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BrianBichbike.gif28th BREWHOUSE TRIATHLON - Brian Bich (photo) could, as they say, "Make History" on Saturday. A win at the Brewhouse (Olympic) Triathlon would be his 12th at that annual classic, and it would snap his tie with Tony Schiller for the most wins in a single triathlon. (Tony has 11-wins at the Lake Waconia Triathlon.

A state record is on the line.

Can he do it? He's 48 now and has scaled back his racing in order to increase his participation in the lives of his two teen sons. Additionally, he'll be facing a resurgent Josh Blankenheim at BH. Josh beat Brian by 43 seconds at Heart of the Lakes.

In Bich's defense, HOLT was his first racing effort of the year. For Blank, it was his fourth....

Sunday Race Summaries...

sean-shicago.gifCHISAGO LAKES SPRINT - Dan Hedgecock and Heather Lendway rocked course records this morning. HL finished 2nd overall in 1:17:15, which broke pro Lauren Goss' 2012 CR by 1:45 and the amateur course best by 6:23. RESULTS

CHISAGO LAKES HALF IM - DKT won for the 6th time (in six starts) and Tim Hola of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, lowered Jon Balabuck's 2006 amateur course record.

Iowa pro Tami Ritchie won the women's half in 4:33:39. The overall women's amateur title went to Kortney Haag, who set a PR with her 4:34:23. Lots of personal bests, like Sean Cooley's 4:09:04 - 4th place overall (photo L), and divistional records were set on this coolish, windy day. Photos and more words on Tuesday. RESULTS

WASECA 1/3 - Cathy Yndestad became the first woman to break the 3-hour mark (2:56:16 - 4th overall!) at this unique event. Travis Miller  won for the dudes (2:51:38). RESULTS

 

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BEST IN THE WORLD...

GWENN-LONDON.gifUsatriathlon.org - American Gwen Jorgensen was featured in today’s Wall Street Journal. Read an excerpt from the story here and click the link below for the full feature.

Gwen Jorgensen was working as an Ernst & Young accountant when she received an unusual recruiting pitch: Why not try triathlon?

The pitch came from credible quarters—USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body in America. But Jorgensen felt as if the organization must have mistaken her for someone else. She’d never done a triathlon. She wasn’t a cyclist. During her swimming and running career at the University of Wisconsin, she had never won gold, silver or bronze at the NCAA championships....

Walker, Fergus Falls & Shell Lake...

linda-s.gif5th Annual CHASE THE POLICE TRIATHLON - Cheryl Zitur repeated as women's champ, doing so in course record time. She has won two of the four tris she's raced in this season. The men's winner was Brian Sames, the 2013 Most Improved recipient. It was Brian's milestone 10th career victory. Zitur (45-49W), Racquel Wohlik (19U), Linda Schievelbein (50-54W - lovely photo L) and Neil King (60-64M) set divisional records. RESULTS

2nd Annual SHELL LAKE TRIATHLON - One hundred and thirty-five participants finished this year's race, which was won by Wisconsinites Chris Stevens (New Richmond) and Christa Wille (Madison). RESULTS

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RAAM Odyssey...

RAM-Medal.gifED. We got this email last weej from Dan Gruhlke:

Dear MTN Guys,
.... I wanted to pass along some tidbits about a local boy (well, young man), Luke Kocher, who’s preparing for the MN RAAM ride July 25th. I know it’s not a tri, but his story speaks to those who are in it for health, with a competition kicker.


I first met Luke as a kindergarten student of mine. Well, now he’s grown (in his mid-20’s), and has competed in the MN RAAM 120 (2013) and is presently preparing for the MN RAAM 400 that may qualify him for the big Kahuna itself (RAAM 2016). ....


In the meantime, here’s some background info. that I asked Luke for my own edification:  ...

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