Potts and McQuaid Triumph in Oceanside

Photos by Jeff Bottari/Triathlete Magazine
Photos by Jeff Bottari/Triathlete Magazine

Andy Potts lead from start to finish to win the Oceanside 70.3. Not a surprise that Potts came out of the water first, came into T2 off the bike in 2:13:08 and ran his way to a solid finish.  The real race was for 2nd place. Richie Cunningham and Jesse Thomas battled the last few miles until Cunningham kicked it during the last mile and stole 2nd away from Thomas.

Three time Xterra World champ and foodie Melanie McQuaid took over the lead on the bike from Meredith Kessler, who was first out of the water, around mile 10 and steadily increased her lead to win just shy of 4 minutes.   Heather Jackson’s race best 1:20 half-marathon ran her up to second with Kessler filling out the podium for 3rd. Linsey Corbin’s bike chain trouble had her waiting for aid at mile 40 for 2 minutes but who knows how those troubles impacted her ride. Corbin still finished in 5th place behind Rachel McBride, a 35 year old professional from Canada in her 2nd season in the 1/2 distance.

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