The race featured the top-40 male and female athletes in the Professional Triathletes Organization (PTO), all competing for a pro purse of more than $1 million. The event was held at the Daytona International Speedway, on a course that consisted of a 2km swim in Lake Lloyd, an 80km bike (20 laps on a 4km course), and an 18km run (4 laps on a 4.5km course).
As the current Ironman 70.3 world champion, Iden came into the race as one of the favorites. “The course couldn’t be more different than what it was at last year’s World Championship in Nice, so I was a bit uncertain on how I would finish in this absolutely stacked race,” Iden said. “Luckily I managed to stay smart on the bike, even when people were flying past me in a desperate attempt to catch the front group. I’m extremely satisfied with how I tackled this race, and to come home with yet another title is unbelievable.”
Also representing CADEX, Sam Appleton of Australia finished sixth, showing his strength on the bike with one of the fastest times of the day. “Overall, it was a great day for the team,” said the Australian. “The CADEX 4-Spoke/Disc combo felt amazing on the fast circuit here. It was probably one of the most competitive fields ever assembled in a race, so I am really proud to come away with 6th place.”