Covid, stunning sun and a charging Jason West– Leo Bergère conquers them all

He stepped up from Olympic range in 2015 to land IRONMAN 70.3 Lanzarote and Leo Bergère duplicated the technique at Oceanside, even conquering a bout of Covid in the develop.

It didn’t hold him back as he led the swim, in spite of battles with the increasing sun.

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

He utilized his speed on the go to kick clear of his competitors however then needed to endure an unbelievable charge from CLASH Miami winner Jason West who clocked a 1:07 half marathon to close within 12 seconds at the line.

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

And the ruling WTCS World Champion stated later on: “I had a little bit of a battle in the swim with the sun and could not see where I was addressing times so I needed to take a bit of time to orientate.

“And then on the bike I invested a great deal of energy staying because front group.

“On the run Jason was simply flying there and I did whatever I might to take the win however it was quite hard.”

Jonathan Turner

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Jonathan Turner

Jonathan is Editorial Director for TRI247 and RUN247. He was formerly Head of Digital/ Comms for professional biking’s Team Sky and now invests as much time as he can keeping up his regional club. Swimming is not yet on the radar.

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