TRI247
Search
shop

Covid, dazzling sun and a charging Jason West – Leo Bergère overcomes them all

WTCS World Champ Leo Bergere didn't have things all his own way at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside - but he was in front when it mattered

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP

He stepped up from Olympic distance last year to land IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote and Leo Bergère repeated the trick at Oceanside, even overcoming a bout of Covid in the build up.

It didn’t hold him back as he led the swim, despite struggles with the rising sun.

And it was the same on the bike as he remained in the front group throughout.

He used his speed on the run to kick clear of his rivals but then had to withstand an incredible charge from CLASH Miami winner Jason West who clocked a 1:07 half marathon to close within 12 seconds at the line.

Advertisement

Challenges to overcome

Leo Bergere wins Oceanside 2023 [Photo credit: Donald Miralle for IRONMAN]
[Photo credit: Donald Miralle for IRONMAN]

And the reigning WTCS World Champion said afterwards: “I had a bit of a struggle in the swim with the sun and couldn’t see where I was going at times so I had to take a little bit of time to orientate.

“And then on the bike I spent a lot of energy staying in that front group.

“On the run Jason was just flying there and I did everything I could to take the win but it was pretty hard.”

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
ROUVY routes and workouts – Best ROUVY routes to get ready for Challenge Roth
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Triathlete riding a time trial bike wearing a Ryzon tri suit
Tri suit buying guide: how to find your perfect tri suit
Riixo Recovery contrast therapy compression calf sleeves
What is contrast therapy? How to use heat and ice to recover from training and racing
latest News
Lionel Sanders took his sixth title at IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant.
Triathlon superstar Lionel Sanders reveals ‘Porta Potty or puke’ struggle during rough day at Mont-Tremblant
Taylor Knibb - T100 San Francisco 2024 bike
Olympic Games: USA Cycling confirms triathlon superstar Taylor Knibb’s spot for time trial event at Paris 2024
Hannah Moore World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024: Moore, Ellis and Cashmore strike gold in Wales
Kristian Blummenfelt Olympic Games Triathlon Tokyo 2021
Olympic Games triathlon: Defending champion Kristian Blummenfelt taking training ‘risks’ to prepare for ‘Big Dance’ at Paris 2024
Lionel Sanders took his sixth title at IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant.
Lionel Sanders CONFIRMS his next race AND his return to competing at the Ironman triathlon distance
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
GET RACE READY - SHOP WITH SBRX
GET RACE READY - BUY WITH SBRX
Share to...