Brownlee and Byram deliver outstanding performances, securing 5th and 6th places in season opener T100 Miami

BMC | Brownlee and Byram outstanding performances In Season opener T100 Miami

Alistair Brownlee commenced his 2024 season with a gutsy performance, ultimately finishing in 5th place after leading much of the race at T100 Miami. Racing at the front for most of the day, the hot conditions significantly affected the closing kilometers of the run. Brownlee crossed the finish line in a time of 3:11:43. Magnus Ditlev (DEN; 3:09:08) claimed victory, with Sam Long (USA; 3:09:43) and Mathis Margirier (FRA; 3:10:08) rounding out the podium.

Alistair Brownlee chose Miami as the starting point for his season, participating in the first race of the inaugural T100 series. He had an excellent start after the 2k non-wetsuit swim, leading the pack as he exited the water. Ready for the 22 laps on the BMC Speedmachine around the Miami Speedway circuit, he quickly took the lead with Margirier. The duo established a maximum gap of 1 minute just before the halfway mark. As they maintained the pace in the front, strong bikers Ditlev and Laidlow joined them with 10k to go. Brownlee transitioned quickly after 80k on the BMC bike, battling for the lead with the other athletes nearby. Despite a brief setback, he regained control of the race in the early stages of the run. However, as the heat intensified, Brownlee settled for 5th place with 5k left to the finish.

BMC | Brownlee T100

Reflecting on his race, Alistair Brownlee shared, "I really enjoyed the course today, except for the last part of the run. The corners on the bike have a more significant impact on the rhythm than you might think. Combined with the wind and the 20m drafting rule, it makes for a fair and good bike leg, and I enjoyed that. Obviously, with hindsight, it's easy to say that I went out a little too fast on the run, but at the time, I was genuinely pleased to navigate the bike segment easily. So, I started the run at what I believed was a considered pace, but then I began to feel really hot. I knew today's race was early in the season, and as a result, I didn't have the opportunity to undergo extensive training or any heat preparation coming from Europe. Nevertheless, I feel good, and the current plan is to head to Singapore. We'll see if I can better prepare for the conditions there."

BMC Pro Tri

Lucy Byram marked her debut race for BMC Pro Tri with a strong 6th place finish at T100 Miami. Remaining competitive throughout the race and clocking the 3rd fastest bike split, she crossed the finish line in 3:33:22. India Lee (GBR; 3:27:12) claimed victory ahead of Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR; 3:27:42) and Holly Lawrence (GBR; 3:30:36) for a British podium sweep.

In her debut race for BMC Pro Tri in the heat of Miami, Lucy Byram battled against a world-class field. After the 2k non-wetsuit swim, Byram emerged from the water in 8th place, part of the second chase group, trailing the leaders by 2 minutes. During the 22 laps on the BMC Speedmachine at Homestead Miami Speedway, Byram settled into her rhythm, gradually moving through the field. By the 25k mark, she secured control of 5th place, reducing the gap to 1’40.

BMC | Lucy Byram Pro Tri T100

Halfway through the bike racing, she climbed to 4th place, narrowing the gap to 50 seconds. Byram continued her pursuit toward the final podium spot, securing 5th place early on in the 18k run. Despite strong competition, she finished in 6th place with a time of 3:33:22.

Lucy Byram expressed her satisfaction with her performance, saying, "It was so much fun to be back racing on such a fantastic bike on the speedway in Miami and my first race in BMC Pro Tri colors. A solid 6th place for me at the first race in the T100 series. A few mistakes and tactical errors to work on but overall really happy with where the initial fitness is at the beginning of the year."

Teammates Lucy Buckingham and Clément Mignon also participated in the race but had to withdraw. Buckingham, despite suffering from food poisoning in the days leading up to the race, attempted to compete. She co-led the swim with Lucy Charles-Barclay but eventually withdrew due to a lack of energy. Mignon experienced severe cramping from the start, leading to his withdrawal. Despite the challenges, Buckingham showcased her potential at full fitness.