2014 Ironman Boulder 70.3 - Race Day
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Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3. He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.

The Boulder 70.3 is one of the hottest races that Boulder hosts each year. This year, we will see the inaugural Boulder Ironman take place in August, yet we still saw many of the local favorites compete in this year's 70.3. Joe Gambles won for the 4th consecutive year, and set a new course record of 3:42:13. Tim Don came in 2nd with an incredible 1:11:49 run. On the women's side, Jodie Swallow took 1st place, after a very competitive run. Rachel Joyce took 2nd, and Leanda Cave came in 3rd. Enjoy our race day gallery. This is meant to be a general overview showing some of the highlights. We will be publishing a detailed look at some of the rigs in the near future.



Joe Gambles 

  • Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
  • Joe Gambles is riding the new Trek Speed Concept this year.  He has a single BTA bottle out front behind a CycleOps computer.  He is wearing a Rudy Wing 57 helmet.  He has a Bontrager Aeolus 7 in front, and a disc in the rear.
  • Joe was the last pro to leave transition.  Here he is performing some final checks on his bike.
  • Joe's transition area was clean and orderly.
  • Joe started the bike leg with a large lead from the main group.
  • Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
  • Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
  • Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
  • Joe Gambles on the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3.  He hammered hard, and had the fastest time of the day at 2:03:03.
  • Joe Gambles came off the bike with a sizeable lead.  He ran a 1:14:03, which was fast enough to hold onto 1st place, but not as fast as Tim Don, who ran a 1:11:49 to take 2nd place.
  • Joe Gambles came off the bike with a sizeable lead.  He ran a 1:14:03, which was fast enough to hold onto 1st place, but not as fast as Tim Don, who ran a 1:11:49 to take 2nd place.
  • Joe Gambles won the 2014 Boulder 70.3 with a time of 3:42:13.  This was a new course record.  Joe has now won this race 4 years in a row.
  • Joe Gambles won the 2014 Boulder 70.3 with a time of 3:42:13.  This was a new course record.  Joe has now won this race 4 years in a row.
  • Joe Gambles won the 2014 Boulder 70.3 with a time of 3:42:13.  This was a new course record.  Joe has now won this race 4 years in a row.

Tim Don 

  • Tim Don and his ride after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  He is riding a Specialized Shiv s-works edition.  He has an s-works crank with s-works aero chain rings.  Wheels are from ENVE composites.  Up front, Tim has a TriRig Omega SV brake, TriRig Sigma stem, and Enve SES aerobar.
  • Tim Don and his ride after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  He is riding a Specialized Shiv s-works edition.  He has an s-works crank with s-works aero chain rings.  Wheels are from ENVE composites.  Up front, Tim has a TriRig Omega SV brake, TriRig Sigma stem, and Enve SES aerobar
  • Tim Don's Specialized Shiv s-works edition.  He has an s-works crank with s-works aero chanrings.  Wheels are from ENVE composites.  Up front, Tim has a TriRig Omega SV brake, TriRig Sigma stem, and Enve SES aerobar
  • Tim Don's front end is extremely clean.  A bare wire connects his TriRig Omega SV brake to the integral cable hanger of the TriRig Sigma stem.  There is very little for the wind to hit.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don on the Boulder 70.3 bike course.  He stayed with the main group that chased Joe Gambles all day.  Tim's time for the bike portion of the race was 2:07:13.
  • Tim Don's Garmin Edge 500 shows his average power as being 279 watts.
  • Tim had an INCREDIBLE run time of 1:11:49, which was the fastest run of the day.  This, however, was not enough to catch Joe Gambles, and left Tim in 2nd place.  Tim finished the race in 3:44:05.
  • Tim had an INCREDIBLE run time of 1:11:49, which was the fastest run of the day.  This, however, was not enough to catch Joe Gambles, and left Tim in 2nd place.  Tim finished the race in 3:44:05.

Richie Cunningham 

  • Richie Cunningham rode a Trek Speed Concept.  He finished the day in 3rd place with a time of 3:46:54.
  • Richie Cunningham rode a Trek Speed Concept.  He finished the day in 3rd place with a time of 3:46:54.
  • Richie Cunningham rode a Trek Speed Concept.  He finished the day in 3rd place with a time of 3:46:54.

James Seear 

  • James Seear with his Cervelo P5-Three after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.
  • James Seear with his Cervelo P5-Three after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.
  • James Seear rode a Cervelo P5-Three at the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  Front and rear wheels came from ENVE composites.  Out front you can see a TriRig Omega.
  • The front end of James Seear's P5-Three is finished with a TriRig Omega brake, which cleans things up nicely.
  • James Seear runs a BTA bottle with Garmin computer mount on top.
  • James' transition area was quite minimal.
  • James Seear stayed with the main group the whole race.  He rode a 2:07:18.
  • James Seear stayed with the main group the whole race.  He rode a 2:07:18.
  • James Seear stayed with the main group the whole race.  He rode a 2:07:18.
  • James Seear stayed with the main group the whole race.  He rode a 2:07:18.
  • James Seear stayed with the main group the whole race.  He rode a 2:07:18.
  • After the race, James was happy and energetic.  His time for the day was 3:51:38, which put him in 7th place.

Kevin Collington 

  • Kevin Collington rode a BMC Time Machine TM01.  Wheels were from Shimano, with a DURA-ACE C75 in front, and a pro disc in back.  Top tube was quite messy.
  • Kevin Collington stuck with the main group all day, and finished the bike in 2:07:23.
  • Kevin Collington averaged 224 watts on the bike portion of the Boulder 70.3
  • Kevin Collington ran a 1:20:01, and finished the day 8th, with a total time of 3:52:23.

Jordan Jones 

  • Jordan Jones rode a Trek Speed Concept.  Wheels were from HED, with a disc in back.  Up front he had a profile design BTA bottle with a computer on top, and his own personal buffet taped to the bars.
  • Jordan Jones taped several cliff bars, gels, and other items to his bars.  I am not sure how many cliff bars he planned to eat during the race, but he had a couple unfinished items left over on his bike when he went out on the run.  This is not the most aerodynamic method for carrying nutrition.  Reducing the number of items and finding a better way to store them would have made Jordan's bike more efficent.
  • Jordan midway through the bike leg.  He rode a 2:10:27, finishing behind the main group.
  • Jordan on the run course.  He ran a 1:21:07, which put him in 11th place with a total time of 1:21:07.

Jodie Swallow 

  • Jodie Swallow rode a Scott Plasma on ENVE wheels.
  • Jodie's transition area was clean and organized.  Very minimal.
  • Jodie Swallow took an early lead on the bike, and lead most of the bike leg.  Rachel Joyce caught her mid-way through the race, and had a better bike split.  Swallow finished the bike in 2:17:08, while Joyce finished in 2:14:55.
  • Jodie Swallow took an early lead on the bike, and lead most of the bike leg.  Rachel Joyce caught her mid-way through the race, and had a better bike split.  Swallow finished the bike in 2:17:08, while Joyce finished in 2:14:55.
  • Jodie Swallow took an early lead on the bike, and lead most of the bike leg.  Rachel Joyce caught her mid-way through the race, and had a better bike split.  Swallow finished the bike in 2:17:08, while Joyce finished in 2:14:55.
  • Swallow and Joyce started the run very close and battled for 1st.  In the end, Swallow had a better run split of 1:24:20, compared to Joyce who ran a 1:25:39.
  • Swallow and Joyce started the run very close and battled for 1st.  In the end, Swallow had a better run split of 1:24:20, compared to Joyce who ran a 1:25:39.
  • Swallow took 1st place with a time of 4:07:37.
  • Swallow rejoicing after the race.

Rachel Joyce 

  • Rachel Joyce rode a Cervelo P5, with a DURA-ACE C50 in front and C75 in back.
  • Rachel Joyce's transition area.  Very clean and organized.
  • Rachel Joyce had the best women's bike split, finishing the bike leg in 2:14:55.
  • Rachel Joyce put out an average of 219 watts on the bike.
  • Rachel Joyce didn't do as well on the run as Jodie Swallow, and dropped to 2nd place, with a total time of 4:09:00

Leanda Cave 

  • Leanda Cave with her Canyon Speedmax CF after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.
  • Leanda Cave with her Canyon Speedmax CF after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.
  • Leanda Cave's Canyon Speedmax CF.  She was riding Mavic wheels, and DURA-ACE cranks.
  • Leanda Cave's Canyon Speedmax CF.
  • Take a closer look at how Leanda Cave has secured her shoes.  That looks like black electrical tape!!! Ick!
  • You can see that the non-drive side shoe was also secured with black electrical tape.
  • Leanda Cave's transition area.  Very clean and neat.
  • Leanda Cave starting the bike portion of the Boulder 70.3
  • Leanda Cave starting the bike portion of the Boulder 70.3
  • Leanda Cave starting the bike portion of the Boulder 70.3
  • Yup.  That black electrical tape that Leanda Cave used to secure her shoes did not come off cleanly at all.  She rode with it attached to her crank for most of the race.
  • Leanda Cave mid-way through the bike portion of the Boulder 70.3
  • Mid-way through the race, Leanda Cave's non-drive side shoe still has electrical tape hanging off the back.
  • Leanda Cave rode a 2:22:02, which was the 4th best women's bike split of the day.
  • Leanda Cave ran a 1:23:53, which secured 3rd place for her, with a total time of 4:13:03.

Misc. 

  • A sea of bikes at the 2014 Boulder 70.3
  • A sea of bikes at the 2014 Boulder 70.3
  • The main group starting out the bike leg of the Boulder 70.3
  • The main group heading north on 36 as they try and chase down Joe Gambles.
  • Part of the main group that tried to chase down Joe Gambles.
  • Part of the main group that tried to chase down Joe Gambles.
  • Finisher medals at the 2014 Boulder 70.3
  • Greg Bennett with his Speed Concept after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  Greg did well on the bike, but did not finish the run.
  • Greg Bennett with his Speed Concept after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  Greg did well on the bike, but did not finish the run.
  • Paul Matthews (AKA Barny) with his Blue Triad after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  Paul came in 5th place, with a time of 3:47:50.
  • Paul Ambrose with his Bianchi after the 2014 Boulder 70.3.  Paul finished 9th with a time of 3:55:30.
  • Davide Giardini with his Specialized Shiv after the 2014 Boulder 70.3
  • Robbie Wade with his Quintana Roo Illicito after the 2014 Boulder 70.3
  • James Hadley with his Boardman Air TT 9.8 after the 2014 Boulder 70.3

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