We are absolutely delighted to let you all know that Heather Jackson, our sponsored Ironman athlete, today won Ironman California 70.3 in Oceanside. I will have more details on her amazing win as it comes through, but you can all raise a glass with us as we share in Knight Composites’ first big victory. Heather finished four minutes faster than her race in 2014 and feedback on the bike, from her significant other Sean ‘Wattie’ Watkins (also a partner of Knight in Bend Oregon):
“HJ is so stoked on the wheels and so honored to be working with you guys…she says thanks for all of your support and this is a sign of great things to come!”
This is a collective team effort of two years of R&D and good old-fashioned hard work, and that is something we can all be proud of. So to echo Heather’s comments, and on behalf of Jim and Kevin and all of the team here at Knight Composites, I would like to take this opportunity, on this wonderfully exciting day; to thank you sincerely for your belief in and support of all of us. We are very proud to have you as part of the Knight family and look forward to a long and fruitful future together.
Below is taken from the article at lavamagazine.com, link at the end of the story…
In the women’s race early swim leaders Alicia Kaye and Magali Tisseyre were overtaken by the hard charging duo of Angela Naeth and Heather Jackson. Usually keeping the “smaller Heather” in check, the taller Heather Wurtele was unable to tap into her power reserves. “I felt ok, but those girls were going hard; I just hoped they’d come back to me.
But there was another woman out front: British ITU pro Holly Lawrence. No novice to 70.3, she shelved the distance last year in favor of focus on the Commonwealth Games. This year, she’s all-in for the longer non-drafting distance. Still, it was all new. Including the athletes.
I knew and saw Charlotte Morel and Alicia Kaye out there, but the rest of the girls, I didn’t know any of them,” I also didn’t know I’d be able to ride away and get the solo lead,” Lawrence said.
Late in the bike Jackson had captured Naeth and Tisseyre, but heard there was one woman up the road. “I asked ‘who was it?’ and they came back saying she’s an ITU girl. I said “shit—that means she’ll be able to run!”
Soldiering along out front, Lawrence scored the day’s fastest bike split over the rolling 56-mile bike course (2:19:58).
But the hot run and the sheer distance would be her undoing. Jackson rolled into T2 with Naeth, (who was forced to serve a time penalty after slow pro men mixed into their race) just over two minutes behind Lawrence, and began her two-pronged quest: reel in Lawrence, and keep defending race champ Wurtele—just a minute back—at bay.
1:22:22 run would seal the deal for Jackson, who claimed the lead halfway through the run. Wurtele was able to get hold that minute gap to Jackson, but at redline, could get no closer.
“After having such a difficult year last year with injuries and time off running, it was amazing to be out there, and on this course, which is really special to me,” Jackson said.
2015 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
March 28 2015, Oceanside, Calif.
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:14:47
2. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:16:07
3. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:16:59
4. Alicia Kaye (USA) 4:20:01
5. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:21:33
6. Rachel McBride (CAN) 4:23:59
7. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:25:29
8. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 4:26:19
9. Liz Lyles (USA) 4:26:31
10. Carrie Lester (AUS) 4:27:49
1. Jan Frodeno (GER) 3:47:08
2. Andy Potts (USA) 3:48:43
3. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:49:19
4. Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:51:07
5. Jesse Thomas (USA) 3:52:52
6. Taylor Reid (CAN) 3:55:30
7. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:59:19
8. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:58:50
9. Kevin Collington (USA) 3:59:09
10. Chris Baird (USA) 3:59:18