When the European Ironman tour landed in Barcelona, all eyes were on two-time 70.3 world champ and five-time ITU world champ Javier Gomez. Amidst the rest of the stellar pro line up, there were, on form David McNamee, fast running long course newbie Adam Bowden, teammates Bart Aernouts and Patrik Nillson with many more consistent seasoned long course athletes.
On the women's side, defending champ Emma Pallant was taking on the experienced Camilla Pederson, and Britain’s Fenella Langridge after her 3rd place debut at 70.3 Pays d’Aix the previous weekend. A group of three exited the water together, lead out by Annie Thoren (25:09), including both Pederson and Langridge. Pallant exited the water nearly two minutes back at 27:11 but quickly set to work to chase down the leaders, on her way to posting the fastest bike split of the day (2:41:08). This put the three women close together at the start of the run, but Pallants pedigree in the discipline shone through to also provide the fastest run split of the day (1:20:49). Langridge ran strongly to hold onto 2nd place overall as the fast-finishing Eva Wutti ran through to take the final podium spot, posting a run split only two seconds slower than Pallant in the process.
In the men's race, the large field made for a chaotic start to the swim, again with three athletes managing to get clear. First out was Javier Gomez (22:31) with Adam Bowden on his feet, closely followed by HUUB's David McNamee a further 15 seconds adrift. The chase pack was headed by HUUB athlete Elliot Smales one minute back. Gomez set to work on the bike with a very calculated solo effort which saw him maintain a lead of around 45 seconds into T2 over McNamee and Aernouts, who had ridden through from a 3:30 swim deficit to post a 2:22:05 bike split. It was all under control however as Gomez ran what looked to be a comfortable 1:10:07 run split, narrowly bested by Bowden who ran through to 5th with a powerful 1:10:05. McNamee eased away from Aernouts for an eventual 2nd and 3rd respectively. Britain’s Elliot Smales, unfortunately, suffered a bike crash while riding with the lead pack chasing Gomez. He was able to continue and ran himself into 6th.