Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2012 takes place on Sunday July 15 in Guerneville, California and features one of the strongest Ironman 70.3 pro fields of the 2012 race season. Here are some race details and Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2012 results.
The 2,250 available age-group entries sold out in just three hours and is a testament to the popularity of the event. At the same time, 750 more triathletes hopeful of getting a spot in the race became part of a waiting list.
The pros will be competing for $50,000 in prize money as well as Ranking Points for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in the Fall of 2012 and the age-groupers will have the opportunity to won one of the 30 qualifying spots into the Ironman 70.3 World Championships that take place on September 9, 2012 in Lake Las Vegas, NV.
Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2012 takes place on Sunday July 15 in Guerneville, California and features one of the strongest Ironman 70.3 pro fields of the 2012 race season.
Greg Bennett, Joe Gambles, Christian Kemp, Paul Matthews, Luke McKenzie, Graham O’Grady, Eduard Sturla, and Maik Twelsiek all have the credentials to be on the podium when the dust settles, but there is only room for three of them so something has to give.
Greg Bennett was spectacular in Ironman 70.3 Hawaii 2012 when he finished second to winner Lance Armstrong. At any other time in any other race Bennett would have been the class of the field and won easily, but he ran into one of the most accomplished cyclists in the world in Lance Armstrong.
What can you say about Joe Gambles and his remarkable race in Ironman 70.3 Syracuse 2012? What a run! Gambles posted a 1:14:27 run split and won the race in a time of 3:53:51.
On the May 5, 2012 running of Ironman St. George, Utah Maik Twelsiek was in a foot-race with Ben Hoffman out on the marathon course and ended up on the podium with a second-place finish.
It would not be hard to imagine Greg Bennett and Joe Gambles going toe-to-toe on the 13.1-mile run course with the other top contenders fighting it out for the final spot on the podium.
Anderson Gavin Bennett Greg Cavanha Mauro Clarkson Eric Dahlz John Furtado Raul Gambles Joe Garza Steven Hiramatsu Kodo Kahn David Kemp Christian Marsh Brandon Matthews Paul McKenzie Luke Millward Callum Nelson Kirk O’Grady Graham Rakestraw Ken Reithmeier Alex Rix Josh Shearon Jonathan Smith Jason Sturla Eduardo Thompson Nicholas Twelsiek Maik Van Berkel Timothy Whistler Ollie
The race for top spot among the pro women features Melissa Rollison, Meredith Kessler, Amy Marsh, Joanna Lawn, Leanda Cave, and Heather Jackson.
Melissa Rollison finished fourth in Abu Dhabi 2012 against a spectacular field of pro women, but has been nursing an injury as of late and time will tell is she is back to full throttle.
There is little doubt about the conditioning of Meredith Kessler who comes off a win in Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2012when she won by over 20 minutes with a finish time of 09:21:44.
Heather Jackson won Wildflower 2012 and is in top form as well.
Amy Marsh should be first out of the water, but may not be able to hold off the others who will be charging from behind the moment they get on their bikes.
It really looks like it will come down to the run with Meridith Kessler, Leanda Cave and Heather Jackson fighting it out for the win, unless of course Melissa Rollison is in peak form. In that case it could well be Kessler and Jackson in a fight for second place.
Andrade Mariana Carvallo Valentina Castro Terra Challis Rachel Deim Trish Grant Julia Gregory Caroline Jackson Heather Keat Rebekah Kessler Meredith Lawn Joanna Cave Leanda Lawrence Hannah Marsh Amy Rollison Melissa Smith Jessica Tetrick Jennifer Thibodeau Karen Van der Merwe Natasha Vertiz Tatiana
Be sure to drop by Ironstruck.com on race-day Sunday July 15, 2012 for race updates and final results as they are posted.
There is a big group of pro men together as they near the end of the swim. It includes together Mckenzie, Fettell, Bennett, Dahlz, and Bozzone. They are followed by Joe Gambles and Graham O’Grady.
Not surprisingly it is Amy Marsh and Leanda Cave out of the water first for the pro women. Kessler and Thibodeau are the next ones out. As the women head out onto the bike course Joanna Lawn and Melissa Rollison have about three minutes to make up.
It is Matthews and Bennett who eventually work their way into the lead just after the 18-mile mark on the bike course. The main chase group is almost three minutes back and include Joe Gambles, Graham O’Grady, and Christian Kemp.
***Results and updates are sketchy for the Vineman 70.3 for some reason, but hopefully they will get better.
For the pro women it is Meredith Kessler and amy Marsh in the lead at the 45-mile of the bike.
The first two men into transition-two are Paul Matthews and Greg Bennett in that order. The chase group is right behind them and it includes Bozzone, McKenzie, Kemp, Gambles and O’Grady.
Wow! Matthews and Bennett cover the first two miles in 10:37. At that rate they may never be caught. Joe Gambles is in third place and is 2:25 back. Bozzone and Mckenzie are next about 35 seconds back.
Amy Marsh and Meridith Kessler have hit the transition together. But look out for Melissa Rollison. If she is at the top of her game she can run anybody down and she is in fourth place leaving transition, right behind Leanda Cave and it is shaping up to be a great race.
Meridith Kessler has moved into the lead for the pro women and is 48 seconds ahead of Amy Marsh at the two-mile mark. Leanda Cave is still in third place.
Greg Bennett is pulling away from Matthews and Joe Gambles is mounting a charge and has taken over second place. This is all happening at the ten-mile mark.
Joe Gambles has a chance of catching Greg Bennett but either way it looks like this will be a close finish.
In the woman’s race Rollison has moved into second place and is just 1:07 behind Meredith Kessler. This could be a close finish as well.
Greg Bennett has won the Vineman 70.3 2012 and set a new course record. Joe Gambles just came up short and takes second place. Paul Matthews is third with Christian Kemp in fourth.
Meredith Kessler hangs on to win in a time of 4:10:15. Melissa Rollison was just one minute back and was second in 4:11:05. Amy Marsh had a great result and rounded out the podium with a time of 4:13:21.
TOP TEN PRO MEN
Bennett, Greg....................03:45:49 Gambles, Joe.....................03:46:14 Matthews, Paul...................03:47:55 Kemp, Christian..................03:50:46 Bozzone, Terenzo.................03:51:03 Marsh, Brandon...................03:51:09 Whistler, Ollie..................04:03:19 Cavanha, Mauro...................04:05:42 Shearon, Jonathan................04:05:46 Sturla, Eduardo..................04:06:20
TOP FOUR PRO WOMEN
Kessler, Meredith.................04:10:15 Rollison, Melissa.................04:11:05 Marsh, Amy........................04:13:21 Jackson, Heather..................04:15:07
For a look at the top five age-group finishers in each category visit Ironman 70.3 Vineman age-group results 2012 right here on IronStruck.