Stuart Hayes (GBR)
How he qualified: 1,800 points in the 5150 series
4th at St. Anthony’s
2nd at Klagenfurt
1st at Liverpool
In ITU racing Hayes is known as a strong biker, but when he comes to the United States to race non-drafting it’s Hayes’ run that is his weapon. The top qualifier didn’t face very tough competition in the European qualifiers, but did finish fourth at St. Anthony’s. He’ll have a shot of winning it all, but will have to put up a monumental effort to hold off separate charges by the non-drafting bike studs and then the super fast 10K runners.