The Kiwi has put together an impressive string of races following his Kona performance.
The Kiwi has put together an impressive string of races following his Kona finish.
The weeks following the Ironman World Championship used to be a relatively quiet time in triathlon—especially on the pro scene. But more and more, we’re seeing elites take advantage of the plentiful opportunities available then, and if there was an award for most impressive late-season surge, it would undoubtedly go to New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone. Since his best-ever finish on the Big Island (sixth) on Oct. 14, Bozzone has been on a tear—turning in stellar performances across every distance over the past month.
Nov. 12 – Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos (1st)
The 2008 70.3 world champion showed his ability to race strong at the half-iron distance. He beat out a tough field—Matt Chrabot, Kevin Collington, and Tim O’Donnell—on a hard course in harsh conditions, putting together a 24:19 swim, 2:05:18 bike, and a 1:13:20 run to claim the victory at 3:45:34.
Nov 17/18 – Island House Invitational Triathlon (2nd)
Though he didn’t win, Bozzone’s runner-up performance at the 2017 Island House Invitational Triathlon just a handful of days after his 70.3 Cabos victory was perhaps his most impressive. The two-day event features short, quick races that heavily favor athletes who specialize in the Olympic distance. Bozzone was in the mix throughout—sitting in second behind American Olympian Ben Kanute after every stage. The two were 11 seconds apart heading into the last day of competition, a sprint pursuit with athletes starting in general classification order at the time deficit to the leader. Kanute maintained a small lead through the swim and bike, but Bozzone caught him on the 5K run—making for an exciting finish. Kanute had the better finishing kick, putting him across the finish line less than a second ahead of Bozzone. If you’re a fan of the sport, you can appreciate the toughness for an athlete with a long-course pedigree and a season full of racing in his legs to go nose-to-nose with some of the best Olympians in the world at their distance.
Nov. 27 – Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championships (2nd)
Just one week later and nearly 7,500 miles across the globe, Bozzone took on yet another tough field at the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championships in Bahrain. He was once again in flying form, overtaking Javier Gomez over the bike leg to get onto the run with a three-minute lead to the rest of the field. It took a blazing run from ITU star Kristian Blummenfelt to deny Bozzone the win by 38 seconds.
Dec. 4 – Ironman Western Australia (1st)
With the swim canceled due to a shark sighting (yikes!), the Busselton-based Ironman turned into a hot bike/run affair. Bozzone showed some fatigue on the bike, starting the marathon down four minutes to several athletes. He finished the day with a 2:53:05 marathon, defending his Ironman Western Australia title by a margin of more than five minutes.
Based on our calculations, Bozzone took home somewhere around $67,000 in prize money in the last four weeks and has pretty much guaranteed himself a spot on the start list for the 2018 Ironman World Championship. Not a bad month of racing!