Triathlete.com honors the men who dazzled, dismayed— and destroyed their competition in 2011. Read through the list below and then head over to today’s Triathlete.com Poll to tell us who you think had the best 2011 season.
1. Craig Alexander
Alexander has long been established as a venerable force over the 70.3 and Ironman distances. But the 38-year-old’s wins seemed even sweeter—and more impressive—in 2011. Maybe it was how he became the first man to win both the Ironman and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the same year. Or how he overcame fatigue and cramps for his third victory in Kona—while still setting the course record. Or maybe it was how he managed a win in Vegas despite a flat on the bike. Whatever it is, the Aussie’s banner year further cemented his position among the greatest triathletes of all time.