Lance Armstrong’s Pro Masters Unsanctioned Race – Who will win?
This is one for the keen triathletes out there. If you haven’t been keeping up to date with this developing story, back in 2012 Chris McCormack called Lance Armstrong out to race (see below) and the topic was brought up recently by Bob Babbitt with ‘Macca’ in the build up to the Laguna Phuket triathlon - http://triathlon.competitor.com/2013/12/video/post-challenge-laguna-phuket-interview-chris-mccormack_90711
It seems from Lance Armstrong’s twitter feed that we now have a race on our hands (nothing like a good social media storm to move these things along) but who is your favourite (comment below and let me know your thoughts). The current competitors are listed as follows:
Lance Armstrong - American former professional road racing cyclist. Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005 before being disqualified from those races and banned from competitive cycling for life for doping offenses by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. After originally being a triathlete before focusing solely on cycling, Lance went back to the sport once he retired from cycling. Before he was banned from competitive races he won 2 Half Ironman triathlon race in Hawaii – the second 70.3 distance event in 3:50:55. The same race having Greg Bennett and Chris Lieto finishing second and third in 3:53:41 and 4:05:55 respectively. Before he could qualify for the World Championships in the full distance (140.6km) he was banned. Lance’s full Ironman 70.3 record can be found here - http://www.runtri.com/2012/02/lance-armstrong-results-at-ironman-703.html
Greg Bennett - has won six World Cup titles, as well as being ranked world number one triathlete in 2002 and 2003. Bennett competed at the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He placed fourth with a total time of 1:51:41.
Chris Lieto -is a professional triathlete and the winner of the 2006Ironman Japan, 2005 Ironman Canada, and 2002 Ironman Wisconsin triathlons
Chris McCormack - is a two-time winner of the Ironman World Championship, winning the titles in 2007 and 2010. He is also the winner of the 1997 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series, the 1997 Triathlon World Championships, and the 2012 Long Distance World Championships.
FYI – John Ratzan is a Ironman Foundation Newton Running Ambassador
Thoughts? Remember form, possible race location/conditions, current sporting participation, rather than necessarily record.