The Perfect Storm
No matter what your passion, there is one iconic defining moment that sums up everything that fuels you. On a Saturday of perfect weather conditions in the beautiful host city of Yokohama Japan, for those who’s passion is the sport of triathlon, it happened. The perfect storm of conditions, athletes and racing occurred. The absolute very best in today’s men’s Olympic chase showed up, on form, and threw it down. When you say names like the Brownlees, Mola, Murray and Gomez, it stirs a reaction of respect. These guys are fast, period.
Well on this particular Saturday, one guy was the fastest. Javier Gomez Noya was on everyone’s radar, and was sporting the gold number 1 for a reason. He has not been beaten in this year’s WTS series, going two for two in Auckland and CapeTown. When they dove into Yokohama’s harbor it was really anyone’s race. Alistair Brownlee had not raced a WTS race yet this year, and his form was expected to be great. Mario Mola had not made a first run pack this year, with all the big names present, to show what he can really do. Johnnie Brownlee had raced to two sprint finish second places already this year. But one man stood alone at the end of the day, and that was Javier Gomez.
Javi stayed at the front end of the swim, as is his practice. He pushed the pace on the bike, keeping the speeds high to thin out any pure runners. And, when they left the blue carpet on to the run, that is when the magic started to happen. All of the big favorites were present and firing on all cylinders. It took no time at all for the top 5 to distance themselves from the pack. Brownlee, Murray, Brownlee, Gomez, one after the other they tested the mettle of their opponents, to see who was strongest on the day. And then there were three. In an unprecedented fashion, both of the Brownlees started to fall off the lead pace. More attacks, and then there were two. Finally as they entered the finishing chute, it was Mola and Gomez, the two Spaniards. The commentators were speculating that it was Mola’s race to win finally, as he seemed the stronger of the two. But, none were stronger on the day than Javier Gomez Noya. He found one more gear, with about 30 meters to go to the final tape, and it was his!
Javi is now 3 for 3 in the WTS series, and even took the win at his first attempt at the 70.3 distance earlier this spring. It is anticipated that he will race the Ironman 70.3 World Championships later this summer, just before the ITU WTS grand finale in Edmonton, further solidifying him as one of the greatest triathletes of all time, regardless of the distance.
So, what was Gomez riding on Saturday?
Specialized S-Works Venge