IRONMAN Canada was an exciting week for SUGOI. With a strong expo, multiple cheer stations along the course, fantastic athletes and even a band, we had week to remember!
Our athletes, Liz Lyles, Cam Wurf, Steph Corker, Cheryl Orlovsky, and Marla Zucht travelled from near and far to participate in one of the longest running IRONMAN races, held in Whistler for its 3rd year after moving from Penticton, BC in 2013. Known as one of the toughest IRONMANs, our athletes didn’t shy away, even when the weather took a turn for the worse during a monsoon like swim start and temps that dropped to 6C on the bike before the sun finally came out in the afternoon.
SUGOI Elite Brand Champion, Gold level All World Athlete and 10 + x Ironman finisher Steph Corker came out of the water in 5th place (57:25) to face the winds and downpour rain on the bike. The Vancouver-based athlete was challenged further when she experienced multiple bike mechanicals for the first 60km in dropping temps. Steph considered quitting, but with the encourgament of her coach, family and friends, found the resolve to continue. The sun finally appeared on the run, where Corker caught the leader and won her age group, finishing at 10:47:04 and earning a spot to Kona - her goal since she last qualified in 2012. Our lesson from Steph Corker: Never ever give up. Keep going. Big congrats to Steph!
SUGOI Elite Brand Champion and Pro Cyclist Cam Wurf took the tri scene by storm when he won his age group at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside in March of this year – his first triathlon ever. After his success there, the ex pro Cannondale Cyclist was inspired to push his limits and take on a full IRONMAN, with aspiration to qualify for a spot to Kona. Cam had an amazing race, especially considering the tough course, coupled with the challenging weather conditions that took many pros out on the bike.
The California based Australian pushed hard on the swim and even harder on the bike, playing to his strengths and earning the fastest bike split of 4:47:25 – over 10 minutes faster than the pro leader. Cam finished 9th overall, ahead of the pro women with a final time of 9:26:27. Congrats Cam, we can’t wait to do this all over again in Kona!
Cheryl Orlovsky became a SUGOI pro triathlete this year after winning her age group at IRONMAN Canada in 2014. For 2015, Orlovsky had her sights set on developing herself as a world class athlete with big plans for top finishes at half and full distance races. With Whistler in her backyard, Cheryl trained hard and did her homework, improving her finish time by 35 minutes and placing 7th overall. Way to go Cheryl!
Pro Triathlete Liz Lyles joined SUGOI after a successful 2014, including placing seventh at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii gaining honors as the top American female. As a newly sponsored SUGOI athlete in 2015, Lyles hit the ground running with her win at the Wildflower Triathlon and placing 2nd at the IRONMAN Latin American Championship in Brazil and qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona. Despite a rigorous training schedule and goals to win IRONMAN CANADA, the tough weather conditions had Reno-based Lyles shaking to the core, forcing her to drop out. We are excited to cheer on Liz in Kona, where she hopes to place top 5!
Elite Brand Champion Marla Zucht hasn’t missed an IRONMAN Canada race since it first came to Whistler in 2013. Competing as an age grouper, Marla has adjusted her strategy over the years, with 2015 being her best performance yet, finishing in 4th place for her age group with 11:11:42.
We’re incredibly proud of the 2015 #TeamSugoi roster - a truly inspiring team - we'll be cheering for Steph, Liz and Cam all the way on their #RoadtoKona!