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Hunter Kemper (shown here in San Diego in April) won the Life Time Chicago Triathlon on Sunday. (Paul Phillips/Competitive Image)

USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Aug. 26


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Life Time Chicago Triathlon
The Life Time Chicago Triathlon brought a talented professional field to the Windy City with U.S. elites taking the top spot in both the men’s and women’s non-drafting events. For the men, a large group exited the water before splintering apart through the bike leg. Chicago, Ill., local Ben Collins pulled away by the end of the bike but was soon run down by Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who finished first with a time of 1:50:30. Collins followed close behind in 1:51:11. Stuart Hayes of Great Britain rounded out the podium with a time of 1:51:41.

In the women’s field, Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) and Helle Frederiksen of Denmark came out the water together before Kaye pulled away early in the bike with the fastest bike split in the field. Frederiksen tried reeling Kaye in with a top run split but Kaye held on to take first place in 2:01:54. Frederiksen finished second in 2:02:55 with Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf taking third with a time of 2:06:52.

The event also had an equalizer component, with the women starting ahead of the men to create an added level of competition. Kemper just edged out Kaye to win the showdown of the “battle of the sexes.”

Ironman Canada
Ironman Canada
spent its first year housed in Whistler, British Columbia. The venue proved to hold one of the tougher bike courses in the Ironman circuit. Canadian Trevor Wurtele and Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) danced with the lead most of the day. Wurtele came out of the water well ahead of Russell but the time was made up over the hilly 112-mile bike leg. After entering T2 just seconds apart, Wurtele went on to post one of the fastest run splits of the day to pull ahead, finishing first with a time of 8:39:33. Russell held his run for second place in 8:45:15. Briton Paul Amey’s quick swim put him in good place for the rest of the day and he went on to finish third with a time of  8:53:27.

In the women’s field, Uli Bromme (Boulder, Colo.) and Lisa Ribes (Tucson, Ariz.) had plenty of ground to make up following the swim. Bromme quickly laid the hammer down on the bike with the fastest split in the field, moving her into first ahead of Canada’s Gillian Moody. Following up with the top run of the day, Bromme held onto a decisive first place win with a time of 9:28:13. Ribes made up ground on Moody throughout the bike before pulling away from her in the run to finish second in 9:38:34. Moody took third with a time of 9:49:09.

Ironman Louisville
In this staple of North American Ironman events, the male U.S. elites prevailed in sweeping the podium at Ironman Louisville.  Chris McDonald (Austin, Texas) came out of the water in the lead pack before quickly pushing ahead on the bike to stay in front for the rest of the day. Posting a sub-3 hour marathon put him in first with a time of 8:21:34. After coming out of the water together, Patrick Evoe (Austin, Texas) and Thomas Gerlach (Tucson, Ariz.) also found themselves together after the 112-mile bike leg. Yet after leaving T2, Evoe was able to significantly pull ahead on the flat run course, finishing second in 8:34:16. Gerlach rounded out the podium in third with a time of 8:41:11.

The women’s field drew a significant international presence but Whitney Garcia (Boulder, Colo.) took third on the podium.  Australian Kate Bevilaqua exited the water first and was untouched all day to come in first with a time of 9:29:02. Garcia posted the fastest bike split of the field to move herself into second after the swim yet she was unable to hold off Brooke Brown of Canada on the run. Brown’s fastest run split of the day put her in second with a time of 9:33:46. Garcia followed close behind in third, finishing in 9:34:21. 

ITU World Triathlon Stockholm
Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) took first at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm following a decisive run. Jorgensen finished in first with a time of 1:55:31, giving her a narrow lead in points in the World Triathlon Series title going into London at the end of the season. Click here for more on the race.

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