Team Sanders takes inaugural PTO Pro Am

Lyle Ellerbee

Lionel Sanders’ team took the acquire at the inaugural Expert Triathletes Organisation (PTO) Pro Am occasion that was element of the Herbalife23 Triathlon Los Angeles on the weekend. The six-workforce function integrated a variety of Challenged Athletes Foundation stars competing on relay teams together with PTO gurus.

“Three-time Paralympian Chris Hammer (Team Jackson) and 2019 Planet Para Swimming Championships silver medallist Ahalya Lettenberger (Team Chura) traded the lead in the drinking water, but it wasn’t prolonged prior to an great swim from Endeavor Video games silver medallist, Haven Shepherd, place Lionel Sanders into the race and, shortly soon after, the direct,” the PTO documented. “Sam Lengthy was following on to the bicycle many thanks to a excellent swim from three-time Paralympic swimmer-turned-rock climber Emily Grey. Meanwhile, 17-time Environment Triathlon Paratriathlon celebration gold medallist Allysa Seely and variety a person in the US Paralympic 100m freestyler Jamal Hill handed the baton to Daniel Baekkegard and Skye Moench respectively.”

Sanders applied the day’s swiftest bike split to established his workforce up for victory as Felder, who has turn out to be an avid triathlete of late, set a 10 km PB to deliver the team across the line in initially. Team (Daniel) Baekkegard took second with Fashionable Pentathlon Olympic silver medalist Heather Fell anchoring the team, even though Crew (Sam) Extended, who experienced Rudy Garcia-Tolson carrying out the run, took 3rd.

“I realized they experienced assembled a strong staff because we had been heading to dominate this function from start off to end,” reported Sanders. “Haven got us a major direct and then I just tried using to cling on to it and then Paul introduced it home so it was a great deal of fun… It was a full-blown level of competition. I realized I’d be out in this article hoping to evaluate my bicycle time to the professionals and to Sam Extended and to Daniel [Baekkegard] so I rode as really hard as I can and I’m excited to go look at the effects and see where I stacked in the bicycle part of the race.”

Elite Race

There was US$100,000 up for grabs in the elite race courtesy of the PTO. The men’s race saw South African Jamie Riddle out-kicking American Eric Lagerstrom for the men’s get. Australia’s Steve McKenna would round out the podium. For the girls, Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes led the whole race to consider the women’s acquire. American Amy Sloan trailed New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson off the bike, but would outrun the Kiwi for the runner-up spot in the race.

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