Palisadian Wins Nautica Malibu Classic Triathlon

Jim Lubinski is pumped up after winning the Nautica Triathlon.
Photo: @rwbmultimedia

Not satisfied with only finishing second in the Olympic race Saturday at the 33rd annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon, Palisadian Jim Lubinski came back Sunday to win the Classic race.

Lubinski, 41, competed in the Pro Elite Division on the Olympic Distance course (1.5K swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run) and he completed the event in two hours, one minute and 16 seconds, trailing only part-time Palisadian Andrew Talansky, an ex-professional cyclist who was 10th in the 2013 Tour de France and lives locally at times during his triathlon training.

Lubinski returned to Zuma Beach bright and early the next morning to test himself in the Pro Elite Division of the Classic Distance (half-mile swim, 17-mile bike ride and four-mile run) and took first place in 1:22:03—over 32 minutes ahead of second-place Andre Munoz from Culver City.

Making his Nautica “double” all the more impressive is the fact that Lubinski finished seventh in his division in 9:24:58 at Ironman Wisconsin the previous weekend.

Fellow Palisadian Adrian Maizey was third in the new Long Distance (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile ride, 13.1-mile run) race Saturday.

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