Revolution3 Quassy assembled one of the most diverse fields to date over this distance and the dynamic of the professional field did not disappoint. With the lead in both the men’s and women’s races switching numerous times throughout the course, strength and experience won in today’s REV3 Quassy.
In the men’s race, Eric Limkemann blasted quickly to the lead in the water, followed by David Kahn and Bevan Docherty. The main group of contenders were clumped together about a 1:15 back out of the water.
Andrew Starykowicz stormed to the front once on the bike. Starykowicz slowly built a lead, while Limkemann hung tough in second riding solo. Maik Twelsiek tried to make a move, a break from the pack, but got sucked back up rather quickly. Starykowicz built a solid lead by mile 25, extended it on the long seven mile climb and continued to build time through the next 30 miles. Richie Cunningham, Docherty, Joe Gambles, Tim Don, Kevin Collington, Brandon Marsh, Kahn and Christian Kemp all stayed together throughout the bike portion.
Exiting transition after the bike, Starykowicz seemed in control but the bike pace started to affect him about a mile into the run as it did Limkemann, and the chasing pack swallowed them up.
The main pack all exited transition within 20 seconds of each other. Just after mile 3, Collington took the lead and looked comfortable. The experienced racers at REV3 Quassy waited patiently however, and at mile 8 Cunningham and Gambles took over control of the race. Cunningham had a small gap for the next mile and a half. Gambles kicked it in at mile 10 and Cunningham could not respond, this proving to be the winning move. Cunningham then dropped Docherty about 10.5 miles and held onto second, with Docherty rounding out the podium. Australia Christian Kemp crossed the line in 4th and Collington pushed through for 5th.
“I am so happy! I have never dug so deep in a race as I did today. The pace was relentless from the start. I was fortunate that my legs came good in the last 2 miles of the run to come away with the win. I love this race and still can’t believe I have finally won it!,” said an elated Joe Gambles.
The race received rave reviews from all the athletes, including REV3 first-timer Docherty. “The race was a real battle today, not only against the other competitors but just to make it to the finish, it’s an honest course,” Docherty said. “I really enjoyed my first Rev3 experience and I’ll be back for more.”
ITU star Annabel Luxford was second out of the water, two seconds off Jennifer Spieldenner, and took the lead on the bike instantly, entering T2 with a 2:20 lead over Heather Wurtele, and 4 minutes on Heather Jackson. Wurtele showcased her improved run and experience on the Quassy course. Wurtele, who was second in 2012, found her pace and set out to reel in Luxford. However, behind her, Jackson was coming fast. At the turnaround, Jackson had Wurtele in sight and was only 15 seconds back. Wurtele then surged and pushed through for her first win at REV3 Quassy. Jackson grabbed second and Luxford ran tough for 3rd.
“Rev3 Quassy always brings out the best in the sport, and this year was no exception! An incredible field of pro women had me pushing hard all day. The beautiful, challenging course is not forgiving and I used some experience from last year to save a bit of energy for the brutal last few miles of the run,” Wurtele said. “I was back a couple minutes out of the water, rode into 2nd but was down 2:30 on Annabel into T2. I worked hard to catch her, and equally hard to fend off Heather Jackson, who got a bit too close for comfort right where Rinny caught me last year. I was super happy to give it all I had and take the win! This race is truly world class, and I’m so happy to have it as a key event on my race schedule.” Heather Wurtele
Meredith Kessler maintained consistency and crossed the line 4th, with former World Champion Ironman Mirinda Carfrae running up to 5th. Kelly Williamson recorded the fastest run of the day and finished 6th.
“Quassy is one of my favorite races! This was my 3rd year racing and I’ve gotten 5th, 4th, and now 2nd. As always, great people behind a great event! I’ll be back next year, hopefully to take the win,” Jackson said at the finish.