Becky Woods was in action over the weekend, claiming the top Age-Group spot in IRONMAN 70.3 Tallinn, Estonia, with eyes on some of the Pro women in the process.
The race was also the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championships for 2023 and the result sees Woods qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Lahti, Finland, later this month.
The course in Tallinn sees athletes take to the water from a sandy beach, for a single 1.9km lap of the course in Lake Harku where average water temperatures this time of year are 18˚C. Woods covered the distance in 28:28, the fastest of the women’s age groupers, before heading out onto the bike course.
The IRONMAN event site for the race claims that the bike course in Tallinn is “one of the fastest in the world”. The two loop course starts at Lake Harku where the athletes exit the water, and heads south through the countryside towards the southern villages, with 4 aid stations throughout the course. 2:24:12 was all it took for Woods to get through the bike course, again the fastest of the women’s age group athletes, and the 19th fastest female split (Pro women included) of the day.
The run course is similarly claimed as one of the fastest in the world by the event website, with the two lap course offering 8 aid stations and picturesque views of Tallinn Bay. Woods covered the distance in 90minutes flat to complete her victory of the overall women’s age group athletes and claim her spot for Lahti World Championships.