21 SEPTEMBER 2020
Giant-sponsored triathlete Gustav Iden won the Pushing Limits Race triathlon in Ratingen, Germany, coming on strong in the run to beat second-place finisher Pieter Heemeryck of Belgium by close to two minutes in the Olympic distance event.
The Pushing Limits race featured a 1,000-meter swim in a pool, a 40km bike leg, and a 10km run. The bike leg was held on a hilly 10km circuit with four laps. Iden, the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion, chose to race his Propel Advanced SL aero road bike with a CADEX 65 Disc WheelSystem, the perfect setup for the technical bike course. He also wore the Giant Rivet TT helmet for aero efficiency.
German Magnus Männer was first out of the water in the men’s race, while Iden joined a chase group about 30 seconds back on the bike. Iden started his run about 40 second behind another German, Frederic Funk, who had taken over the lead on the bike. Iden caught him within the first kilometer and kept up his speed all the way to the finish. The 24-year-old Norwegian went on to win with a time of 1:37:49. His 31:00 run was the fastest among the pro men.
Iden, who won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship title last year in Nice, France, is focusing mainly on Olympic distance triathlons with his main goal being the Tokyo Olympics next summer.