Don’t look now, but former Duathlon World Champion George Pierce is back for more! After a two-year break to relocate his family and launch Pierce Footwear in Bend, Oregon, George Pierce was back on the podium at the USA Duathlon Nationals held in Bend on Saturday. His overall time of 1:08:18.85 was good enough for 5th place in the Male 55-59 category. It also qualifies him for a trip to Odense, Denmark for Duathlon World Championships next year.
“I’m very excited to be back on the podium in my new home town,” said Pierce. “For having very little training time, my speed was excellent on the bike and I felt good about the run.”
Indeed, Pierce’s average time of just under 22 mph was in the top 15 for all racers. And what’s not to feel good about when you’re transitioning in and out of a pair of Pierce T1 for the run stages?
“I invented the T1s to adjust to the extreme demands of distance races,” said Pierce. “With no shoelaces or tongues, the upper wraps the foot and allows it to swell. Tension is spread across the foot, instead of one point on the foot. Plus, there’s no irritating plastic heel counter or sewn in toe cap that squeezes the toes unnaturally.”
Best of all, with no laces to mess around with, Pierce was in and out of the transition areas in a heartbeat. Well, maybe a few heartbeats that far into the race.
A whole fleet of Pierce feet are going to Denmark.
At this race, George Pierce was not the only athlete stepping lightly in a bright orange pair of T1s. Six other Team USA and World Team members were also seen shaving precious seconds. Duathlete Patty Peoples-Resh orange crushed the field in the Female 60-64 age group, finishing almost 9 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Triathlete Jenn Scudiero took a solid 3rd in the Female 35-39 group. Dave Cronwall (Triathlon 50-54), Derrill Stepp (Triathlon 55-59), and Russ Jones (Duathlon 60-64) each took 4th in their respective categories. And Mary Rine placed a respectable 7th in the Female Duathlon 60-64 group.
The Pierce Footwear Revolution has begun. Look for a wave of orange feet on the podium in Denmark in 2018.