Congratulations to Cycle Station Racing Team athlete, Rani Henderson, for winning Sunday’s inaugural Hilo Triathlon. The Olympic distance event featured a 1.5K rough water swim at James Kealoha Beach Park, 40K bike along Hilo’s famous bay front, and a 10K spectator friendly run course – all under torrential rains, fog and mist.
Despite the ominous conditions, Henderson prevailed and posted the fastest female bike and run splits of the day – finishing with an impressive time of 2 hours 16 minutes and 54 seconds.
“I’m truly honored and feel fortunate to have been a part of the Cycle Station ohana from the beginning,” Henderson said. “Oliver and Julia’s unwavering support with all of my triathlon endeavors has provided me with the platform to perform at my best. Sunday’s win is a true testament of that.”
Henderson added that if it weren’t for Cycle Station’s advice on tire selection and pressure in anticipation for the rainy event, she probably would have ended up like many who were left on the side of the road fixing flats or cleaning road rash. Also, Henderson said that she felt comfortable and smooth riding her Kestrel bike over some rough Hilo terrain.
Henderson’s victory was certainly the “icing on the cake” for what has been a stellar 2014 season. She topped the competitive 35-39 age group divisions at both Lavaman Waikoloa in March and the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii this past May. In addition, Henderson recently claimed her 9th title at June’s Kona Half Marathon held at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay.
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