Rev3 Maine Age groupers line up for the beach start at the inaugural Rev3 Maine. It was the first ocean swim in the Rev3 Series. Rev3 Maine A race official checks the pro women’s gear in transition. Rev3 Maine Richie Cunningham, who hoped to win his fourth-straight Rev3 race, stretches in transition. He ended up placing fourth. Rev3 Maine Pro Jesse Thomas, who’s active in social media, tweets a photo of his transition setup to Twitter followers. Rev3 Maine The age groupers of the half-iron-distance HalfRev line up to run into the Atlantic Ocean. The HalfRev racers started about 45 minutes before the pro athletes, who were racing the OlympicRev. The Olympic-distance age groupers followed the pros. Rev3 Maine The pro men race toward the ocean and the 0.9-mile swim. Rev3 Maine The pro women enter the Atlantic Ocean. Pros Becky Lavelle, Lauren Goss and Alice Henriques were the first out of the water. Rev3 Maine Pro Brian Fleischmann was first out of the water in a time of 17:39 but unfortunately went off course in the first half of the bike. Rev3 Maine One of the pro men exits the water. Rev3 Maine A pro woman exits the swim. Rev3 Maine Pro women exit the water. Rev3 Maine Nicole Kelleher, fresh off her Rev3 Wisconsin win two weeks ago, races her way into third place. Rev3 Maine Justin Harris powers over a small hill on the bike course en route to his 13th-place finish. Rev3 Maine Brett Nichols, who was one of the first out of the swim, fell to 12th place overall. Rev3 Maine Conrad Stoltz used a race-best 52:27 bike split to take the lead early in the bike. Rev3 Maine David Thompson, or “DKT,” on the out-and-back bike course. Rev3 Maine Kyle Leto was in the first pack out of the water but dropped to sixth place overall. Rev3 Maine Richie Cunningham and David Thompson power through the scenic bike course, entering T2 together about three minutes off the lead. Rev3 Maine David Thompson powers on the bike on his way to a fifth-place finish. Rev3 Maine After Stoltz passed Thomas on the bike, Thomas tried to stick with him but lost contact after about 18 minutes. Rev3 Maine Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz hammers the bike. He came out of the water in seventh place but came into T2 with more than a minute lead over Thomas. Rev3 Maine Jesse Thomas, a former collegiate steeplechaser, looks smooth and comfortable on the run. Rev3 Maine Australian Richie Cunningham tries to catch The Caveman and Thomas on the run. Rev3 Maine Kaleb VanOrt, who started the run in fifth place, ran down David Thompson and Richie Cunningham to finish on the podium. He had a race-best run split of 32:05. Rev3 Maine American Devon Palmer, who finished 10th, takes some nutrition from an aid station on the run. Rev3 Maine Lauren Goss raced the 6.2-mile run in an impressive time of 36:48. Rev3 Maine Becky Lavelle, who entered T2 with Lauren Goss, couldn’t stick with Goss on the run but easily held off Nicole Kelleher, who finished third. Rev3 Maine Two-time Wildflower Long Course champion Jesse Thomas cruises down the finish chute. Rev3 Maine American Jesse Thomas took his first-ever Rev3 win. Rev3 Maine Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz of South Africa gives a post-race interview after his solid runner-up finish. Rev3 Maine Lauren Goss used a race-best run split of 36:48 to easily take her first Rev3 victory.
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Captions: Bethany Mavis
American Jesse Thomas had to catch four-time Xterra world champion Conrad Stoltz of South Africa on the run, and American Lauren Goss pulled away from fellow American Becky Lavelle after they exited T2 together. It was the first Rev3 victory for both Thomas and Goss.
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