Seamus Woods from Brewster, Massachusetts and Amanda Beyer from West Hartford, Connecticut captured the titles at XTERRA French River on June 30th.
Bayer, who is a phenomenal swimmer, was one of the first out of the water in 12:44. Only Tim Snow was faster in 12:38. Bayer continued with the fastest bike split of the day, completing the course in 1:08:32. Runner-up Angie DiFilippi had the fastest run of the day with a split of 44:37 compared to Bayer’s time of 48:25.
Overall, Bayer crossed the finish line in 2:11:41 while DiFilippi was second in 2:12:38. Celeste St. Pierre, from Lincoln, New Hampshire, was third in 2:21.24.
"I was dying on the run," admitted Bayer. "I was waiting for Angie - who is a fabulous runner - to catch me on the uphills the whole time. I was able to dig in and suffer thanks to a solid swim and bike, but I don't think I've looked over my shoulder that much on the run in a long time."
Bayer will be at the XTERRA Pan Am National Championship in September but will be sitting out the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, because she will be busy planning her wedding.
In the men’s race, Woods finished in 1:55:54 while Steve Bedilion from McMurray, Pennsylvania was behind him in 1:56:18. Trent Koopman from Whitinsville, Massachusetts was third in 1:58:06.
Tim Snow led the swim but Woods had the fastest ride of the day in 55:43. Ian Bachman-Sanders had the fastest run split in 40:33 compared to Woods’ time of 41:16.
Located just an hour from Providence, Boston, and Hartford, XTERRA French River is a favorite race of New England triathletes.