Ben Collins, Tenille Hoogland take first professional victories at Treasure Island
2010 San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010
The USA's Ben Collins and Canada's Tenille Hoogland both broke away on the swim and bike and held on in the run to take their first professional victories at the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island Saturday.
Collins, a 27-year-old pro from Seattle ,Washington who won the International Triathlon Union overall amateur World Championship in 2007, broke to a 46-second lead with a race-best 18:22 1.5-kilometer swim, maintained that advantage with a 1:01:40 40 kilometer bike, then held on for a 1:56:19 finish and a 19-second margin of victory over runner-up Steven Sexton.
"I was second after 500 meters on the swim and I just felt like we weren't going fast enough," said Collins, whose best recent efforts in international triathlon were 7th place finishes at the Hualtuco World Cup, the City of Los Angeles Triathlon and the Dallas round of the Life Time Fitness race to the Toyota Cup last year. "When I realized I had a big lead, I had to decide whether to wait for guys who weren't riding hard or to give it all I had."
The risk of riding alone away from the pack in a draft-legal bike was rewarded, said Collins, when his much-improved run preserved his first pro win. "I learn something every race," said Collins. "Today I learned how to win.:"
Hoogland, a 32 year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada coming off a 3-month hiatus from competition due to a labral tear on both hips, tied for the best swim with a 20:18 mark, then tore off on the bike plagued by a stiff breeze blowing through San Francisco Bay. Her race-best 1:08:58 40 kilometer bike split then established a 2 minute 30 second lead, and she held off the attacking run of fellow Canadian Chantell Widney by 14 seconds for a winning time of 2:11:32.
""I've had labral tears on both hips, so I've taken a hiatus from running for three months," said Hoogland. "But they didn’t affect my swimming and running so I've built up my strength in those two disciplines." The 2 minute 30 second lead she established on those two legs was just enough to preserve her win despite Widney's closing 37:58 run.
Widney, coming off a second place at the Cote-de-Lac Pan American Cup in Quebec this year, used her 16:16 5-kilometer run speed to chop 2:40 from Hoogland's lead.. "This feels great," said Widney. "Two second places in row. I was cutting into her lead on the last lap, but it was too big a gap to close , and she was really strong today."
San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island
An ITU Pan American Cup race
San Francisco, CA
July 10, 2010
S 1.4k/ B 40k/ R 10k
1. Ben Collins (Seattle WA) 1:56:19
2. Steven Sexton (Berkeley CA) 1:56:38
3. Adriano Sacchetto (BRA) 1:56:47
4. Ryan Fisher (AUS) 1:56:53
5. Kevin Everett (Boise ID) 1:57:00
6. Jason Wilson (BAR) 1:57:37
7. Andrew McCartney (CAN) 1:57:53
8. Gregory Billington (Colorado Springs CO) 1:58:20
9. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 1:59:01
10. Gonzalo Raul Tellechea (ARG) 1:59:21
1. Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 2:11:32
2. Chantell Widney (CAN) 2:11:46
3. Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee WI) 2:13:39
4. Amanda Felder Derkacs (Cupertino CA) 2:14:27
5. Kathryn Ross (Colorado Springs CO) 2:14:54
6. Julie Ertel (Placentia CA) 2:15:23
7. Martina Wan (CAN) 2:15:46
8. Pamela Oliveira (BRA) 2:16:31
9. Melissa Trims(AUS) 2:16:38
10. Manon Letourneau (CAN) 2:17:01