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Video: A volatile mix of amatuer and professional triathletes marks 2009 Chicago Triathlon

Posted Aug 31 2009 10:02pm


(Andy Potts chats with fans before the start of the race)

By all accounts American triathlete Andy Potts was having one of the best racing years of his career. He had either won, or placed on the podium, in about every triathlon he' s raced this year and that includes the grueling and hazardous Escape from Alcatraz race in San Francisco.

English triathlete Julie Dibens was also having a great years as she just beat the two time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington a few weeks ago.

But a volatile mix of amatuer and professional triathletes ended painfully for both Potts and Dibens who wrecked badly on the bike portion of the 2009 Chicago Triathlon after colliding or trying to avoid colliding with age group athletes who strayed into the fast lane of the bike course.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "Dibens, 34, said she found herself among obviously novice riders while navigating the first bike turnaround. In the second it took to reach for a water bottle, she said, a couple of riders cut in front of her, leaving Dibens with the choice between crashing into a race cone or veering toward vehicle traffic in an attempt to avoid the crash.

Dibens "Being among the age-groupers is not an ideal situation," Dibens (seen here after her crash) said. "It' s still my responsibility to look where I' m going, but it would have been much better to have the road to ourselves."

Today Dibens just wrote on twitter, " thinking of asking @ TrekBikes to make up some custom stabilizers for my bike. severe muscles soreness this am. will be good to go in few days,"

But while Dibens was treated for her injuries and released at the race Potts was not so lucky. In a statement, Potts said he passed out while being treated for road rash and was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he is recovering.

Because of strong tailwinds Potts was traveling at well over 30 mph when he collided with enough force to snap his bike frame.

Matt Reed who won the race wrote on twitter, " For all peeps wanting to know how Andy Potts is Very bruised & battered no broken bones lots of Road Rash. He is one tough nut! And is okay!"

Up until yesterday Potts was among one of the favorites to contend this year' s Ironman World Championships in Kona, but since the Ironman Championships race is less than two months it is now an open question as to Pott' s status to race Kona.

Over 9000 athletes took part in the 27th annual Chicago Triathlon, once again making it one of the largest triathlon in the world, at least as ranked by the Guinness Book of World Records.

You can get complete pro and amatuer Chicago Triathlon race results HERE.


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