World-class Weekend: Paterson Wins Xterra European Championship, Team Wurtele Takes 2nd At Ironman 70.3 World Championship & Penticton Challenge: Weekend Wrap-up
The Human Interest Group athletes pounded out world-class performances this weekend: Scottish Rocket Lesley Paterson claimed top prize at the XTERRA European Championship. The Canadian Super Couple of Heather Wurtele captured 2nd place at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship while Trevor Wurtele took 2nd at Penticton Challenge Long Course Triathlon.
“Congratulations to our athletes who stood on the podiums in Europe, England, and Canada this weekend! Huge kudos to Lesley for the XTERRA European Championship. She continues to blast past the finish line first regardless of when, where or who she competes against,” said Michael Cardoza of Human Interest Group.
“Taking second at IRONMAN 70.3 Championship was a significant accomplishment for Heather, and it wasn’t easy. Watching her race, you saw that Heather pushed at the end when it mattered the most. We’re also thrilled with Trevor claiming second at Challenge Penticton. It’s great to see Team Wurtele reaching this level after months of consistent and dedicated training. On to Kona for Heather!”
At the XTERRA European Championship, Paterson steadily advanced through a tough pack of professional off-road female triathletes. The two-time XTERRA world champion sprinted to catch and then pass the leaders on the run with a final time of 2:54:26.
Patterson commented, “Not gonna lie, it was beyond muddy and slippery. Reckon I was off the bike more than on it but oh well. Job done and an Xterra European title too.”
Heather Wurtele’s 2nd place at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships demonstrated why she stands at the top tier of elite professional triathletes racing today. Leaving the water in 17th place, Wurtele steadily increased her speed and power throughout the challenging course. At the right moment, Wurtele summoned all of her remaining energy to achieve the second fastest run time and ultimately claim the podium spot with a 4:23:07 final time. “I’ve seen Heather race quite a bit over the years and I’ve never seen her dig that deep before. Although her legs were quite wobbly, she was sprinting to the line as if she was in a sprint finish with Anja (Beranek) even though Anja was more than a minute back. I think she just wanted to be done,” added Cardoza.
From Heather via her personal Facebook feed – “Pretty happy to have finished 2nd at the 70.3 World Championships today! I re-defined for myself what it means to give it all you have. It was scary and awesome at the same time to discover how much I am willing/able to push my body! I had a poor swim, rode well especially on the back 50 km as per the plan, and gave it absolutely all I had to run into second. I was pretty much delirious for the last 2km and apparently had ‘crazy legs’ in the finish chute. The podium celebration was amazing but other-worldly as I was mostly focused on not passing out! I spent awhile in medical after that… The venue was fantastic, and as always I have to thank you all so much for your support.”
You can catch a glimpse of Heather’s ‘crazy legs’ here in this finish line video.
Near his hometown of Kelowna, Trevor Wurtele competed against a strong group of pros from the United States and Canada. Wurtele’s final time was 3:53:52 with a 23:43 (swim), 02:14:19 (bike), and 01:15:51 (run), three minutes ahead of third place.
Also at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Radka Vodičková started exceptionally strong with the second-fastest swim at 23:31 and crossed the line in 16th place. In his first IRONMAN 70.3 world championship, Samuel “Appo” Appleton finished in 26th place. Tim Don (GBR) withdrew from the race after receiving a penalty and a flat on the bike. Don was primed for this race, but only two weeks prior suffered from a bad bike accident, which inevitably prohibited him from changing his tire after it flatted. IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship (Austria) – Women Pros
Daniela Ryf (SWZ) 4:11:34
Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:23:07
Anja Beranek (GER) 4:24:10
(16) Radka Vodičková (CZE) 4:38:15
XTERRA European Championship (England) – Women Pros
Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:54:26
Renata Bucker (SUI) 2:55:35
Jacqui Slack (GBR) 2:56:14
Penticton Challenge Long Course Triathlon (Canada) – Men Pros
Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:50:38
Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:53:52
David Giardini (USA) 3:57:23