He might be busy organizing the inaugural Super League Triathlon, but today we remember one of Chris McCormack's most memorable races, where he narrowly lost in a sprint finish to German legend Lothar Leder.
March 16, 2017 | PERSONALITY|
There are certain truisms in our sport: Taking on Cameron Brown in Taupo is never easy. You're not likely to ever outrun Gwen Jorgensen at a WTS race, and taking on the Germans in Roth is never an easy task.
In 2003 Chris McCormack, took on the Roth challenge (pardon the pun), taking on one of the most successful German full-distance athletes in history, Lothar Leder, at second running of Challenge Roth. Leder had won in Roth three years in a row. Macca was coming off a win at Ironman Australia just a few months before.
The two would come off the bike together and, after McCormack took a few extra seconds to change shorts and Leder took a few seconds for a "pit stop," found themselves running together through the marathon. McCormack would force Leder to take the lead just before the finish, but the German managed to hold off the Aussie's challenge to take a three-second victory.
It was an amazing battle between two full-distance legends. McCormack is now busy organizing an event that includes some of the current legends in the sport at Hamilton Island. Were the Super League Triathlon to have been organized in 2003, there is no doubt that both McCormack and Leder would have been involved.