Ben Creasey is the new Genesis Trust Duathlon champion after an impressive performance on Sunday.
The event was under threat of being postponed because of the torrential rain in the days leading up to it, but it was blessed with dry conditions and only rained when the prizes were being presented at Hurley’s at Grand Harbour.
Creasey completed the course, that consisted of two runs of two miles either side of a 12-mile bike ride, in 52 minutes and 36 seconds.
The relative newcomer, who announced his arrival in Cayman by winning the Irish Jog in March, beat former winners Marius Acker (55:35) and Pedro Lopez Ramos (56:24) into second and third place respectively.
Creasey and Acker were fastest on the first two-mile run with just a couple of seconds between them, but the race was won on the bike, which is not Acker’s strongest discipline.
Acker finished the first run just ahead of Creasey and they left the transition area for the bike leg together.
Creasey is a much stronger cyclist and gained just under three minutes on the bike which was enough to secure the victory.
The rest of the field was very competitive with Ramos and Jerome Ameline passing Acker on the bike leg. Acker started the second run in fourth place overall and caught Ramos and Ameline. Ramos, the defending champ, caught Ameline just before the finish. It was Ameline’s best Duathlon finish and he was the standout and surprise performance of the day.
Acker still managed to record the fastest two runs. He actually made up time on Creasey on the second run. Acker’s time was about two minutes quicker than previous years.
The fastest bike ride of the day for an individual was Ameline in 28:31. He finished fourth in 56:52.
Jo Clark was first female home in 1:06:51 with Michelle Bailey (1:07:40) in second place and the ever improving Jalene Cruz (1:08:23) finishing third.
The first team to finish was The Underdogs with Joanna Mansi bringing them home in 55:28. The Abbotts, thanks to a superb ride by Steve Abbott in 27:05 were exactly one minute behind with the Cajun Hounds finishing third in 56:59.