Tyler Butterfield continued his preparations for the Ironman World Championships in Kona,Hawaii in October, with an impressive win on Sunday in the Timberman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.
Timberman is one of the well established races on the Ironman calendar and as such attracts a number of strong long distances triathletes. 2016 was no exception with the likes of Tim O’Donnell, 3rd at the 2015 Ironman World Championships, on the start line.
It was O’Donnell who led the way on the bike building up a two minute lead but he then suffered a puncture and fell back. Tyler and American Justin Rossi set the pace and put some time between themselves and the chasers. However by transition they were joined by Austrian Michi Weiss who posted the day’s fastest bike split. Tyler however posted the 2nd fastest run split of the day to drop Weiss and Rossi and win comfortably from Weiss and a fast finishing Chris Baird a distant 3rd despite posting the fastest run split by two minutes.
For full results and splits go here
For the Ironman race report go here