Santa Rosa, California – AVIA ladies stole the show at the 2009 Vineman 70.3. Both men’s and women’s races hosted one of the deepest, fastest fields of athletes ever. The 19th annual race was hotter than most – 75-degree water and temps reaching 107-degrees for the late afternoon runners.
In the women’s race, AVIA’s Jo Zeiger, defending Ironman 70.3 World Champion had the fastest swim with Dede Greisbauer and Pip Taylor following her out of the Russian River. On the bike course, Zeiger continued to ride strong, as did Kelly Couch, Tyler Stewart and Linsey Corbin. On this winding bike course through the Sonoma vineyards, AVIA’s Pip Taylor put over 4-minutes into her competition.
The run course began to heat up, resulting in several changes in the men’s race. Jo Zeiger ran into complications with her asthma and had to drop out at mile 9. AVIA’s Tyler Stewart, felt sluggish from her recent Ironman effort, but had a breakthrough late in run. Pip held her strong lead to take the crown with a 4:20:04 clock time. Stewart beaming, sprinted for the line and took 2nd; Dede Greisbauer cruised to 3rd.
In the men’s race, AVIA’s Reinaldo Colucci and Eduardo Sturla took a wrong turn on the bike course, dropping them from 2nd & 3rd to a dissappointing 6th & 10th place finish. Local pro, Nicholas Thompson had a breakthrough race, finishing in 7th with a time of 4:04:15.
Additional AVIA athletes competing, include: Alexis Smith and Tracy Robertson