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Last year, Adam Hansen made waves in both the cycling and triathlon worlds when he raced Ironman Florida as an age-grouper, finishing 38th overall. The Aussie pro cyclist wasn’t a total newbie to triathlon—he raced as a teen growing up on Australia’s northeast coast in Cairns—but still his foray into long-course tri drew excitement from fans who wondered just how fast he’d be on the bike when it was sandwiched between a swim and a run.
Turns out, even when not in a pro peloton, he could ride pretty darn quick: His 4:15:23—which included time to stop and adjust a slipping seatpost—was the fourth fastest bike split of the day. And, despite limited time in the pool, he posted a respectable 58 minutes in the swim. And now, with more time on his feet—he’d never run more than 12 miles prior to Florida—Hansen hopes he can shave a big chunk of time off of his 3:37 marathon too.
His contract with the Lotto-Soudal pro cycling team expired at the end of 2020, and with it the 39-year-old plans on hanging up his cycling kit for good and focusing all of his attention on triathlon. Actually, Hansen said he’d already be racing tri by now if it weren’t for the pandemic. (He planned on racing among the pros at Ironman Panama in November, prior to its cancellation.)
Of course, it’s not like he doesn’t have the endurance chops: Hansen is the only […]