Hunter Kemper (USA)
How he qualified: Invite
After competing in three Olympic games it’s no surprise Kemper had the fastest run time by over a minute at the Cap Tex Tri back in May, but what is most impressive was Kemper’s bike split. While most ITU racers have a reputation for being weak on the bike, Kemper matched the pace of super-riders David Thompson and Andrew Starykowicz. At Cap Tex Tri, Kemper finished ahead of Hy-Vee contenders Dye, Reed and Ospaly so one must consider Kemper to be a big contender for the overall win at Hy-Vee. Kemper should be at or near the front throughout the race if he is in top form.