Recent Triathlon News
The premiere – and most most intensely challenging – endurance sports event on the Planet is upon us. Indeed, Ironman World Championships in Kona are less than three days away. And at the Oakley Athlete Safe House in Keauhou Bay – a splendidly tucked away property consisting of several mini-houses, picturesque scenery and its own dock on the water – the ‘calm before the storm’ is literally the feeling floating around in the salty air. Former Ironman World Champion and current Oakley Triathlon Manager, Greg Welch, a maestro of sorts during the week of the revered competition every year, is busy showing extra care for the elite athletes walking in and out of the house in the days leading up to the race (on top of serving as “The Voice” of Ironman Kona for countless official functions and the live web and telecasts). Yes there are pep talks. Sure, there are pleasantries. But the most important part of each athlete’s visit to the Safe House is, of course, their gear selection.
You can call it the Texas Three Step. While many of his fellow Oakley athletes were preparing for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Javier Gomez Noya was busy dancing his way to a victory at the U.S. Open of Triathlon on Oct. 2 in Dallas.
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 – 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.