Despite disruption to his worlds bid due to illness, Ribble sponsored rider Adam Bowden once again proved his class against an international field in Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. An outstanding run saw Adam overtake some of his closest competitors to claim a well deserved runner up spot.
Going into the race I was looking forward to racing on home soil after a difficult World Championships in Nice, and curious to see what I had to offer off the back of a virus towards the middle of the season that has lingered on some recent performances. Despite this, having podium’d in every Ironman 70.3 race this season I was looking to continue to build on 2019’s results.
The swim was shortened to 900m due to weather conditions which wasn’t ideal since it’s always a good opportunity to build a good lead with some of the other athletes and get up the road after a full swim. Anyway, after half the usual distance the swim was good and I came out the water just behind Tom Davis and with Elliott Smales just on my feet.
On the bike, the 3 of us managed to get clear of the rest of the field up to about 25km when we were joined by Dave Bishop, George Goodwin and Marcus Herbst. Both George and Marcus pulled clear of the five man group and it was left to both myself and Dave to do the rest of the work on the front to maintain the gap going into T2.
When we hit the run I was in fifth position out of transition, third in our group behind Smales and Davis. Early in the run I managed to catch Davis, and from there was in the hunt for third place when Elliot Smales darted off to have a pit stop which enabled me to continue to move forward. I continued to move through the pack, with the last big effort to catch Marcus, having noticed he was slowing up. Doing the maths, I was working out that I would close on him on the last lap which I did, moving into second place. I continued to hang on in until the end to come away with a podium result, which in the end was a huge relief after the disappointment of the world championships in Nice earlier this month.
Reflecting on the race, it’s time for some much needed rest, and awaiting the results of some bloodwork off the back of the virus this season to assess what’s next and plan for 2020. All in all it’s been a good year:
🥇 70.3 Dubai
🥉 70.3 Oceanside
🥈 70.3 Pay d Aix
🥉 70.3 Dun Laoghaire
🥈 70.3 Weymouth