Report / photograph from John Coxon
USA's Sarah Haskins stormed away with an early lead on the swim and never looked back. She won the race finishing about 1min30 up ahead of Julie. Julie had an uncharacteristically poor bike, and failed to find her usual gears. She came into T2 1 minute back on Haskins, and had to put in a solid run to hold off the faster runners coming from behind.
photo John Coxon
Miranda Carfrae came home 3rd, and an under the weather Emma Snowsill came home in 4th. Emma did just enough to hold on to win the series and have enough points to take home a bonus of $60,000. Julie finished off the series in 2nd place, but bizarrely didn't have enough points to pick up her $25,000 prize bonus.....despite finishing 2nd and 3rd in all the races. But Julie was delighted to pick up her $25,000 for her 2nd place in Dallas, and thoroughly enjoyed racing in the series. She'll be back next year, and hopes to be on the top of the podium at some point.
Julie now flies onto the sun and sand in Maui, Hawaii . She will now spend 2 weeks preparing for the Xterra World Championships. Out goes her Time Trial Bike and in comes her flash all new BMC full suspension bike, ready to hit the trails in Maui.
Keep up with her progress by visiting Julie Dibens.com
photos Janos Schmidt