Giant triathlete Tim Van Berkel kept his 2019 string of podium appearances alive with a strong second-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships in Danang, Vietnam.
Racing on his Trinity Advanced Pro bike with a pre-production aero WheelSystem branded #overachieve, and the Giant Pursuit aero road helmet, Van Berkel put in a fast ride, covering the 56-mile distance in a lead pack of nine riders with a time of 2:07:19. From there, the Australian was one of the strongest on the run as usual.
Tim Reed started the run at the front, but Van Berkel began closing in on his fellow Aussie from the start. At about the halfway point, Van Berkel took the lead, and in the final miles of the 13.1-mile run, it came down to a battle with Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange of Germany.
“He got the better of me around the 15km mark as I started to melt in the heat,” said Van Berkel, who held on for second—an encouraging result considering that he suffered a minor injury at the Ironman South Africa race last month in Port Elizabeth.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with this result,” Van Berkel said. “Things are on track for the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in a month’s time.”