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  • Women at mile 42: Cave, then Joyce and Blakemore within 6 seconds, Naeth now in 4th (she made up almost 2 minutes in the last 10 miles), Wurtele 1:40 back, Jackson 3:00
  • Keiko Tanaka and Bree Wee bring up the rear of the lead pack at 3:05 and 3:25 back. #IMTX
  • Jordan Rapp has pulled out of the race #IMTX
  • How does #IMTX compare to Kona? Humidity is higher, but the overall temp and wind is lower in Texas. Kona also has more climbing. Still, many pros who do well in Kona are doing well here.
  • Ben Hoffman and Andreas Raelert have pulled into the lead at mile 58 #IMTX
  • Top 10 Pro Men at Mile 60

    1 3:04:41 4 Ben Hoffman USA
    2 3:04:52 0:11 6 Andreas Raelert DEU
    3 3:04:54 0:13 2 Faris Al-Sultan DEU
    4 3:04:56 0:16 22 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA
    5 3:04:58 0:17 29 Todd Skipworth AUS
    6 3:04:59 0:18 14 Barrett Brandon USA
    7 3:06:39 1:59 10 Lionel Sanders CAN
    8 3:06:41 2:01 28 Joe Skipper GBR
    9 3:07:10 2:30 19 Matt Hanson USA
    10 3:07:30 2:50 24 David Plese SVN
  • With the wind picking up, BestBikeSplit is showing Hoffman will be about 3 minutes slower than first predicted. See his new power plan.
  • Naeth is still storming the women's field at mile 50, and has moved into 2nd behind Cave #IMTX
  • At mile 62, Raelert and Hoffman are 15 secs off the front. Sanders and Skipper 1:45 back. #IMTX
  • Katy Blakemore is 30 sec back, Wurtele at 2 minutes back, then Jackson at 3:15 and Wee and Tanaka. #IMTX
  • Hanging with Lionel Sanders, Joe Skipper has been averaging 308 watts for the past 15 minutes according to Quarq Race Intelligence.
  • Al-Sultan, Jerkowicz and Brandon falling back off lead pack. #IMTX
  • Wurtele riding 2 min back

  • Raelert pushing the pace off front

  • Angela Naeth just took the lead at mile 57! #IMTX
  • And Ben Hoffman just took the lead again, from Andreas Raelert. #IMTX
  • Angela Naeth was 6:30 back of the leaders on the swim. She's inexperienced at this distance, comparatively to the two women she's riding with now, but she's racing boldly today #IMTX
  • Hoffman and Raelert are putting in an effort and just turned south on 1486
  • Hoffman looking strong in the wind

  • @mrommel all smiles starting out the bike strong at #IMTX #ironMIAn

  • Top 20 men through mile 60:

    1 3:04:41 4 Ben Hoffman USA
    2 3:04:52 0:11 6 Andreas Raelert DEU
    3 3:04:54 0:13 2 Faris Al-Sultan DEU
    4 3:04:56 0:16 22 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA
    5 3:04:58 0:17 29 Todd Skipworth AUS
    6 3:04:59 0:18 14 Barrett Brandon USA
    7 3:06:39 1:59 10 Lionel Sanders CAN
    8 3:06:41 2:01 28 Joe Skipper GBR
    9 3:07:10 2:30 19 Matt Hanson USA
    10 3:07:30 2:50 24 David Plese SVN
    11 3:07:32 2:51 8 Ronnie Schildknecht CHE
    12 3:09:10 4:30 20 Jarmo Hast FIN
    13 3:10:40 5:59 27 Jonathan Shearon USA
    14 3:13:05 8:24 17 Matthew Curbeau USA
    15 3:15:32 10:51 21 Chad Holderbaum USA
    16 3:15:34 10:53 30 Jorge Vazquez MEX
    17 3:15:35 10:54 11 Pedro Gomes PRT
    18 3:16:59 12:18 13 Raymond Botelho USA
    19 3:17:05 12:24 7 Matthew Russell USA
    20 3:18:11 13:30 31 Patrick Wheeler USA
  • Angela Duncan Naeth trains in Las Vegas, meaning she is likely ready to deal with the heat here today. #IMTX
  • Rapp shared with our spotters that with this stiff wind coming out of the South, riders are going to find out pretty soon who is feeling good today and who doesn't have the legs.
  • At mile 71, Hoffman and Raelert lead, Sanders and Skipper 1:05 back of Raelert. #IMTX
  • Matt Hanson leading chase group with Schildknect. Plese is now 4 min back. #IMTX
  • Schildknecht will be stopping for a penalty. We're not sure why yet.
  • Barrett Brandon apparently had a strip of tape wrapped in his rear hub and SRAM support just helped him out. Sanders and Skipper have just passed the lead chase group, and are gaining serious ground on Hoffman and Raelert.
  • Plese and Hanson

  • Sanders is apparently "crushing" the course, but Raelert is back in the lead now #IMTX
  • Chris McDonald broke his chain and had a minor crash. He is now out of the race. #IMTX
  • Andreas Raelert was just given a blue card for drafting. "Cards being handed out left and right," our spotters report.
  • Sanders and Skipper have now bridged the gap and are now at the front with Raelert and Hoffman. #IMTX
  • At mile 75, Sanders has caught the leaders. #IMTX
  • The wind is really picking up out there, as is the heat and humidity.
  • Angela Duncan Naeth still leads now after mile 60, but here was the line-up at mile 58:

    1 3:24:20 41 Rachel Joyce GBR
    2 3:24:23 0:03 49 Angela Naeth CAN
    3 3:24:26 0:06 42 Leanda Cave GBR
    4 3:25:19 0:59 57 Katy Blakemore USA
    5 3:26:53 2:33 44 Heather Wurtele CAN
    6 3:28:13 3:53 47 Heather Jackson USA
    7 3:29:00 4:40 45 Bree Wee USA
    8 3:29:46 5:26 43 Corinne Abraham GBR
    9 3:30:26 6:06 66 Keiko Tanaka JPN
    10 3:32:44 8:24 51 Sofie Goos BEL
  • There are just shy of 3,000 age-groupers competing here today.
  • Skipper has taken the lead at mile 70. Sanders in 2nd. #IMTX
  • Hoffman is now :10 down to them in 3rd. #IMTX
  • Andreas Raelert is down :30 to Skipper in fourth, and still has to serve his penalty...
  • Jurkiewicz is 5th, Brandon 6th, Skipworth 7th, all 2:45 back. #IMTX
  • Our spotters report that it's really heating up now, as the clouds are burning off. Riders are showing the struggle...
  • The women at mile 70: Duncan Naeth still leads, Cave a few seconds back, Joyce at 1:10 back, Blakemore 2:28 back, Wurtele at 4:00 #IMTX
  • Al-Sultan has signalled to our spotters that he's really struggling. He's now riding in 10th, 5 minutes back. #IMTX
  • Heather Jackson and Corinne Abraham are riding together 5:45 back #IMTX
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