Published on January 17th, 2018 | by Daniel Boyle0
Barbara Riveros Wins Again in Pucón
Chilean triathlete Barbara Riveros has defended her title in the 70.3 Ironman event in Pucón.
For a fourth time in a row, Chile’s Barbara Riveros is the Pucón champion. The race, held under the gaze of Volcan Villarica, brings competitors from around the world. In the men’s event it was Lionel Sanders taking victory, following up his 2017 effort. The spectacular backdrop has led some to call it “the most beautiful race in the world”.
Riveros was able to pull away from Australian Ellie Salthouse following a blistering cycling leg, before continuing to power on through the run leg. Salthouse led at the first exchange, but Riveros was able to clock the fastest bike time of the event. There were two Chileans on the podium, with Valentina Carvallo, winner in 2013 and 2014, finishing third. Riveros finished with a time of 4:18:59, a course record.
There will be no shortage of scenic races happening in the area, with the Trans Andes Challenge about to kick off.