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Boulder resident Cam Dye was one of 13 local pros in the 18-man strong field racing for top honors in the return of the Boulder Peak Tri Olympic distance race. Excited to be able to throw down in his back yard and to race for the first time in front of his kids, Dye said “It’s been a long time since I have raced in Boulder and having grown up here and getting my start in triathlon at the Boulder Peak when I was 15, it’s fantastic to see the resurgence of this historic race and the return of pro short course racing to the 303”. 

Edging out West in the swim by 2 seconds, with von Berg just 3 seconds further behind, Dye mounted his bike knowing he had to put some time into the pair prior to the run start. “I got a good start off the beach and jumped straight to the front. I knew I wanted to try and control the race from the start with fast runners like Rudy (von Berg) and Jason (West) in the field. The goal was to try and hurt the boys a bit in the water and then really hit the first half of the bike hard. That course is one of the hardest in racing and I tried to capitalize on my strength and really focus on riding hard straight out of the water.”

Dye put in a crushing blow to his competitors on the bike with a race best ride over 2 minutes faster than eventual 2nd place von Berg and over 4 minutes cushion on West. “By the time I hit the top of Old Stage Hill I had a sizable lead, but again I have so much respect for how fast these guys are running that no lead was going to be too big so I tried to stay on the gas all the way back to T2.”

With a run course that was a half mile longer than the standard Olympic distance Dye said, “I felt solid for two out of the three run loops but the third loop I definitely paid for my ambitious ride.” Dye’s early effort saw him fade slightly towards the end of the run but his strategy for race day of

“Hammer the swim, ride the house down, and run like I stole it!”

played out perfectly as he was able to hold on for a 27 seconds advantage over von Berg to win his hometown race.

The reward for his effort was well worth it as Dye said “There is nothing better in racing than to break the tape for a win but to be able to immediately celebrate with my kids, my wife, my brother and parents was amazing! I got to cross the line in front of my whole family and lots of friends and then get a hug from the little ones.” 

 

Boulder Peak Triathlon 
Boulder, Colorado
July 9, 2017

1 Cam Dye 1:57:25
2 Rodolphe von Berg 1:57:52
3 Jason West 2:01:01
4 Jarrod Shoemaker 2:02:04
5 Robbie Deckard 2:02:24
6 Justin Metzler 2:02:43
7 Jeremiah Mitchell 2:03:35
8 Kieran Roche 2:04:30
9 Matt Chrabot 2:04:33
10 Steve McKenna 2:06:32