Winning comfortably ahead of Chris Leiferman and Robert Wilkowiecki, Chevalier credited triathlon legend Sebastian Kienle for his fourth place finish in the German’s final race before retirement.
“What a way to end the season!”
Just 259 days after starting his season with a win, Chevalier took the tape in his final race of the year after a mentally refreshing training block leading into race day.
“Ironman Cozumel…what a way to end the season! We went into this race with a different approach, @cheethamcoaching giving me free rein with my training — the goal was to carry the fitness I’ve worked so hard for all year but with a little less structure.
“I was determined to fully enjoy the build up and never turn down an opportunity to walk Poppy down to the pub with @florie_betts!”
Sharing his happiness that the plan paid dividends, the Frenchman also ticked off a number of accomplishments within the race.
“I’m so happy to get another win this year, to have qualified for Kona, to have ridden under 4 hours, and had another solid run!”
“Sebi showed he’s still got it”
After the swim was cancelled in Cozumel, the race was changed to a bike-run duathlon, with athlete’s set off in a staggered start. Out on to the bike, Chevalier was quickly joined by Kienle and the pair got to work.
On the bike I was quickly joined by @sebastiankienle and we rode hard, hard, hard until finally we managed to grow the gap to the chasers. Then I was focused on keeping the pressure on and going under 4 hours as I was still averaging over 46 kph two thirds into the bike.
“The final kilometres dragged on, and despite the 182 km course I still came into T2 under that mark and with a solid lead.”
Having run his way to victory with a superb marathon split, the PTO World #9 congratulated the rest of the podium and gave a special shoutout to bike partner Kienle for a top performance.
“Congratulations to everyone who smashed it on the day, in particular @chris_leiferman and @robert.wilkowiecki who also got their Kona slots, and to Sebi who showed he’s still got it in his last pro triathlon ever.”