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Van Berkel, Appleton Top-5 at Ironman Western Australia!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Giant-sponsored triathletes Tim Van Berkel and Sam Appleton both turned in strong performances at Ironman Western Australia over the weekend, finishing third and fourth respectively on the fast, flat roads of Busselton.

The two Australians both raced on their Trinity Advanced Pro bikes with Giant Rivet TT aero helmets and CADEX Aero WheelSystems.

For Van Berkel, the podium finish was a solid way to close out his 2019 race season.

“After a disappointing Ironman World Championship in Kona, I wanted to try and finish the year on a high,” Van Berkel said. “I decided to race one of my favorite Ironmans in Australia. The day started a little slow, but it got better as the day went on. I had no real expectations for the race, so I’m pretty happy with a podium to close out the year.”

For Appleton, Ironman Western Australia was a whole new experience. The 28-year-old is one of the world's best in shorter distance Ironman 70.3 races, but is a newcomer to the full Ironman distance.

“I had a good swim and followed it up with a 4:10 bike, but after 21km on the run my quads had deteriorated into a state of survival and I had to forget pace and just put one foot in front of the other,” Appleton said after his strong fourth-place finish. “I lost a lot of time in the back half of the run, and part of me longs for what could have been. But it was also my debut and I learned so much. I’ll be back for sure!”

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