Wildflower Triathlons- Lake San Antonio, CA – The 26th Anniversary of the AVIA Wildflower Triathlons, would bring the largest and deepest pro field in the history of the race known as the “woodstock of triathlon”. Over 35,000 competitors and spectators would gather for a weekend of racing and camping in location that has drawn top athletes for decades to try their hand at conquering the heat, Nasty Grade, and the trails that make Wildflower so unique. 2009 was no different.
The pro field in Saturday’s long course event would turn out to be 60-men deep, complete with AVIA’s Eneko Llanos (2nd in 2008 at Wildflower & Kona), Wildflower course record holder – Terrenzo Bozzone, 70.3 world champions, Olympians, and ITU World Champions.
As expected Andy Potts would kick out an easy swim split of 18:36, and leave it to the bike & run specialists to chase him over the hilly terrain. On the bike, several top contenders burned themselves too deeply in the heat of Wildflower and their pursuit of Andy to see the finish line. The race would come down to the run. With 5k left to go, the finish was still up in the air as a pack of five was determined to be the last one standing. AVIA sponsored Eneko Llanos and Reinaldo Colucci of teamTBB would post outstanding bike splits in their fight to the end, but still couldn’t match Potts 1:14:38 run split. Potts would roll across the line, carrying his 2-yr old son, looking very suprised that his nearest competitor was 3-minutes back. Llanos cruised to another second place finish and smiling, said “it was a very tough day”. You can bet he’ll be back for more, both at the 2010 Wildflower and later this season. Also- look for 24-year old, Reinaldo Colucci to put up even faster times as he begins to realize his potential.
Additional AVIA athletes competing, included: Nicholas Thompson (11th), Trevor Wurtele (17th), Lars Finanger (18th), Justin Hurd (22nd), Victor Plata (31st), Jonathan Caron (34th).
In the collegiate race, AVIA sponsored UCSD would finish in 1st place with Tim Rey finishing in 4th and other teammates contributing to the score included Mark Schommer (8th), and Sante Kotturi (14th).