Sam Appleton is no stranger to the top of the podium. He has 15 Ironman 70.3 victories to his name, and has raced to four top-10 finishes at Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Sam began competing in triathlons at age 14 and quickly began rising through the ranks. He now lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado, and competes mainly on the Trinity Advanced Pro triathlon bike.

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HometownSydney, Australia
ResidesBoulder, Colorado
BornApril 20, 1990
Top results2020: 6th at Challenge Pro Daytona PTO World Championship
2019: 1st at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa (California); 1st at Ironman 70.3 Waco (Texas); 2nd at Ironman Coeur d'alene (Idaho)
2018: 1st at Ironman 70.3 Geelong (Australia); 1st at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa (California); 4th at North American Ironmnan 70.3 Championship
2017: 1st at Ironman 70.3 Geelong (Australia); 1st at Challenge Melbourne Aisa Pacific Championships (Australia); 4th at Ironman 70.3 World Championships (USA)
Intro to triathlonI was a very active kid and I did a lot of swimming, athletics and played soccer for many years as I grew up. When I became a teenager I noticed I had a talent for endurance running and swimming, so I thought why not add a bike leg in there too. I did my first triathlon when I was 14, and I was hooked! I didn’t know the places the sport would take me back then, but here I am 16 years later, lucky enough to have my passion as my job.
Goals for 2021Podium finish at Ironman 70.3 World Championships in St George, Utah
Qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona
Win as many races as I can
Favorite eventIf I had to pick one event, it would be Santa Rosa 70.3 in California. I have won that race 4 times out of 5 starts, and I just love the course and the event as a whole. The ride takes you through the vineyards of Sonoma County and the run finishes in downtown Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is also home to my favorite brewery, Russian River Brewing Company, so I am sure that tips the scale a little bit too.
Favorite Giant bikeI rode my Giant Revolt so much in 2020, that I think that bike has quickly become one of my favorites to ride. It is hard to pick, because I love riding all my bikes. But I guess if I had to pick one it would be my Giant Trinity. It is a great feeling when your ripping the pedals on a TT bike at 45km/hr.
What do you carry on a long ride?I carry a spare tube, Co2 and pump in case my tubeless doesn’t auto seal. I also like to carry some cash and stop for a cookie at the store in Ward, a popular mountainroute in Colorado. These cookies are amazing when you’re 3 hours into a 4-5 hr ride! I also carry some headphones to catch up on podcasts, I do a lot of riding alone and like the solitude it provides.
Favorite place to trainI may be biased but I think Boulder, Colorado is the best place I have ever trained. That’s why I choose to live here! It has great infrastructure for training, with plenty of running trails and great cycling routes. Because the town is super popular for cycling, there are a lot of bike paths and room for cyclists on the road too. The population here is used to driving with cyclists on the road, so I feel safe out on the roads too, which is a big plus for me. Boulder in general is a very active city, and there are always people out enjoying the outdoors.
Dream vacation spotMy wife is from Kauai, Hawai’i. We have been there once together and it is beautiful. I would love to go back there again!
Films or TV you loveI am actually a pretty big film/TV guy. Some of my favorite movies are Inception, Sunshine, Arrival. My favorite TV shows are True Detective (first season only - you can skip the other 2 seasons), Breaking Bad, Watchman, the Chernobyl mini series, plus probably so many more that I am missing that I can’t remember right now!
Favorite bookIt’s hard for me to pick, I have so many. I am currently reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Its a mystery/thriller that I am really enjoying! Some of my favorite book series are The Riftwar series by Raymond Feist, The Rigante series by David Gemmell, and Lord of the Rings.
Words to live byIn a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind.