By Abner Miralda
UofL Triathlon standouts Nick Reader and Rikus Van Zyl sped through the Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons at Tri Louisville to earn an age-group win and a runner-up finish.
“The course was pancake flat,” said Van Zyl. “It was a fast course.” Reader added that the course had a great “downtown feel.”
The sprint distance swam down the Ohio River while the Olympic did a lap around the island harboring the docks. The two did different lap counts on the shared bike and run courses along River Road and Waterfront Park.
“I was spot on with the pacing and didn’t have any hiccups on the course,” said Van Zyl. His official finishing time was good enough for 2nd place in the 20-24 age group and 13th overall in the Sprint.
Reader went ahead and tallied another result, winning the 20-24 age group in the Olympic distance.
“I’m eager to head into fall as my swim continues to get better,” said Reader. The two athletes are preparing for the Mid East Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships in Muncie, IN on September 3rd.
“This race was good training for the collegiate triathlons in the fall.” said Van Zyl.
Also racing on Sunday were UofL students Carolina Ganon and Kevin Chesser. Both completed the Olympic distance with personal record times.
This story has been updated.