The Revolution3 Triathlon Series hits stop two on the 2016 tour! This time, the men were in the spotlight and were battling for their share of the $15,000 prize purse. This year, things would change and the Pros would be racing the Olympic course in Middlebury, Ct, and the first time in Quassy history that the prize money was available at the Olympic distance.
The Revolution3 Triathlon series is Back in Blue and officially kicked off the 2016 season in Knoxville, TN under beautiful skies and a pleasant 72 degrees. The weather conditions were welcomed by the athletes as the forecast earlier in the week seemed to point to a cold and wet race day. The Professional field was composed of only women at this race and all vied for a $5,000 US dollar prize purse paying 4 deep. The feisty Ellie Salthouse, took control of the race at mile 3 of the bike and never looked back.
The morning started off with a bit of a curve ball for the triathletes. Due to very thick fog over Lake Quassapaug, the race was delayed by 30 minutes, allowing those nerves to really set in! At the gun, the top swimmers wasted no time and pulled right to the front. Coming out the other end, Italian Davide Giardini (ITL) led the group in a time of 18:35, followed closely by John Rasmussen (CA) in 18:47. Cam Dye (USA) rounded out the top 3 with a time of 19:11. With a stellar transition of only 31 seconds, Cam left T1 with a 4 second lead and never looked back.
By mile five of the bike, Dye had increased his lead by a solid 30 seconds and was looking like he was out for an easy Sunday ride. Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) jumped into the game and was riding with Giardini with Rasmussen and Jackson Landry (CA) now only 1:15 down. At the bike finish, Dye seemed to be on auto-pilot and had increased his lead to 2:10 to now second place biker, Laundry. Dye’s 1:00:29 bike split would turn out to be the fastest of the day.
The race wasn’t over just yet and super runner, Laundry, was putting up a fight. Over the next 6 miles, he would slowly eat away at Dye’s lead. His tempo up the killer hills of Middlebury was something to watch! Von Berg wasn’t done just yet and turned on the after burners in an attempt to make up any ground possible.
In the end, the day would belong to Dye, who finished the race with a 1:22 second margin on Laundry and a total time of 1:56:14. The hard charging Laundry would finish in 2nd place with a time of 1:57:36. 3rd place would go to Von Berg, who would also post the days fastest run split in a time of 34:21, which on the Quassy course is an incredible feat!
“Anytime you get a win, it’s a good day! Quassy is a race I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m excited to finally get here. It’s a good fair course and keeps the drafting to a minimum! It’s every man for himself out there!” Cameron Dye – Mens 1st place finisher
Top 8 Finishers:
1st Cameron Dye (USA) – 1:56:14
2nd Jackson Laundry (CA) – 1:57:36
3rd Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) – 1:58:38
4th John Rasmussen (CA) – 1:59:42
5th Davide Giardini (ITL) – 2:02:02
6th Alex Libin (USA) – 2:02:43
7th Dan Feeney (USA) – 2:03:20
8th Lucas Pozzetta (USA) – 2:05:41