If the end of 2014 is any indication, elite triathlete Josh Amberger (AUS) is fast moving from “huge potential” to “potential realized”, and the transition is happening fast.
Going into Ironman 70.3 West Sydney Josh was carrying great form and a three-race hot streak that included wins at 5150 Bohol, Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie and Challenge Shepparton–all weighty and prestigious races. In each case Josh was able to use the strength of his swim and blistering bike riding to record wire-to-wire wins.
West Sydney was no different and after a first-out-of-the-water 23.27 swim and a quick T1, Josh took over the bike. Aboard his IA he clocked off a 2:04:09 (for 90K) bike split to head into T2 with a healthy lead. Finishing with a 1:19:55 run, Josh took the win (3:49:45) in front of Joe Gambles (USA) and Joseph Lampe (AUS) to close out a year that by any definition must be considered tremendously successful. Afterward, Josh acknowledged he was having a good day aboard his Felt IA saying, “Today my power was just phenomenal–I need to look at the data but it’s probably my best ride of the year and I am just stoked.”
It was a great race for Josh and even greater way to finish off 2014 where he will now take some time off as he gets ready to tackle 2015 with his sights set high. We could not be happier than to have a young man like Josh riding our bikes and cannot wait to see how far he can go–stay tuned!
(photos: JGRimages and Ironman)