Sean Bechtel and Heather Pady defended their 2013 National crowns in style and the top 3 men had a massive dog fight to finish within 100m of each other at the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon in Milton, Ontario, Canada on Saturday.
In the men’s race Bechtel led right from the start. Karsten Madsen had the bike of all bikes as he made up a ton of time after a lack-luster swim to get within a hand full of seconds of Bechtel coming out of T2.
“Bechtel was able to gain some seconds back by having quicker transitions and in the end that was a major factor in his win,” said race director James Kowalewski.
In third place from Quebec, Jean-Phillipe Thibodeau had a great swim exiting second to Bechtel, and the days fastest run, however lost position on the bike.
The women’s race played out in similar fashion to the men’s as Heather Pady had a great swim and was able to defend her lead throughout while Nadine Meuller from Canmore, Alberta closed the gap on the bike and on the run, but ran out of real-estate to provide Heather the overall women’s win by just over a minute. Molly Hurford from USA rounded out the top 3.