Scott May of Lyme Center, NH, won the season finale of the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series in Salisbury last week by nearly 10 minutes, in 4:36:55. Megan Fix, of Portland, ME, claimed the wo-mens crown in the grueling 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, half Vermont Journey triathlon. Her time of 5:13:50 was 22 minutes better than second place finisher Joanna Chaffin of Manlius, NY.
Vermont Sun has held the Vermont Journey for 3 years and for all those years its been held in a heavy rain. For the last 2 years rain has been accompanied by cold. The predicted high was 70 degrees but the thermometer never reached 60.
May, swimming in the first of three waves, posted the days fastest swim, in 26:11.,He exited the warm Lake Dunmore water 1:30 ahead of Ron Jacobs, of South Hadley, MA.
Once on his bike the 38-year-old May didnt let up as he had the best bike time of the day 2:32:19. Forty-six year old Andreas Nolte, of Jericho, VT, used the second fastest bike, 2:34:14, to move into 2nd place after 30 miles on the ride. He had passed 15 riders after finishing the swim in 17th place. Colin Ferguson of Wilder, VT., 5th out of the water, had a strong ride to pull into third.
As the run began Mays lead was 6 minutes. His 1:36:013rd bestrun cemented his win. Jacob Days best 1:33:35 run pulled him past Ferguson and Nolte to claim 2nd in 4:46:31. Nolte held onto 3rd4:51:07with a strong run as Ferguson settled for forth in 4:53:50.
Jessica Holmes of Cornwall, VT, had the fastest female swim time, 29:23, while competing as a member of a team. Fix set herself up with the days second fastest womens swim of 31:04. The next woman was a minute back, Chaffin was nearly 3 minutes behind. Mara Fronhofer, of Argyle, NY, was 3:40 back after the swim. She and Fix had almost identical bike rides as Fronhofer moved into 2nd place as the run began.