Ironman 70.3 Vichy, France 2022


In a slightly changed race, due to the heavy rain the previous two days prior to the event, the race had to be changed to a bike and run over the half ironman distance.  The pro athletes had to draw lots to see who was off first in the time trial start to the event, 15 seconds apart.  Lucy was drawn 8th and so had plenty of competitors to chase down.

Following the disappointment of the race in Dresden being cancelled a few weeks previous Lucy was keen to see how her recent block of training had worked for her and was keen to get going.

The bike was over a two lap hilly course, with a total 1000m gain, which suited Lucy and she soon caught up to and passed the athletes ahead and was moving to the front of the race.  Lucy had the fastest bike of the day, coming off the bike she was in the lead with just over one minute on the next competitor.  Due to the way the race started she came out of T2 with two other athletes it came down to a running race. But with the TT start things were not always clear on the ground who was in front.  With supporters feeding back to her information on the ground Lucy fought hard on the run with updates every few kilometres on the run Lucy was still leading but was being chased down in time by fellow GB athlete Lydia Dant.  On the two lap course both girls were working hard and headed to the finish line with Lydia just piping Lucy to the top spot by 21 seconds!  Lucy thrilled with her 2nd place finish which also qualified her a place in the Ironman 70.3 world championships in 2023.

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