Cameron Wurf, the first half-marathoner to run after Paris Roubaix, wins bronze in his first Ironman of 2023
Cameron Wurf is a member of the INEOS Grenadiers professional cycling team, but is also a successful professional triathlete. The Australian made headlines earlier this spring when, shortly after completing the grueling 280km Paris-Roubaix classic, he traded his cycling shoes for running shoes and completed the 21km race.
This training seems to have paid off, as this week Wurf placed third in his first Ironman triathlon of the year at the Ironman Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
On Saturday 20 May, Wurf clocked a time of 8:30:17 after leading the race through 23 km of the marathon. Wurf clocked a 4:12:09 bike leg, fastest of the day, and still ran a sub-3-hour marathon (2:55) to start the day with a 49:16, 3.8 km.
A jack of all trades
Wurf grew up as a rower and even represented Australia in the men’s lightweight double scull rowing event at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing 16th.
Rover had always loved cycling, and after leaving the crew world, Wurf turned to his other love: cycling. He raced with the Cannondale team in 2013 and finished third at the 2015 Oceania National Time Trial Championships.
Despite initial success in cycling, Wurf wanted to further expand his athletic prowess and entered the triathlon scene in 2015, where he won his age group Ironman Whistler in Canada.
Wurf earned his professional triathlon license in 2016 and quickly became known as a force to be reckoned with on the bike, twice setting a new Ironman World Championships cycling record, completing the 180km course in 4:09 in Kona, Hawaii . :06 in 2018 and the same distance course at 4:15:43 in 2022 in St. George, Utah
Since then, Wurf has won multiple Ironmans and been in the top five overall professional men at the Ironman World Championships, all while balancing training with INEOS with which he signed in 2020 and specializing in being a sprinter and time trialist.
Ride around the world
Cameron Wurf of Ineos Grenadiers has registered to compete at the 2023 Paris Roubaix. He ran a half marathon soon after the race.
Wurf is known for his “double life” here, there, everywhere as an INEOS athlete and professional triathlete.
Last month, Wurf completed Paris-Roubaix (with a half marathon immediately after getting off the bike) with INEOS, competed at the Organization of Professional Triathletes’ European Open in Ibiza, and stood on the podium at Ironman Lanzarote.
Wurf shared that between February and March 2023, he, his wife, and their son charted five continents in five weeks, including flights from Los Angeles, California to Dubai, to finally hold their breath in Andorra. before settling in.
Cycling about 435 km per week according to his StravaWurf and gaining an average elevation gain of 7400 meters in the saddle for about 15 hours per week on his bike.
He runs about 40 miles per week and runs 4,500 feet per week in the pool.
Wurf has yet to announce where he will go next and which discipline it will be for (cycling or triathlon), but he is a force to be reckoned with, whether in his red INEOS Grenadiers uniform and grinding in the peloton or his triathlon suit and solo 180km time trial before finishing the marathon without a bike together.
Wurf has been called “the most interesting man” in the endurance sport, and we’re compelled to agree.