Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye took the victories today at Life Time Tri Minneapolis on a shortened course. Due to flooding on the international-distance course, all pros and age groupers raced on the sprint course, which consisted of a 0.25-mile swim, 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.
In the men’s race, American Dustin McLarty was easily first out of the quarter-mile swim in a time of 8:18, followed 30 seconds back by a pack of five men, including Dye, American Hunter Kemper, and British triathlete Stuart Hayes. Dye then used a second-best bike of 36:34 to take the lead into T2, while American Ben Collins used a race-best bike of 36:13 to pull into second place. On the run, Dye’s 16:20 5K gave him enough of an advantage to take the win, while Kemper finished 19 seconds later with his 15:35 run. Hayes took the final podium spot.
In the women’s race, Sara McLarty was first out of Lake Nokomis in a time of 11:07, followed by Lauren Brandon and Kaye. Kaye then used an impressive 39:18 bike (good for 11th best overall, including the men) to pull away from the field heading into T2. The second best bike among women came from Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf (41:00), but third best was McLarty (41:18), who was second into T2. The finish wasn’t nearly so close as the men’s race, as Kaye used a second-best 5K time of 17:30 to take the win, while American Lauren Goss used a race-best 15:10 run to take second more than a minute and a half back. Ryf rounded out the podium.
Life Time Tri Minneapolis kicks off the Toyota Triple Crown Triathlon Series. Both Dye and Kaye went home with $10,000 from this race, and have earned 10 points in the Race to the Toyota Cup. The inaugural Life Time Tri Oceanside will be the final event in the series.
Life Time Tri Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn. – July 13, 2013
0.25-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run (shortened from an Olympic)
1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:03:12
2. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:03:31
3. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:03:48
4. Ben Collins (USA) 1:04:07
5. Chris Foster (USA) 1:04:26
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:10:14
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 1:12:56
3. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 1:13:25
4. Sara McLarty (USA) 1:14:21
5. Abby Geurink (USA) 1:14:51
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