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A giant leap at Kona

Cervélo P5X riders claim third, fifth and sixth at the Ironman World Championship

Before his third visit to the Big Island, David McNamee alluded to the progress he has been making on his P5X: “Now, after a couple of years of learning how best to toughen the legs up to the demands, I feel I am at the point where I am actually ‘racing’ rather than ‘competing.’”

That new confidence paid off earlier today when David combined a solid swim and ride with a second-best marathon to finish third in the biggest Ironman race of the year. With less than three miles remaining, he ran past 2014 winner Sebastian Kienle and didn’t look back on his way to claiming his first podium at Kona in a time of 8:07:11.

Less than five minutes later, fellow P5X rider James Cunnama rounded out the Top 5 by crossing the line in 8:11:24, which included a superb 4:21:03 bike split. All in all, an exclamation point on a superb racing season.

Susie Cheetham added another Top 10 finish for Cervélo athletes by finishing sixth among the women, again with a speedy ride and one of the best marathons of the day.