There were no solid favorites when the gun sounded on the shores of Mexico's Sea of Cortes on Sunday March 30, 2014 to begin the second edition of Ironman Los Cabos.
It was a very competitive field of both male and female pro triathletes who answered the starting gun and the athletes in the best early season form would figure to dominate the podium.
Four pro men made a break from the rest of the pack in the swim and they were still together as they reached the half-way point of the 112-mile bike course.
There was little to chose between Stephen Bayliss, TJ Tollakson, Daniel Fontana, and Jan Van Berkel.
It was Jan Van Berkel of Switzerland who broke away from the pack in the closing miles of the bike and took a lead of three minutes onto the marathon course.
Steven Bayliss of Great Britain and Daniel Fontana of Italy began the marathon virtually together in second and third and it was Fontana who was strongest of all.
He surged to the front and with ten miles left to run had a lead of over six minutes over Bayliss and Passuello of Italy who had moved into third.
There was no catching Fontana and he is the 2014 Ironman Los Cabos champion with a winning time of 8:26:15.
For the pro women it was Haley Chura and Katy Blakemore exiting the water together almost four minutes ahead of the rest of the field.
Early on in the bike course it was Blakemore pulling away to a one minute lead over Chura, but there were big changes in leaders near the end of the bike course.
Carrie Lester of Australia took over the lead with Linsey Corbin over a minute back in second. Karin Thibodeau of Canada was in third place, but had almost six minutes to make up on the leader.
Lester maintained her lead of almost three minutes over Corbin as they began the 26.2-mile marathon but as the race progressed, Corbin was slowly gaining ground.
At the 12.5-mile mark of the marathon Corbin caught up to Lester and took over the lead.
The pro triathletes were racing for prize money as well as valuable Kona Ranking Points. There were also 50 qualifying spots for the Ironman World Championships in Kona for the top age-group athletes.
The race was still in progress at press time.
Be sure to stop by IronStruck.com and check out how the race unfolded for the pro women as well as finish times for all the top pros and age-groupers.