November 10th — Meredith Kessler and Andrew Starykowicz both used a strong bike to gap the fields at Rev3 Venice Florida triathlon today. WIth a stacked field in both the men’s and the women’s, the races did not disappoint. Series leaders Lauren Goss and Eric Limkemann secured their top spot for the series finale in May 2014 with their podium finishes at today’s event.
Todd Skipworth led the men to shore, with Cameron Dye on his feet. However, the break was not significant as the main pack, which included all the main players, hit T1 not far behind. The breakaway worked on the flat and fast bike course, with Starykowicz taking the lead by mile 4 of the bike.
A pack of 14 riders assembled but could do nothing but watch him ride away. At mile 38, Dye put in a surge to challenge the pack. Limkemann stayed in contact with Dye and the two entered T2 together, down over 5 minutes to Starkykowicz.
However, no one would challenge Starykowicz today. He cruised to the win.
“It was great to return to Venice, the community support was amazing! I was thrilled to come back and set a new world record on the bike,” Starkykowicz said.
Linkemann showcased his improved run today and passed Dye within the first 2km. Richie Cunningham was moving quickly through the field, and took over second place by mile 3. Cunningham had Greg Billington right with him stride for stride for the first lap. Billington fell off the pace in the second lap, and Limkemann repassed him to take 3rd.
“Once again Rev3 put on an amazing race at an awesome venue, which attracted a quality pro field. I had a great battle today and kept my chances alive for the. Rev3 series,” Cunningham said.
Limkemann sits atop the series standings heading into Knoxville 2014.
“I can’t think of a better place than Florida to end the season. The conditions were perfect and the competition was tough, so it made for a fast day. I’m looking forward to enjoying the off season then focusing on the series championship in Knoxville next May,” Limkemann said.
Leon Griffin, the REV3 Maine champion, finished 5th on the day and moved to 4th in the series.
MEN RESULTS- REV3 Venice
Jennifer Spieldenner set a quick pace in the swim and to no one’s surprise, led the women out of the water. Meredith Kessler, Lauren Goss, Rebecca Wassner joined Spieldenner in the beginning miles of the bike. Kessler quickly answered any question about whether she was recovered from Kona at mile 16, when she rode away from the pack.
Kessler continued to put time in to the field throughout the bike.
Goss entered T2 only 1:16 down on Kessler, but unfortunately received an outside assistance penalty for dropping her watch on the run. A spectator retrieved it for her but Goss was given the two-minute penalty when she grabbed the watch. However, Goss took it in stride, all smiles when she crossed the line 2nd.
Kessler shifted into cruise control and finished 5 minutes ahead of Goss.
It was such a pleasure to be able to toe the line at Rev3 Florida this weekend. Venice, FL delivered a lovely venue for this race to be executed – quaint and beautiful with ideal race conditions,” Kessler said. “The men’s and women’s pro field assembled was full of top notch athletes with ample fast twitch muscles! It was an honor to share the podium with the ever-speedy Lauren Goss and the talented Jen Spieldenner. I already look forward to the next Rev3 race that I would be fortunate to be a part of in 2014.”
Goss was satisfied with her performance and a continual improvement over the distance.
“Florida did not disappoint with the hot and humid conditions. I was really happy with my swim and bike; and even happier to see the finish line. The volunteers were second to none and did a really great job of directing the athletes,” Goss said.
Spieldenner hung tough for the third spot on the podium and jumped to third in the series standings. With her improved bike and run, she is showing that she mayjust not have a weakness in her non-drafting game.
WOMEN RESULTS- REV3 Venice
The series finale takes place in Knoxville in May.
Series standings can be found here: http://rev3tri.com/series/pros/2013-results/
About Revolution 3 Triathlon
The REVOLUTION3 Triathlon race series was created to change the way athletes, family members, and spectators view and participate in triathlons of all distances. One of our immediate goals is to make triathlons a more interactive, enjoyable experience for spectators by providing fun activities for children and family members during the race. REVOLUTION3 Triathlon is about change! Change for the age grouper, change for the professional athlete, and change for the spectators. For more information or to register for a Rev3 event, please visit rev3tri.com.