Riding a CADEX Aero Disc rear wheel and CADEX 65 front, along with CADEX Race tubeless tires, Iden had the fastest bike split, putting him in position to take a convincing victory in the pro men’s class.
The 25-year-old Norwegian was somewhat of a surprise winner in 2019, when he was just 23 years old, but this year he arrived in Utah as one of the top favorites. With the 2020 event canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, Iden had held the title for the past two years.
Iden’ race got off to a rough start when he took a kick to the chest during the start of the 1.9km swim in Sand Hollow Reservoir. He was able to continue, but he came out of the water 1:10 behind a lead group.
“I ran with some pain during the run, but the pain really started after the finish line,” Iden said afterward. “I don’t think it affected the race at all.”
Once he hit the 90k bike leg on his Giant Trinity Advanced Pro, Iden began closing in on the leaders. By the 40km mark, he was in sixth position, less than 20 seconds behind leader Frederic Funk of Germany. From there, he laid down the power, moving up through the field and taking the lead by the 55km mark.
Iden’s fastest bike split of 1:58:59 gave him a one-minute lead going through T2. By the 8km mark in the run, he extended his lead to more than three minutes. In the end, he crossed the line with a time of 3:37:13, nearly four minutes ahead of second-place finisher Sam Long of the U.S.
“Luckily I had a great start of the bike ride, and got up quite quickly,” Iden said. “But it wasn’t until I started the run that I was really confident the title was mine to win.”