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IRONMAN 70.3 California Oceanside

    IRONMAN 70.3 California Oceanside typically showcases one of the
    strongest pro fields of the year.
    With $60,000 and 750 points on the
    line, along with the prestige of capturing a win in the heart of
    triathlon country, this race is always hotly contested.

    Featured men: Five-time winner Andy Potts, Jan
    Frodeno, Matty Reed, Lionel Sanders, Brent McMahon, Jesse Thomas, David
    Kahn, Trevor Wurtele, Christian Kemp and Kevin Collington.


    Feature women: Heather Wurtele, Angela Naeth, Magali
    Tisseyre, Mel McQuaid, Heather Jackson, Michelle Vesterby, Emma-Kate
    Lidbury, Rachel McBride and Sarah Piampiano.

    Complete pro start list
    Event website

    Follow the IRONMAN 70.3 California race action here on IRONMAN.com and on Twitter at @IRONMANLive. Join the conversation using the hashtag #IM703Cali

    Race start time: Saturday, March 28: 6:40 a.m. Pacific – 9:40 a.m. Eastern 

    Holly Lawrence of GBR lead the pro women out of T1

    Fog at Mile 5 for the Pros cant even see them!

    Heather Jackson was only 2:17 down from the leaders out of the swim. With her bike/run combo that puts her in great position today.
    Our men's spotter at mile 5 reports that Andy Potts is leading with Frodeno, Frederic Belaubre riding behind him. Brent McMahon is at 15 seconds, Paul Mattews at 30 seconds. The next group of chasers are between 1:15 and 2:00 back

    Pro Men in the fog

    TOP 20 Pro Women - Out Of T-1

    1 27:13 71 Holly Lawrence GBR
    2 27:36 0:23 69 Alicia Kaye USA
    3 27:40 0:28 60 Jennifer Spieldenner USA
    4 27:56 0:44 87 Charlotte Morel FRA
    5 28:01 0:48 90 Magali Tisseyre CAN
    6 28:07 0:55 80 Christina Jackson USA
    7 28:08 0:55 68 Laurel Wassner USA
    8 28:13 1:01 67 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    9 28:39 1:26 77 Emily Cocks USA
    10 28:52 1:40 61 Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR
    11 28:54 1:41 63 Carrie Lester AUS
    12 29:22 2:09 59 Michelle Vesterby DNK
    13 29:24 2:12 55 Heather Wurtele CAN
    14 29:27 2:14 56 Heather Jackson USA
    15 29:30 2:18 70 Rachel McBride CAN
    16 29:34 2:21 58 Angela Naeth CAN
    17 30:10 2:58 73 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA
    18 31:06 3:53 57 Melanie McQuaid CAN
    19 32:27 5:14 66 Laura Siddall GBR
    20 32:33 5:21 65 Sarah Piampiano USA
    The Pro Women at Mile 5- Holly Lawrence has a 38 second lead over Magali Tisseyre followed by Alicia Kaye, Jennifer Spieldenner and Charlotte Morel. @ 1:40 back.
    Men at Mile 10 - Andy Potts continues to lead, followed by Frodeno, Brent McMahon and Belaubre. 30 seconds back is a chase pack containing Matthews, Kemp, Weiss, Schildknecht & Kahn.
    TOP 17 Pro Men - Thru Bike Split 1 - 12 miles

    1 52:55 2 Andy Potts USA
    2 52:56 0:02 1 Jan Frodeno DEU
    3 52:58 0:04 4 Brent McMahon CAN
    4 53:00 0:06 23 Frederic Belaubre FRA
    5 54:04 1:09 18 Leon Griffin AUS
    6 54:06 1:12 17 Kevin Collington USA
    7 54:11 1:17 8 Paul Matthews AUS
    8 54:25 1:31 49 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    9 54:33 1:39 5 Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
    10 54:39 1:45 13 Christian Kemp AUS
    11 54:59 2:05 6 Jesse Thomas USA
    12 55:11 2:16 43 Taylor Reid CAN
    13 55:12 2:18 35 Matt Franklin NZL
    14 55:15 2:20 14 David Kahn USA
    15 55:23 2:29 10 Trevor Wurtele CAN
    16 56:00 3:06 7 Lionel Sanders CAN
    17 56:38 3:44 36 Derek Garcia USA
    Thru the first timing mat at mile 12, the big mover is Sanders who has made up 1:16 of his gap. #IM703Cali
    Spotters are reporting that the thick fog is breaking at about mile 10 on the bike. Here at race central the sun is now shining on the last few swim waves coming in.
    And just like that, the fog has lifted off the harbor and it's the bright sunny day we were expecting. #IM703Cali
    And the last few waves are in the water getting ready to start under clear sunny skies
    At mile 15, Potts continues to lead the group. Frodeno, McMahon & Belaubre seem content to let him set the pace for now. They've increased the gap to the chasers to over 1 minute.
    Holly Lawrence has opened up over a minute lead on Magali Tisseyre & Alicia Kaye
    TOP 15 Pro Women - Thru Bike Split 1 - 12 miles

    1 57:25 71 Holly Lawrence GBR
    2 58:21 0:56 90 Magali Tisseyre CAN
    3 58:27 1:02 69 Alicia Kaye USA
    4 59:28 2:03 58 Angela Naeth CAN
    5 59:35 2:10 68 Laurel Wassner USA
    6 59:37 2:12 56 Heather Jackson USA
    7 59:40 2:15 60 Jennifer Spieldenner USA
    8 1:00:04 2:39 63 Carrie Lester AUS
    9 1:00:11 2:46 61 Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR
    10 1:00:13 2:48 80 Christina Jackson USA
    11 1:00:14 2:49 87 Charlotte Morel FRA
    12 1:00:21 2:56 70 Rachel McBride CAN
    13 1:00:24 2:59 55 Heather Wurtele CAN
    14 1:01:09 3:44 67 Rebeccah Wassner USA
    15 1:01:46 4:21 77 Emily Cocks USA
    At mile 20 Frodeno has moved to the front and is now driving the group. The chase pack led by Ronnie Schildknecth is 55 seconds back.

    Pro Men at MIle 20 Thick Fog again

    At mile 12 previous champion Melanie McQuaid is 6:45 back from the lead and riding hard.
    At mile 20 Holly Lawrence continues to grow her lead. It's now 1:35 over Tisseyre and Kaye. Angela Naeth is 2:10 back. Following her are Heather Jackson, Heather Wurtele, Rachel McBride & Laurel Wassner all with in 3:30.
    The Pro Womens Leader Holly Lawrence spent the latter part of 2014 in Olympic Distance events representing her home country of Wales in the Commonwealth Games. It seems she is bringing that speed here to Oceanside!
    As the pro men re-entered Camp Pendleton, Maik Twelsiek has closed the gap and attacked the base of the big climb. He has taken a 15 second lead over Frodeno & Potts.
    Another big mover on the bike is Jesse Thomas who has also closed 3 minutes of his deficit out of the swim to join the front chase group.
    Holly Lawrence continues to expand her lead. At mile 32 her lead is now up to 2:36 over Angela Naeth & Heather Jackson.
    Wow, Lionel Sanders is flying. At the base of climb 2 he has moved into 2nd place is just 26 seconds back of Twelsiek. #IM703Cali
    Unfortunately Magali Tisseyre has had a mechanical at about mile 30 and is out of the race, a shame as she was riding well and in the mix

    Andy Potts in the hunt

    At mile 40 Twelsiek leads Sanders by 30 seconds. The chase pack of Frodeno, McMahon, Potts, Thomas & Schildknecht are a further 10 seconds behind. It's setting up to be a mad rush to see who will the first into T2.

    TOP 18 Pro Men - Thru Bike Split 2 - 38.5 miles

    1 1:55:44 49 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    2 1:56:10 0:26 7 Lionel Sanders CAN
    3 1:56:19 0:35 2 Andy Potts USA
    4 1:56:20 0:36 4 Brent McMahon CAN
    5 1:56:21 0:37 1 Jan Frodeno DEU
    6 1:56:22 0:38 6 Jesse Thomas USA
    7 1:56:39 0:55 5 Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
    8 1:57:21 1:37 18 Leon Griffin AUS
    9 1:57:40 1:56 23 Frederic Belaubre FRA
    10 1:57:46 2:02 17 Kevin Collington USA
    11 1:59:24 3:40 43 Taylor Reid CAN
    12 2:00:12 4:28 10 Trevor Wurtele CAN
    13 2:01:04 5:20 11 Michael Weiss AUT
    14 2:02:33 6:49 35 Matt Franklin NZL
    15 2:03:11 7:27 36 Derek Garcia USA
    16 2:03:26 7:42 8 Paul Matthews AUS
    17 2:03:29 7:45 13 Christian Kemp AUS
    18 2:03:47 8:03 20 Chris Baird USA
    Spotters are reporting very calm conditions now that the dense fog has lifted. Sun is out and the day should warm up, hopefully not as hot as the previous days have been
    Holly Lawrence has just passed our women's spotter at mile 38. He reports she looks really strong and no one else is in sight yet.

    Lionel Sanders aka "The Green Flash" is riding well in 2nd place

    At mile 45, Twelsiek leads Sanders by 20 seconds. The chase group of Frodeno, McMahon, Potts & Thomas remain at 40 seconds. A lot of great runners in that group. Unless someone makes a big move in the last few miles, it's setting up to be an exciting run
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