Andrew Starykowicz is back to his winning ways after a year of adversity.
August 14, 2017 | NEWS|
A year ago we heard the news - American uber-cyclist Andy Starykowicz had been hit by a truck and actually ended up being dragged underneath it. It's not like it was the first time he had faced adversity, either. In 2012, while leading the bike in Abu Dhabi, Starykowicz crashed into a volunteer at an aid station. Both ended up in the hospital and, after the race, the American would spend a week in jail in the Emirates after being charged with "attempted manslaughter."
Once he got back to the states he required reconstructive surgery on his shoulder, but somehow returned to racing five months later and took the Ironman Florida title. In 2013 he led off the bike in Kona and, a month after that performance, blitzed through a 4:02 bike split in Florida on his way to a 7:55 finish. (He would be pipped at the line by Viktor Zyemtsev that day.)
Starykowicz is renowned as the sport's premier cyclist. When he's on he can literally power away from the field, no matter who else is there. A strong swimmer, he routinely is near the front starting the bike, anyway. At the end of the bike it's rare that he's not well ahead of his competition.
After the crash last August Starykowicz returned to racing with a fourth place finish at Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston, again leading off the bike. He appeared on track for an epic day at the full-distance in Texas before having to pull out on the run because of a leg injury.
It took a while for his leg to recover, but it would appear he's back on track now. This weekend the American blasted through a 1:58 bike split at Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, leaving the rest of the field in the dust. Matt Hanson ran a 1:10 half marathon, but that still wasn't enough to catch Starykowicz, who ran a 1:18 half and won by just over two minutes. Joe Gambles rounded out the podium.
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead | Men
August 13, 2017 | Benton Harbor, Mi., USA.
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run