Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Julie Dibens breaks Ironman 70.3 record

Julie Dibens breaks Ironman 70.3 record

It is amazing to see times fall in an Ironman event full or half. Many things are changing and companies are starting to put money into testing and producing really fast bikes.

Julie Dibens won her second world title this month at the 70.3 World Championships on Saturday, and the Trekand Bontrager-sponsored athlete became the first woman to break 4 hours in the 70.3 distance.

Holding off Team Timex’s Mary Beth Ellis, a Olympic 3-time silver medalist, and Canadian superstar runner Magali Tisseyre, Dibens became the first athlete in history to win both the Xterra and 70.3 World Championships in the same year.

Originally from Bath, England, Dibens used Trek's Speed Concept bike, the same as used by Alberto Contador at his 2009 Tour de France victory. Dibens dominated the bike portion of the course and established her lead with a blistering 2:07 bike split.

“I knew I had the advantage on the bike, and I really looked to capitalize on it,” said Dibens. “I just felt like I was flying out there. I almost felt guilty to have such an advantage over the other girls.”"