Press release from ValueAct Capital Cycling Team:
April 7, 2009 – Oceanside, CA – VAC’s Courtenay Brown marked her debut as a pro triathlete this past Saturday at the Oceanside 70.3 half-ironman triathlon. The race consisted of 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling, and 13.1 miles of running. The competition in this race is always fierce, and included 2007 70.3 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, ITU superstar Sarah Groff, Olympian Lisa Mensink, former ITU World Champion Leanda Cave, just to name a few.
Brown, a former elite cyclist, knew that her strength would be on the bike leg. After the swim, she got to work on the bike and proceeded to pass 8 of her competitors along the way. The course went through Camp Pendleton — a rolling course that had steady winds from the coast. Her time of 2:37:35 was just a few minutes shy of the top women; but a very solid effort at this stage of her training. The running course was almost entirely on concrete, with the exception of a 400 meter section on the beach, which the athletes negotiated four times. Brown ran a 1:31:39, which is a PR for her by 5 minutes. Brown’s total time of 4:53 resulted in 20th place among the pro women.
“I’m really pleased with this result, and it’s a great start to my pro career,” commented Brown. “I have improved so much since I started racing triathlons just over a year ago. I still have a lot to learn and competing in the pro division is the best place for me to do that. Racing against the best women in the world is inspiring, validating and humbling all at the same time.”
Next up for Courtenay is the Wildflower Long Course on May 2 in Lake San Antonio, California.