Matt Reed of USA and Julie Dibens of Great Britain won the first race of the Revolution3 Triathlon Series in Knoxville, Tennessee.
At the very start of the race, the question, “Who could handle the freezing conditions?” remained unanswered. On the morning race, the athletes were met with below-normal temperatures, however, the water temperature was above 70 degrees and out of their wetsuits, the pros braved the waters.
American Cameron Dye got out of the down-river swim with 15:05 in the clock with a chasing pack led by Reed was right after Dye. Reed took on the bike and sustained the lead early in the race. Bjorn Andersson of Sweden overtook Reed and Chris Lieto of the USA. Andersson pushed the lead and had a 90 second lead over Lieto.
However, Reed running a 32:53 with10 km on the stretch overtook Andersson and Lieto. He finished at 1:51:55 and won the race. In second was Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand with 1:52:42. With a trying effort towards the finish line, Lieto finished third at 1:52:48.
The head to head, toe to toe battle in the men’s race did not ensue in the women’s category. Dibens led most of the way, a repeat of her performance at the Wildflower Long Course last week. Though she had a tough time negotiating the cold waters, Dibens broke away from the chase pack and rode to lead the first few miles.
As Dibens widened her lead, it was Rebeccah Wassner of the USA who could only see her back. Wassner did not make it due to an injury. Dibens ran to win at 2:03:48. Samantha Warriner of New Zealand got the second at 2:07:04 and Kelly Williamson of USA finished at 2:07:06 taking the third place.