A Talented field was set to do battle for top spots in Ironman Lake Tahoe results 2014
UNFORTUNATELY IRONMAN LAKE TAHOE AND IRONMAN LAKE TAHOE 70.3 HAVE BOTH BEEN CANCELLED.
Matt Lieto, Bryan Rhodes, Jason Shortis, and Matthew Russell were all capable of doing well in this race as were Canadians Brent McMahon and Trevor Wurtelle.
PRO MALE START LIST
Brandon, Barrett USA Crawford, Guy NZL Daerr, Justin USA Delsaut, Trevor FRA Garcia, Derek USA Gerlach, Thomas USA Howard, Jeremy USA Kilshaw, Stephen CAN Kotsegarov, Kirill ESP Lieto, Matt USA MacLean, Doug USA McMahon, Brent CAN McNeice, Dylan NZL Quezada Ruiz, Sergio MEX Rhodes, Bryan NZL Russell, Matthew USA Shortis, Jason AUS Wurtele, Trevor CAN
Kate Bevilaqua was ready for a big race and this could be it as she stood out as the one to beat in this field of pro women. Uli Bromme would have also been in the mix had the race gone on.
PRO FEMALE START LIST
Basso, Anne FRA Bevilaqua, Kate AUS Blakemore, Katy USA Bromme, Uli USA Calkins, Kathleen USA Donavan, Jessie USA Homo, Malaika USA Jarvis, Sarah USA Lapoint, Kara USA Lyles, Liz USA Madison, Mackenzie USA Smith, Jessica USA Tibaldi, Francesca ITA
From this image it does not look like weather was a factor.
This post on Ironmanlive on race morning does shed light on the temperature.
Good morning from Kings Beach in Lake Tahoe! It’s a brisk 58 degrees F/14 degrees C and athletes are gathering from far and wide.
The Lake Tahoe 70.3 scheduled to be an all age-group race was also cancelled.
One thing is for certain, it takes a lot to cancel an ironman race because of all the preparation that is put into it by organizers, volunteers and the athletes so it will be interesting to find out what the reason was.
It will be posted on this page when the information is available.
Here is the answer in a tweet from a fire-fighter and from the WTC.
***Athletes feel free to add your comment to the ones at the bottom of the page. Your thoughts on the cancellation and your triathlon/Ironman plans going forward would be much appreciated.***
Smoky conditions from #KingFire force cancellation of #Ironman Lake Tahoe competition.
7:59 AM – 21 Sep 2014
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE WTC……………
Ironman officials issued this statement:
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (September 21, 2014) – Due to unsafe air quality conditions in the Lake Tahoe basin, IRONMAN® Lake Tahoe and IRONMAN® 70.3® Lake Tahoe will not take place today, Sunday, September 21, 2014. The safety of athletes, volunteers, and spectators is our highest priority. The decision to cancel the event involved recommendations from the State of California and Placer County health officials. Officials advised IRONMAN that the high levels of PM2.5 (particulate matter) being recorded early Sunday morning in Lake Tahoe were at unsafe and unhealthy levels for both the athletes and the public.
“Due to high early morning unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter in and around various areas of the Tahoe Basin where the IRONMAN event is occurring, we feel that the event management made the right decision today in the interest of the athletes, event volunteers, and spectators,” said Tom Christofk, Air Pollution Control Officer for Placer County. “We have been monitoring the air quality impacts from the King Fire on the event for several days, and have been reviewing near real time data from sensors located in Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, and Truckee. The data from this morning indicates unsafe levels of air quality to commence the event.”
Saturday’s initial projections from the King Fire had suggested that smoke and particulate matter would not impact the event on Sunday. However, fire behavior and wind patterns changed significantly on Saturday afternoon with air quality at Squaw Valley, Truckee, and Tahoe City deteriorating rapidly through the course of the evening. Smoke models predict little relief on Sunday with smoke accumulation increasing as the day progresses, according to the anticipated shift to a southwesterly wind.
“This morning officials from IRONMAN, with tremendous data support from the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, made the decision to cancel the race,” said Robert Oldham, Placer County Public Health Officer. “As much as we were all looking forward to this event, I am confident that the cancellation was the right decision to protect the health of the athletes and the public.”