There was a significant silver lining for Cameron Wurf in a thrilling finale to IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz last weekend and he’s now focussed on being at his very best for Kona.
Wurf balances his triathlon career with his life as a pro cyclist for the INEOS Grenadiers, who he helped to a milestone victory at Paris-Roubaix earlier this season.
His cycling commitments mean triathlon plans have to be hugely flexible but he took full advantage of the opportunity that presented itself in Northern Spain on Sunday.
A strong swim was followed by a stunning 4:01 on the bike which gave him a lead of approaching 10 minutes starting the run. Crowd favourite
Fortunes ebbed and flowed in the marathon as his lead was whittled down and in the closing stages in the searing heat it all boiled down to three men chasing two IRONMAN World Championship slots.
Just 91 seconds separated them on the line as fellow Aussie Nick Kastelein took the win ahead of Wurf, with Germany’s Dominik Sowieja the unlucky man to miss out in third.
Looking back on the race, Wurf explained his strategy: “I’ve had – for me at least – a good block of swimming over the last four weeks and it showed as I was in that second group.“And it put me in a position to do a good bike and try and get as far in front as I could.“I didn’t know how my run was as I haven’t done as much running as I’d have liked to. […]