Brent McMahon almost led from start to finish, taking his first Ironman Canada win in style in the men's-only pro race set in spectacular Whistler, Canada.
August 1, 2018 | NEWS|
Brent McMahon has an impressive record when it comes to Ironman races - he's posted numerous sub-eight performances and is the third-fastest ever at an official Ironman race. He'd never won his home-country race, though, until this year, but he got that event added to his resume thanks to a solid win that saw him finish the day with a 2:53 marathon after the traditionally tough bike course in Whistler.
Continuing the tradition of alternating gender-specific pro racing between Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Canada, it was the men's turn to race for the money last weekend in beautiful Whistler, the famous ski resort that hosted the ski racing at the 2010 Olympics.
After leading the way out of the water, McMahon was joined at the front towards the end of the bike ride by New Zealand's Mark Bowstead and former Ironman Canada champion Marino Vanhoenacker (who would struggle on the run but walk his way in to the finish), but once the marathon began it was all McMahon as he powered through to take the win. Former US pro cyclist Andrew Talansky rode his way to fourth off the bike, but would eventually fade to seventh. A solid run by Canadian Jeff Symonds got him the runner-up spot, while American Matt Russell continued his comeback after his horrific accident in Kona last year with a third-place finish.
Ironman Canada | Men
July 29, 2018 | Whistler, Canada
3.8 km Swim
180 km Bike
42.2 km Run