Bikes in T1 before the start.
View of the finish line
Supplies at start of T1. Most used shoes for the relatively long run to the bikes.
The timing arch at the end of the swim.
Alcatraz in the morning mist
Boats and buoys mark the route towards the shore from Alcatraz. Swimmers were delivered to near the island on a boat.
Lead wave of swimmers during Escape from Alcatraz triathlon 2011
The first main pack lands on the water after the lead two have already come through.
Swimmers can be seen overshooting the beach in the strong westerward (leftward) current.
Cyclings beginning that leg while a competitor runs toward his bike during T1.
The long run during T1.
Two o these three did the run without shoes, which may be faster, but requires tough feet.
Cyclists starting the bike leg: not a time trial machine in sight among these riders.
More riders a bit later in the bike leg. Here one in the three has a time trial specific bike.
A Team in Training member during the early portion of the bike leg.
The top cyclists were flying as they neared the finish.
Three riders are heading out while one of the top-placed competitors is returning.
This well-placed rider is using clip-ons with mass-start bars, perhaps to handle the hills better.
A pack of three of the fast guys near the end of the bike leg.
Drafting isn't allowed, so these riders are side-by-side.
A quick drink approaching the end of the bike leg.
Three more of the top 30 riders on the final, flat stretch of the bike leg.
This rider is in the "virtual aero bar" position on a mass-start bike.
Two riders attempting to not draft each other during the final flat and fast section of the bike leg...
This guy looks fast. Fast riders aren't always fast swimmers.
A top-30 competitor finish the bike leg on a mid-range set-up.
Who needs time trial equipment? Lead woman, I believe, on the bike. Look at the wind-bucket helmet and fatty downtube.
Ken Rakestraw impressively rode this out-of-date Cervelo Al frame with relatively normal equipment to 12th on the bike leg. He'd record the second fastest run split and finish 7th overall.
Dion Harrison approaching end of bike leg
approaching Sports Basement near end of bike leg
three riders avoid drafting approaching end of bike leg
around 1km left in bike leg for leading riders
Riders approaching 1 km to go in bike leg avoid drafting while another competitor heads out toward the start of the climbing.
Rider recently finished his descent and has 1 km to go to end of bike leg while recreational runners watch.
One of the top 30 riders approaching the end of the bike leg (1 km to go) with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
One of the fast guys approaches the finish (1 km to go) of the bike leg while a slower swimmer begins his ride.
Second place runner emerges from the flat trail on the coast to begin the fun stair climb.
Craig Alexander begins the stair climb near Fort Point. Note the Newton shoes.
Taking the stairs leaving Fort Point two at a time. I wonder about the wisdom of this but these guys are super-fit and it's a short run.
Dylan McNeice (14th overall) turning onto the stairs at Fort Point. This is a favorite part of the run course for me.
It's unusually warm today for San Francisco in June... not hot but definitely not chilly at all. Chris Stehula (9th overal) is turning onto the stairs at Fort Point.
Nicki Samuels, first woman, turns onto the stairs at Fort point.
Thomas Francis emerges from the feared sand ladder. He would finish 20th overall.
Andrew Bauer (19th overall) finishes the sand ladder, the hardest and funnest part of the run.
Nicky Samuels reaches the top of the sand ladder. She'll win the women's race by fo 4:21.
Pierre Billa at the top of the ladder.
Eric Wegscheider on way to a 48:30 run split.
The Sand Ladder takes its toll on junior Petty Clayton, who finished 26th overall.
Becky Lavelle takes on the stairs on her way to 3rd/14 in the "pro" women.
Age-grouper Ritch Viola on the stairs.
The tethered tandem team tackles the sand ladder.
Sebastian Binnemann leads Sara McLarty up the sand ladder.
Sara McLarty approaches the top of the sand ladder.
Erik Svans leads Olympic Club's Richard Blanco on the stairs.
Stanford woman's relay team member on the sand ladder.
Adam Wetzel returns to the transition after his ride.
view from the stands as the Stanford women's relay finishes.
Cervelo P4 at Front of the Pack booth.
Brand-new Scott Foil at Paradigm Cycles booth.
The Scott Foil mass-start road frame has clean cable lines and a contoured head tube, but has a far more subdued aerodynamic character than the Trek Speed Concept time trial frame in the following photos.
The Trek Speed Concept needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The tool bag in the back acts as an aerodynamic aid and would be illegal in a UCI sanctioned race, but is fine in triathlon and likely in most USAC sanctioned time trials.
Trek Speed Concept time trial frame: if the front wheel weren't turned, the profile would be even narrower.
The survivors may feast on fruit and treats in addition to unidentified hot food.
Runners coming and going on the dirt trail with the Marina Green, the S/F to both the bike and run legs, in the background.