The Crank's take on the weekend's racing from Texas, Gran Canaria, Sardinia and Peru.
April 24, 2017 | NEWS|
Seems like Alistair Brownlee has found his feet (or legs again) after what can only be described as a full-fail at Super League. Brownlee has suitably returned to normal life by smashing the heck out of the field at Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria. He basically beat a light field, there’s no doubt, but a win's a win.
Daniela Ryf experienced something that she hasn’t in a while: a loss. Emma Pallant should be adding this win to her CV ASAP as a win over Ryf is something only a handful of women can claim. On the flip side, while Ryf had the loss, when it comes to the money races chances are she will be back to whacking the fields again.
Jan Frodeno took the frustration of a flat in Oceanside across to Italy this weekend where he clobbered another average field. As is the way of the sport, this weekend the gap between the top-end and the followers was large. And, while this column has said time and time again the need to make changes is high, until it does what you get is what you see right now. A series of mismatched races.
Over in Peru, though, thank goodness the results and racing was different. In the women’s race, Heather Jackson continued her run of excellence with a top-class victory. Jackson has left the “I’m thereabouts” station and is well on the way to the "world-beater" destination. She has the tools to win a world title and it won’t be long before she does. Jackson’s win was all the more impressive ahead of world class performers Sarah Piampaino, Linsey Corbin and Leanda Cave.
Andy Potts, one of the best half-distance racers in the world, had his work cut out for him via the "aviator" Jesse Thomas. The two went head to head in Peru and the result was a Potts just-win.
Matt Hanson went big in Texas this weekend (see what we did there) and, once again, showed the sub-eight hour barrier is no problem. In fact the top five all went under eight hours, which showed a quick day, or a short course, or what happens when you get a good field together. It should be noted that Andrew Starykowicz clocked a 4:01 bike before he blew to pieces. And, while we love those who take it up the road, when you smash the bike that hard it makes the marathon an exercise in survival.
Who the heck is Jodie Robertson, you ask? Well she is the new North American champion. Robertson is known as a runner, but can swim and bike, too. She made the race hers, winning with a sub-nine hour effort.