Oakley's Alexander and Carfrae Win With Dramatic Come-From-Behind Attacks
Oakley’s Craig Alexander and Mirinda Carfrae made dramatic come-from-behind attacks on the run to win the Rev3 Tri Quassy men’s and women’s title in Middlebury, Connecticut. Oakley’s Terenzo Bozzone finished second.
In the men’s race, two former Ironman 70.3 World Champions – Oakley’s Craig Alexander (2006) and Oakley’s Terenzo Bozzone (2008) – faced off at the half-iron distance for the first time in quite a while.
Matt Reed and Terrenzo Bozzone were the first out of the water. Alexander, just moments back, surged to an early lead on the bike, but was overtaken by Bjorn Andersson, who maintained the lead and was the first male into T2. As a chase pack of 3, Alexander, Reed and Bozzone soon overtook Andersson, with Reed and Bozzone surging to the front and running shoulder to shoulder for the first half of the run. By Mile 9, Bozzone had made his move to open a small gap with Reed, but Alexander kicked into high gear and blew by both men to dominate the run until the finish. Alexander’s time broke Matt Reed’s course record set at the inaugural Rev3 Quassy race in 2009. Bozzone racked up another second place finish to pair with his second place in Knoxville, while a disappointed Boom-Boom Matty Reed hung onto third to round out the podium.
The women’s race featured three Ironman 70.3 World Champions – Oakley’s Mirinda Carfrae (2007), Joanna Zeiger (2008), and Oakley’s Julie Dibens (2009) – and a several other of the best 70.3 races from around the globe. On paper, it looked like it would be a continuation of “The Julie Dibens Show” just like the Rev3 in Knoxville, Abu Dhabi, Ironman 70.3 World Champs, and XTerra World Champs. And, playing out according to script, once the bike started, it was all Dibens. Despite starting three minutes back, Dibens was well ahead of several pro men and came into T2 almost 7 minutes ahead of defending champ Mirinda Carfrae. But Carfrae, the fastest runner in the women’s field, would not be denied and by just over 6 miles into the run, she had erased Diben’s lead. Carfrae took the lead in dominant fashion. Oakley’s Julie Dibens finished in fourth.
1. Craig Alexander (AUS) – 3:59:20
2. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) – 4:00:20
3. Matt Reed (USA) – 4:02:10
4. David Thompson (USA) – 4:04:34
1. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) – 4:23:36
2. Kelly Williamson (USA) – 4:29:09
3. Samantha Warriner (NZL) – 4:31:55
4. Julie Dibens (GBR) – 4:34:07