-finish in Santa Cruz - the Crank weighs in on the all the racing from last weekend.

| September 13, 2017 | NEWS

Javier Gomez shows his appreciation for the Chattanooga crowd after winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Javier Gomez shows his appreciation for the Chattanooga crowd after winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

All the news heads to the 70.3 worlds titles.

Javier Gomez took world title number two in the 70.3 world this weekend. He has always been a big time performer and shows up ready to roll. His ability to produce big race results is staggering. Aside from those pesky Olympics he might be the best triathlete in the world right now.

Daniela Ryf. Yep, you pick against her at your own peril. Her biking skills at the world title this weekend set up another world title. Watching her post race interview with our Kev Mackinnon, too, showed a super-balanced person. She has a “calmicity” (yes we made that word up), that belies the high effort it requires to be so good. Should we just give her the women’s title in Kona now?
 

“It’s racing and sh*t happens.” Holly Lawrence has been near unbeatable this season. Yet on the weekend she experienced a power failure and her hopes of a world title defense went up the road and gone. But here’s the rub. Rather than list a bunch of crap on her social channels Lawrence was to the point and obviously moving on. You stay classy!

In saying all that, how refreshing to watch a stocked race instead of the eight-pro field that normally hits these endurance events.