Below are just a few of the amazing accomplishment achieved by the purplepatch elite athletes over the last couple seasons:
Ironman Distance Racing
2012 Ironman Arizona Champion Linsey Corbin secures her second Ironman victory of the season, and a repeat of 2011 this win tops a career best season for Linsey. 2012 Ironman Arizona 2nd Place Meredith Kessler finishes an amazing season of 5 wins and 8 total podiums with a brave 2nd place finish. Leading much of the race and passed by good friend and purplepatch teammate, Linsey Corbin, in the late stages. This massive effort came following two major bike crashes in the second half of the season that had resulted in broken vertebrae and concussions. A massive year for Meredith 2012 IM Roth Champion Rachel Joyce led a wire-to-wire win, and second sub-9 hour performance for Rachel, who continues to evolve toward a crack at a Ironman World Championship victory 2012 Ironman Austria Champion Linsey Corbin had a wonderfully balanced performance in her first racing experience in Europe. Her first of two Ironman titles in 2012 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene Champion Meredith Kessler's win gives her an incredible 4th win in 2012 so far. 2012 Ironman Cairns 2nd Place Belinda Harper had a breakout performance getting past in the very late stages of the run. 2012 Ironman St. George Champion Meredith Kessler‘s dominating performance resulted in the first ever US women’s champ. 2012 2nd place IM Melbourne An amazing 2nd place for Rachael Joyce smashing the 9hr marker. 2012 New Zealand Ironman Champion Meredith Kessler dominated each discipline to take the win with a commanding finish. 2012 Abu Dhabi Champion Great kick-off to the season with Rasmus Henning’s win and Rachael Joyce’s strong 5th place. 2011 2nd and 3rd place Ironman Arizona Linsey's perfomance was the first sub-9 hour by a purplepatch female pro and Meredith nailed a 9 hour Ironman and another podium just two weeks after her 3rd place at ITU World Long Course Championships. Great ways to wrap a season! 2011 ITU Long Course World Champion A great finish to 2011 for Rachel, she won the race with a great back end of the bike and a storming run. World Champion! 2011 3rd place ITU Long Course World Championships Meredith's run continues, with a wonderful performance here. This was a great day for the girls and purplepatch! 2011 4th place Hawaii Ironman World Championships The journey continues! Rachel is solid all day for another step toward the top! 2011 2nd Men’s 35 - 39 Hawaii Ironman World Championships On a budget of 12 hours of training weekly, this was a fine performance by Sami Inkinen. 2011 5th Female Amateur Hawaii Ironman World Championships Finishing a banner year for evolving Sarah Piampiano, and great platform to move to the pro ranks. 2011 Ironman Lanzarote Champion Rachel Joyce had a stormer and broke the run course record! 2011 2nd place Ironman South Africa Great early season race for Rachel, battle the impressive Chrissie Wellington once again. 2011 3rd place Ironman Texas A wonderful performance, in a huge field, for Luke Bell. Signifying the return of the talented Aussie! 2011 3rd place Ironman Canada To begin her back-to-back IM journey, Meredith had a strong 3rd place to add to her podium IM finishes. 2011 2nd place Ironman Wisconsin Meredith rolls on with her IM journey, just missing the victory, but happy all the same. 2011 Overall Amateur Champion Ironman St George Farm Project girl, Jess Smith, breaks out with an emphatic overall victory at IM St George! 2011 Overall Amateur Champion Ironman Coeur d’Alene Sarah Piampiano took her 70.3 distance wins, and rolled them into a big win, in her first IM distance race ever! 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene Champion Linsey Corbin won in an unforgettable battle of teammates against 2nd place Meredith Kessler. 2010 Ironman Canada Champion Meredith built on her 2nd place at Coeur d’Alene and went wire-to-wire in her first IM win, in her first season! 2010 5th place Hawaii Ironman World Championships Rachel builds on her 6th the year prior to a solid and impressive 5th place. 2010 2nd place Ironman St George A wonderful start to her first year as a pro, Meredith Kessler took her first of three podium IM finishes in 2010. 2010 2nd and 4th place Ironman Arizona Linsey Corbin and Meredith Kessler duke it out again, this time Linsey was second and Meredith 4th overall. 2010 2nd place Ironman Cozumel In her goodbye race with purplepatch, after an amazing journey, Tyler Stewart finished a solid second at IM Coz. 2009 2nd place Hawaii Ironman World Championships A career defining performance for Chris, leading until 3 miles to go, a wonderful day for him and purplepatch!
Ironman 70.3 Distance Racing
Rev 3 Florida Champion Jesse Thomas showed the evolution of bike performance with a dominating performance in this late season Half Ironman event, giving him 4 overall titles in his second season as a professional. Ironman 70.3 Poconos Champion Jesse's 3rd overall win of 2012 cemented the knowledge of success in evolving his riding performance, a massive goal of this season. He now becomes a scary balance of swimming, biking and running, making him a contender in any race. Ironman World Championship 70.3: Age Group Champion Rob Lea in his second year in the sport, and first season of hitting any podium, Rob developed into an Ironman 70.3 World Champion, with a gutsy wire-to-wire win. Ironman Muskoka 70.3 Champion In setting up her final run at Ironman Hawaii World Championships, Rachel Joyce won with a wire-to-wire performance, which oozed control and world-class performance. Rev 3 Vermont Champion Jesse Thomas had a great swim, followed by a dominant bike ride highlighted the massive swim and bike improvements made by Jesse in this tough Olympic distance event. Vineman 70.3 Champion Potentially a career-best performance so far from Meredith Kessler, battling with the then current Ironman 70.3 World Champion, gettings passed, then repassing for the win, in a very fast 4 hours and 10 minutes. All this on the back of an Ironman Coeur d'Alene win three weeks prior and a week following a 2nd place finish at Rev 3 Portland. 2012 Ironman Hawaii 70.3 Champion Linsey stepped up in very challenging conditions, even managing to take a new course record in the process. 2012 Eagleman 70.3 Champion A special performance by Meredith Kessler, leading wire to wire and recording 4 hours and 12 minutes. 2012 Ironman Kansas 70.3 Champion Rachel followed a tough couple of months of sickness to build back into a wire-to-wire win at Kansas. 2012 Florida Triathlon 2nd Place Jennifer Tetrick with a gutsy finish takes her first podium of 2012. 2012 Widlflower Triathlon Overall Champion Returning champion Jesse Thomas takes it for the second year in a row. 2012 Widlflower Triathlon 2nd Place Linsey Corbin found her podium spot in 2nd with a strong swim and a lead off the bike. 2012 New Orleans 70.3 Champion First time pro win for Sarah Piampiano with plenty excitement to come. 2012 Half Challenge Fuerteventura Men’s and Women’s Champions Emma-Kate Lidbury took the lead in the swim and never let go with the fastest split on the bike as well. Rasmus Henning with an impressive bike split took his second win on the year. 2012 2nd place Puerto Rico 70.3 Linsey Corbin takes 2nd in an exciting dual to the end. 2012 3rd place Costa Rica 70.3 With a nice start to his season, Jesse Thomas, takes third among a strong field of competitors. 2011 2nd Place Male Ironman 70.3 World Championships A great performance, only out-done by Craig Alexander, who was on a special day! 2011 3rd Place Female Ironman 70.3 World Championships A return to top form, and reestablishing herself among the top player in the World with this podium finish for Linsey Corbin! 2011 1st Overall Amateur Female Ironman 70.3 World Championships From nobody to World Champion, Jess Smith had a resume of close to zero in 2010. She is now a World Champion! 2011 1st place Male 35 - 39 Ironman 70.3 World Championships The time-crunched executive proves that effective training does not have to dominate life, and Sami Inkinen wins his age group! 2011 Wildflower Triathlon Overall Champion In one of the performances of the year, rookie pro Jesse Thomas shocks the field at Wildflower! 2011 Ironman Texas 70.3 Overall Champion In a stacked field, Chris Lieto dominates the bike as usual, but wins on the run with his 1.13 split, becoming US National Champion in the process! 2011 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Overall Ironman Hawaii 70.3 A purplepatch day, Luke Bell continues his fine season with the win, and is joined on the podium by Chris and Matt Lieto. We like the sweep! 2011 Ironman Lake Stevens 70.3 Overall Champion Luke Bell could not miss this year, another 70.3 win in dominating fashion! 2011 Pucon Ironman 70.3 Overall Champion Linsey Corbin sets 2011 off right with an impressive win in Chile. 2011 Timberman 70.3 Overall Champion Rasmus Henning joins purplepatch and shows he can ride! A controlled and impressive win for the Dane. 2010 Vineman 70.3 Overall Champion Chris Lieto dominates in one of the best performances we have seen from him. Controlled, strong, smooth. 2010 Ironman Kansas 70.3 Overall Champion Chris Lieto continues his run of Ironman 70.3 wins with a solid day in Kansas. 2010 Buffalo Spring Ironman 70.3 Overall Champion Chris Lieto wins his third 70.3 distance race of 2010. A huge improvement for the US athlete. 2010 Steelhead Ironman 70.3 Overall Champion James Cotter shines through and wins his first Ironman 70.3 – he has a future in this sport! 2010 Cancun Ironman 70.3 Overall Champion Luke Bell welcomes himself to purplepatch, and goes on to win Cancun. Welcome Luke! ... and too many Ironman 70.3 podiums to mention!
Congratulations to our family of professional athletes, keep up the great work!