Rev3 Triathlon Williamsburg proved that the full swim-bike-run package was needed if the win was to be yours yesterday in Williamsburg. Eric Limkemann, after numerous podiums got that sought after top spot today with a well-rounded effort. His blazing bike split sealed got him to the lead and his steady run held off the chasers.
Kelly Williamson has a hefty resume of race experience and used it yesterday. She was patient and quiet as she crept back from a deficit on the bike to take the win with a stellar run split. She used a solid swim-bike to hold striking distance and then unleashed her characteristic lightening fast run to pass Shapiro in the closing kilometers for the win.
Limkemann took control of the swim and initiated a pronounced gap on the field with Kyle Leto. However, shortly into bike, Leto received a drafting penalty. James Hadley, Richie Cunningham, Richard Allen, Kevin Collington, along with a few others, bunched up early on the bike. Andrew Starykowicz was in a good position out of the water and rode through the pack, along with David Thompson. But, no one was catching Limkemann.
“The swim was pretty tough, so Kyle and I had a larger gap than normal. Once I saw that, I knew it was time to ride hard and make it tough on the runners,” Limkemann said.
Limkemann started the run with a 6-minute lead on Cunningham and Thompson. Leto and Starykowicz were next to exit T2, a few minutes ahead of the powerful chase pack, but would not hold the pack off. Cunningham worked his way up to second with the fastest run of the day, passing Thompson, who held on for 3rd. Starykowicz ran steady to grab 5th, while Leto fell out of the top 10.
Local professional Adam Otstot, a Williamsburg teacher and William & Mary Alum finished a solid 10th on the day.
“I loved running through the campus of my alma mater, which gave me confidence, especially on the second loop of the run when things got really tough,” Otstot said.
“I’ve been slowly getting back to form this season and this was the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning. I wanted to do well since it was a local race for me and doing it from the front is really the only way I know how to race,” Limkemann said. “I couldn’t be happier with the result!”
- Eric Limkemann (USA) 3:53:41
- Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:59:00
- David Thompson (USA) 3:59:17
- Chris Leiferman (USA) 4:01:07
- Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 4:01:42
The women’s race was a battle of the short course speedsters and the long course veterans. Williamson led out of the water, with a slim lead on Margie Shapiro. But the swim lead was short lived, as Shapiro charged hard to the front and recorded a stellar 2:19 bike split to give her an extended lead of over 9 minutes on Williamson.
Williamson relied on her renowned threshold run power to methodically cut into Shapiro’s lead each kilometer and eventually caught Shapiro in the last kilometer. Shapiro hung on tough for second and Lauren Goss rounded out the podium in third.
“I have learned over the years that for me races are often decided on the bike; minimizing my losses. I knew that I would likely lose some time yesterday at Williamsburg but I just remained calm and patient,” Williamson said. “I knew 9 minutes on the run would be very tough but I just put my head down and took it one mile at a time; tried to run strong but not get emotional, and know that a lot would be decided the final couple of miles.”
- Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:23:29
- Margaret Shapiro (USA) 4:23:45
- Lauren Goss (USA) 4:26:19
- Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 4:36:31
- Jessica Meyers (USA) 4:40:07
The REV3 Series is tightening up and next heads to Wisconsin Dells for what is sure to be a thrilling race.
“I’m squarely focused on the Rev3 series through Florida then may jump into a late season Ironman. After that, I’ll be all in for Knoxville 2014,” Limkemann said.
Series contender Goss added, “It was so exhilarating to race at a venue with such history. …I hope I’ll be back at Rev 3 Williamsburg next year to make my own history. I love this particular race and the entire series because of the challenging courses and welcoming environment. I am looking forward to racing in the Olympic distance race in Wisconsin Dells! Much more my style!”