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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Men Of The RCP Tiburon Mile – Too Tough To Call

If the women’s race at the RCP Tiburon Mile is impossibly tough to predict with Emily Brunemann, Becca Mann, Ashley Twichell, Melissa Gorman, Christine Jennings vying for the top US$10,000 prize, the men is even more so.

Long-time participant Ous Mellouli of Tunisia is not taking part. Neither are former champions Thomas Lurz of Germany, Trent Grimsey of Australia, or Vladmir Dyatchin of Russia.

But defending champion Kane Radford of New Zealand will headline a fierce contingent from Down Under. This includes Australian brothers Codie and Ridge Grimsey. Throw in the All-American threat from the University of Texas Michael Klueh and the race is anyone’s bet. A dark horse also has an excellent shot at collecting the 5-figure winner’s check.

What will it take to win the RCP Tiburon Mile?

Speed of course.

Stamina is a given, even in a race that is only 1.2 nautical miles. To earn the US$10,000 first prize, the start begins with a mad dash and the heart rates of the top competitors never fall.

Commitment. Once a navigational line is selected after the first 300 meters when the swimmers emerge from the cove on Angel Island, there is no time to change their minds and correct to another course. Once committed, the swimmers have to be confident that their line is optimal. There is no time or allowance for second-guessing.

A good, clean start where no elbow is taken to the face or leg-pull is experienced.

Luck. No one really knows that best line to take until they are mid-channel. By then, the swimmers’ fate has been decided.

Balance and athleticism. In a close race, the athletes have to exit the water on a carpeted finish ramp running a full speed after swimming horizontally for 20 minutes.

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