Crowie Wins Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013
Crowie and American Meredith Kessler both won their respective races at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013, giving them momentum heading into the World Championships.
Craig faced stiff competition coming into Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013 with three-time winner Luke Bell predicted to challenge for 1st place. He came out of the water in 9th place with a time of 24:01, 1:32 behind Allen Gardner. Luke Bell took the lead on the bike and established a 43-second lead over Craig. However, Crowie upped his pace and caught up to Bell and eventually took the lead. On the run, Craig’s immediate opponents were Bell and Elliot Holtham, with only one second separating the three. Holtham eventually faded away from the two Australians about halfway through. Bell held on and made it a close battle, but Craig grinded away a 35-second buffer between the two. He would hold on to this lead to win his third race of the year.
Kessler showed why she was the favourite, winning Lake Stevens in dominant fashion. It wasn’t too long ago she found herself laying unconscious at Eagleman 70.3. That accident didn’t seem to deter her at all, as she has now won two races in as many weeks, taking out Vineman and now adding Lake Stevens to her tally. The American was the first to get out of the water with a time of 25:18, followed by Tenille Hoogland and the rest of the leading pack consisting of Madison Mackenzie, Melanie McQuaid, Jeanni Seymour, Caroline Gregory, and Kate Bevilaqua. Only McQuaid was able to go toe to toe with Kessler, both of them riding ahead of everybody else by over 10 minutes. Kessler was just too strong on the run, as she powered past McQuaid to win Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens 2013 with a 5 minute lead. McQuaid finished in second followed by Bevilaqua in third.
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