Miami T100 Men's Race: Heat, Strategy and Firsts

Ditlev conquers extreme heat to claim first T100 victory, showcasing strategic mastery and resilience.

Miami T100 Men's Race: Heat, Strategy and Firsts

As dawn broke over the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the anticipation was electric - minus the crowds (maybe my 5am wake-up along with double-shot coffee had my mind buzzing). The inaugural T100 event marked not just a race but the dawn of a new chapter in the world of triathlon. This race would be about who could manage the intense South Florida heat, the strategic battles among the world's elite and the personal duels with one's own limits. Drum roll please!

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The Swim

The race commenced with a splash, literally, as athletes dove into the 2km swim. The early pace was blistering, with defending Ironman world champion Sam Laidlow showing his strength. However, the real story was the formation of a lead pack that included notable names such as Aaron Royle, Rico Bogen, and Alistair Brownlee. This group exited the water tightly bunched, setting the stage for a competitive bike. Notably, Magnus Ditlev was 20 seconds behind the leaders, a gap that seemed minor but hinted at the fierce competition to come.

The Bike

Out of the water and onto their bikes, the athletes faced the daunting 80km in the heat. The early breakaway by Bogen, with Brownlee and Margirier in close pursuit, set a frantic pace. Ditlev, initially lagging, began a calculated surge through the field. His power on the bike was evident as he closed gaps, overcoming the technical challenges of the course and the soaring temperatures, which soared well over 100°F / 37°C on the pavement.

The bike saw Margirier and Brownlee pushing each other, with Ditlev methodically making up ground. The dynamics of the race changed, with the leaders constantly aware of the threat posed by Ditlev’s looming presence.

Bike Highlight

  • Ditlev's bike split was a commanding 1:41:45, reflecting his strategy to dominate and position himself for the run.
  • Brownlee and Margirier also posted impressive times, hovering around the 1:42 mark, but the relentless pursuit by Ditlev was the day's highlight.

The Run

Entering the 18km run, the race's complexion shifted once more. Brownlee, known for his explosive running, initially took the lead, setting a pace that seemed designed to test the resolve of anyone daring to follow. The temperature, now peaking, added an extra layer of challenge, turning the race into as much a battle against the conditions as against the competition.

The pass.

Ditlev's approach to the run was one of patience and precision. He bided his time, gradually reeling in a visibly struggling Brownlee. The Danish athlete's run split of 1:00:55 in the sweltering heat was a testament to his incredible conditioning and strategic race planning.

Meanwhile, Sam Long, the American favorite, showcased his remarkable resilience. Eighth off the bike, Long powered through the field on the run, overtaking competitors with a blend of determination and sheer leg strength (his words also). His final run split of 58:44 was not just a demonstration of his running capability but a message to the triathlon world of his all-around strength.

Run Highlights

  • Magnus Ditlev's 1:00:55 run split was a masterclass in heat management and strategic pacing.
  • Sam Long's 58:44 showcased his incredible strength and conditioning, marking the fastest run of the day.


As Ditlev crossed the finish line, the significance of the moment was clear. His time of 3:09:08 not only crowned him the inaugural T100 champion but also established a new benchmark. Long’s spirited finish for second place, with a time of 3:09:43.


  1. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) – 3:09:08 [24:28/1:41:45/1:00:55]
  2.  Sam Long (USA) – 3:09:43 [26:55/1:42:10/58:44]
  3.  Mathis Margirier (FRA) – 3:10:08 [23:44/1:42:30/1:01:59]
  4.  Youri Keulen (NED) – 3:10:47 [23:45/1:45:01/1:00:12]
  5.  Alistair Brownlee (GBR) – 3:11:43 [32:39/1:42:39/1:03:38]