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Even before her breakthrough year of 2015, when she finished seventh at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and sixth at the Ironman World Championship, the Cervelo P5 and P5X rider had a reputation as a dark horse on the pro triathlon circuit.


In her very first race, Ironman 70.3 Antwerp 2011, Susie finished sixth overall. A year later, she claimed her first podium at the same event, and continued her momentum with victory at Ironman 70.3 Aix en Provence 2013. Since then, Susie has climbed the podium in nine 70.3 events, two full-distance Ironman races, and three Challenge series competitions, with wins coming in Sardinia, Dublin and Norway. Despite breaking her arm at Ironman 70.3 South Africa — her first race of 2016 — Susie earned the second-most Kona Qualifying Points among female triathletes that season and was one of eight pros who attacked the Queen K on the P5X.

Susie calls her P5 and P5X her “dream bikes,” adding that her first triathlon machine, a Cervélo P2, “is still going strong to this day.”


In short, Susie isn’t a dark horse anymore. With a background as a runner, she sees her bike split as “a big area of focus. I’m excited to see what kind of bike-split improvements I can make.” At Kona, she says, “it was probably my weakest discipline, and an area I feel I can improve on significantly. In order to make those improvements I need to be on the fastest bike possible.”

Kona 2015 also marked her most memorable moment as a triathlete. “At 40km of the run I was in sixth position and had seen my husband who told me seventh place was miles away and wouldn’t catch me. He told me to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. I did as I was told only to see him appear 400m from the finish line, covered in sweat, shouting at me that he was wrong and seventh wasn’t far behind. That last stretch involved what felt like an all-out sprint, and was not the most enjoyable experience. But it was memorable: I’ve never felt so relieved crossing a finish line!”

Hence her race motto: “It’s not over until it’s over. So much can change in the latter stages of a race; it’s important to remember that. “


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Susie Cheetham