Talansky wins first triathlon

Former pro cyclist Andrew Talansky announced in Kona he's taking up triathlon. So far, so good - he won his first race, the Marin County Olympic distance.

| November 6, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Take cover, folks. We saw former pro cyclist Cameron Wurf rip through the Kona bike course this year to set a new record. Next year Wurf could have some company in the form of former Cannondale-Drapac team member Andrew Talansky as the 29-year-old American turns his sights on the Ironman World Championship.

A swimmer and runner in high school, Talansky took up cycling at the age of 17 and rocketed to the highest levels of the sport. He finished 10th at the 2013 Tour de France and won the US national time trial championship in 2015 among many other victories during an illustrious career.

Last month Talansky took part in his first triathlon, winning the standard distance race in 2:00:14 (20:57/ 57:25/ 39:30). Surprise of all surprises, his bike split was the fastest of the day.

"Yesterday I kicked off my triathlon career in much the same way as I did my cycling one over 11 years ago: at a local, grassroots event that showcases what the sport is all about," Talansky wrote on Instagram. "I haven't been that nervous before a race since maybe the first time I lined up for the TdF in 2013! I had a great time, met some good people and I can't wait for more."

TriathlonWorld.com caught up with the American in Kona for a quick chat about his move to multisport racing.