Meet James Burke.
Husband, father of three, full-time sales manager and TIMEX Multisport Team athlete, James Burke is a study in time management. A relative newcomer to the Ironman world, his first race was in 2013, Burke has rapidly rose to become one of the top competitors in his age group, currently 35-39. With a background in competitive swimming and running, all Burke needed was some time on the bike to complete the triathlon disciplines.
As he made his way to the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Insiders caught up with Burke to learn how he manages to balance family, work and training.
Q: You are on your way to the World Championships. How are you feeling?
A: I’m very excited. I’ve been targeting this race all year. I’ve had a light race schedule and won’t be competing at Kona so for me, this is putting all my chips in. It’s my first time at Chattanooga so I’m looking forward to competing on a new course.
(Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted just prior to the 70.3 World Championships. Burke would place 1st in his age group, 35-39, and 34th overall with a time of 4:14:12)
Q: You have a strong background in swimming and running, correct?
A: Yes, I’ve been running and swimming competitively since grade school and high school and swam at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years. After that, though, I really had about a 10-year stretch where I didn’t train. I did some biking but it wasn’t until I decided to try my first IRONMAN race that I got back into serious training.
Q: Being quite familiar with swimming and running, how hard was it to get up to speed on the bike?
A: When I started I really didn’t have much experience at all. I had done some mountain biking for fun but nothing competitive. So, for training I really had to devote a lot of time to getting to a point where I felt comfortable. By no means am I a great biker but I’ve gotten a lot better. And I fell in love with it. Out of the three disciplines, it’s the one I enjoy the most.
Coming from the cold of Wisconsin, Burke also enjoys playing in a men’s hockey league, a sport he says they all take way too seriously but allows him to challenge his competitive nature. Growing up the 4th of 5 siblings, Burke’s childhood revolved sports.
“Our parents saw how restless and reckless we could be so they basically gave us an ultimatum: choose a sport and channel your energy into it,” Burke says. “Ask any of my brothers or sisters and they will tell you how competitive I am.”
Once Burke had his career and family in place, it was time to fill the other void in his life: physical challenges. In 2012, he decided to watch the IRONMAN Wisconsin and seeing the action up close was all he needed to set a goal of competing in 2013.
“I knew I could swim and run”, he says, “But it was the 112-mile bike ride that had me nervous. With an IRONMAN, you really don’t know what you are getting into. You have an idea, but until you are in the water or on the course, you can’t imagine the demands this race has.”
Luckily for Burke, plenty of friends and family came out to support him.
“Being in Wisconsin, I had a tremendous amount of support,” he says. “When I hit the last mile, it felt like I was floating. Just knowing I was going to complete the race gave me a euphoric feeling.”
That feeling continues to drive Burke as he sets his sights on a return to Kona in 2018. Burke first attacked the famed Hawaiian race in 2014 and made a splash by finishing as the 9th amateur overall. And now, with the support of the TIMEX Multisport Team, he has found a family in a sport known for individual achievement.
Q: Tell us how you got involved with the TIMEX Multisport Team?
A: Going into 2014 I was still very new to the sport. I met Craig Lanza and we would train together and share our experiences. Then, after Kona I met Tristan Brown and applied for a spot and was accepted. I quickly got to know the team and immediately saw it as a great outlet. In addition to the sponsorship and gear, you really appreciate the training techniques other athletes share. One of the biggest advantages was comparing nutrition and learning how to eat healthier when training. Also, the coaches are terrific and have helped me transition into more hi-intensity but shorter workouts.
Q: Other IRONMAN athletes have mentioned how training helps in dealing with other areas of their life. Is this true for you?
A: Absolutely. Exercise has always been a stress reliever for me and I find it quite relaxing. When I’m training, it helps to take my mind of things that would otherwise drag me down. But when I have race I have something to work towards and that goal helps me focus.
Q: And when it comes to training watches, which TIMEX do you prefer?
A: I love the new IRONMAN GPS. From a validation stand point it’s great and practically bulletproof. I really like using it for recovery runs. I was never really a watch wearer but now I also have two Timex watches that I wear for work too.
The ITU World Multisport Festival in Penticton, BC came to a close on Sunday after a full week of events. Last week we reported that Ellen Hart (CO) took two world titles in the Duathlon races, however, we mistakenly said her next world championship events would be 70.3 and Ironman. She actually had two more events yet to go at the World Festival!
Over the weekend Ellen competed at the ITU Long Course Triathlon and again, won her age group (F55-59) to notch another world title on her belt. Ellen also raced the Aquathon event, barely missing a perfect week, taking the silver medal.
In one week, Ellen racked up three world titles and one runner up. NOW she can focus on the WTC World Champs of 70.3 and Ironman.
Mike Wien (GA) also shined at the long distance event this weekend, winning his age group and taking home a World Championship title of his own!
Sunday marked the end of an era, the final full Ironman Coeur d'Alene. A sad day for many to see it go, the day ended happy with a solid race from Roger Thompson (WA).
After leading the race for a bit, Roger gave up places to some speedy runners, still managing to cross the line 2nd in his age group (M45-49) and 9th overall.
Justin Metzler (CO) headed out to China for the Qujing 70.3 over the weekend and came home with a 5th place pro finish.
Cirque Series - Snowbird
Adam Olsen final got to pin on a race number this weekend after a busy few months. The recent Utah transplant, Adam took on the Cirque Series event at Snowbird Resort, a high alpine trail race covering 9.75 miles and boasting 3,366ft of elevation gain. Racing for the money in the Pro Division, Adan narrowly missed the podium, finishing his day in 4th.
Only two more weeks until 70.3 Worlds in Chattanooga where nearly half the Timex Team will be racing. Here is the list of Timex Multisport Team competitors:
Emily Kratz (WI), Emily Rollins (TN), Elyse Gallagos (FL) Caitlin Glenn (OH), Lisa Roberts (pro-AZ), Mike Wien (GA), James Burke (WI), Jeanni Seymour (pro-CO), Bruce Gennari (TN), Scott Boylan (MD), Wendy Mader (GA), Meghan Fillnow (NC), Derk de Korver (CA), Steve Chapin (OR), Ellen Hart (CO), Laurence Delisle (CA), Helen Phipps (TX), Jackie Hering (pro-WI), Felicity Joyce (CA), Susanne Davis (CA), Craig Lanza (WI), Sam Mazer (WA), Tim Hola (CO), Billy Busko (NY)
Ellen Hart is no stranger to World Championship podiums. Nearly every year she has competed, she's found herself on a top step, or close to it, in at least one event. Two years ago, Ellen did the impossible, wining 5 world titles in roughly 50 days!
Over the weekend, Ellen ticked off two more world titles in Penticton, BC, where she won both the Female 55-59 Sprint and Standard distance duathlons.
"Two down, two to go," Ellen had to say post race. "Unfortunately, the next two events involve swimming". Ellen's next two World Championship events are 70.3 Worlds in Chattanooga and the Ironman World Champs in Kona.
A few race results from this weekends USAT Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, Steelhead 703, and San Diego Half.
USAT Nats Olympic:
Ellen Hart - 4th F55-59
Tim Hola - 1st M 40-44 (Overall Masters Athlete) NATIONAL CHAMP!
USAT Nats Sprint:
Ellen Hart - 2nd F55-59
Tim Hola - 3rd M40-44
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead:
Laurence Delisle - 1st F25-29 (and overall AGer) in a time of 4:32:52, good enough for 8th female overall including the pros!
Traveller Hill - 4th M40-44
San Diego Half Iron Triathlon:
Susanne Davis - 1st overall female
Jeanni Seymour takes her 4th victory of the season, this time on local turf at Ironman 70.3 Boulder.
Jeanni tactfully took on a fast Boulder field which including the likes of Alicia Kaye, Kelly Williamson, and Lesley Smith. Holding off to make her move on the run, Jeanni was never sitting outside of the top 4 all day.
Consistency payed off, and with enough in her legs to put together a 1:25:07 half marathon, Jeanni crossed the line first, over 3 minutes ahead of runner up, Lesley Smith.
After skipping last year, Jeanni has her eyes set on the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga next month. With all of her recent success, it's clear she will be in the fight for a podium spot.
Justin Metzler followed up his first professional victory at Challenge Iceland with a solid 4th place finish in Boulder. Battling for third with Ben Hoffman for much of the run, Hoffman was just a little too much for Justin to handle.
Sam Long finished his day in 11th place, still struggling to stay with the leaders out of the water but rallying hard on the bike and run.
On the age group side, Ellen Hart did what Ellen Hart does, WIN. Finishing in 4:48:13, Ellen took the F55-59 title and finished 33rd female overall. Tim Hola went 4:10:17 to grab 2nd in the M40-44 age group. Kyle Lehman finished his day 19th in the M30-34 age group.
Two iconic Challenge Family events were held on Sunday; Challenge Iceland and Challenge Penticton. As Sunday afternoon rolled around, we had three Timex Multisport Team athletes crowned champions!
Challenge Iceland (July 23)
Challenge Iceland is hosted close to Iceland's large metro area of Reykjavik and is widely regarded as one of the most scenic events on earth. Athletes swim in the crystal clear Lake MeŌalfellsvatn, ride on seemingly untouched roads, and run their 13.1 mile course on the fjord valley floor. Power couple, Justin Metzler and Jeanni Seymour were on hand to take in the beauty and hopefully come home with some hardware.
Justin Metzler (CO) came out of the water second only to fellow American, Kevin Collington and continued his day close to the front. After the 56 mile bike leg, Justin truly found his legs on the run and finished off the pro men's field with the fastest half marathon of the day, crossing the finish line as the pro men's champion! This marks Justin's first ever pro win!
Jeanni Seymour (CO) led the women out of the swim and stuck as close as she could to über biker and defending champion, Heather Wurtele. The fastest runner of the bunch, Jeanni only had Wurtele to run down who was nearly five minutes up the road. Running a blistering 1:21:12 half marathon, Jeanni managed the pass on Wurtele with roughly 100 meters to go. Sprinting to the finish, Jeanni secured the victory!
Challenge Penticton (July 23)
Over in Penticton, British Columbia, Leon Griffin (CO) took on the 1/2 distance event. Finishing in 3:59:48, Leon crossed the line first and claimed the title of Challenge Penticton Champion.
Ironman 70.3 Muncie (July 8)
Emily Kratz (WI) - 2nd F35-39
Billy Busko (NY) - 4th M50-54 (Worlds Qualifier)
Challenge ROTH (July 9)
Last weekend, Lisa Roberts (AZ) took on one of the most iconic triathlons in the world, ROTH. This Challenge Family event hosts some of the largest crowds of any triathlon and regularly boasts an incredibly deep fields of pros.
"There's nothing like the 'Tour-esque' crowds everywhere to push you along the whole way". Said Roberts about the event.
Roberts ran her way to a third place podium finish behind IM World Champion Daniela Ryf and runner up Laura Siddall.
Boulder Peak Triathlon (July 9)
The infamous Boulder Peak Tri is back and had a full pro prize purse too. Being a Boulder event with prize money, it naturally drew a large field of some of the worlds best triathletes.
Justin Metzler (CO) and Sam Long (CO) went 6th and 7th in the pro mens race and Ellen Hart (CO), Mike Wien (GA), and Emily Rollins (TN) finished 1st, 4th, and 4th in their respective age groups.
Ironman UK (July 16)
Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) came to Ironman UK with two goals in mind: try and defend his 2016 title, or finish in the top 3, to help ensure enough points to make it back to the Ironman World Championships. While he didn't defend his title, Kotsegarov did take home 3rd place, securing a good chunk of Kona points.
Ironman 70.3 Racine (July 16)
Extremely cold water temps prevented Racine from hosting a full 70.3, however, the race went on as a bike-run.
Jackie Hering (WI) crossed the line in 5th place among the pro women
James Burke (WI) took home 1st in the M35-39 age group
Craig Lanza (WI) finished 4th in the M45-49 age group
Xterra Beaver Creek (July 15)
Sam Long had an outstanding performance at last years Xterra Beaver Creek, placing 2nd overall to the Xterra World Champion Josiah Middaugh. This year he was out to make sure it wasn't a fluke.
Once again, Long took the field by surprise, albeit not as surprised as last year, and finished 3rd behind Middaugh and Mendez. Long is solidifying himself as one of the top Xterra athletes.
The 104th Tour de France (#TDF) is upon us! If you are a cycling fan, I don't have to explain anything, the "Tour" is just magical, plain and simple. If you are not so tour-savvy, sit back and rest assured that I've got you covered with all the essentials needed for a successful Tour viewing experience.
1. How to watch. Because cycling is not a mainstream sport here in the US, you have limited options for viewing. The two most popular streaming options are as follows:
- www.cyclingfans.com - free coverage, when it works. Cyclinfans.com usually pulls a feed from Eurosport or some other euro channel. Coverage is a bit unpredictable, but if you want to view for free, this is not a bad option.
- NBC Sports Gold - For $39.99 you can buy the full coverage from NBC and watch it on your laptop, phone, or tablet. If you don't mind the 40 bucks, this is by far the best way to view. Also note that you get a full year of cycling coverage including Cyclocross events and the 2018 Classics like Paris Roubaix.
2. How to really watch. Watching the coverage is only part of the fun. Take your viewing to the next level with these tips from the pros:
- If you're not consuming copious amounts of coffee while viewing, you're doing it wrong. Brew like a champ with a French Press, Primula Coffee Maker, or go big and invest in a Rocket Espresso Machine.
- Watching people ride bikes is definitely not as fun as riding bikes. While it's a little tough to get an invite to race with a pro team, you can always train like a pro while watching the pros. Kit up and spend some time on that smart trainer while watching all the action.
- If you really want to get into the spirit of things, dress like those crazy fans who run up mountains after the riders.
3. Jersey Cheat sheet. Cycling was an easy sport to follow back in the day, now there are more than just winners and losers, there are multiple winner and losers! Four leaders jerseys are awarded each night.
Yellow: Overall GC (general classifications) leader - This is usually a super skinny guy and is worn by the person who has the fastest cumulative time up until then. Everyone knows this one, thanks Lance.
Green: Points leader (or sprint leader) - Peter Sagan.
Polkadot: The King of The Mountains leader - It would actually be really cool if the recipient of this had the fastest time up all the climbs, alas, it is a points race with points awarded at the top of climbs throughout each stage.
White: Best Young Rider - This is the Yellow jersey but for youngsters (under 25).
4. The favorites. Most people concern themselves with two races within the TDF. The GC leader and the sprinters on each sprint day. Here are the favorites:
Peter Sagan (Team Bora-Hansgrohe) - Currently the biggest and most prolific figure in the sport, Sagan is the crowd favorite and is the 2015 and 2016 road world champion.
Marcel Kittel (Team QuickStep Floors) - So far, Kittel has been the sprinter to beat in 2017. With 9 victories so far this season, it is clear that Kittel is on top form.
Andre Greipel (Team Lotto Soudal) - Always good for at least one stage win at the tour, Greipel has won at least one stage in the last 6 tours.
Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) - From the Isle Of Man (famous for the motorcycle TT and Mark), Cavendish holds more sprint victories at the TFD than any other sprinter. Seeming to be in the twilight of his career, "Cav" still never seems to slow down.
Chris Froome (Team SKY) - The three time champion. Not much of a fan favorite, he's still the race favorite after three years of near flawless TDF racing. His season so far has not been full of success which either means he has been focusing only on the Tour, or his fitness is not what it once was.
Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) - Absolutely a fan favorite, Quintana is a quiet hard working Colombian, who sprang onto the scene only a few years ago. A two time runner up (2013 and 2015), Quintana is one of the best climbers in the world, he does, however, struggle with the individual time trial.
Romain Bardet (Team FDJ) - A youngster at age 26, Romain was the 2016 TDF runner up. France has not had a TDF winner in 25 years and Bardet is their best shot to break that streak.
Richie Porte (Team BMC) - A former teammate of Chris Froome, Porte is a top all-around cyclist with grit and stamina for both the climbs and the time trials. Always seeming to fall just shy of the leaders when true climbing legs are needed, Porte has never been one to shy away from an attack and his fitness is on point with two wins at Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie.
5. The USA... With only three athletes represented, 2017 is not the year for team USA. Andrew Telansky, Taylor Phinney, and Nathan Brown will represent the Stars and Stripes on the US based Cannondale Drapac Team, and you can expect them to work hard for their team leader. Phinney should shine at the individual time trial and both Telanski and Brown will hopefully make an appearance in a break or two.
So, grab a coffee and enjoy the greatest race in the world and more importantly, get inspired to ride your bike!
After several weeks of solid results, we decided to tally up our Ironman Kona and Chattanooga 70.3 qualifiers. As of today, here is who we are sending:
Chattanooga 70.3 World Champs - September 9-10th
Emily Kratz (WI), Emily Rollins (TN), Elyse Gallagos (FL), Caitlin Glenn (OH), Lisa Roberts - pro (AZ), Mike Wien (GA), James Burke (WI), Jeanni Seymour -pro (CO), Bruce Gennari (TN), Scott Boylan (MD), Wendy Mader (GA), Meghan Fillnow (NC), Derk de Korver (CA), Steve Chapin (OR), Ellen Hart (CO), Laurence Delisle (CA), Helen Phipps (TX), Jackie Hering - pro (WI), Felicity Joyce (CA), Susanne Davis (CA), Craig Lanza (WI), Sam Mazer (WA), Tim Hola (CO)
KONA Ironman World Champs - October 14th
Emily Kratz (WI), Elyse Gallagos (FL), Wendy Mader (GA), Meghan Fillnow (NC), Derk de Korver (CA), Ellen Hart (CO), Kirill Kotsegarov - pro (EST), Susanne Davis (CA), Craig Lanza (WI), Sam Mazer (WA), Tim Hola (CO)
*There are still several qualifying races available for more athletes to be added to these lists.
Two weeks ago, Chattanooga hosted its "test run" 70.3 before the World Championship race comes to town later this year.
Jackie Hering (WI) took an impressive 3rd place in the pro field behind winner, Heather Jackson, and Olympian, Sarah True.
On the amateur side, Timex Multisport Team athletes, Bruce Gennari (TN) grabbed 1st place in his age group (M50-54), and Wendy Mader (GA) placed 9th in the W40-44 age group.
Factory Team athletes posted solid results as well: Billy Riley (5th M18-24), Jessica Knaus (14th F40-44), Heather Glynn (14th F35-39), and Christopher Bell (19th M30-34).
That same week also saw Kelly Fillnow (NC) place 8th in the women's pro field at Ironman Lanzarote.
Last week, Jackie Hering (WI) put on a show for the folks at the Run Mad Town 1/2 Marathon, taking 1st place overall. In another running race, Ellen Hart (CO) won her age group at the infamous Bolder Boulder 10K!
This week played host to three 70.3 events - Raleigh, Victoria, and Hawaii 70.3.
In Raleigh, Caitlin Glenn (OH) finished 8th in the F25-29 age group. Factory Team athletes Sue Briers finished 2nd (F60-64) and Matt Davidson finished 7th (M40-44).
Out in Victoria, Lisa Roberts (AZ) finished the day in 4th place in the women's pro race. Justin Metzler (CO) had a solid showing with a 6th place finish in the men's race.
Sam Mazer (WA) took home the win in the F30-34 age group, and Laurence Delisle (CA) grabbed 2nd in the F25-29 age group.
KC Kent of the Factory Team also had a great day, finishing 2nd in the F18-24 age group.
Factory Team athletes Jimi Young and Marc Castelanelli took on Hawaii 70.3, finishing 7th (M45-49) and 15th (M30-34) respectively.
This coming weekend is another big one with three large races: Madison 70.3, 70.3 Eagleman, and Ironman Boulder.
Custom Fit 3D Manufacturing Footwear Leader Sponsors Longest-Running Triathlon Team in the World
VANCOUVER, Canada – June 1, 2017 – Wiivv Wearables Inc., a leader in custom-fit footwear and adaptive 3D manufacturing, has partnered with the Timex MultiSport Team for the 2017 season. Wiivv is supporting the esteemed global triathlon team financially and with Custom Fit 3D Printed Insoles for all of the athletes’ training, racing and recovery needs. The sponsorship kicked off at the Boulder Timex Team Training Camp in March where the athletes learned first-hand the benefits of Wiivv’s custom fit. The Timex Team debuted racing with Wiivv insoles at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas.
The Timex Multisport Team consists of 50 triathletes ranging in backgrounds and abilities from full-time, professional athletes to elite age groupers and influential triathlon figures. In 2017 the team will be racing at nearly 500 races worldwide across triathlon disciplines with the season culminating at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. As a part of the sponsorship, Wiivv is providing each team member with Full and ¾ Length Custom Fit Insoles and the Wiivv logo is prominent on the Timex Multisport Team athletes racing kits.
“We are very thankful to be working with Wiivv to support the team and our athletes this year,” said Tristan Brown, Timex Multisport Team Manager. “Our goal is to find partners that add true value to our athletes and the feedback from them using their Wiivv Custom Fit Insoles has been fantastic.”
At the Timex MultiSport Team Camp in March, the athletes learned about the company and products from co-founder Louis-Victor Jadavji and captured images for their first pairs of Custom Fit Insoles. During the training camp, Simon Whitfield, four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist in triathlon delivered a keynote, sharing stories, training tips and insights into optimizing race day performance. Whitfield, an investor in Wiivv commented, “It is a perfect match – the legacy of the Timex Multisport Team with Wiivv’s innovative product offering. Triathletes are known as being early technology adopters and the Timex crew already has an edge heading into 2017.”
“We are honored to be able to help support such a diverse set of dedicated triathletes on the Timex Multisport Team,” shared Louis-Victor Jadavi, Wiivv Wearables Co-Founder. “It was very rewarding to meet each athlete at the Boulder Team camp and we are excited to provide support, literally and figuratively, to help each athlete reach their goals this year.”
Wiivv is a bionics company that creates custom fit 3D printed insoles using body-perfect™ computer vision and image capture technology. Founded in the summer of 2014 by Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2016 honorees Shamil Hargovan and Louis-Victor Jadavji, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D Printed Insoles are accessible to everyone via a smartphone and available internationally. Wiivv uses advanced computer vision and biomechanics algorithms to promote better body alignment that enhances athletic performance and reduces fatigue.
The Wiivv team is comprised of industry leaders in 3D printing and wearable technologies from companies including Apple®, EA®, HP®, Google®, Nike® and 3D Systems®. Wiivv is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with a research and development / manufacturing facility in San Diego, California. Learn more at www.wivv.com.
ABOUT THE TIMEX MULTISPORT TEAM
Established in 2001, the Timex Multisport Team helped shape what the modern-day triathlon team looks like. Focused on supporting a range of athletes from full-time professionals, to elite age groupers, and consumer influencers, the Timex Multisport Team provides specific tools and management so athletes achieve the Team’s performance and marketing goals. Now in its 16th year, the Timex Multisport Team is the longest running triathlon program in the world. Learn more at timexteam.com
As the season comes into full swing, the events are starting to tick off. This past weekend we had several athletes competing at half Ironman events in Monterrey, Mexico, Santa Rosa, California, and Panama City Beach, Florida.
Jeanni Seymour took her second win of the season with a dominating performance at 70.3 Monterrey. With nearly a 5 minute margin of victory Jeanni claimed the title only a week after her stellar performance at St. George (2nd place).
With the only athlete able to keep her off the top step in 2017 being the reigning 70.3 World Champion, Holly Lawrence, it's shaping up to be an incredibly interesting year for this young pro. Keep your eye on Jeanni. Her next events are still being planned out and Boulder 70.3 a sure thing in August.
After what seemed to be an eternity, we are excited to welcome Felicity Joyce back to racing. Accidents and injuries held her back for the past several seasons but in her first event back on the big stage, she pulled off 2nd place in the F35-39 age group at 70.3 Santa Rosa. Welcome back!
Sam Long (CO) also took on Santa Rosa's course, finishing 10th in the pro race.
From the Timex Factory Team, Cristobal Heitmann finished 17th in the M30-34 age group and Christopher Morales also finished 17th in his M35-39 age group.
The popular race of the weekend was Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast. Here's the result rundown:
Elyse Gallegos (FL) - 1st F30-34
Mike Wien (GA) - 1st M65-69
Emily Rollins (TN) - 3rd F40-44 (Her husband Brad finished 6th in the M45-49 AG)
Helen Phipps (TX) - 2nd F40-44
Kyle Lehman (CO) - 13th M30-34
The Factory Team was also out in full force with the following great finishes:
Sue Briers (5th F60-64); Jenn Stanton (4th F30-34); Chris Fields (50th M40-44); John Bongiovanni (56 M40-44); Felix Chen (25th M30-34); Gabriel Serrao (36th M25-29); LaVonne Rembert (21st F45-49)
This coming weekend is another big one with the first of two 70.3 Chattanooga's, not the World Champs which will also be held in Chattanooga later this year. Stay tuned for more team results!
St. George, Utah used to host a full distance Ironman. It lasted for a year or two and then they got rid of it due to the course being just too dang hard for people! The rolling hills, cold morning water temps, and likely high winds made St. George one of the most honest triathlon courses out there. The 70.3 race simply cut that super tough Ironman course in half, maintaining an uber tough and honest course for the race now dubbed the North American Pro Championships.
Fresh off her victory at 70.3 Liuzhou, Jeanni Seymour (ZAF) came to St. George looking for some redemption from last year where she took a respectable 6th place. Jeanni is not the type to race for a respectable finish and had her eyes set on a top three podium spot. At the end of the day, a podium spot is just what she got, finishing runner up to the 2016 70.3 World Champion, Holly Lawrence, in a time of 4:15:12, including a race-best run split of 1:22:36.
Jackie Hering (WI) and Lisa Roberts (AZ) also finished in the top 10, going 6th and 7th respectively.
On the age group side:
Ellen Hart finished 2nd AG (5:22:25)
Steve Chapin took 7th AG (4:46:44)
Traveller Hill (4:55:27) and Adam Olson (4:40:32) finished 11th in their respective age groups.
The Timex Factory Team was also well represented at St. George with these seven finishes:
Kirk Lacko - 13th AG (5:12:40)
Marc Castelanelli - 53rd AG (5:30:37)
Emily Hansen - 29th AG (6:20:08)
Theresa Allison - 32nd AG (6:42:05)
Jane Piombo - 16th AG (6:40:10)
Jake Root - 151st AG (6:34:56)
Andy Nye - 85th AG (6:08:47)
Ironman Texas is notoriously a brutally hot and humid race (with the occasional downpour too). However, 2017 dished up near perfect conditions for the North American Ironman Championships. An early season race with high points and prize money for the pros, coupled with a large number of Kona qualifying spots, meant the Timex Team was well represented.
In the pro race, Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) put together an outstanding, sub-8 hour performance, joining the 7 Hour club with a 7:59:32. Kirill placed 5th overall.
Typically known for his speed at the 70.3 distance, Leon Griffin (AUS) put a solid Ironman together. Finishing in 8:04:04, Leon placed 7th.
Malindi Elmore (CAN) was playing catchup all day but finished off the race with a sub-3 hour marathon to find herself in 8th place.
On the age group side, the team saw several podium finishes and 5 Kona qualifiers!
- Derk De Korver (NLD) finished 3rd in the M30-34 AG with a 30 minute PR and a spot to Kona
- Wendy Mader (GA) finished 3rd in the F40-44 AG and also grabbed a Kona slot
- Scott Boylan (MD) completed his 15th Ironman, finishing 14th in the M60-64 AG
- Craig Lanza (WI) secured his trip to Kona with a 4th place in the M45-49 AG
- Susanne Davis (CA) is going back to Kona with her 3rd place performance in the F45-49 AG
- Meghan Fillnow (NC) managed a 3rd place finish and a Kona qualifying spot in the F30-34 AG after nearly ending her race with a bike crash!
- Emily Kratz (WI) finished 4th in the F35-39 AG but didn't need the Kona slot as she had one from last years IM Arizona
- Luis Alvarez (MEX) finished another Ironman (no surprise here) but this time he was guiding a blind athlete, Marcos Velázquez. They finished 3rd place in PC division
Big congrats to all the participants and thanks to all our partners for helping make it all happen.
The 16th season is underway for the Timex Multisport Team, can you believe it!? After all these years, the Timex program is still alive and flourishing.
Team camp is a tradition dating back to nearly year one of the program. A unique weekend where all the athletes and partners get together. Dubbed a "training camp", camp is much less about training than it is about having fun, learning about the brands who support the team, and getting a sneak peak at the latest products from Timex.
After the last two years in Tucson, Arizona, camp moved to the most natural destination for a triathlon team camp - Boulder. Take a look at what went down at camp 2017:
A big thanks to all of our partners who made this weekend one awesome experience. Two thumbs up to mother nature for providing us lovely weather. And an extra huge shout out to Shimano, who let us use their Louisville facility for our annual team awards dinner.
Look for Timex Multisport Team athletes racing at an event near you - they'll be hard to miss.
Before we could even get a recap up from Team Camp last week, Jeanni Seymour, Tim Hola, Susanne Davis, and Ellen Hart captured their first victory of the season.
Immediately after Timex Camp in Boulder, CO, Jeanni Seymour and Justin Metzler traveled to China for Liuzhou 70.3. Donning her brand new Castrelli team kit, Jeanni fought through a strong women's field, finishing her race with a race-best 1:17:15 half marathon and capturing her first win of the season.
Justin finished a respectable 6th place in a fast men's field led by fellow Boulder resident, Tim Don.
Oceanside 70.3, the USA's 70.3 season opener, hosted several Timex athletes looking to get an early race under their belts.
1st - Tim Hola (CO) - M40-44
1st - Susanne Davis (CA) - F45-49
6th - Jackie Hering (WI) - F PRO
9th - Malindi Elmore (CAN) - F PRO
14th - Sam Long (CO) - M PRO
6th - Derk Dekorver (CA) - M30-35
76th - Traveller Hill (NV) - M40-44 (Mechanical Issue)
At Galveston 70.3 in Texas, Kelly Fillnow (NC) came across the line 8th in the women's pro field.
Laurence Delisle (CA) captured both the F25-29 win and the overall age group title in a time of 4:31:32. Laurence was 11th overall including the pros.
In Hawaii, Ellen Hart (CO) secured her first win of the season in the F55-59 age group at Lavaman Tri.
Look for a full recap from our Team Camp in Boulder, Colorado soon!
Back in 2003, in the Lance era, Trek introduced their flagship race machine to the world, the Trek Madone. Named after the Col de la Madone, an infamous 12K climb in the French town of Menton, the Madone would soon become the most sought after bicycle on roads.
Over the next decade, the Madone would win multiple grand tours (not including the Lance "victories") and continued to evolve and re-shape what it meant to be a super bike.
Being a Wisconsin native, I have owned several Trek Madones in my day, including a Discovery Channel replica, circa 2006, and most recently a 2014 7 series. 2016 has marked the most unique changes to this historic race machine and I had to get my hands on one, for obvious reasons. Lucky for me, The Timex Team is fortunate to have a great partner in Trek, and that partnership afforded me the opportunity to get my hands on their new super bike - The Project one, Race Shop Limited H1 fit, OCLV 700 series carbon, Trek Madone.
It's been a little chilly here in Boulder, CO, but it warmed up just enough to take the new ride out for her maiden voyage. Here are some pictures and thoughts on Trek's new masterpiece.
The Madone's front end is the most notably unique part of bike. A proprietary bar/stem combo, proprietary headset cap and spacers, a completely redesigned fork with a unique steer tube, recessed brake, and last but not least, those wings!
The Vector Wings were a mystery to me - what did they do? After riding, even sprinting with the bike, it was clear that the wings don't really "engage" while riding. The wings are used to allow the front brake to be fully tucking into the frame for superior aerodynamics. When the bars are turned to a more extreme angle, the wings are engaged so the interior brake has somewhere to go - pushing the wings outwards.
The integration and cleanliness of the front end is unmatched by anything else on the market. Literally the only visible cable housing, or cable for that matter, is the inch-worth of cable housing visible from the opening on the non-drive side headset cap - that's it!
I'm a pretty flexible rider and after a professional bike fit it was clear I could get away with no additional spacers between the headset cap and the stem. For those needing a bit more height in the front end, Trek provides you with plenty of spacers so you can dial in your perfect height. Also something to note is the built in 5mm spacer on the top of the bar/stem. As most know, it is industry standard to have at least a 5mm spacer on top of your stem when you have a carbon steer tube. With the Madone stem, that spacer is built in so the top cap can sit flush on top of the stem, rather than have an ugly spacer on top - makes your bike look so much cleaner.
More integration is seen with the internal Control Center. I am running Di2 so this control center holds a 5-Port junction box where all the e-tube wires come together. The junction box is also the battery charging location and is easily accessible without a single tool. The Di2 micro trim button is also accessible for micro adjustments on the fly.
The integrated seat post has a unique dual tightening system. It seems to be aerodynamic and is very accessible when needing to adjust - no odd, tight angles to maneuver. The seat rail clamp is one of my favorite features of the bike. You torque the rails down to specification and then rotate the seat-mast topper to fine tune the adjustment. All in all, it is super easy to adjust your seat to the proper position, and once you have the position you want, it tightens down and doesn't budge.
Stealing technology from the Domane and Boone range, the Madone also features the IsoSpeed decoupler. I can't say I feel any movement down there when riding, but I think that's the point. You know it's soaking up some of those bumps, but your power transfer isn't effected one bit. I can say the front end is a lot less forgiving than the rear end - must be the IsoSpeed.
If you have a Trek Speed Concept, these Madone brakes will seem very familiar. They are both direct-mount and center-pull which equates to lots of braking power. They are also extremely easy to adjust with two micro adjustment screws on either side. They don't seem to have the same power that a traditional Shimano Dura Ace direct-mount brake would have, and they are a bit heavier, but once you swing a leg over the bike it's clear the brakes work, and work well. Some of Trek's competitors can't say the same with their integrated aero brakes - I'll take the tad bit heavier brakes any day of the week.
My new Madone only has about 70 miles on it so far, but I've got to say, it's easily the best bike I've ever ridden. Weighing in at just about 15.5lbs as show, it's light, fast and stiff. Coming from riding other aero bikes from a few different manufacturers, it's clear to me that Trek has taken everything one step further. This truly is a super bike.
Rider: 5'11" (155lbs)
Frame: Trek Madone H1 Size 56 (Nude Carbon Matte Finish)
Bar/Stem: Bontrager 110mm stem with 42cm wide bars
Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace 9070 Di2
Crank: Shimano Dura Ace 172.5 (53/39)
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 11/28
Chain: ICE Technologies - Shimano Dura Ace (Ultegra chain shown)
Bar Tape: Shimano PRO
Bottle Cages: Shimano PRO Carbon
Wheels: Bontrager Carbon Aeolus D3
Tires: Continental GP 4000s ii
Ironman Arizona marks the end of the North American Ironman season. Because it' the last domestic chance of the year to secure major pro Kona points and the last chance of the year for age groupers to punch their ticket for KONA 2017, AZ is naturally a heavily contested event. The big news from AZ this year was Lionel Sanders' record breaking 7:44:29 Ironman finish, but Timex athletes also captures some solid attention.
Sam Long (CO) finished 15th in his first professional Ironman race. Sam, has been focusing on the 70.3 distance much of the year, but is a full distance athlete at heart. His finishing time was 8:29:07.
Emily Kratz (WI) had a dominating performance in AZ. Finishing in 9:46:30, she managed to not only capture the F35-39 title, but also crossed the line as 1st AG female finisher! There are rumors that this time was the second fastest female amateur time recorded at IM AZ, ever.
Craig Lanza (WI) finished his 26th Ironman and placed 10th in the M45-49 age group in a time of 9:43:28.
Luis Alvarez (MEX) finished his 138th Ironman in Arizona with one more to go for the 2016 season - his home town race of Ironman Cozumel.
Jeanni Seymour continued her winning ways with another dominating performance at the inaugural 70.3 Xiamen in China.
leading from start to finish, Jeanni surprised no one with another near-10 minute margin of victory over Sarah Piampiano and fellow teammate Lisa Roberts (3rd in 4:36:12). This young but seasoned pro has definitely put herself on the map.
Read the Witsup.com race recap HERE
In the men's race, Justin Metzler grabbed a much deserved podium spot with a 3rd place finish behind Josh Amberger and Tim Don.
Timex athletes grabbed three of the six podium spots at 70.3 Xaimen!
Out in Miami, Ellen Hart and Mike Wien took on Miami Man Tri and DU.
Ellen, took the OVERALL female win and second overall including the men in the 1/2 Iron Duathlon in a time of 4:20:39!
Mike Wien grabbed 1st in his age group at the USAT Long Course National Championship Tri.