Giant-sponsored triathlete Tim Van Berkel conquered the heat and humidity to score a podium finish at the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay race in the Philippines, finishing second, four minutes behind fellow Australian Tim Reed.
Van Berkel and Reed came out of the 1.2-mile swim just over a minute behind race leaders Alex Polizzi and Sam Betten. From there, Van Berkel hopped on his Trinity Advanced Pro bike, built up with a pre-production carbon aero WheelSystem branded #overachieve, and put in a smoking time to erase that deficit by the second transition. He also wore the Giant Pursuit helmet for aerodynamics and cooling.
Van Berkel and Reed both rode a 2:13 on the 90km bike ride, tied for the fastest times of the day.
Reed was able to distance himself from Van Berkel on the half-marathon run, but Van Berkel said he was happy to finish second and keep his string of podium finishes alive. This race served as a final preparation for an upcoming full Ironman event, the June 9 Ironman Asia Pacific Championship in Cairns, Australia.
“It was a brutal day in the heat, with temperatures reaching 41-43 degrees C [105- 109 F],” Van Berkel said. “It was by far the hottest race I have ever done. With Ironman Asia Pacific Championships next week, I had to play it a little smart and make sure I had plenty left in the tank. I certainly didn’t push myself like I usually do, and it wasn’t mentally draining. It was a great little tune-up for next weekend.”