Michael Weiss takes win and course record at 70.3 Santa Cruz
Austrian triathlon professional, Michael Weiss, raced his way to victory on Sunday at the 15th annual half-ironman distance in Santa Cruz, California. Nearly 2,000 competitors took on the 1.2-mile swim off Main Beach, followed by a 56-mile bike along West Cliff Drive and Swanton Road, topped off with the 13.1-mile run to Natural Bridges State Park and back to the Cowell Beach finish line. Weiss took the win with a new course record of 3:50:25, a career-first 70.3 achievement for the native Austrian and Colorado resident.
Michael was faced with a 4-minute deficit after the open water swim, but quickly put his cycling expertise to work and rode his way into the lead with the Diamondback Serios Triathlon bike powered by SRM. He posted the fastest bike spilt of the day, 2:04:36, with an average speed of 27 mph (43.6 kph), Normalized Power (NP) 371 watts (average power 356 watts).
Weiss entered T2 in first position and was able to maintain the lead through the run. In addition to the fastest bike split he also clocked the fastest half-mararthon of the day, 1:13:08, and finished approximately 3-minutes ahead of 2nd place, Denis Chevrot with Ben Hoffman taking 3rd.
"This was an incredible day for me,” Michi remarks. "My first-ever 70.3 victory - I've worked and trained hard for this performance and when you add the support of great sponsors, coaches, family, and friends this is the result!”
Michael has been confident in his team of partners and sponsors all season, especially his more recent additions - Masimo, the medical device company which provides the ability to track recovery, and Diamondback Bicycles which is preparing to launch the Andean project, leading the industry in triathlon-specific bike innovation.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Andean project and show Kona what Diamondback is bringing to the Queen K this year!”
The Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii are just around the corner on October 8th, followed by Xterra Worlds in Maui just two weeks later.
Stay tuned for more news and updates.