Sam Appleton 4th at IM 70.3 World Championship!
Chattanooga, Tennessee was the venue for the 2017 Icy Hot IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship which attracts the world's best long course athletes as they give it their all for a chance at taking home the prestigious world title. With a field boasting former IRONMAN World Champion Sebastian Kienle, world record holder Tim Don and Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez from Spain the race was always going to be a spectacle.
Giant sponsored athlete and Aussie Sam Appleton came into the event after a fantastic year of racing featuring multiple 70.3 victories and gave it his all in order to take on the world's best. Sam began with a strong swim exiting the water within a minute of the race leaders. Onto the bike Sam worked with the chase pack to try and bridge across to early leader Ben Kanute from the USA who set a super fast pace. Sam utilised his strong bike leg setting a top 5 fastest time with his Trinity Advanced Pro and Giant Rivet TT helmet which helped set him up brilliantly for the tough two-lap run course.
After a heated battle with Tim Don from Great Britain and Maurice Clavel from Germany, Sam ran down the finishing chute in a career best 4th at the IM World Championship!
Check out the full race report and results over at IRONMAN website here.
Monday, 11 September 2017