In the pro men’s only Ironman 70.3 Maine race today (the pro women raced at Timberman last weekend) South African two-time Xterra world champion Bradley Weiss ran his way to the win in a tight race that saw nine men come off the bike within 26 seconds of each other.
American Marc Dubrick led the way out of the water, seven seconds up on Martin Ulloa and 13-seconds ujp on American Andrew Kelly. The first 10 out of the water were within 37 seconds of each other, setting things up for a big group to be together on the bike.
American Dylan Gillespie led off the bike, with Weiss five seconds behind followed by Canadian Taylor Reid, Ulloa, Australia’s Joe Gambles, Elliot Bach, Dubrick, Andre Lopes and Andrew Kelly all within 26 seconds.
Out on the run Dubrick, Weiss and Ulloa went to the front early, staying together through the first 10 km, with Lopes moving up to just 11 seconds from the lead group through the 10 km point. Weiss was finally able to get clear at the 15 km point, opening up a gap of 26-seconds on Dubrick with Ulloa 50 seconds behind.
That’s the way it would stay through the finish line as Weiss took the win in 3:32:56. Dubrick would cross the line in 3:34:01, with Lopes rounding out the podium in 3:34:19. Ulloa would take fourth in 3:34:49, with Reid getting fifth in 3:37:19.
You can see the results from today’s race here.