Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Ironman Triathlon World Championship
The picture above is Christian Sadowski who won a free Cannondale bike at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Chris, a construction worker from Florida, showed the real spirit of the Ironman while competing in Saturday's World Championship. Chris was struck by a press corp motorcycle destroying his bike at the 104 mile mark of the 112 mile bike course. Chris at the time of the accident was averaging approximately 19 mph over the grueling course. The two riders on the motorcycle where taken to the hospital, Chris was OK but his bike was destroyed. Since the Ironman rules state the competitor must cross Transition 2 (T2) with a bike, Chris did the only thing he could do, he removed his bike shoes, picked up his bike and ran the 8 miles to T2 carrying his bike! Once at the transition area Chris was able to put on his running shoes and complete the marathon (26 miles, 385 yards). Chris finished the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 1534th place. To honor his show of the true Ironman spirit and courage, Cannondale presented Chris with a new bike at the awards dinner. Way to go Chris!