Andy Potts and Ellie Salthouse both led from start to finish to take the inaugural Challenge Cancun.
April 29, 2019 | NEWS|
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
1,9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21,1 km Run
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
- April 2019 | Cancun (Mexiko)
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run
Yvonne van Vlerken