In hot, humid and hilly conditions Tyler took 3rd in St Croix today. The field was stacked with the likes of Craig Alexander- current Hawaii Ironman World Champion, Terenzo Bozzone- former World Junior and World 70.3 Champion, and Tim O’Donnell- current World Long Course Champion and US 70.3 Champion, Tyler today finishing behind the later two. Craig Alexander unfortunately had to withdraw after a crash on the bike.
Tyler had a great swim coming out of the water only minute behind the lead group of seven. He was in a good position to make up time on the bike however a mishap in the first six miles (he dropped his chain and had to get off his bike to fix it) meant the gap to the leaders was too far to see across so Tyler completed yet another bike leg with no one around.
Tyler came off the bike in seventh position and ran his way through the field into 3rd place.
Over the line Tyler said ‘the bonuses from Tokio are good for more than the money- it means you don’t settle for fourth place’. Tyler is fortunate to have an incentive system built into his contract with Tokio Millenium Re. which awards him bonuses for podiums in these types of events.
This is the second time Tyler has been on the podium at an Ironman 70.3 event (the first in Monaco last year). He is looking forward to moving himself up the podium spots in the near future.