Zaferes, Vodickova win The Triathlon at Pacific Grove elite titles
Tommy Zaferes of Aptos, California and 2012 Olympian Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic won the elite titles at the Olympic distance Triathlon at Pacific Grove Saturday,
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Tommy Zaferes of Aptos, California and Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic won the men's and women's elite titles at the 19th Triathlon at Pacific Grove Saturday.
The Men's Race
Zaferes, the 2011 Triathlon at Pacific Grove elite champion, led a devastatingly quick three-man breakaway on the 40 kilometer bike leg that left the rest of the elite field far behind. Zaferes then turned on the jets with a race-fastest 32:58 10-kilometer run that brought him to the finish of this Olympic distance, draft legal event in 1:50:48 with a 1 minute margin of victory over runner-up Chris Braden of Boulder, Colorado and 4:34 over defending champion and 3rd place finisher Dustin McLarty of Irvine, California.
Boosted by an intensely quick 59:20 bike leg aided by an efficient three-man bike breakaway that left the rest of the field 3 to 5 minutes behind, Zaferes, Braden and McLarty approached the bike to run transition together. At that point, Zaferes made an aggressive move to take charge of the race.
Approximately 600 meters from the finish of the 4th and final lap of the bike leg, Zaferes urged Braden to lead the trio into transition. "He told me to go ahead so I went and he followed on my rear wheel," said Braden, a 23-year-old Colorado University student who finished 6th at Collegiate Nationals earlier this year. "When I went to unclip my shoes, Tommy charged ahead and got about 20 meters lead. I just thought no way was this guy going to get his shoes off in time to make the dismount line. Sure enough, Tommy just yanked on the brakes about 10 yards before the line and just made it. Bam! That immediately gave him a 5 to 6 seconds lead and by the time we started to run, he had 10 seconds on us."
From that point on, Zaferes drew inexorably ahead as his run was 54 seconds quicker than Braden's 33:52 and 4:22 faster than McLarty's 37:20 run.
Zaferes, 27, was thrilled with his second elite victory at Pacific Grove as he has fought two bike crash injuries and a bout of salmonella poisoning through much of the 2013 season. Just three weeks ago, Zaferes crashed hard on a rainy day at a European race. "After the crash I haven't been running at all so I thought my best bet was to push the guys hard on the bike and take the legs out of them."
McLarty, 29, was happy with his race as he finished 5:27 faster than his winning time last year. "My overall effort was the same, but we pushed the bike really hard today," said McLarty. '
Like the men's contest, three women competitors made a successful breakaway on the bike that essentially decided the podium.
Radka Vodickova, 29, a 2012 triathlon Olympian for the Czech Republic and the 2011 Pacific Grove champion, emerged from the water first with an 18:53 swim split , with Sagamore, Ohio's Lindsay Jerdonek in 19:59 and defending champion and 2008 Olympic triathlete Julie Ertel at 20:00. After a lap or two of the windy bike leg, Vodickova decided it would save energy to slow down and work into a cooperative three-woman group since the race was draft-legal.
At the start of the run, Ertel did not have the firepower to stick with Vodickova and slowly fell back. Jerdonek, however, gave it s shot. "I had a good race three weeks ago at Rev3 Maine where Radka and I got off the bike together," said Jerdonek. "But immediately as we began the run, she took off." Vodickova finished 2nd and Jerdonek 4th. In the weeks after that race, Jerdonek hosted Vodickova at her apartment in Boulder, Colorado and they worked out together. "She got away from me right away in Maine," said Jerdonek. "So it was my here goal to stick with her longer. And I made it almost a third of the way.:
Vodickova smiled at their duel. "We gave each other a hard time on the run," said the Czech Republic veteran. "We were running around last week on the track together so we both knew we were kind of the same pace. So it was shoulder to shoulder for 2 miles. Finally, my coach urged me to make a surge and it worked at the end of the first lap,:
Vodickova won it with a race-fastest 36:13 10k run -- 30 seconds faster than Jerdonek's split - that brought her to the finish in 2:06:33 with a 31 seconds margin of victory. Ertel ran 38:20 and finished 3rd, 2:07 back of Vodickova.
Amateur overall winners
Ryan Bickerstaff, 32. of Palo Alto, California won the amateur men's overall title with a time of 1:59:51. Nicolette Del. Sarto, 24, of Auburn, California won the amateur women's overall title in a time of 2:16:78.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove, California
September 14, 2013
S 1.5 k / B 40k / R 10k
1. Tommy Zaferes, 27, Aptos, California 1:50:48
2. Chris Braden, 23, Boulder, Colorado 1:51:48
3. Dustin McLarty, 27, Irvine, California 1:55:22
4. John Dahlz, 29, South San Francisco, California 1:57:51
5. Derek Oskutis, 26, San Diego, California 1:58:03
6. Eric Clarkson, 31, Santa Cruz, California 20:09
7. Davide Giardini, 26, Boulder, Colorado 2:00:30
8. Nathan Dressel, 29, Flagstaff, Arizona 2:01:08
9. Andrew Hall, 23, Victoria, B.C. Canada 2:02:16
1. Radka Vodickova, 29, Czech Republic 2:06:33
2. Lindsay Jerdonek, 29, Sagamore Hills, Ohio 2:07:04
3. Julie Ertel, 41, Irvine, California 2:08:40
4. Kelsey Withrow, 31, Park City, Utah - time not available