CRC Pro Triathlete Lucy Gossage took her second Ironman title in just five weeks smashing the field to take a very comfortable win at yesterday’s Ironman Wales.
With conditions in Tenby cold and dark, athletes braved the rain and miserable weather of Wales to take on the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and marathon run.
First out of the water in the women’s Pro race was was Switzerland’s Simone Brandli in a time of 51:02, following seven seconds later was Katja Konschak. Lucy Gossage followed 2012 Champion Regula Rohrbach into T1 with a six minute deficit as they headed out on the bike leg. Within the first 40km the leading five had bunched to just 2mins apart.
Gajer took an early lead on the bike but the big movers were Rohrbach and Gossage. Just before the 40km mark, Gajer held a 1:30 lead over Rohrbach who had moved into second place. Brandli was 10 seconds behind, with Gossage hot on her heels less than 30 seconds back.
Lucy gets the power down on her VITUS Chrono TT bike
At this race last year, Rohrbach smashed the bike course and gained an unbeatable lead. Early signs showed she was going with the same race tactic but last year Gossage was not in the field and the pocket rocket was not giving up easily!
Gossage definitely wasn’t taking any notice of Rohrbach’s race tactic and by 107km into the bike leg she had taken the lead and starting to pull away. Coming into T2, it was clear Gossage had worked hard in the final 50km on the bike opening up a close to a 5:30 lead over Rohrbach who had also suffered a puncture.
Even though a lot can happen over the marathon, it did look like a two women race going onto the run. Brandli (third) and Konschak (fourth) had lost further time and were now 22 and 27 minutes respectively behind Gossage. Lucy is a strong runner and knows how to finish off an Ironman and coming from her win at Ironman UK just five weeks ago she was clearly feeling confident on her run leg in Wales.
It's all about the medals!
Looking calm and confident Gossage worked to extend her lead and at the 8km mark, she was 9:48 up on Rohrbach. By the 3km to go mark the lead had been extended to 23:44 and Gossage crossed the line crowned the 2013 Ironman Wales Champion.
A clearly elated Gossage commented post race
“Seriously that was hands down the best race experience ever. The bike, it was amazing. Going up the (heartbreak) hill I was crying, the support was fantastic.”
Someone was a little happy at picking up the Ironman Wales title!