Husband-and-wife duo Jarrod Shoemaker and Alicia Kaye earned the victories on Sunday.
Before Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the Northeast Region of the United States, it passed over the Caribbean and forced UWC Bahamas Triathlon officials to push the race back a week (from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4). Despite the change in date, the race brought out a top professional field, with many athletes choosing to use the race as an opportunity to combine an event and vacation at the end of a long season.
Though he usually sticks to draft-legal racing, American Jarrod Shoemaker showed he can also be successful at non-drafting events. He combined a 21:16 swim, a 53:49 bike and a 32:35 run to cross the finish line in 1:49:01 and easily take the win. Fellow American Chris Foster finished second, with Great Britain’s James Hadley rounding out the podium.
It turned out to be a family day in the Bahamas, as Shoemaker’s wife, Alicia Kaye of the United States, took the top spot for the women. She swam a 22:31, biked a 55:56 and ran a 38:14 to post the only women’s finishing time under two hours. American Lauren Goss earned second, with Canadian Heather Wurtele finishing in third.
UWC Bahamas Triathlon
Clifton Heritage Park, Bahamas – Nov. 4, 2012
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Jarrod Shoemaker (USA) 1:49:01
2. Chris Foster (USA) 1:51:54
3. James Hadley (GBR) 1:53:53
4. Kyle Jones (CAN) 1:54:43
5. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 1:57:00
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:15
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:01:18
3. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 2:04:25
4. Anna Cleaver (NZL) 2:05:40
5. Jessica Tetrick (USA) 2:06:57