Oceanside, California — Felt triathlete Andi Boecherer finished third at the Accenture Ironman 70.3 California on Saturday. The 29-year-old German lit up the 56-mile bike split, dominating the competition with a race-best 2:11:11 on his Felt DA.
The Ironman 70.3 California has a special place on the calendar, with its history as one of the first WTC Ironman 70.3 races ever to be held, back in 2002. It’s also the kick-off to the Ironman season in North America. The bike portion goes through the rolling hills of the Camp Pendleton military base north of Oceanside on the Pacific coast.
Boecherer, the 2011 Ironman 70.3 European Champion, was making a rare North American appearance after some warm-weather winter training in the Canary Islands. The hard work he put in over the winter on his Felt bike showed, as Boecherer’s super-fast bike time put him in the lead heading into the run in Oceanside. The German battled all the way to the end, ceding only the first two finishing spots to Americans Andy Potts and Jesse Thomas, who finished first and second respectively.