Bevan Docherty has enjoyed his second straight win, claiming the Ironman 70.3 Vineman in northern California yesterday.
The Ironman NZ champion, and double Olympic medallist set a course record at the event in Sonoma County as he prepares for September's Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas.
The New Zealander disposed of a classy field that included compatriot Terenzo Bozzone, leading Australians Joe Gambles, Tim Reed and Luke Bell, American star Jordan Rapp and three-time British Olympian Tim Don.
Docherty, who won the recent Ironman 70.3 Boise, clocked 3h 45min 10s to win by more than two minutes from Reed and Bozzone. "Training had been going really well leading into this race so I was really looking forward to testing my form," Docherty said.
"I didn't plan to race as hard as I did today but doing that sets me up to handle situations when I need to really dig deep and go to my limit."
Docherty made his move early on the bike, pushing clear of the pack and jumping to a lead of nearly 3min off the 90km bike. Bozzone and Reed worked hard on the run to reduce the gap to under a minute but Docherty soaked up the heat and pushed clear.