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Local Triathlete Lauren Capone Claims Wildflower Amateur Title

Capone, a member of the Elite Racing Team, earns the overall amateur women’s title

Elite Racing Team, a Santa Barbara-based triathlon team dedicated to the development of top age group and elite athletes, announced Wednesday that Lauren Capone won the women’s amateur competition at the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon at Lake Nacimiento on Saturday.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Wildflower Triathlon. Wildflower is one of the most prestigious U.S. triathlons, and it draws an international field of competitors.

Capone completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run in a time of 5:04:21 to claim the overall amateur women’s title.

“The focus for LC today was to stay in her pacing and effort zones, particularly with the heat and the hills on this course,” said Mateo Mercur, head coach of the Elite Racing Team as well as the UCSB Triathlon Team. “We wanted to use this race to set a baseline for the season. LC was very disciplined and very tough out there. She’s a phenomenal athlete.”

“Wildflower is a tough course,” Capone said. “We did a ‘toughness block’ with a lot of hills and a lot of race paced efforts in my training leading up to this race, and that made a huge difference. I never felt particularly fast out there, but I felt strong, and I was able to fight my way into the lead on the run and hold it to the finish line.”

Capone is the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion in the women’s 20-24 category. She began racing triathlon with the UCSB Triathlon Team in the fall of her freshman year. She lives in Santa Barbara and trains and races with the Elite Racing Team.

— Mateo Mercur is the head coach and founder of the Elite Racing Team and head coach of the UCSB Triathlon Team.

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