TC’s favorite tri pics of 2017

From Oceanside to Lanzarote, San Francisco to Boulder and capped off by the 41st Ironman World Championship at Kona, a look at the peak of action and some of the quiet moments of triathlon’s parade of heroes and supporting characters in 2017.

All photographs © Timothy Carlson

Samuel Huerzeler of Switzerland rides past early roundabout on his way to 6th overall at Ironman Lanzarote.

Pro women swim past lifeguards on surfboards who maintained order at the start line at the Ironman World Championship.

Swimmer dives at start of second lap at Ironman Lanzarote.

Timothy O’Donnell emerges from swim in first pack with a 48:38 split at Kona.

Justin Metzler rides past “Organic Farm – Do Not Spray” sign at Mile 25 of Ironman 70.3 Boulder course. Metzler rode 1:57:27 on his way to 4th place overall.

Kyle Buckingham of South Africa rides up steep hill at Ironman World Championship in Kona. Buckingham rode 4:50:12 on his way to 27th place.

Pro rides past wind turbines at Ironman Lanzarote.

Pro rides past large camel sculptures 20 kilometers into the bike split at Ironman Lanzarote.

Barbara Riveros of Chile rides on The Great Highway past Ocean Beach on her way to 4th place pro woman at Escape From Alcatraz.

Kaisa Sali of Finland rode 4:59:50 on her way to 5th place pro woman at Kona.

Approaching the 1,560 foot summit of the Mirador del Rio climb at Ironman Lanzarote.

Holly Lawrence takes in a Clif Bar gel while running to victory at Oceanside 70.3.

Kiley Austin-Young ran 1:21:50 on his way to 34th overall and 2nd in Men's 30-34 at Ironman 70.3 California.

Eventual winner Patrick Lange and third place finisher David McNamee ran close together early on the run along Alii Drive at the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Thiago Vinhal of Brazil takes in nutrition running on Alii Drive on his way to 13th place at the Ironman World Championship.

Lauren Goss is overcome with emotion as she approaches the finish of her victory at Escape From Alcatraz.

Lucy Charles, the 24-year-old phenom from Great Britain exults at her second place finish at Kona.

Lucy Charles sheds tears of happiness as she is congratulated by winner Daniela Ryf.

Retired four-time Kona winner Chrissie Wellington points to three-time winner Daniela Ryf at the finish.

Seventh place finisher Andy Potts celebrates his top U.S. male finish at Kona.