The last race of Rachel Joyce` race calendar 2011 underlined and topped her performance of the whole season. In the US-American Henderson she became ITU long distance World Champion!
While you would consider the desert to be always hot, at the Worlds this was exactly the opposite. Because of the cold conditions, as well as the water and the air, the swim was cancelled and the race began with the bike split. These circumstances were not the best for Rachel, because she is one the best in the water. But she indoctrinated the others.
In a 5 second interval the athletes went on the bike course. Rachel sledged out the second best time on the street with her XeNTiS Mark1 TT and lead 3 minutes in front of the nearest competitor Leanda Cave. After the half of the running split she past the leading woman Nikki Butterfield from Australia. Finishing the second running split of the day, she defended her headstart till the finish line and became World Champion! Congratulation Rachel!
With this title Rachel tops a really impressive season:
ITU World Champion long distance
1st Ironman Lanzarote (ESP)
4th Ironman World Championship Hawaii