Tom Zaferes of Aptos, California and Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic take elite titles at The Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Zaferes followed his win San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz with a close victory over John Dahlz and Radka Vodickova outran Becky Lavelle to win The Triathlon Pacific Grove.
Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tom Zaferes followed his breakthrough win at the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz with an another emphatic victory and Radka Vodickova outran Becky Lavelle to take the titles at the Olympic distance Triathlon at Pacific Grove.
Zaferes combined a race-best 19:46 swim, a 5th-best 58:47 bike and a 4th-best 32:59 run to finish in 1:52:46 with a 13-seconds margin over runner-up John Dahlz and 25 seconds on third-place Steve Sexton.
Zaferes, Dahlz and Sexton were the three survivors of the 7-man bike breakaway as they ran together into the final mile of the 10k run when Zaferes saw an opening. "At the last turnaround [Dahlz and Sexton] both yelled, "Water! Water!" and I knew that was the time to go. I didn't take water the whole run and was keeping mhy heart rate low so I thought "It's now or never."
"He surged ahead with a mile to go and gapped Steve [Sexton] and I pretty badly," recalled Dahlz. "I tried to reel him in but the gap just stuck. I was just hanging on for dear life."
Sexton, who finished second at this race last year, was philosophical about taking the final spot on the podium. "I didn’t really feel my legs like I would have hoped," said Sexton. " It’s been a tough season. I sprained my ankle three times early in the season and I've been favoring my right side and not generating much power on the left."
In the women's elite race which covered a 1500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run, Radka Vodickova, Becky Lavelle, Lauren Brandon and defending champion Annie Warner broke away from the pack with a 20:45 swim that put two or more minutes on the rest of a 9-women elite field. On the draft-legal bike leg, Vodickova, Lavelle and Warner worked well together and soon dropped Brandon. Near the end of the bike, Lavelle and Vodickova also dropped Warner with a surge. At the bike-to-run transition, the duo polished off a 1:05:30 split that left Warner 1:10 back and started a battle between themselves for the win.
"t first, I thought Becky Lavelle was stronger, but at the end of the first lap she started slowing down and I thought she had pushed her pace too hard because she could not break away, said Vocikova. "So I made a ,move."
Lavelle, a six-time Pacific Grove champion from Los Gatos, California , said she could not fight back. " I was out of my comfort zone but I thought, 'Hey, what do I have to lose?' When I started cramping going down that hill at the end of the first [2.07-mile] lap of the run [Vodickova] gapped me and increased it on the second and third laps."
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove, California
September 10, 2011
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k
1. Tom Zaferes (Aptos CA) 1:52:46 -- $2,000
2. John Dahlz (South San Francisco CA) 1:52:59 -- $1,500
3. Steve Sexton (Pilot Hill CA) 1:53:11 - $1,000
4. Brian Lavelle (Los Gatos CA) 1:54:07 - $800
5. Brandon Barrett (San Mateo CA) 1:54:44 - $700
6. Dylan McNeice (NZL) 1:55:33 - $500
7. Ethan Brown (Lowell, MA) 1:56:05 - $400
8. Bryan Rhodes (NZL) 1:56:16 - $300
9. Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 1:57:31 - $200
10. Derek Oskutis (Chula Vista CA) - $100
1. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 25:01 - $2,000
2. Becky Lavelle (Los Gatos CA) 2:06:13 - $1,500
3. Annie Warner (Nine Mile Falls WA) 2:07:22 - $1,000
4. Alexis Smith (Monterey CA) 2:13:25 - $800
5. Emily Cocks (Napa CA) 2:14:14 - $700
6. Julia Grant (NZL) 2:15:09 - $500
7. Lauren Brandon (San Mateo CA) 2:16:00 - $400
8. Zana Buttermore-Baca (Boulder CO) 2:21:23 - $300
9. Maggie Conley (Portola Valley CA) 2:25:55 - $200