Potts and Salthouse capture Challenge Cancun

Andy Potts and Ellie Salthouse both led from start to finish to take the inaugural Challenge Cancun.

| April 29, 2019 | NEWS

Ellie Salthouse was in front from the start as she took Challenge Cancun.

Ellie Salthouse was in front from the start as she took Challenge Cancun.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

After leading out of the water, both American Andy Potts and Australia's Ellie Salthouse were able to remain in front right to the end, capturing the inaugural Challenge Cancun in style.

Potts pulls clear of Hoffman

Potts led the way out of water, but was only a few seconds ahead of countryman Ben Hoffman, who was coming off a huge win at the Ironman African Championship earlier this month. The two pushed the pace at the front until Potts started to pull clear of Hoffman on the second lap of the bike, eventually opening a gap of four minutes to Hoffman and almost seven minutes on the chase group of five that included Canadians Cody Beals and Taylor Reid,

Once on the run Hoffman initially gained time on Potts, but the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion was never really challenged and would eventually cruise the run for a convincing win. Hoffman, no-doubt feeling the effects of his big race a few weeks earlier, would eventually fade and be passed by Beals for the runner-up position.

Challenge Cancun 2019 | Men

April 28, 2019 | Cancun, Mexico

Name

Country

Overall

1,9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21,1 km Run

1

Andrew Potts

USA

3:49:26

23:43

2:00:35

1:21:42

2

Cody Beals

CAN

3:50:32

25:11

2:05:49

1:16:11

3

Ben Hoffman

USA

3:51:44

23:49

2:04:25

1:19:52

4

Taylor Reid

CAN

3:54:34

25:09

2:06:06

1:20:14

5

Alan Carrillo

MEX

4:08:33

26:42

2:09:39

1:28:29

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Salthouse super from start to finish

Salthouse finished the swim in 25:30 and enjoyed a lead of almost two minutes on a group of three that included Amalia Isabel Sanchez (MEX), Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Maddy Pesch (USA). 

Out on the bike Salthouse continued to gain time on the women behind her as Carfrae moved into second and Yvonne Van Vlerken (NED) started to work her way up through the field. By the end of the bike Salthouse was five minutes ahead of Carfrae and over 10 minutes up on the rest of the women in the field.

Salthouse's impressive day continued on the run where she outran Carfrae, considered one of the best runners in the sport, to expand her lead and take the win by almost nine minutes. Van Vlerken would round out the podium.

Challenge Cancun 2019 | Frauen

  1. April 2019 | Cancun (Mexiko)

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Ellie Salthouse

AUS

4:09:37

25:30

2:16:35

1:23:46

2

Mirinda Carfrae

AUS

4:18:17

27:18

2:20:16

1:27:07

3

Yvonne van Vlerken

NED

4:34:21

30:58

2:26:18

1:33:16

4

Maddy Pesch

USA

4:36:44

27:22

2:26:23

1:38:51

5

Elizabeth Nyitray

DOM

4:44:41

31:02

2:28:19

1:41:06

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