Morning Star Staff
They were at opposite ends of the country, but Vernon’s Heather and Trevor Wurtele both found the podium in Iroman events last weekend.
Heather claimed the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Sunday in Cambridge, Mass. to give her a hat trick of wins so far this season. She earlier won Ironman 70.3 Mexico and Ironman 70.3 California.
Along with being one of the strongest cyclists in long distance triathlon, Heather has added a powerful run to her arsenal. Wurtele rode her way into second at the bike/run transition in Massachussets and soon took the lead setting a mile run pace of minutes and 18 seconds.
Wurtele’s winning time was 4:11:03. She was followed at the finish line by a hard-charging Caitlin Snow of the USA and fellow Canadian Rachel McBride, in third.
Trevor, meanwhile, finished runner-up in Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Boise, Idaho.
He exited the swim in eighth spot and once on the bike, move rapidly through the field of Pro Elite men. Posting the day’s fastest bike split of 2:09:28 for the 113-kilometre ride set Wurtele up for a battle with two multiple pro Ironman champions – Luke Bell of Australia and fellow Canadian Brent McMahon.
After three hours and 57 minutes of intense racing, Wurtele took second 12 seconds back of McMahon, while Australia’s Luke Bell rounded off the podium in third. Trevor recently was third at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans.
He will return to Whistler on July 27 to defend his Ironman Canada title.
Heather and Trevor Wurtele grew up and attended school in Vernon and recently bought a home in Kelowna. The Okanagan is their summer training base while winters are mainly spent in Southern Utah and Southern California.
They race for the companies of Saucony Shoes / Cervelo Bikes / First Endurance Nutrition / ENVE Wheels / Manitoba Harvest / CycleOps Power and Aquasphere Westsuits.