The Ironman 70.3 Boise bike course isn’t one of the hardest on the circuit, but it’s far from easy. It’s definitely not the kind of place where one could expect to ride a 2:05 bike split. That didn’t stop American Ben Hoffman from powering his way to a 2:05 ride, which put four minutes into the rest of the field and gave Hoffman the cushion he needed to pull out the win.
Hoffman’s impressive ride gave him comfortable lead at T2, but Northern California’s Nicholas Thompson kept Hoffman honest on the run. Thompson closed with a race-best 1:13:46 run to finish second, two minutes behind Hoffman. Canadian Jeff Symonds used a solid 1:14:12 run to grab the final spot on the men’s podium.
It was all Canada in the women’s contest, as Tisseyre lead a Canadian sweep of the podium. Tisseyre took a small lead out of T2 after a 2:23:06 ride, but countrywoman Heather Wurtele and Rachel McBride were right on her heals. In the end her 1:24:25 run was enough to get Tisseyre to the line first, with Wurtele grabbing second, just over two minutes behind. McBride rounded out the podium in 4:22:14.
1. Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:52:41
2. Nicholas Thompson (USA) 3:54:48
3. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:55:26
4. Paul Ambrose (AUS) 3:57:50
5. Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:59:06
1. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:18:28
2. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:20:41
3. Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:22:14
4. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:26:06
5. Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:26:54