The New Trek Madone - First Impressions

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The New Trek Madone - First Impressions

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


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Ironman Arizona - Closing out the North American Season

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Ironman Arizona - Closing out the North American Season

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.

Emily Kratz at Team Camp in Tucson 

Emily Kratz at Team Camp in Tucson 

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. 

353 Ironman finishes between these two guys!

353 Ironman finishes between these two guys!

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Dominating performances at 70.3 Xiamen - Jeanni Seymour Victory!

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Dominating performances at 70.3 Xiamen - Jeanni Seymour Victory!

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.

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Ironman Florida - Back to KONA for three

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Ironman Florida - Back to KONA for three

The Timex Team nearly had three overall Ironman wins in two weeks! With Sam Mazer and Jeanni Seymour taking wins at IM Los Cabos and 70.3 Austin, it was Tim Hola's turn at IM Florida.

Tim Hola (CO) lead Ironman Florida, in Panama City Beach, from start to near finish. First out of the water in 53:29 and first off the bike with a 4:40:42 split, Tim lead all the way until mile 25 of the run until eventual winner, Jack McAfee, passed him. A tough loss for Tim, but an amazing performance! The silver lining was a 1st in his age group and a ticket to KONA 2017. 

Tim Hola holding an average pace of 7:11/mile to finish IMFL in 8:48:57

Tim Hola holding an average pace of 7:11/mile to finish IMFL in 8:48:57

Fresh off her Kona debut, Elyse Gallegos (FL) decided to give IM Florida a go to test her recovery and see what was possible. With a stellar performance, it's clear Elyse can handle the tough task of two Ironmans in one month. Finishing in 10:25 flat, Elyse grabbed first in the F25-29 age group and 7th female overall! Only a month after Kona, she's punched her ticket again.

Elyse is Going, Going, Back, Back, to KONA, KONA!

Elyse is Going, Going, Back, Back, to KONA, KONA!

The third victory in Florida came in the form of Deanna Newman (AL) of the Timex Factory Team. With a finish time of 10:17:40, Deanna grabbed the F45-49 age group win and finished 6th overall! 

Deanna Newman in full stride

Deanna Newman in full stride

Shannon Coates (OR) also had a great return to Florida. The former FSU runner turned triathlete finished 6th in the F30-34 age group in a time of 10:46:59.

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Weekend Results - Timex Multisport Team

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Weekend Results - Timex Multisport Team

Kona may be over, but the racing sure isn't!

There were many great performances over the weekend including two overall wins!

First up was Jeanni Seymore at Austin 70.3. Due to heavy fog in the morning, the swim was first delayed by two hours and eventually canceled, turning the event into a time trial start, bike-run. A strong bike leg positioning her within the top three and once on the run, no one could match her pace. Jeanni won with a 10 minute margin of victory! This marks her first win of the season and defends her 2015 Austin 70.3 title.

Sam Long and Ellen Hart also took to the start line in Austin. Sam finished 7th behind some of the greats in the sport, while Ellen grabbed 1st in her age group.

Sam Mazer is your 2016 Ironman Los Cabos female champion! With over 20 minutes to spare, Sam crossed the finish line first in a time of 10:58:27 to claim the title. Needless to say, this qualifies her for Kona next year. 

Also in Los Cabos for the weekend, Justin Metzler finished 9th in the 70.3 distance race.

After three days of unique and fast racing in the Bahamas, Leon Griffin found himself in 6th place at the ultra competitive, Island House Triathlon. The event hosted 40 of some of the worlds best triathletes from multiple distance specialties. Times were cumulative from all the days events which included individual time trails, 5k runs, and finally a sprint triathlon to close out the finals.

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2016 KONA Results

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2016 KONA Results

We had an impressive, 100% finish rate for the 18 Timex Multisport Team athletes who competed in Kona.

Here are the final results for the team:

Congratulations to all the finishers and a special shout out to Lisa Roberts on her top 20 Pro result, James Burke on 4th in the M35-39 age group (9th amateur overall), and Ellen Hart for 2nd in the F55-59 age group.

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ITU Long Course Worlds & Mr. XTERRA 2016, Marcus Barton of the Timex Factory Team

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ITU Long Course Worlds & Mr. XTERRA 2016, Marcus Barton of the Timex Factory Team

The ITU Long Course World Championships were held in Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Long Course distance consists of a 4K swim, 120K bike, and 30K run. Team USA had an incredible showing with 12 age group world titles and of those athletes, two were from the Timex Team! Tim Hola captured the M40-44 title while Ellen Hart brought home the win in the F55-59 age group! Congratulations to our newly minted Long Course World Champions!

A USA sweep in the 40-44 age group - Tim Hola on the top step

A USA sweep in the 40-44 age group - Tim Hola on the top step

Once a year, the Xterra community selects a single athlete that embodies the spirit of the sport. This year, Marcus Barton, of the Timex Factory Team, was selected as Mr. Xterra! Here is a great tribute video:

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Vegas - Interbike 2016

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Vegas - Interbike 2016

InterBike, the biggest bike show in North America, converged on Las Vegas this week. The Team Sports crew flew out for meetings and to walk the show and here are a few things that caught our eye.

Stages gave Trek and Timex a little love at the show

Stages gave Trek and Timex a little love at the show

Ahhh yes. 

Ahhh yes. 

Shimano's first Boa equipped shoe, the S-PHYRE (Available in Yellow, Blue, Black, and White). 

Shimano's first Boa equipped shoe, the S-PHYRE (Available in Yellow, Blue, Black, and White). 

Bollé's "The One" helmet gets several new colors for '17

Bollé's "The One" helmet gets several new colors for '17

Probably the coolest product of the show - The new Stages Dash. Nearly unlimited display options and metrics, easy Stages calibration tools, split screen displays so you can toggle through screens while keeping a few metrics locked on another side of the screen, works with other power meters, and landscape mode are just a few of the many features.

Skratch Labs' new Endurance Recovery Mix - Made with real ingredients like whole milk (No protein isolate stuff), and real flavoring from vanilla beans, chocolate, and coffee. YUM!

Skratch Labs' new Endurance Recovery Mix - Made with real ingredients like whole milk (No protein isolate stuff), and real flavoring from vanilla beans, chocolate, and coffee. YUM!

This bike was just HOT. Alchemy is a small hand-made bike brand from Colorado and they recently entered the mountain bike world with this beauty. The frame and shock alone retail for well over $3,000.

This bike was just HOT. Alchemy is a small hand-made bike brand from Colorado and they recently entered the mountain bike world with this beauty. The frame and shock alone retail for well over $3,000.

Cross Vegas is always a draw for people coming to Interbike. But this year it was an even larger event. For the first time, the USA's biggest cross race was given UCI World Cup status, meaning many of the worlds best came out to race under the lights of Vegas.

Trek's new team, Telenet, had a large contingent of athletes racing.

Trek's new team, Telenet, had a large contingent of athletes racing.

Cross Vegas is no doubt the most unique World Cup event on the circuit. The men's pro race started at 9pm and much of the course is on near perfect grass.

Cross Vegas is no doubt the most unique World Cup event on the circuit. The men's pro race started at 9pm and much of the course is on near perfect grass.

Former Timex Team athlete, Cassie Maximenko, raced in the women's pro race and had a solid night despite being hit by a truck only a few weeks earlier.

Former Timex Team athlete, Cassie Maximenko, raced in the women's pro race and had a solid night despite being hit by a truck only a few weeks earlier.

World Champion, Wout Van Aert, crashed early in the race and looked to be out of contention. After successfully bridging back to the lead group, he proved why he wears the world champ colors by leaving the rest of the field in the dust to take the win.   

World Champion, Wout Van Aert, crashed early in the race and looked to be out of contention. After successfully bridging back to the lead group, he proved why he wears the world champ colors by leaving the rest of the field in the dust to take the win.   

That's a wrap from Vegas. The triathlon world was not that well represented at Interbike so we look forward to seeing much more new stuff in Kona!

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ITU World Champs - Xterra Pan-Am Champs Weekend

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ITU World Champs - Xterra Pan-Am Champs Weekend

The ITU World Championships were held in Cozumel, Mexico this past weekend, where the best of the best at the Sprint and Olympic distance finally had a chance to battle for a World Tittle. 

In the Olympic distance race, Mike Wien  and Ellen Hart shined! Mike took home top honors as the M65-69 Olympic Distance World Champion! Ellen Hart took second to Caroline Whittaker in the F55-59 age group.

Gold for Mike Wien

Gold for Mike Wien

Scott Boylan, who suffered an accident on course, managed to finish 25th in the M60-64 age group. Trista Francis raced the sprint distance event on Saturday, finishing a tough day in 1:27:33.

Back on US soil, Leon Griffin and Sam Long took on some of the worlds best Xterra athletes at the Xterra Pan-Am Championships in Ogden, UT. Coming off several months of racing struggles, Leon managed a stellar 3rd place finish behind 2015 World Champ and runner up Josiah Middaugh and Braden Currie. Sam finished the day in 7th place. Leon will not be going after the World title in Maui this yeah, however, Sam plans to make the trip.

It's InterBike week! Stay tuned here for coverage on the stuff that matters in Las Vegas (well, the bike stuff).

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Results Roundup

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Results Roundup

Plenty of racing has gone down in the past few weeks. Here are some result highlights from the Timex Multisport Team:

Kelly Fillnow (NC) took 3rd at Ironman Vichy in Auvergne, France on August 27th

Last weekend, Mooloolaba, Australia hosted the 70.3 World Championships where Laurence Delisle (CA) took 2nd in the F25-29 age group and Ellen Hart (CO) grabbed 5th in the F55-59 age group. 

Kona bound athletes Meghan Fillnow (NC) and Derk De Korver (CA), used this weekends Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz as a tune up for the Big Island. Finishing 4th and 8th in their respective age groups, they both punched their ticket to another world champs, the 2017 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga, TN! Sam Long (CO) managed a 14th place in the stacked men's pro field.

Chattanooga bound in 2017!

Chattanooga bound in 2017!

At the Tugaloo Olympic in Georgia, Wendy Mader took the overall female win while Mike Wien won his age group. Wendy is a fresh transplant to Georgia from Colorado and is already making her mark on the local tri scene.

Happy race winners - Wendy and Mike

Happy race winners - Wendy and Mike

Madison, WI hosted Ironman Wisconsin this weekend. In the women's pro field, Christine Hammond (CO) took 6th place in a time of 10:02:38. Dana Riederer (IL) placed 4th in the M35-39 age group, just missing out on a Kona slot for 2017.

Dana running towards the Iconic Madison Capitol building.

Dana running towards the Iconic Madison Capitol building.

At Ironman 70.3 Weymouth in Dorset, UK, Justin Metzler (CO) placed 6th in the pro men's division. This marks the last European event for Justin, who spent the last five weeks there, traveling and racing.

Justin finishing 5th at Challenge Turku

Justin finishing 5th at Challenge Turku

Tim Hola (CO) raced the inaugural 106 West Triathlon in Dillon, CO this weekend. Billed as the worlds triathlon, the course takes athletes to altitudes reaching above 10,200ft. Tim managed to take 2nd place overall with a time of 4:38 for the half distance event. 

"It was like sucking air through a straw" - Tim Hola on the 106 West Tri.

"It was like sucking air through a straw" - Tim Hola on the 106 West Tri.

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USAT Nationals, Ironman and Toughman Results

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USAT Nationals, Ironman and Toughman Results

USAT Nationals - Omaha, NE

Tim Hola - M40-44 Olympic National Champ

Mike Wien - 4th M65-69 age group in Olympic and 7th in Sprint

Ellen Hart - 2nd F55-59 age group in Sprint and 4th in Olympic

Wendy Mader - 10th F40-44 age group

Ironman 70.3 Steelhead - Benton Harbor, MI

Emily Rollins - 4th F35-39

Ironman 70.3 Timberman - Gilford, NH

Chris Thomas - 1st M40-44

Ironman Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Brian Schaning - 2nd (2nd overall) M30-34  *KONA slot

Brian Schaning running his way to 2nd overall 

Brian Schaning running his way to 2nd overall 

Ironman Mont-Tremblant - Quebec, Canada

Pierre-Marc Doyon - 1st Age grouper overall (7th overall with pros) *KONA Slot

Shannon Coates - 14th F30-34

Pierre-Marc leading the pack at camp this March

Pierre-Marc leading the pack at camp this March

Toughman New Mexico - Half Distance

Tim Hola - 1st place overall!

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Weekend Results

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Weekend Results

Add another name to the Kona roster! Mike Wien secured his slot to Kona with a nail biter of a race at Ironman Vineman last weekend. With roughly a mile to the finish, Mike made the pass for 1st place in the M65-69 age group. Only one slot was available for Mike's age group so it was win or no Kona.

Mike Wien thrilled with his performance

Mike Wien thrilled with his performance

Amy D'Anna and Scott Boylan also raced Vineman, finishing 4th in their respective age groups. Luis Alvarez, feeling recovered from him Everest ascent, is back to his racing ways with an Ironman finish at Vineman. 

In Poland, at Ironman 70.3 Gdynia, Ann Parthemore took 2nd in the F35-39 age group and punched her ticket to the 2017 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga, TN.

Ann's headed to Chattanooga for 70.3 Worlds in 2017

Ann's headed to Chattanooga for 70.3 Worlds in 2017

Emily Kratz took on Noresman, one of, if not the hardest triathlons in the world, and finishing high enough to earn a Black Teeshirt (high honors). 

Timex Multisport Team Kona count: 16 ... and still counting

 

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Solid Results Continue

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Solid Results Continue

Last weekend Wisconsin hosted (at least) two, rainy, triathlons - Ironman Racine 70.3 and The Door County Half. Weather delayed both events, however, Racine got the worst of it which ended in a canceled swim, a shortened bike course, but the full run. Results from the "Racine 44.5":

Justin Metzler (CO) - 7th Pro male

Jeanni Seymour (CO) - 4th Pro Female

James Burke (WI) - 1st M35-39

Craig Lanza (WI) - 4th M45-49

Jeanni and James running together on lap 1

Jeanni and James running together on lap 1

In Door County, Wisconsin native, Adam Olson (CO) stormed away with the overall win! 

Adam on the ride

Adam on the ride

Mutlisport Team newcomer, Sam Long (CO) and veteran pro, Leon Griffin (CO) both took on Xterra Beaver Creek on July 16th. Stunning himself and the competition, Sam Long ran down all but defending Xterra World Champion, Josiah Middaugh, to take 2nd overall! A Slowtwitch article detailing the race can be found HERE. Leon also had a great day for someone not focused on off road, placing 5th.

This weekend saw even more great results from Iceland all the way to Canada.

Justin Metzler (CO) traveled to Challenge Iceland for the half distance event. With a stellar performance and race best (1:15:13) half marathon, Justin grabbed a podium spot and 3rd place overall!

Justin on the way to a race best, 1:15 half marathon!

Justin on the way to a race best, 1:15 half marathon!

In Canada, both Ironman and 70.3 Whistler were taking place, along with 70.3 Calgary.

In Calgary, Sam Long (CO) stunned once again by taking 2nd place overall in a time of 3:50:41! Needless to say, Sam is on a roll!

Out in Whistler, Roger Thompson (WA) took on the full Ironman and came across the line in a time of 9:49:33. His time was good enough for 2nd in the M45-49 age group which punched his ticket to KONA for yet another year!

In the half, Steve Chapin (OR) grabbed a 2nd place in the M45-49 age group and Sam Mazer (WA) finished 4th in the F30-34 age group.

The Tennessee collective of Bo Parrish, Bruce Gennari, and Emily Rollins all took on the Music City Tri in downtown Nashville. Emily and Bruce both took 3rd overall and Bo placed 3rd in his age group.

The "Tennessee collective" with some hardware

The "Tennessee collective" with some hardware

In Washington, Brian Schaning (OR) took the overall win at the Chelanman Half Iron race at Lake Chelan, WA!

Out in Minnesota, Tim Hola (CO) took on Toughman Minnesota 1/2 and finished 2nd overall, only 49 seconds out of 1st.

Tim Hola on the run in Minnesota

Tim Hola on the run in Minnesota

This weekend also hosted the 2nd annual Timex Factory Team camp in Boulder, CO. Athletes were treated to amazing weather as they swam, biked, and ran their hearts out. "Campers" also had a chance to meet and ride with local pros, take a tour of Skratch Labs, learn about strength and conditioning from Erin Carson of Rallysport Fitness, and eat copious amounts of amazing food. 

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Recent Results

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Recent Results

A few results from the past couple of weekends:

Tim on his way to an age group win in TX

Tim on his way to an age group win in TX

Tim Hola (CO) headed to Texas for the 70.3 Buffalo Springs event on June 26th. Tim finished in 4:13:28 - 1st in the M40-44 age group and 3rd overall!

The Tennessee crew all entered the Chattanooga Waterfront Tri and placed as follows: Emily Rollins - 2nd Overall, Bruce Gennari - 2nd place masters, and Bo Parrish - 2nd place M35-39

Susanne Davis (CA) grabbed a 2nd place Elite finish at the speedy Carlsbad Triathlon

Bruce Gennari (TN) grabbed a 1st place in the M50-54 age group at 70.3 Muncie this weekend

Craig Lanza (WI) finishes 2nd overall at the Pewaukee Lake International Tri over the weekend

Wine country was host to the 70.3 Vineman event over the weekend, and was enjoyed by Christine Hammond, Lisa Roberts, and Laurence Delisle. Christine finished in the top 10 (4:30:53), Lisa came through in 4:40:55, and Laurence, recently released to compete after injury, pulled the plug on the run after a solid swim and bike split.

Felicity Joyce came out to cheer on the team at Vineman 70.3

Felicity Joyce came out to cheer on the team at Vineman 70.3

This coming weekend is Racine 70.3, where a handful of athletes will be racing, including James Burke, Jackie Hering, Jeanni Seymour, and Justin Metzler

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Weekend Results

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Weekend Results

Wisconsin's much anticipated inaugural Milkman Triathlon took place this weekend in Madison. Athletes took on the half-distance event on a hot and humid day. Timex Team results as follows:

Jackie Hering (WI) - 1st overall female in a time of 4:39:14

Adam Olson (CO) - 3rd overall male in a time of 4:22:51

Craig Lanza (WI) - 1st in age group, 11th overall in a time of 4:37:19

Dana Riederer (IL) - 12th overall in a time of 4:39:09

The dudes from Milkman

The dudes from Milkman

On the East Coast, Chris Thomas (CT) took on the famous Pat Griskus Olympic, located nearly a mile away from Timex headquarters in Middlebury, CT. Still overcoming illness, Chris managed to take 2nd overall and says his fitness is coming back!

Last weekend, Sam Mazer (WA) raced Ironman Victoria 70.3, taking 3rd in her age group!

Sam Mazer blasting out of T2 at Victoria 70.3

Sam Mazer blasting out of T2 at Victoria 70.3

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Boulder 70.3

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Boulder 70.3

With nine athletes, and myself (Tristan) residing in or around Boulder, the Boulder 70.3 and Full have become the new home town races. 

Of those nine athletes, seven competed in the 70.3 over the weekend!

Jeanni Seymour was once again the star of the show. Out of the water in 3rd position and off the bike in 3rd, Jeannie was roughly 3 minutes out of the lead once she hit the run. Quickly overtaking Alicia Kay for second, the focus became Ellie Salthouse and the overall win. Spectators eagerly awaited the split times and were teased with the announcement of a 1 minute gap, and then a 16 second gap. With roughly one mile to go, Jeanni made the pass, taking the lead. However, her move was short lived as Ellie surged once more, regaining the lead and managing to hold Jeanni off in the end. It was an all out battle and Jeanni, once again, raced with no fear and all heart. 

So close. Both ladies collapsed at the finish.

So close. Both ladies collapsed at the finish.

Christine Hammond also crossed the line in an impressive 7th place, continuing a stellar return to the sport post pregnancy.

In the men's race, rookie pro and fresh new face of the Timex Multisport Team, Sam Long, was out to prove he belonged. Only two weeks after accepting his pro card, Sam was racing against a stacked field, including his fellow team members, Leon Griffin and Justin Metzler. After playing catchup on the bike, Sam came out of transition in sub-6 minute pace. The pace was fast enough to position him near the top 10, but was a little too ambitious. In the blistering heat, Sam's splits slowed a bit, but still paced him to a 17th place finish.

Sam and Leon climbing the long gravel incline.

Sam and Leon climbing the long gravel incline.

Leon and Justin both struggled on the day, finishing 12th and 19th, respectively. Both solid performances, however, not what they had set out for.

It was a hot one in Boulder.

It was a hot one in Boulder.

On the age group side, Tim Hola had an amazing day, finishing 2nd in the M40-44 age group and 4th age grouper overall. Ellen Hart, suffering from a few injuries, decided to only swim and bike. It's worth noting that Ellen crushed the bike with a 23.14MPH average for the 56 mile course!

Timex alumni and Boulder resident, Joe Gambles pulled off the win, marking his 5th Boulder 70.3 title.

Photo Gallery above by: Dennis Meeker

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