Vegas: Triathlon Star Craig Alexander Claims Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Nevada, Eight of Top 10 Finishers Rock Oakley
Craig Alexander is a beast on a bike. Even when his bike has someone else’s front wheel for a minute.
Oakley’s Two-Time Ironman World Champion powered through a flat tire on the bike course to emerge victorious at Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Last Vegas in his Oakley Radar eyewear (white-red ear socks and Positive Red Iridium lenses) – topping the talent-packed field with a dominating run portion and an impressive ride after having to switch out the flat.
The Shimano Bike Crew, who accidentally replaced his front wheel with one that sat earlier that morning on Andy Potts’ bike, quickly placed a new tire – allowing Craig to recover and power his way to the win.
Potts, who pulled off an insane swim, lead for a bit. But a hard-charging Alexander took the reins on his bike – pushing the pace and bringing the lead group together.
In a pack of champs that included fellow Oakley athlete Chris Lieto, Raynard Tissink, Paul Ambrose, Paul Matthews, Joe Gambes, Alexander, Luke Bell, Tim Berkel, Michael Weiss, Fraser Cartmell and Jeff Symonds – Lieto was the rival who posed the most serious threat at the tail end of the race.
But Craig’s brilliant destruction of the run with a 71:50 run split on the rough, hilly course – propelled him to his second World Title. The victory was a strong statement to the field: Craig Alexander will be one fearsome contender in Kona next month.
With eight of the Top 10 finishers in Vegas being Oakley chargers, it was a similar scene of O domination on the prettier side of the sport.
Starting with Karin Thuerig, the 2 to 7 spots in the Final Women’s Standings were all Oakley – capping off a weekend in Las Vegas with plenty of the Big O in the spotlight.
Congratulations to Craig and all O Team athletes who threw down an amazing display in Las Vegas.