MATT REED WINS IN DALLAS, TAKES THE TOYOTA CUP SERIES TITLE
DALLAS, TEXAS – October 12, 2009 – Olympian Matty Reed etched his name in triathlon history books this weekend, becoming the first American Male to win the Toyota Cup. Reed dominated the Dallas US Open race Sunday to clinch the Life Time Fitness Series Race for to the Toyota Cup.
Reed had a solid lead coming into the Dallas race with wins in Minneapolis and Chicago, but with the points doubled for the finale race and a $20,000 prize, elite triathletes from all over the world were looking for a big payday.
Three-time series winner Australian Greg Bennett posed the biggest threat, being the only racer that could catch Reed in the Series. But two-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty, Stuart Hayes and 19 other elite athletes lined up for a shot at victory.
“I knew that this race would draw big names and I was prepared to race what I had to for the win,” said Reed. “I wanted to show I am versatile in all threes sports and that I am here to stay. I really wanted to win the series and wanted to beat a great field and win Dallas to do it.”
Reed exited the water second, leading a large group and immediately asserted himself on the bike. Reed was able to push the pace and some big names didn’t make the trailing swim pack and were forced to try ride up to the 6’5” power rider.
“When I saw the pack near me, I just continued to drive hard and gapped them. I had bad thoughts for a second or two, but realized I was prepared to race from the gun and knew I could ride hard and still run fast,” said Reed.“I was prepared to run for the win if needed.”
Reed got off the bike with roughly a minute lead and was in control of the run the whole way. With a few miles to go, Reed cruised.
“I have learned to trust my training and I know that I must use that mentally to my advantage. I went hard until the turn around and calculated I had a 50 second advantage and was very pleased. I knew I could enjoy that last 2 miles.”
Reed grabbed the tape, the Dallas victory and the Toyota Cup. Bennett finished 30 seconds back and Docherty third.
Reed added, “I have to credit USAT, USOC, my coach, my sponsors, along with my family and friends. I don’t win, but we as a team win. I have not had the ITU/World Cup races that I wanted to this year. I am proud of my results in triathlon for 2009 so far. I set post-Olympic year goals and I am achieving them. I would not be able to win races without the support of USAT and the USOC. Although is a different format of triathlon that the ITU presents, without the support and funding of my federation and the Olympic Committee, I would not be winning. I do feel that winning races, even though they are non-drafting, it is promoting USA Triathlon and our sport worldwide. I also believe winning non-drafting races and training for non-drafting races will make me a stronger, faster and more confident athlete for the 2012 Games. 3 years is a long time and I have many goals I would like to accomplish in that time. And one of those goals is to represent the USA at the 2012 Games and be in the running for a medal.”
Matt “Boom Boom” Reed is one of the most decorated triathletes in competition today. A 2008 U.S. Olympian and defending national triathlete champion, Reed has been a dominant force in the triathlon world since 1994. Born in New Zealand, Reed now lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado.