TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
Giant-sponsored triathlete Yu Hsiao won the Ironman 70.3 Kenting event in Taiwan following a hard-fought battle with Tuan Chun Chang, who finished less than a minute back in second place.
Yu Hsiao was born in Taiwan and now lives and trains in the U.S. where he balances a pro triathlon career with his job as a mechanical design engineer in Silicon Valley, California. He holds the record among Taiwanese triathletes for the fastest time at the 70.3 distance (3:58:53). The 31-year-old had been focused on the Kenting race as one of his top goals for 2021.
“For the last eight months I’ve been training every day just thinking about this race,” Hsiao said after his win.
Hsiao came out of the water following the swim more than four minutes behind Chang. Facing windy conditions on the bike leg, he powered his Trinity Advanced Pro bike with a CADEX Aero WheelSystem to the fastest bike split of the day (2:08:16). He closed in on Chang and started the run just 30 seconds back. The run covered two laps, and Hsiao made the pass to take the lead shortly after the start of the second lap.
The two leaders left the rest of the field behind, setting up a battle in the final 3km. Hsiao was finally able to distance Chang in the closing kilometers to take the win with a time of 4:02:31. "I want to thank all the people out there who were shouting my name to cheer me on," he said. "I really couldn't have done it without all the encouragement."