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Kessler and Docherty Win Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2013

July 16th, 2013

Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2013 saw Meredith Kessler overcome a bike crash in Eagleman 70.3 to successfully defend her 2012 Vineman 70.3 title, while Bevan Docherty beat the course record to win the mens’ title.

Kessler was forced to take a trip to the hospital after a serious crash on the bike stage in Eagleman only a little over a month ago , but didn’t seem too troubled by the accident on race day grabbing the lead in T2 to eventually win Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2013 a second year in a row ahead of Heather Jackson and Amy Marsh.

Bevan Docherty is in good form leading up to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships having now won two Ironman 70.3 races in a row. He also broke the Vineman course record with a time of 3:45:10 to win by more than two minutes ahead of Time Reed and Terenzo Bozzone.

“Training had been going really well leading into this race so I was really looking forward to testing my form”, Docherty said. ” I didn’t plan to race as hard as I did today but doing that sets me up to handle situations when I need to really dig deep and go to my limit.”

Docherty took the lead on the bike with a three minute gap over Bozzone and Reed, who worked hard on the run to reduce the gap to under a minute. However, the New Zealander held them off to push clear for the final two minute margin.

“At the five mile mark I decided to test everyone. No-one responded so I just put my head down and sent to it. Fifty miles is a long way to time trial but once I was clear of the chase group I got into a rhythm and pushed as hard as I could. It is not an easy run so I paced myself accordingly, I felt stronger as the run went on and once I hit the turn at the nine mile mark I knew I had it in the bag.”

The original article can be found here.

Kessler at the finish line, Vineman 2013 Photo from Ironman.com

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