Bruce “Bruise of Betrayal” Beauharnois used a blistering bike leg to capture the 2014 Iron Maiden Triathlon World Championship. This was Bruce’s first IMT title.
The race consists of a 2 mile run, a 20 mile bike and a 5 mile rollerski. Competitors get to make not one, but two, trips up the dreaded “Hill of Death” in Peru.
Hurt Nordic’s Aaron Huneck led the field during the run, finishing that leg easily 2 minutes ahead of the main group. However a mechanical just 200 meters into the bike leg, set him back at least 10 minutes, a deficit he just couldn’t make up.
Beauharnois took advantage of Huneck’s mishap and broke away from the pack in the bike leg. The peleton feverishly worked to keep BB in control, but to no avail.
Bruce transitioned to rollerskis with at least a 7 minute advantage. A solid rollerski effort kept any possible challenge at bay, and Bruce crossed the line at 1:40:54, the third-fastest IMT time in history. Defending Champ, Chris Rose, skied the fastest rollerski leg, but could only pull back 3 minutes and finished in second. Tom Moffett put together a strategic bike leg and held steady on the ski to win the Bronze medal. Official Results can be found at this link.
Peru Nordic used Bruce’s victory to help easily win the Fernando Pizzarro Team Trophy. Aaron Huneck managed a strong finish to win the Junior world championship. And, Deb Nordyke won yet another women’s world title. Remember to pencil in the last Saturday in July on your race calendar for IMT 2015.