Middlebury, Connecticut -- Australian Mirinda Carfrae scored a big win in Connecticut over the weekend, coming from behind to take the Rev3 Quassy triathlon and the lion’s share of the $125,000 pro purse. Carfrae, the 2010 Ironman World Champion, battled rivals Heather Jackson, winner of the recent Wildflower Triathlon in California, along with Canadians Heather Wurtele and Angela Naeth, to win a hard-fought battle that went down to the wire.
With two previous wins and a second-place finish at previous editions of the Rev3 Quassy, Carfrae came into the race as one of the favorites. Riding her Felt DA bike, Carfrae has shown big improvements on the bike this year.
Carfrae came out of the water two minutes behind early leader Laurel Wassner, then hammered her DA to the fourth-fastest split, within striking range of Wurtele. The Aussie chased down Wurtele in the run, winning the final dash to the Quassy Amusement Park by a narrow margin of just 17 seconds to take the win.