The Revolution3 Pro Series kicks off this weekend in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee. The 2013 series has an updated format, highlighting three Olympic distance venues (Knoxville, Wisconsin, and Maine), and four Half distance venues (Quassy, Williamsburg, Branson, and Florida). Professional athletes must compete in a minimum of three races to be eligible for the series, with loyalty points awarded for additional races. The series finale takes place May 2014 in Knoxville.
Knoxville has been a very popular event among professionals in years past, drawing a deep and competitive field. While 2012 winner, Greg Bennett, will not be toeing the line in 2013, seven of the top-ten male finishers will return. This year’s women’s field showcases a variety of athletes of different distances and only two of the previous top-ten returning.
Here’s our take at a few of the race favorites:
Headlining the men’s field is Cameron Dye of Boulder, CO. Dye finished 2nd at Knoxville in 2012, and 8th overall in the Rev3 Pro Series. He also took the overall win in the 2012 LifeTime Fitness Race to the Toyota Cup series. Dye is known for having a deadly swim-bike combo, aiming to put as much time in to the field as he can before T2. Dye finished 7th last weekend at St. Anthony’s Triathlon.
We expect that Dye will lead the swim, along with Kyle Leto and Eric Limkemann, a Rev3 Series Pro and winner of the 2012 Half Full race in Maryland. Limkemann is known as a workingman’s athlete, earning every step in his career. Chris Foster, out of Los Angeles could be the man to watch though. Coming off his recent 6th at St Anthony’s Triathlon last week, Foster showed his has the legs to challenge Dye. The swim could be the deciding factor here.
While better known for his off-road prowess, Conrad Stoltz will be there when the gun goes off in Knoxville this year. If history repeats itself, expect Stoltz to be a few minutes down from the leaders out of the water, put in a blazing fast bike ride, and hold on to pound out a quick 10k run. Conrad recently suffered a deeply cut hand at the Xterra West Championship, so we hope to see him recovered and ready to race hard in Knoxville.
Look for Minnesota-based David Thompson to be neck-and-neck with Stoltz, packing a similar strategy and strength on the bike. Thompson won the Rev3 Pro Series in 2010, and has been a long-time Rev3 athlete.
Also keep an eye on Rev3 speedsters Brandon Marsh, Kyle Leto, Andrew Yoder, and Kaleb VanOrt. The mens field is a big one this year, with 29 total starters.
Headlining the women’s field this year is Lauren Goss, who placed 2nd at Knoxville in 2012. Goss is already off to a great year, placing 5th at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, immediately following an intense training camp in Tucson, AZ. While previously a resident of Clermont, FL, Goss recently announced a permanent move to Tucson. Her well-rounded race and fast 10k times are always a welcome addition at Rev3 races.
2012 Danish Olympian, Helle Frederiksen, will also be in the hunt for a win at Knoxville, after beating Goss and taking the win at the Nautica South Beach Triathlon last month. Frederiksen is relatively new to non-draft racing, having made a surprising decision to forego Danish national support and ITU-style racing. Our own Simply Stu recently interviewed Helle to talk about the changes and her interest in the Rev3 series.
Mirinda Carfrae is a threat at any distance and on any race course – and expect no different in Knoxville this year. Carfrae is coming off St. Anthoy’s this past weekend, finishing 6th and is coming into Knoxville early for a look at the course. A past winner of both the Ironman and 70.3 World Championships, Carfae also brings the heat to Olympic-distance racing, taking 2nd place at the 2011 Hy-Vee championship in under 2 hours. A 3-time winner of Rev3 Quassy, watch for Mirinda to unleash a deadly fast run.
Half-distance specialist, Magali Tisseyre is ready to improve upon her third place finish in 2011. “Mighty Magali” brings a well-rounded game, highlighted by a very quick finishing speed. She also won our Half distance race in South Carolina two years ago, and we hope to see Magali at more Rev3 events in 2013.
It will be a close battle between all of our female competitors this weekend. Will one of the above ladies win it? Sam Warriner, Jessica Jones Meyers, and Radka Vodičková
COMPLETE PRO ROSTER – START LIST:
For more info on our PRO Triathletes racing go to: http://rev3tri.com/knoxville/pros-2/roster-2013/
Knoxville Prize Purse Total: $50,000
• 1st place = $7,000
• 2nd place = $4,500
• 3rd place = $3,750
• 4th place = $3,000
• 5th place = $2,500
• 6th place = $1,750
• 7th place = $1,000
• 8th place = $750
• 9th = $500
• 10th = $250
Fastest Split Bonu$! = $833
• For the fastest swim, bike, and run splits for both men and women.
• To be eligible, Professionals must finish the race.