Heather Wurtele (CAN) proved once again she has become one of the most dominate competitors at half-distance racing. The Canadian proceeded to put a stamp the race with an early hard charging attach on the bike leg that resulted in Wurtele surging to the lead around 20 km's into the bike. Wurtele's one minute deficit was flipped over to close to a seven-minute advantage on Allison Linnell (USA) Mexico's Cecilia Perez as the women's race reach the conclusion of the 90-km bike.
It appeared that Wurtele was measure in her effort in the open 5 km of the run as the gap the second and third floated back slowly. Then Wurtele leads to second third rapidly increased leaving the field to fight it out for second and third. Wurtele would claim the lead by a 9:28 winning margin to Perez and 11:21 over Linnell.
Tim Don (GBR) is another athlete who has game dialed in at the half-distance and backed up that notion once again in Puerto Rico. Don was close to the front of exiting the water and surged to the front of the race in the opening km's of the bike. Smacking out a best bike ride by over four minutes as he carried a 5:50 lead on Cody Beals (CAN) and 7:06 on Trevor Wurtele. With a decent cushion between Don and his closest rivals, the 39-year-old handily cruised to the victory without having to go deep in the well of effort.
Top 5 Pro Men
1 Don, Tim GBR 0:25:52…2:07:04…1:17:05…3:52:27
2 Beals, Cody CAN 0:27:21…2:11:19…1:14:53…3:56:04
3 Wurtele, Trevor CAN 0:27:59…2:11:57…1:14:40…3:57:01
4 Mendez Cruz, Mauricio MEX 0:25:48…2:15:20…1:15:33…3:59:03
5 Rapp, Jordan USA 0:28:15…2:13:58…1:17:55…4:03:49
Top 5 Pro Women
1 Wurtele, Heather CAN 0:28:44…2:25:29…1:23:07…4:19:53
2 Perez, Cecilia MEX 0:27:44…2:32:24…4:29:21…4:29:21
3 Linnell, Allison USA 0:32:11…2:27:45…4:31:14…4:31:14
4 Hering, Jackie USA 0:29:53…2:35:57…4:33:39…4:33:39
5 Lyles, Liz USA 0:30:50…2:33:12…4:34:25…4:34:25