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Dubrick grew up just outside of Chicago in a family of swimmers and fell into running at high school before continuing at the University of Missouri where he studied business – always a helpful focus for a triathlete looking to make a financial living from the sport.
Although he hadn’t cycled until he was 18, the familiar tale of injury led to cross training and then on to triathlon, and after showing promise at multisport he decided to go all in after college with the hope of qualifying for the Paris Olympics.
Dubrick was initially mentored by the father of Ironman and former Super League star Ben Kanute, and was also guided for a period by Kanute’s current coach, Jim Vance.
The 28-year-old successfully raced a number of continental cups in North and South America as he learnt his craft, and achieved several top 10 finishes, a highlight being a fifth place in Santiago, Chile in 2019.
The results continued to flow post pandemic with a third and two fourth places at the start of 2022 as Dubrick closed in on his Olympic ambitions by securing starts in higher ranking races.
This was despite breaking a hand in a crash in Poland, which resulted in an improvised handlebar set-up including the use of a lacrosse ball to enable him to continue cycle training.
For the most part, racing in Europe at the higher level of World Cups and the World Triathlon Championship Series has proved tougher, with DNFs in Arzachena and Leeds and lowly finishes in Hamburg and Valencia showing just how competitive life is at the top level.
But while Dubrick might not have achieved the short course status he would have liked as yet, he has mixed up his endeavours by racing non-drafting long course events and finding success there.
Podiums resulted from his first three Ironman 70.3 races in Maine, Memphis and Cozumel, the latter giving him qualification for last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship where he placed 22nd in Utah after producing the second fastest swim.
This year there has been more non-drafting action, including taking the “biggest win of my career” in the legendary Escape to Alcatraz in June, following in the footsteps of four-time winner of the event, Kanute. A part of a select 30-man field for the PTO US Open, Dubrick also finished 16th in Milwaukee
Training has moved from New Hampshire to Clermont in the winters, with time also spent couch-surfing in Boulder as Dubrick has picked up the skills needed to make a living at the sport.
For the Super League Series he lines up for close friend Nick Chase’s RTS Warriors, an all-American squad who will start as underdogs, but will be out to cause plenty of surprises.
Results posted shortly after the race may contain errors.
RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish
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