Wildflower Long Course Photo Gallery

Thomas flying

Bradley, CA–Wildflower Triathlon Festival is one of the most historic races in the sport’s history and one of the most incredible endurance events on the planet.  The 33rd edition boasted California’s rugged terrain and tested some of triathlon’s most versatile athletes. Jesse Thomas looked to make history by capturing an unprecedented five straight wins, while Heather Jackson was seeking a fourth consecutive title.

The most recent winners showcased on the "Stairway of Champions"

The most recent winners showcased on the “Stairway of Champions”

Elizabeth Lyles passes CEC teammate and 3-time winner, Heather Jackson, to take the women's long course title

Elizabeth Lyles passes CEC teammate and 3-time winner, Heather Jackson, to take the women’s long course title

Reed closes with a fantastic run to finish 6th

Reed closes with a fantastic run to finish 6th

Derek Garcia with a strong 4th place

Derek Garcia with a strong 4th place

Thomas Gerlach fights to the finish

Thomas Gerlach fights to the finish

Matt Lieto begins to  celebrate a breakthrough second place finish

Matt Lieto begins to celebrate a breakthrough second place finish

Jesse Thomas enters the chute all alone

Jesse Thomas enters the chute all alone

Thomas secures 5-straight

Thomas secures 5-straight

Rapp finishing the bike

Rapp finishing the bike

Thomas was first off the bike

Thomas was first off the bike

Age group athletes tackle the 2.2 mile run from the water to their bikes

Age group athletes tackle the 2.2 mile run from the water to their bikes

Jennifer Lentzke begins her climb in T1 "A"

Jennifer Lentzke begins her climb in T1 “A”

Emily Cocks was the first pro female out of the water

Emily Cocks was the first pro female out of the water

D. Giardini off the front of the men's race early

D. Giardini off the front of the men’s race early

Davide Giardini was first out of the water for the pro men

Davide Giardini was first out of the water for the pro men

Pro women start their day in Harris Creek

Pro women start their day in Harris Creek

Pro men start their day in Harris Creek

Pro men start their day in Harris Creek

Matty Reed & Jenny Fletcher approach the water

Matty Reed & Jenny Fletcher approach the water

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas

Pro's prep for the swim and setup their first transition

Pro’s prep for the swim and setup their first transition

Athletes make their final preparations along the boat ramp

Athletes make their final preparations along the boat ramp

 

 

1. Elizabeth Lyles 4:32:07
2. Heather Jackson 4:32:10
3. Rachel McBride 4:36:10
4. Carrie Lester 4:44:09
5. Laurel Wassner 4:44:44
6. Jillian Petersen 4:47:14
7. Emily Cocks 4:51:29
8. Mackenzie Madison 4:54:26
9. Jen Annett 4:55:01
10. Julie Patterson 4:56:00

 

1. Jesse Thomas 4:10:02
2. Matt Lieto 4:12:21
3. Chris Leiferman 4:12:58
4. Thomas Gerlach 4:14:01
5. Derek Garcia 4:14:31
6. Matt reed 4:14:47
7. Mark Bowstead 4:14:55
8. Nathan Killam 4:16:10
9. Jordan Rapp 4:19:55
10. Brian Fleischmann 4:20:01

About the Author

Jason Lentzke
Jason Lentzke is a coach, athlete and owner of Toro Performance. He is a multisport industry veteran and lifelong athlete.