In the wake of her storming win in the recent Corus Elite, Wales , Julie Dibens was delighted to win her second 70.3 of the year down in Wimbleball , Devon, South West England, despite having a few hiccups along the way. It is renowned for being one of the hardest 70.3 courses in the world with and extremely tough and hilly bike course, and a hilly mixed terrain run.
Julie exited the swim in the front pack of men, and came into transition on 3rd. The next women where at this point about 2mins plus back. Out on the bike Julie started out feeling strong, but within a few miles her first incident of the day occurred. A rabbit ran out into the road, and after trying to keep pace with Julie decided that enough was enough and turned sharply into her! Needless to say, and unfortunately for the little bunny, Julie won this contest hands down! You will be glad to know that the camera crew, who were following her at the time, stopped to see if the bunny was ok and later reported that it had survived but its eyes looked a little puffy!
Hiccup number 2 then came at about mile 10 into the 56 mile bike, where part of there handlebars/ time trial bars feel off! At this point Julie thought that it might be best for her to call it a day, as she wasn't sure how safe it would be to continue. And after stopping to pick up the parts that fell of, she decided that she would at least ride the rest of the first loop back to transition. By the time she got back, and having changed her mind at least 100 times, she decided to keep going, as at this point she was still in the lead. On Lap 2 she put her head down again and hammered out a 7 to 8min lead by the end of the bike.
The run then went amazingly smoothly and she crossed the line in 4hrs49mins. Her longest race to date! Kaja Schumacher came in 2nd and Michelle Lee in 3rd.
Next up for Julie is a 24hr Mountain bike race, Mountain Mayhem, ( Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Hertfordshire) , where she will race on a team of 4. It should be interesting, and good fun. The weekend after that she will then be off to Copenhagen, Denmark, to compete in the European champs.
photos Janos Schmidt